Highlights of the 2013 IHM Annual Educational Conference

What our delegates had to say…….

“This was my first year attending and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was well organized and I look forward to attending in the future”

“Excellent conference.  I can’t think of anything to recommend”

“Congratulations to the conference organizers.  Excellent event.  I’ll be recommending it to my co-workers and clients”

It was a success from beginning to end, and it all started on….
Monday, April 15 with the beginning of the 5-day in-class course module – Building Maintenance for Property Managers.  This core course was taught by Kevin McCann and it was a great success with 25 students signing on.

Tuesday, April 16 was dedicated to our pre-conference workshop – Effective Building Inspections:  Presentation & Tour.  Ed Cipriani, AIHM, with assistance from Bruno Colavecchio, organized and led this outstanding full-day session that attracted a sold-out crowd of 30 participants.  The feedback was extremely positive  on all aspects of our pre-conference workshop.

The official opening……
The 2013 Annual Education Conference kicked off with an opening lunch on Wednesday, April 17.  President, Kevin O’Hara, MPA, AIHM, CMM III, welcomed delegates to the conference and thanked everyone for their support.  We were honoured to have Mwarigha, M.S., Director, Residential Property Management & General Manager, Peel Living, as our keynote speaker.  

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 features sessions on Performance Management & Employee Discipline, The Fundamentals of Project Management, Tenant Insurance Programs, Effective Communications and Mental Health Issues.  The Building Maintenance Track offered The Preventative Maintenance Plan, Smoke-Free Rental Housing Options, Best Practices and Capital Planning.  The concept of two educational tracks was a hit, the topics were right on, and the speakers were all professional and experts in their field.

Minister Linda Jeffrey joins us for breakfast…..
One of the many highlights of the 2013 conference was greetings from Minister Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing.  The Minister shared some insight on projects currently underway and other projects planned for the future. 

Lots of networking…..
The days were busy but the evening events were casual and provided lots of time for networking and camaraderie. 

The industry’s musical talents shone with our Karaoke event on Wednesday night.   It’s hard to say who ended on top but Simcoe, Durham, Mississauga and HSC were well represented.

Mr. and Mrs. Hypnotist joined us on Thursday and entertained the audience with some humourous, but light, skits by participating members.  It would be hard not to believe in the power of hypnosis after watching the show.

And a terrific closing speaker……
Drew Dudley brought the entire conference to a great conclusion with his keynote presentation “Redefining Leadership”. He was dynamic and motivating and, at the same time, his message resonated with everyone in the room.  As one delegate said “The speaker was fantastic – a great way to send delegates home”.

Now it’s time to mark the dates for next year’s conference at the Hilton Gardens Hotel/Ajax Conference Centre, April 9 – 11, 2014.

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