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Phil Soper Recognized as Top Canadian in Swanepoel Power 200 for Ninth Consecutive Year

CEO of Bridgemarq Real Estate Services, Inc., which owns Royal LePage, Johnston & Daniel, Via Capitale and Proprio Direct, ranked 13th overall on Swanepoel’s list of the 200 most powerful people in real estate; COO, Carolyn Cheng ranks on Swanepoel Power 200 for third consecutive year

Phil Soper, President and CEO of Royal LePage and Bridgemarq Real Estate Services, Inc.

TORONTO, January 13, 2022 – For the ninth year in a row, T3 Sixty’s Swanepoel Power200 (SP200) has named Phil Soper, President and CEO of Royal LePage and Bridgemarq Real Estate Services, Inc., the most influential person in Canadian residential real estate. Soper ranked 13th on the SP200, the definitive international ranking of residential real estate leaders. Chief Operating Officer, Carolyn Cheng, has also been recognized on the prestigious list for the third consecutive year.

“When Stefan began to recognize industry leaders, it felt odd,” said Phil Soper. “We were the ones who dutifully thanked our people with awards each year, not the other way around. And here we are a decade later, grateful for the recognition that the Swanepoel T3 organization provides the top ranks of industry leadership, and by extension, the wonderful leagues of people we lead.

“Our motto at Royal LePage is ‘helping you is what we do’. This client-first mentality reminds us of our purpose – to serve with excellence. I am exceptionally proud of our team and their commitment to living up to this ideal. They continue to deliver remarkable results, while navigating the seemingly endless series of business curveballs we have faced during the pandemic. It is with a deep sense of gratitude and much pride that I call myself their leader.”


Carolyn Cheng, Chief Operating Officer, Royal LePage

Carolyn Cheng, Chief Operating Officer, Royal LePage

Carolyn Cheng ranked 95th overall and 21st amongst female leaders. She is responsible for developing and overseeing the overall services suite including brokerage, teams and agent business, technology, and training initiatives.

“At Bridgemarq, we aim to deliver cutting-edge business solutions and provide our network with invaluable tools to increase productivity and efficiency. Our accomplished COO, Carolyn Cheng, continues to head up our AI-based digital brokerage platform which greatly benefits agents and management throughout the company. Her recognition in the prestigious SP200 for a third consecutive year is well-deserved,” said Soper.

Cheng added, “I am delighted to be included in this list amongst a group of talented and notable executives. This significant recognition amplifies the hard work, resilience and dedication our innovative and adaptable team has delivered over the last year.”

According to T3 Sixty, the annual SP200 list is compiled from a review of some 3,000 industry leaders and their organizations, verifying data, announcements, and actions that took place over the year; and studying leaders’ tenure and personal influence in the industry.

Soper and his team have advanced Bridgemarq companies to the forefront of North America’s highly competitive real estate industry since he 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 as “an industry visionary who embraces innovation and blazes new paths.” Real Estate Marketing magazine declared him one of the 25 most important leaders of the past 25 years, and in 2015, Soper was honoured as “CEO of the Year” by the Canadian Public Relations Society, a first for a real estate industry executive.

Bridgemarq Real Estate Services has grown to over 20,000 REALTORS® selling $100 billion worth of real estate. The company’s charitable arm, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, is the nation’s largest foundation focused on eradicating domestic violence and supporting the women and children who fall victim to it.

Prior to his real estate career, Phil Soper was an executive with technology giant IBM where he held national and global leadership roles. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta School of Business, and the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Executive Program.

About Bridgemarq Real Estate Services

Bridgemarq is a leading provider of services to residential and commercial real estate brokers and a network of over 20,000 REALTORS®. We operate in Canada under the Royal LePage, Via Capitale, Proprio Direct, and Johnston & Daniel brands. For more information, go to bridgemarq.com.​

Bridgemarq is an affiliate of Brookfield Business Partners, a business services and industrials company focused on owning and operating high-quality businesses that benefit from barriers to entry and/or low production costs. Brookfield Business Partners is listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Further information is available at bbu.brookfield.com.

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