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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.


 
 

Robert Holmes, Q.C.  – Chair
Term ending: October 31, 2018

Robert Holmes is a litigation and arbitration lawyer with over 32 years’ experience.  He has appeared in all levels of courts in Canada. He practices with Holmes & King in Vancouver. Mr. Holmes has lectured, written and appeared on radio and television on a wide variety of legal and public interest matters, including while serving as President of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, President of the BC Civil Liberties Association, and Chair of the Vancouver Civil Litigation Section and on Provincial Council of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Holmes has served as a member of the Vancouver Coastal and Provincial Health Services Patient Care Quality Review Boards since 2008 and has been appointed chair of those boards for 2016-2019. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and received his Master of Laws from Yale University. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel on December 2010.

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, the destination marketing organization for Greater 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/accountability and public speaking.

 

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 that focuses on developing leadership capacity. 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, chairing two different committees. Most recently she chaired the Board of Directors of the Portland Hotel Society for one year. 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.

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, a FORTUNE 500 healthcare IT company. Prior to her role at McKesson, she was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer for HealthCare Benefit Trust, and the Vice President of Trust Administration for the Alderwoods Group. In her community, Ms. Mignosa is a board member for Aunt Leah’s Place and past Treasurer for the Dunbar Community Centre Association. 

Sukhmander S. 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. In addition, she led the development of AMTA’s 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.  

 

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, during which she helped manage over $5 billion in assets for a global investment fund. Ms. Wong has also worked in Toronto on the investment team for a global insurance company in 1999, 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. She is known for her commitment to delivering complete confidence in her financial advice and client relationships. She and her team are proud to be recognized as being catalysts for building client wealth.