At Your Community Realty, Helping You is What We Do!
Broker, President/Broker of Record
Inspired by her vision of becoming a successful female entrepreneur- Vivian Risi founded Your Community Realty, Canada’s #1* franchise for Royal LePage and #3 of all real estate brokerages in Canada**.
1974 marked her first year in the business as a real estate salesperson. Persevering through market challenges while raising a young family, Vivian quickly learned that creating success required hard work, persistence and a customer focused approach. Successfully helping her client base and putting their needs first is what earned her an award-winning Associate Broker status. In pursuit for more, Vivian followed her passions and decided to purchase and manage a small brokerage of 18 realtors in Richmond Hill. Leading by example of putting people need’s first, Vivian transformed (grew) her brokerage from a small business to a market-dominating powerhouse. Today, Vivian along with her family proudly offer Your Community Realty – 1000 realtors strong and 10 fully-serviced locations around the GTA.
Her passion for building stronger communities and her belief in people helping people, is at the forefront of everything she does. In addition to running her successful brokerage business, she dedicates her time, energy and resources to helping over 30+ charities and causes every year. Her work and philanthropic efforts have been recognized by various organizations – earning herself the Royal LePage Philanthropist of the Year award (2008), City of Vaughan Philanthropic Business Person of the Year award (2013), Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce Mayors Award (2012), York Region Business Excellence award (2013) as well as the prestigious, YMCA Peace Medallion award (2009), amongst others.
Vivian stands behind her brand promise “People come first – and it shows!”
*based upon independently owned and operated
**according to published results from RealTrends
Broker, President, Real Estate Academy
Michelle Risi brings over 20 years experience in the real estate industry, and serves as Executive Vice President and Broker/Manager within the company. With a passion for continuous growth and learning, Michelle recognized early on a need to better develop the skills of realtors, which lead her to founding the educational division of the company – The Real Estate Academy™. “Helping YOU is what I do” is more than a tagline, it’s her brand promise. Michelle enjoys working with realtors to support and guide them to achieve their goals and in addition to her leadership at the Real Estate Academy™, Michelle manages the Aurora and Stouffville branch offices, allowing her to share her knowledge with their 1000+ sales force.
Michelle’s diverse experience in the field has offered her unique insights into the cyclical and evolutionary changes in the industry. Combined with her passion to raising the standards in the landscape of real estate, Michelle is actively involved in various committees and task forces at the Toronto Real Estate Board and throughout the business sector. Equally important is her dedication to the non-for-profit sector, where she engages in leadership and volunteer roles – helping organizations and initiatives that are important to her and the communities surrounding her.
Michelle’s role as Executive Vice President ensures she is kept well informed of the ever changing landscape of the industry – allowing her to fulfill her vision of creating positive change for the industry, the brokerage and every single agent who joins the Your Community Realty family!
Michelle brings with her a unique combination of strengths and passion – A winning combination!
Broker/Executive Vice President & Managing Director at Royal LePage Your Community Realty and Royal LePage Connect
Justin’s entry in the real estate industry began early on, where he spent much of his childhood exposed to real estate and land development. He quickly realized the exciting potential that the real estate industry offered, and began building his repertoire of skills and knowledge. Earning an Honors Bachelor in Economics as well as his Broker designation in real estate, Justin gained the knowledge he needed to realize his dream in the business world.
As President of Dominion Lending Mortgage Loans Canada, Justin began building relationships with professionals both in real estate and the finance sectors while offering tools and support to help realtors and clients with their real estate investments. A natural leader, negotiator and manager, Justin brings forth his portfolio of skills and knowledge as Executive Vice President and Regional Manager for Your Community Realty. Whether collaborating with the management team, guiding realtors in their business or contributing to company based projects, Justin brings his keen attention to detail and passion for customer service to the forefront of everything he does.
Broker/Manager of Richmond Hill and Thornhill office
Jack has been licensed for over 30 years, bringing with him knowledge and experience in real estate sales, legal and brokerage management. As a young paralegal, he worked hands-on to accumulate knowledge in everything from title searches, land assemblies and conveyance to power of sales, foreclosures and construction.
With over 100,000 hours of combined legal and real estate experience, Jack focused all that he knew into his own brokerage where he engaged in both residential and commercial transactions, and later on into successfully managing and operating high performing offices across the GTA. Experienced in mergers and acquisitions, negotiating, technology, commercial and training, Jack brings all that he knows into his role as manager for our Head Office and Woodbridge locations. Jack’s management style is hands-on, and never misses an opportunity to connect, educate and mentor both new and seasoned realtors alike. Jack’s creative and out-of-the box thinking often finds him engaging in mastermind sessions, task forces, focus groups and committees both at the brokerage and the Toronto Real Estate Board level.
Jack is a dedicated and passionate manager and will stop at nothing to ensure that our realtors have what they need to grow their business and manage their day-to-day challenges and transactions.
Broker, Manager – Aurora office
Giorgio’s Real Estate career started over 40 years ago. Firstly, investing in pre-construction, as a teenager. Funded his university days by flipping easy projects over the summer months. Worked in the Real Estate Department as an articling student for one of the top law firms in Canada. An award winning Broker for almost 25 years, in Residential, Investment and Commercial Real Estate . Volunteers on various TRREB Professional Standards Committees, currently is chair of the Appeals Committee. Giorgio comments, ” The industry has changed so much over time, however one aspect has not, agents require more than ever, up to date knowledge and practical knowhow to succeed in this ever changing dynamic industry . Clients expect the very best from an agent, when servicing their needs. Passion, honesty, practical and technical expertise in technology and negotiating skills is paramount in developing a rewarding career and reputation.
Giorgio’s Engineering and Legal background has helped him to succeed in life by utilizing critical thinking and problem solving balanced with fairness and a legal approach to issues that may arise.
Giorgio gives back to the Real Estate Community. He has advised numerous agents dealing with complex situations and in avoiding conflicts. For the past 21 years, Giorgio has conducted seminars for first time Buyers and Sellers and Real Estate Investment seminars. Finding and evaluating various investment options that fulfill the client’s requirements is of utmost importance.
Giorgio gives back to the Dance Community, Ballroom and Latin Dancesport, being a former champion in the 80’s, is a Certified and qualified member of the (CDF) Canadian Dancesport Federation and (NDCC) National Dance Council of Canada. He helps with training and developing young dancers to achieve their true potential. He also adjudicates various dance competitions across North America.
Giorgio gives back to the Motorsports Community. Being a former racer in the 90’s with SCCA, FIA and SCCA, Giorgio participates on various safety committees to ensure car and track safety for all participants and spectators alike. Occasionally he thrills passengers on racetracks for fundraiser events.
Broker/Manager of the Markham/Unionville and Stouffville office
Keith Kwan, Manager of our Unionville/Markham location, brings over 31 years’ experience in Residential and Commercial real estate sales and leasing. Keith gained his experience and expertise by fully immersing himself in the landscape of real estate, through sales, management, coaching and mentoring.
Keith’s passion for helping people goes beyond his day to day involvement in the business. He is dedicated to ensuring that our realtors have the right answers and tools, sharing his passion for learning with our agents through hands-on training and expert advice.
Keith is committed to raising the standards of the industry, and you will often find him devoting his time and expertise to various committees and roles at the Toronto Real Estate Board such as Finance, Vice Chair of Arbitration and Mediation, Ethics and Member Services to name a few.
Keith’s attention to detail and standards of business practice have earned him the reputation of a true professional.
Assistant Manager at the Thornhill, Markham/Unionville and Stouffville office
Tania offers a unique combination of skill and passion. With over 19 years experience working various aspects of the brokerage business, she is an enthusiastic supporter of Your Community Realty and the Thornhill office. Her role as Assistant Manager allows Tania to support agents’ needs with an unparalleled level of professionalism and duty of care.
Her approachable nature combined with her years of experience has earned her the reputation for being a trustworthy and professional leader.
Broker, Assistant Manager – Vaughan & Woodbridge Offices
With over 16 years of real estate experience at Your Community Realty, Lili brings forth a multitude of skills and insight. Her sales experience has offered her the understanding necessary to be able to guide realtors when facing the day to day challenges throughout their career. In addition to her sales experience, Lili has extensive experience in deal processing; an understanding of what goes on “behind the scenes” of every transaction.
As Assistant Manager, Lili services the Vaughan and Woodbridge Office with professionalism and care. Her nurturing and warm personality, combined with her patience and encouraging attitude, make her the very best at what she does.
Broker, Manager – Aurora & Woodbridge Offices
With over 6 years experience in Real Estate Sales, Pedram Adibaghdam brings with him in-depth experience with working and servicing clients in the ever-changing landscape of real estate. A natural connector, Pedram manages and leads others with encouragement and diligence.
Pedram understands that a dynamic career in real estate requires consistent learning and attention to details. As a Manager, Pedram pays close attention to the rules and regulations that govern us and takes care in preparing our realtors with the knowledge they need to create a successful business.
Broker, Manager – Keswick & Sutton Offices
Integrity, commitment, dependability, knowledge, imagination, poise and keeping our industry standards high has always been Ernestina’s philosophy for great success. She enjoyed a long-term career in Dental Practice Management and in 2009, she courageously changed her career path and became a full-time Real Estate Sales Representative. She went on to receive her Broker accreditation in 2014 and continuously seeks avenues to improve her overall Real Estate skills. Ernestina was recognized as an outstanding member of Your Community Realty and was invited to join our Management Team in 2018.
She believes that building respectful, trusting, strong supportive relationships with her colleagues is fundamental when guiding and motivating those around her. Assisting in the success of others is gratifying and provides a great will to continue being a contributing factor to Your Community Realty’s accomplishments and achievements.
Ernestina possesses a natural talent and enthusiasm for Real Estate and is known for having a great sense of humour. She attends many events and charities for several causes but the one closest to her heart is Autism Awareness. ‘Giving back’ has been her primary motto in life. People always come first…and it shows!
Manager – Toronto office
Mark has several years of real estate experience, going back to 2010. After the financial and real estate markets took a hit in previous years, Mark saw an opportunity to enter the industry at a historic yet challenging point.
Mark brought many years of marketing and advertising experience to his new profession, which was a natural fit, being a self promoter and digital marketing specialist. Mark was an early adopter of online marketing, SEO and website development, which was integral in his success in several online ventures.
Mark enjoys a very active lifestyle and participates in many athletic events, such as running marathons and endurance challenges. He is excited to bring that spirit and drive to the YCR Management Team.
Sales Representative, Manager – Richmond Hill Office
With 20 years’ experience in Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Ben Zand brings with him an in-depth experience of the housing market.
Through his experience as an Award Winning Realtor, Ben has truly embodied our “People come first – and it shows!” motto.
In addition to helping his clients achieve their homeownership dreams, Ben passionately shares his experience by mentoring other Realtors in their businesses.
Ben’s approach to management and leadership have been influenced by his life and business experience. His bachelor’s degree in Science and Technology, combined with his Fifth degree Black Belt in Martial Arts, have taught Ben the power of focus, commitment and the importance of leading by example.
Ben is a natural teacher and leader, and in addition to his role at the brokerage, Ben shares his time giving back to the community by mentoring young children at the Golden Tae Kwon Do in Richmond Hill.