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Sep 29

Open House: Who should have access to property listing data?

Webinar with Christopher Alexander, Paul Johnson & Lauren Haw

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Most Canadian home sellers and buyers turn to REALTORS® who have access to a Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System to arm them with information about their property buying or selling journey.

On Thursday, September 29 at 2:30 EST, the C.D. Howe Institute will be hosting a webinar featuring an expert panel that will discuss the complex interplay between access to home value data, data privacy, transparency, and fair competition in the housing market.

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please follow this link or contact events@cdhowe.org to register.

Christopher Alexander, President, RE/MAX

Christopher Alexander oversees operations for the company-owned RE/MAX Canada region, which includes Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan. Additionally, he works closely with the leaders of the independent RE/MAX Quebec region to build a cohesive brand strategy across the country.

Christopher began his career as a RE/MAX Sales Associate at an independently owned and operated brokerage in 2010 before joining sub-master franchise RE/MAX INTEGRA as a Franchise Sales Consultant in 2014. He then served as Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of RE/MAX INTEGRA, and was responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as developing and overseeing business strategies. He joined RE/MAX, LLC as Senior Vice President of RE/MAX Canada in July 2021 and was named President of RE/MAX Canada in November 2021.

Christopher is a graduate of Carleton University in Ontario. A third-generation RE/MAX leader, he maintains a deep knowledge of real estate markets and industry trends, and connects with the RE/MAX network around the world.

Paul Johnson, Founder, Rideau Economics; Former TD MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics, Competition Bureau of Canada

Paul A. Johnson has nearly 20 years of experience in competition economics. Dr. Johnson’s experience spans a wide range of industries and all areas of competition economics, including mergers and acquisitions, monopolistic practices, cartels, deceptive marketing practices, class certification, and calculation of damages. He is currently the owner of Rideau Economics, located in Ottawa, Canada.

From 2016 to 2019, Dr. Johnson served a three-year tenure as the chief economist at the Competition Bureau, where he worked with case teams, worked on special projects, directly engaged with stakeholders, and advised the Commissioner of Competition on all significant antitrust matters. He was a principal contributor to the Bureau’s outreach efforts on emerging competition issues related to big data. Prior to opening Rideau Economics, Dr. Johnson was a Partner in the antitrust practice at Bates White in Washington, DC. At Bates White, he worked on civil antitrust litigation and on high-profile mergers before US and European antitrust agencies in a wide range of industries.

Lauren Haw, Chief Executive Officer & Broker of Record, Zoocasa Realty Inc. 

Lauren Haw acquired Zoocasa.com from Rogers in 2015 after many years running independent franchises as well as leading one of the top performing teams at Keller Williams Canada. Zoocasa, under Lauren’s leadership, has since gone on to be known as a leading Canadian real estate portal and brokerage.  Zoocasa has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Growing Companies for the last 4 years by the Globe and Mail and voted by the Financial Times as one of the fastest growing companies in the Americas from 2020-2022.  In July 2022, Lauren and the leadership team at Zoocasa successfully completed an acquisition of Zoocasa Realty Inc. by eXp World Holdings Inc. to continue to expand Zoocasa’s impact across North America and into new global markets. 

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