Anna Warwick Sears, PhD, is the Foundation's newest governor.

Apr 09, 2014

Welcome, Anna Warwick Sears, to the Real Estate Foundation Board of Governors

Dr. Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, was appointed to the Foundation on April 3, 2014 by BC's Minister of Finance.

Our AGM, board and grants meetings were held in Chilliwack on April 3 & 4. Pictured: Real Estate Foundation staff and governors and the team from the WaterWealth Project, who took us on a tour of the local watershed.

Apr 08, 2014

Ullrich and Martin Lead Real Estate Foundation Board

Scott Ullrich was elected Foundation Chair and Gerry Martin was elected Vice-Chair at the annual general meeting in Chilliwack on April 4, 2014.

As Foundation Chair, Eileen Smith spoke at a UBC Indigenous Planning Initiative event in November 2011. (Photo: University of BC)

Mar 19, 2014

Remembering Eileen Smith

It is with sadness that we announce the March 18th passing of Eileen Smith, former Real Estate Foundation governor.

Shawnigan watershed group (Photo: Shawnigan Basin Society)

Members of the Shawnigan Watershed Roundtable and Shawnigan Basin Society and UBC School of Community and Regional Planning students tour Elkington Forest, a sustainable development model located in the watershed. (Photo: Shawnigan Basin Society)

Mar 17, 2014

Guest Blog: Moving Ahead in the Shawnigan Basin

There is a quiet evolution of local civic action that is putting the Shawnigan Basin on the map. As a complex landscape of private and public interests, it is administered by many government agencies that do not work systematically together.

Shawnigan Lake. (Photo: Shawnigan Basin Society)

Mar 11, 2014

Canada Water Week: Why Water Matters

March 17-23 is Canada Water Week. Freshwater sustainability is making choices that protect freshwater resources now and in the future. At the Real Estate Foundation, we believe that a safe and abundant supply of fresh water is integral to healthy communities.

Lake Windermere, BC (Photo: Kalista Pruden)

Lake Windermere is actually a shallow widening of the Columbia River. (Photo: Kalista Pruden)

Mar 04, 2014

Guest Blog: Ambassadors Work toward Watershed-Scale Governance

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are a diverse group of citizens who direct lake water quality monitoring and conduct water education and stewardship programs for Lake Windermere in BC's Kootenay region. Since 2010, we have been working to find better ways to steward the lake and its watershed by identifying an appropriate form of watershed governance.

Feb 27, 2014

It's AGM Season!

REFBC staff at Vancouver Island Real Estate Board

A few of our staff visited the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board in Nanaimo in September 2012.

Feb 27, 2014

It's AGM Season!

Over the next month, many of the BC real estate boards will host their annual general meetings. Find out what is happening in your area.

Falls on Cowichan River (Photo: Cowichan Watershed Board)

The Cowichan River on southern Vancouver Island is a Canadian heritage river. (Photo: Cowichan Watershed Board)

Feb 26, 2014

BC Public Opinion Study: 93% Say Water Is Our Most Precious Resource

The Real Estate Foundation of BC and Vancouver Foundation have released the results of a public opinion study on attitudes toward freshwater issues in British Columbia. Read the topline findings; see what respondents said about their favourite local water bodies; respond to one of the poll questions via Twitter.

2013 Rivers Day, Port Coquitlam BC (Photo: City of Coquitlam)

Blog author, Margaret Birch, and friends at a Rivers Day event in Port Coquitlam. (All photos on page courtesy of City of Coquitlam)

Feb 17, 2014

Guest Blog: Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable Is Developing a Different Kind of Watershed Plan

Formed in 2011, following a four-year community engagement process, the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable coordinates and implements activities that promote the health and long-term sustainability of the Coquitlam River watershed. The aim was to develop an organization that would reduce conflict and facilitate decision making in the watershed.

Houses in East Clayton neighbourhood, Surrey BC (Photo: C.Owen, REFBC)

Surrey's East Clayton neighbourhood was designed using "complete community" principles. (Photo: C. Owen, REFBC)

Feb 14, 2014

Foundation Facts 2014 Is Now Online

Every year we produce a fact sheet called "Foundation Facts" just in time for the BC real estate board annual general meetings. The 2014 edition is available here.