Wayne Smithies received his Bachelor of Commerce degree with honours from Queens University in 1972. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Urban Land Diploma in 1982. He obtained his Certified Property Management (CPM) designation in 1983.
Wayne started his real estate career in 1981 as a Commercial Real Estate Salesman for Wolstencroft Realty. Shortly thereafter he joined ManuLife, Mortgage and Real Estate, and ran their portfolio of buildings in Vancouver until 1984 when he accepted a position as Vice President with First City Development Corporation.
In 1988, Wayne founded Martello Property Services Inc., a fee-based real estate management company. In 1990, he sold half of the interest to CB Commercial/CB Richard Ellis. In May of 2003, he reacquired the one half interest from CB Richard Ellis and formed a new alliance with J.J. Barnicke, a large Canadian brokerage house with its head office in Toronto. In order to follow clients into markets outside of British Columbia, the company has been rebranded to Martello Property Services Inc. as of March 1, 2005.
Wayne is past President of both BOMA Canada and BOMA BC and a former Secretary Treasurer of BOMA International.
In June of 1993, Wayne was awarded the coveted "President's Award" by BOMA International for outstanding and dedicated leadership.