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Real Estate Council Members 

 

All members of Council are publicly appointed. The Council consists of up to 16 individuals appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Both the Chair and Vice-Chair of Council are appointed to their positions by the Lieutenant Governor.

The appointment of Council members by government protects real estate consumers and safeguards the public interest, by ensuring that the Council benefits from a diversity of perspectives on regulatory and governance best practices, along with industry expertise.

Learn more about our Council Members below.


 

Marian Elain Duvall – Chair
Term ending: September 17, 2020

Elain brought her passion for improving communities to her career as a developer of non-profit and co-operative housing. She worked at Columbia Housing Advisory Association for 10 years. After several years working in the public sector in the Housing Centre at the City of Vancouver, she became a development manager for Progressive Homes Ltd., which specialized in developing and building non-profit housing. During this period, Elain also co-authored a report for the BC Government, which included recommendations for solving the affordable housing problems of the time.

Elain has extensive governance experience, which includes serving 12 years on the Vancity Credit Union Board, three of which she acted as Chair of the Board. She served as a Governor of the Real Estate Foundation for nine years as well as on other corporate boards. She continues her commitment to community by serving on several non-profit boards. She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Robert Gialloreto – Vice Chair
Term ending: October 31, 2018

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.

Linda Leslie Allen
Term ending: July 13, 2019

Linda Allen, a Registered Professional Planner is a co-founder and Principal of CitySpaces’ Consulting, a consultancy that specializes in land use planning, development consulting, project management, and stakeholder and public engagement. Before relocating to BC 30 years ago, Linda was a senior planner and project manager with the City of Ottawa. Previously, she was a policy researcher in the Executive Offices of Alberta Municipal Affairs. Linda has been active in professional and community organizations, taking on leadership positions within these groups.

 

John Daly
Term ending: October 31, 2018

John Daly was a News Reporter for Global BC from 1980 to 2016. He has taught interviewing techniques and investigative reporting at BCIT and UBC Continuing Education, and is frequently an invited speaker for professional organizations and conferences on the demands of the news media, and where news is headed. A recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Daly was awarded the very first Webster, for the best reporting of the year, in any medium, placing his cameraman, editor and himself against all other TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers.

Sandra Heath
Term ending: October 31, 2018

Sandra Heath is semi-retired as the President of HTD Inc., an international training and human resources consulting firm. Ms. Heath has held a variety of senior management positions in both the private and public sector. She chaired the Providence Health Care Board and served on the board of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority for seven years. Most recently she chaired the Board of Directors of the Portland Hotel Society. She has also served on the boards of community arts organizations. 

 

Len Hrycan
Term ending: October 31, 2018

Len W. Hrycan retired from the City of Kamloops as the Director of Community and Corporate Affairs where he oversaw Fire & Bylaw services, RCMP operations, Legislative services and Council governance. Mr. Hrycan completed a 35-year career in civil service having also managed Engineering, Planning, Development and Real Estate functions. As a key member of senior administration, he was involved in the transformation of City operations, leading to the National Quality Institute’s Canada Award of Excellence (gold level). He graduated from Cariboo College.

 

Kevin Lonsdale
Term ending: October 31, 2018

Kevin Lonsdale is the Executive Director for Canadian National Association of Real Estate Appraisers (CNAREA), a federal, not for profit association for real estate appraisers. Mr. Lonsdale is experienced in the BC real estate industry in both appraisal and banking. Previously, Mr. Lonsdale spent 30 years in banking and finance for both retail and commercial lending and investments. He holds his Bachelors of Economics from Simon Fraser University and he is a certified Personal Financial Planner.

Catherine Anne Ludgate
Term ending: October 5, 2020

Catherine Ludgate is a senior manager of community investment at Vancity credit union, supporting partnerships dedicated to social justice and financial inclusion, including the Living Wage for Families Campaign and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.  She holds a master’s degree in the management of co-ops and credit unions and serves on the Federal Advisory Committee on Poverty and the BC Poverty Advisory Forum, as well as the City of Vancouver’s Poverty Advisory Action Group. She is a sessional instructor at BCIT in the sustainable business leadership program.

Gerald Martin
Term ending: October 31, 2018

Gerry Martin is the managing broker of B.C. Farm and Ranch Realty Corp.  Mr. Martin was a member of the Real Estate Council from 2006-2012, including a one-year term as chair. Mr. Martin was re-elected to council in May 2016, and served from July 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2016, as a broker member from the County of Westminster (south of the Fraser River). He is also a past director of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and past chair of its broker council. He has been licensed for 38 years.

Elana Mignosa
Term ending: October 31, 2018

Elana Mignosa was first appointed to council in September 2015. Ms. Mignosa is the Chief Financial Officer for British Columbia Clinical and Support Services. She was previously the Vice President of Finance (Imaging and Workflow Solutions) for McKesson Technology Solutions, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer for HealthCare Benefit Trust, and the Vice President of Trust Administration for the Alderwoods Group. Ms. Mignosa is a board member for Aunt Leah’s Place and past Treasurer for the Dunbar Community Centre Association. 

Neal Nicholson
Term ending: July 13, 2019

Neal Nicholson spent nearly 50 years as a Chartered Accountant, and continues to serve his clients as a Consulting Accountant. He also serves as the Treasurer of several organizations including the Coquitlam Heritage Society, the Evergreen Cultural Centre, the Rivershed Society of BC and the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. Mr. Nicholson has previously served as Chair of the Douglas College Board, President of the Advanced Education Council of BC and as a Community Member on the Association of Canadian Community College Board for the BC and Yukon Region. He is a former Coquitlam City Council member.

Sukhmander (Sukh) Sidhu
Term ending: October 31, 2018

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 Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, a board on which he served as president from 2011-12. He was a President of the Indo-Canadian Business Association in Abbotsford. Mr. Sidhu continues to serve on Abbotsford Police Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Guru Nanak College and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from Khalsa College in India.

 

Laurie Sterritt
Term ending: October 31, 2018

Laurie Sterritt is an independent management consultant. Most recently the Director of Aboriginal Employment and Business Development at BC Hydro, Ms. Sterritt also led the start-up and growth of the Aboriginal Mentoring and Training Association (AMTA) as its founding CEO and its subsidiary company, First Resources Impact Ventures. Active in her community, she was appointed as Director, Industry Training Authority in 2016 and was previously Governor and 1st Vice-Chair, British Columbia Institute of Technology. A member of the Kispiox Band of the Gitxsan Nation, Ms. Sterritt holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

William Thomas Styffe
Term ending: October 31, 2018

Tom Styffe is semi-retired after a career in Construction Project Management which spanned over 30 years, and included projects ranging in scope from the $25 million Douglas College New Westminster campus, to the construction of schools, hospitals, commercial projects, and 1500 units of residential construction. Mr. Styffe served on the board of Okanagan College for 6 years, most recently as chair. He is also an active member in the Southern Interior Local Government Association, the Union of BC Municipalities, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.  

 

Lance Michael (Mike) Walker
Term ending: October 5, 2020

Mike Walker advises clients in the not-for-profit sector on strategic issues, corporate governance and commercial transactions. He has extensive experience with non-profit and social purpose real estate development in both publicly funded and non-funded environments. Mike also has an active commercial real estate practice, dealing with residential, commercial and resort developments, land acquisition and financing, zoning and land use, and regulatory issues. He is a past board member of the BC Housing Management Commission.

 

Maili Wong
Term ending: October 31, 2018

Maili Wong is first vice-president, investment advisor and portfolio manager with CIBC Wood Gundy with fifteen years of international investment experience including five years in New York City managing over $5 billion in assets for a global investment fund. Ms. Wong was a member of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation (PMF) from 1999 – 2001, and was elected to serve on the UBC Board of Governors from 2000 – 2001.