CCI Toronto

CCI Toronto

November 01, 2011 17:01 ET

Condo Conference Features Sessions on Risk Management, Chaos, Environmental Issues

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2011) - The Canadian Condominium Institute – Toronto Area Chapter (CCI-T) and the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) will be hosting the 15th Annual CCI-T/ACMO Condominium Conference, Living in Balance: Corporation and Community, featuring sessions on risk management, fraud prevention and environmental issues, on November 4th and 5th, 2011 at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto ON. (www.condoconference.ca).

Recognizing that insurance can be a significant cost for condo corporations, the conference features a session on risk reduction, management and mitigation. "This session will give owners, Board members and condo managers an in-depth understanding of current insurance and related issues to make more informed decisions in managing insurance", said ACMO Executive Director Amanda Curtis. According to CCI-T's Operations Manager Lynn Morrovat, "It will take participants through a practical approach of a Property Manager reducing risks in and around condominiums to prevent losses."

Small events that escalate into larger ones, Morrovat and Curtis agreed, can pose problems for condominium Boards and managers, so the conference will include a session called "The Butterfly Effect – Chaos and Condominiums" to explore ways Boards and managers can manage seemingly chaotic events. The session, using real life examples, will focus on the value of communication, enforcement and consistency as tools to prevent and handle such events.

"Condominium corporations exist in a complex network of legislation", said Morrovat, "including current and pending legislation on environmental issues. To help members and the public understand possible approaches, we are including a session on those issues. It will feature presentations on implementing environmentally and financially sound building upgrades, indoor and outdoor pest control, indoor air quality and related health issues, and outdoor maintenance environments."

This past June, CCI-T and ACMO made a joint presentation to the provincial government on possible changes to Ontario's Condominium Act, and will provide an update during the conference. One of the major issues to be covered is professionalism in the industry – the CCI-T/ACMO legislative brief included the recommendation to license condo managers and management companies. In addition, CCI-T will discuss the ACCI designation, the only national, cross-profession certification of condo professionals.

Curtis pointed out that "Round table discussions will offer a smaller group setting to discuss a wide range of topics with the experts in the Industry. The conference will close with the Annual Condo Law Update Supersession – a review of case law developments affecting condos in the past year."

A conference highlight will be this year's keynote speaker, Frank O'Dea, the founder of Second Cup and countless international organizations including Street Kids International and War Child (Canada). O'Dea will speak on "The Power of Hope Vision Action", offering participants insights on the way he went from pan-handling and living in 50 cent per night flophouses to his current level of national and international success. "Frank's keynote presentation is relevant not just to participants as individuals, but, with his strong emphasis on 'giving back' to volunteerism in general and participation on condo Boards in particular", said Morrovat.

"All our sessions are moderated and presented by experts, so conference participants will have the benefit of their experience and leading-edge thinking on critical issues," said Curtis. "We will be offering sessions on mediation, contract and tendering management, electrical, gas and water utilities, issues in condo refurbishments and understanding condo financial statements."

The 2011 ACMO / CCI – Toronto Joint Conference will draw close to 1000 professional condominium managers and condominium boards of directors, as well as key members from the building and service trades. The educational program is comprehensive in nature and this event is known to be the premier condominium event in Ontario.

The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) is the leading association for condominium management in Ontario and was formed in 1977. Its member managers are responsible for a very significant segment of the GTA's condominium communities. ACMO's goals include advancement of the quality and performance of condominium property managers and management companies. The Association has a well-established education program offered through recognized community colleges which results in the Registered Condominium Manager (RCM) professional designation. The ACMO 2000 company certification compares favourably with all quality management standards used internationally.

The Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) was formed in 1982 and has chapters across Canada, including a very active Toronto Chapter. CCI focuses on condominium issues for the benefit of condominium corporations, residents, professionals and trade service suppliers. The goal of CCI is to promote a strong condominium community through education and information dissemination, and communication with all levels of government with a view to continuously improving condominium communities.

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