Highlights of the 2014 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"

"Great venue.  Great food.  Great topics and excellent speakers.  All in all, a great event".

It was a success from beginning to end, and it all started on….

Monday, April 7 was the beginning of the 5-day in-class course module – Property & Building Administration for Property Managers.  This core course was taught by Kathi Zarfas and it was a great success with 7 students signing on.

Wednesday, April 9 was dedicated to our pre-conference workshop – Duty to Accommodate, presented by Harry Fine.  The feedback was extremely positive on all aspects of our pre-conference workshop which hosted a full room of 20 plus participants. 

The official opening……

The 2014 Annual Education Conference kicked off with an opening lunch on Wednesday, April 9.  President, Kevin O'Hara, MPA, FIHM, CMM III, welcomed delegates to the conference and thanked everyone for their support.  We were honoured to have Dr. Hugh Drouin, Commissioner of Social Services, Region of Durham and Councillor Lorne Coe from the Region of Durham, 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 features sessions on Elder Abuse Awareness, Ask the Experts Panel, Accommodating Mental Health Issues, Investigating Breaches of Residential Tenancies Act as well as The Sandwich Generation: Family Status Accommodations.  The Building Maintenance Track offered  Ask the Experts Panel, Preventative Maintenance – Pay Now or Pay Later!, Healthy Building and Running a Reliable Building – Understanding and Maintaining Basic Building Systems.  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.

Property Management in the Far North…..

One of the many highlights of the 2014 conference was greetings from Jim Peckham from Cambridge Bay Housing Association, Nunavut.  Jim was our breakfast speaker who shared the many challenges Property Managers face while living above the Artic Circle.   

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 band "Two for the Show" had delegates dancing the night away.   

And a terrific closing speaker…..

Friday's keynote speaker Tricia Hasenclever, B.A had delegates in stitches with her presentation "Learn with Laughter".   Tricia engaged the audience as she discussed how stress is a major part of everyday life and equipped the attendees with how to relieve stress through humor.  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
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Windsor, April 15 – 17, 2015.

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