Nominate a Deserving Association Executive for the AEN Award of Excellence

The COVID-19 pandemic has offered unique challenges to the real estate industry. Just as REALTORS® have adjusted to serve their clients, Association Executives (AE) have pivoted to ensure REALTOR® members were supported when faced with uncertainty.

Now’s the time to formally recognize the hard work AEs have done behind the scenes. The nomination period for the AEN Award of Excellence is now open.

The AEN Award of Excellence was established in 1989 to recognize outstanding dedication and exemplary service. 

The award was created in the name of Frank Johns, a former Executive Vice-President of the Calgary Real Estate Board. Johns was a mentor and leader among Executive Officers and freely shared his expertise and wisdom for the betterment of the industry throughout his long career. 

The AEN Award of Excellenceis only presented to a truly deserving AEN member who exemplifies professionalism, commitment and leadership within the community of REALTOR® associations.

“I know the incredible passion we all give to our work and how seriously evaluating excellence is taken by the AEN, and that makes it all the more special,” says Alan Tennant President and CEO of CREB® and the 2020 recipient of the AEN Award. “This recognition meant the world to me as do the relationships I have in the AE community.

“I truly love my work. My colleagues know that the work of an association executive is very challenging but also rewarding. Our members and particularly our volunteer leaders can be difficult—sometimes, really difficult—but, it is all worth it when we achieve great things together…this is our world and it is my privilege to share it with my colleagues.”

All senior board or association staff are eligible for the award provided they meet the award criteria. While many recipients have been nominated near the end of their career, it’s not considered a retirement award.

Full award criteria:

  • Executive Officers or senior association staff with more than five years of service in a REALTOR® association;
  • Nominees must be AEN members in good standing;
  • The nominee must have the Canadian REALTOR® Association Executive (CRAE) designation;
  • Nominees must exemplify the characteristics outlined below:
  1. Service and dedication to the REALTOR® community
  2. Leadership in association management
  3. Co-operation and support to his/her peers
  4. Participation in professional or service organizations
  5. Community involvement, beyond the call of their position
  6. Accomplishments at the board/association

And who, overall, represents the professionalism symbolized by this award.

The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2022. A selection committee will review all applications to ensure nominees meet the rigorous criteria of the award.The award will be presented during CREA’s Annual General Meeting in April.

New for 2022: a $250 charitable donation will be awarded to the winning candidate’s charity of choice.

Past Recipients

2020Alan Tennant
Chief Executive Officer
Calgary Real Estate Board®
2019Bill Duce
Executive Officer
Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®
2018Roger Boutilier
Chief Executive Officer
Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS®
2017Gord Archibald
Executive Officer
Association of Regina REALTORS®
2016Bill Madder
Chief Executive Officer
Association of Saskachewan REALTORS®
2015Eileen Rohs
Executive Officer
REALTORS® Association of Lloydminster & District
2014Hugh Foy
Director of Commercial and Member Services
Toronto Real Estate Board
2013Brad Scott
Chief Operating Officer
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
2012Bill Benoit, CAE
Executive Officer
Vancouver Island Real Estate Board
2011Arnold Jones
Executive Officer
Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS®

Sarah Doktor brings her experience as a small-town journalist and national online editor to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Sarah helps facilitate conversations between CREA and our members, boards, associations and the public via our online communities. She also helps coordinate the content presented to you here on the CREA Café. In her spare time, Sarah can be found at the gym, running on a trail or watching Netflix with her cat, Libby.


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