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February 2021

CAI Education Webinar: Be Prepared to Chair!

CAI Canada Certification for Virtual Chairs

When: Two sessions on Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. March 11 and March 25

Virtual meetings are now an everyday occurrence for condominium corporations and condominium management firms. While in-person meetings are currently on pause, this is an excellent opportunity to learn the fine distinction between chairing an in-person meeting versus a virtual meeting. You can learn how to build on your chairperson’s skills and gain more confidence in your role as a virtual meeting chair. 

In the new virtual meeting environment, there are myriad issues to decide on prior to your AGM or owners’ meeting. For example, do you know which platform you will choose? Will you host or will a professional third-party host for you. Do you understand the ins and outs of e-voting and telephone voting? What about electronic notification consent as you prepare the owners’ list?

The next step in planning as a virtual meeting chair involves meeting preparation. That includes developing your agenda, creating a presentation, and lining up your speakers and/or panelists. Now is also the time to discuss all things related to quorum. Your discussions should include advance voting, proxies, virtual log-ins, who vets proxies, how to input voting results, using scrutineers if there will be traditional proxies. You can see the logic in hiring a virtual meeting service provider.

On the day of your AGM or meeting, you might consider a dress rehearsal with your speakers to ensure a smooth virtual meeting. Things to consider run from the obvious sound and camera checks to the more complex voting procedures, motions, hand raising, polling etc.

There are many steps involved to ensure that your virtual meetings run smoothly. Enrol in this two-session virtual webinar and upon completion of the two sessions a CAI Certificate of Completion will be issued. All learning materials will be provided – scripts, checklists and sample PowerPoints.

When: Two sessions on Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. March 11 and March 25

Cost: $25 for members and $75 for non-members for the two days

Meet your virtual coaches and moderator:

Rod Escayola and Graeme MacPherson, Gowling WLG

Natalia Polis and Denise Lash, Lash Condo Law

Adam Arcuri, moderator, CondoVoter


Click Here to Register 


CAI Canada thanks CondoVoter for sponsoring this webinar.

Partner Up: We’re Showing Our Support

A shifting condominium climate requires business colleagues that care about your ongoing success as condominium managers and management company executives. That’s why the CondoVoter team is excited to announce our new Partnership Program. We created this program to show our support to clients during rapidly changing times within the industry.

The goal of our Partner Program is to develop new – and strengthen existing –communication channels while providing consistent service combined with excellent quality. In working alongside property management teams, we intend to remain agile and prepare to adapt to new requirements by leveraging emerging technology.

Partners included in this program will have access to:

  • partner discounts
  • white-label solutions
  • educational sessions and team meetings
  • early access to new features
  • annual bundled packages
    • virtual board meetings + minute taking
    • townhalls
    • AGM

This is an early bird opportunity that you should not miss. Contact for more details and to sign up.

Your Onboarding Colleague … And Much More

Sauwmi Semovski, Account Manager


Q: What are three words that describe you.

A: Three words that would describe me would be personable, driven and creative.


Q: What are the best skills that you bring to your job?

A: The best skills that I bring to my role are effective communication, organization and planning, and problem solving. Coming from an HR background I am able to wear different hats and be adaptable as the company progresses.


Q: What’s a typical work day like for you?

A: A typical day for me is filled with client questions, preparing their notices to get them out on time, and onboarding new clients. Additionally, I handle HR and marketing projects for CondoVoter.


Q:  What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year?

A: A goal that I have for myself for the next year is to continue to improve my current skills and to learn as much as possible in relation to online voting, so I can provide strategic insight into the processes.


Q: What’s your favourite thing about your job at CondoVoter?

A: My favourite thing about working at CondoVoter is the team. The team is collaborative and innovative. We work very well together to bounce ideas off of each other, collaborate on projects, and we work together to support the growth of CondoVoter and to make processes efficient for clients.

Personalized Presentations for Condo Management

CondoVoter and Lash Condo Law are teaming up to provide personalized virtual presentations for condominium management companies. It’s a one-hour virtual meeting that offers an overview of the virtual meeting and e-voting ‘new normal’ and the real-life benefits for condominium corporations.

For her part, Denise Lash discusses the difference between advance voting and proxies. Adam Arcuri continues with an overview of CondoVoter’s platform including its new features that provide greater access and efficiencies. You’ll also be introduced to the Partner Discounts Program.

In-depth topics will include:

  • quorum (how e-voting helps achieve this)
  • meeting attendance (did you know a proxy holder must be in attendance; advance voters are not required to be in attendance!)

Other important questions will be answered: Can I change my advance vote? How many steps are involved? Will it be easy for elderly residents? How do I register? What if some residents don’t have a computer or email?

CondoVoter platform … and more

CondoVoter is all about simplifying and streamlining the owners’ meeting experience … and increasing owner participation to achieve quorum. Adam will explain the benefits of an online owner’s portal, why integrated candidate profiles are useful, how ballots can be customized and how real-time voting updates are accomplished.

These are just some of the topics that will be covered. As condominium managers, you’ll walk away with a better knowledge to advise your boards. You’ll feel confident recommending new, highly efficient processes to your board and …  knowing that your virtual meetings can come off without a hitch.

Denise Lash is principal Lash Condo Law.
Adam Arcuri is president, CondoVoter.

To request a virtual presentation for your condo management team, contact

Meetings Held Electronically May Now Be the New Standard – Canadian Condominium Institute Toronto Chapter (CCI-T)

CCI Toronto and Area Chapter leads the National condominium industry by providing education, information, awareness and access to expertise by and for our members. CCI does not represent any one profession or interest group. Rather, it represents all facets of the condominium community, encouraging all interest groups to work together towards one goal.