Becoming a Council Member

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) consists of 12 members. The Real Estate Act section 6 is very specific about the required composition of Council. All appointments to Council are for a three-year term and can be extended to include a second three-year term at the discretion of the appointing organization or individual.

The Minister of Service Alberta is tasked with the responsibility of appointing one member to Council.

The Alberta Mortgage Brokers’ Association (AMBA) is to appoint one Council member, who must be a mortgage broker.

The Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) appoints six members to Council as follows:

  1. one member who must be a real estate broker trading in industrial, commercial and investment real estate and who may or may not be active in property management.
  2. one member who must be a real estate broker trading in residential real estate.
  3. from nominations received from the Calgary Real Estate Board, one member, who must be a real estate broker.
  4. from nominations received from the Edmonton Real Estate Board, one member, who must be a real estate broker.
  5. from nominations received from other real estate boards in Alberta, two members, who must be real estate brokers.

The AMBA and AREA appointees to Council are responsible for jointly appointing two members as follows:

  1. from nominations from industry members who are not members of AREA, one member, who must be an industry member.
  2. from nominations from the public at large, one member, who must not be an industry member.

Lastly, all members of Council appointed through the processes above are responsible for jointly appointing two members as follows:

  1. one member from nominations received in accordance with the regulations, who must be a real estate appraiser.
  2. one member from nominations received in accordance with the regulations, who must be a property manager.

Pursuant to Bylaw 2, Council members, when appointing a non-AREA industry member, are to provide notice to industry members who are not AREA members of the times during which nominations will be received. Likewise, Council members, when appointing a non-industry member from nominations received from the public at large, are to provide notice to the public of the appropriate times during which nominations will be received. This notice can be provided through RECA-distributed communication to industry members and/or provincial media outlets, or other communication vehicles.

Council member background

Council members – regardless of the process through which they come to be appointed to Council – are expected to be leaders in their field; be critical thinkers with experience in planning and policy making; have good judgment, outstanding integrity, the ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy, respect for the democratic process and others’ points of view, and a strong desire to build productive relationships and support RECA’s regulatory work in a positive way.

Want to be Member of Council? What you Should Know (pdf)

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