Board of Directors
Murray joined Crossbridge in 2008 bringing with him over seven years of experience as a Regional Manager in the condominium industry. Murray entered residential property management in 1992 following over 10 years of International Project Management and Facility Management with a large multi-national manufacturing firm. With experience in ISO 9000, Employee Training and Development, and Organizational Development, Murray provides in-house Tarion and Performance Audit consulting to Crossbridge managed properties. Recognized in 2012 as one of Canada's top four Sustainability Champions in energy efficiency projects by Building Strategies and Sustainability magazine, it’s no surprise that Murray continues to lead Crossbridge's energy portfolio to maintain Crossbridge’s position as the recognized leader for the development of long-term condominium client energy reduction. Recognized in 2019 by the Canadian Condominium Institute with the prestigious “Distinguished Service Award” and in 2016 the ACMO “Special Recognition Award”, he is always willing to participate in numerous speaking engagements and contribute to industry publications. Murray continues to be active in supporting condominium communities throughout Ontario as well as condominiums from coast to coast through his directorship with the Canadian Condominium Institute – Toronto and Area Chapter.
Lyndsey McNally has worked with condominium corporations in the Greater Toronto Area since 2002 in a variety of roles including administration, physical building management, financial management, organizational management, and policy oversight. At CWB Maxium Financial, Lyndsey develops and implements customized financing solutions to condominium corporations.
She is a member of the discipline committee for the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario, and also takes an interest on a municipal level having acted as Chair of the Property Standards and Animal Services Appeals Committee for 2 terms.
A regular educational speaker and writer on subjects such as communication, ethics, financial management, governance, planning successful meetings, wellness, mental health, and insurance. Lyndsey has experience chairing over 200 public meetings in her career – both in the condominium and municipal sectors.
A multiple award winner, Lyndsey is proud of her selection as Property Manager of the Year by ACMO in 2017, as well as her participation in the selection of her firm and clients in winning 6 other prestigious awards.
Lyndsey was elected to the CCI Toronto & Area Chapter Board of Directors in 2018 and currently Chairs the Membership committee, and also sits on the Chapter Marketing and Legislative Committees.
Brian graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1981 and became a Chartered Accountant in 1987. Subsequently, he worked in industry and then in his own practice prior to merging with the firm in 2006 and becoming a partner. Brian provides his clients with practical advice on all financial aspects of their business. Over the years, he has formed strong and lasting relationships with clients by providing high quality professional services.
He has developed a niche in the audit of Condominium corporations and currently administers the Condominium Group, which provides audit, accounting and related services to over 400 condominium associations in the Greater Toronto Area. He is a member of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) - Toronto and Huronia Chapters, a member of the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO). He was recently elected to the Board of CCI – Toronto, was a Board member and treasurer of CCI - Huronia Chapter from 2010 – 2013, is a member of the several committees of ACMO. He has taught courses for Directors at CCI, has contributed to articles published by CCI and ACMO, presented and acted as an expert advice previous CCI-ACMO annual conferences.
Brian is married to Rosalie and they have three children. He enjoys baseball, hockey and along with his two boys, has a keen interest in following the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL.
As Vice President, Operations – Toronto with Wilson, Blanchard Management,Tania has served the condominium community for several decades and has held various executive roles, covering specialized areas such as start-ups, operations, transitions and organizational effectiveness.
Tania's volunteer work includes serving as President of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI), Toronto and Area Chapter, in addition to contributing as a member of the education committee and Chair of the National Operations and Support committee. She is also an advisor for the Condo Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) for manager core competencies and helped develop the board education for the Condo Authority of Ontario (CAO).
She is a frequent speaker at CCI, Association for Condo Managers of Ontario (ACMO) and condo community events and also regularly contributes articles to various industry magazines.
Francesco is a lawyer at Deo Condominium Lawyers, focused on all areas of condominium law, litigation, and governance. In addition to being elected to serve on the Board of Directors in 2020, he currently also serves on the CCI-Toronto Legislative Committee, where he assists in keeping the CCI membership informed and providing feedback to government ministries on a number of issues facing the condominium industry. Francesco is also a frequent contributor to other CCI initiatives, such as Condovoice magazine, Condo Convos, Condo Conference and educational presentations.
In his professional practice, he advises condominium boards on a variety of issues, including the amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998, condominium by-laws and rules, compliance, collection of common expenses, proxies, meeting procedures, shared facilities, human rights, vendor contracts, and more. He has also conducted many condominium-based litigation matters before the Superior Court of Justice, the Condominium Authority Tribunal, the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Human Rights Tribunal and the Small Claims Court.
Francesco's long-term vision is to give back to the condominium industry, and to help evolve and shape the industry in a positive manner.
Bob Girard is a Graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. He has served on the Board of Directors of YCC #50 for the past 25 years, 24 of them as President. He is a Director on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Condominium Institute - Toronto Chapter currently serving as Treasurer and Chair of the Special Projects Committee. He has been teaching the Level 102 condominium course for Directors for several years.
Bob has completed the Condominium Management Course at Humber College with Honours, successfully completed the RCM exam and the Mediation Course within Humber College’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Program. He has also completed the Level 200 and Level 300 CCI Directors Courses and has attended many of the recent CCI and ACMO seminars, luncheons, presentations and joint seminars. Bob earned his ACCI designation from CCI in November 2007 and was honoured with the FCCI designation in the fall of 2009. Bob is now retired however, he remains active in the condo industry.
Brian is the senior partner at Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP with almost 30 years of legal experience. His practice focuses exclusively on condominium law. Brian graduated from McGill University where he obtained degrees in commerce, civil law and common law.
Brian is a Past-President of the Canadian Condominium Institute (Toronto), where he also serves on its Board of Directors. Brian is an associate (ACCI) of and has been awarded a fellowship (FCCI) by CCI. Brian is actively involved in the condominium industry and believes that education and knowledge are the cornerstones of a healthy and vibrant condominium industry. He is a regular lecturer for CCI's Level 102 course and is a frequent speaker on condominium law to property management companies as well as at ACMO and CCI events. Brian is a regular contributor of articles on condominium law to both the CM magazine and the Condovoice. He a member of the Conference Committee, the Government Relations Committee and Communication Committee, the ACMO Associates Executive Committee and the Certification and Standards Committee.
Warren Kleiner is condominium lawyer with experience in real estate. Warren primarily represents condominium corporations.
He assists condominium boards and management companies on all matters relating to condominium governance. He reviews and advises on the Condominium Act, declarations, by-laws and rules and all agreements that are entered into by condominiums. He also advises on liens and proceedings involving problematic owner-condominium relationships and on issues involving shared facilities. Warren has assisted many condominium communities to update their shared facilities agreements to avoid disputes and provide for a fair and workable framework for managing shared facilities.
Warren is committed to keeping his clients up to date with the evolving state of Condominium Law. He is active with the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) and is currently a member of the Canadian Condominium Institute Toronto Marketing Committee. He has also been active with the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) and was on the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario's (CMRAO) Stakeholder Implementation Working Group to provide input and identify considerations to ensure the smooth development and implementation of the CMRAO. He has authored several articles on condominium-related topics for other industry publications including the Condo Voice and the Real Estate News. He has lectured at the Law Society of Ontario, the ACMO/CCI Condo Conference and various CCI and ACMO seminars. Warren was also an instructor for the bar admission course real estate section.
Warren's goal is to provide his clients with efficient and cost-effective services while finding practical solutions to problems.
Farzad holds a Boston University MBA and is currently serving as a director of YRCC 798 and as Vice President of TSCC 2483. Together with his fellow board members at YRCC 798 are proud to have been the recipient of CCI-T’s Condo of the Year Award 2017 and Condo of the Decade Award 2019.
He is the president of Capital Alliance Inc., a real estate investment and property management group. He is also an experienced real estate broker specializing primarily in multi-residential units. His past career experiences include manufacturing, building insulation products, mainly ICF blocks, flooring and construction of custom homes.
Farzad is a strong team player and has had many successful condo projects managed including full common area renovations, working with designers, contractors and specialty trades.
Eric Lakien is a member and Secretary of the Board of Directors, Landmark III of Thornhill, YRCC 798 [7905 Bayview Avenue, Markham]. He has a Ph.D. and an M.B.A. His background, when he was gainfully employed, was in financial, operations and general management. He moved into the condo when he retired early in 2017. Motivated to contribute his skills and get involved in his new community wherever possible, he was elected to the Board later in 2017. It has been a tremendously worthwhile and fulfilling experience, as he joined a very dedicated, committed, experienced, capable and involved Board of Directors. His writing skills have greatly enhanced communication with the Owners. Their Board has met with much success for the condo. Being very fortunate to have an exceptionally capable Manager, the condo has won Condo of the Year in 2017, and Condo of the Decade in 2020. He has attended CCI-T networking events, the annual Condo Conference and a number of CondoSTRENGTH events. He is on the CCI-T Marketing Committee, and has contributed to their efforts. Perhaps most relevant for our times, he is keenly aware of the new landscape that we face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the many valid constraints the government and health authorities have mandated.
Born and raised in Toronto, Connie holds a Bachelor of Arts & Contemporary Studies, Minor in Marketing, from Ryerson University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications & Public Relations from Centennial College. She has been working in real estate for the past 10 years, having previously held managerial marketing and leasing roles within the multi-residential real estate industry.
Connie is a Real Estate Broker, and holds the SRS® – Seller's Representation Specialist, the ABR® – Accredited Buyer's Representative and the SRES® – Seniors Real Estate Specialist designations – having had extensive training, specialized skills & resources for working with buyers, sellers, along with the 50+ market by expanding knowledge of how life stages impact real estate choices.
As a Certified Canadian Staging Professional, Connie also has specialized knowledge of how to enhance the presentation of a property to maximize equity return at the time of sale.
She is a member of the Canadian Condominium Institute – Toronto Chapter, and a Volunteer Committee Member of the CondoSTRENGTH program, which brings condominium directors together to share experiences and insights and provides them with tool-kits, knowledge and networking. She previously sat on the Board of Directors of her condominium for three years, and during that time, became actively engaged with CCI, and continues to be.
Her engagements include:
- • Presenter/Speaker – "What's the Deal with Curb Appeal," CCI Toronto Annual General Meeting, October 2, 2018.
• Panelist – "Battle of the Board Room – How Condo Directors Can Overcome the Odds and Emerge Victorious!", ACMO/CCI-T Condominium Conference, Toronto Congress Centre, November 17, 2018.
• Panelist – "Harrassment in Condos." CCI-T Condo Convos Video Series, August 13, 2019.
• Panelist – "Sheriffs, Posse & Bandits – What Causes Conflict and How Can it be Mitigated?" ACMO/CCI-T Condominium Conference, Enercare Centre, October 4, 2019.
• Contributor – "Showing and Selling a Condo: Owners and Directors Working Together. CondoVoice Magazine, Summer 2020 Issue.
Outside of work, Connie can be found spending time in her living room 'tickling the ivories' of her grand piano, playing volleyball, and spending quality time with her family, friends, and husband Danny.
Vic Persaud is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. He sits as a Director on the CCI's Toronto Chapter Board and serves as Chair of Membership Committee.
Vic is the Manager of Business Development in Ontario for Suncorp Valuations Ltd., one of Canada's largest appraisal firms. In his role, Vic is engaged in the marketing of all of the firm's appraisal services, with a special focus on insurance appraisals services for condominium corporations. More specifically, Vic is striving to increase awareness of the obligations that property managers and corporations have relative to arranging insurance appraisals of their condominium property.
In addition, Vic is actively involved with CCI. For the 2003 CCI/ACMO Conference, he gave a presentation on "Insurance Appraisals for Condominiums". He has also completed the CCI Level 200 Condominium Course and regularly attends CCI and ACMO seminars and luncheons.
Sophia graduated from Ryerson University’s Civil Engineering program in the Spring of 2017. Sophia started working at Synergy Partners subsequently, where she is now a Project Manager in the capital planning division. Sophia is registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario as an Engineer in Training, as she works towards her Professional Engineering designation.
During her time at Synergy Partners, Sophia has participated in preparing dozens of reserve fund studies and helping resolve performance audits. She has experience in understanding Declarations, Shared Facilities agreements, and condominium legislation and regulations. Through her time working at Synergy Partners, Sophia has grown a passion for the condominium industry. Sophia’s focus is on condominium director education, which led her to become a member of CCI-T. Sophia hopes that through her role as Director, she can help sustain and build a strong CCI-T. Sophia also serves on the CCI-T social media subcommittee.
Operations Manager: Ashley Smith
Membership Coordinator: Adrian Schaap