Status Update on the New Condo Legislation
Location: North Building
Stream(s): Apartment & Condominium Management
This session will provide a status update on Bill 106 – Protecting Condominium Owners Act. The panel will discuss the impact of draft regulations which have been posted for public comment as well as the status of the two new authorities which have been set up and are getting ready to open their doors; the Condominium Authority of Ontario and the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario.
Mario Deo, Partner at Fine & Deo Barristers and Solicitors
Mario Deo is a partner with Fine & Deo Barristers and Solicitors, a firm which focuses its practice on representing condominium corporations. He attended the University of Western Ontario Law School and was called to the bar in 1988. Mario is the Past President of CCI Toronto and has served on the CCI Toronto Chapter Board of Directors since 2005 in a number of capacities including service on the Government Relations, Conference and Communications Committees. In 2006, Mario was the fifth recipient of ACMO’s President’s award. Mario is actively involved in the condominium industry and is a frequent presenter at CCI-T courses as well as at the annual CCI-T/ACMO Condominium Conference. Mario has also served as the Editor of CCI-Toronto’s ‘Condovoice’ magazine. Mario is a consumer advocate for condominium corporation issues and is the chair of the Consumer Advisory Committee at Tarion, which is a committee that advises the Tarion Board of Directors on suggested consumer-related improvements for both condominiums and freehold homes.
Dean McCabe, President at Meritus Group Management Inc.
Dean McCabe is the President and Founder of Meritus Group Management Inc. and a current Director and Past President of the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO). He has been a condominium manager for 23 years and has taught the Condominium Law Course and the Condominium Administration and Human Relations course at both Humber College and Mohawk College as well as through ACMO accredited in house training. Dean has been a speaker at the ACMO/CCI conferences in both Toronto and Hamilton and at PM EXPO as well as contributing articles for CM Magazine, Condo Voice and Condo Business Magazine. Dean is the recipient of the Ontario Condominium Manager of the Year award in 2008, The President’s Award from the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario in 2015 and a Certificate of Public Service from the Minister of Consumer Services – “for help in designing provincial qualifications for condominium managers licensing” in 2014. As a member of the Government Relations and Communications Committee for ACMO Dean is a spokesperson for the Condominium Sector and an advocate for greater regulation in the Condominium Management industry.
Armand Conant, Lawyer at Shibley Righton LLP
B.Eng, LL.B., D.E.S.S. (Sorbonne)
Armand heads up the condominium law department of the full service law firm of Shibley Righton LLP, and represents numerous condominium corporations of all types across Ontario. Armand resides in Toronto, is a Past-President of the Canadian Condominium Institute (Toronto), where he also serves on its Board of Directors and is Chair of the joint ACMO and CCI (Toronto) Legislative Committee, which has prepared and submitted an extensive legislative brief to the Ontario government with recommendations for changes to the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”). Armand is a member and past Chair of the joint CCI (Toronto)/ACMO Government Relations Committee. Armand has been on all the government committees involved in the reform of the Act and was one of 11 people from across Ontario appointed to the government’s Expert Panel that conducted the final analysis of the Act and submitted its report on recommended changes.