By Toronto Real Estate Board
On May 10 and 11, TREB hosted REALTOR® QUEST 2017, Canada’s largest real estate trade show and conference. This year, nearly 8,000 attendees took part over the two days. Read on for a full recap of this year’s event.
Spring Annual Meeting
This year’s Spring Annual Meeting was packed (1,400 in attendance), and the lineup did not disappoint. From an inspiring keynote address by former first lady Margaret Trudeau to an update by TREB President Larry Cerqua and CEO John DiMichele, there was something for everyone.
Additionally, there was discussion of proposed changes to TREB’s By-Laws, a presentation on TREB’s contributions to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation which included video remarks from Habitat for Humanity GTA CEO Ene Underwood, and industry updates from OREA, CREA and RECO.
Featured Presentations & Learning Quest
With over 35 Learning Quest Professional Development sessions, plus an ABR® Designation Course, and several featured presentations, this year’s REALTOR® QUEST definitely put the focus on helping you achieve professional excellence in real estate.
Some of this year’s highlights included Featured Presentations by Arlene Dickinson, who shared her Lessons from the Den – this was a standing room only event, with 1,200 in attendance; a Women in Real Estate panel hosted by ET Canada’s Sangita Patel; and two Emerging Technologies for Real Estate and the Real World sessions hosted by Daily Planet’s Dan Riskin.
This year’s trade show featured over 240 industry exhibitors and was bustling with activity over the two days. In addition, attendees could check out the Innovation Centre, which featured some of the latest technologies to impact real estate, including 4D virtual reality experience chambers, 3D printing, iOS for Business and a TELUS® Connected Playground.
Health Quest allowed Members a respite from the hustle and bustle of the Trade Show, with access to free massage therapy, an oxygen bar, and more! Attendees could also stock up on the products they needed at the REALTOR® STORE, and could head over to the TREB Pavilion where they could find the answers to their questions about TREB tools and services.
Centre Stage & Prizes
Centre Stage was bustling with activity as well. Day One concluded with a fun networking reception punctuated by the soulful sounds of the Kevan McKenzie Band featuring Michael Dunston. On Day Two, Marc Saltzman hosted a My Favourite App session.
In addition to all the fun and games, Centre Stage was also the site of our daily prize draws. Congratulations go out to Jagtar Singh Heer of New Ventures Realty and Stuart Clapham of Royal LePage Signature Realty, the winners of our daily draw for a free 2017/2018 TREB Membership. Additionally, congratulations to Claudio Castro of Sutton Group – Security Real Estate Inc. for winning this year’s grand prize, a Samsung 60” 6200 Series Full HD Smart LED TV.
REALTOR® QUEST 2017 was an event to remember, and TREB would like to thank all who attended. We hope to see many of you at our 2018 trade show and conference!