For the sixth consecutive year, Phil Soper, president and CEO of Royal LePage and Bridgemarq Real Estate Services, has been named the most influential person in Canadian residential real estate by the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200). The SP200 ranks residential real estate leaders across North America. Overall, Soper was ranked 11th, up three positions from last year.
“I would like to congratulate those honoured in the 2019 Swanepoel Power 200. I am grateful to be recognized again this year among the highest echelon of the real estate brokerage industry,” said Phil Soper. “Every leader knows that exactly zero is achieved alone. I am exceptionally proud of my team who continue to elevate the company and the Canadian real estate industry overall through their passion for the business and relentless desire to do more and to do better.”
Soper joined Royal LePage as president in 2002. In 2016, he became the first Canadian to receive the Real Estate Leadership Award at the U.S. National Realtor Expo, for being “an industry visionary who embraces innovation and blazes new paths.” He has been named one of the 25 most influential leaders of the past 25 years by Real Estate Marketing magazine, and in 2015, he was named CEO of the Year by the Canadian Public Relations Society, the first time a real estate industry executive has been honoured with the title.
Prior to moving into the real estate industry, Soper was an executive with IBM, where he held both national and global leadership roles. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s School of Business, as well as the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Executive Program.