After 21 years of distinguished public service in the Ontario Legislature, Tim Hudak will be joining the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) as Chief Executive Officer, effective December 2, with a transition period beginning October 15.
“I am tremendously excited about this new opportunity,” said Hudak. “I feel honoured to lead a talented, dedicated team charged with delivering products and services to Ontario REALTORS®. In my travels, I have seen first-hand the leadership roles that REALTORS® take on in every community and how much charitable work OREA members do for local causes.”
Hudak said he is embracing this new challenge because of OREAs sense of mission: helping more men and women experience the excitement and rewards of home ownership. A home is the biggest investment that most people make in their lifetime.
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“I know I changed as a man when I bought my first home,” Hudak said. “A home is so much more than four walls – it’s a place of our own where we can truly be ourselves, raise our families and celebrate life’s most important milestones.”
Hudak joins OREA from Queen’s Park, where he served as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Opposition Leader, and a Member of Provincial Parliament, representing the people of Niagara for 21 years. He served in three Cabinet portfolios, as Minister of Northern Development and Mines; Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation; and Minister of Consumer and Business Services. In the latter role, he worked closely with OREA to write the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, and to create the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). As leader of the Official Opposition from 2009 to 2014, Hudak oversaw 80 staff members and managed a multi-million- dollar budget.
“On behalf of the board of directors of OREA, I am pleased to announce that Tim Hudak will join us as our new Chief Executive Officer,” said Ray Ferris, President of OREA. “Tim brings more than 20 years of public service and executive management experience to us. Throughout his time at Queen’s Park, he has been a strong advocate for Ontario home owners and for issues that our association supports. Tim’s leadership will be a great asset to Ontario REALTORS® and home owners.”
“OREA has had a very long, positive working relationship with Tim, collaborating on a number of issues of importance to Ontario REALTORS®,” Ferris added. “These include electronic signatures on real estate transactions, the creation of a marijuana grow-op registry, and stopping the spread of the municipal land transfer tax.”
Hudak has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. He is married to Deb Hutton and together they have two daughters, Miller and Maitland. Hudak succeeds Edward Barisa, who served as CEO of the association for the past 16 years before announcing his retirement, to take effect at the beginning of December 2016
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