Seeking a Community Investment Manager

We are seeking a Community Investment Manager who is inspired by our mission, demonstrates a high level of motivation, is willing to accept new challenges, ideally brings a strong connection to rural and remote Alberta, has a background in community investment and outcome measurement and evaluation, and is a team player. The Community Investment and Evaluation Manager is accountable for the effective management of the planned, ongoing, and day-to-day community investment-related operations of the Foundation in a manner that advances the mandate and reflects the strategic funding priorities. They also bring a particular focus to the ongoing development of an effective evaluation system. The position is permanent part-time (20 – 25 hours/week).

Responsibilities
• Supporting a successful ongoing and continuous grants application, approval, recognition and project evaluation process for diverse and continually evolving industry-related grants
• Providing oversight and leadership with respect to evaluation, outcome measures and impact/outcome reporting to ensure constant improvement and effective stakeholder reporting
• Increasing the positive profile of the Foundation, its purpose, community investment program and sponsorships, with a particular focus on rural Alberta
• Supports the Board Chair and the Executive Director as the Public Face of the Foundation
• Supports the Executive Director in the effective and ongoing day-to-day operations of the Foundation

Qualifications
• A Non-Profit Leadership, Business degree, or equivalency
• Experience in effectively managing consultants
• A track record of building and managing successful relationships with external stakeholders, particularly across rural Alberta
• An understanding of the real estate industry
• Ability to work well as part of a small, interdependent team

Skills & Competencies
• Significant proven proactive planning, organizing and prioritizing skills and experience blended with ingenuity and creativity in a hands-on environment
• A basic understanding of research methodologies in order to evaluate research proposals or to commission research being proposed by the Foundation
• Exemplary internal and external oral and written communication skills with the ability to use knowledge, intuition and sensitivity when dealing with a broad cross-section of stakeholder groups
• Comfort with technology and remote work environment
• Proficient in Microsoft, WordPress, social media and has a familiarity with databases, like Salesforce or Apply

Compensation
The Alberta Real Estate Foundation offers a competitive compensation package. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume, along with salary expectations to Patti Morris at pmorris@aref.ab.ca with the Subject Line of: “Community Investment Manager” by end of day on Friday, February 25, 2022.

Location
This position is virtual and can be based anywhere in Alberta.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those applicants being interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

 

*Please note we updated our application deadline from Friday, January 28 to Friday, February 25, 2022.

September 2021 Community Investment

The Board of Governors of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation approved $446,920 in Investment Grants at their most recent Board Meeting. In total, the Foundation funded $901,920 through ten Investment Grants in 2021!

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation invests in real estate policy, research, practices, and education that strengthen Alberta’s communities. Under the Real Estate Act, whenever a consumer deposits money in trust through a real estate broker, property manager, or commercial broker, the interest earned on the deposit is accumulated and forwarded to the Foundation for reinvestment into Alberta’s communities. Individually, it is nickels and dimes, but across the province it all adds up! Since 1991, the Foundation has invested over $26.5 million in grants to over 665 initiatives across Alberta.

Join us in celebrating the Investment Grant projects approved at the September meeting that support and advance education, research, law reform, and other activities related to real estate in Real Estate Leadership, the Built Environment, and Land:

Advancing the Rural Alberta Real Estate Market Through Innovative Local Co-operatives
By the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities
Real estate prices in rural communities are dependent upon two interrelated factors: the availability of good jobs, and the availability of a variety of services that make a community a desirable place to live. It is well known that rural communities have, for at least 2-3 decades, faced significant job losses and population decline in the face of globalization, the competitive pressure for economies of scale in agricultural production, and, most recently the fossil fuel industry downturn. This project aims to stabilize and improve the real estate market throughout rural Alberta over the long term by exploring and advocating for the potential inherent in new and innovative local cooperatives to act as significant stimulants in rural economic and community development throughout the province.

Studying the Impact of COVID-19 on the Commercial Real Estate Industry
By the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Calgary
The Calgary Commercial Real Estate industry needs an updated economic impact analysis. Since the last analysis, more than 10 years ago, much has changed in the market. The COVID-19 pandemic and a sustained slump in the price of energy have impacted lease and vacancy rates. Through an economic impact analysis, this study will establish a baseline understanding of the current state of commercial real estate in Calgary. The research will be used to guide policy and legislation within the industry, and with decision-makers.

Protecting Real Estate Value Through Water Remediation Using Native Wetlands Plants: Phase 3A – Low-Cost Water Treatment Technology for Agricultural Real Estate
By Olds College
According to the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association, 80% of Canada’s cattle processing capacity is located in Alberta. Feedlot runoff can contain many different contaminants, including solid and dissolved organic matter, nutrients, salts, and heavy metals, among others. Conventional feedlot wastewater management often involves diverting it to a contained holding pond, where settling processes reduce high total suspended sediment loads, which is critical for reducing the concentration of nutrients. Constructed wetlands have been used to successfully treat feedlot wastewater, but lower-cost options, like floating treatment islands, are still largely uninvestigated, particularly in the Alberta climate. To date, only a handful of studies show the potential of floating treatment islands to treat feedlot effluent. This phase will seek to answer what designs are suitable for livestock feedlot operations, and what plants are suitable for the application of the floating island technology in cold climates.

Supporting Diversity through Inclusion in Commercial Real Estate
By the REET Institute
The commercial real estate industry lacks diversity. A recent study that included over 50 commercial real estate firms indicated that less than 15% of firms had a diversity and inclusion program; under 5% of companies had a budgetary item dedicated to diversity and inclusion; and only 23% of companies believed their diversity and inclusiveness efforts were effective. These statistics indicate that there is a need to make positive inroads towards fighting the systematic inequalities in the workplace and our communities. By creating a pipeline of diverse talent into the commercial real estate industry, we will be able to improve the outcomes for communities that are underrepresented in the space and improve the real estate industry by partnering with corporations to improve the different diversity and inclusion objectives. This project is a small first step in helping the REET Institute develop the next generation of owners and business leaders in the commercial real estate industry by providing access to skills and resources.

Enhancing Real Estate and Land Use Planning through Urban Farming in Alberta Municipalities
By the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Urban Farming
Municipal decision-makers and planners recognize the key benefits in urban farming but knowledge or integration of sustainable practices with real estate opportunities is limited. Both promotion of sustainable practices and a better understanding of what occurs in urban farming in Alberta can aid cities to improve real estate values in order to attract diverse residents and maintain/improve our quality of life. This project aims to provide the real estate industry with knowledge on urban farms and the potential to maximize vacant real estate for Albertan cities. This research will benefit the real estate community by exploring alternative usages of urban spaces while improving industry and/or commercial use and the quality of life for residents in the area through policies and practices related to urban farming and sustainability.

Advancing the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies
By the University of Calgary, Westman School of Real Estate
The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies exists to create entrepreneurial and ethical leaders for Canada’s real estate industry by acting as a catalyst for the development of real estate industry professionals and a leading centre of excellence for real estate studies. The next step for the Westman Centre is to expand its presence and ensure its longevity. Anchored by the real estate value chain, the Westman Centre will ensure its programs, community engagement, and research activities are comprehensive, future-focused, and impactful to the industry. This program funding will ensure the voice of industry is involved in all aspects of the centre, setting it apart from other post-secondary programs. The Westman Centre will focus on engaging students from different disciplines and faculties to create entrepreneurial and ethical leaders for Canada’s real estate industry.

September 2021 30th Anniversary Legacy Investment in Our Community

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Legacy Grants program supports distinctive and high-impact projects which drive transformational long-term change to advance the real estate industry in Alberta.

To celebrate our thirty years of impact, we mobilized an additional $2M in community investment!

This spring, the Board of Governors invested $943,000 through the Legacy Grants program.

In our September Board meeting, we’re thrilled to share we have invested the remainder – and more! We exceeded our goal and are celebrating a total of $2.3M in grant funding to spur recovery, innovation, and change as we move into a post-pandemic world.

Thank you to all those who provided an industry nomination!

Join us in celebrating our 30th Anniversary Legacy Grants projects driving transformational change in the real estate industry and in communities across Alberta:

Uncovering Real Estate Value Through Digital Home Label Pilot
By Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
In the next decade, the residential real estate sector is going to feel the impacts from the global shift to address how energy is produced and used in our homes. These changes are being led by governments and corporations to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as the effects of climate change are being felt more readily. Every industry will need to adapt, and REALTORS® can be leaders within the residential housing sector. This project will help position REALTORS® as trusted experts at the intersection of real estate, affordability , and home energy efficiency. The pilot will measure the value to REALTORS® and home buyers of providing a comparable energy score for every home in Edmonton and Calgary. This project will also set the Alberta real estate industry apart in Canada as the first jurisdiction to attempt digital home energy labeling at such a large scale and across two urban centres, with the goal of scaling it to other municipalities.

Mortgage Broker Education Initiative
By the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association
It is increasingly important that new and experienced mortgage brokers are fully prepared to provide the consumer with the best possible knowledge and advice. The scope and development of these courses, including re-licensing education, will build and support strong, driven industry professionals and create cohesive confident teams within the brokerage industry. By providing a gateway to learning while delivering clear and concise direction, and navigating the mortgage brokerage industry competencies and requirements, the foundation of these courses will promote the development of skills and confidence while maintaining the highest regard of ethics to support the mortgage professional within the industry as essential, ethical, and the top choice for consumers. The byproduct of a well-educated industry is a well-informed public who feels confident in their own understanding of the mortgage transaction.

Increasing Rural Housing Choice through Policy Refinement, Integration and Collaboration
By the Rural Development Network
Many rural Alberta communities have a critical shortage of housing options but building housing in these communities is a huge challenge. Without adequate housing of all types, many small communities cannot retain youth, attract new businesses, workers and residents, or prevent homelessness. This negatively impacts communities’ abilities to grow and prosper. Yet new housing development is continually hampered by inadequate, outdated, or just plain poor municipal policies. This project will help address these challenges faced by REALTORS®, developers, municipalities, and other groups involved in housing and community development, thereby creating a greater diversity of housing choices within rural communities in Alberta, for both current and future residents through the creation of a guide and policy recommendations.

Telework Impacts on the Real Estate Industry in Alberta
By the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
The Alberta real estate industry has experienced and will continue to experience change over the years to come. According to recent research — as vaccination programs roll out across Canada — employees have already started to express concerns around returning to the office full–time, with recent polls indicating over 80% of workers would prefer to adopt a flexible work arrangement (PWC, 2020 Canadian Pulse Survey), and when asked if required to fully return to the office, 29% “would look for another job” (International Workplace Group 2021). In May 2020, Stats Canada released data on the provincial and sectoral capacity for telework. The Alberta market holds an opportunity for 39% of jobs to be done remotely (Stats Canada, 2020). To note, roughly 13% of Canadians engaged in telework in some capacity pre-COVID, meaning that there could be potential for work-from-home (WFH) to increase by 27% post-COVID (Stats Can, 2020). These numbers represent a shift in workplace culture that will significantly influence the real estate market and building usage across Albertan communities over the short and long-term. The research findings and resources developed and shared through this project will support the Alberta real estate community for years to come.

Towards a Future Free of Radon in the Residential Built Environment
By the University of Calgary and EvictRadon
To meet the projected population needs of 2050, we must build 70% more housing over the next 30 years. The urgent need of this work is, that if this future 70% housing is built with yet even higher radon (as our projections indicate will happen without intervention), this built-environment-driven public health crisis will worsen. The price of this in lives and healthcare costs will be staggering, but they are avoidable. The deadline for changes to the 2025 Canada Build Code are fast approaching in April 2023, and there is an opportunity to influence that code in a way that potentially removes the issue of radon from future Canadian property inventories. The project goal is to reduce the burden of radon-induced lung cancer stemming from exposure within the Albertan residential property environment, ensuring that this health issue does not interfere with residential real estate transactions, and improving the equity and inclusivity of public health investments in radon reduction for younger Albertans, rural Albertans, and Albertans aligned in the real estate, architectural and resource sectors.

 

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation invests in real estate policy, research, practices, and education that strengthen Alberta’s communities. Under the Real Estate Act, whenever a consumer deposits money in trust through a real estate broker, property manager, or commercial broker, the interest earned on the deposit is accumulated and forwarded to the Foundation for reinvestment into Alberta’s communities.  On individual transactions, it is just a few cents, but across the province it really adds up.

Since its inception in 1991, the Foundation has invested over $26.5 million in grants to over 665 initiatives across Alberta.

See the Legacy Grants initiatives we funded in June 2021.

Seeking a Public Appointment to our Board of Governors

The Foundation is seeking a Public Appointment to join our Board of Governors for a two-year appointment starting this November 2021.

As described in the Alberta Real Estate Act Regulations, the Foundation’s volunteer Board of Governors is constituted by industry and public representation. The Foundation is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Public Appointment (Business).

The Foundation’s Governors are responsible for overseeing and delivering the Foundation’s mandate through a Strategic Plan and oversight of the organization. Governors are expected to attend three board meetings plus a strategic planning workshop each year; and to serve on at least one Committee (Finance, Engagement, or Governance).

Preference will be given to a candidate who brings the following:

  • Business experience, ideally related to the real estate industry (residential, commercial, property and condo management, property finance/ mortgage)
  • Understanding of Alberta real estate, land, built environment, business and economic issues
  • Governance and Board experience with a non-profit, corporate or other organization
  • Awareness of good grantmaking and community investment practices
  • Is not a practising member of the real estate industry (i.e. does not hold a real estate licence)

The deadline to apply is updated from October 15, 2021 to November 5, 2021. Interested individuals are asked to submit a one-page cover letter and resume outlining their experience and interest. Please indicate Board Public Appointment in the subject line.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or to submit your application, please contact Patti Morris, Executive Director at pmorris@aref.ab.ca or 403 228 4786.

Updated October 14, 2021.

Alberta Real Estate Foundation Increases Funding to Help Provincial Recovery

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF) has increased its granting program to better support organizations and projects that are working to strengthen Alberta’s communities, the real estate industry, and the province as a whole.

Alberta has suffered significant economic and public health effects due to COVID-19. AREF’s Board of Governors voted to double the 2020 granting program to $4M to bolster support as the province moves to recover. This increase will, in part, support AREF’s creation of a major grants category to mark the Foundation’s 30th anniversary in 2021.

AREF works with industry stakeholders to support projects across Alberta that improve civil society, help build vibrant and healthy communities, and develop land where people want to live. AREF distributes grants to a wide variety of projects.

“The projects we fund have varying scope and time horizons,” says Doug Leighton, Chair of the Board of Governors. “It’s important that we get that balance right. The goal is to maximize utility for our stakeholders, strengthen the province, and always keep in mind that real estate is the medium that connects everything we do.”

In March, as the COVID-19 lockdown began, AREF’s Board recognized that the province’s real estate industry required additional short-term support, and in response, the Board more than doubled the Sponsorship and Small Grants budget to $250,000 to ensure the Foundation responded nimbly to the needs of its stakeholders.

AREF has since collaborated with its valued industry partners and stakeholders—including Real Estate Boards, the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association, and the Building Owners and Managers Association—to discuss how to use sponsorship funding to support them and help strengthen their ability to serve their members in these extraordinary circumstances.

Last year, AREF’s Board of Governors approved an increase to its 2020 grant budget from $1.5M to $2M to help counter the effects of the province’s declining economy. And despite AREF’s revenue being negatively impacted by historically low-interest rates and decreased real estate transactions, in June the Board approved a revised budget allowing for an additional increase to the grants program up to $4M.

In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, AREF will introduce a major grants category for 2021. Projects could include social housing projects, research on housing developments for a post-pandemic world, or providing education on condo living. “We know Albertans have great, big ideas,” says Leighton. “We want to help fund those ideas and turn them into reality.”

AREF invests in real estate policy, research, practices, and education that strengthen Alberta’s communities. To find out more about eligibility and applying for funding from the Foundation, please visit  Get Funding and stay tuned for details around AREF’s 30th Anniversary Major Grants Category.

Evict Radon Update: UCalgary research finds short-term radon test kits are not effective in measuring radon gas exposure

For immediate release: As awareness increases about the health danger of radon gas, more people are making the decision to test their homes for the deadly gas. A University of Calgary-led study finds the only reliable way to measure exposure to radon gas is with a long-term testing kit, which takes readings within the home for 90 or more days.

“Radon gas levels can fluctuate wildly day to day,” says Dr. Aaron Goodarzi, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Oncology and member of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM).  “Short-term tests can give a false sense of alarm, or worse, a false sense of security as they cannot precisely predict long-term exposure.”

Researchers placed two test kits, a short-term (five-day) and long-term (90-day) in the same homes. Tests were conducted during summer and winter months. Findings showed the short-term kits were imprecise up to 99 percent of the time when compared to a long term test.

Radon is a known carcinogen. Health Canada lists radon as the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The gas is naturally occurring, colourless, and odourless. It can accumulate to unnaturally high and dangerous levels in homes. Health Canada has promoted the use of long-term testing kits for some time.

“Our recommendation was based on research from international authorities including the US and Europe,” says Kelley Bush, manager, radon education and awareness Health Canada. “This research is critical because it provides Canadian data that confirms the value of long term testing.”

Goodarzi has also been working with the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) to educate realtors against using short term radon kits for real estate transactions.

“RECA is appreciative of the assistance provided by Dr. Goodarzi in the development of education enabling real estate professionals to advise buyers and sellers to take radon into consideration during the purchase and sale of a home, in the absence of reliable short-term testing,” says Joseph Fernandez, director of education programs at RECA. “All real estate professionals have completed radon related education and new professionals will be required to complete it before entering the real estate profession.”

The findings also show the Prairies are home to the second highest radon exposed population on Earth. The pan-Canadian scientist and physician led Evict Radon research initiative is now recruiting participation from all Canadians. The research is aimed at gathering as much data as possible to understand and ultimately defeat Canadian’s exposure to radon problem.

“We need to know exactly what factors influence high and low radon in Canadian homes. It’s not just in the Prairies, we know of high concentrations in areas throughout the country,” says Goodarzi. “This is easily one of the most preventable forms of environmentally-caused cancer. We have already learned so much from the work we’ve done in Alberta and Saskatchewan to test for and mitigate radon. We plan to build on that.”

In addition to the data gathered on short-term testing kits, Goodarzi’s team was also able to get a better understanding of how the size, design and age of home are related to radon gas exposure.

Findings are published in Scientific Reports.

This research was supported by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Robson DNA Science Centre Fund at the Charbonneau Cancer Institute.

Dr. Aaron Goodarzi, PhD, holds the Canada Research Chair for Radiation Exposure disease. Evict Radon represents a confederation of Canadian Scholars with expertise in radon biology, architecture, population health, geology and communications.

Learn more about the Evict Radon campaign, and sign up for research study radon kits at http://www.evictradon.org/.

Find the full media release here.

 

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Foundation introduces Governor Janice Resch

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF) is pleased to announce that Janice Resch has joined our Board of Governors for a three-year term. She brings a wealth of experience in the real estate industry and is looking forward to bringing her considerable knowledge and strengths to the board. “I love the fact that we as an industry can make a positive impact on Alberta and Albertans while supporting organized Real Estate at the same time,” she says.

Janice has worked in the industry since 1995, when she joined the family real estate firm in Red Deer that her dad bought in 1962. Over the course of her 23 years specializing in residential real estate in Central Alberta, Janice has earned a long list of industry achievements, including serving as President of the Red Deer and District Real Estate Association not once but twice. “I am proud to be the third person in my family to serve as President of the Central Alberta Realtors Association following in the footsteps of my father and brother,” she says.

Janice, a member of the top producing ‘The Consider it Done’ Team at Century 21 Advantage, has also served the industry as a director of The Alberta Real Estate Association and chair of the Red Deer Realtors Charitable Foundation. She has received a number of awards over the decades including the AREA Quality of Life Award in 2006, CARA Realtor of the Year in 2008 and AREA Life Member Award in 2012.  Janice and her husband Ron have four children and six grandchildren, and the entire family lives in Red Deer.  “I have a passion for giving back to the people and the industry that has been so good to me and my family,” she says. “I look forward working with the AREF team.”

University of Alberta Enhances Research on Urban Expansion

“Urban Alberta is spilling into rural,” says Brent Swallow, an environment and development economist. Too often, decisions about land designation are driven by short-term goals, he says. But there are long-term costs to development and to the “ecosystem services” that rural land provides for cities, such as clean air and water.

Balancing urban expansion with rural conservation is challenging and heavily influenced by people’s attitudes and beliefs. For example, do urbanites in Alberta want to preserve the rural land around their cities? Do they want more locally grown produce at the farmers markets? Are they willing to pay extra to keep the city outskirts green?

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation wants to find answers to these questions to help the real estate industry better understand issues around land stewardship. The foundation’s $50,000 donation will make it possible for Swallow and his research team in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences to conduct a province wide survey of urban attitudes toward fragmentation, conversion and conservation of agricultural land.

Announcement of new Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA)

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation is pleased to announce that Ms. Amelia Martin has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA).

Ms. Martin joined CPLEA in January 2015 as the public legal education lawyer after leaving private practice in Calgary. While obtaining her law degree at the University of Ottawa, she was selected to be one of the Dean’s Legal Research and Writing Fellows and was involved in teaching the legal research and writing class. As a caseworker at the University’s Community Legal Clinic, she assisted vulnerable clients who were experiencing housing issues or facing criminal charges. She also worked closely with the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation and contributed to a report for the United Nations titled Forced Evictions: Global Crisis, Global Solutions.

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation has been a proud supporter of CPLEA for 15 years and are looking forward to working with Ms. Martin in her role as Executive Director.

The CPLEA’s mission is to enhance the accessibility and quality of justice realized in Canada. It addresses its mission by creating learning opportunities and building learning communities that facilitate the creation, management, exchange, and integration of knowledge among people within the justice system and between them and the general public.

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation is currently providing funding to CPLEA’s Condo Law for Albertans project which you can learn more about on our website: Phase One and Phase Two

June 2015 Community Investment

The Board of Governors of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation approved $160,000 in community investment projects at their recent meeting on June 18, 2015.

The 3 projects include:

Calgary Chamber of Commerce Paying For It: The Calgary Citizens’ Infrastructure Finance Commission

The “Paying For It” project will look at how Calgary’s growing economy and population has begun to put significant strain on our municipal infrastructure as well as look at the existing funding model. The project will employ a Citizens’ Commission, an innovative model of public engagement. The Calgary Citizens’ Infrastructure Commission will work through the challenges that Calgary faces and ultimately issue a series of recommendations that will guide the development of a Calgary City Charter.

Centre for Public Legal Education (CPLEA) Condo Law for Albertans – Phase Two

The “Condo Law for Albertans” project will increase Albertans’ knowledge of their rights and responsibilities under current and future condominium legislation. During phase two of the project, plain language resources (including a website) will be produced for condominium boards, to help them better understand their rights and obligations under the law by increasing their ability to access accurate legal information.

City of Edmonton Sustainable Development Department

The City of Edmonton will be implementing three projects which will provide citizens with access to information that increases one’s ability to effectively and meaningfully contribute to their community. One project improves citizen understanding of the City’s planning processes; one provides information about the potential for solar PV installations in homes and buildings, and the third project shares tools and resources for understanding the basics in assessing one’s living space for energy efficiency.

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation supports initiatives that enhance the Real Estate Industry and benefit the communities of Alberta. The Foundation was set up in 1991 under the Alberta Real Estate Act. Since then, it has awarded over 16.1 million dollars in community and industry grants to over 500 projects across Alberta.

March 2015 Community Investment

The Board of Governors of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation approved $410,000 in community investment projects at their recent meeting on March 6th, 2014.

These 7 projects include:

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation supports initiatives that enhance the Real Estate Industry and benefit the communities of Alberta. The Foundation was set up in 1991 under the Alberta Real Estate Act. Since then, it has awarded over 15.9 million dollars in community and industry grants to over 500 projects across Alberta.

Foundation welcomes Jim Saunders to the Board of Governors

The Foundation would like to formally announce that Jim Saunders has joined the Board of Governors. Jim’s reputation and work is well known in Southern Alberta and he will be a key asset in helping the Foundation reach new corners of the Province. Jim was appointed by the Alberta Real Estate Association in February of this this. He will sit for a three year term.

Jim is an Associate with RE/MAX Real Estate Lethbridge. He was raised and educated in Lethbridge and calls Southern Alberta home. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in 1978, but not before venturing into the business world as a self employed contractor to finance his education. Before he graduated he had begun a successful retail business in the automotive specialty industry, which he sold in 1982 to pursue a career in Real Estate.

In 1983, the year he was first licensed, Jim was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” by the Lethbridge Real Estate Board, and his passion for Real Estate was born. Thirty-two years later Jim enjoys recognition as a member of the RE/MAX Platinum Club and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame. Although his practice is focused on residential Real Estate, he has experience in commercial, country residential, acreages, farms, and land development.

Early in his career Jim was intrigued by the structure of Organized Real Estate and soon became involved, volunteering on various committees, and participating at the local (LDAR), provincial (AREA & RECA), and national(CREA) levels. He is a Past President of the Lethbridge and District Association of Realtors and a Past President of the Alberta Real Estate Association.

Jim and his wife Katie have been married for 28 years and enjoy travelling, golfing, and of course their three grandsons. Jim is also an avid water skier and loves his time in the mountains and at the lake.

2014 Annual Report for the Foundation

The Alberta Real Estate foundation just released it’s 2014 Annual report. You view and download the report by visiting this link.

Highlights of the report include:

– Over 493 Grants funded since 1991.
– Over $15,650,000 in funding since 1991.
– Overview of partnership with Alberta Emerald Foundation.
– Review of projects including: Community Energy Association, Pembina Institute, the Centre for Public Legal Education and the University of Calgary Environmental Design School.
– A total of $749,800 was given out in grants to 17 projects in 2014.
– Report on revenue for the Foundation.

In 2014 and into 2015 the Foundation commits to providing more dollars in to projects in Alberta amidst low interest times.

Fall 2014 Community Investment Recipients

The Board of Governors of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation approved $203,300 in community investment projects at their recent meeting on October 3rd, 2014.

Of the 6 projects funded in June we are delighted to include:

$20,000 to the Western Sky Land Trust for their Bow & Beyond Initiative

$30,000 to the University of Calgary School of Public Policy for the Urban Policy Program

$25,000 to the Land Stewardship Centre for the project titled “Operation and Maintenance of Private Wastewater Systems Workshop

$60,300 to the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta for the Residential Tenancies Legal Information Program in 2016-2017

$28,000 to the Edmonton Social Planning Council for development of Neighbourhood Profiles

The Governors also approved a $40,000 community and industry sponsorship fund for the Foundation to use in the 2015 year.

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation supports initiatives that enhance the Real Estate Industry and benefit the communities of Alberta. The Foundation was set up in 1991 under the Alberta Real Estate Act. Since then, it has awarded over 15.5 million dollars in community and industry grants to over 493 projects across Alberta.

Foundation Announces Summer Community Investment Recipients

The Board of Governors of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation approved $279,000 in community investment projects at their recent meeting on June 13th, 2014.

Of the 7 projects funded in June we are delighted to include:

$100,000 over three years to Community Energy Association for community energy mapping in Alberta.

$54,000 to the Toronto Atmospheric Fund to develop the Green Condo Guide for Alberta and to engage condominium boards in energy efficiency.

$20,000 to the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues to host community social media training for volunteers.

$30,000 to the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design to hold a senior research studio on medium density residential options for Calgary’s establish communities.

$30,000 to Operation Grasslands Community Program to run a long-term cumulative effects modelling excise to measure ecological value of sustainable ranching.

$40,000 to Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association (CPAWS) to understand Albertans’ views of nature and recreation for better sustainable landuse decision making.

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation supports initiatives that enhance the Real Estate Industry and benefit the communities of Alberta. The Foundation was set up in 1991 under the Alberta Real Estate Act. Since then, it has awarded over 15.4 million dollars in community and industry grants to over 487 projects across Alberta.

Alberta Real Estate Foundation teams up with Emerald Awards

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF) is partnering with the Alberta Emerald Awards to sponsor the Shared Footprints Award which celebrates excellence in land use.

The Shared Footprints Award, which recognizes excellence in Integrated Land Management (ILM)—a  strategic planned approach to managing and reducing the human-caused footprint on public and/or private land—was created in 2009 in partnership with Alberta Sustainable Resource and Development.

“With the reputation and success of the Emerald Awards in Alberta, it made sense for us to work together to make a unique category that celebrates great stories in sustainable land use in Alberta,” says Gary Willson, AREF’s Chair.

“This is a unique partnership for us, as most of our partners come from the corporate and government sectors, so we have never had a formal partnership with another foundation,” says Emmy Stuebing, Executive Director of the Alberta Emerald Foundation, which puts on the annual awards.” We are very proud to call the Alberta Real Estate Foundation an Emerald Leader.”

Nominees must meet the standards of the Emerald Awards, address the Shared Footprints Award criteria plus demonstrate how their efforts support the principles of ILM.

“The nominees in this category demonstrate collaboration, dedication and creativity in working to improve and enhance land use practices in Alberta,” says Stuebing. “The Shared Footprints category of the Emerald Awards showcases excellence in land use.”

Both Foundations look forward to working together to support and recognize champions in ILM in Alberta. AREF’s sister organization, the Real Estate Foundation of BC has been running their own Land Awards for over four years. Instead of considering their own awards program, AREF has chosen to collaborate with the well-established Emerald Awards. The 23rd annual Alberta Emerald Awards will take place on June 5th in Calgary.

ANNOUNCING SUMMER 2012 COMMUNITY INVESTMENT RECIPIENTS

The Board of Governors of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation recently approved $203,000 in community investment projects at their recent meeting on June 22nd, 2012.

 Notable projects approved for funding include:

– $50,000 to the ALCES group (www.alces.ca) and Alberta Tomorrow to further develop their mapping tools and school outreach program for their land simulator.

– $25,000 to Athabasca Watershed Council (www.acw-wpac.ca) for an outreach campaign to educated residents on the results of the watershed report and its impact for Albertans in the area.

– $20,000 to Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) (www.calgarycvo.org) for a survey in non-profit leadership in Calgary and Area.

– $15,000 to Doors Open Calgary Society (DOCA) (www.doorsopenyyc.org) for a Calgary-wide public celebration to showcase the heritage, architectural and socially significant buildings in the city.

– $30,000 to Olds College (www.oldscollege.ca) toward the construction of a research facility on the management and treatment of wetland areas in Alberta.

– $38,000 to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) (www.nait.ca) for a solar array applied research project.

– $25,000 to The Natural Step (www.thenaturalstep.org) to facilitate the Sustainability Transition Lab in Edmonton: a dialogue in sustainability. 

Jay Freeman, the Chair of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, was extremely pleased with the breadth and diversity of the grants supported this round. He said, “There is a clear focus on land stewardship issues from large organizations and small. We are also pleased to support Alberta Tomorrow to build upon work that we have supported in the past making their tools accessible to more communities across Alberta. Projects like Doors Open are novel and proven, as they have achieved success in other Canadian cities. We look forward to their success in Calgary.”

Cynthia Klaasen is DOCA’s President. She says, “Thanks to the support, Doors Open Calgary Society will allow Calgarians to experience and appreciate some of the unique architectural and historical sites featured in this year’s Doors Open YYC event. The success of this event will help turn it into something Calgarians can enjoy year after year.”

Colin Baril from The Natural Step is excited to move forward with their Sustainability Transition Lab project. “Efforts to engage current and emerging community leaders to envision a sustainable and prosperous Edmonton will be the catalyst for a series of tangible projects to help Edmonton meaningfully address key challenges facing the city.”

Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO says, “We deeply appreciate the Alberta Real Estate Foundation’s support of this very important initiative. We are committed to alternative energy research and finding solutions that will improve the quality of life of all Albertans.” The Alberta Real Estate Foundation is proud to be part of such important work.

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation supports initiatives that enhance the Real Estate Industry and benefit the communities of Alberta. The Foundation was set up in 1991 under the Alberta Real Estate Act. Since then, it has awarded over 14.1 million dollars in community and industry grants to over 452 projects across Alberta.