October 15, 2019, Vancouver, BC —The Real Estate Council of BC is pleased to announce that on October 15, 2019, five Council members were re-appointed to their positions by the provincial government. Two Council members are re-appointed for a three-year term ending October 31, 2022 and three Council members are re-appointed for a two-year term ending October 31, 2021. The re-appointments maintain the total number of serving Council members at 14. All Council members are appointed by the provincial government.
Robert Gialloretohas been re-appointed as the vice chair and a Council member.
Rob Gialloreto is President and CEO of Consumer Protection BC, which promotes a fair marketplace for BC consumers and businesses. Prior to this role, he was the President and CEO of Tourism Victoria. Mr. Gialloreto has experience on a number of boards, including serving as a director on the Tourism Industry Association of Canada board of directors. He specializes in organizational leadership, business development, strategic media relations, marketing research, coaching/mentoring, financial management and public speaking.
Sukhmander Sidhuhas been re-appointed as a Council member.
Sukh Sidhu is a real estate agent with RE/MAX Little Oak Realty. Previously, Mr. Sidhu was a real estate agent with Block Brothers Realty. Active in his community, Mr. Sidhu serves as a Director with the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, a board on which he served as president from 2011-12. He is also a past President of the Indo-Canadian Business Association in Abbotsford. Mr. Sidhu continues to serve on the Abbotsford Police Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Guru Nanak College and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Khalsa College.
Karen Ameyawhas been re-appointed as a Council member.
Karen Ameyaw is currently Acting Senior Manager in Compliance (Legal Services) at WorkSafeBC. She has also been an associate lawyer at private law firms and an instructor of criminology at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. Karen is active in her community and served as the Vice Chair of the City of Vancouver Renters Advisory Committee. She is also involved with various organizations related to law, including the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. She holds a law degree from the University of Victoria and an undergraduate degree in Criminology.
Yasin Amlanihas been re-appointed as a Council member.
Yasin Amlani is a corporate and real estate lawyer with over 18 years of experience. After serving as managing partner at a New Westminster law firm, Yasin moved on to his own law practice. He now practices corporate law part-time, while also advising as a business and legal consultant. Previously, Yasin worked as regional franchise coordinator for a national Canadian franchise as well as in-house consultant to a Fortune 500 financial services company. Yasin has Bachelor of Science and Law degrees from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has held senior positions on volunteer boards, including as Honorary Secretary (Vice President) of the Ismaili Council for BC, and as a member on the Conciliation and Arbitration Board for BC. He currently serves as the Honorary Secretary (Vice Chair) of the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board for Canada.
Blaire Chisholmhas been re-appointed as a Council member.
Blaire Chisholm is the Vice President of Brook Pooni Associates, an urban planning and communications firm. Blaire manages the Vancouver office and leads the planning team. Prior to joining Brook Pooni Associates in 2007, Blaire gained 10 years of experience with non-governmental organizations, research and policy consultancies, and architectural and planning firms across Canada. Blaire holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental & Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta. She volunteers for a number of non-governmental organizations, including the Urban Development Institute, Arts Umbrella and the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable. She is a Registered Professional Planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners.