The Mississauga Real Estate Board enjoyed a successful Spring Annual General Meeting and Trade Show, receiving kudos for a new venue, good food and a not-so-typical AGM meeting format…
If you were not at the AGM, here is what you missed!
Never shrinking from a changing world, MREB strengthened Member relations at their annual meeting yesterday by having the directors literally sitting among the general assembly for most of the program. Only the formal reports were delivered from the podium.
The meeting opened with a welcome from our Executive Officer, Donna Metcalfe, Remarks by President, Allan Todd, an up-date on Committees by Directors and music by MREB Member, Matt Dean.
A vibrant, organized and welcoming presentation was made by RECO’s Deputy Registrar Bruce Matthews, an eye opener without malice or judgment.
Bruce introduced RECO’s rationale and process for ‘Complaints and Compliance,’ and reviewed the discipline process. Lessons were learned in areas of regulatory need through discussions on topics inclusive of: disclosure, misrepresentation, fairness, honesty, integrity and professionalism. This was followed by complaints, alleged misconduct, discipline, hearings, appeals and continuing education … a heads-up for everyone in the room.
A personalized video, well constructed and poignant was presented by OREA President Costa Poulopoulos who shone in this OREA presentation of 2014 provincial initiatives. Covering REALTOR® Value priorities though regulatory issues as represented by Bill 55 on Phantom Offers, electronic signatures, and EMERGE ‘Tools of Tomorrow’ for today’s digital world, which were superseded only by OREA Real Estate College courses with up-dated texts running parallel to Consumer Advocacy through the “We Do The Homework” program.
MREB Directors covered business of the day including Financial Statements and Auditor approval; Agenda, Minutes of the previous Member Meeting and MREB Committee up-dates.
Membership Certificates and Pins were issued to 40, 45 & 50 year recipients and to those 5 to 35 years from a list of 1482 on the Board’s roster.
But the most exhilarating parts took place around a wealth of information generated by some 30 Exhibitors who were anxious to be part and ready to support Members. A good lunch for Members and a couple of phone calls later … saw crowds around Exhibitors/Sponsors wanting to show their patience and gratitude by delivering on professional services with products exclusive and personalized to the individual REALTOR®.
The day topped off with a presentation by Mark Weisleder, LLB; “Protecting Your Clients in 2014”. Directors and Staff mingled with Members and Exhibitors, Members and Directors mingled with RECO and OREA and discovered an overall wealth of support in and out of the Industry. Nothing like coming home!