OC and ORTIS to Merge

OC and ORTIS to Merge

Over 13,000 REALTORS® Spanning 22 Ontario Associations to be Served by Same Shared MLS® System


Peterborough, Ontario – (January 16, 2019) – The Governors of the Ontario Collective™ (OC), a regional group providing MLS® System services to 12 real estate associations representing over 5000 REALTORS®, and the Directors of the Ontario Regional Technology & Information Systems Inc. (ORTIS), a regional group providing MLS® System services to 10 real estate associations of over 8,500 REALTORS®, are pleased to announce they have signed a Transition Agreement to blend their two separate systems into one common shared regional MLS® System.

“We are beyond excited to announce the blending of two of Ontario’s largest regional MLS® Systems,” said Steve Dickie, Chair of the OC. “For going on decades now, progressive REALTORS® and Associations have been working to break down the artificial walls that have separated them. This initiative will significantly enhance the opportunities and services for our REALTOR® members as well as their clients.”

Both groups are using CoreLogic®’s leading edge Matrix system to power their MLS® Services. CoreLogic® is a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider and Matrix is used by more than 700,000 REALTORS® across North America, and 32,000 in Canada alone.

“From the beginning, this has been a member-centric process where we have put the needs of the REALTOR®  first and foremost,” says Brad Johnstone, ORTIS Chair.  “REALTORS® and their clients all have the same wants, needs and expectations, regardless of the size and location of the association they belong to.” In addition, Johnstone highlights, “The systems our two groups developed independently of one another are powered by the same stable, secure, proven and reliable technology, and both were developed by REALTORS® for REALTORS®.”

Combining the two systems into a seamless one will result in a “best-of-breed” solution by taking the lessons both groups learned in their individual regional projects and bringing them together in this initiative. Central to this project from the beginning is the recognition that members are equal. No matter what part of the province a REALTOR® practices in they have the same need for high standards and dependable technology.

The two groups are now developing a new single corporate entity to manage the services to all 22 associations.

“We’re going to take the best of both systems, combine them together to make something even better,” notes Kati Strickland, Project Manager of the OC. “We’re working with CoreLogic® now to align the needed resources and flesh out our project plan with the objective of having members online with it in the fall of 2019.”

Media Contacts:

Kati Strickland, OC Project Manager, kstrickland@thelakelands.ca

Bill Duce, ORTIS Project Coordinator, bill.duce@kwar.ca

About the Ontario Collective™ (OC). The OC is comprised of Bancroft and Area Association of REALTORS®, Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Association Inc., London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®, North Bay Real Estate Board, Northumberland Hills Association of REALTORS®, Peterborough and The Kawarthas Association of REALTORS®, Quinte & District Association of REALTORS® Inc., REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound, Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®, The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®, Tillsonburg District Real Estate Board and Woodstock-Ingersoll and District Real Estate Board.About the Ontario Regional Technology & Information Systems Inc. (ORTIS). ORTIS is comprised of Barrie and District Association of REALTORS®, Brantford Regional Real Estate Association, Cambridge Association of REALTORS® Inc., Guelph and District Association of REALTORS®, Huron Perth Association of REALTORS®, Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®, Mississauga Real Estate Board, Niagara Association of REALTORS®, The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board, Simcoe and District Real Estate Board.

2019 PKAR REALTORS Care® Foundation Call For Applications

PKAR’s primary focus is supporting initiatives, through the REALTORS Care® Foundation, that directly benefit registered charities who address shelter based needs in our community.

As such, we provide support to Canadian registered charities located in Peterborough County who share our commitment to building strong communities through our annual grant program.

A Shelter is defined as a refuge, haven or protection that provides or improves quality of life from hunger, the elements, physical/psychological abuse, disabilities and illness.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Must be a registered charity
  • Must guarantee funding from PKAR supports projects within Peterborough County
  • Must have a mandate in support of shelter based initiatives
  • Must not have received a PKAR grant consecutively in the past 3 years.

GRANTEE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Publish a press release acknowledging their successful application within 3 months of being awarded the grant
  • Acknowledgment of PKAR’s support on the grantee’s website for the period of the support (i.e. 2019)
  • Participation in a minimum of 3 PKAR events during the grantee year to talk about the organization and where PKAR’s support will go
  • Grantee must submit a letter acknowledging receipt of funds, along with a donation receipt displaying your charitable number.
  • Completion of the REALTORS Care® Foundation application forms once released including full financials.

To complete the online application please click here. Application deadline is midnight December 31st, 2018.

We thank everyone in advance for submitting an application. Once the successful grantees have been selected, all applicants will be made aware of the status of their application.

 

PKAR’s 2018 All Candidates Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PKAR’s All Candidates Meeting was held on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at the Peterborough Lions Community Centre in East City. The purpose of this meeting was to give the general public an opportunity to engage with the candidates of this years upcoming election and gain a further understanding of their plans for our city, if they were to become elected.

In attendance were Gianne BroughtonGreen Party Candidate, Jeff LealOntario Liberal Party Candidate, Dave SmithPC Party of Ontario Candidate, and Sean ConwayNDP Candidate. The candidates were asked questions on a variety of topics including addressing the shortage of available serviced buildings in the city, their plan to support more housing choices and supply, whether or not they support an increase of the Land Transfer Tax for First-Time Home Buyers, and more.

PKAR was represented by 2018 President Kristi Doyle, President-Elect & Government Relations Chair Cathy Burningham, and Executive Officer Kathy Belanger.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this event, donating their time and effort to make it a success. Without your dedication our events would not be possible. We would also like to thank everyone in attendance for showing continued support and interest in the upcoming plans for our city. Your city is our city!

15th Annual PKAR Charity Golf Tournament

The 15th Annual PKAR Charity Golf Tournament was held on September 20, 2017 at Quarry Golf Club in Ennismore, ON. With 70+ golfers coming out and enduring the 35°C weather, it was a wonderful day filled with laughs, great golf, and charity.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who dedicated their time to preparing and executing this event. Without your time and effort this event would not be possible.

Thank you to the sponsors who continue to support this event time and time again!

Thank you to Quarry Golf Club and all of their staff for successfully hosting this event year after year.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who came out and participated in this event! It was wonderful to see so many people come together and help us raise money for local charities!

 

2017 PKAR Past President’s Night

PKAR hosted our 2017 Past President’s Night on Wednesday May 17th, 2017. We look forward to this special event every year, as it brings our members together to celebrate the achievements of our long-standing membership. It is also our annual Silent Auction, which raises money for the REALTORS® Care Foundation. This year was especially unique, as it was the first time that PKAR had a Live Auction during the event.

Throughout the evening PKAR celebrated the 25, 50, and 60 year members, Past Presidents, Honourary Fellows, New Members, as well as handed out the 2017 Merit Award. You could feel the positive energy in the room, and the strength of our membership as the stage continues to fill with members both new and experienced. This was especially evident during the Merit Award ceremony, which was presented to Trudy Wilson of Re/Max Eastern Realty Bridgenorth for her fund raising for The Hospital for Sick Children during her 387km Miracle Swim of the Trent Severn Waterway last summer. Congratulations again of this magnificent achievement, Trudy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is something to be said about reaching the 25 year mark as a REALTOR®. It is nothing short of astounding for PKAR to have so many 25+ year members. It is even more impressive to have multiple 50+ year members, and even one 60+ year member. To be able to celebrate these individuals speaks volumes about PKAR and our membership.

We would like to send a massive THANK YOU to all of those who donated prizes, and to the volunteers who donated a large amount of time and effort to make this event possible! Without your help, we would not be able to continue to host this wonderful event. It goes to show the impact volunteerism can have our membership, and our community!

2016 Annual PKAR Christmas Breakfast

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 marked PKAR’s Annual Christmas Breakfast. Over 170 PKAR Members and Special Guests were in attendance at the Evinrude Centre to take part in a wonderful meal, social exchange, and were able to share in a morning based around the idea of giving back.

Throughout 2016 PKAR has held various events, such as PKAR Golf Tournament, Silent Auction, Bike Big, etc, to help raise money for local charities. During this time PKAR was able to raise more than $20,000 to be distributed to charities throughout our community. The money raised was presented to five local charities during the Christmas Breakfast. Each charities took an opportunity to thank PKAR for their work, and also shared how important these funds would be to their organizations, and how they positively affected the lives of those in our community. Afterwards 2016 PKAR President Mike Heffernan, PKAR Executive Officer Kathy Belanger, and Community Involvement Co-Chairs Cathy Burningham and Aaron Wright greeted each charity and happily presented them with their cheques.

You could really feel the positive energy in the room during the cheque presentations. The moment truly sparked inspiration within the PKAR membership. Following the cheque presentations PKAR President Mike Heffernan randomly drew names from the membership to receive prizes for their attendance, and participation. Without prompt ALL SIX winners donated back a total of $1000 to charities. The feeling of community was cemented throughout the room.

They say December is the time of year for giving. Whether it be time, effort, money, emotion, the feeling of giving back was truly present during the 2016 PKAR Christmas Breakfast!

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who put forth a strong effort in 2016! The spirit within PKAR is as strong as ever!

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14th Annual REALTORS® Charity Golf Tournament – September 14th 2016

This coming Wednesday is the 14th Annual REALTORS® Charity Golf Tournament. It will be held in Ennismore, ON at Quarry Golf Club. All proceeds will go to the REALTORS Care® Foundation to be distributed to local charities!

We are very excited for this event! With over 110 golfers signed up for the event, and a little help from Mother Nature, we are planning on having a wonderful day of golf, laughs, and most importantly charity! It’s a great way for PKAR members to get out and help raise money for a good cause!

Our goal is to raise enough money to shatter our numbers from last year, where we were able to raise over $7600!

We can’t wait to share pictures and information about how the event unfolds in the coming days! Stay tuned…

14th Annual REALTORS® Charity Golf Tournament!

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It is that time of year, again! Time for you to sign up for the 14th Annual REALTORS® Charity Golf Tournament!

It is being held on September 14th, 2016 at Quarry Golf Club in Ennismore, ON!

The cost of the event is $120/person. This includes 18 holes of golf, cart, contests, beer & burger lunch, goodie bag, and dinner! All proceeds will go to Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation to be distributed to local charities! We encourage golfers of ALL abilities to come out and enjoy a fun day for a good cause!

Registration closes Tuesday September 12th, 2016. Register before August 12th for a chance to WIN a round of golf for two!

See you out on the links! PKAR GOLF

PKAR on the BIG BIKE

On June 23rd PKAR hit the streets of Peterborough on the Big Bike to raise money for The Heart & Stroke Foundation. It couldn’t have been a nicer day to ride! The weather was outstanding! The PKAR group was full of enthusiasm, and were eager to get out and on the road! With their noise makers shaking, as we crossed the Hunter St bridge and headed into downtown, the entire group made sure that those on the sidewalks, patios, and in their cars were made well aware of their presence! The cheers, claps, and honking of horns by those passing by only helped to energize the group even further than they already were! Some of the riders were feeling so excited about the event that they volunteered to ride with the team heading out prior to the PKAR team! We thank those who volunteered to ride twice!

Overall, the fundraising was a success! The PKAR riders were able to raise over $2000 as a team! A special shout out goes to the father-son combination of Jason Heffernan and Mike Heffernan who were able to raise over $900 between the two of them! Congratulations to the both of you! Absolutely outstanding!

 

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PKAR at the Wednesday Farmer’s Market

This past Wednesday PKAR spent the day the Farmer’s Market downtown in the Louis Lot. The goal was to help express the value of using a local REALTOR® to the public. Throughout the day we had the opportunity to meet with people who often frequent the market, and were pleasantly surprised to see our tent present.

PKAR would like to thank those local REALTORS® who took the time out of their busy schedules to help spread the importance of using a local REALTOR®. Thank you to Vera Mainguy, Margaret Weikman, Clint Gage, Cathy Burningham, Aaron Wright, Jason Heffernan, and Mike Heffernan! Your presence was greatly appreciated!

Mike and Jason FM3 Cathy Burningham & Aaron Wright Vera Mainguy & Margaret Weikman