Bob Rennie

Owner and Founder, Rennie Marketing Systems

Since 1975, Bob Rennie has been at the forefront of advising developers and marketing the industry, earning Bob the title of "the unofficial city planner". Over the last 37 years, Bob's company, Rennie Marketing Systems has become one of the leading condominium sales and marketing firms in North America.

Bob is recognized for envisioning and growing Vancouver's condominium market-one of the most sophisticated markets in the world. He is often credited for changing the city's skyline and a relied-upon voice when it comes to the local economy.

With a personal interest in stabilizing Vancouver's Chinatown, Bob renovated and restored the oldest building in Chinatown, constructed in 1889- the Wing Sang, to house the Rennie Marketing Systems offices and the Wing Sang contemporary art museum. The Rennie Collection is recognized as one of the most important contemporary art collections in North America. The museum is open to the public with guided tours through a curatorial studies program with two universities. 

As a community builder, Bob has donated Wing Sang to the Royal British Columbia Museum every summer to display the province's collection. The first installation, this summer, will feature the Young Emily Carr, and Bob has lobbied for every student to receive a free admission pass with their final report card.

Bob chairs the North America Acquisitions Committee (NAAC) at Tate Museum in London, is a member of the Tate International Council, and sits on the Dean's Advisory Board to the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia. 

In recognition of his dedication to the arts and the arts community, Bob received an honorary doctorate degree from Emily Carr University in 2008, and was recently appointed to the Emily Carr University's Board of Governors.

In addition to sitting on the advisory board of Lower Mainland Steel, one of the largest single corporate supporters of Canucks Place, he also sits on the board for the Streetohome Foundation, a local organization that aims to help ensure the homeless in Vancouver have access to safe, decent, affordable housing and support services. 

Bob's vision for the future is fuel by confidence and a strong belief in creating diversified communities. The best example of this vision at work is at Woodward's in Vancouver's Downtown East Side, home of Simon Fraser Universities Performing Arts Centre, where the fortunate and less fortunate walk in a neighborhood together.