Join us and our esteemed panel for our webinar on escalating strata insurance one year later. Last year’s webinar covered insights on the different steps our industry can take to mitigate the impacts. The BCFSA has issued a final report on its findings regarding why strata insurance is rapidly increasing and potential solutions.
One issue they raised was the need to clarify Warranty Coverage for new strata developments. Our expert panel will explore how best to manage warranty and strata insurance for consumers and builders. In addition, an alternate insurance model will be discussed.
Wendy Acheson, Vice President & Registrar, Licensing & Consumer Services, BC Housing
Wendy has 20 years of experience in licensing and the regulation of professionals, as well as legal matters, government, housing and consumer protection. She is responsible for administering the Homeowner Protection Act, overseeing licensing compliance and consumer-service operations. She has led important initiatives to increase the quality of residential construction and strengthen consumer protection. Prior to her current role, Wendy was deputy registrar of the Homeowner Protection Office. She was also director of licensing at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia for six years. Wendy has degrees in both law and political science from the University of Calgary.
Tony Gioventu, Executive Director, Condominium Home Owners Association of British Columbia (CHOA)
Tony is the Executive Director of the Condominium Home Owners Association of B.C. (CHOA), a consumer association in British Columbia with over 200,000 members comprising strata corporations, owners, and business members who serve the strata industry. In addition to serving on numerous boards and committees for government agencies and industry associations, Tony is the weekly columnist for The Province, The Times Colonist, and syndicated media across BC. Since 2002 Tony has written over 1,000 columns and information bulletins dedicated to condo living and is the co‐author of "The Strata Property Act: A Practical Guide to Bylaws", and "Understanding Governance: Strata Rules of Order and Procedures in British Columbia." With offices in New Westminster, Victoria and Kelowna CHOA provides service to its members throughout the province, promoting an understanding of strata living, and the interests of strata property owners. On average the association fields 300 inquiries a day from owners, strata council members, managers and agents, and delivers over 100 seminars annually on a variety of strata related topics including governance, operations and administration.
Danielle Russell, Client Executive, Vice President, CapriCMW
Dani Russell brings 10 years of insurance experience and expertise to her role as Client Executive, Vice President at CapriCMW. Dani specializes in providing custom insurance and risk solutions to real estate and property development companies, seniors health care facilities and strata corporations. She is passionate about helping business owners grow and protect their businesses. Dani is a proud, active member of the Vancouver Board of Trade, Professional Association of Managing Agents, and Condominium Home Owners Association. She holds her Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her young family and recently returned from a trip to build homes in Nicaragua.
Ed Tsumura, Senior Vice President, Customer Service, Polygon
Ed joined Polygon in 2007 after eight years with Travelers Guarantee Company of Canada. He has also worked with the Homeowner Protection Office, New Home Warranty of BC & Yukon, and managed his own residential construction contracting firm. Ed graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and went on to obtain a BCIT Building Technology Diploma.