Winter 2019

 

Welcome to the winter edition of the Insite Magazine! 

It has been a hectic autumn with the coming months expected to be just as busy for CCI North Alberta. 

On October 8, 2019 we held our Annual General Meeting. This year was our most well attended AGM in recent history, with more than 250 attendees! We were very honored to have our new Minister of Service Alberta, Nate Glubish, join us and provide us updates on the upcoming changes to the condominium legislation. The AGM included a member social with a mini trade show, the AGM itself, followed by a legal panel discussion with Todd Shipley (Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP) and Robert Noce (Miller Thomson LLP). More than twenty exceptional individuals put their names forward for eleven Board of Director’s positions. This level of interest for non-profit volunteer board is a clear indication of an organization that is growing and relevant. Many thanks to everyone who allowed their name to stand, we are a better chapter for it.

Congratulations to returning directors Todd Shipley, Darcie Lee Rea, Sandi Danielson, and Susan Milner. I am excited to welcome condominium owners Robert LaFontaine, Annesa Ali, and Maurice Perrault to the Board who will add a much-needed owner’s perspective to our organization. I am also pleased to welcome three professional members Carrie Plett, Bereket Alazar, and Gerrit Rosenboom who are fantastic additions to our team. 

On a personal note, I am very grateful and truly humbled to have been elected to another term on the Board of Directors, and to continue to serve as your President for the upcoming year. This will be my 8th year in this capacity and I continue to have the drive and capacity to build our chapter due in large part to the incredibly gifted and talented individuals on the executive team, who happen to all be women. Joining me again on the Executive this year are Susan Milner (Chairperson), Barbara Surry (Treasurer), Dawn Mitchell (Secretary), Shantel Kalakalo (1st Vice President), and Sandi Danielson (2nd Vice President). None of our successes this year would have occurred without the amazing staff of Executive Director, Alan Whyte, and our Administration and Communications Coordinator, Beverley Thornton. Thank you! 

Shortly after the AGM, I attended the CCI National Leader’s Forum and National Council. I am pleased to report a fantastic initiative that will benefit our local members. CCI National has created a Resource Centre that has collated and populated articles related to condominium from coast to coast. This includes presentations on topics, magazines, blogs, and expert legal case studies. The committee responsible is working to have this resource center available on our website in the coming months.  

I am pleased to announce that CCI North Alberta was awarded the Penman Smith Award for best newsletter and magazine across Canada. Congratulations to Alan and Beverley along with everyone who contributed to its success by writing articles, providing artwork, and editing a fresh look publication that is well laid out.   

I, along with our top-notch Government Advocacy Committee, have been diligently working on your behalf on the Alberta Condominium Regulations which were announced on November 27, 2019. I will report further on our historic successes later in the magazine, but once again thank you to the dedicated group of volunteers led by Hugh Willis (Willis Law), Victoria Archer (Gledhill Laroque), Melissa Stappler (Willis Law), Todd Shipley (Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP), and Dawn Mitchell (Hub International Insurance) for their extensive work on this file.    

Wishing everyone a restful and joy-filled holiday season and Happy New Year! 

 

Anand Sharma
President
CCI North Alberta