2018 Date Confirmed- Saturday, May 12th @ Robbins Health Learning Centre- MacEwan University

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Robbins Health Learning Centre- MacEwan University
10910- 104 Ave. Edmonton, AB

Our annual Conference and Tradeshow was a wonderful success again this year with 475 individual registrants participating over the course of the day. A huge THANK YOU to all of our Volunteers, Board Members, Sponsors, Exhibitors, Presenters, Service Providers as well as our attendees for their parts in making this our signature event of the year. It certainly makes us very proud to see the breadth of our membership’s involvement in every aspect of this community building showcase.
The 2017 CCI Condo Conference and Tradeshow was held on Saturday, April 29th at the Robbins Health Learning Centre at MacEwan University in downtown Edmonton. One of the great benefits of using this facility was that we were able to hold all of our conference sessions in a true classroom setting rather than huddled theatre style in a variety of hotel ballrooms. The Tradeshow distribution also improved with more room for attendees to get around and visit the largest number of booths we have had to date. We may have found our long term solution for a venue in the process.

Board President Anand Sharma led things off at breakfast by introducing the “Hands off our Homes” campaign to promote the exemption of age restrictions within condominium communities when it comes to Alberta Human Rights legislation. If you would like more information on this issue including postcards to send to the Premier, please check our website or contact the office at your earliest convenience
Each of the three Conference Session time frames (75 minutes long with two sessions in the morning and one in the afternoon) had a selection of four different topics for the attendees to choose from. Our goal each year is to ensure we cover all the critical areas that Condominium Boards deal with on a regular basis- Governance, Maintenance, Financial, Reserve Fund, Insurance, etc. but with a different spin on the specific perspective to keep things fresh each year. Sold out topics this year included “How Condo Boards Can Educate Owners: The Ten Most Important Topics to Cover”, Making the Most of Reserve Fund Assets without Breaking the Bank” and “Follow the Rules or Face the Consequences: A Condo Fine Primer for Boards”. This year featured several panel discussions to allow more viewpoints to be heard as well as a few hands-on workshops where attendees became part of the presentation through discussions and role playing.

Any presentations or handouts used during the day of the Conference that CCI North Alberta was given permission to distribute is posted on our website. To review the material please register on the website if you haven’t already and allow 1-2 business days for us to process the registration and notify you once your access has been secured.
Introduced for the first time this year was a series of four unique Condo Owner Sessions covering a range of issues specific to condominium owners. In order to encourage attendance for our initial offering to this audience market, we made the sessions available free of charge with a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank. The plan was well received and resulted in four sold out sessions and a significant donation to those in need.

Another new feature of the Conference were the Luncheon Networking Topics held between the morning and afternoon Conference sessions. Attendees were invited to join any of the twelve selected topics for an opportunity to address concerns and share ideas on the subject of their choosing. It was great to see all the participation and passion from the attendees and now that we have had the benefit of doing one, see how we can improve the logistics and structure to make it even more worthwhile in the future.

The final educational component of the day was the always popular Legal Panel with condominium lawyers Todd Shipley, Robert Noce and Hugh Willis. Facing a variety of condo related questions from the audience the trio provided their different perspectives on possible remedies or courses of actions to pursue.

The Tradeshow component of the day continued to grow as well with over 40 booths this year. For those Boards and Managers looking to expand their network of expertise this opportunity to meet service providers face to face is a “must-do” part of the Conference. Kudos as well for their generous donations of Draw Prizes that were distributed following the Legal Panel. (And yes we are working on streamlining the process next year to reduce the length of time to complete!)
FUN FACT- For the second year in a row the winner of the Flat Screen television from Willis Law did not have their own vehicle to take it home. Those of you with a superstitious perspective should consider taking public transit next year!

A special shout out goes to my Co-Chair Shantel Kalakalo, our current Education and Sponsorship Chair who did a masterful job organizing the Trade Show component and Conference sponsorships as well as being my “voice of reason” when we came across another new hurdle when planning this event. The ever diligent Joyce Schwan, our Chapter Administrator was also instrumental in keeping us organized and focused behind the scenes as only she can.
We would also like to thank the numerous attendees who took the time to provide us with some much needed feedback following the event. We can only get better by hearing from you on what worked and what could be improved upon. Confirmation of next year’s date and venue will be announced at our Annual General Meeting in early October. Until then we will continue to stay in touch and provide updates on upcoming events as they get finalized.

Alan Whyte

Executive Director- North Alberta Chapter