Community Associations Institute (CAI), a non-profit organization that specializes in community association governance, education and management, has announced the introduction of a Canadian chapter headquartered in Toronto that will be known as CAI Canada.
One in eight households in Canada, especially those located in major urban centres such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, are located in condominium communities. This number is expected to increase along with the number of Canadian condominium associations.
“Through this new chapter, community managers and homeowners, as well as business partners, will have access to unparalleled networking opportunities,” said Crystal Wallace, vice president of membership and chapter relations for CAI, in a press release. “And all CAI members receive invaluable access to educational resources, publications and industry events.”
For over 40 years, CAI has offered education and guidance for community association homeowners, volunteer board members, and businesses serving these communities in countries around the world. With the inauguration of CAI Canada, the local business community, government, university students, and others can benefit from CAI resources and training, including its education and credentialing programs. In addition, the CAI Canada chapter will provide its members with the opportunity to attend networking and social events.
“CAI Canada will work to promote industry best practices as well as foster collaboration among local professionals and with other CAI chapters,” said Denise Lash, new committee member of CAI Canada.
“This is one more step in establishing CAI as an international network of professional managers and community leaders,” said Thomas M. Skiba, CAI’s chief executive officer. “And in establishing this new chapter, CAI can provide community managers in Canada with access to industry credentials and professional designations that are recognized throughout the world.”
CAI Canada’s inaugural committee members include Denise Lash of Lash Condo Law; Shawn Pulver of Macdonald Sager Manis LLP; Yasmeen Nurmohamed of Royale Grande Property Management Ltd.; Vanessa Van Dette of Whitehill Residential; Roger Thompson of FirstService Residential; Michael LePage of Maple Ridge Community Management Ltd.; and Michael Kalisperas of Royale Grande Property Management Ltd.