Our Featured Speakers/Moderator
Davidson Houle Allen LLP
Christy is one of the founding partners of Davidson Houle Allen LLP.
She provides a full range of corporate and litigation services to condominium directors, managers, owners, and insurers. She also represents co-tenancy associations, and gives advice with respect to co-tenancies' governing documents.
Christy's work includes building deficiency actions, proceedings involving difficult owners and tenants, collection and lien proceedings, including power of sale, as well as matters involving the enforcement of property rights. She also has experience with construction law.
iCondo Property Management
Michelle Compton RCM, is responsible for the leadership and performance of iCondo Property Management and PMA Realty Consulting’s Condominium Management division. She is involved with training staff on an on-going basis, and always makes time for iCondo/PMA clients and team members. Michelle has an extensive background in the industry, as she has achieved her Condominium Management Diploma from Mohawk College, her RCM designation with ACMO, and is active in supporting and volunteering with CCI-EO. Over the years, many condominium corporations have benefited from Michelle’s dedication, knowledge, and proven record of quality client service.
Apollo Property Management Ltd.
Director of Condominium Management
Sean Cornish is Apollo Property Management’s Director of Condominium Management, as well as General Operations Manager.
Sean has almost twenty years of property management experience including condominium, commercial, mixed-use and hospitality. Sean’s experience and expertise were initially developed through his many years as the Vice-President/Regional Director of a large property management firm in Vancouver, BC. As Apollo Property Management’s Director of Condominium Management, Sean is a key member of the Apollo Executive Team and holds overall responsibility for Apollo’s 20 condominium managers and 90 condominium client corporations.
As Apollo Property Management’s General Operations Manager, Sean oversees Apollo Property Management’s 45-person Operations Team which includes all cleaners, superintendents and service personnel working on behalf of Apollo Property Management’s Condominium, Commercial and Rental clients.
James (Jim) is one of the founding partners of Davidson Houle Allen LLP.
Jim has been practicing condominium law for over 30 years. He represents condominium corporations, their directors, owners, and insurers throughout Eastern Ontario. His experience also includes building deficiencies, shared property interests, co-ownership and construction law. Jim is proud to be an associate (ACCI) and also a fellow (FCCI) of the Canadian Condominium Institute.
Jim is much sought after in the condominium community, and has been invited by many prominent organizations to speak about condominium law. These include lectures at events by CCI, ACMO, The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Admission Course, the Ottawa Region Landlords Association and various organizations of insurance adjusters. Jim was the condominium law lecturer at Ottawa’s Bar Admission Course for over a decade. In 2013, Jim was proud to receive the Ron Danks National Volunteer Leadership Award, which was awarded by the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) National Chapter, for his long-time work on CCI’s quarterly publication Condo Cases Across Canada. More recently, Jim was appointed to the Awards Selection Committee of ACMO (Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario) for 2015.
Jim prides himself on his responsiveness and accessibility to clients. He believes that, despite the occasional challenges, condominium living makes sense and is the future. Jim is firmly committed to the cause and working for the rights of condominium-owners. His own ideas of fairness and justice are what keep him motivated.
Jim’s time outside of the office is mostly spent with his family. He also tries to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle, enjoying snow-shoeing, dog-walking, canoeing, biking and spending time at his family’s cottage.
Patricia Elia is a senior lawyer with Elia Associates and has practiced law for 25 years in the areas of corporate law in large and medium firms before coming to Elia Associates. Patricia is intrigued by the interplay of economics, the law and critical thinking models. As a trained mediator, she understands the value of early and creative dispute resolution opportunities. As an active industry participant, she believes that the sharing of knowledge is empowering for Boards of Directors. Patricia's commitment to condominiums has been in leadership roles such as the President of CCI Huronia, Co-Chair of CCI's National Council, a member of CCI National Executive and a member of all 5 Ontario chapters. She has also sat as Vice-Chair of CCI National's Government Relations Committee and Governance Committee. She is a founder of Women in Condos. She has been a Condominium Director for the last 18 years and a Unit Owner of a condominium. Patricia is passionate about the condominium industry because of the important role condominiums play in the lives of real people.
Gowling WLG LLP
Rod Escayola leads Gowlings' Condominium Law Group. He focuses his practice on condominium law and on civil litigation, representing condominium corporations, directors, owners and property managers alike. He launched and is the editor of a well-read blog CondoAdviser.ca.
He regularly publishes in-depth articles of interest to the condominium industry and many of his articles and blogs have been republished across Canada. Mainstream media often turns to him to discuss legal matters affecting the condominium industry.
Rod is one of the founding members of the Condo Directors Group, a not-for-profit association which provides local condominium directors with a forum to meet, network and share knowledge, skills and experience. Members of the CDG meet on a quarterly basis.
Rod has also been on the board of directors of his own condominium since 2009, presently holding the President's chair.
Rod has served as a reservist with the Canadian Forces for 18 years, during which he was deployed to Haiti as a United Nations peacekeeper. In his spare time, Rod is an avid photographer.
Rod is fluently bilingual and practices law in both English and French.
Davidson Houle Allen LLP
Nancy is one of the founding partners of Davidson Houle Allen LLP. Her practice includes general corporate advice to condominium corporations, financing and secured transactions, construction law, building deficiency litigation, and proceedings involving disputes between condominium corporations and residents. Nancy is the current President of CCI Eastern Ontario Chapter.
Within CCI's Eastern Ontario Chapter, Constance has served its Board of Directors for 14 years, with former roles of Education Chair, President and currently sits as Vice President. Constance has a lengthy and strong background in both government and the private transportation and communications business sectors. She has extensive experience in project management, working with international consulting and software firms, providing direction and leadership to multi-million dollar projects. She is currently the President of two Condominium Corporations in Ottawa.
Yawar Khan is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Capital Integral Property Management and currently deals with the residential real estate management division, strategic planning and business development. He is an RCM and has a B.Sc. (Honors) in Biology and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Yawar has over 22 years of progressive management experience. His diverse experiences include start-up operations, business analysis, business development and governance. He has managed significant budgets, developed and implemented best practices in various corporate environments.
In his current role, Yawar actively manages properties and oversees the operations of the remainder of the residential portfolio.
Terra Firma Real Estate
Mike has been involved with condominiums since he became registered to trade real estate in 2011, and has been a proud member of CCI-EO since 2012. After achieving his Broker designation, he's continued to advocate for training and education within the real estate community by providing training seminars tailored to real estate agents to better serve and educate their clients & promoting organizations that offer opportunities for real estate agents to improve their knowledge.
Graeme Macpherson has been a lawyer at Gowling WLG since 2018, where his practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on condominium law.
As a large part of his practice, Graeme advises and assists condominium corporations, unit owners, boards of directors, and property managers with a number of matters, hosting meetings (both virtual and in-person), collections, rule disputes, and documentary drafting/interpretation.
Graeme also represents clients in a wide variety of other commercial litigation matters, including contractual and statutory disputes.
Graeme is a graduate of the law program at Queen's University. During his time in law school, he won the course prizes in torts, insurance, and civil procedure.
Gareth is a lawyer with Common Ground Condo Law and serves clients across Ontario, is active in numerous CCI chapters, ACMO, and he frequently writes and speaks on condominium topics. He has called small-town Ontario (the Ottawa Valley and the near "north"), Kingston, Halifax, and Toronto "home".
Senior Vice President, Commercial Insurance
Registered Insurance Broker (Ontario)
Damage Insurance Broker (Quebec)
Licensed Commercial Insurance Broker specializing in Real Estate Insurance for Condominium Corporations, and all other Real Estate Corporations. I have 33 years of experience working with various Multi-National Insurers and Insurance Brokers. I enjoy dealing with Condominium Corporations and many other entities to assist in solving their Insurance needs.
Board Member – CCI – Eastern Ontario
Board Member – Construction Specifications Canada – Ottawa Chapter
Justin is the President and Senior Project Manager at Keller Engineering, a multi-discipline building science and envelope firm that has been providing tailored engineering investigatory and project management services with a focus on condominium restoration since 1982. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of building science and structural engineering.
Justin has overseen and completed hundreds of reserve fund studies, building conditions assessments, and technical audits, while leading building element investigation including odour transfers, cladding failures, water infiltration, concrete, masonry deterioration and membrane replacements.
As a contract administrator, Justin prepares drawings and specifications for the structural rehabilitations, window and roofing replacements, parking renewals, and envelope restorations.
Jonathan practises in all areas of post-development condominium law, with a particular interest and expertise in commercial and construction litigation in the context of a condominium. Jonathan considers himself to be incredibly intelligent, hardworking and diligent, and one day hopes to convince his colleagues that he is all of these things.
Jonathan left the shores of Northern Ireland in 2009 with a law degree in one hand and a pot of gold and his lucky charms in the other. Exuding all the charms and wit of an Irishman, Jonathan takes a pragmatic long term approach to litigation and works hard at building long term relationships formulated on trust and respect with his clients.
Coming from Northern Ireland, Jonathan has a deep love for the beautiful game (and also his wife and daughter) and following the mantra of 'those that can't do, teach' Jonathan, having hung up his soccer boots, enjoys coaching youth soccer, although admittedly, he is living vicariously through the kids he coaches. In the winter months, Jonathan can be found questioning why he left the (ever so slightly) warmer climate of Northern Ireland and trying to avoid injury on various ski hills.
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