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OREA and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Presidential Advisory Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Chair Davelle Morrison Toronto Regional Real Estate Board
Member Henry David Toronto Regional Real Estate Board
Li Fong Koo Toronto Regional Real Estate Board
Joshua Jean-Baptiste Toronto Regional Real Estate Board
Tom Lebour Mississauga Real Estate Board
Melissa Lewandowski REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington
Tony McDermott Ottawa Real Estate Board
John-Ross Parks QUINTE & DISTRICT ASSOCATION OF REALTORS INC
Cheryl St. James Thunder Bay Real Estate Board
Sheena Thompson Toronto Regional Real Estate Board
Chukwuyere Uzoruo Mississauga Real Estate Board
Ex-Officio Sean Morrison REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington
David Oikle Ottawa Real Estate Board
Staff Liaison Natasha Lemire-Blair OREA
Matthew Thornton OREA
Special Advisor Michael Coteau OREA

OREA’s Presidential Advisory Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will:

  • Understand, address, and dismantle systemic racism in Ontario’s Real Estate and Housing Sectors.
  • Identify and challenge where sector systemic racism occurs and seek to change perceptions and attitudes through education, policy, and leadership development.
  • Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in Ontario real estate for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ, women and people living with disabilities.

To accomplish these goals the PAG will:

  • Consult with Brokerages, REALTORS®, government officials, regulators, consumers, sector-related organizations and Ontarians about racism and inequality in real estate and housing
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research to identify and challenge where sector systemic racism occurs and seek to change perceptions and attitudes through education, policy, and leadership development.
  • Make recommendations to the OREA Board of Directors on actions that the Association can take to eliminate racism and embrace diversity and advance equality and inclusion in real estate and housing in Ontario.

END GOAL FOR PAG: To report to the OREA Board of Directors with concrete recommendations within the scope of the mandate on how the Association can eliminate systemic racism and improve inclusion in Ontario real estate and housing sectors.

PAG Progress To-Date:

To inform the recommendations the PAG is conducting four streams of research including:

  • Academic Research: Original Ontario-based academic research, led by Ryerson’s Diversity Institute, that will yield new insights into issues relevant to the mandate.
  • Jurisdictional Scan: An inter-jurisdictional environmental scan of leading public policies and organizational practices.
  • Stakeholder Organizations Engagements: Engagement with organizations that are representative of REALTORS® and consumers from BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities.
  • IPSOS Research: A two-pronged approach to build an understanding of the journey and experiences of the PAG’s target audiences.

OREA Statements in Support of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Statement Against Anti-Asian Racism:
https://www.facebook.com/OREAinfo/photos/a.253080048087196/3916311451764019/?type=3

OREA’s Commitment to Building Stronger Communities Without Racism:
https://www.orea.com/News-and-Events/News-and-Press-Releases/Press-Releases/Jun-6-2020

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