Mr. Dean Lapointe, Director.
Dean Lapointe has a broad range of experience during his 32 years in the real estate industry in Vancouver, British Columbia. He began his career as a realtor for a National Company following which he worked as a market research analyst in the US. He then became the manager for a new division of investment, commercial and industrial properties for National Trust Realty. During the 15 years that he ran Lapointe and Associates Realty he became an Appraiser. Following a stint as Leasing Director for the Vancouver World Trade Centre, he became the senior Vice President and Nominee of a small I.C and I company - within 4 years this company was the 2nd largest in B.C. Dean is currently with Coldwell Banker Legend Real Estate Group, in Vancouver, BC. The French Real Estate Federation (FNAIM), the largest professional real estate organization in Europe has appointed Dean as an International Advisor.
Ms. Ursula Morel, CIPS, CLHMS, RSPS, TRC, Director
Ursula has been the President of FIABCI-Canada (Federation of International Real Estate) among the top Whistler real estate agent and won awards including RE/MAX Hall of Fame and MLS Medallion Club. She is also a member of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing with the achievement of the Million Dollar Guild (CLHMS), recognized as an "exceptional agent" in the Wall Street Journal and Barron's. Ursula Morel is specialized in Luxury Resort & Second Home Properties and licensed for Trading-& Rental Property Management Service . For the last 31 years Ursula (relocated from Germany and France) has been welcoming people to Whistler from all over the world. That welcome comes in three languages: English, French and German. Her strengths in negotiating with international investors have made it easy not only to succeed locally but also to expand her activities globally as a CIPS member (Certified International Property Specialist) and RSPS member (Certified Resort & Second Home Property Specialist). Ursula has also achieved her TRC(Transnational Referral Certificate) and CNE ( Certified NegotiationExpert). www.ursulamorel.com
Mr. Carlos Sousa B.A., Director
Carlos Sousa, B.A. Sociology (Honours) has been a Realtor with Sutton Group-Associates Realty in Toronto for the past 10 years. Previously he completed a Commercial Apprenticeship in Berlin with Siemens Gesellschaft. A Chapter Director since 2005 he has attended World Congress and International events. He also represented the Chapter as a member of the Legislation and Environment Committee at the FIABCI Business Meetings in Brussels (2005) and West Palm Beach (2006). He has received his Transnational Referral Certification from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Carlos who speaks Portuguese, English and French has been an active and dedicated volunteer in numerous community multi-cultural projects and is a recipient of the Ontario Lieutenant Governor General's Volunteer Award. He is currently a member of the Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies at University of Toronto. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web Site:www.sousarealestate.net
Ms. Randi Emmott, Director
Randi Emmott, a FIABCI member since 1994, has been in the real estate field for over 30 years after spending 10 years as a nurse in the emergency department of a busy hospital in Toronto. She lives and works in her main service area, the north west area of Toronto which is an easy commute to downtown. Randi specializes in personal and corporate relocations and is a member of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council. Randi has attended FIABCI Congress events in Houston, Bangkok, Barcelona, and Panama. Email: email@example.com, Web Site: www.randi-emmott.com
Ms. Margaret Liu, Director
Margaret Liu has served for many years as a Director before her 2006 Chapter Presidency. A Broker with Sincere Realty Inc., Brokerage for the past 23 years, she has specialized in the sale of Commercial Investment Properties, including Shopping Centers, Apartment Buildings, Industrial Buildings, Hotels and other investment properties. As a committed and active member of FIABCI for the last 20 years, Ms. Liu has attended 23 World Congresses and more than a dozen Asia Pacific Conferences and developed a large network of international contacts. Ms. Liu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and completed a Post-Graduate Executive Management Program. She is a Certified Real Estate Specialist of the Real Estate Institute of Canada, a Member of the Commercial Division of the Toronto Real Estate Board and also an Accredited Professional Manager of the Canadian Institute of Management. In addition, Ms. Liu is a Member of the Toronto Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, an international organizatioon for women practitioners in commercial real estate, as well as being a long standing member of both the Canadian Real Estate Association and the Ontario Real Estate Association. Ms. Liu speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Mr. Jerry England, ABRM, Secretary-General - Canadian Chapter.
A past President of the Canadian Chapter, Mr. England is a Licenced Real Estate Broker in Ontario. He is a past Director and two term President of the Toronto Real Estate Board, Past President of the Mississauga Real Estate Board, a past Director of the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) and has served as a Director for both the Ontario (OREA) and Canadian (CREA) Real Estate Associations. Prior to his real estate career, Jerry had an extensive business career in the United Kingdom and Spain which included owning a building company and holding management positions in the tourism and natural gas industry. Jerry first joined FIABCI-CANADA in 1985 and was a member for several years then after a hiatus re-joined in January 1997. An active volunteer in the real estate industry for the past 33 years he brings a wealth of organizational experience to the administration of the chapter. He was appointed Secretary-General in 2006. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Kottick, Director
Don is a Broker with Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, as well as the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development for Peerage Realty Partners. He is a valuable addition to the chapter leadership having worked in the real estate profession for more than 20 years, serving in a number of senior management roles throughout his career. A highly esteemed member of the real estate profession, he is currently a Director of the Canadian Real Estate Association. Don has also served as President of the Real Estate Institute of Canada. Other organizations that have benefited from his support include the YWCA Arise Women and Children’s Shelter, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity. He most recently served as a Director of the Toronto Real Estate Board, the largest Realtor organization of its type in the world.
Mr. Rick Linklater, 2018 President
After a 22 year career at Sun Life Financial culminating as Director responsible for Asset Management, Leasing, and Property Management in Toronto, Rick took a yearlong sabbatical to teach English at the Hubei University of Economics in Wuhan, China. On returning to Canada he joined Prestigious Properties Canada Ltd. as President, Property Management and VP Asset Management for Prestigious Properties Group of Companies. Since 2008 Rick has owned Orkney Asset Management Ltd. specializing in portfolio management of apartments across Canada and Texas. Rick holds a B.Commerce from the University of Alberta, is a CPM (Certified Property Manager) and is a Canadian Director of the International Real Estate Federation. Rick enjoys working with people and has been involved in the mentorship programs with the REIC Toronto Chapter and the University of Alberta.
Mr. Adrian Schulz, Director & International Committee Member
Adrian Schulz is an accomplished entrepreneur and corporate manager. He is the President and CEO of Imperial Properties, a Winnipeg-based real estate services firm. Having joined FIABCI in 2013, he became a Director with FIABCI Canadian Chapter the same year. Adrian attended the FIABCI European Congress where he has connected with the World Council of Managers. Adrian is currently pursuing his Certified Property Manager (CPM ) designation. He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Actyl Group, a PROFIT HOT50 2012 company and Canada's leader in international workforce solutions, a human resource-consulting firm with offices across Western Canada, and Belize. Adrian was born in Freiburg, Germany and migrated to Canada in 1992; he is fluent in German and English.
Ms. Nora Valdez, Director
Nora started in the real estate profession in 1992 working for a premier independent brokerage in Mexico City and after two years set up her own office - Nova Bienes Raices -serving the market of Ciudad Satelite and neighbouring suburbs in Mexico City. She studied Business Administration at La Salle University, Mexico City and obtained a Real Estate Diploma at the Anahuac University, Mexico City. Nora emigrated to Vancouver in 2000 and in March 2003 after obtaining her real estate license joined Royal LePage Northshore Brokerage (now Royal LePage Sussex) in West Vancouver where she has been one of the top 10% agents winning the Master Sales award (2004 to 2007)and President’s Gold (2008 and 2009). As well as being a member of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and British Columbia Real Estate Association, Nora has the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation through the National Association of Realtors(NAR). Locally she belongs to the Mexican Business Association of Canada and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008. In 2014 she served as Chapter President and represented the chapter at the World Congress in Taiwan.
Currently Nora works mainly with the Latin American residents in Vancouver as well as with the newcomers helping them with relocation process. Her career has expanded to utilize her expertise and contacts to promote commercial properties, hotels and new development lands in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Latin America.
Maria Belkoleva, Director
Real Estate Broker with Homelife Frontier Realty is based in the Greater Toronto Area. Over the past 15 years she has focused on marketing luxury residential and commercial real estate. Maria speaks fluent English, Bulgarian and Russian. She is also an experienced international investor with extensive property portfolios in Canada, Bulgaria and the U.S. and since 2009 has been a Licensed Mortgage Broker with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. Ms. Belkoleva can assist with mortgage financing in Bulgaria and is a member of the National Real Estate Association that represents the real estate profession in Bulgaria with 250 corporate members and 1500 professionals in more than 350 offices. Maria has a corporate background in accountancy and is highly regarded for her professionalism within the international real estate community.
Melissa Salazar, Director
Melissa Salazar’s zest and passion for the real estate industry began when she was still in high school. Her professional experience includes a successful career in several areas of the real estate and property industry including as an agent consultant, team manager, and senior in charge of establishing new brokerages. Melissa gained her vast wealth of real estate knowledge from working with large teams such as the #1 team in the world in Real Estate. Working with the best has equipped her with the vital skills to excel in the realty business and develop an excellent reputation among her peers and clients. Her commitment to excellence is further evidenced by her involvement in the real estate community. She has served in the committees for OREA YPN, Oakville Real Estate Board and Mississauga Real Estate Board and as an Inman Ambassador for New York. She has also achieved several certifications and designations including certified international property specialist and e-pro.