Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Registration and continental breakfast – 9:00 am
Workshop 1 – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch and Plenary Session – 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Workshop 2 – 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: Oakham House is located at 55 Gould Street, Toronto. (Ryerson)
Reminder – Woodsworth will pay the registration fee for our members. Apply in writing to the office – Woodsworth staff will register you.
Members under 30 – CHFT charges the co-op half price for you! Consider attending.
Choose one workshop for the morning and one for the afternoon.
Workshop 1 — 9:30 to 12:30
1a Legal panel: Employment issues
Our legal panel is always one of the most popular sessions. We are fortunate to have two lawyers with many years of experience working with co-ops. This time, we have decided to focus on issues that co-ops face in their role as employers. We will talk about human rights issues as well as what the new cannabis legislation means to employers.
Moderator: Tom Clement, CHFT
Panelists: Celia Chandler, Iler Campbell, and Nancy Collyer, Lewis & Collyer
1b Yikes, I’m the treasurer!
This workshop is for co-op treasurers, signing officers and other directors who want to learn about their financial responsibilities. Luckily, you don’t need to be a financial expert to be a co-op treasurer but you do need to know
• about signing cheques
• how to confirm a bank reconciliation
• what questions to ask about financial statements.
Choose this workshop and we’ll discuss these topics and more and help you be the best co-op treasurer ever.
Workshop leader: Judith Collins, CHFT
1c What makes a good board?
The board is responsible for overseeing the complex business of the co-op. We’ll give you the important information that every good board needs to know.
• the relationship between the board, the manager and committees
• the board’s basic legal obligations
• what makes a good board meeting and
• what it takes for the board to achieve sound management and good
Workshop leader: Anjala Kulasegaram, CHFT
12:30 to 2:00 — Lunch and plenary session
Workshop 2 — 2:00 to 4:30
2a Land trust panel
There has been a lot of talk recently about land trusts. Land trusts can be used to preserve our non-profit housing co-ops and to leverage our assets to build more co-ops. CHFT has been involved in land trusts since the 1980’s. We currently lease land to 31 housing co-ops. Find out about the history of land trusts in the GTA, the status of current land trusts and the future of
land trusts in this area.
Moderator: Tom Clement, CHFT
Panelists: Melissa Estable, CHF Canada, Dr David Hulchanski, University of Toronto, Anjala Kulasegaram, CHFT, and Bruce Lewis, Lewis & Collyer
2b Understanding conflict in your co-op
This interactive workshop will look at the sources of conflict in co-ops. You will learn useful skills to de-escalate conflict. We will look at the difference between needs-based problem solving and interest-based problem solving. You will learn effective ways to negotiate for what you need. Through discussion and practice, you will have the opportunity to practice what you have learned.
Workshop leader: Shawn Conway, St. Stephen’s Conflict Resolution Service
2c The $2,500,000 giveaway
Each year, co-ops in Ontario give away the equivalent of 25 luxury sports cars by not keeping their units full. Come along and hear from experts on how to reduce vacancy loss; money you could use to turn your co-op homes into dream homes. You can’t afford to take a break from this important responsibility. Get the skills needed to fill your units and take lavish vacations from the revolving door of vacancy loss. Act now! Don’t delay! Avoid disappointment! Sign up for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Workshop leaders: Catriona McCallum and Rosalind Morton, The Agency