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A word from Jan Towarnicki, Montréal President

Experienced building manager and director of the RGCQ since it’s foundation in 1999.

During the previous years, my most significant realisations at the RGCQ have been to contribute to the elaboration of a course curriculum for the certificate programme in building management offered at McGill University as well as the training programme in Co-ownership management at cégep Saint-Laurent. I have also piloted the project to elaborate a standard in contingency fund surveys in parallel to the certification of experts by the RGCQ launched in February 2016.

I began my mandate as president of the RGCQ-Montreal in January 2015 with the objective to broaden the organisation’s recognition in the field of co-ownerships. First and foremost, I seek to insure the perpetuity of this organisation by developing coherent and functional practices. I draw my inspiration from my 25 years of experience as a building manager at the Verrières sur le fleuve I to V in Nun’s Island as well as my experience as inspector of my peers on behalf of the order of Chartered administrators of Québec (ADMA). The whole falls within the continuity of member services and innovation.

Amongst the priorities on which I will focus, during my first year as president, is the optimisation of the forces of the RGCQ’s directors. Board members will be assigned responsibilities in communications and monitoring of specific projects that will highlight their skills to our members and the general public. This shall be concretised, amongst other things, in the next editions of the magazine CondoLiaison. Each director will have the opportunity to inform the readers of the evolution of their assigned projects relating to topics such as insurance, accounting or architecture. Let us recall that these directors seat on the board as volunteers and deserve to be recognised at their fair value.

I wish to maintain the RGCQ’s mission, promoting sound management and good governance in co-ownerships. We must certainly continue to protect the interests of our members regarding this question which shall benefit, by an extent, all of Quebec’s co-ownerships.

As it has always been the case, the RGCQ shall continue to accentuate it’s leadership on pivotal questions such as the considerations relating to contingency funds, the potential professionalization of building managers as well the legislative recast scheduled for 2015, in the goal to increase its notoriety with directors, building managers and co-owners. In other words, the RGCQ shall remain the watchdog of co-owners while avoiding a corporate culture.

Unity and cohesion characterise leading organisations. The RGCQ intends to apply this philosophy now more than ever in the upcoming years to place it at the service of its members who shall  benefit from it.

Jan Towarnicki
RGCQ-Montréal President