Another year, another Condo Conference!
Our team attended this great opportunity to network and stay up-to-date with the latest in Ontario’s condominium industry, and we can’t wait to share our perspective and hear your thoughts! Every year, we look forward to the seminars, the chance to check out new products and services, and the opportunity to network with both new and familiar faces. Let’s see what the consensus is on this condo conference as we share our recap and get your feedback!
We invite you to share your feedback in the comment section, and don't forget to take our two polls on what you thought of the seminars, and your overall satisfaction with 2023's The Condo Conference!
Our Recap + Your Feedback
Networking at the Tradeshow
It’s always so great catching up with old friends, and making new ones. It’s fun to see the changes in the industry (such as the nifty gadgets and new services that keep creating solutions for industry problems and making our lives easier!).
🗣️ Sharing is caring! In the comments, tell us which products and businesses stuck out to you the most!
Here are our top scorers for products and businesses that we enjoyed seeing at this year’s conference:
🏆🔐 Best Product: We were impressed by Canada Risk Solutions’ “Security Asset Managers (SAMs)”, which “offers several styles of electronically controlled cabinets to store, audit, and manage your keys and assets”. These devices can be personalized “to secure a wide variety of sensitive items . . . [and] asset retention”.
We know how important access control is, not only when guarding against external threats trying to get in, but also internal risks that can have devastating effects on your condo corporation.
Those who have found out that they’re missing master keys (possibly with no idea of who had them last) know the panic and repercussions of such mistakes, and these systems not only help with prevention, but also accountability. Congratulations to Canada Risk Solutions for their innovation with this product, which we think was the Best Product at the 2023 Condo Conference! 👏
🏆🤝 Best Business: We were excited to get to know the team at Rimkus, whose “experts specialize in forensic consulting, dispute resolution, construction management services”, and more! Particularly, we were intrigued by their process of coming in after a corporation experiences an emergency event (such as a floor or fire) to consult on the causes, next steps, and how they can become part of your team to liaison with experts and legal to initiate dispute resolution or litigation processes.
Services such as these take charge and remove a significant chunk of the workload from property managers and the board of directors, which are already overloaded with work and often lack the precise expertise needed to deal with both the construction and legal side of such complex matters. With how often we’re seeing floods in condo corporations, we think having the contact info for professional consultants such as Rimkus won’t hurt!
Congratulations to Rimkus for providing a consulting services that, though unfortunate due to circumstance, we're sure many condo corporations would benefit from! 👏
🏆🌺 Best Booth: Winning ACMO and CCI's official award for the fourth year in a row (as voted by conference attendees), it’s no surprise that the team at Shibley Righton LLP had the best booth - and we fully agree!
Their “Condominium Law Group is the industry leader in Ontario and features the province’s leading condominium lawyers”, but beyond that, it’s clear at every conference just what sets them apart.
Not only do they come up with clever themes annually (this year they had a Hawaiian theme going) and always seem to be the part of the floor that attracts the most buzz, but it’s clear that, like Hawaiian leis, they are all strung together to form a tightly-knit crew! Congratulations to the team at Shibley Righton’s Condominium Law Group for winning the best booth at the Condo Conference! 👏
📚💾 Shibley Righton’s lawyers are also constantly sharing their expertise with the Condoland citizens, and we’ve archived it all in our Resource Library! Search for their articles (and more), which you can save directly to your personal profile so you can easily find them in the future! Join now - because really, it’s free!
This year, continued education credits were introduced as a requirement by the CMRAO, and The Condo Conference was an opportunity to complete up to 60% of the annual requirement! Our team attended these seminars and we’re excited to share the top tidbits that we learned in an upcoming post (stay tuned!), but until then, let’s get your take via the comments and poll!
❓Poll: What do you think of this year's sessions?
Psst... did you know that the Saturday ticket is for “Tradeshow Only”? A lot of participants with these tickets were disappointed to find out that they couldn’t access the seminars (and therefore get their continued education credits). It’s important to note that “Tradeshow Only” tickets only allow access to the trades area (where the vendor booths are located) and not any of the seminars. But don’t worry, you still get access to all the refreshments, too!
🗣️ In the comments, tell us which seminars you attended, what you learned, and what your overall feedback is!
Final Thoughts + Feedback
The Location: This year, the Condo Conference returned home to its original venue, The Toronto Congress Center - and attendees seemed very happy to welcome it back! For a couple years prior, it had briefly moved to The Enercare Center, which didn’t seem to make too many people happy. From having to walk through the weather to switch buildings from the tradeshow to the seminar, to the trimmed-down refreshment options, and the pricey and problematic parking options, it was no surprise that having it back to the Congress Center was embraced by all. The space seemed bigger and more accessible, the refreshments were satisfying (and the coffee was flowing non-stop!), and the parking was a breeze - and it felt good to be back!
What was your overall impression on the Condo Conference? How satisfied were you, in general, with everything that was provided?
❓Poll: How satisfied were you with all the general aspects of 2023’s Condo Conference?
🗣️ Sharing is caring! In the comments, tell us your final thoughts on the Condo Conference, and any feedback that you think could make it an even better experience next year!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feedback! And don’t forget that the networking doesn’t have to stop here… we invite you to join Stratastic’s collective condo community by registering now (yes, for free free!). And if you’re a vendor, consider Verifying Your Profile Now (also free free!) or upgrading your profile to reach an even wider audience!
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