Kick Off the New Year by Applying to Serve on a CREA Committee

The year 2020 will go down in history as a challenging one. And yet, CREA and the REALTOR® community persevered. A lot of credit goes to our volunteers, including everyone who served on CREA’s Board of Directors and our board and operational committees. They stepped up their game, adapted to new tools and approaches, and ensured progress on our national association’s priorities continued despite unprecedented challenges!

If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that opportunities shouldn’t be taken for granted. And I have good news! CREA has a great opportunity for REALTORS® interested in making an impact on our industry. We’re currently accepting applications to serve as committee volunteers for the 2021-2022 governance year. These committees act as resources to our Board of Directors and CEO on important topics, such as CREA’s governance and finances, our federal affairs initiatives, technology, and more.

Our Board understands the importance of bringing diverse backgrounds and experiences to our committees. We want the composition of our committees (and our Board) to reflect the wonderful diversity of our membership. That’s why we’re putting out a call to all REALTORS® across Canada.

Want to learn more? Please read on for further information about the committee appointment process and volunteer commitment.

Why should I serve on a committee?

CREA committee members get to put their unique perspectives, expertise, and talent to good use by contributing to the work of our national association on behalf of our fellow REALTORS®. You’ll gain valuable national experience that will come in handy if you choose to seek further leadership roles down the road. You’ll also make invaluable industry contacts and true friends from across the country.

How do I apply to join a CREA committee?

Please click here to complete our online application form to express your interest and tell us why you’d be a valuable addition to the committee(s) of your choice. Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2021, in order to be considered.

What CREA committees have positions available for REALTORS®?

Opportunities for REALTORS®—as well as staff representatives from boards and associations across Canada—are available on the following CREA committees on an annual basis:

Click any committee name above to view its terms of reference and learn more about its purpose, responsibilities and membership criteria.

How many committees may I apply for?

You may apply to join up to two board committees and two operational committees.

How long are committee terms?

Committee terms are typically one year long. Committee members may apply to rejoin their committee for subsequent years.

Do committees meet via conference call, virtually or in person and how often?

In a normal year (read: one not impacted by a global pandemic), most of CREA’s committees would meet in person at least once. In 2020, our committees took great advantage of Zoom and other virtual tools to convene from a safe distance. Whenever travel is possible again, committee members will be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred as a result of committee meetings, in accordance with CREA’s policies and practices.

What are the required qualifications for committee members?

For many positions, the only requirement is that committee members must be REALTORS® in good standing with CREA. Other positions are open to staff of member boards and associations. Prior to their first committee meeting, all appointed committee members must also complete Leadership 100—a free, online course available 24/7 that should take no more than two hours to complete.

How will I know if I have been selected or not?

Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an email confirmation to let you know it’s been received. Once the committees have been appointed in May 2021, all applicants will be informed whether their application was successful or not. There are a limited number of committee positions available each year, so please do not be discouraged if you’re not selected this time around and please do try again next year.

Further questions?

If you have any questions that aren’t addressed above, please reach out via or in the Comments section below.

Wishing you the best of success in 2021.

Cliff Stevenson is a licensed REALTOR® and part owner of RE/MAX First in Calgary, Alberta, and has been a busy industry member for more than 14 years. After graduating from the University of Regina with a BA in Economics in 2001, Cliff moved to Calgary to work in the corporate world and began to take a keen interest in real estate shortly thereafter. In 2016, Cliff served as President of the Calgary Real Estate Board. He has also served on numerous local and provincial committees. Cliff is a Past-Chair of CREA’s Technology Committee, the Past-Chair of the National Advertising Campaign Committee and has served as CREA’s Vice President, Chair-Elect and Chair.

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