Canadian Condominium Institute
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Toronto property manager David Medhurst established the CCI in November, 1982 with Alvin Rosenberg (his law firm incorporated CCI), Beth Shier, the editor of Condominium Timeshare Magazine, Jonathan Fine, a Toronto Condominium Lawyer at Fine & Deo, Edward Furlong, a condominium accounting specialist and Karl Habb, a future president of the North York Condominium Association. The first meeting was held at Toronto's Inn on the Park Hotel on November 25, 1982 and those present are considered 'founding members' of the CCI. The first CCI President was Mr. Claude Renaud and the first Vice-President was Jonathan Fine.
CCI provides educational opportunities for condominium owners and directors; offers information and/or referrals to competent professionals; works to improve provincial condominium/strata legislation; and develops standards for professional members (see ACCI, below).
CCI members are of four types:
- Individual condominium unit owners
- Condominium/strata corporations
- Professional members (lawyers, engineers, property managers, etc.)
- Trade suppliers to the community
Through its membership, CCI represents almost a quarter of a million condo owners across Canada and is the only national association dealing exclusively with condominium issues affecting all participants in the condominium community.
CCI Chapters provide education for condominium owners and directors through a series of courses known as Condo 100, Condo 200 and Condo 300 (although some Chapters have added other courses to this mix). In addition, some Chapters provide seminars and workshops on topics such as insurance, mediation, etc.
ACCI (Associate of the Canadian Condominium Institute)
The ACCI designation is granted to professionals in condominium matters such as lawyers, engineers, architects, and property (condominium) managers. To be eligible to become ACCIs, individuals must be professional members of CCI, have at least three years of professional condominium experience, have contributed to the condominium community by teaching courses, writing articles, participating in seminars or providing other services, and have successfully completed a thorough examination.
CCI offers three awards:
- Fellow of the Canadian Condominium Institute (FCCI) CCI may elevate an ACCI to the status of “Fellow”. Fellowship was created to recognize and honour Associates whose meritorious service to the Institute or to the condominium community best exemplifies the standards expected by CCI of its professional members. Past President Jonathan Fine was inducted as a fellow in November 1999.
- Distinguished Service Award (CCI Hon’s) This honorary designation is awarded to individuals who, by their volunteer work or other achievements, have brought distinction to CCI (either nationally or at the Chapter level), exemplify the standards that CCI promotes and serve as positive role models for others
- CCI’s Hall of Fame This award is to recognize the outstanding and substantial contributions of a very limited number of members. The first inductee, in 2003, and to whom this award is dedicated, is Gerry Hyman, QC, LLM, ACCI, FCCI.
In addition to these three awards, CCI offers the Lorne Young Chapter of the Year Award and the H. Penman Smith Award for excellence for the most outstanding Chapter newsletter.
Nationally, CCI offers a quarterly newsletter in magazine format, called the CCI Review. It contains articles of national interest on condominiums/strata, summaries of legal cases affecting condominiums/strata from across the country, and Institute news. Chapters also have their own newsletters, most of which are published quarterly, focusing on local/provincial condominium issues and Chapter news.