Committees and Appointees

The Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) has two Board Committees and three Operational Committees charged with working on specific industry concerns and issues. Meeting throughout the year, the committees offer recommendations to the Board of Directors to ensure that the relevant issues and concerns of our members are met.

In addition, the AREA Board of Directors is tasked with appointing several representatives to terms on the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) and the Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF) Board of Governors.

Click on the headings below to view more information on AREA's committees and AREA's appointees to RECA and AREF.
Board Committee: Governance and Board Development
AREA’s Governance and Board Development Committee assists the Board of Directors in maintaining good governance and leads a process to evaluate the effectiveness of the Board of Directors, Board Committees and individual Directors. This Committee also assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its obligations relating to CEO goals and objectives, evaluation, compensation and succession planning.

  • Develop and maintain Board Policy Manual
  • Review new director orientation program
  • Evaluate board meeting and board committee effectiveness
  • Review professional development for Directors
  • CEO compensation
  • CEO position description
  • CEO annual goals and objectives
  • CEO performance evaluation
2016 Chair: D'Arcy Donald

Appointed Board Members: Jennifer McKenzie, Bob Jablonski, Ed Jensen
Board Committee: Finance and Audit
AREA’s Finance and Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its obligations and oversight responsibilities relating to financial planning, the audit process, financial reporting, corporate controls and risk management.

  • Review financial report
  • Review operational and capital budgets
  • Review CEO and Board members’ annual expenses
  • Review internal controls and statutory/regulatory compliance
  • Review risk review report (including insurance coverage)
  • Review External Auditor’s engagement process and confirm fees for upcoming year
  • Meet with External Auditor to review pre-audit findings

2016 Chair: Bob Jablonski

Appointed Board Members: Jennifer McKenzie, D'Arcy Donald, Ed Jensen
Operational Committee: Provincial Government Relations
AREA’s Provincial Government Relations Committee guides and supports the AREA Government Relations function and Advocacy process. It is the key mechanism by which AREA members and boards can speak with one voice on provincial issues and legislation affecting Alberta REALTORS® and real estate consumers.

  • Engage in advocacy-related discussions
  • Discuss how changes within the Alberta Government can impact AREA’s advocacy
  • Discuss how changes from the Regulator or organized real estate impacts AREA’s advocacy
  • Discuss relevant legislative shifts and the impact on AREA’s advocacy
  • Advise and assist in development of AREA positions on provincial real estate issues
  • Evaluate advancement of AREA advocacy positions
  • Advise on PAC process and development of PAC members (e.g. formulation of AREA PAC Days)
  • Participate in meetings with government and/or other key stakeholders and GR-related events, as warrants

2015 Provincial Government Relations Committee

Chair: D’Arcy Donald (Northern Alberta)
 
Committee Members:

Charlie Ponde (Edmonton)
Jennifer Lucas (Edmonton)
Jeff Walters (Edmonton)
Bill MacDougall (Calgary)
Bill Kirk (Calgary)
Brad Kopp (Central Alberta)
Brad Cook (Southern Alberta)
Operational Committee: Provincial Forms and Practice
AREA’s Provincial Forms and Practice Committee guides and supports the AREA Industry Relations group in the management of content related to AREA Forms.

  • Engage in practice discussions
  • Discuss how practice issues and themes impact AREA Forms
  • Discuss how changes from the Regulator or organized real estate impact AREA standard provincial forms
  • Discuss relevant legislative shifts (i.e. Land Titles, Privacy, Anti-spam, Municipal Government, Dower Act etc.) and their impact on AREA Forms
  • Discuss case law outcomes and legal community opinions and their impact on AREA Forms
  • Discuss province-wide standards of practice for the conduct of the business of real estate in Alberta
Given the critical nature of AREA Forms to the practice of real estate, recommendations arising from the Forms and Practice Committee are approved by the AREA Board of Directors.

Standard Forms Change Process Map

2016 Provincial Forms & Practice Committee

Chair:
Todd Wallace (AREA Director - RASCA)

Voting Members

Derek Austin (AREA Director - CARA)
Janet Kuehn (AREA Director - Grande Prairie)
Liz Bergeron (Calgary)
Liz Haskins (Fort McMurray)
Barbara Howey (Edmonton)
Camil Morley (Calgary)
Andrea Snow (Edmonton)
Lori Spada (Calgary)
 
Non-Voting Members
Andrea Gibson (Calgary)
Margherita Gosselin (Edmonton)
Harvey Gamble (REIX)
Jim Doyle (REIX counsel)
Stan Galbraith (Legal counsel)
Operational Committee: Provincial Professional Development
AREA’s Provincial Professional Development Committee guides and supports the AREA Professional Development group in the delivery of continuing education for members.

  • Engage in professional development-related discussion
  • Engage in discussions about trends, issues and opportunities that could affect the direction AREA takes on professional development
  • Discuss how practice issues and themes impact AREA professional development
  • Discuss how changes from the Regulator and/or organized real estate impact AREA professional development
  • Discuss relevant legislative shifts and their impact on AREA professional development
  • Discuss goal for professional development for REALTORS® in Alberta
  • Discuss and review approaches/direction to professional development
*Other Committees and/or Task Forces may be struck, as the need arises.

2016 Provincial Professional Development Committee

Chair: Julio Florez
 
Committee Members:
Brad Cook
Jennifer Gilbert
Doug Singleton
Kevin McGivery
Brian Finley
Lori Spada
AREA Appointees: Real Estate Council of Alberta
Individuals appointed by AREA who are currently serving on the Real Estate Council of Alberta represent residential and commercial real estate on a body that includes representation from real estate, property management, mortgage brokers, real estate appraisers and the public. More

AREA-Appointed Council Members:

Bobbi Dawson
Ramey Demian
Bill Kirk
Brian Klingspon
Stan Mills
Robyn Moser


AREA Appointees to RECA Residential Advisory Committee:

Jennifer McKenzie
Bob Jablonski
AREA Appointees: Alberta Real Estate Foundation
Individuals appointed by AREA who are currently serving on the Alberta Real Estate Foundation Board of Governors oversee the mission of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation. More

AREA-Appointed Governors of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation

Charlie Ponde
Jim Saunders








 

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