29 May

Synergy Attends Launch of ‘Protecting Condominium Owners Act’

Sally at Condo Act LaunchOn May 27, 2015, Minister David Orazietti introduced Bill 106, Protecting Condominium Owners Act. This Act includes three components: amendments to the Condo Act, 1998, the proposed new “Condominium Management Services Act 2015” and amendments to other related legislation. Synergy’s Sally Thompson has been an active participant in the last three years of public consultation including chairing the Finances Working Group and sitting on the Expert Panel. Before joining Synergy Partners, she worked with the Ministry on this bill.

A full description of the Protecting Condominium Owners Act can be viewed here and a summary is also available on the Ministry’s website.

The amendments to the Condo Act are significant.  Most of the changes that will impact Reserve Fund Studies will be included in the regulations (which will follow at a later date), but the Act creates the framework to define adequacy, to get first year contributions closer to reality, and to clarify eligible expenditures.

The Condo Management Services Act covers licensing of condominium property managers.

Lastly, the bill extends warranty coverage to some condominium conversion projects, which increases consumer protection.

25 May

Synergy Partners welcomes Jagrut Prajapati

We are pleased to announce Jagrut Jagrut Prajapati (200x200) as the newest addition to the Synergy Partners team. Through his co-op terms in Civil Engineering at Waterloo, Jagrut worked for engineering firms in structural design and building restoration and as a Project Coordinator with a contractor and a housing developer. After graduation with a Certificate in Structural Engineering, Jagrut worked at an engineering firm where he focused on structural evaluation and rehabilitation. He has joined Synergy Partners for the opportunity to deliver exceptional service and technical excellence to clients across the range of renewal projects. We look forward to helping Jagrut grow a great career at Synergy!

12 Feb

Welcome Sally Thompson!

Sally.200x200Synergy Partners is excited to announce that Sally Thompson has joined as a Principal. Sally has extensive experience with property condition assessments, reserve fund studies, performance audits and  building renewal. Since September, Sally has been working as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services on the Condominium Act Review team.

Sally is committed to improving the condominium industry. She is currently 1st Vice President of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute, sits on the Tarion Condo Task Force and has been heavily consulted as an expert in the public consultations on the Condominium Act over the last three years.

19 Jan

Welcome Patrick Cutten and Corey Wilson!

Synergy Partners continues to grow with great people! We are pleased to announce that Patrick Cutten and Corey Wilson have joined the team.

Patrick brings 4 years’ experience in civil and building engineering, both structural design and restoration. His work will focus on existing building evaluation, testing and renewal projects.

Corey applies his education in engineering and urban planning to building renewal engineering. He brings 5 years’ experience with evaluation, specifications and construction review to Synergy.

We welcome them and thank our clients for their support leading to our growth.

03 Dec

Blair Gamracy Joins Synergy Partners

Blair Gamracy (200x200)We are excited to announce that Blair Gamracy has joined our growing team at Synergy Partners! Blair is a Project Manager with eight years’ experience in building design, evaluation and renewal. His expertise includes structural evaluation and repair, and building enclosure design and performance evaluation. He works with both new construction and existing buildings.

Blair has served on the Board of Directors of the Sealant and Waterproofing Association, and has authored articles and delivered presentations dealing with building repair and renewal.

Welcome to the team Blair!

04 Nov

Welcome Jeffrey Ricard!

Synergy Partners is excited to announce that Jeffrey Ricard has joined Synergy Partners as the inaugural employee and core member of our building renewal team. Jeff brings 3 years of experience in building construction and renewal working with contractors and owners to maximize quality and value. Jeffrey is also involved in evaluating building components and developing recommendations for repairs. In Jeffrey’s words:

“I see Synergy as a place to not only build my career, but also to be an integral part of building a highly respected company and culture.”

Welcome aboard Jeffrey! 

19 Oct

Sean Allman and Peter Wight Join Synergy Partners

Pete.SeanMore exciting news from Synergy Partners – Sean Allman and Pete Wight are the newest additions to the Synergy team!  With a combined experience in excess of 40 years, Pete and Sean will lead our property condition assessment team. We are ready to  deliver best in class due diligence, capital plans, reserve fund studies and performance audits for our commercial and condominium clients.

Sean has over 15 years of experience in meeting client needs on thousands of properties including many complex, high-profile assets and challenging properties with significant deterioration. He successfully led the Toronto area property condition assessment business unit at Halsall Associates through significant growth from 2008 through to 2014.

Pete has over 25 years of experience evaluating buildings and advising owners/managers on budgeting for future capital repairs. Pete has a passion for working on fast-paced, complex due diligence projects having worked on numerous high-profile property transactions. Clients know to trust Pete to develop reliable capital forecasts within tight due diligence timeframes.

Sean and Pete’s decision to join Synergy is a testament to our commitment to attract and retain the best talent in the market.  We look forward to more exciting news and continued growth.

06 Oct

Synergy Partners Welcomes Naj Jivaji

Naj.square photo (200x200)Synergy Partners is thrilled to announce that Naj Jivaji has joined as a Principal. Naj is a project management specialist with nearly 30 years of engineering and project management experience. For the last 12 years he has worked with the other Principals at Halsall Associates managing building performance evaluations and building renewal projects.

Naj drives to achieve success for his clients by developing the strong relationships needed to understand what they need to achieve. Naj is never afraid to ‘go-to-bat’ for his clients, believing that he has been trusted with their interests. This commitment, combined with project management tenacity and friendly personality have resulted in many long-term relationships.

We have been thrilled by the support received from our past clients and are pleased that Naj has joined to grow our abilities to meet your needs and help build our reputation for great client service.