New appointments to Real Estate Council of Alberta

Calgary, Alberta – The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Pat Rudiger, FRI, as chair and Ralph Salomons as vice-chair.  The appointments were made at a November 7, 2007 council meeting.

“As a long-time real estate industry member I have seen the positive effect that RECA has had on consumer confidence,” said Pat Rudiger.  “By introducing practices that improve professional and educational standards, RECA has helped make our industries better for everyone.  It is truly an honour for me to serve my colleagues as chair.”   Pat is a broker in Edmonton and has worked in the real estate industry for 28 years.  He is a past president and honorary life member of both the Alberta Real Estate Association and the Edmonton Real Estate Board, and is a past chair of the Real Estate Institute of Canada.  He was appointed to RECA in 2003 to represent industry members trading in residential real estate.

Ralph Salomons has worked in the commercial real estate brokerage business since 1984.  His company, Ralph Salomons Commercial Inc., specializes in land sales and leasing, and is based in Red Deer.  Ralph has served as a director of the Alberta Real Estate Association and is past president of the Red Deer Real Estate Board.  He was appointed to RECA in 2006 to represent Alberta’s industrial, commercial and investment real estate sector.  

A total of twelve council members represent the public interest and real estate industry members (including real estate brokers and associates, mortgage brokers and associates, real estate appraisers, and property managers) throughout the province.  Council members are appointed for a three-year term and may serve two terms consecutively.  In addition to Pat Rudiger and Ralph Salomons, current council members are:   Chris Anderson (representing industry members who are not members of the Alberta Real Estate Association), Cindy Dubray (representing the property management sector), Cheryl Schindel (representing real estate boards outside of Edmonton and Calgary), Les Higa (representing real estate boards outside of Edmonton and Calgary), Sheldon Johnston (representing the Edmonton Real Estate Board), Connie Leclair (representing the public), Wayne McAlister (representing the Calgary Real Estate Board), Richard Parker (representing the public), Gary Siegle (representing the mortgage brokerage sector), and Robert Telford (representing real estate appraisers).

RECA is an independent, non-government agency responsible for regulating real estate, mortgage broker, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA is mandated to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry members.