Meet Our New Board Members for the Year of 2013 - 2014!

Fern is a seasoned professional having been involved in property management since 1983.  Fern was first introduced to community housing by living and volunteering in a co-op. Fern is a Regional Director at Baywest Management, bringing a strong skillset in accounting functions learned in the treasury department for the government of Alberta.  Fern has made her home Vancouver for the past 23 years, serving the Vancouver and Whistler communities of Residential & Commercial Strata’s, Residential Rental, Commercial properties, Co-op and Non-Profit Housing, Societies Housing and the unique experience of resort stratas.  

Fern’s responsibility at Baywest is providing leadership and guidance to a team of professionals who specialize in providing service to strata communities in their infancy, starting up new buildings, sections, types and phases. This specialization of start up service is unique to Baywest. Fern is a member of the Real Estate Board of B.C. and a Board Member of the Canadian Condominium Institute, Vancouver chapter.

In her spare time she volunteers for the Girl Guides of Canada as a district treasurer and occasional camp cook.

Gerry Fanaken has been a condominium owner since 1974, in a Vancouver westend highrise of 115 strata lots.  He has been a council member and President for many years during this period.

Mr. Fanaken was, from 1980 to March 31, 2011 the Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Condominium Services Ltd. (“VCS”), one of the largest and most prestigious strata management firms in B.C., managing about 165 strata corporations.

He was one of the founding members of what today is known as the Condominium Home Owners’ Association of British Columbia.  He has taught a number of courses at various community colleges and has given lectures, speeches and other public addresses for many years.  He was a founding member and director of the Vancouver Chapter of The Canadian Condominium Institute, and also a founding member and director of the Strata Property Agents Association of B.C.

In addition to dozens of educational bulletins which were published monthly and available on the VCS website, Mr. Fanaken wrote numerous guidebooks on strata corporation administration. 

The Provincial Government and some of its crown corporations and ministry departments have, from time to time, called upon Mr. Fanaken for advice and direction with respect to strata corporation matters.  These have included the Ministry of Finance and The Financial Institutions Commission.

Mr. Fanaken assisted the Real Estate Council of British Columbia with the development of regulations, policies and practices in respect of the licensing of Strata Property Agents which became effective January 1, 2006.

During the leaky condo crisis in 2000, Mr. Fanaken was a member of a CMHC sub-committee on developing a protocol manual for moisture-troubled buildings in British Columbia and also a member of other sub-committees by professional organizations dealing with the leaky condo crisis.  He was a member of the first Provincial Advisory Council of the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) of British Columbia.

Mr. Fanaken has been a guest speaker at various functions organized by groups dealing with condominium issues including The Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. and The Insurance Institute of B.C.

Mr. Fanaken has been appointed ten times by the British Columbia Supreme Court to act as an Administrator for strata corporations in trouble.  Mr. Fanaken was the Administrator in several dysfunctional strata corporations which gave rise to key court decisions in respect of administrators, i.e. Cook, Aviawest, and Clarke. 

Mr. Fanaken is a graduate of the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (Toronto) in Business Administration (1966). 

Janice is the President and CEO of Baywest Management. Janice has spent more than thirty years in the management field.  A systems and operations expert Janice was President and Partner of Simerra Property Management, an industry leader in Greater Toronto. 

A dedicated educator, Janice developed numerous courses for the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario on topics ranging from Strata Council responsibilities to insurance, law and first year operations.   A well known condominium personality in Greater Toronto, Janice holds the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Condominium Institute. Internationally, Janice was the keynote speaker at a Community Governance Conference hosted by the Public Policy Institute of Rennin University in Beijing.  Janice is a graduate of the Humber College Condominium Management and Administration Certificate Program and has earned her RCM designation awarded by ACMO. She developed both the in class and on line Law course for ACMO. For this effort Janice was awarded the Presidents Award (2000) by ACMO for outstanding contribution to the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO).

Janice is a frequent presenter at CCI’s Basic Course and various seminars. In November 2003, Janice was acknowledged by her industry peers in receiving CCI’s highest honour, the FCCI designation, making her a Fellow of the Institute.

Janice is the Past President of the Canadian Condominium Institute Toronto Chapter and Past President of the CCI National Board.

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