Get PACd: A look inside a PAC Rep’s suitcase

With CREA’s annual Political Action Committee (PAC) Days advocacy conference kicking off in less than two weeks (October 16), here’s a “PAC-ing” list to help you make the most out of your visit to Ottawa.

Items found in a PAC Reps' suitcase

  1. Business attire for PAC Days sessions and MP meetings on the Hill.
  2. A watch so you are punctual for your MP meetings.
  3. Your tablet or smartphone so you can check on your MP meetings, access e-versions of conference materials, watch the pre-PAC Days training videos on the REALTOR® Action Network (RAN).
  4. A book to read during travel and downtime. We recommend The Last of the President’s Men by our keynote speaker Bob Woodward.
  5. Weather-appropriate accessories. Check out the 14-day forecast
  6. Valid identification to get you through security at the airport and on the Hill—a driver’s licence (if you’re travelling from within Canada) or passport will work.
  7. Business cards to hand to your MP, their staff and your PAC peers.
  8. PAC materials to review in the lead-up to your MP meeting. While print materials to leave with your MP will be provided upon registration, you will need to download and/or print materials for your own use in advance.
  9. Your PAC pin to demonstrate your commitment to REALTOR® federal advocacy. Don’t have one? You can pick one up at registration.
  10. A selfie stick to help you get yourself, your fellow PAC Reps and the Peace Tower all in one Instagram-worthy shot. If you’ll be sharing photos and comments about your PAC Days experience on social media, don’t forget to use the #CREAPAC16 and #ProudREALTORS hashtags!

For more information on the conference, including all materials and registration, visit If you’re interested in becoming a PAC Rep, contact your board or association.

Bon voyage!

Our former Government Relations and Communications Advisor, Nicole Christy started with CREA as a co-op student in the spring of 2012 and, after finishing her graduate degree, became a permanent staff member. Nicole was often on the front lines, liaising with our government and private sector partners, supporting our Federal Affairs Committee, and administrating our online advocacy platform – the REALTOR® Action Network. In her spare time, Nicole likes to spend her time playing volleyball, reading, and exploring Ottawa and the surrounding area with her family and dog, Reese.

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