Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2016 - 2017

Please contact all officers and directors care of:

British Columbia Real Estate Association
1420 – 701 Georgia Street West
PO Box 10123, Pacific Centre
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6




Deanna Horn has been an active REALTOR® for 29 years and is an Associate Broker at RE/MAX Treeland Realty in Langley. In 2010, she was President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and has served on many of its committees. Currently Chair of the Langley Hospital Foundation, Deanna is actively involved in community groups as a volunteer. Deanna is dedicated to working with the Association as it provides valuable services and leadership to REALTORS® while assisting buyers and sellers

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Jim Stewart has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1993 and is currently with 460 Realty. He served as a BCREA Director for four years and a Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) Director for over six years, where he was also President in 2011. He has volunteered as a dedicated Government Relations Committee member at both VIREB and BCREA and was named REALTOR® of the year in 2006. Prior to entering the world of real estate, he held positions as both a homebuilder and finance manager.

Past President

Scott Russell has served as a Director at the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver where he was President in 2009-2010 and a BCREA Director in the past. Active in the profession since 1980, he is a broker and owner of Sutton Group – Seafair Realty in Richmond. Scott has served on numerous BCREA committees including as Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Chief Executive Officer


Robert Laing joined the BCREA team in March 2000 as the Director of Government Relations, where he focused the efforts of BCREA and its Government Relations Committee to develop and maintain an effective, proactive government relations program. He became the Association’s Chief Executive Officer in 2002.

For almost 30 years, Robert has served the real estate profession in the roles of lawyer, educator and liaison to all levels of government, crown corporations and regulatory bodies. Before joining BCREA, he was head of The University of British Columbia's Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration's Real Estate Division.

REALTOR® Directors

Brenda Jackman has been a licensed REALTOR® for 20 years and is currently with Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty. Before relocating to Victoria, she served on the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board for as a Director for several years and as President in 2010.
Gisela Janzen has been a licensed REALTOR® with Royal LePage since 1994. She has served as a Director of the BC Northern Real Estate Board (BNREB) where she was President in 2013.
David Kearney is an Associate Broker with RE/Max Sabre Realty. Since first licensed in Ontario in 1990, David has practiced both commercial and residential sales and leasing.
Gary McInnis, previously employed as a builder, has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1991. He has served as a Victoria Real Estate Board Director, as its President in 2005 and as a BCREA Director.
James Palanio, a managing broker of RE/MAX Penticton Realty, has been licensed since 2002. He is an active community volunteer on city advisory boards, non profit societies and at sporting events.
Dick Pemberton, a sales associate with RE/MAX Real Estate Kamloops since 2006, has volunteered as a Director with the Kamloops and District Real Estate Association and was President in 2010.

Public Directors

Anthony Ariganello - headshot Anthony Ariganello, CEO of the Human Resources Management Association, is former President and CEO of CGA Canada where he helped raise the profile, strength and vibrancy of the organization. He is also former President of Avon Canada.
Diane Dou has worked with HSBC Canada for 15 years in various leadership roles, and is the current Senior Executive of Retail Bank and Wealth Management. She emigrated from China in 2000 and completed her MBA at SFU in 2006.