Region 1
Candidates for RECO’s Board of Directors

Nine candidates came forward from Region 1
Voting runs from March 8 to March 22, 2021.

Registrants in Region 1 will receive an email with a link to vote on March 8.

Voting will open on March 8, 2021 for the 2021 RECO Board of Directors Election. If email updates from RECO are not being delivered to your primary email address, it’s important to update your profile so that you receive your ballot promptly. You can review and update your contact information by logging into MyWeb and clicking the ‘My Profile’ link.

If you have any questions related to the 2021 Election of Directors, please email election@reco.on.ca.


Candidates

Alam, Shakeel
Dobson, Kassaundra
Eliaszadeh, Shahab
Francis, Michelle Leong
Gill, Daljinder
Himelfarb, Rebecca
Kakoullis, Ken
Rose, David Jason
Sra, Gagandeep


The information contained in these candidate profiles is supplied by each candidate.


Shakeel Alam, Broker

HomeLife Dream Realty, Brokerage
shakeelalam@hotmail.com
Years Registered: 6

Shakeel Alam

Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
I believe that I have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to run for the position as a RECO director. I would like to share my experience and expertise to better serve as a RECO director and efficient and effective consumer protection.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
I would bring my high level of integrity, honesty, knowledge, and experience working as a Broker of Record and managing BOD of Halton SCC 697 as a President and director.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I have worked as a director of the Halton Standard Condo Corporation-697 for 2019-20 and managed HSCC condo corporation assets and business as a director for 2019-20. I was re-elected as a director in 2020 and currently working as the Board President.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
N/A

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Kassaundra Dobson, Salesperson

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Realty, Brokerage
kass@bhhstoronto.ca
Years Registered: 10

Kassaundra Dobson

Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
I decided to stand for election because as a member for nearly a decade I felt not only is it my responsibility to give back but I really care about our industry and value the important work RECO does to uphold our professional standard.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
I am dedicated and passionate about real estate and our member community. I like to implement plan into action and don’t mind the hard work it sometimes takes. I value networking and the great relationships being a member of a small group provides and value the idea of round tabling many issues.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I am the founding member of an organization that is currently in the process of applying for charitable status. It allows me to give back to the community that I live in and bring solutions and change to the individuals we are looking to help. My experience has been to create key relationships with large funders to ensure our mission can continue to provide support for years to come.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
I would bring general business acumen in the way of organizational effectiveness, communication skills; written and oral. Leadership skills along with the ability to be a great team player. Lastly, a passion for emerging technology and self-learner at most tech related programs.

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Shahab Eliaszadeh, Salesperson

Homelife/Future Realty Inc., Brokerage
dr.Elias@dr.com
Years Registered: 11

Shahab Eliaszadeh

Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
Everything was delayed in this pandemic because, unfortunately, politicians do not know enough about medical science and medical systems, The mess you see in Canada today is because of their mismanagement.
I am not saying they have to possess this knowledge, but I am saying they need to have someone like me guide them and their response.

Helping others was my main goal when I was very young. This is why I chose medical school versus 3 other admitted fields including architecture, civil engineering and software engineering. While in the real estate business and being an entrepreneur, I attended a medical universities and studied in three different countries.

On October 2, 2020, as a concerned citizen I wrote a letter and sent it to government bodies, important media groups, and Willow-Dale board members. I explained and described my point of views and strategies as well as the procedure we must follow to prohibit the 3rd wave of covid 19. Only Doug Ford’s office confirmed receiving the email. Since I didn’t have a strong RECO or CREA positions to suggest my idea and strategy, I didn’t have a hearing ear to put my suggestions into action.

We need to go back to the time we didn’t have this mess all around. We need to try to have the best techniques to have our business practice make money for all realtor families the same way we did before the pandemic.

Unfortunately, in the past year I’ve seen lack of action and delayed response. This has shown me that there is no real vision, forethought, and foresight provided by our government officials.

My main points, As a member of the realtor’s big family it would be my duty to protect the community from any more damage in this pandemic chaos!

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
You need someone who has worked as a successful realtor and mortgage agent for a decade. In addition, someone who knows the Health system in Canada and the United States.

As general physician IMG and Canadian abroad medical gradute, My passion was being a plastic surgeon. However, due to a near- death accident with a garbage truck and physical disability, I changed the mission to help my society to overcome this very bad pandemic. I aim to provide a new pathway to help the community and subsequently our country in more political aspects related to financial life.
Additionally, the real estate business is one of the essential elements impacted by a virus outbreak and logically needs to recover ASAP.

It is a rare opportunity to have someone like me with a Mixture of ability from education, experience, and knowledge in this very bad time to help everyone in the real estate industry.

Loving and helping people is my philosophy. Predicting the bad future of a third wave, I am trying to stop this from happening with the right decision strategy today and proper action to ease or remove troubles.

I call Canada Land of Love and As a Canadian, I love the country and our multicultural society. I am sure now is the time I can help.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
1 – In the past 4 years, I had been a condominium board member and currently hold a treasury position in Yonge and Finch TSCC 2033, Grand Triomphe 2, mixed high-rise residential and commercial building.
2 – voting member of the council at Pleasant Public School 2017-2018.
3 – Canada Home Health Group Co-Founder
4 – Canada Home Realty Founder from 2011

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
I am sure, due to the unique education and expertise background I have, I am the only member of RECO, CREA and TREB who can help in this challenging era to minimize the effect of covid in our future financial life.

Please read my cover letter and my strong resume!

I am really appreciate for your time and God bless all of you.

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Michelle Leong Francis, Salesperson

Century 21 Leading Edge, Brokerage
ttg@rogers.com
Years Registered: 5

Michelle Leong Francis

Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
As a social justice advocate of Civic Engagement, I have worked for Elections Canada as an Senior & Deputy Returning Officer with experience as a candidate in Municipal/Provincial elections endorsed by OSSTF and TREB. The time has come to #RaiseTheBar in our industry for the enhanced regard and integrity of the profession. It is our responsibility to recognize that housing stability is a determinant of constituent success and wellbeing. We as a collective are stewards of our local and national economic health and consumer prosperity.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
As a multi-sectoral practitioner and first learner-facing female facilitator within Humber College’s New Real Estate program, I bring skills learned through being certified in governance, certified in adult education, agile project management, legislative interpretation, executive leadership in cultural intelligence, social and government influence, international public speaking, fortune 100 corporate team development & leadership, strategic networking, social justice and mobilization skills.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
Having held roles as Ex-Officio Committee member, Director, Vice Chair, Chair & President, providing contribution at all levels of organizational support and leadership. Eg.

    • Application of Robert Rules of Order
    • Regular communication with Executive Director
    • Supports Board Meeting agenda preparation
    • Main point of Board contact for Executive Director (e.g. supervisory role, provides advice and guidance)
    • Supports ED evaluation process
    • Spokesperson for the Board/Organization
    • Supports government relations strategy (e.g. attendance at MPP meetings, input on strategy)
    • Board contact for Ministry representatives (e.g. helps facilitate the Ministry Risk Assessment Process)
    • Delivers key messages to Staff Team
    • Signing officer (eg signing cheques and approving ED’s expenses)

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
GBA: Governance, Strategic Planning & Sustainability Consulting

Financial: Queen’s Park Blue Ribbon Financial Literacy Panel & Financial Advisory

Human Resources: Performance Management, Human Rights, and Organizational Effectiveness Legal: Mediation, Human Rights & Consumer Protection, and Insurance

Leadership: Mentorship, Coaching, Peer Support/Feedback, and Therapeutic Healing

Information Technology: Podcasting, Blog posting, Online media publications, CRMs, and Internet of Things

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Daljinder Gill, Broker

Green Home Works Realty Inc., Brokerage
dgill@commercialxclusive.com
Years Registered: 30

Daljinder Gill

Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
Need to give back to fellow Realtors, the general public and leadership at RECO for all the support I have got. My vast experience of 30 years can add value to RECO’s support structure for changes it anticipates.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
30+ years of service as a Realtor, a Manager and a Broker/Owner of a Leading Brokerage. Experiences and coaching Agents as well as helping customers during their undertakings especially when situations arise in difficulty transactions.

This Covid period has created so intriguing and unique circumstance where Consumers need extra new support and understanding. They need hand holding and as an experienced Broker, I can help join my colleagues at RECO to bring about real and substantial support programs and education for Realtors and Consumers.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
-2 years at TRREB – Professional Standards Committee
-3rd year as a member of TRREB Commercial Committee
-4 years as a Director with REIC Toronto Chapter
-3rd year as a REIC National – FRI Task Force

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
General Business Acumen
Legal: contracts
Leadership
Information Technology

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Rebecca Himelfarb, Broker

Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage
rebecca@foresthill.com
Years Registered: 6

Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
In my roles as Realtor, Recruiter and Broker for Forest Hill Real Estate, I have had the unique opportunity of both growing our business and getting first-hand knowledge of the workings of the Real Estate Council of Ontario. Throughout the years, and in various professional capacities, it has become clear to me that RECO’s role in regulating the trade of real estate in our province is critical to maintaining professional standards in our industry. I have a deep respect for the professional organization that guides, maintains and guarantees a level of excellence and integrity from those who work in real estate in Ontario.

My approach to leadership in one that is inclusive and community-minded. I feel very strongly that we each must take a degree of responsibility for each other. From my business practice to my personal dedication to philanthropic causes, I strive to consistently support organizations that make us each better people through community awareness and charitable endeavours.

As a Director of RECO, I will be able to support the initiatives that resonate with Ontario Realtors. My objective is to positively affect change and support the organizations working towards our industry’s common goals.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
As the third generation in a real estate focussed family, I became immersed in the world of real estate at a very young age. By the age of fifteen, I had already fallen in love with this incredible profession. Throughout my teens I was working reception, dealing one-on-one with a diverse group of Realtors and involved with the daily operation of a brokerage.

Fast forward to today, I bring over thirteen years of real estate experience to the operation and partnerships in nine of Forest Hill Real Estate’s branch offices.

In addition to my responsibilities as an active partner, I also act as Corporate Recruiter and Branch Office Consultant for Forest Hill Real Estate’s forty-five branch offices. I have also been involved with opening numerous Forest Hill Real Estate’s branch offices and have recruited over 200 realtors.

My approach to office management and employee relations is built on the principles of positivity, authenticity and trust. Professional ethics has been critical to our success and performance as a brokerage.

I am passionate about maintaining excellence in our industry. I know first-hand that RECO’s consumer protection mandate, on behalf of the Ontario government, maintains public confidence in our profession. I would be honored to lend my experience, skills and passion to the area of consumer protection, which I believe only strengthens and enhances our industry as a whole.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I am an avid volunteer and I devote my time to various charitable organizations. This includes being a leader and long-time volunteer with Scouts Canada, Out of the Cold, and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. My contribution includes mentoring young children with special needs, serving warm meals at shelters and donating 26 inches of her own hair to create wigs for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

The following briefly describes my work with these organizations:

Scouts Canada – Beaver Leader
September 2013 – Present

Scouts Canada is our country’s leading youth organization. For more than 100 years, Scouts Canada have brought a world of adventure, outdoor experience and friendship to 17 million Canadian youth.

MY VOLUNTEER WORK:
I have been volunteering with Scouts Canada for seven years and have spearheaded various programs. These include beach days, Halloween programs, events with magicians, and Scoutrees, where 10,000 trees are planted each year by the organization.

My Scouts are between the ages of five and seven. I teache them about leadership, peer support and respect for the environment. With a background in behavioural neuroscience and education at McGill University, I have been able to use my knowledge to help several children with special needs overcome challenges in the program. Whether it be Autism or ADHD, I draw on my skills to develop relationships with children to help them express themselves and develop new friendships.

Out of the Cold – Assistant Kitchen Manager, Holy Blossom Location
September 2009 – Present

Out of the Cold is a not-for-profit social service organization that provides safe refuge, hospitality and emergency shelter to those living in poverty in the GTA.

MY VOLUNTEER WORK:
I began to volunteer at Out of the Cold as a waitress serving meals to seated guests. Upon completing my first year with the organization, I asked for a bigger role. I was granted a standing volunteer position each week assisting the senior staff to serve food to the wait staff, who would then serve the guests. In my third year I was promoted to kitchen assistant where I would lend a hand in any way needed. Over the years, I have has developed friendships with many of the organization’s guests and volunteers and have established a beautiful community within the Out of the Cold system.

Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Society Hair Donation
August 28, 2018

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based charitable organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of those who have the disease.

Since 2006, Pantene has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society through the Beautiful Lengths program to encourage people to donate their hair so that real-hair wigs could be made for cancer patients. Pantene Beautiful Lengths accepts the hair donations, then creates, ships and donates real-hair wigs to Canadian Cancer Society wig banks across the country. There is no cost to the individuals who receive these wigs.

MY VOLUNTEER WORK:
I have donated 10 inches of my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program that helps women who have suffered hair loss from chemotherapy feel themselves again with free, real-hair wigs. I chose my birthday as the day to cut my hair for the cause, leveraging my professional, personal and social media network to draw attention to the program. And in addition to donating my hair on this day, I requested that my support network donate to the Canadian Cancer Society instead of purchasing me any birthday gifts. I raised
$3000.00 on August 28, 2018.

Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Society Hair Donation
March 15, 2016

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based charitable organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of those who have the disease.

Since 2006, Pantene has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society through the Beautiful Lengths program to encourage people to donate their hair so that real-hair wigs could be made for cancer patients. Pantene Beautiful Lengths accepts the hair donations, then creates, ships and donates real-hair wigs to Canadian Cancer Society wig banks across the country. There is no cost to the individuals who receive these wigs.

MY VOLUNTEER WORK:
I have donated 16 inches of my hair to the Canadian Cancer Society to create wigs for patients going through chemotherapy. In addition to donating my hair for wigs, I reached out to my friends, family and colleagues to donate to this very worthy cause. I raised
$1,500.00 on March 15, 2016.

Toronto Humane Society
September 2011 – present

The Toronto Humane Society is an animal welfare organization whose mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent all forms cruelty and suffering. One of Toronto’s oldest charities, they operate as an animal shelter and high- volume clinic with spay/neuter and vaccination services. In recent years, they have sought to expand beyond shelter activities to include a pet food bank, dog training programs, educational outreach and animal rescue operations at both the local and international level

MY VOLUNTEER WORK:
I am a HUGE animal lover. I have rescued/adopted and facilitated adoptions for several animals from the Toronto Humane Society. It is also worth noting that I am extremely allergic to animals and take weekly allergy shots to battle my reactions. Despite this, I continue to live with my three pets, care for them diligently and show them endless affection.

The wide scope of my volunteer work reflects my innate passion to give back as well as my strong commitment to my community. I hope to bring the combination of my enthusiasm, experience and dedication to the RECO Board of Directors. I would love nothing more than to be part of the team that works diligently to protect both our consumer and professional standards.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
General Business Acumen, Financial, Human Resources, Leadership

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Ken Kakoullis, Broker

Homelife/Vision Realty Inc., Brokerage
kalisken@gmail.com
Years Registered: 46

Ken Kakoullis

Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
Through my uninterrupted 46 years in the real estate field, I have seen the good the bad and ugly among our fellow realtors. In as much as RECO is just and fair to all of its members, it’s main mandate is to protect the public, against unfair, unscrupulous, unethical and illegal activities performed by the few “bad apples” in our industry that spoil the whole bunch us. If elected, I intent to fight vehemently for fair treatment by each one of our members, but more importantly, I will defend and fight for the fair and professional treatment of our clients and the public at large, by proposing safety valves and check point, so as to deter improper interactions between our member and the public in any way shape or form.

In addition to being a real estate broker of record for over 40 years, I also became a mortgage broker in 2006. Articulate and knowledgeable in all aspects of the real estate industry, from residential, commercial sales and leasing sales of business, mortgage financing…and more.

I hold an FRI and AMP designations, capable of drafting agreements from the simplest to the most complex in all facets of real estate.

I hold regular training sessions for my realtors, focusing mostly on RECO rules and The Act, emphasizing zero tolerance to unfairness toward other realtors, and full protection toward our clients.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
– Authored “Offer Presentation Techniques” (Unpublished);
– Authored “The Real Estate Training Manual” (Unpublished);
– Recruited, trained and motivated over 3,000 sales representatives many of whom have become notable realtors in the industry;
– Held real estate training seminars, both to agents and public;
– Developed complicated commercial real estate contracts;
– became a mortgage broker in 2006;
– Hosted ethnic radio show on the subject of real estate;

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
Member of the Real Estate advisory committee for the Greek Community of Toronto.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
Developed and implemented new business strategies and marketing initiatives resulting in maintaining the competitive edge in the real estate industry.

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David Jason Rose, Broker

Go Forward Commercial & Residential, Brokerage
david.rose@roselawfirm.ca
Years Registered: 13

David Jason Rose

Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
As a lawyer and real estate broker I believe that I can add a fresh perspective to the Board.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
Having been involved with litigation files where real estate transactions have not closed, I have a different perspective on the needs of protection for consumers.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I am on the Board of a real estate asset management company as well as my real estate brokerage.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
General Business Acumen, Financial skills, Human Resources, Legal, Risk, Leadership and Public Relations.

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Gagandeep Sra, Salesperson

Homelife Silvercity Realty Inc., Brokerage
gagansra@hotmail.com
Years Registered: 4

Gagandeep Sra

Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
My decision to stand for the election of a Director of RECO has to do with my desire to expand my career in real estate. I would like RECO to utilize my educational, and work experience in the field real estate. In addition, I have graduated from the University of Toronto with Honours of Bachelor of Science. I currently reside with my growing family in the city of Brampton. I also provide volunteer services back to the Region of peel by volunteering with Victim Service of peel as a Team Leader and Crisis Responder where I support Victim of Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Sexual Assault, Suicide & Risk Assessment etc .

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
I have always been an energetic and determined worker. Throughout my career this energy has shown itself in my positive attitude and the ability to keep busy. Work has always been about more than a to-do list for me. It has been about striving to accomplish tasks and see results. I strive to take initiative to help on special projects and day-to-day tasks to ensure tasks get done. My determination is led by my time management skills- so I work on top-priority jobs before searching for busywork. The attributes that I would bring as a board of Director would be, knowledge based, determination, positive energy and everything that comes with it- would lead to brainstorming- innovation and efficiency.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
Aside from being a realtor , I am also a member of Ontario safety league where I serve the community as a signing authority for Z licence . Since 2013 I have also worked in the Peel community as a Crisis responded/Team Leader for Victim Services of Peel. In this role I provide support to the community members who are victims of Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Violence ,Mental Health, Sexual Assault thru practical and emotional support and community referrals.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
Leadership: To fulfill this requirement I serve as a Team Leader at Victim services of Peel where I assign incoming calls from victims to crisis responders. In addition, I am also a instructor for Ontario Safety League, where I provide instructions and grant Z drivers license.

Public Relations: By working with Victim Services of Peel, I have been able to expand my public relations by taking training related to proving support to victims.

General Business: I have assisted Olympic Truck Training centre in their general business endeavors to succeed and run the business in a compliant manner. Assisted the company to build relations with Ministry of Transportation. Further, I am also on a quest to set up my own Immigration firm , while assisting my own real estate clients with their real estate matters.

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