Monday, February 26, 2018, London, Ontario - Fanshawe College has signed a partnership
agreement with the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). The agreement
will focus on four key pillars to engage the region and raise awareness of the impacts
real estate has on the economy, smart technology and consumer trends. The pillars
are learning, technology, co-operative and internship placement, and data analysis.
LSTAR is a professional organization committed to providing their REALTOR® members
with the support and tools they need to succeed in their profession. LSTAR is one
of Canada's 15 largest real estate associations, representing more than 1,700 REALTORS®
working in Middlesex and Elgin counties, a trading area of 500,000 residents.
Fanshawe will be creating and delivering training for members of LSTAR to enhance
business and entrepreneurial best practices in areas such as human resources, financial
planning, change management and communication. LSTAR members will take courses on
topics such as digital marketing, financial planning, employment regulations, personal
branding, professional communication and teamwork.
"Fanshawe is pleased to offer training that gives LSTAR members a competitive edge
in the real estate profession," said Bruce Smith, executive director of Fanshawe's
Business Development and Strategic Support. "We look forward to helping LSTAR members
build connections and network with the community."
"We are so excited about the partnership with Fanshawe," said John Geha, LSTAR.
"Our REALTOR® members are passionate about helping people navigate through the dynamics
of purchasing or selling a home. Fanshawe's robust learning programs will enhance
knowledge and professionalism, further supporting our members to deliver a highly
valuable and meaningful service to consumers. As one of the leading higher learning
institutions in Ontario, our partnership with Fanshawe is an optimal and natural
The learning programs are scheduled to launch in June. In addition, LSTAR is hosting
ESMART: The Economic and Smart Technology Summit at the London Convention Centre
on April 23 and 24. Fanshawe and LSTAR are working closely to offer experiential
learning during the event for Fanshawe students in programs such as Concierge, Food
and Beverage, Culinary, and Special Events. Fanshawe's Chief Infrastructure Officer
Peter Gilbert will be the first keynote speaker at the event.
The organizations are also embarking on efforts to examine and analyze real estate
data, to better understand trends and impacts of real estate on business growth
and community viability.
"These collective efforts are about engaging the region and helping inform how real
estate and local REALTORS® contribute to the overall home ownership experience,"
said Jeff Nethercott, LSTAR President. "It's a tremendous opportunity for collaboration,
as we work to strengthen the communities we passionately serve."