ON - For Immediate Release: The Ontario Regional Technology & Information Systems Inc. (ORTIS) is pleased to announce two appointments and the launch of its combined MLS® System with the Ontario Collective (OC) on the new Matrix 360 platform.
Trevor Schmidt has been hired as Project Manager of the recently combined MLS® Systems of ORTIS and the OC, a regional group made up of 21 Realtor associations with a combined membership of more than 14,000 REALTORS®.
Trevor most recently served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR) where he helped manage their provincial amalgamation project.
“We’re very excited to have Trevor on board as we continue to strengthen and grow our regional MLS® System,” says Brad Johnstone, Chair of ORTIS. “Trevor brings 12 years of real estate association experience where he was the IT Manager introducing new technologies to the organization and its membership, before becoming the Chief Operating Officer.”
ORTIS is also proud to announce it has retained Allison McLure to develop a regional professional standards, discipline, and arbitration framework in support of the MLS® trademark and the ORTIS member associations. Allison brings considerable experience to the role having previously worked as legal counsel to the Canadian Real Estate Association for 12 years.
“Combining the Ontario Collective and the ORTIS MLS® Systems isn’t just about data and technology - cooperation and professionalism are equally important,” said Steve Dickie, OC Chair. “In every member survey, professionalism comes back as one of the highest priorities for boards to address. Allison will provide us with a framework we can use to help ensure that on our system all Realtors are providing consumers with the highest standards of service they expect and deserve.”
On April 1st, ORTIS began the soft launch of its ground-breaking regional MLS® System. All member associations now have access to the combined system and are operating in parallel with their current systems until a cutover date is determined.
After the parallel period, five additional real estate boards will be accessible via IntraMatrix: Cornwall and District Real Estate Board, Ottawa Real Estate Board, Sudbury Real Estate Board, Renfrew County Real Estate Board, and the Rideau St. Lawrence Real Estate Board. The existing data integration with the Hamilton-Burlington Association of REALTORS® will continue.
ORTIS is a corporation operating a shared regional MLS® System made up of the following member associations: Barrie and District Association of REALTORS®, Brantford Regional Real Estate Association, Cambridge Association of REALTORS®, Guelph and District Association of REALTORS®, Huron Perth Association of REALTORS®, Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Association Inc., Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®, The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®, London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®, Mississauga Real Estate Board, Niagara Association of REALTORS®, North Bay Real Estate Board, The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board, Northumberland Hills Association of REALTORS®, Peterborough and The Kawarthas Association of REALTORS®, Quinte & District Association of REALTORS®, REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound, Simcoe and District Real Estate Board, Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®, Tillsonburg District Real Estate Board, and the Woodstock-Ingersoll and District Real Estate Board.