The 2017 Condominium Conference (presented by CCI-Toronto and ACMO) was a successful event with over 1400 attendees. The conference was co-chaired this year by one of our Managing Principals, Sally Thompson. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet some new people. Synergy was proud to be an exhibitor, a presenter and a gold sponsor.
Synergy was back at it again and this time with a vengeance! On Thursday September 21st, 2017. Synergy Partners participated in a friendly tournament of Bubble Soccer. This tournament was in support of the charity, Youth Empowering Parents. It was an afternoon of fun, with plenty of “bubble tackles” to go around. Our team was 11 players strong and included, Adam Thompson, Adam Balicki, Adam Parker, Mark Chiu, Avalon Olesen, Patrick Cutten, Sophia Simeone, Blair Gamracy, Kevin Wu Almanzar, Dylan Haber and Serge Ohanian. This year Synergy came out on top winning the tournament! The event was a hit, everyone really enjoyed themselves and all in the name of a great cause. For more info on Youth Empowering Parents you can visit their website here. <yepeducation.com>
Synergy Partners is very proud to announce three new shareholders:
• Dylan Haber, B.Sc. Eng., B.A. – Property condition assessments
• Stewart Handrahan, M.Eng., P.Eng. – Property condition assessments
• Mark Chiu, B.Eng. – Building restoration
Each has been a key contributor to our success in building strong client relationships across all classes of real estate and to creating a great team that has grown to 30 employees over our first three years. Synergy Partners continues to provide great careers and growth opportunities for all of our employees.
Synergy Partners is an employee-owned Canadian company providing building engineering and capital planning services.
As of July 1, 2017, a new set of requirements will be included in the Toronto Municipal Code. These will apply to apartment buildings with three or more storeys and ten or more units. This is not applicable to co-operative housing, long-term care facilities or licensed retirement homes. It is also not applicable to condominiums, even those that contain many investor-owned and rented units.
Highlights of new requirements include:
• Apartment owner must register each building annually and pay a fee. Annual registration must include information about the building owners and operators, a description of the security features, a description of sub-metering features, and other information that may be required by the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards.
• Apartment owner must put in place a tenant request tracking system and meet requirements with respect to responding to requests (within 1 day for urgent requests and within 7 days for non-urgent requests). Requests are urgent if they are related to the discontinuance of the following vital services: fuel, electricity, gas, heat, hot or cold water or the breach of building security or suite security, or breach of building envelope.
• Apartment owner must post a notice board to communicate with owners. The board must tell them about service disruptions, upcoming capital work, cleaning plans, emergency contacts, the location of the nearest cool space, and copies of work orders and Municipal Licensing and Standards audits.
• Pest management plans must be in place including a restriction that an apartment cannot be rented if pests are known to be present in the unit.
• Waste management plans must be in place including information about how required diversion will be completed.
• Cleaning plan must be in place, committing to routine inspections and cleaning, including how emergency cleaning needs will be met.
• Apartment owner must have a state-of-good repair capital plan in place, and must make this available to tenants and prospective tenants upon request. The requirements include very little information about this plan other than that it must include a list of “capital elements” and the years when they are planned for replacement or upgrading. The term “capital plan” infers that budgets will be provided, but this is not specifically indicated, so until clarification is provided, we assume a one-page summary of elements and repair timing will be sufficient.
• The building owner must keep, for at least 24 months, a record of activities undertaken to comply with these new requirements (tenant request log, cleaning log, pest control log etc.).
• A unit cannot be rented if a work order is open on the unit.
• The City can do inspections, pre-audits, audits and follow-up and the costs of these services will be charged to the building owner per a defined schedule of rates (except for social housing providers, who do not have to pay).
Anyone who commits an offence under the new chapter requirements is guilty of an offence and can be fined up to $100,000.
The City may implement a tenant engagement program to make tenants aware of their rights related to these new requirements.
The annual Condo Conference is next week, November 11th and 12th at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building. If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late. Go to www.condoconference.ca. While at the show, come visit Synergy Partners at booth 122.
Synergy’s Sally Thompson will be moderating “Rapid-Fire Engineering” on November 11 at 5:00 to 6:00 pm. This session will feature a distinguished panel including our own David De Rose. We will be discussing a variety of engineering-related topics. Join us to learn if a combined heat and power (CHP) generator is something worth considering. Learn the benefits and pitfalls of LED lighting and the use of motion sensors. Gather some best practices for managing your Kitec piping. Get up to date on new technical requirements to be sure that your buildings, and in particular, your elevators, stay on the right side of the law.
Please also join us at 10:30am on the Tradeshow floor when Jeffrey Ricard and David De Rose will be presenting “Windows: To Repair or Replace, That is the Question”.
Sally has served on the CCI Toronto Chapter Board of Directors since 2008 in several capacities including service on the Legislative, Conference and Education Committees, and as Vice President. Sally is also a frequent presenter at the Condo Conference and other forums, and an instructor for CCI Toronto’s level 300 Reserve Fund course. Sally also volunteers with Tarion and ACMO and has been a significant contributor to the reform of the Condominium Act including sitting on the province-wide eleven-person Expert Panel.
Sally started practicing full time in 1990 and has dedicated a significant portion of her career to helping clients assure their long term financial success through wise planning and wise spending. Synergy Partners is pleased to have Sally contribute her energies to CCI Toronto and to the Condominium Industry as a whole.
On September 28, 2016, Sally Thompson of Synergy Partners, Armand Conant of Shibley Righton and Laura Lee of Del Property Management will be presenting a session discussing changes to the Condominium Act. This session will focus on the provisions that impact existing buildings (rather than new buildings). The event is being co-hosted by CCI Toronto and GYRA (the Greater Yorkville Residents Association). Member condominium corporations are encouraged to sign up.
Erica has five years’ experience in building science and restoration consulting. Her focus includes building enclosure evaluation, design and renewal. Erica has experience working with a variety of clients including commercial, institutional, condominium, and residential.
On Thursday June 23, 2016, Synergy Partners participated in a friendly tournament of Bubble Soccer. This tournament was part of a charitable event in support of Youth Empowering Parents. It was an afternoon of fun, with plenty of “bubble tackles” to go around. Our team was comprised of 7 players, Adam Thompson, Jeff Ricard, Melissa Morlidge, Ishan Prabhu, Riyaz Noordin, Tiana Visconti and even Peter Halsall joined the fray. The event was a hit with everyone really enjoying themselves and all in the name of a great cause
Robin is a Project Manager with nine years’ experience in building design, evaluation and renewal. Robin has a reputation for providing turn-key engineering solutions with a client-focused approach. In addition to his technical experience, Robin successfully managed one of the largest building sciences teams in the market where he was trusted and respected by employees and clients to achieve results.
Robin is an active participant in various industry associations where he remains informed of new technologies, developments and processes in the restoration community.