ProDev+ 2018 – Wrapped Up for Another Year

On Tuesday, September 25, RAHB members converged on the Holiday Inn Burlington for a day of professional development, meeting with exhibitors and mixing and mingling.

Professional Development Sessions
Be a Better Professional – Hugh Foy
Breathe, Focus, Be Aware: A Primer on Mindfulness – Michelle Baldin
Cyber Law – Your Online Footprint – Maureen Tabuchi
AI: R U Ready for Artificial Intelligence? – McMaster AI Society
HPI is Here! What It Is and How to Use It – Gregory Klump
Customizing and Improving Your Matrix Searches – Eric Meek
What is AI (Artificial Intelligence) – McMaster AI Society
Marketing and Social Media Do’s and Don’ts – Kelvin Kucey
Environmental Site Assessment – Sarah Sipak
Burlington ICI Growth Opportunities and Support – Andrew Elliston and Mark Steffler
Burlington Mayoral Candidates: Housing Affordability

Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall featured 44 suppliers of various products and services, keen on doing business with RAHB members.

Networking Mixer and Interactive Zone
The day wrapped up with a casual time of mixing and mingling while enjoying a beverage and hors d’ouvres. The Interactive Zone featured a virtual reality experience of walking the plank high above city streets, a giant four-person PacMan console, Giant Jenga blocks, and a hand-writing expert to analyze writing samples. Draws were held for door prizes from exhibitors and RAHB.

Sponsors
Thanks to our sponsors of ProDev+!
ACISS, Hamilton Economic Development, REAL Services, Hamilton Spectator and Ross & McBride (Interactive Zone sponsor)!

 

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A Big Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who attended ProDev+ yesterday, September 25!

If you haven’t already completed the survey sent to you after ProDev+ wrapped up, please use the link below to give us your comments. Your feedback will help us plan future events.

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What is Artificial Intelligence?

If you’ve ever chosen a movie on Netflix based on their recommendation or said “Ok Google” then asked for directions, or made a purchase on Amazon that they have suggested just for you, you have used artificial intelligence or AI.

Simply put, AI is the mimicking of human intelligence through the use of technology. Today’s AI is referred to as Narrow AI. You can create a machine to play chess, drive by itself, or analyze vast amounts of data for patterns, but that same form of AI can’t knit, walk up stairs, think creatively or demonstrate empathy. If you’re thinking of the movies like Terminator, Matrix, or iRobot you’re thinking about General AI which is decades away according to most experts’ opinion.

“I have always been convinced that the only way to get artificial intelligence to work is to do the computation in a way similar to the human brain”. Geoff Hinton, Godfather of Deep Learning & AI.

For today’s world, robots that welcome you to your bank branch, 3D printers that can build a house in 48 hours, virtual reality staging of your home, and chatbots that make your organization accessible 24/7 are some examples of AI that exist right now. In fact, think of any routine task. With the right scale, funding, and champions, that task will probably be automated by organizations sooner than later. And the most successful organizations of the future will be early adopters, creating a culture that balances the best of human and AI capabilities.

Learn more about how AI applies to real estate at ProDev+! You can learn about the basics of AI at the What is AI – Ask Your Questions round table workshop at 12 Noon and hear more at the AI: R U Ready for Artificial Intelligence panel discussion at 2:30 p.m.

Register for ProDev+ now by e-mailing Angela at angelam@rahb.ca – be sure to include your full name and contact information.

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ProDev+: Learn About CREA’s Home Price Index with Gregory Klump

CREA’s Home Price Index (HPI) is coming to RAHB, and you can learn what it’s all about and how to use it at ProDev+ on Tuesday, September 25!

CREA’s Chief Economist, Gregory Klump, will explain CREA’s HPI in his session HPI Is Here! What It Is and How To Use It, at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about sessions and speakers at ProDev+, visit our website and view the video invitations from our speakers. And don’t forget – ProDev+ will also feature a trade show and networking mixer!

Did you know ….

Your registration for ProDev+ includes lunch? Pick up your boxed lunch between 11:15 and Noon, then visit with exhibitors or make your way to the room for your next session.  Enjoy your lunch while you mingle or while you learn!

To read more, visit our website here.

To register right now, click here.  (Once you have logged in to the new Member Portal scroll down to ProDev+ in the Upcoming Courses section).

Alternatively, e-mail angelam@rahb.ca and let her know you want to register for ProDev+ – be sure to include your full name and contact information!

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Artificial Intelligence and Real Estate – Are You Ready?

Join us at ProDev+ for an exploration of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will impact the real estate profession and how you will conduct your business in the not-so-distant future.

Three speakers from the McMaster Artificial Intelligence Society will form the panel in the session AI: R U Ready for Artificial Intelligence? and cover different aspects of how AI will be part of your business:

Brian Lenahan is an industry leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He has a background in commercial real estate and is now CEO of Aquitaine Innovation Advisors, a consulting firm focused on the balance between human capabilities and AI.

 

 

 

Victor Blaga is a Health Sciences student at McMaster University. He is keenly interested in the potential for AI in the real estate sector. Having just finished his real estate education with the Ontario Real Estate Association, Victor is eager to explore the latest developments in the real estate business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ori Almog is a Software Engineering student at McMaster University. His focus within AI is big data preparation for machine learning purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

To read more, visit our website here.

To register right now, click here.  (Once you have logged in to the new Member Portal scroll down to ProDev+ in the Upcoming Courses section).

Alternatively, e-mail angelam@rahb.ca and let her know you want to register for ProDev+ – be sure to include your full name and contact information!


Visit the Realty Shoppe at ProDev+ and see new products, and get in on show specials and the chance to win a prize valued at $212! (Remember to bring your business card for the prize draw.)

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What is ProDev+?

Do you remember REALTOR® CONNECTIONS? If you loved the combination of professional development and trade show at REALTOR® CONNECTIONS, you’ll love ProDev+!

ProDev+ is RAHB’s premier professional development, trade show and networking event of the year!

Check out our line up of speakers, the schedule of events and the exhibitors on board so far. And don’t forget the interactive Networking Mixer to cap off your day – fun activities, prize draws and time to mix and mingle with your colleagues.

It’s all there for you at ProDev+, and it’s only $20 + HST for RAHB members!

What – ProDev+
When – Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Where – Holiday Inn Burlington

Remember:  This coming Friday is the deadline to receive the early bird registration bonus for ProDev+!  Register now to receive one free beverage ticket for the Networking Mixer (value up to $7) and the chance to win a $100 gift card from the Pearl Hospitality Group!

To read more, visit our website here.

To register right now and qualify for our early bird special click here.  (Once you have logged in to the new Member Portal scroll down to ProDev+ in the Upcoming Courses section).

Alternatively, e-mail angelam@rahb.ca and let her know you want to register for ProDev+ – be sure to include your full name and contact information!

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ProDev+: Breathe, Focus, Be Aware: A Primer on Mindfulness

Breathe, Focus, Be Aware:  A Primer on Mindfulness

What is mindfulness and what does it have to do with real estate?  Everything! Practicing mindfulness will help relieve the stresses of your profession to allow you to do what you do, better.

Michelle Baldin of SolSaluation will be at ProDev+ to help you understand the benefits of being aware of what is happening in the moment in your personal and professional life, and teach you easy techniques you can use daily.

What? ProDev+
When? Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Where? Holiday Inn Burlington

To read more, visit our website here.

To register right now and qualify for our early bird special click here(Once you have logged in to the new Member Portal scroll down to ProDev+ in the Upcoming Courses section).

Alternatively, e-mail angelam@rahb.ca and let her know you want to register for ProDev+ – be sure to include your full name and contact information!

Remember: Register for ProDev+ in the month of August to receive our early bird bonus.


ProDev+ will be a “lunch and learn” experience! With no formal sit-down meal, you can pick up your boxed lunch, meet with exhibitors and/or find your next session, and enjoy your meal while you listen.

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ProDev+ : How Safe Are You Online?

Do you want to know more about how to protect your intellectual property online, what kind of disclosures and disclaimers you should include on your website, and legal issues on the internet? Maureen Tabuchi will discuss that – and more! – in her session CyberLaw: Your Online Footprint at ProDev+ on Tuesday, September 25.

Maureen Tabuchi, LL.B, MTax has over 25 years experience in legal services, with expertise in intellectual property, privacy legislation and cyber security, as well as commercial real estate, investment and strategic planning, and negotiations.

Register now for ProDev+! Register during the month of August and you will receive the early bird bonus of one beverage ticket for the Networking Mixer (value: up to $7) and the chance to win a $100 gift card for the Pearl Hospitality Group!

 

 

 

 


After a day of intellectual stimulation at ProDev+, come to the Atrium to unwind at the Networking Mixer! Enjoy a beverage (water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages available – cash bar). Test your skills – try walking the (virtual) plank, or play PACMAN Royale or Giant Jenga. Looking for something quieter? Have our handwriting expert analyze your writing. It’s a great way to end your day at ProDev+!

 

Thank you to our ProDev+ Sponsors:

    

 

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Be a Better Professional

How? Come hear Hugh Foy talk about various aspects of professionalism at ProDev+!

Hugh will be holding two sessions – if you can’t make the first, you can attend the second!

What? ProDev+
When? Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Where? Holiday Inn Burlington

To read more, visit our website here.

To register right now and qualify for our early bird special click here(Once you have logged in to the new Member Portal scroll down to ProDev+ in the Upcoming Courses section).

Alternatively, e-mail angelam@rahb.ca and let her know you want to register for ProDev+ – be sure to include your full name and contact information!

 

Visit the Exhibit Hall at ProDev+!

Where can you meet 48 vendors of goods and services you can use? At ProDev+ of course! Our Exhibit Hall will be open 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., so you will have lots of opportunity to check out what’s new and interesting!

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