Our Board of Directors
Marshall Cowe, Coquitlam
Marshall Cowe, an associate broker with Royal LePage West Real Estate Services, has been active in the real estate industry for 50 years. He’s served as a director for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and the BC Real Estate Association, as well as chair of the Real Estate Council of BC.
Dennis Fimrite, Victoria
Dennis Fimrite is a Managing Broker (Trading, Rental Property Management and Strata) at Firm Management Corporation in Victoria, where he’s worked since 1995, after five years as a commercial real estate salesperson in Edmonton. He has served the Victoria Real Estate Board as chair of the commercial division, a member of the board and president. He has also served as a member of the Real Estate Council of BC.
Susan Forbes, QC, Vancouver
Susan Forbes, QC, Chief Operating Officer of the Lawyers’ Indemnity Fund (LIF), Law Society of BC, has more than 37 years of experience in the legal profession and the insurance industry. She’s been a lawyer since 1982 and practiced in a broad range of areas, including real estate licensee errors and omissions, before joining LIF where she manages E & O claims against lawyers. Ms. Forbes currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association and has twice been the President of the National Association of Bar Related Insurance Companies.
Peter Kelly, Vancouver
Peter Kelly has been in the insurance industry for more than 45 years. He designed, implemented and managed the original E&O program before it became self-managed. After that, he continued as a member of the Claims Committee and advisor to the Board for several years. His area of expertise is professional liability insurance. His clients have included the Real Estate Insurance Exchange (Alberta), the Real Estate Council of Ontario and the Law Societies of both BC and Alberta.
Calvin Lindberg, West Vancouver
Calvin has been selling real estate for over 30 years and is currently the managing broker of Angell Hasman & Associates. He’s been involved in organized real estate for many years, serving as president of the Canadian Real Estate Association, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and FIABCI – The America’s. Calvin has also served as a director of BC Real Estate Association and the Real Estate Council.
Scott Wallace, Invermere
Mr. Wallace, who has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, is the Managing Broker (Trading and Rental Property Management) licensed with Maxwell Realty Invermere. He has also served as director of the Kootenay Real Estate Board and was a member of the British Columbia Real Estate Association’s Standard Forms Committee. Prior to obtaining his real estate licence, Mr. Wallace was an insurance broker in Calgary for more than 24 years.
Michael Ziegler, Victoria
Michael Ziegler, co-managing broker of Newport Realty Ltd., has been active in real estate for almost 50 years and is a past Chair of E&O. He’s also served as president of the Canadian Real Estate Association, chair of the Real Estate Council of BC, and director of the Special Compensation Corporation and the Victoria Real Estate Board.
Leslie Howatt became executive officer of E&O in June 2011. After being called to the bar in 1989, she worked at Killam Whitelaw & Twining, doing insurance defence work, until joining E&O as a staff lawyer in 1995. She taught education courses, including Legal Update, to licensees from 2006 to 2011.