Commission Committees

Commission Committees

Commission committees play a vital role in self-regulation of the real estate industry in Nova Scotia.

The committees are chaired by a member of the Board and may be comprised of licensees and public members, including lawyers, who work collaboratively to help shape policies and make recommendations to the Commission Board of Directors on conduct, trade practices and standards of business practice.

Contacting Committees

If you have a question or recommendation for a committee, please send an email to the relevant committee chair.

Joining A Committee

Submissions for the June 2024-June 2025 term are now CLOSED. Those who submitted their name will be contacted in June.

All individuals who complete the committee submission will be entered into a draw for a $100 gas gift card.

Committees play a vital role in shaping policies, making recommendations, and ensuring the smooth operation of our organization. By joining a committee, you have the opportunity to contribute your expertise and help steer the direction of the industry to protect the public interest. Committee membership offers a unique chance for personal and professional growth and the satisfaction of making an impact on the industry. The Commission invites passionate individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences to join us by dedicating your time to serve on a committee.

Certain committees are ongoing and are comprised of specific licensees and public members. Others are open for membership and offer one-year terms. The Commission opens up the call for submissions for the upcoming term every spring. Current committee members who wish to serve another term are still required to submit their name.

Committee membership is open to licensees and members of the public, including lawyers.

To be eligible to serve on a committee, licensees must be in good standing per Commission by-law 225:

     (a) Hold a valid real estate licence;

     (b) Not have been convicted of an offence pursuant to the Act, the Regulations, or the By-law resulting in

          (i) a disciplinary suspension within the past 10 years; or

          (ii) a disciplinary licence restriction; or

          (iii) a fine greater than $500 within the past two years; or

          (iv) a fine of $500 or less within the past year.

     (c) Not be a director, officer, board member or employee of another real estate organization whose role is to defend the interests of the industry.

The Board of Directors strongly encourages participation from individuals of diverse backgrounds, as the Commission believes diversity enriches our organization and fosters innovation and inclusivity in our decision-making processes.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are limited to committee members and the assigned Commission staff who support the work of that committee.

All committee meetings are held via Zoom, allowing for individuals from all regions of the province an equal opportunity to participate. Committee meetings typically last 1-2 hours.

There are different responsibilities and time investments for each committee. Some committees have a set schedule that meet four times every year while others only meet on an as-needed basis at the discretion of the committee chair. For more information, see the individual committee.

Commercial Committee

The Commercial Committee’s role is to address matters of interest to commercial real estate licensees, such as the organization of educational events for commercial licensees. The committee is chaired by the commercial appointee on the Board of Directors and meets on an as-needed basis.

2023-2024 Commercial Committee Members:
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Tom Carpenter
Carlisle Norwood
Erin Crosby
Carly Gravel

Complaints Review Committee

The role of the Complaints Review Committee (CRC) is to review all of the Registrar’s complaint decisions, including proposed settlement agreements, no charges, and any dismissed complaints. The CRC may accept, reject or make recommendations to amend the decisions. The CRC meets four times a year and has a greater time investment than most committees as members are required to review documents prior to each meeting.

2023-2024 Complaints Review Committee Members:
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Logan Morse
Linda Smardon
David Melvin
Jatender Sachdev
Lydia MacIsaac
Matthew Gough

Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee as a whole does not meet together, other than for training purposes. The committee members serve to form a roster for hearing panels in the event of a discipline hearing. The committee’s role is to hold discipline hearings and render decisions about alleged infractions of licensees, including unprofessional conduct, and breaches of the Real Estate Trading Act, the Regulations and the By-law. If required, members may serve in a one-to-three-day hearing, and spend additional time spent writing the hearing panel decision.

2023-2024 Discipline Committee Members:
TBA, Chairperson
Kenneth Young
Peter Fraser
Jeff Kidson
Marilisa Benigno
David Woo
Kristin Pike

Education Committee

The role of the Education Committee is to identify issues and opportunities relating to the development and delivery of real estate licensing, continuing professional education, and then make recommendations to the Commission Board of Directors. They meet four times a year.

2023-2024 Education Committee Members
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David Langstroth
Krista Rose
Tanya Ozard
Marg Bowlen
Laura Graham

Forms Committee

The role of the Forms Committee is, at the direction of the Board of Directors, to review and revise mandatory forms, and when necessary, create new forms and recommend their approval to the Board. The committee meets on an as-needed basis.

2023-2024 Forms Committee Members:
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Ryan Hartlen
Lisa White
Joanne Bouley
Danielle MacLean
Public Member (TBA)

Licensing Committee

The Licensing Committee is responsible for setting entrance standards for the industry that promote professionalism, ethical conduct, and integrity. The committee serves as an independent review panel to hear appeals of the Registrar’s decision to deny a licensing application. The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on licensing issues. The committee is also tasked with ensuring the Commission’s licensing processes are fair and transparent. They meet four times a year.

2023-2024 Licensing Committee Members
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Kurt Swinimer
Peter Fraser
Lorena MacDonald
Briana O’Grady
Lyanne Cantin

Additional Commission Committees & Task Forces 2023-2024 Members:

By-law Task Force
Linda Smardon, Chairperson
Aaron Schwartz
Anne Da Silva
Gary Morse

Executive Committee
Aaron Millen, Chairperson
Logan Morse, Vice Chairperson
David Woo
Aaron Ferguson

Finance Committee
Logan Morse, Chairperson
Aaron Millen
David Woo
Aaron Ferguson

Liaison Committee
Aaron Millen, Co-Chair
Logan Morse
David Woo
Aaron Ferguson

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