Top 5 Sessions You Can’t Miss at 19th Annual ACMO / CCI-T Condo Conference 2015

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If you’re attending ACMO/CCI-T Condo Conference this year in Toronto, you’re in for an experience. With thousands in attendance, over 170 exhibitors and 20 sessions, the agenda includes networking opportunities, learning sessions, and presentations by some of the greatest thought leaders in our industry. It is sure to be an action-packed event. Here’s a list of the top 5 sessions you don’t want to miss.


1. The Great Director Debate: Is there a Place for Professional Directors?

When: Friday 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Where: 1D Session

Richard Elia (Elia Associates) moderates a panel that includes Carol Dirks (Fogler, Rubinoff), Christine Dunn, Bill Thompson (Malvern Condominium Property Management) and Ian Waldron (MTCC # 1385), to discuss the possibility of condominiums engaging “professional directors.” The discussion will explore scenarios where outside paid help for director roles may be more suitable in certain condominiums where there is a lack of participation or consensus.

This is certainly a must-see discussion on a topic that has not sufficiently addressed in the past, but one that is increasingly relevant and one that can drastically alter the condominium landscape in Ontario.


2. Shared Facilities

When: Friday 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: 2C Session

The current President of ACMO, Catherine Murdock (DEL Property Management), leads a discussion with Stephen Chesney (Parker Garber Chesney), Deborah Holmes and Warren Kleiner (Miller Thomson), on issues with regards to shared facilities.

Managing shared facilities is an issue that comes up regularly in condos as different corporations have different standards, capabilities and resources to manage them. What do you do when a condo corporation has financial problems or high monthly fees and the board insists that the shared facilities fees be frozen or reduced?

It will be interesting to see how such issues will be addressed by the panel.


3. Status Certificates – Managers and Condo Corp Liability – It’s a Nightmare!

When: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: 4A Session

Lawyer, Denise Lash (Lash Condo Law) moderates a panel consisting of Michael Kalisperas (Royale Grande Property Management) and David Thiel (Fogler, Rubinoff) on the topic of status certificates. Status certificates has been a hot topic of late – this discussion will revolve around recent precedence-setting cases, such as Orr v. MTCC # 1056.

This is one of the talks we are most excited for as there seems to be many misconceptions and ambiguity with status certificates. This talk promises to clear up a lot of the questions we have.


4. Directors’ Toolkit

When: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 am; 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: 4C/D and 5C/D Session

Geared for condominium directors, this two-part discussion is led by Chris Antipas (360 Community Management), with Cynthia Chung (Del Property Management), Alan Rosenberg (A.R. Consulting), Bradley Chaplick (Fine & Deo), Richard Pearlstein (Northcan Property Management) and Aji Montenegro (TSCC # 2062). It will go over valuable tools and advice to help board members better understand and manage day-to-day issues facing their corporations.

This is a great topic that can serve as a refresher for seasoned property managers and board members or as an introduction to newly appointed ones.


5. How Will the Proposed Changes to the Condominium Act and the Proposed Management Services Act Affect You?

When: Saturday 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: Closing Luncheon

The hottest topic in the Ontario condo landscape is the new Condo Act. Current President of CCI-Toronto, Mario Deo (Fine & Deo), along with Armand Conant (Shibley Righton) and Sally Thompson (Synergy Partners), address a wide range of topics on how the proposed changes will alter the industry.

From the establishment of the Condo Authority, to the use of electronic tools in condo management, to reserve funds and many more, this session will hopefully debunk some of the mystique surrounding this new Act.


Stop by to meet the Evercondo team at Booth #903. We’ll be giving away our awesome custom designed “Condo Management Rocks” t-shirts. We hope to see you there!

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