Professional Associations

“Knowledge is Power”

Our company prides itself on professional development and ongoing learning and education. We are proud and contributing members of many leading professional associations. These associations provide us with great sources of professional development, ongoing education, and various professional certifications. We also greatly benefit from the worldwide network of like-minded professionals that these organizations connect us to. In an industry as fast paced and filled with change as ours, we believe our involvement with these associations and an ongoing education and lifelong learning are musts to stay ahead. We encourage you to read below about the professional associations we belong to and to follow the links to their websites to review their mandates, professional standards, and accreditation requirements.


Canadian Real Estate AssociationCanadian Real Estate Association CREA represents real estate Brokers, Agents, and Boards all across Canada. As members, our Brokerage and Agents are bound by CREA’s REALTOR® Code. This Code represents the highest standards and practices in the real estate industry. Through our membership, our Agents can use the trademark REALTOR® (which is owned by CREA) and have access to all MLS® Statistics, which are compiled and kept by CREA and their members.

British Columbia Real Estate AssociationBritish Columbia Real Estate Association The BCREA represents Real Estate Boards and REALTORS® across B.C. Our Agents participate in the continuing professional education program administered by the BCREA.

Real Estate Board of Greater VancouverReal Estate Board of Greater Vancouver The REBGV was the first professional real estate board to be formed in Canada. It is comprised of members from throughout Greater Vancouver. Our firm participates in the ongoing educational programs provided by the REBGV and actively reviews the research compiled by this body. We also cooperate with all members when acting as an agent in the purchase or sale of real estate.

Institute of Real Estate ManagementIREM Institute of Real Estate Management IREM is an international association of real estate managers. This organization offers resources and education for all varieties of property managers. Both William McCarthy and Tony Wagner have earned the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation through this organization. Through IREM, W.P.J. McCarthy and Company has been awarded as an Accredited Management Organization (AMO). This makes us one of only two AMO firms in Canada and 525 worldwide. The Accredited Management Organization designation is the highest level of certification a professional real estate management firm can achieve. It is awarded to firms with Certified Property Managers on staff, and who have met a rigid qualification standard and portfolio size. Our company was first awarded its AMO designation in 1991, making it one of the longest continuously operating AMO firms in the world.

Real Estate Institute of CanadaReal Estate Institute of Canada The REIC is an association specializing in the education and certification of real estate professionals in Canada. William McCarthy and Tony Wagner are Fellows of the Real Estate Institute (FRI) and both achieved the Certified Leasing Officer (CLO) designation through the REIC. William McCarthy is also an author and faculty member of the REIC and in 2009 served as President.

Real Estate Institute of British ColumbiaReal Estate Institute of British Columbia The RIBC is a professional organization comprised of real estate professional from every segment of the industry. It is unique in that its members are not restricted in their disciplines of practice. William McCarthy and Tony Wagner hold the RI Designation through the RIBC.

Building Owners and Managers AssociationBOMA International BOMA is an international member based organization made up of building owners and managers. It offers education and information on all facets of building ownership and management. Williams McCarthy holds the Real Property Administrator designation through BOMI International.

Royal Institution of Chartered SurveyorsRICS The Mark of Property Professionalism Worldwide The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is a leading international organization for professionals in all facets of real estate and land. William McCarthy holds the prestigious RICS Fellow Designation through this organization.

Counselors of Real EstateThe Counselors of Real Estate The Counselors of Real Estate is an organization of top real estate professionals from around the world. It is an invitation-only organization with only 1,100 members worldwide. This organization is a great resource for our company as it connects us to truly elite real estate professionals at the very top of their disciplines. William McCarthy is a CRE and has regularly authored papers for Counselor of Real Estate publications. Click here to view William’s CRE Member Profile.