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IREM Regional Leadership Sessions

Take part in these informative sessions by engaging in networking and hands-on activities with a community of like-minded professionals.  It is the perfect opportunity to build lasting and meaningful relationships with your fellow colleagues in the real estate industry.  

Sarah Sheila Birnbach

If you were to ask, Sarah would tell you that she is one of the luckiest people she knows. She loves what she does, and for more than 34 years has followed her passion of helping individuals and organizations to become more successful.  

Her company, Birnbach Success Solutions, has become one of the foremost consulting firms in enabling organizations and individuals to achieve peak performance. Sarah works with organizations to enable them to attract and retain great employees, develop the skill sets of their leadership teams and offer superior customer service that sets them apart from their competitors.  Her combination of first-hand management experience, 30 years as a consultant to a variety of organizations and 10 years’ experience as a family therapist have qualified her as a leading executive coach to those who desire to excel in a competitive, challenging environment. 

Keynote Speaker


Adam Growe

For over 25 years, Adam has been performing on radio, television, on-stage, as well as at festivals and events. In addition to hosting eight seasons of Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab, Adam is an accomplished stand-up comedian starring in Just for Laughs, Comedy NOW!, and COMICS!, appearing on CBS’s Star Search and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. His career has expanded to include online interactive media, keynote presentations and his own one-man shows.
As a family man, Adam brings family-friendly energy alongside intelligent and clean trivia to the stage when entertaining at live events. As a result, he delivers a fun and highly engaging performance to meet the interests and needs of his audience and clients. Adam is a father and a foster parent with his wife and three kids in Toronto.

Professional Development


Ross Simmonds

Ross is a digital strategist and entrepreneur with a passion for technology and communications. He has spent the last seven years working in digital marketing and has had the chance to work with brands ranging from Fortune 500 companies such as Nestle & Unilever to a wide range of small businesses and real estate organizations. 
He's the author of Standout, A Content Marketing Guide for Entrepreneurs, the co-founder of a social media management service called Crate and has been published in Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail and more. In 2016, Mashable named Ross as one of the top 5 Snapchat marketers worth following. 

Clinton Wilkins

Clinton joined CENTUM Home Lenders LTD in February 2009.  He is an entrepreneur and a dedicated mortgage professional and has been helping clients achieve their financial goals for over 11 years.  Clinton focuses on meeting the financial needs of his clients by providing them with strong choices and options. Clinton wants to see his clients leave his office with the satisfaction that comes with knowing they have received the absolute best customer service in the city.
Clinton has won several awards since joining the CENTUM family.  He has been awarded with the #1 agent for volume and units in the country for 2011.  Most recently he was recognized as a Young Gun in the industry by CMP Magazine.   Clinton is a Young Professionals Champion for the national Mortgage Professionals Canada organization. 

Off-Site Adventure

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 inspires and enables Canadians to explore their relationships with migrations that have profoundly shaped our country. Explore this site of public memory and participate in a national conversation. 

Halifax Distilling Company


Enjoy a networking reception and dinner at the Halifax Distilling Company, the city's premiere distillery in the heart of downtown. This is a great opportunity to relax and get to know your fellow delegates. Be prepared for an evening of good food and conversation! 

Pursuit of Excellence Awards

The REIC Pursuit of Excellence Awards program recognizes and fosters excellence in professionalism in the real estate industry. Recipients from all across Canada are celebrated for their contributions.  The Awards gala is an evening filled with inspiration, delicious food, entertainment, and hours of enjoyment. It’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of your team or colleagues.

Awards MC: Liz Rigney

Liz is best known for her time on CTV.  She was a co-host on Breakfast Television for 8 years before moving to the newsroom. She has reported for the CTV Evening News and News at 5.  In 2006 she became the producer/host of the nightly entertainment report Take Five.  Liz is now “behind the scenes” at CTV, managing digital media, promotions and community relations. She performs at a variety of events including the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and is honoured to appear regularly with The Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. She is also a member of the 13-piece band The Sounds of Motown.


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