One of the best ways to immerse yourself in this year's theme and explore the hottest trending topics in real estate is to attend one of our TREB Trends series sessions. Read below for more info and stay tuned for new additions to this impressive lineup in the coming weeks!


Create Your Future

Janet BannisterJanet Bannister

Janet Bannister founded and built it to be one of the most visited websites in Canada. She is now a Partner at Real Ventures, Canada's most active venture capital firm, where she works every day with some of Canada's most dynamic entrepreneurs. 

Janet will share her story of going from a 15-year-old girl with a keen interest in business to helping to transform eBay, launching and growing Kijiji, and then becoming one of the most influential people in Canada's booming tech scene. She will also share key principles to pursue your passions and create your own future. Janet is always authentic, motivating and entertaining. 

Come learn and be inspired!


May 30 | 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

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Location: Cohen Ballroom

Speaker: Janet Bannister

Cyber Security – The Invisible War

Chris MathersChris Mathers

Imagine a world where every telephone call is monitored, every email and text message read. A world where all of your most personal information can be stolen by cyber-criminals and offered for sale to the highest bidder.

How much risk are you taking each time you turn on your computer, surf the Internet or participate in social media? We are all bombarded every day with emails designed to trick you into downloading malware onto your computer or your corporate network. Who are the people that are working so hard to steal your identity? What can you do to keep them in check? 

How do we protect ourselves and our businesses from an invisible enemy? As technology proliferates, what choices should you make?

How much of your privacy will you be willing to give up for the sake of security? Convenience? Social interaction?

Where will we be as a society in 25 years? What impact will the choices we make today have on privacy and security in the future. And how will our government protect us?

Chris' insights into the world of organized crime and foreign intelligence and how the Internet is the new crime scene, will shock, inform and entertain you. 


May 31 | 11:45 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.

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Location: Cohen Ballroom

Speaker: Chris Mathers

It's the End of the World – Cringeworthy or I Feel Fine?

John DiMicheleJohn DiMichele
Rob HahnRob Hahn

A Conversation with Rob Hahn and TREB CEO John DiMichele.

Come hear the author of The Notorious R.O.B. blog, Rob Hahn, and TREB CEO John DiMichele discuss the changing landscape and future of our industry as well as some of the biggest trends challenging the way we do business. From new concepts of transacting such as "iBuyer" to the latest technological trends, including machine learning and more, this is a TREB Trends session you won't want to miss!


May 31 | 11:30 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

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Location: Waxman Room

John DiMichele
Rob Hahn

Moolala: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things With Their Money (And What You Can Do About It)

Bruce SelleryBruce Sellery

Moolala is an optimistic and fun keynote that focuses on inspiring people to get a handle on their money so they can live the life they want. The presentation answers two simple and equally important questions: Why do smart people do dumb things with their money? and What can we do about it?
Bruce Sellery will help you:

  • Get clarity on some of the mistakes they're making with their money, as well help them set priorities about what they need to know and work on first.
  • Create a simple plan to correct their mistakes quickly, and without requiring them to make personal finance their new hobby.
  • Be inspired to get off their duff and into action immediately. That includes becoming more confident in asking questions about money and removing the taboos that surround it.


May 31 | 10:15 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

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Location: Cohen Ballroom

Speaker: Bruce Sellery

Political Panel: Provincial Election Candidates Debate Housing Issues

John MooreJohn Moore
Denzil Minnan-WongDenzil Minnan-Wong
Peter MilczynPeter Milczyn
Tom ParkinTom Parkin


Key provincial election candidates and representatives from each major political party will debate housing-related issues of particular relevance and importance to REALTORS®. 

Co-hosted by TREB and OREA

The panel is comprised of the following:
John Moore, Newstalk 1010

Denzil Minnan-Wong, Councillor, Ward 34 and Deputy Mayor – City of Toronto, and PC Party of Ontario candidate for MPP, Don Valley East

Hon. Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing and Liberal Party of Ontario candidate for MPP, Etobicoke–Lakeshore

Tom Parkin, Former Political Staff, Ontario and Saskatchewan NDP



May 31 | 2:30 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.

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Location: RQ Theatre

John Moore, Moderator
Denzil Minnan-Wong
Peter Milczyn
Tom Parkin

Professionalism & Compliance in Today's Industry

William (Bill) HarringtonWilliam (Bill) Harrington
Simon ParhamSimon Parham
Joseph (Joe) RicherJoseph (Joe) Richer
Steven HarrounSteven Harroun


How to navigate your obligations with CASL, DNCL, FINTRAC, Privacy, and REBBA.
Real estate is a highly regulated industry, and it can be hard to know whether you are meeting all your compliance requirements as you navigate your day-to-day business transactions. This panel will help you understand what the most frequent compliance challenges are for each of these organizations, top compliance trends across the industry, and where you can go to get the answers to your questions, including resources that you need to stay compliant. At the end of the day, this panel should help to simplify the compliance process for you, the REALTOR®. 
 It will feature discussion on:

  • FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre)
  • CASL (Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation)
  • DNCL (Do Not Call List)
  • REBBA 2002 (Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002)
  • Privacy Legislation


The panel is comprised of the following industry experts:
William (Bill) Harrington, General Counsel, Canadian Real Estate Association
Simon Parham, Legal Counsel, Canadian Real Estate Association
Joseph (Joe) Richer, Registrar, Real Estate Council of Ontario
Steven Harroun, Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission


May 31 | 8:45 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

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Location: Cohen Ballroom

William (Bill) Harrington, Moderator
Joseph (Joe) Richer
Simon Parham
Steven Harroun


Kathleen BlackKathleen Black

Ask any REALTOR® their opinion on "Real Estate Teams" and you'll undoubtedly receive a different answer, positive or negative, that changes from Realtor to Realtor. Regardless of any opinion, Kathleen Black suggests that Real Estate Teams are increasingly gaining market share and are not going away anytime soon. 

After coaching hundreds of Real Estate Teams full-time for nearly a decade, Kathleen Black has seen the power that a Team can achieve within their environment by utilizing properly structured collaboration and synergy. Through her experience coaching Teams, Kathleen has identified the key areas that make a Team successful, but equally as important, the key areas that cause a Team to fail, costing valuable time, money, and effort. 

This session will cover the top areas to consider when building your business into a healthy, thriving, and profitable Team, ready to face the demands of the Real Estate industry today and into tomorrow. Join Kathleen as she uncovers the truths, falsehoods, and myths that surround Real Estate Teams, and learn how using the power of Team synergy can increase conversion.


May 31 | 2:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.

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Location: Cohen Ballroom

Speaker: Kathleen Black