Former Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak named OREA CEO


Tim Hudak, former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party and an MPP for 21 years, is leaving politics to become the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA).

Hudak  has represented the people of Niagara West – Glanbrook riding for 21 years as an MPP. He served in three Cabinet portfolios: Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation and Ministry of Consumer and Business Services, where OREA says he worked closely with the association to write the Real Estate Business Brokers Act, 2002 and create the Real Estate Council of Ontario. As Leader of the Official Opposition until 2014, he led 80 staff and managed a multi-million-dollar budget, says OREA.

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“Tim brings over 20 years of public service and executive management experience to OREA. Throughout his time at Queen’s Park he has been a strong advocate for Ontario homeowners and issues that our association supports. Tim’s leadership will be a great asset to Ontario Realtors and homeowners,” says Ray Ferris, president of OREA.

“OREA has had a very long, positive working relationship with Tim collaborating on a number of issues of importance to Ontario Realtors, such as electronic signatures on real estate transactions, the creation of a grow-op registry and stopping the spread of the municipal land transfer tax,” says Ferris.

In a news release, Hudak says, “I am tremendously excited about this new opportunity and the important mission it supports:  Ontario Realtors work hard every day to help Ontarians achieve their dreams of home ownership. In my travels I have seen first-hand the leadership roles Realtors take on in every community and how much charitable work OREA members do for local causes. I am honoured to lead a talented, dedicated team charged with delivering products and services to Ontario Realtors.”

Hudak will leave his seat in the Legislature on Sept. 16.


  1. Some of the submitter’s here have questioned the usefulness of OREA in the present tense and what Mr. Hudak could have to contribute, going forward.

    Perhaps the announcement of Mr. Hudak’s appointment should have been used an opportunity to discuss how OREA could be more useful to the Ontario industry — aside from collapsing itself.

    Several Ontario broker’s have made the following statements recently herein on REM, which I feel should be considered together in terms of acknowledging the main functional problem within the industry. It’s not significant as to who the authors are, as the context is limited:

    1/ “There is nothing more important in the real estate business. You must have a system to consistently recruit productive agents and a clear retention plan.”

    2/ “…we will be focusing on top producers in the market that are not getting sufficient support in today’s landscape and lack a great office culture…”

    3/ “Our clients, the Realtors, are our primary focus and helping them to succeed is our top priority,”

    4/ “DiMichele cites 45,000 TREB members as if that was proof of ‘fair’ competition. This atrocious number of ‘licensed’ (an inappropriate word at best) realtors is arguably the single greatest reason our industry’s professionalism is in the toilet.”

    There is a lot of truth in all four statements above. Only #4 shows a primary concern for the real estate consumer. There is an old saying in business: “the customer is always right” and for a vast number of brokerages the Registrant/ REALTOR is regarded as the Customer or Client because they bring the business in. This situation creates a inherent financial “conflict of interests” for the Managing Broker, who is responsible for supervising the activities of the salespeople (REALTOR’s) who have signed on with the brokerage. How profound a “conflict of interests” this may be will depend on who the Managing Broker is. One symptom of the conflict can be that internal office conflicts, between two salespeople, are decided based on which Registrant/ REALTOR is the higher producer.

    While the situation outlined in item #4 above is a real problem, the sad irony of lower or much lower membership numbers would likely be an increased competition amongst brokerages, as it relates to the subject of recruitment — thus having the potential to create an even greater “conflict of interests” regarding the subject of supervision. The main problem, as I see it, is the potential inability of the typical brokerage to do what is required of them to supervise their salespeople (REALTOR’s), actually becoming a real problem!

    Items 1 through 4 above, accurately describe the culture within organized real estate. For the brokerage that can’t recruit all the “top producers” it would like, they can try and make up for that fact by recruiting several lower producing Registrant’s instead. The absurdly high numbers of Registrant’s creates a lot of choice for the average brokerage and they will take what they can get. This situation is integral, it helps to fuel the high membership numbers.

    As high membership numbers are a problem and lower membership numbers would likely be a bigger problem, the solution to the problems of organized real estate clearly isn’t a simple one. The culture of organized real estate requires a profound change and this can only be accomplished through profound political change. Organized real estate needs real change and that probably means becoming a real profession –until it does, talks regarding improving the industry will just keep going around and around.

    Will OREA and Mr. Hudak represent the status quo, or something better?

  2. Hudak does not reflect the diversity of Ontario Realtors but he is a mirror image of the directors of OREA who themselves are chosen by the Directors of the far too many Ontario Real Estate Boards and Associations. There is never a vote by the 100,000 plus Ontario Realtors as giving them control would result in the abolition of this unneeded albatross (OREA) that fulfills no useful purpose.

    OREA should simply disband and disappear and leave the $millions$ it wastes annually in the pockets of the members who are forced to join in order to obtain mls services from the various Boards and Associations.


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