Following the Governance Committee’s selection and appointment process, I have had the honour and privilege of serving as the President of the RGCQ’s Board of Directors since May 19th. As I have been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014, I am very familiar with the organization, its members (you!) and its operations. Through my new responsibilities, I continue to carry a vision that I hope will bring our organization together to meet the challenges that await us in the coming year—and beyond.
The region of Quebec is experiencing a conservative growth in the condominium sector, although the rate of construction has been stable year after year. After reaching a saturation point in the core area of Quebec city, condominiums are now growing throughout the suburbs.
The profile of co-owners reside in Québec is fairly homogeneous: they earn substantially the same salary and are on average 50 years old. Mostly from the Baby Boomer generation, these co-owners have traded their dwellings for condos. For them, the RGCQ-Québec represents an invaluable resource. As in Montreal and Gatineau, an increasing amount of co-owners are seeking to be better informed. Residing in a condominium building that is properly managed represent a great way to maintain one's access to property.
I think my profile corresponds to that of a typical co-owner. A decade ago, I was approaching the end my career of more than 30 years in the public sector. My suburban dwelling had grown too big. My interests in renovating my property and my obligations in maintaining the yard had dissolved. There was a growing desire for me to turn the key and travel without concern for my property. In short, I was becoming the ideal co-owner candidate. Like many others, we made the leap without truly knowing what a condominium was.
Over time, I became involved in my co-ownership. As a result of my syndicate's desire to convert to a self-managed property and my availability, I became my building's manager. It was at this time that I understood the complexities of managing a co-ownership. I began a quest for information on a variety of subjects, from the declaration of co-ownership to voting rights, from insurance settlements to the obligations of the syndicate. That's when I discovered the RGCQ.
Since the last years, the RGCQ has played a key role in promoting building conservation and condominium management in Quebec.
Since its creation in 1999, the RGCQ has constantly emphasized the need for improved regulations pertaining to the field of co-ownerships. Since the creation of the Condominium Advisory Committee in 2012, the RGCQ has always spoken of the importance of a legislative reform in this area. After several years, we have a result that lives up to our expectations. Indeed, Bill 16 demonstrates ...