YEAR IN REVIEW
Message from the Chair
Dear Minister De Jong:
On behalf of the members of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (the Council), I am pleased to present our Annual Report for the year ended June 30, 2015.
I have been honoured to serve as the Council’s Chair over the past year. It has been an eventful and memorable twelve months, and this Annual Report tells the story of the Council’s accomplishments in 2014/15, while also looking back to celebrate key milestones over our first decade as a self-regulatory organization. This year, we celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the introduction of the Real Estate Services Act (RESA), under which the Council was established as a self-regulatory organization responsible for protecting the public interest in real estate transactions. As an organization, the Council has worked diligently to meet the challenge of fulfilling that mandate, and I am proud of the achievements of the past year.
This year saw the introduction of significantly revised and updated professional education for licensees, undertaken in partnership with our education providers, the Real Estate Division at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and the British Columbia Real Estate Association. We are confident that the revision of the Strata Management Licensing Course and the Applied Practice Course will mean that new licensees are better prepared than ever to provide real estate consumers with a high standard of skills and service. Also this year, a number of amendments to RESA were introduced – evidence of the government’s commitment to ensuring that the legislative framework remains responsive to the changing real estate industry, and to evolving consumer needs and expectations.
That’s a commitment the Council shares, and in the year ahead we’ll be developing a new Strategic Plan to guide our future activities on behalf of real estate consumers. For ten years, the government and the public have increasingly placed their confidence in us, and we will continue to ensure that real estate in BC is carefully and competently regulated, that licensees are skilled, knowledgeable, and professional, and that the public’s interest is safeguarded.
I would like to express my gratitude to the members of Council for their support during the past year, and to the staff of the Council for their hard work and commitment. I look forward to the challenges, successes, and opportunities that lie ahead in the next chapter of the Council’s story.
About Susan McGougan
Susan has been bringing buyers and sellers of residential real estate together since 1990, following 17 years in the travel and tourism industry. In 1998, Susan earned a diploma in Urban Land Economics, specializing in Management, at UBC, and now carries the designation RIBC from the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia.
Susan held office as a director of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board for nine years, chaired the Education Committee for six years, and participated on the MLS® Committee and Business Practice Committee. In 1999, Susan was elected as a Director of the British Columbia Real Estate Association for a two-year term. In 2000, she was chosen by the directors of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board as their Vice President and she became President of the Real Estate Board in 2002. Susan has served on the Real Estate Council of BC since 2010 and was Chair of the Council in 2014/15.
Born and raised in Nanaimo, Susan feels that her community offers a quality of life not found anywhere else around the globe, and takes pride in working in real estate sales in the Nanaimo area. She is a member of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Nanaimo, and a life-long member of Brechin United Church. Susan enjoys boating and fishing around Vancouver Island.