Program September 22, 2023
Flames & Finances: Fire Safety in Condos
With the current inflation, interest rates and economic challenges, we are seeing an increased need from Condo Corporations, Boards and Managers to find cost saving initiatives. We hear from Fire Safety conscientious clients everyday who want to ensure their buildings stay in compliance yet are facing more budget restraints than ever before. Industry experts will discuss some of the most common Fire Code challenges in a condominium setting, how to stay ahead of them, plan for them and how condos can save money by doing so. Experts will discuss ways to triage recommended and upcoming Fire Code Compliance projects to help budget and plan accordingly, and also provide guidance on how to develop effective fire and life safety plans.
MODERATOR: Nancy Houle, LCCI, Davidson Houle Allen LLP
Break with Exhibitors
Cohabitation among owner-occupied units, owner-leased units, and tenant occupants, is not always easy. As a result, there has been an increasing number of condo cases involving tenants. What most of these cases bring to light is the interplay between the overlapping legislation regulating condos and those regulating tenancies. How do condos navigate this interplay? What are the key steps that condominium corporations should take when dealing with troublesome tenants and their landlord owners? Join this panel of experts to find out!
Breakout Room A
When in a financial crunch, how do you decide if you should defer the work, increase condo fees, levy a special assessment or obtain a loan? Our experts will simplify this decision-making process for you and provide a road map for decision making when the funds available fall short of the funds required.
MODERATOR: Anne Burgoon, RCM, Eastern Ontario Property Management Group
Breakout Room B
Leaks, Losses and Liabilities: Dealing with insurance and repair issues
When an insurable loss happens, there are many issues faced by a condominium corporation, from how to address the initial response, when/what can be charged back, what evidence is needed if there is a dispute over the chargeback? Join our panel of experts as they walk you step by step through how to deal with an insurable loss.
MODERATOR: Jonathan Wright, Elia Associates
Tom Gallinger, Vice President, Atrens-Counsel Insurance Brokers
Gerry Bourdeau, RCM, Condominium Management Group
Megan Molloy, Elia Associates
Jon Juffs, C.E.T., LCCI, Vice President, Building Facilities, McIntosh Perry
Lunch with Exhibitors
Condos Going Green
How is the City supporting condo boards in understanding their current energy & water performance and identify conservation opportunities. What can other industry experts and providers offer to assist condos in going green?
This session will include the following:
- City water conservation incentives & Better Buildings-specific perks & best practices
- How Condos & Multi Residential buildings perform in general and versus top-performers
- City GHG targets & supports for financing (high-rise & low-rise)
- EV charging opportunities & case studies
- Recycling/composting in condos: City supports & best practices
- Any legal challenges of interest to the group
Marie Hanchet, Project Manager, Environmental Program Climate Change and Resiliency Unit Planning, Real Estate and Economic Development, City of Ottawa
Steve Hubbard, Director of Sales & Business Development, Partner, Lightenco
George Hendry, CCC 621 Board Director
Breakout Room A
Accessibility, Accommodation and Actions: Human Rights Considerations in Condos
The focus of this session is to assist condominium boards and managers in reviewing requests for accommodation in the Human Rights context and planning ahead to make condos more accessible. We are seeing an increase in requests for accommodation in the condominium industry, in particular as it applies to accessibility. This session will look at:
- Steps to be taken when a request for accommodation is received in order to meet the condominium corporations procedural and substantive duties under the Code, including relevant case law;
- How modifications to the common elements for human rights reasons can be funded; and
- Steps condominium corporations can take now to be proactive and to be prepared in the event of a request for accommodation or a human rights dispute.
This session will provide condominium directors and managers with information needed to protect the condominium corporation and to help make condominiums more accessible.
Breakout Room B
Condos In Crisis
Start your engines, we’re racing!
The pace of change and pressures in the condominium industry are growing at an exponential rate across Canada and certainly in Ontario. Owners and professionals are having to deal with building quality and integrity issues in new construction, increasingly higher condominium fees, and a short supply of property managers and trained industry professionals. We cannot stop change but what can we do to better manage these pressures and close the gaps ? What should we stop doing and how can we adapt ? Prominent industry professionals will tackle these questions and we can all learn how the industry and condominium owners can close the gaps.
MODERATOR: Andrée Ball, LCCI, Keller Engineering
Break with Exhibitors
Final Session Legal Panel
The always popular, educational, and exciting legal extravaganza returns! Join our legal experts as they bring us up to speed on the hottest, best, or most interesting current legal cases and issues!
MODERATOR: Michael Lewicki, LCCI, Terra Firma
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