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The strata conference for those who believe in innovative B.C. solutions & information

Hosted by Property Flute Ltd.
Whether you’re a:
  • Strata Manager
  • Strata Councilor
  • Strata Owner
  • Strata Lawyer
  • Strata Resident
  • Realtor
  • Investor
Taking place

March 31 - Apr 1, 2023
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Attend our online event March 31st to April 1st 2023 to learn how strata corporations in British Columbia are streamlining their operations. You'll have the chance to explore the best solutions for managing and running strata corporations, as well as gain insights from industry leaders, associations, and lawyers on a range of strata-related subjects.

Innovative Solutions from British Columbia

Explore ways to streamline the management and operation of strata corporations, whether self-managed or professionally managed. Learn about cutting-edge solutions and techniques being developed to assist strata corporations. Additionally, discover how some providers can assist realtors and potential buyers/investors with making informed real estate decisions.

Expert Insights and Topics from the Industry

Gain insights from industry experts, associations, and lawyers on various strata-related topics during this event.

Event Schedule

March 31st - Day 1

  • 9:30 a.m., Industry overview and introduction. Presented by B.C. Strata Tech
  • 9:40 a.m., The future of strata meeting management and voting. Presented by Property Flute Ltd.
  • 10:15 a.m., Chairing meetings. Presented by CHOA
  • 10:50 a.m., Key benefits of Property Management Software. Presented by Power Strata Systems Inc.
  • 11:25 a.m., Strata operations: Handling personal information in a digital world. Presented by Cleveland Doan LLP
  • 12:00 p.m., Lunch break
  • 1:00 p.m., Sponsor(s) and other discussions
  • 1:10 p.m., Online Dispute Resolution Tools. Presented by the Civil Resolution Tribunal
  • 1:45 p.m., Maximizing Strata Returns: The Cutting-Edge Investment Platform. Presented by Yield Exchange Inc.

April 1st - Day 2

  • 9:30 a.m., Host recap and introduction. Presented by B.C. Strata Tech
  • 9:35 a.m., Strata operations: What records are strata corporations required to keep? Presented by VISOA
  • 10:10 a.m., Condominium: A Transformative Innovation in Property and Local Government. Presented by Professor Douglas Harris from UBC, Peter A. Allard School of Law
  • 11:05 a.m., What are your strata documents saying? Presented by Condo Clear Services Inc.
  • 11:50 a.m., Sponsor(s) and other discussions
  • 12:00 p.m., Lunch break
  • 1:00 p.m., Innovating the strata resident experience. Presented by FabricApp Inc.
  • 1:35 p.m., AI powered strata insurance and strata document review. Presented by OctoAI Technologies Inc.
  • 2:05 p.m., Generate substantial revenue by automating strata document requests. Presented by Simple Strata Solutions Inc.
  • 2:40 p.m., Strata Comparables: Harnessing Data for Real Estate Search. Presented by Zealty Online Search Inc.


Industry overview

Ryan Grant

Ryan Grant, host of B.C. Strata Tech, will open the conference by delivering an overview of the current state of strata real estate and discuss the future prospects for strata management.

B.C. Strata Tech is the creation of Property Flute Ltd., B.C. Strata Tech serves to provide British Columbia residents with a wholistic view on the state of the strata industry, while showcasing British Columbia based/tailored solutions to help strata corporations operate effectively.

The future of strata meeting management and voting

Craig Moore
Property Flute Ltd. logo

Many factors have changed how strata meetings are conducted. Join Craig Moore, co-founder of Property Flute Ltd., as he explains how they have set a new standard in managing meetings and voting using electronic tools for strata corporations through innovative features for voter registration, multi-unit-ownership, multi-proxies, vote tallying, fractional voting entitlements, secret ballots, audit trails and more. Learn how strata corporations can use Property Flute to conduct more effective meetings.

Property Flute was created during the COVID-19 pandemic by fellow community owners when it was evident that meetings had forever changed. The Property Flute mission is to provide meeting management and voting tools which matter the most to local communities. Learn more about online strata voting

Strata operations: Chairing meetings

Tony Gioventu
Executive Director
CHOA - Condominium Home Owners Association of B.C.

Tony Gioventu, Executive Director of CHOA (Condominium Home Owners Association of B.C.) will walk through the sequence of general meetings and how electronic considerations apply including: notice of meeting, format, registration, the role of the chairperson and how voting is conducted and the responsibility of the chairperson.

CHOA is a consumer based non-profit association that promotes the understanding of strata property living and the interests of strata property owners. We provide professional advisory services based on individual strata needs. We offer education, publications, resources and support for our members. We actively assist our members, and the strata industry, to help make strata living a positive experience.

CHOA members include strata corporations, individual owners, and businesses that serve the strata industry, strata related associations and governmental agencies from all across British Columbia.

Key benefits of Property Management Software

Shervin Shapourian
Power Strata Systems Inc.

Shervin Shapourian, co-founder of Power Strata Systems Inc. has been a pioneer in the Strata Management software space since the 2011 launch of their cloud-based property management solution, PowerStrata. PowerStrata is the leading B.C. tailored platform for managing strata corporations, providing services to strata management companies, council members, and strata owners. See how PowerStrata can improve your self-managed or managed strata operations, saving you time and money with features like depreciation report and Contingency Reserve Fund modelling, accounting integrations, Form B generations, owner and tenant tools, document storage, and much more.

Power Strata Systems Inc. provides a comprehensive Software as a Service property management platform which is secure, easy-to-use and cost-effective. Specifically designed for managing BC strata corporations of any size and complexity in a more effective and efficient way. We have developed PowerStrata to help create better and stronger strata communities across B.C.

Strata operations: Handling personal information in a digital world

Shawn M. Smith
Cleveland Doan LLP
Cleveland Doan LLP

Shawn Smith is an experienced strata property lawyer who works with strata corporations throughout the province on a variety of issues. Shawn will review the obligations imposed on strata corporations under the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), focusing on how those obligations relate to video surveillance, fob entry systems and other ways strata corporations collect information about residents and visitors. He will review when and how that data can be collected and what can (and cannot) be done with it. Strata councils and strata managers will come away with a better understanding of what must be done to comply with PIPA.

Established in 1995, Cleveland Doan is an experienced law firm located in White Rock. Our lawyers are recognized as leaders in their respective practice areas, serving a wide range of clientele, from individuals to strata corporations and small business owners throughout BC. The firm offers a wide range of legal services including providing counsel and strategic advice in the areas of strata, family, business and commercial law, general litigation, wills and estates, and real-estate law. The firm takes a deep pride in building strong relationships in our community and beyond.

The Civil Resolution Tribunal – Online Dispute Resolution Tools

Speaker TBA
Civil Resolution Tribunal

This presentation will provide an overview of the CRT's online dispute resolution process beginning with the Solution Explorer. This online tool uses guided pathways, and interactive questions and answers, to provide free legal information, template letters, and worksheets. The Solution Explorer leads to an online application form if the user decides they want to make a CRT claim. In this presentation you'll also learn about the CRT's secure online platform. Participants involved in a dispute can log into their CRT account to negotiate, upload evidence, and submit their written arguments about their claim. Tribunal members can view the evidence and arguments in the secure platform and make their decision. CRT decisions are posted publicly in a searchable database at civilresolutionbc.ca

The Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is Canada’s first online tribunal. It’s part of the British Columbia justice system and offers an accessible, affordable way to resolve disputes without needing a lawyer or attending court. The CRT has jurisdiction over most strata claims in BC and encourages a collaborative approach to resolving disputes. The CRT offers free legal information and self-help tools to assist the public in resolving disputes as early as possible. If a claim is made and participants can’t reach an agreement by negotiation or facilitation, a CRT tribunal member will make a decision about their claim. Tribunal members are independent legal experts and their decisions can be enforced like court orders. Learn more at civilresolutionbc.ca

Maximizing Strata Returns: The Cutting-Edge Investment Platform

Yvette Wu
CEO & Co-founder
Yield Exchange Inc.

Yvette Wu, CEO and co-founder of Yield Exchange, is pioneering the self-managed GIC investment process for strata corporations and Canadian organizations. She’ll show how Yield Exchange allows Canadian organizations to secure the best rates for their GICs from Canadian financial institutions with their easy to use platform.

Yield Exchange is disrupting the wholesale deposit negotiation process with a digital solution that connects Wholesale Depositors directly with Canadian Financial Institutions. Our platform offers a secure, transparent, efficient and free way to negotiate GIC rates with multiple financial institutions, eliminating the need for costly middle persons. Our solution allows the wholesale deposit market to function as it should, giving depositors the confidence they shopped the market. Financial Institutions benefit by being notified of all market activity, enabling them to focus on requests that align with their liquidity needs.

Things to know before you order the Depreciation Report

Jeremy Bramwell, AACI, P.App., RI
Strata Reserve Planning

Before any Strata Council orders a Depreciation Report, they should know what to look for. Jeremy Bramwell, AACI, RI, will address these issues in this informative 20 minute presentation. First, why do we need Depreciation Reports? Owners know that they are required under the law, but do not understand the real statistics behind the legislation. Second, when is an engineer required or recommended? Or when is a non-engineer your best choice, and why? Next, as a Depreciation Report subject matter expert on the BC Housing Policy Branch consultation committee for the changes to the Strata Property Act, Mr. Bramwell will discuss the changes in place as of the date of this talk. Benchmarking reports are the key to understanding the real financial position of a Strata Corporation. This talk will end with a discussion of how to calculate Reserve Adequacy (Percent Funded) and its implications.

Strata Reserve Planning is one of BC's largest and oldest Depreciation Report Firms. Since 2010, our experienced staff have completed accurate inspections in order to produce informative reports, completed to internationally accepted reserve planning standards. Our expertise gained from working with hundreds of clients, allows us to provide Strata Corporations with realistic financial scenarios. Strata Reserve Planning specializes in bare land developments, wood framed townhome and apartment complexes, as well as industrial strata buildings. As the market leader in a standard based approach, Strata Reserve Planning has been approached for their input by the UBC Sauder School of Real Estate, CHOA, REIBC, BC Government, and many others. There is no other firm with such an in-depth understanding of Depreciation Reports in British Columbia.

Strata operations: What records are strata corporations required to keep?

Wendy Wall
VISOA - Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association

Long gone are the days when a strata corporation's records were all in a filing cabinet in the strata secretary's condo. Now strata corporations are dealing with multiple formats from pdfs, jpegs and emails, to letters received by hand delivery or mail, and often a variety of storage locations from USB sticks to DropBox, or an online platform. This presentation will answer the questions: What records does the strata corporation have to keep? and Where can they be stored?

The Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association is an independent, non-profit society that provides education, support, and advocacy for BC strata owners and strata corporations. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023, it is the longest-running organization of its kind in Canada. Membership is open to any resident of BC, strata corporations (such as condominiums, town homes, bare land and commercial stratas), and businesses that provide goods and services to stratas. Learn more at: www.visoa.bc.ca

Condominium: A Transformative Innovation in Property and Local Government

Professor Douglas Harris
(UBC, Peter A. Allard School of Law)
UBC, Peter A. Allard School of Law

Condominium is a form of ownership that produces separate parcels of land and a structure of local government within multi-unit developments. As one form of common interest community, condominium packages private property with a co-ownership interest in common property and rights to participate in the governing organisation. A statutory innovation, the condominium form has been adopted in jurisdictions around the world and has quickly become the dominant form of land ownership for new-build housing in many cities. As an increasingly prominent feature of urban real estate, condominium is changing the nature of ownership and of local government, and is one of the defining institutions of our time.

Doug Harris is a professor and the Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History at UBC’s Allard School of Law. He teaches and writes in property law and legal history, with a focus on condominium or strata property law. He is also a member of the Law & Cities Research Group and much of his recent work considers the manner in which condominium ownership is changing what it means to be landowner and how the prevalence of condominium developments is affecting the nature and character of government in cities.

What are your strata documents saying?

Ryan Stenquist
Condo Clear Services Inc.

Most of us probably know that strata documents are a legal record of the decisions being made in a strata. They also indicate what the current status of the strata is from a financial aspect as well as what types of challenges they may currently be facing. However, what most strata’s don’t often realize is that their documents also act as marketing information for potential buyer’s! Common issues such as missing documents, incomplete information, poor formatting, etc. can all play a part in the impression that are left on buyer’s and Realtors. Putting time and care into your documents can make selling a strata unit much easier for all involved, and have a positive impact on the overall market value of your building.

Condo Clear Services Inc. is the first and only licensed brokerage in British Columbia to specialize in assisting buyers, sellers, and Realtors with reviewing and summarizing strata documents. We rely heavily on our firsthand experience with managing strata corporations and their day to day challenges, as well as the big issues that occur from time to time, such as warranty claims, insurance claims, and building remediations to provide a clear picture of the status of any strata in BC. We offer multiple levels of review to suit everyone’s needs.

Innovating the strata resident experience

Ioana Hastings
FabricApp Inc.

Ioana Hastings, the founder of FabricApp Inc., will demonstrate how the FabricApp platform improves the resident experience while reducing incoming calls and emails to council and strata managers. You will learn how self-managed stratas and property managers can use the platform to: 1.) create a mobile app for their residents; 2.) send real time updates to residents; and 3.) provide residents with self-serve access to commonly requested information. Additionally, you will see how one of FabricApp's clients is using the platform to improve day-to-day living for their community.

FabricApp Inc. is a communications platform that enables self managed communities, property managers, and landlords to streamline communications with residents into one, easy to use, mobile app for residents. Residents are updated on building events in real-time and have 24/7 access to building resources via the knowledge base on their app. This elevates the resident experience while reducing the number of support emails and calls received by community managers.

AI powered insurance and strata document review

Thomas Beattie
Interim CEO
OctoAI Technologies Inc.

Thomas Beattie, CEO of OctoAI Technologies Inc., is excited to showcase the cutting-edge technology behind the company's AI-powered platform, Eli Report. Thousands of realtors, property managers, buyers and owners use Eli Report to summarize key issues from strata documents and provide valuable insights into their communities. During this presentation, Thomas will demonstrate Eli Report and Sonja Blackburn, Senior Account Executive at Axis Insurance will discuss how it is being utilized to power the future of insurance quotes for the benefit of all strata owners. Don't miss this opportunity to see firsthand how OctoAI is driving innovation in the insurance industry and streamlining the process for real estate professionals.

OctoAI Technologies Inc. makes applying for strata insurance faster, easier and - hopefully - better value for property managers and strata councils. Leveraging our artificial intelligence platform for summarizing condo documents, Eli Report (trusted by over 3,000 real estate industry professionals across North America), we look at what matters about a community and provide context to insurance partners. Simply upload your condo documents and we’ll contact you within 24 hours. If Axis is able to provide competitive terms they will contact you directly, and either way you will receive an Eli Report on your community completely free. Save time and ensure your community is treated fairly with insurance based on more than claims history – it could save your owners money!

Generate substantial revenue by automating strata document requests

Sean Jordan
Simple Strata Solutions Inc.

Sean Jordan, founder of Simple Strata Solutions, Inc. (StrataPress) will show you how managed and self managed strata corporations are using StrataPress to manage document requests and process order payments. StrataPress makes it easy for Realtors, Lawyers and Notaries to obtain strata documents with ease.

Since its inception in 2017, Simple Strata Solutions Inc. has been on a mission to revolutionize document management for Strata Managers and Strata Corporations in B.C.. Our flagship product, StrataPress.com, is a proven document sales system that offers Strata Managers the capability to generate, distribute and sell strata documents with zero cost and zero loss of revenue. In 2022, we expanded on our core document management and sales business by offering two new portals to our platform, one for Strata Owners and one for Self-Managed Strata Corporations. Strata Owners can now access important strata information and documents and Self-Managed stratas can generate revenue by automating document requests from Realtors, Lawyers and Notaries.

Strata Comparables: Harnessing Data for Real Estate Search

Adam Major
Zealty Online Search Inc.

Adam Major is the owner of a strata management company, Holywell Properties, on BC’s Sunshine Coast. As his side hustle, he co-founded real estate search site Zealty.ca. Zealty is a leading, BC focused, real estate search site with some specific tools for comparing strata properties. Zealty has a free data base of over 10,000 strata properties where anyone can compare information on a strata’s bylaws, management company, selling and assessed prices, strata fees and more. Adam will demonstrate how Realtors, Buyers and Strata Councils can access data on Zealty and discuss how Zeatly is working to provide more open data and free information for our users.

Zealty launched in 2018 and was the first website in BC to provide MLS Sold Data to the public. Hosted by Holywell Properties, Zealty.ca displays MLS Data behind a password protected site for clients to log in and access information for free. Zealty has an interactive mapping program with property boundaries for the entire province. Zealty also has unique statistical information including historical and daily sales reports. Zealty provides assessment data and has recently partnered with BChome.ai to provide automatic property valuations for all homes in BC.


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