News Bytes – February 2018

RECA Moved

On January 15, 2018, RECA opened for business in our new offices at 202, 1506 11 Avenue SW.

RECA’s lease at our previous offices was ending, and Council took the opportunity to review options that would best serve us – and our industry – well into the future. After careful deliberation, Council approved the construction and purchase of a new building in the West Village in Calgary.

Long-term, the new office will save money, and help RECA enhance its operations and the services it provides.

Organizing for the Future: RECA Announces Organizational Changes

On January 15, RECA made organizational changes coinciding with the move to the new office.

These changes will position RECA to more effectively and efficiently communicate, ensure greater consistency of regulatory decision-making, and strengthen RECA education programs.

RECA’s newly created Strategic Initiatives and External Relations (SIER) department will have primary responsibility for strategic initiatives and external-facing communications. This includes RECA’s Real Estate and Mortgage Brokerage Practice Advisors, Communications (including consumer and industry services information officers), and Strategic Initiatives and Project Management, which includes our Condominium Manager Project Coordinator. Bringing these groups together within one department will help RECA’s communication and external relations efforts be more proactive to changing situations and issues in the industry.

RECA’s new Office of the Registrar centralizes RECA’s regulatory functions, which creates better consistency in regulatory decision-making. This includes team members from RECA’s licensing unit and RECA’s former professional standards unit. Centralization of regulatory functions under the supervision of a Registrar is typical in many regulatory bodies as it helps ensure RECA makes efficient, effective, and consistent regulatory decisions throughout the organization.

RECA Education is now its own department, Education Programs, and is separate from the former Office of the Registrar. RECA Education offerings will continue to offer leading-edge, timely Re-Licensing Education Programs, and effective, up-to-date pre-licensing education.

And finally, RECA’s Corporate Services department will continue to house Human Resources, Information Technology, and Accounting Service units, but will now also include General Counsel and Building Administration. Corporate Services contains RECA’s business units that primarily serve the needs of RECA’s internal stakeholders, and general counsel, which serves as corporate counsel, is more appropriately placed within this department.

RECA’s 2016-2017 Annual Report

RECA’s 2016-2017 Annual Report and 2016-2017 Financial Statements are now available on RECA’s website.

Some Annual Report highlights include:
• summarized financial statements
• an update on strategic goals and accomplishments from the past year
• annual statistics on authorizations, education, complaints and investigations
• messages from the Council Chair and RECA’s Executive Director

Send any questions about the 2016-2017 Annual Report or Financial statements to communications@reca.ca.

See you there!

RECA is getting ready for another trade show season.

RECA is exhibiting at the upcoming Home and Garden Shows in Calgary and Edmonton. The Calgary show is March 1 – 4, at the BMO Centre, and the Edmonton show is March 22 – 25 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. This is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with consumers, talk to them about the importance of working with licensed industry members, and answer any questions they may have.

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