It has been an eventful past few months!

CCI North Alberta hosted the 8th Annual Trade Show and Conference on April 30, 2017 here in Edmonton. The Conference offered participants the option of attending 12 different sessions, along with the popular legal panel session. This year we had both a record number of trade show participants, and the highest number of participants ever with well over 600 individuals attending. This was our biggest and best trade show and conference yet! Many thanks to Executive Director Alan Whyte, and Education Chair Shantel Kalakalo along with the entire executive team and all of the volunteers for making this event a success. Thank you to all the sponsors, in particular, our title sponsor HUB International Insurance Brokers for making this event possible.
I am especially pleased that the Honourable Stephanie McLean, Minister for Service Alberta and the Status of Women, attended our conference to bring greetings and update us on the progress of condominium related issues that the Alberta Government is currently tackling.

On the government advocacy front, CCI North Alberta is very excited that after years of pushing for consumer protection in legislation, our current Alberta Government has responded proactively with the passing of Bill 12. Bill 12, The New Home Buyer Protection Amendment Act, essentially creates a mandatory licensing program for Alberta Builders and Developers. This piece of legislation will allow the Alberta Government to crack down on developers who construct poorly and attempt to stick condominium owners with the repair bill. While more details will need to be flushed out in the regulations, all builders in Alberta will be required to pay a fee and be added to a registry where they can held to account. I am very proud of CCI North Alberta for leading the fight for this important type of legislation. This is a prime example of why we need more condominium corporations, owners, and Board of Directors to join us and continue to strengthen our voice to effect changes that benefit consumers.
Stay tuned for our upcoming “Hands Off Our Homes” Campaign set to be formally launched in late June 2017. Please check out our website for more details.

Finally, I want to take the opportunity to thank a couple of our long time members of the Board of Directors who are retiring from CCI North Alberta.
1st Vice President and Communications Chair, Gregory Clark, has been a rock to lean on for us these past many years. Under his leadership we took a struggling magazine, a poor website, and an organization that had no communications with its member to new heights and accomplishments. Our magazine is now viewed as one of the best nationally having won the Penman Smith Award in 2014. Our website is interactive and fresh, and we are in constant and effective communication with our members. With Greg’s leadership, we turned around a sinking ship into a major success in a relatively short period of time.
Greg forced us to often think outside the box, to try new things and injected us with much needed energy and enthusiasm. He has stepped up whenever I have asked, no task too big or small, and has been such personal significant support in helping us re-build CCI North Alberta. At the recent conference he announced that he was moving on, having accomplished what he set out to achieve.
Also leaving us this year is veteran board member and Insite Magazine Editor David Vincent. David has also been key to the magazine’s re-birth and success. His ability to craft a balanced magazine with excellent content and layout will leave a lasting mark on our organization. David has also provided us the important and much needed perspective on the board of a condominium owner.
On behalf of the entire organization, and all of our members, THANK YOU Greg and David!

While I am sad to see Greg and David retire from the Board, I am excited to introduce some new individuals to our Board of Directors. Welcome to our new 1st Vice President and Communications Chair Marsha Thurlin. Marsha brings a whirlwind of energy and organizational insight to our Executive team. She is currently the Board President of The Landing and is also involved as an Owner and Director in a number of other condominiums.
Also recently appointed to the Board of Directors is condominium owner and avid volunteer Maurice Perrault. Maurice is a retired Police Officer and is currently the Board President of Harbour Park Condominiums.
Welcome Marsha and Maurice!

I look forward to seeing lots of you at our annual Golf Mixer this year at the Ranch Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, August 15th. Kudos to Tournament Chair Trinity Player and her Golf Committee for organizing this year’s event.
Finally I want to wish everyone reading a restful and enjoyable summer as we celebrate Canada’s milestone 150th birthday!

In solidarity,
Anand Sharma
CCI North Alberta