Stakeholder Advisory Committee
The LTSA’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee ensures that the Board of Directors and management staff are kept aware of any stakeholder concerns and recommendations related to land title and survey plan search and registration services.
The Committee includes members and representation as follows:
Representing the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia
Al-Karim Kara (Chair – LTSA Stakeholder Advisory Committee), LTSA President and CEO
Al-Karim Kara is the President and CEO of the LTSA. He reports to the LTSA’s Board of Directors and is responsible for the executive oversight of the company.
Al-Karim joined LTSA in 2009 and most recently served as the Vice President Business Innovation and Chief Information Officer at LTSA.
Representing the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors
Kelly Stofer, Chief Administrative Officer, Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors
Kelly Stofer is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors, the body that regulates the profession and practice of land surveying in British Columbia on behalf and in the interest of the public.
Kelly joined the ABCLS as Secretary and Registrar in 2016. Prior to that, he spent 16 years as a practising land surveyor in both large and small firms including 5 years as a Deputy Surveyor General at the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia. He has broad experience leading and managing regulatory processes with an emphasis on licensing, professional standards, complaints, discipline, policy development, and stakeholder consultation.
Kelly is a British Columbia land surveyor and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario.
Representing the Law Society of British Columbia
Edward Wilson, Partner with Lawson Lundell LLP
Ed is a partner with Lawson Lundell LLP and has practiced in the real estate and municipal law fields with a specialty in real estate development for over 30 years. He acts for a number of international, national and local developers and investors in industrial, commercial and residential projects.
Ed has been actively involved in the activities of the Canadian Bar Association, and has served as its representative on the British Columbia Real Estate Association Standard Forms Committee (1995–present). Ed has drafted and updated the CBA Standard Real Estate Undertakings used in most BC real estate transactions since their inception in 1997. Beginning in 2000, Ed served as the CBA’s representative on the Land Title Branch/Law Society Electronic Filing Committee (now the LTSA Business Transformation Advisory Committee).
Ed has served on a number of Law Society of BC Task Forces including those on Conveyancing Practices (2002), Lawyers Selling Real Estate (2003–2004), and Land Titles (2011).
Ed has been actively involved with Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. He has taught more than 15 CLEBC courses. Ed’s service on behalf of the profession and dedication to CLEBC was recognized in 2007 when Ed was awarded CLEBC’s Leader in Learning Award. The award recognizes volunteers such as Ed who have distinguished themselves by making exceptional contributions to continuing professional education.
Representing the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia
John Mayr, Executive Director of the Society of Notaries Public of BC
John comes to the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia with a 20-year history of regulating professionals. Over that period of time, he has regulated Denturists, Licensed Practical Nurses, and most recently Social Workers, with each profession having unique challenges and complex relationships.
Mr. Mayr holds a Master in Law from Osgoode Hall York University and a MBA from Royal Roads University. He has extensive experience leading and managing professional regulatory organizations with a focus on corporate governance, strategic planning, establishing effective operational business systems, stakeholder consultation, implementing standards of practice, and educational program development and measurement.
The Society of Notaries Public of BC is in the process of separating its regulatory function from its professional promotion function. John is Executive Director of the Society of Notaries Public of BC, and is responsible for education and ongoing development, licensing, complaints, discipline, and audits and inspections.
Representing BC Assessment
Jason Grant, President and CEO
Jason joined BC Assessment in 1991 and has most recently served as Acting VP Assessment and Assessor for the Greater Vancouver region, accountable for the creation of annual property assessments for over 500,000 properties worth approximately $825 billion dollars. He is the past Chair of the BC Assessment Senior Leadership team and, for the last several years, he has been the corporate media spokesperson. Jason has extensive experience with complex appraisal and related legal matters.
Jason has been a member of the Real Estate Institute of BC (REIBC) since 1994 and was elected to their Board of Governors in 2012, serving as REIBC President from 2014-2015. Jason is an Accredited Appraiser with the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AACI).
Representing the First Nations Summit
Howard Grant, Executive Director
Howard E. Grant is currently the Executive Director of the First Nations Summit (F.N.S.) which represents 42 negotiating tables and 154 First Nations in B.C. Mr. Grant is currently serving his sixth term as an elected Councillor for the Musqueam Indian Band (M.I.B.).
Howard was previously employed with M.I.B. as the Executive Director from 1992-1997. He also was employed with the federal government (DIAND) in the capacity of Associate Regional Director of Operations and as a District Manager from 1984-1992.
Within his roles of Executive Director (M.I.B.) and senior manager (DIAND), he was responsible for operational issues, policy development and implementation and budget/audit requirements.
Howard has served and continues to serve on numerous First Nations, and Federal Government boards and committees. Also, Howard sits on many post-secondary institutions and public sector committees in the capacity of advisor and/or board member.
Representing the British Columbia Historical Federation
Jacqueline Gresko, Member
Jacqueline Gresko taught History at Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia from 1970 until 2006. After retiring from Douglas College in 2006, Jacqueline became a sessional instructor at Corpus Christi College at the University of British Columbia where she continued with historical research projects and volunteer work.
Jacqueline wrote Traditions of Faith and Service, a history of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, published in 2008.
In recent years, Jacqueline and Anita Bonson have been tracing the families of the Columbia Detachment of Royal Engineers who served in British Columbia from 1858 to 1863. After disbandment of the detachment in 1863 many of the men settled in the colony and several of them continued road building and surveying.
Jacqueline Gresko is currently honorary president of the British Columbia Historical Federation. She has served on the federation executive since 1999.
Representing the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
Brett Horton, Counsel & Director, Commercial Business Development – BC, Stewart Title Canada
Brett Horton is Stewart Title’s Counsel & Director of Commercial Business Development BC.
Brett completed his undergrad in philosophy at McGill University in 1998, obtained his law degree from UBC in 2003, and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2004. Brett has had a diverse legal career working for small and medium firms along with fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Stewart Title in 2013, Brett operated his own law firm providing commercial and real estate legal services.
Currently the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Real Estate Section, Brett is also a past chair of the Vancouver real estate section and a current executive member. He currently holds other volunteer positions with the Canadian Bar Association and the Risk Management Association.
He has previously been involved with boards of the Mortgage Investment Association of BC, Commercial Real Estate Lenders Association, the International Blockchain Real Estate Association and the Stanley Park Ecology Society.
Brett is a frequent speaker at various real estate industry events.
In his free time, Brett enjoys outdoor activities with his kids.
Representing the British Columbia Real Estate Association
Darlene Hyde, Chief Executive Officer
Darlene Hyde has been CEO of the BC Real Estate Association since January 2018. Prior to that she held senior executive positions with the Commercial Real Estate Development Association of Metro Vancouver and the New Car Dealers of BC.
Darlene has extensive senior executive experience across Canada in a number of sectors including financial services, insurance, telecommunications, energy and housing.
She also has extensive governance experience on boards of directors in BC and across Canada, most recently having served as Chair of Douglas College Foundation and as chair, vice chair and a member of the joint merger task force for Westminster Savings (now Prospera Credit Union). She currently serves on the boards of the Insurance Council of BC and Stabilization Central Credit Union of BC. In addition, she serves on the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) Federal Affairs Committee and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia.
Representing the BC Association of Professional Registry Agents
Aziz Pirani, Acting President
Aziz Pirani is the Acting President of the BC Association of Professional Registry Agents (BCAPRA). BCAPRA is a not-for-profit organization that takes part in the consultative decision making process concerning land title registration matters in BC.
Since 2016, Aziz has been a member of Dye & Durham’s leadership team and currently serves as the Company’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation. Dye & Durham is a leading provider of software and registry services to the Legal profession in both Canada and the United Kingdom.
Prior to his current position at Dye & Durham, Aziz has held leadership roles in the Information Technology and Services Industry at Xerox, TELUS and at MDA/Access Point Information Canada.
Representing the Union of British Columbia Municipalities
Ron Gill, Manager, Area Planning and Development, North Division Approving Officer
Ron has a Masters degree in Planning from the University of Waterloo and is a full-time member of both the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).
Ron has been employed with the City of Surrey as a professional planner since July 2004. During that time, Ron worked his way up through the organization, starting as an entry level Planning Technician, and gradually working his way into his current role as the Area Planning and Development Manager, and Approving Officer, for the North Surrey Division. The Area Planning team administers the development application review and approval process for the north area of the City including the City Centre, Guildford, Fleetwood, and Cloverdale Town Centres, and the South Westminster/Port Kells industrial areas.
Ron is a graduate of the City of Surrey’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and recently contributed to a publication entitled The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Government. This publication, developed in partnership between The City of Surrey and the University of the Fraser Valley, includes a manual and companion workbook, and brings evidence-based decision making down to the basics, providing government professionals with an effective tool to help them validate a particular approach or choice.
Representing the Central 1 Credit Union
Senior Regional Manager, Commercial Real Estate Lending
Brendon Hastings is a Commercial Real Estate professional with over 12 years of experience. He currently works at Central 1 Credit Union as Sr. Regional Manager, overseeing Central 1’s British Columbia portfolio. Prior to Central 1, he held similar positions at HSBC and Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union. Brendon is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, with a degree in economics. As part of his degree, he also attended the University of Minnesota’s Carson School of Business Management.
Brendon is a father of two young children and loves to spend time with family. When not with his kids, he spends a fair amount of time on the golf course, perfecting his short game. He currently resides in Victoria, BC.
Representing the Province of British Columbia
Matt Austin, Assistant Deputy Minister, Integrated Resource Operations Division, Ministry of Forests
Matt has over 25 years of experience working in the natural resource sector of the B.C. Public Service having had roles in a number of ministries and a diverse array of program areas. Matt holds a Master of Environmental Design (Environmental Science) from the University of Calgary and an Honors Bachelor of Science (Zoology) from the University of Western Ontario.
Matt was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Integrated Resource Operations Division in April 2018 and is responsible for a diverse portfolio. The division includes the Archaeology, Compliance & Enforcement, Fish & Wildlife, Water Management, Forest Tenures, Engineering, Lands and Crown Land Opportunities and Restoration branches.
Representing the Canadian Bankers Association
Ian Hardie, Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC Bank Canada
Ian is a lawyer in the Wealth and Personal Banking legal team at HSBC Bank Canada, where he advises the bank on a range of regulatory and contractual matters.
Before joining HSBC in 2019, he practiced real estate law at the Vancouver office of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, and advised clients on commercial and residential real estate matters, including purchases and sales, financings, leasing and development issues. Ian studied at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Originally from Nelson, B.C., he has been known to comment “isn’t it neat that Nelson has its own Land Title District?”.
Representing the BC Notaries Association
Chad Rintoul, Chief Executive Officer
Chad Rintoul is the Chief Executive Officer of the British Columbia Notaries Association (BCNA), whose mandate includes supporting the profession of Notaries Public in British Columbia.
Chad was the Chief Administrative Office of the Association of BC Land Surveyors from 2013 – April 2020. He has served on the Victoria Airport Authority Board of Directors from 2007 – 2013, where he was Chairman of Planning and Development, and from 2013 – 2018 as a Board member and President of the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association, Director of the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association and he continues volunteering as a member of the BC Hockey Appeal Committee.
In addition to serving on the LTSA Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Chad is an elected member of the Town of Sidney Council, a Commissioner at the Peninsula Recreation Commission, and a Director of CREST the Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications Inc.