Ready, set, register: Why you don’t want to miss Atlantic Connection 2016

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Atlantic Canadians are known for their hospitality. This July, they will be hosting kindred REALTORS® from across Canada in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, for four days of learning, networking and fun. If you haven’t registered yet, here are three reasons why you should add this conference to your summer plans. 

Start your week off by participating in the first-ever national YPN Summit

Young Professionals Network (YPN) members are invited to take part in a dedicated YPN forum to discuss strategies to start, build and maintain thriving YPNs and propel YPN members into leadership positions. You’ll also get the chance to shake hands and rub shoulders with our industry’s top producers, leaders and influencers and have dedicated facetime – no iPhone required – with CREA’s Board of Directors.

Afternoon sessions are open to all REALTORS® interested in engaging in a series of dynamic roundtable discussions on the industry’s latest technology, trends and ideas. This year, SMART home technology and consumer insights are on the agenda.

After the Summit, join YPNers from across the country for an evening tasting tour in downtown Charlottetown. Register for the YPN Summit, taking place on Monday, July 25, and follow the conversation online using #REALTORypn.

Professional development

At this year’s Atlantic Connection, REALTORS® can sharpen their skills by attending 13 professional development sessions spanning three learning tracks: technology, risk management and health and wellness. The conference will feature 14 world-renowned speakers, including Chef Michael Smith, adventure filmmaker Elia Saikaly and two-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse.

Take to the beach

The Ceilidh in the Dunes Beach Party will take place on a private beach on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island. The sunset, Red Cliffs on both sides, white sand under your feet and the calm relaxing sounds of the ocean will make this an unforgettable Island experience.

Enjoy traditional Island favourites, such as lobster, steak, award-winning seafood chowder, mussels, fresh pan rolls, multiple salads, potatoes, corn on the cob and homemade strawberry and blueberry shortcake. After dining on the beach, enjoy a large bonfire with traditional s’more fixings with a dance around the fire to some talented Island musicians.

Atlantic Connection runs from July 26 to 29, 2016. You’ll want to go early and stay late. Check out for all the details.

Sarah Thirnbeck, Associate Director, Strategic Impact, oversees CREA's national REALTORS Care® program, which aims to celebrate the amazing charitable achievements of REALTORS® across Canada and further foster a spirit of giving in our industry. She also oversees CREA's efforts to support local and provincial Young Professionals Networks across the country as well as new initiatives dedicated to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion on CREA's Board of Directors and committees. Sarah recently earned a Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability from the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto to complement her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications.

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