Sheldon Johnston

REALTOR®, Broker/Owner

My career in real estate started when I was about 15 and I worked part time at my father’s real estate company. Real estate was not always my dream – originally the plan was to go to law school. I have always had a fascination for the legal system – hence my substantial involvement the regulatory side of the real estate industry. But… when I finished high school my dad asked if I would help him out for a bit as he was extremely busy – I wasn’t interested. Then he said “you probably wouldn’t pass the exam anyway.”  That was in 1988.

By 1991 I had obtained my broker qualifications (this allows you to run, own or manage a brokerage with associates under you). At the time our company was one of the largest, most successful independent brokerages in the Edmonton market. Since then we joined a franchise, left that franchise and most recently re-branded as Liv Real Estate.

How I Liv:

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Spend more time travelling and helping others live better. I wouldn’t quit working – I’m just not wired that way. Depending on the size of the lottery the first thing I’d do is make sure my kids’ education is looked after, and I’ve made sure our parents are well looked after. After all of that, if there is money left over then I’d pull out the Atlas and the bucket list and I’d start making some check marks.

What did you get into trouble for the most as a child?
Where do I start? I was an adventurous boy but my biggest no-no was almost burning the house down by lighting some valentine’s day cards on fire. I guess five year old Sheldon couldn’t deal with getting cards from girls. I can assure you that I did get over the phobia of girls.

What’s your dream vacation?
I love to travel so its hard to pick just one, but, Thailand, Kenya (Kilimanjaro and the nogoro crater), and Australia are my top three right now.

If you could personally witness one event in history, what would it be?
There are so many cool events in history and being a history buff I can’t narrow this down, but man’s first steps on the moon would be up there.

What’s your favourite quote?
Do or Do not, there is no try…Yoda

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To heal people or travel through time.

I Liv For:

My passions are first and foremost my family, Karate, biking, ancient civilizations, science, cooking with Sara, and travel. We love Paris in the fall and whenever we go to Europe we make a stop over there for at least a few days. Karate allows me to completely focus on one thing so my mind can refresh and my body can rejuvenate.


It seems like yesterday but I have been around the real estate industry for a very long time.  Some of my more meaningful accomplishments have been:

  • Being one of the youngest members to ever qualify for the MLS® million dollar club, which is now known as the Medallion club
  • Serving on the Edmonton Real Estate Board’s professional Standards committee, The Real Estate Council of Alberta’s (RECA) hearings and appeals panel, RECA’s Conduct Advisory committee, The Real Estate Insurance and Exchange (REIX) Claims Committee and Advisory Board and as a RECA Council member. (See resume for dates)
  • Having IMHO, one of the most proactive, leading edge real estate companies that has extremely high ethical standards for its agents.
  • Working with someone I respect and love immensely.


I love to read so a favourite book is very difficult to narrow down. By genre my favourite classic is Charles Dickens “Great Expectations”.  I think it’s related to Pip’s expectations and disappointments.

Favorite Sci Fi book: This is extremely tough so I’ll do it in the order that I read them the most. Tolkein’s, “Lord of the Rings” (11 times and counting), Frank Hebert’s, “Dune” series (4 times) and only up to the 7th book.  When his son took over writing, I lost interest. Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series (twice). My Favorite recent novel would be the Time Travellers Wife.

Favorite movies are to numerous too mention – I love movies and the theatre.  The first movie I ever saw was “Call of the Wild”.  Two movies that have made me bawl the most (its a toss up) “old Yeller” and “To Sir with Love.” The movie I’ve seen the most is “Star Wars” and is probably my sentimental favourite.  My favourite romance would be “Serendipity” or “the Notebook.”  I’m a big John Cusak fan… Loved him in True Colors.

My Life

My role models are Gandhi, Einstein and my older brother Wayne. I have one quote that sums up a lot of my life: “Adapt and overcome.” Whenever I’m confronted with a problem this is the first thing that comes to my mind. I used to think it was a motto of the U.S. Marines but I’ve seen numerous motto’s from them so I’m not sure where I picked it up.

The most dramatic change in my life came when I became a father. It wasn’t sudden, but within a short period of time the selfish decisions I made for myself soon became more along the line of what kind of example am I setting for my daughter, and how am I going to prepare her for her future? I am blessed to have three very incredible women helping me raise her. Her mother, my mother and the love of my life who has brought and helped her so much that I can’t help but be extremely thankful.

I love helping people. I love solving problems and doing everything we can to make sure that people receive what they want and expect from us. I love that almost every situation is unique, although there are similarities and I love that each day is incredibly different from the day before.

As a kid my favourite TV shows were Gilligan’s Island and Hogan’s Heroes.

Growing up my one of my favourite times was Summer holidays. This often saw the family packing up the trailer and heading east to my dad’s hometown in Saskatchewan then west to Fairmont B.C. I have very fond memories of both places.

Industry Participation:

  • 2007 – 2010, Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) Council Member.
  • 2007 – 2010, REIX Advisory Board Member
  • 2002-2003, RECA Conduct Advisory Committee
  • 2005-2007, 2012-present, REIX Claim’s committee
  • 1998 – 2013, RECA Hearings and Appeals Panel
  • 1996-2000, 2002, 2004-2007, 2010 -2012, Member of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Professional Standards and Arbitration Committee
  • 2013-2014 Director, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton

Volunteer Work:

  • 2003-2004, Chair Good Shepard School Council, Edmonton
  • 1999-2003, Fundraising coach for Y.M.C.A.  Annual and Capital campaigns
  • 1999, Served on the Jamie Platz Y.M.C.A. Advisory Board