Gary Simonsen

CEO, Canada Real Estate Association

Overall Rank: 50
Category: Trade Association/MLS
Category Rank: 7

A 32-year real estate veteran, Simonsen represents more than 100,000 Realtors across Canada as head of the Canadian Real Estate Association. He works closely with CREA’s board of directors on management and strategic planning for the association. Before taking the helm at CREA in 2011, Simonsen served as the trade group’s chief operating officer for three years and as its associate executive officer for approximately a decade. He announced his pending retirement from CREA effective at the end of 2017.

Before CREA, Simonsen served as the executive officer for the Winnipeg Real Estate Board for six years. Simonsen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and began his career in real estate in 1984.