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Engage with our faculty. REIC instructors are experienced practitioners as well as skilled educators. They bring real world experience to help you apply the concepts you learn to your work environment.

 



Samir Bachir, FRI

Samir holds an MBA from Concordia University and is a Fellow in commercial investments. With over 22 years of real estate experience, focusing on commercial and industrial real estate, Samir provides in-depth analysis on the development and implementation of marketing strategies, skilled negotiations and corporate real estate.


 


Mark Bell, CPM® ARM®

Mark has been a member of the Real Estate Institute of Saskatchewan (REIS) since taking his first property management course in 1986. For the past 20 years he has taught property management fundamentals to students across western Canada, bringing a wealth of experience, knowledge and background in senior management. Mark was an REIC Past President and has also served on the REIS board and IREM council.

 
 


Jean-François Bigras, CPM®
Jean-François has worked in real estate for 30 years. Starting in property management, he has offered consulting, project management, and training to several firms internationally. He currently teaches Real Estate Finance at Université du Québec à Montréal. Jean-François has successfully built a multi-unit residential portfolio and is the owner manager of five properties (300 units) in and around Montreal. 

 


Natalka Falcomer, CLO

Natalka is a lawyer and founder of Groundworks Realty Services where she has developed and led the leasing and property management divisions.  Natalka speaks at various national real estate events, and also writes for publications such as Real Estate Magazine. Real Estate Professional Magazine recently named Natalka as one of Canada’s Top 100 Elite Women in Real Estate.


 


Scott Fischer, CRP
Scott has been involved in building operations and management for 20 years. With an extensive background in capital and reserve fund planning, he is the leader of the real estate team servicing Wealth Management Canada at RBC Financial group. He designs courses and teaches reserve fund planning across Canada. Scott has served as Director for the REIC Toronto chapter as well as the national board. 

 


Marg Gourlay, FRI CRES

Marg has been a Broker since 1985, and has been teaching real estate courses since 1986. In the past 30 years she has written and instructed courses for REIC, Ontario Real Estate College, and the Toronto Real Estate Board. Marg has enjoyed a successful real estate career, opening her own company Develco Realty in 1990. In 2010 she was accepted by Ontario Superior Court of Justice as a qualified expert witness in relation to the standard of care expected in real estate transactions. 

 


Donna Harding, FRI SRES
Donna's thirst for professional knowledge and client-care focus, allowed her company to grow from a “one-lady” Team to a highly successful and well-respected Real Estate Brokerage in only 4 years. As a take-charge negotiator, she knows what it takes to sell. Donna's outstanding leadership and proven market strategies have led to 96% of her business coming directly from referrals through satisfied clients!  

 


Nick Iannazzo, FRI CLO

Nick has been practicing law in Ontario since 1985, specializing in real estate law. His expertise includes real estate development, buying and selling commercial, industrial and residential real estate, financing transactions and commercial leasing. He received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as real estate certification and a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University. 


 


Gareth Jones, FRI CRES ABR CRB C-RETS SRS SRES PSA RENE

Gareth is a real estate broker with over 28 years of experience in both residential and commercial real estate. He is Vice-President, Corporate Development at REIC and has been appointed a member of the education committee at TREB. Gareth previously worked for major real estate firms such as Right At Home Realty, Royal LePage, Johnston & Daniel Division, RE/MAX, and CIBC as a commercial mortgage manager. 

 


Mary Jones, FRI CRES

Mary is an experienced Broker with RE/MAX Niagara Realty Ltd., who has been active in the real estate industry since 1981. She is the Resource & Development Officer for the brokerage, and instructs many real estate courses and seminars throughout Ontario. Mary's experience and expertise is sought after and respected by the RECO Education Advisory Committee, on which she actively participates.

 


Saadat Keshavjee, CPM® CMOC

Sadaat, founder and president of Amhurst Property Management Ltd. in Calgary, has been engaged in real estate for most of his life. He has worked in all parts of the industry from land acquisition and development to management across most real estate sectors. Educated in three continents, Sadaat has been instructing real estate in Canada since 1989, and has been IREM faculty since 1996. 

 


Cynthia Lai, FRI

Since 1983, Cynthia has built an impressive career in real estate sales and management. Active in both commercial and residential mixed use developments, she holds the position of Broker/Owner at Global Link Realty Group Inc. in Markham. Cynthia is a Past President of TREB and has taught at REALTOR® associations across Ontario, offering practical experience and insight on today’s evolving real estate profession.  

 


Suzanne LeValley, CPM® CMOC

Suzanne has worked in real estate and property management since 1978. She holds the CPM and CMOC designations with REIC and now specializes in condominium management as the owner and operator of Longley Condominium Services Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta. Suzanne has been a member of faculty since 2014, and served as President of REIC from 2011-2013.

 


William McCarthy, FRI CPM® CLO CRE

William has dedicated his life to real estate and academic study, earning a variety of degrees and accreditations. He was one of the first Certified Leasing Officers (CLO) in Canada, and is also one of approximately 1,100 Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) worldwide, a prestigious designation granted only through invitation. He manages his own real estate portfolio while providing property development, management and consulting to select clients. 

 


John Poletes, FRI
Prior to practicing law, John was a broker specializing in commercial real estate. He started his own law practise in 2004, focusing on real estate closings, commercial leasing and business transactions. John has served as OREA and REIC faculty, teaching legal issues and real estate ethics. He also delivers seminars to the brokerage community.  John holds an LL.B from Queen’s University and holds a Bachelor of Administrative Studies with a certificate in Real Estate Studies from York University.

 


Georges Renaud, FRI(E) CPM®

Georges is a 30 year real estate veteran who has participated in the asset, workout and property management of diverse portfolios across Western Canada, Ontario and Quebec. He is currently Executive Vice President of Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance, President of the IREM Quebec Chapter, and is also an REIC past president. Georges believes in continued education, association work and credentials as a path to a more productive and lucrative career. 

 


Chrystal Skead, CPM® ARM®

Chrystal has been active in the property management industry for 30 years, starting as a resident manager and working to her last corporate position with Bentall Kennedy. She was instrumental in building their national residential business unit from one 92 unit property up to a 4000 unit portfolio. Chrystal received a Certificate in Adult Continuing Education through the University of Alberta, and is a qualified IREM instructor. 

 


Christine Stanley, CPM® CMOC

Christine has over 30 years of experience in residential and commercial property management. Throughout her career she has focused on education and knowledge, serving on multiple real estate councils at the national level. Christine is a continuing studies instructor at Langara College, Past President of REIC and the IREM BC chapter, and is an REIC Emeritus. 

 


Gerald Tostowaryk, FRI
Gerald has been a licensed real estate agent in the Edmonton area since 1991. He initially sold residential real estate and transferred into the commercial sales and leasing field in 2003. He was an active instructor for the Alberta Real Estate Association for approximately 15 years. Gerald has served on numerous boards and committees, and is currently a member of the REIC Edmonton Chapter Board.

 


Leo Ziadé, FRI
Leo started his career in 1977 as Director of Trust Royal while preparing the launch of his real estate agency Invest Gain Ltee. He obtained the FRI accreditation in 1995 and CMR in 1986. Throughout his successful career, Leo has been a member of the chamber of commerce Canada-Lebanon and President of the REIC Quebec Chapter. He holds bachelor degrees in computer science and business administration.
 
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