Message From The President

Since 1917 the Mortgage Investment Association of B.C. has been an active real estate industry association, working to build professionalism and a strong network among a wide range of real estate professionals with an interest in mortgage lending.

In 2010, the MIABC was incorporated as a legal non reporting society in the province of BC, in what has marked the start of a series of modernizing changes for the Association.

In 2011, the board presented and members approved a revised constitution with broader criteria for membership that includes retiring members. There is no doubt that these changes have encouraged the transfer of knowledge and mentoring that is required to ensure a bright and sustainable future for our Association.

The MIABC revolves around all financial matters, both domestic and international. We’ve witnessed firsthand the continued volatility in our local and global economy and we here in Vancouver continue to be amazed by strong escalation in Vancouver house prices that seem to defy the experts.

For the MIABC, the 2016 - 2017 term was highlighted with some important achievements including:

  • Continuous upgrades to member experience and user functionality on the MIABC Website.
  • Great line-up of speakers, including our annual market update and forecast provided by Helmut Pastrick.
  • Increased turnout to our monthly lunches and special events.
  • Last but not least, a complete sell-out golf tournament benefiting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

I would like to thank the entire MIABC Board for their support and volunteer contribution to the Association. The members include:

Jeff Puhl, Past President

Mark Baron, Vice President

Andy Pham, Treasurer

Rosemary John, Secretary

Amanda Magee, Director

Sam Dayal, Director

Lonnie Neufeld, Director

Janice Funke, Director

Barry Fenton, Director

Jim McGregor, Director

Aaron Chee, Director

Wes McCrorie, Director

This year marks 2 departures from the board; Derek Townsend and Cherie Devisser. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your volunteer service to this organization. There is no doubt your contributions have helped shape the MIABC to what it is today and for that we are exceptionally grateful. Personally, it has been a pleasure to work with and get to know each of you.

As well, I would like to give a big thanks to our Executive Coordinator, Michelle Holst, for all your help and support throughout the year.

Finally, and this should be the first item, it is the members of the MIABC that make this industry association such a valuable part of BC’s real estate and mortgage investment community. So thanks to all the members that supports the activities of the MIABC and continue to pay their dues and come out to the events. I really appreciate it!

As current President of the MIABC, please accept my sincere thanks for the great opportunity given to me by the MIABC members.

Respectfully,

Lea Billard

President, MIABC 2017 - 2018

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