Expert Panel Session
There are many myths concerning condominium corporations. Some are easily dispelled – “all condominium units are small,” “condominiums aren’t for large families.” However, some go straight to the heart of condominium governance, including the misconception that the payment of condominium fees permits units to do whatever they want, or the misconception that the unit owners can do what they please within the four walls of their units.
Join us for a discussion and interesting stories with our experts on misconceptions, how they can be dispelled and addressed.
Patricia Elia, B. Comm. LL.B., A.T. Coach, Elia Associates PC
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.
Kim Renwick, Condo Management Group
Ms. Renwick joined Condominium Management Group in 2005. Prior to joining CMG, Ms. Renwick studied Business Administration and Small Business Management at Algonquin College. Her organizational skills and dedication were quickly recognized, and she was soon promoted to Office Manager in 2006 which allowed her to gain considerable knowledge and experience is all aspects of day to day Property Management. In 2008 Kim showed a keen interest in Property Management and since has acquired her own portfolio. The condominiums she currently manages range from newly constructed to properties over 30 years old and one of the most fascinating aspects of this diverse portfolio is the annual budget.
Moderator: Jonathan Wright, LL.B, LL.M, Elia Associates
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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