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IREM Canadian Regional Conference Successfully Takes Place in Halifax

IREM Canadian Regional Conference Successfully Takes Place in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Members from all over Canada convened last week in Halifax, Nova Scotia to take part in IREM’s Region 14 Leadership Conference. Ben McGrew, CPM, President-Elect, Cheryl Gray, CPM, Secretary/Treasurer Nominee and Ron Penner, CPM, RVP, presented the program along with IREM staff. Topics included chapter management, innovative chapter projects, and engaging young professionals at the chapter level.

The importance of the IREM/REIC network as a source of information and professional knowledge was a general theme running through the conference. Chrystal Skead, CPM, ARM and former RVP, stated that these events are only the beginning of the network’s potential. “Being a member has given me so many career opportunities, and no matter where my work takes me, there is always someone local I can call on to provide the information I need to be successful.”

Sarah Sheila Birnbach completed the IREM program with a workshop on volunteer development. “Chapters should take selecting a volunteer for a position as seriously as hiring a new employee. A volunteer shouldn’t just be a warm body with a pulse; we need to interview them, train them properly, and reward them along the way for doing a good job,” says Ms. Birnbach.

Mike Lanning, CPM, 2017 IREM President, joined the conference to present the Outstanding Canadian Chapter of the Year Award for 2016 to Manitoba Chapter No. 114. “Manitoba Chapter shows such a strong commitment to increasing value for each member and the industry; it sets an example other chapters should follow,” he stated.

The Region 14 Leadership Conference kicked-off the programming for the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC)’s annual conference entitled Growing Together. REIC is IREM’s longstanding partner and oversees member service and IREM education for IREM members and students in Canada.