Mother’s Day 2017

Mom, Mother, Mama…they go by many names and on Sunday May 14th we’ll be honouring them…

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OREA’s Political Affairs Conference is a huge success!

OREA would like to thank all delegates who attended our annual Political Affairs Conference (PAC).

This year, 39 out of 40 boards participated in the conference, staff booked almost 70 MPP meetings, and registered over 200 delegates. It is safe to say, PAC was a huge success!

It’s undeniable that there was excitement and passion in the air as REALTORS® met with MPPs to discuss key REALTOR® Issues including the MLTT and HER&D.

The Minister of Government and Consumer Services, the Hon. David Orazietti, addresses PAC delegates.

PC Leader, Patrick Brown, speaks to delegates at PAC

NDP leader, Andrea Horwath, speaks to REALTOR® delegates

President Pat Verge with MPPs Mike Colle (Left) and Todd Smith (Right)

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Town of Oakville receives international economic development awards

Thursday, November 26, 2015 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville receives international economic development awards

Town’s Economic Development annual report gets the gold!

The Town of Oakville is at the forefront of economic development, recently winning two awards at the 2015 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference — a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for their 2014 Annual Report, and a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for the 2014 Oakville Innovation Awards.

“Council is committed to attracting, retaining and encouraging businesses to develop in Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Town staff does an excellent job of conveying just how attractive Oakville is to live, work, and do business. As such, Oakville continues to be a priority destination for new and existing investment.”

Town staff worked with local creative marketing firm, Mindshape, to develop the 2014 Economic Development Annual Report. The theme, An Environment for Innovative Growth, celebrates the innovative environment that makes Oakville a priority destination for business.

The Oakville Innovation Awards were launched in 2014 to celebrate technology and engineering excellence and recognize those who have participated in the development of products or processes that exhibit leading edge research and development. The Oakville Innovation Awards were a joint effort between the Town of Oakville, the Oakville Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, HalTech and Silicon Halton.

“From localized community projects, to large scale endeavors, economic development efforts have played a vital role in the global economy,” said JoAnn Crary, chair of the IEDC and president of Saginaw Future Inc. “These awards serve as a salute to pacesetting organizations like the Town of Oakville for leading the charge.”

Earlier this year, the town also won an award for Regionalism and Cross Border Collaboration from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario for their work with the Ontario Auto Mayors.

“Since the creation of our economic development strategy in 2009, our department has been awarded a total of four provincial, four national and five international awards,” said Dorothy St. George, director of Economic Development. “These awards showcase the efforts of the Economic Development department to create positive change in our community.”


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Town of Oakville forestry program receives SMA accreditation

Thursday, November 19, 2015 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville forestry program receives SMA accreditation

The Town of Oakville is the first Canadian municipality to join a prestigious group of communities accredited by the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). SMA Accreditation is the highest honour for municipal urban forestry programs. John McNeil, manager, Forestry Services accepted a plaque on the town’s behalf at the SMA’s 51st Annual International Conference and Trade Show on November 19, 2015.

“The Town of Oakville continues to be a national leader in urban forestry,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This SMA accreditation confirms that our commitment to the health, vibrancy and protection of our tree canopy now and for future generations is paying off.”

The town’s forestry program is the first outside of the USA to be accredited by SMA. SMA Accredited programs must have an ISA Certified Arborist on staff, an approved Local Forest Master Plan, and a Tree City USA growth award certification or equivalent. They also must show preference for accredited tree care companies when contracting tree care work, adhere to ANSI standards for safety and performance, and adhere to SMA’s Code of Ethics.

In a letter to the town, SMA President, David Lefcourt praised the town’s forestry section for their outstanding efforts in maintaining its urban forest, and extended congratulations to Mayor Rob Burton for his leadership. “This accreditation recognizes the dedication you and your forestry section staff have given to the Town of Oakville and the care of its urban forest. From routine operations to management and planning for your community forest, the Town of Oakville is exceeding international standards and setting an example for others to follow,” he said.

For more information on the town’s forestry programs, visit the Trees and Woodlands page.

About SMA

The Society of Municipal Arborists is a not-for-profit international organization of municipal arborists, urban and community foresters, members of tree boards, tree wardens, consultants, municipal officials, and students who are involved in the professional management of trees where over 114 million people live, work, and play. SMA leads the world in building the confidence, competence, and camaraderie of the family of professionals who create and sustain community forests. For more information, visit the Urban Forestry website.


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Agent Caffeine for Real Estate: Emerge! Canada with Natasha Lemire-Blair

 

OREA’s own Natasha Lemire-Blair, MBA, CAE, Director of Member Engagement recently sat down with Kelly Mitchell from AGENT CAFFEINE to chat about the OREA EMERGE Conference Series.

About Agent Caffeine:

Agent Caffeine for the Real Estate Industry. We focus on Tech, Strategy, and Performance.

Agent Caffeine goes to the source and get the most powerful strategies tactics and advice from those out there executing every day. Agent Caffeine is designed to engage the most influential, passionate thought leaders in all disciplines of business. Their fire pushes us to be better, benefit from past mistakes and gives us a driving desire to evolve and change. Asking the questions you need answered to power your business, polish your strategy and make a dent in the universe. Inspired by helping you.

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Ontario Legislature Resumed this Week

The Pink Palace is bustling with excitement this week as the legislature resumed on Monday.

While it has been business as usual for the Liberals and the NDP, the Progressive Conservatives debuted their new leader, Patrick Brown.

Other changes to the PC benches include the resignation of highly respected MPP Christine Elliott who announced she’d be leaving provincial politics this past summer. A by-election to fill her seat has yet to be announced.

OREA looks forward to another busy year working with Ontario’s legislators and meeting with them soon at our annual Political Affairs Conference.

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Ontario Legislature Resumed this Week

Fall into technology events

If you want to stay on the cutting edge of technology in real estate, come to one or more in a series of events in the months ahead. The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) is reprising its tools and technology series designed to develop your technical skills and knowledge with Emerge: Moving You Forward with the Tools for Tomorrow. Starting up again this fall, the Emerge series will feature topics designed to develop your skills and knowledge on emerging tools and technologies. Possible topics include: e-signatures, new technology and branding. Each event will feature exciting speakers, including personal branding guru Debra Trappen. The Emerge events will also include breakout sessions and consumer panels. Six events are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 17 – Ottawa

Thursday, Oct. 8 – Peterborough

Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Sudbury

Thursday, Nov. 5 – Burlington

Thursday, Nov. 26 – Stratford

Tuesday, Dec. 8 – Mississauga

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Top 10 ways to renew your volunteer gene pool

OREA’s 2014 Member Profile research identified a troubling trend. Over the past 8 years, organized real estate in Ontario has witnessed a decline in voluntarism. Since 2007, involvement on a real estate board or committee has slipped from 1 out of 4 members to just 1 out of every 7. The challenge now is to renew, re-energize and re-activate your board’s pool of professional volunteers.

As you create strategies at your association, here are the 10 tips I recently shared at the 2015 Leadership Conference.

  1. Strategize: Bring your board and staff together to develop a strategy and refine your volunteer engagement goals. Volunteer engagement involves all the same steps as effective business planning – market research and analysis, goal-setting, resource allocation, planning, implementation, management and measurement.
  2. Research: Assess your data and observations regarding volunteers. Where are the gaps in your board’s volunteer gene pool? What skills and perspectives are you missing? Who is most likely to step forward?
  3. Define: Let people know what is expected of them before they sign on. When did you last re-visit your executive or staff mandates? Are additional responsibilities undocumented? Are there critical roles that are missing, such as responsibility for volunteer engagement?
  4. Underload (vs. Overload): Giving back to the profession is the number one reason cited by REALTORS© in Ontario who already volunteer. Nearly half of OREA members surveyed say they would volunteer up to 4 hours per month. Remember, however, the surest way to loves volunteers is to overload them, so be sensitive to their time limitations.
  5. Lead: If you want it done right, put someone in charge. Do you have a dedicated volunteer engagement or recruitment committee headed by an inspiring leader? Do you have a measurable goal? Who are the best people to help you engage new volunteers and/or re-engage lapsed volunteers?
  6. Recognize: A simple “Thank You” may be all it takes for some but consider how else you can leverage that recognition to engage others. A formal recognition ceremony can focus attention on current volunteers but also on the real benefits they get from their volunteer service.
  7. Inform: One of the most significant findings of OREA’s volunteer research is that some REALTORS© believe they lack the necessary experience to serve on a board or committee. This perception was most prevalent among women, new REALTORS© and salespersons. If it is new ideas, different perspectives, more time or more energy you are after, you will want to change this perception.
  8. Target: Recruitment committees frequently go back to the same pool of talent instead of broadening the scope of their appeal. Consider who has not already stepped forward to volunteer or who has not stepped forward lately.
  9. Promote: Prospective volunteers want more information about the opportunities that are available. Events, newsletter articles, web profiles, email and social media blasts, and even local media coverage can advertise volunteer opportunities and highlight the benefits of volunteering.
  10. Ask: You know how to close a deal – you need to ask! Face-to-face communication is your most persuasive promotional tool. In fact, OREA’s research found that the number one reason why non-volunteers do not step forward is all too often because nobody asked.

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Easter Events in Burlington – 2015

Spring has finally arrived and in just a couple of weeks we will be celebrating Easter.  If like me, you have young (or young at heart) children then you know they eagerly anticipate the arrival of a certain festive bunny … Continue reading →

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Participation from All Parties At this Year’s PAC

OREA was happy to welcome representatives from all three Ontario parties at this year’s conference including MPPs Ballard, Smith and Fife. In addition, REALTORS® met with MPPs of all parties during the conference in Toronto.

 

OREA and RECO with MPP Chris Ballard, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services

 

2014 Government Relations Committee Chair, Tom Lebour, with Progressive Conservative MPP Todd Smith.

New Democratic Party MPP Catherine Fife.

 

 

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Participation from All Parties At this Year’s PAC