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Durham REI October 11th Meeting

October 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Our meeting will start at 7:00 pm and doors will open at 6:45 pm and end by 10pm.

Next Meeting: October 11th, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Location: Abilities Centre Theatre – 55 Gordon St, Whitby, ON L1N 0J2

Cost:$100 per person at the door for non-members or choose a membership option.

Location Context: Our new meeting location is at the Second Floor Theatre Room overlooking the track at the Abilities Centre.  If you go to the front besk of the Abilities Centre they will walk you there.  Or simply follow the ramp up and you will walk past the Theatre. The parking lot is located on the West Side of the building along Gordon Street.


Before the meeting:
1. Bring business cards andprepare for networking at the end of the meeting.

2. Property deal sheet for 2min for members with a gift to members.

Agenda for the Evening:

* Introductions and Durham Updates

* Real Estate Investor Strategy Spotlight – Advertising Strategies to Attract Top Tenants – Hart Togman

* Real Estate Investor Keynote Speaker – Maximizing Income with Short-Term Accommodations – Shawn Ferron 

* Real Estate Investor Keynote Speaker – Quentin DSouzaCreating Alternate Streams of US Income

* Wrap-up and Burning Questions

* Networking and Developing Your Power Team

Speaker Showcase:

Shawn Ferron’s journey in real estate and property investment began two decades ago when he acquired his first real estate investment, which was soon followed by his first student rental property at Durham College/UOIT. This initial step into the real estate market introduced him to the world of licensed rental properties.

As he gained experience and knowledge in the field, Shawn expanded his real estate portfolio by purchasing another property in Prince Edward County (PEC). He saw potential in short-term accommodations (STA) and increased revenue within the vacation rental market.

Shawn’s dedication to real estate investment and property management led him to join the DREI and further expand his property portfolio.

Despite having a successful 22-year career in the pharmaceutical industry managing multimillion-dollar brands across Canada, he decided to take action and pivot toward the real estate industry. This major career shift led him to buy into a well-established full-service booking, tourism, and property management company called “Place in PEC.” This company specializes in managing a diverse portfolio of properties, including over 60 licensed short-term accommodations (STA) and long-term rental properties.

Gillian (Fedchak) Tantalo has over 30 years of experience in Special Event Management, sponsorship, and fundraising, and moved to Prince Edward County in 2017 to work within the Real Estate and rental market.

Together with her husband Frank, they opened Places in PEC in April of 2019 after recognizing a need for a full-service management company when dealing with Short Term Rentals. She opened her doors with 5 places for short-term renting, and over the past 4 years, the property list has grown to over 60 licensed STA’s, with 25 staff.

In August of 2023, Gillian and Shawn (a property owner of hers) partnered to take Places in PEC to the next level, diversify, and start exciting new partnerships. Gillian is well versed in licensing on a municipal level for the STA properties and continues to be the largest property management company in the area.


Hart Togman founded Rent Panda 7 years ago after experiencing the underserved rental industry in Canada. He built the company with the vision of helping small landlords throughout their rental journey and works every day on a mission to make renting better. Hart brings his passion for real estate, background in technology and marketing and personal experiences as a landlord to the table at every chance possible. In the last 7 years he has led Rent Panda to helping over 3000 landlords find ideal tenants and manages a rental portfolio of over 200 units.



October 11, 2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Abilities Centre Theatre – Iroquois Park Sports Centre
55 Gordon St
Whitby, Ontario L1N 0J2 Canada
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About the Author Durham REI

The Durham Real Estate Investor club began in 2008. Whether you are just starting your journey, have been investing for a few years, or are a well seasoned real estate investor the Durham Real Estate Investor Club has many benefits to you.