New MREA President Focuses on Building a Stronger Manitoba

The Manitoba Real Estate Association is pleased to announce Chris Pennycook as its 2017 president.

Pennycook entered the profession in his early 20s and quickly became the top-producing agent at the companies where he worked. Each year since 2006, he has ranked among the top one per cent of all REALTORS® in Canada with Royal LePage Real Estate.

As the new president of an organization representing the multi-billion dollar provincial real estate profession, Pennycook is quick to downplay his own merits as he looks to a higher perspective.

“When you walk into the boardroom of the Manitoba Real Estate Association, your hat goes on to work for what’s best for the profession as a whole and the clients and communities we serve. We represent the needs of the entire membership and we keep the public at the forefront of our efforts,” he said.

In commencing to lead the 2200+ member association, Pennycook and the 2017 MREA board of directors will focus on strategic and community-building opportunities for the REALTOR® community to expand upon.

Recognizing Manitoba’s advantages in business, economic development and community engagement, Pennycook is enthusiastic about strengthening the real estate market through initiatives that promote and bring business, trade and jobs to Manitoba.

The MREA strategic plan also includes deeper provincial policy research and advocacy work and the planned roll-out of a modern, integrated online and classroom learning system. Newly-expanded capacity in the professional standards department and improved member dialogue plans will provide REALTORS® with modern tools to elevate professionalism and to engage the REALTOR® community with government to build stronger communities.

Pennycook also chairs the Real Estate Insurance Alliance of Canada Inc. claims committee at MREA and has served on the sales division executive council at WinnipegREALTORS® for a number of years.  He served on the board of directors of the Children’s Hospital Foundation for approximately 15 years and is a recent past chair of the family division’s capital campaign. He is actively involved with various charitable and community organizations in Winnipeg.

Pennycook is a proud father of two boys. Starting in the 80s, he coached hockey for many years.

He has a down-to-earth way with people and goes about his work with gratitude.

“I love getting up to work every day. Few people get to do something that they really enjoy and I know how fortunate I am. It’s an honour to serve and I’m excited about what’s ahead,” he said.