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The Canadian Real Estate Association names Janice Myers as new Chief Executive Officer

Ottawa, ON (November 28, 2023) – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) announced today that Janice Myers has accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 2, 2024.

“We are delighted to welcome Janice as our new CEO, after an extensive search process,” said Larry Cerqua, Chair of CREA. “Janice is a dynamic, values-driven leader with a diverse background of experiences and an excellent track record of delivery in real estate board and association leadership. CREA’s Board of Directors believes she is a great fit for the organization, with the right combination of skills and experience to lead it through its next phases.”

Myers is currently the CEO at the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB). She brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership of real estate boards, having started as Executive Director of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board in 2001. Janice has dedicated more than 25 years of her career to the not-for-profit sector.

“As the new CEO, I am proud to build on recent successes, ensuring CREA remains at the forefront of promoting a resilient and transparent real estate ecosystem, fostering trust among stakeholders, and contributing to the sustainable growth of the Canadian real estate markets,” stated Myers. “Together, we will strive to create a future where housing is a fundamental human right, the interests of our members are protected, the needs of home buyers, sellers, and businesses are met with integrity, and the Canadian real estate industry continues to thrive."

Myers will replace interim CEO Debra Cowan, who returns to the Chief Financial Officer position. CEO Michael Bourque stepped down this fall, after more than five years as CREA’s CEO.

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Janice Myers, a seasoned leader in the Canadian real estate industry, assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) on January 27, 2014. Before taking the helm at the OREB, Janice served as the Executive Director of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board starting in 2001, where she honed her expertise in governance, program development, fundraising, and membership recruitment. Prior to her tenure in the real estate sector, Janice served as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan 4-H Council.

Her commitment to professional development is evident in her certifications, including Strategic Planning and Not-for-Profit Management from the Banff Centre for Management, Coaching for High Performance from Smith School of Business and a diploma from the York Executive Program of the Schulich School of Business.

Janice's influence extends beyond her executive roles; she has been recognized as one of the 50 influential women leaders in Canada in 2019 by the Real Estate Professional magazine. Her dedication to broader causes is reflected in her current role as Vice Chair of World Animal Protection Canada.

About the Canadian Real Estate Association

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is one of Canada’s largest single-industry associations. CREA works on behalf of more than 160,000 REALTORS® who contribute to the economic and social well-being of communities across Canada. Together they advocate for property owners, buyers, and sellers.

For more information, please contact:
Pierre Leduc, Media Relations
The Canadian Real Estate Association
Tel.: 613-237-7111 or 613-884-1460

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