04 Apr

Synergy Partners will be presenting at Springfest 2016

Please join us at our booth at Springfest at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building on April 7, 2016.

Sally Thompson will be moderating a session from 11:00am to 12:00 pm focused on the Condo sector. Dave De Rose of Synergy Partners will be one of the speakers. Come hear the conversation.

Rapid Fire – Hot Condo Topics for 2016!
A panel of top condo experts will look at various current issues facing the industry in 2016. What’s new, what’s hot and what’s not will be explored including a look at Kitec plumbing, Smoking/Non-Smoking in Condos and AirBnBs. Fast paced and current, this is a “not to be missed” session for condominium directors and managers.

Speakers:
Brian Horlick , Lawyer at Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP
David De Rose , Managing Principal & Project Director at Synergy Partners
Roger Thompson , Executive Vice President at FirstService Residential

27 Nov

Synergy Partners Announces Newest Team Members

Synergy Partners continues to grow to meet the trust placed in us by a growing group of clients. We are pleased to introduce the latest team members to have joined us:

Adam Balicki, BASc, MBSc, has joined Synergy after working on building enclosure performance during construction and for remedial work, as well as reserve fund studies for condominiums. He has a Masters Degree in Building Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in sustainable energy.

Justin Ward, BASc, P.Eng., brings 5 years of experience on building science projects and general contracting in Ontario and BC to his role at Synergy. His projects have included evaluations and repairs for roofing, cladding, parking garages and balconies. This has involved problems with water, air and energy leakage and structural deterioration.

Matt Davis, BSc, MASc, joined Synergy with Engineering Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Queens University in structural design and repair. His experience includes structural performance monitoring, bridge design and inspection and green retrofits.

Melissa Morlidge, BArchSci, MBSc, has joined Synergy to apply her experience in building enclosure evaluation, repair, renewal and design. She focuses on cladding performance and using thermal modelling to inform design. Melissa is active in the academic realm, with an ongoing role of research and instruction at Ryerson University and has done presentations at various industry events.

Stewart Handrahan, MEng, has building inspection, standards enforcement, building science and materials evaluation experience in New Brunswick and Ontario. His work for the City of St. John brings a new perspective to the Synergy team. Stewart has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering.

29 Sep

SYNERGY PARTNERS ANNOUNCES NEW SHAREHOLDERS

The seven original shareholders are pleased to announce three new shareholders:

• Blair Gamracy, BArch. Sci. – building renewal and enclosure engineering
• Corey Wilson, B.Sc. (Eng.) – property condition assessments and building renewal
• Jeffrey Ricard, P.Eng. – building renewal and enclosure engineering

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 20 employees over our first year.

Synergy Partners is a 100% employee owned Canadian company providing planning and engineering for property evaluation, design and renewal.

For information on services or careers, see www.synergypartners.ca

07 Jul

Synergy Presenting at ACMO’s Town Hall Meeting – July 14

Synergy’s Sally Thompson will be presenting at the ACMO Town Hall Meeting on July 14, 2015 along with Murray Johnson, Chris Jaglowitz, Dean McCabe, Armand Conant and Catherine Murdock. An audience of property managers will gather to hear about and discuss the key amendments to the Condo Act that are proposed in Bill 106, Protecting Condominium Owners. Managers will be particularly impacted by Bill 106 not only because of manager licensing but also because the amendments will impact many of their day-to-day and annual management practices.

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.