Highlights of the 2015 IHM Annual Educational Conference
What our delegates had to say…….
"Excellent, well run conference. Thank you to ALL for the outstanding event!"
"I enjoyed the two educational tracks – very beneficial"
"Great opportunity to connect and network with people"
"The tradeshow provides an excellent opportunity to discuss products and services. I enjoyed the hands-on setting".
It was a success from beginning to end, and it all started on….
Monday, April 13 was the beginning of the 5-day in-class course module – Building Maintenance for Property Managers. This core course was taught by Jim Mellor who received excellent feedback from the students.
Wednesday, April 15 was dedicated to our pre-conference workshop – Dare to Dream – See All the Possibilities, presented by Ronna Warsh. This was a very interactive workshop and the 20 plus participants enjoyed every minute of it.
The official opening……
The 2015 Annual Education Conference kicked off with an opening lunch on Wednesday, April 15. President, Kevin O'Hara, MPA, FIHM, CMM III, welcomed delegates to the conference and thanked everyone for their support. We were honoured to have Sonya Mays, Senior Advisor to the Emergency Managers of Detroit, Michigan, and Executive Director of Housing and Children's Services Debbie Cercone from the City of Windsor, as our keynote speakers.
Outstanding business sessions…..
That offered two distinct educational tracks – Building Management & Administration and Building Maintenance. Each track was dedicated to the issues of most importance to IHM members and other delegates. Building Management & Administration featured sessions on Community Partnerships, Myers Briggs, Tenant Insurance, Credit Counselling/Financial Fitness, Hoarding, as well as CHC Financial Administration. The Building Maintenance Track offered Fire Safety/Fire Plans, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, Controlling Energy Use to Reduce Operating Cost, Managing Your Electrical Systems Risks, Asset Planning/Building Condition Audit and Exterior Building Retrofit. The concept of two educational tracks was introduced in 2013 and was a continued success this year - the topics were right on and the speakers were professional and experts in their field.
One of the many highlights of the 2015 conference was the insight on the revitalization of Detroit, Michigan from Sonya Mays. Sonya shared the many challenges Detroit is currently facing and provided some insight on what the future will hold for Detroit.
Lots of networking…..
The days were busy but the evening events were casual and provided lots of time for networking and camaraderie. Wednesday allowed delegates to try their luck at the Casino or simply catch up with old friends.
Thursday night's Dinner & Entertainment with the "Big Louis & The Band" had delegates dancing the night away.
And an great closing speaker…..
Friday's keynote speaker, lawyer David McNevin, ended the conference on a high note with his presentation "Humor in the Workplace". David engaged the audience as he discussed how stress is a major aspect of everyday business life and offered attendees some helpful hints on how to relieve stress through humor without crossing the line.
Now it's time to mark the dates for next year's 40th Annual Educational Conference at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill April 13 – 15, 2016.
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