Commission Committees

Discipline Committee

When required, members of the Discipline Committee form a Hearing Panel to hold formal discipline hearings involving licensees. The panel hears the evidence and renders a decision, which may include:

  1. there is insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations;
  2. the allegations that are substantiated constitute unprofessional conduct;
  3. the allegations that are substantiated constitute a violation of the Real Estate Trading Act, the Commission Bylaw or Commission policies; or
  4. the allegations that are substantiated constitute both unprofessional conduct and a violation of the Real Estate Trading Act, the Commission Bylaw or Commission policies.

Where the Hearing Panel has determined a violation, it can:

  1. terminate a licence permanently;
  2. suspend a licence for a specified period;
  3. suspend a licence pending the satisfaction and completion of any conditions specified by the Panel;
  4. permit the licensee to remain licensed, but only under conditions specified by the Panel, which may include, but are not limited to:
    1. successfully completing specified classes or courses
    2. obtaining treatment, counselling, or both;
  5. order the licensee pay a fine;
  6. send a letter of reprimand to the licensee; or
  7. make a recommendation to the Commission that an amount be paid from the Recovery Fund in accordance with the Bylaw, to a person(s) to compensate them for financial loss or damage suffered as a result of fraud or breach of trust.

In addition to these penalties, the Panel can make any other order it considers just and in the public interest, as per Act Section 19(2).

The Discipline Committee is unique in that the decision it renders is final and can only be appealed through the Nova Scotia Court of Appeals.

Commission Bylaw 839 provides the authority to the Commission to publish the names of licensees and a situational summary depending on the nature of the sanction imposed.

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All members of the Discipline Committee hold one-year terms with the ability to be reappointed. The members of the Discipline Committee for the 2016/17 term are:

Bill McMullin, Chair
Commissioner

Salesperson, Viewpoint Realty Services Inc., Bedford

Carol Alexander, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Select Realty, Lunenburg

Mike Arthur, Salesperson
Royal LePage Atlantic, Halifax

Raffi Balmanoukian, Lawyer
New Glasgow

Anthony Brown, Commissioner
Royal LePage Atlantic, Halifax

Sandi Lee, Salesperson
Century 21 Trident Realty Ltd., Dartmouth

Tim Margolian, Associate Broker
Six Eight Realty Group, Halifax

Patricia Roberts, Salesperson
Sutton Group Professional Realty, Halifax

Dave Uloth, Broker
Coldwell Banker Open Door Realty, Truro

Complaints Review Committee

The Complaints Review Committee (CRC) is made up of licensees and members of the public from across the province. The committee’s role is to review all of the Registrar’s complaint decisions where they may accept, reject or make recommendations to amend the decisions.

The CRC also hears complainant’s requests for review of the Registrar’s decision to dismiss a complaint and make recommendations to the Commission Board of Directors on conduct, trade practices and standards of business practice.

All members of the CRC hold one-year terms with the ability to be reappointed. The members of the CRC for the 2016/17 term are:

Jessica May, Chair
Commissioner

Lawyer, Kaulback May, Truro

Al Demings, Salesperson
RE/MAX Nova, Dartmouth

Peter Fraser, Salesperson
Viewpoint Realty, Bedford

Mary MacDonald, Commissioner
Broker, Walt MacDonald Real Estate, Liverpool

David Melvin, Lawyer
Livingstone & Co, Dartmouth

Charles Pace, Broker
Harbourside Realty, Halifax

Ann Parks, Broker
RE/MAX South Shore Realty, Bridgewater

Lisa White, Broker
Evolution Real Estate, Halifax

Denise Zareski, Lawyer
Zareski Law, Musquodoboit Harbour

Licensing Committee

The Commission is mandated by the Real Estate Trading Act to set licensing standards for Nova Scotia real estate industry. The role of the Licensing Committee is to review the Registrar's licensing decisions upon request, and make additional decisions on any appeals or requests for exemptions.

The Committee also makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on licensing issues and continuing education requirements.

All members of the Licensing Committee have one-year terms with the ability to be reappointed. The members of the Licensing Committee for the 2016/176 term are:

Gary Morse, Chair
Commissioner

Managing Associate Broker, Royal LePage Atlantic, New Minas

Alex Astbury, Salesperson
Red Door Realty, Halifax

Sandra Chaisson, Salesperson
DOMUS Realty Ltd., Halifax

Lorena MacDonald, Associate Broker
Harbourside Realty, Halifax

Lydia MacIsaac, Salesperson
Oceancrest Realty, Bedford

Gary Mailman, Commissioner
Salesperson, EXIT Realty Inter Lake, Bridgewater

Jennifer Morrison, Managing Associate Broker
Sutton Group Professional Realty, Halifax

NSREC Mandatory Forms Committee

The Commission's Bylaw mandates the use of certain real estate contracts and acknowledgements by licensees in their work with real estate consumers. The role of the Mandatory Forms Committee is to make recommendations for amendments of existing Commission-mandated forms to the Board of Directors or the creation of new forms. Committee membership is defined in the NSREC Mandatory Forms Committee Policy.

All members of the Mandatory Forms Committee hold one-year terms with the ability to be reappointed. The members of the NSREC Mandatory Forms Committee for the 2016/17 term are:

Dennis Richards, Chair
Salesperson, Century 21 Trident Realty, Dartmouth

Carol Alexander, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Select Realty, Lunenberg

Lynn Carter, Salesperson
Royal LePage Atlantic, Halifax

Kathleen Lumsden, Lawyer
Stewart McKelvey, Halifax

Denise MacDonell, Salesperson
Red Door Realty, Halifax

Jasmine McNair, Broker
One Percent Realty East Inc., Bedford

Gary Morse, Commissioner
Managing Associate Broker, Royal LePage Atlantic, New Minas

Tony Robinson, Lawyer
Crowe Dillon Robinson, Halifax

Doris Snook, Managing Associate Broker
Tradewinds Realty, Chester

Commercial Committee

In 2011, the Nova Scotia Real Estate Trading Act was amended in part to create the Commercial Committee, whose role is to address matters of interest to commercial real estate licensees, such as the organisation of educational events for commercial licensees. The committee is chaired by the elected commercial representative on the Board of Directors.

All members of the Commercial Committee hold one-year terms with the ability to be reappointed. The members of the Commercial Committee for the 2016/17 term are:

Bill MacAvoy, Chair
Commissioner

Broker, Commercial Eastern Inc. Cushman & Wakefield Alt., Halifax

Tom Carpenter, Broker
Devencore Atlantic Ltd., Dartmouth

Andrew Cranmer, Salesperson
CBRE Ltd., Halifax

Cathy Covey, Broker
Sunrise Brokerage and Sales Ltd., Stellarton

Bill Greenwood, Broker
Greenwood Lane Incorporated, Halifax

Brian Lugar, Managing Associate Broker
Novacorp Properties Ltd., Dartmouth

Tim Margolian, Associate Broker
Six Eight Realty Group, Halifax

Greg Taylor, Associate Broker
Colliers International Inc., Dartmouth

Recovery Fund Trustees

The Real Estate Recovery Fund (“the Recovery Fund”) is established through the Real Estate Trading Act and administered by the Commission. Its purpose is to ensure claims of the Recovery Fund involving fraud or breach of trust by a licensee are processed properly and that the Recovery Fund is maintained at or above the minimum set by the Regulations.

All trustees hold one-year terms with the ability to be reappointed. The members of the Recovery Fund Trustees for the 2016/17 term are:

Anthony Brown, Commissioner
Salesperson, Royal LePage Atlantic, Halifax

Anne DaSilva, Appointment
Broker, Keller Williams Select Realty, Bedford

John MacKay, Appointment
Broker, MacKay Real Estate, Wolfville

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