Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Meg Soper

 

Keynote: Bring It On…Strategies for Resilience & Teamwork 

Speaker Bio:

Meg is a motivational humorist who works throughout North America inspiring audiences to shift their perspective by sharing insights and ideas for self-improvement, healthy living and using humor to melt stress and strengthen relationships. Meg’s experience as a staff nurse in the Operating Room, as a stand-up comic, and as a leading motivational humorist gives her a front-line perspective on ideas to help us manage well in high stress environments. Her presentations are filled with humor and practical strategies that promote health, personal resilience and a positive mindset.

Session details:

A dynamic presentation that is a blend of humor, inspiration and motivation. Meg will explore ideas on using humor as an essential element in bolstering our resilience and in helping us communicate positively and productively. She will delve into the topic of mindfulness, emphasizing the importance of taking time for ourselves each day so that we have the energy and inspiration to perform to the best of our abilities.

The presentation will create awareness about our default response patterns and how we can learn to ‘Shift Perspective’ to lead us to more positive and productive interactions with the people we engage with every day, from the front lines to the boardroom. Meg will offer a lighthearted look at how shifting demographics are impacting inter-personal dynamics in society at large. Understanding generational differences helps us create an atmosphere where we can communicate more effectively. People are different, not necessarily difficult. We may not be able change a person’s behavior, but when we understand them it saves us time and lowers our stress level. We can learn to appreciate our diversity is a source of strength and recognize the value that each of us brings to the workplace.

This high energy presentation will entertain, inspire and leave audience members with tangible strategies that can help us realize improvements in our sense of resilience and our relationships at work and at home.

Objectives: 

  1. Offer strategies to help improve personal resilience so that we are better able to deal with adversity and adapt in an environment of rapid change;
  2. Learn strategies to better manage our behavior and emotions; become aware that each of us has the power to ‘Shift Our Perspective’ toward a more positive mental framework;
  3. Become more adept at using the Creative & Analytical sides of your brain;
  4. Recognize and understand the different generations in the workplace; and,
  5. Learn the MMB Challenge and mindful strategies to maintain a positive mindset
 

Conference Speakers

Marc Bhalla, Hons.B.A., C.Med, Q.Arb, MCIArb

 

Polish Your Crystal Ball – How to anticipate transition and steps to succeed. Navigating Transitions in Your Community

Speaker Bio:

Marc Bhalla is an experienced mediator and arbitrator who concentrates his practice on condominium dispute resolution and prevention.  He holds the Chartered Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator designations of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Institute of Canada and the MCIArb designation of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an international institution formed in the UK in 1915.  Marc writes and speaks extensively about condominium issues, drawing on both his professional and personal experience.  He manages Marc On Mediation.ca, a site focused on Marc’s mediation practice, and has been part of the Elia Associates team since 2002.

Gail Cote, RCM

 

Would Mr. Rogers be Proud of Your Neighbourhood? Working Cooperatively as a Community

Speaker Bio:

Gail is a Director of Condominium Management at Wilson Blanchard Management Inc. She has enjoyed providing over 20 years of professional property management services to her clients. Gail is on the Board of Directors of the CCI Golden Horseshoe Chapter, as well as being a Board liaison for the Membership & Social Media/marketing Committee and volunteering on the Professional Partners Committee.

 

Maria DesForges

 

Polish Your Crystal Ball – How to anticipate transition and steps to succeed. Navigating Transitions in Your Community

Speaker Bio:

Maria is a seasoned professional with over 23 years experience in the condominium industry with experience as an owner, director and property manager. Memberships with ACMO and CCI have rounded out her formal training in this highly complex industry. Maria has obtained her RCM and her ACCI Designation and is also a Licensed Property Manager. Her current position is President of J & W Condominium Management located in Hamilton working in conjunction with Jordan and Williamson Management Ltd. a company that deals primarily with residential properties.

Marilyn Dion

 

Polish Your Crystal Ball – How to anticipate transition and steps to succeed. Navigating Transitions in Your Community

Speaker Bio:

After owning a couple of single-family dwellings, Marilyn Dion decided to downsize by purchasing a condominium apartment on Hunter Street in downtown Hamilton. With a background in property management, she subsequently got involved as a volunteer on the Board of WCC#160 and is currently serving as President. Together with their property manager, the Board spearheaded the recent renovation work on the building. Having written several articles for the online magazine Spirituality Health, she was asked to write the feature article in the Fall issue of Condo News, summarizing the experience.

Sally-Anne Dooman

 

Who Can You Turn To? Partnering with Community Resources

Speaker Bio:

Sally has been managing condominium properties for over 15 years, with experience gained in the management of high and low rise buildings, townhouse, commercial and common element condominiums. Working with developers and Boards of Directors, Sally has experience managing in a wide variety of condominium environments and situations. In her current role as Director of Condominium Management, Sally also has responsibility for training and supporting other managers and enjoys the opportunity to meet with Boards and unit owners when chairing various Owners’ meetings. Sally is an active member of the CCI Golden Horseshoe Chapter, serving on committees and volunteering to speak at conferences and seminars, and writing articles for industry publications.

Patricia Elia, B.Comm., LL.B., Adler Trained Coach

 

Law & Order GHC

Speaker Bio:

Patricia Elia is a senior lawyer with Elia Associates. In her role as a lawyer, she brings expertise in corporate and condominium law, together with a unique perspective as a condominium director and owner. She believes in empowering communities to grow and thrive with knowledge.

Patricia is passionate about the condominium industry because of the important role condominiums play in the lives of real people. Currently, she is working on a variety of industry related programs, boards and committees based provincially and nationally with a view to facilitating and improving awareness and knowledge for unit owners, directors, property managers, service providers and condominium communities as a whole.

Patrick Greco

 

Who Can You Turn To? Partnering with Community Resources

Speaker Bio:

Patrick Greco is a partner in the Condominium Law practice group at Miller Thomson LLP, providing both solicitor and litigation services. Patrick also has significant expertise with commercial, construction lien, real estate and professional negligence disputes. Patrick provides advice to condominium corporations and owners on a wide array of governance issues and regularly attends board meetings and owners’ meeting to provide counsel. Patrick has also appeared on numerous matters before the Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal of Ontario, and appears frequently before the Licence Appeal Tribunal on Ontario New Homes Warranty Plan Act (Tarion) matters. Patrick writes and speaks frequently on condominium issues.

Christopher J. Jaglowitz, B.A. (Hons), J.D., ACCI

 

Law & Order GHC

Speaker Bio:


Principal at Common Ground Condo Law

Chris Jaglowitz has practiced condominium law and dispute resolution in Toronto since 2003 and serves condo communities across Ontario.

He helps condo boards and managers navigate tricky situations by giving practical, economical solutions, often on a same-day basis. Good advice and sound strategies are the best assurance of a quick, lasting and economical solution to almost any condo problem.

When disputes aren't nipped in the bud, Chris counsels condo corporations and provides effective representation in mediation and arbitration proceedings and in the Superior Court of Justice. Chris also provides his services as a neutral arbitrator of condo disputes.

Chris assisted the Ontario Government's review of the Condo Act from 2012 to 2014 by sitting on its working groups and expert panel, calling for meaningful law reform and effective manager regulation that came true with Bill 106, the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015. Much work still needs to be done and Chris remains active in recommending improvements.

chris@commongroundcondolaw.ca
Twitter: @chrisjaglowitz 
LinkedIn Profile

 

Michelle Kelly

 

Law & Order GHC

Speaker Bio:

Michelle Kelly is a condominium lawyer at Robson Carpenter LLP in Ayr. She assists condominiums, managers, and owners throughout Ontario with a range of condominium issues. Michelle currently serves as a director for the Grand River Chapter of CCI and previously served as a director for the Golden Horseshoe and London chapters. She regularly contributes articles to condominium industry magazines and is frequently asked to speak about condominium legal issues at seminars organized by CCI. Michelle also writes about condominium legal issues on Robson Carpenter LLP’s condominium management blog: www.ontcondolaw.com.

 

Will MacKay

 

Would Mr. Rogers be Proud of Your Neighbourhood? Working Cooperatively as a Community

Speaker Bio:

Will MacKay is an Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy focusing an area of his practice on Reserve Fund investing for condominiums.  In his practice, Will can draw upon personal and professional experience with condominiums to understand their current situation and investment needs.  He is a current member of CCI Golden Horseshoe and a member of the annual conference committee.  Will has spoken at many events related to Reserve Fund investing and the CCI level 200 course on investing the Reserve Fund.

Malcolm John MacLeod, R.C.M.

 

Polish Your Crystal Ball – How to anticipate transition and steps to succeed. Navigating Transitions in Your Community

Speaker Bio:

Malcolm John MacLeod, R.C.M.
President Key Property Management & Consultants Ltd. (1973)
A Canadian Company

Current CCI Member of the membership committee. Past Secretary/Director on the CCI Golden Horseshoe Chapter. Former National Council Representative CCI-GHC. Past member of the CCI Conference Committee.  Licensed with Condominium Regulatory Management Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) as a service provider and Property Manager.  Member of Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) and Registered Condominium Manager (R.C.M.) Retired Real Estate Broker.  I have published articles for the Condo News and been a speaker and a moderator at CCI events and Conferences

Craig McMillan

 

Meetings, Emails or Social Media – which Communication tools work and when? Communication & The Community

Speaker Bio:

Craig McMillan is President Maple Ridge Community Management (MRCM), an Associa Company. He has been a Condominium Professional since 2003.

Craig holds his RCM designation from ACMO, and his ACCI designation from CCI-National.

He is a member of the Project Management Institute and holds his Certified Associate in Project Management designation CAPM.

He currently serves on four-industry committees: The Professional Development & Communications Committee with ACMO, The Professional & Business Partners Committee with CCI-GHC, as well as CMRAO’s Advisory Committee. He has been a speaker at industry events & conferences, as well as contributing articles for various industry publications.

Robert Mullin

 

Law & Order GHC

Speaker Bio:

Robert Mullin is a knowledge leader in Ontario condominium law, writing and speaking frequently on the subject. He regularly works with developers, property management firms and condominium boards across Ontario. Robert is also a member of the Canadian Condominium Institute. In 2009, he was elected President of the Golden Horseshoe Chapter and is now a past president. Robert is also a member of the Toronto, London, and Huronia Chapters. He is also a member of the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (A.C.M.O.). In 2009 Robert was conferred an ACCI designation from the Canadian Condominium Institute.

Steven Rolfe

 

Who Can You Turn To? Partnering with Community Resources

Speaker Bio:

Steve is the Director of Mental Health Services at Indwell, a Christian charity based in Hamilton, and Ontario’s largest developer of new affordable housing with supports. His key responsibilities include ensuring that Indwell’s programs meet the needs of those who struggle with mental health and addictions—as well as fostering relationships with public health care providers.

Steve also recognizes that there is a huge gap in our health care system, and that one of the most significant challenges that those with mental health concerns face is homelessness. During his 15 years at Indwell—and close to 30 years as a Registered Nurse— he has become particularly passionate about connecting patients leaving hospital with supportive housing opportunities. Steve brings this valuable perspective to the table as he represents Indwell on one of the province’s first Ontario Health Teams.

He is a proud Hamiltonian and an enthusiastic collector of classic cars and motorcycles. 

Erik Savas

 

Law & Order GHC

Speaker Bio:

Erik Savas, Simpson Wigle

Bianca Stella

 

Meetings, Emails or Social Media – which Communication tools work and when? Communication & The Community

Speaker Bio:

An associate at SimpsonWigle Law LLP, Bianca specializes in condominium law, working closely with condominium corporations, developers and property managers with respect to condominium litigation, compliance cases, enforcement of condominium liens, shared facility disagreements and construction deficiencies. Bianca is also a legal advisor and advocate for business owners and entrepreneurs. Her focus is all areas of commercial litigation, representing both the public and private sectors for businesses large and small.

Stephanie Sutherland

 

Would Mr. Rogers be Proud of Your Neighbourhood? Working Cooperatively as a Community

Speaker Bio:

Stephanie Sutherland is a condominium lawyer with Cohen Highley LLP, working with condominium corporations and unit owners. Stephanie sits on the CCI-GHC Board, as well as the CCI-GHC Conference and Professional & Business Partners Committees, the GRC Education Committee, and the CCI-N Resource Content Committee. She is a frequent speaker at CCI events, and obtained her ACCI in 2015.

Jason Truman

 

Meetings, Emails or Social Media – which Communication tools work and when? Communication & The Community

Speaker Bio:

Jason Truman is the founder and President of Edison Engineers Inc. He is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of engineering and construction experience. Jason has worked extensively with condominium clients since 1998 and enjoys educating, engaging, and empowering Boards and Property Managers. He frequently speaks on Reserve Fund Studies and Building Restoration Projects, providing practical and pragmatic advice on managing large capital repair projects and financial planning.

Rohan Williams

 

Would Mr. Rogers be Proud of Your Neighbourhood? Working Cooperatively as a Community

Speaker Bio:

Rohan Williams has 30 years experience working with individuals struggling with a chronic and persistent mental illness. For the past 13 years Rohan has been the Housing Manager at Summit Housing and Outreach Programs, managing all the housing for their Core, Justice, Regional, ACTT, Halton Homes housing programs throughout Halton Region. Rohan is also a Registered Real Estate Agent, who also manages investment properties for his clients.

 

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