FIABCI World Council of Managers


Condominium Management

in the

USA and Canada

(Part 2)

Dear FIABCI Members,

Following the success of the first FIABCI World Council of Managers webinar in English, which was focused on residential property principles, issues, challenges and solutions for those people who are located in Canada and the United States, we want to announce the second webinar of the series.  In the same format as the first webinar, there will be two panelists, each of whom will represent one of the countries mentioned above.  This will offer a great opportunity for participants to compare Residential Property Management within these countries.

This free webinar, which is hosted by the FIABCI World Council of Managers, is scheduled to take place on the 14th of July from 12 PM EST till approximately 1:30 PM EST and is open to all FIABCI members. It is one of the benefits of FIABCI membership which provides value to our members.

The foundation for our discussion is the “Questionnaire about Principles of Condominium Management,” which I completed in 2011. We encourage you to review it prior to the webinar in order to have a more comprehensive understanding of the topic. You can also review my lecture about International Aspects of Condominium Management, which was presented in Switzerland in 2012. Links to both files are available within this invitation.

To register for the webinar, please click here

Since the number of participants is limited, it is better to register as soon as possible.

For those, who won’t be able to take part in the webinar, there will be an opportunity to download the recorded webinar later.

With Warm Greetings,
Michael von Hauff

FIABCI World Council of Managers President



Douglas Forbes


Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

Doug was introduced to condominium law as an articling student in 1989, and then as a unit owner. Doug subsequently became a member of the Board of Directors of his Condominium’s Corporation, and eventually President.

Doug has been a professional member of the Canadian Condominium Institute (Manitoba Chapter) for over 20 years. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Chapter since 1998, and is a Past President of the Manitoba Chapter. Doug is also the Chair of the Manitoba Chapter’s Ethics Committee and the past-chair of the Property Tax Committee.

Doug is also currently a member of the Executive Council of the governing body of CCI (National) and has recently been elected as Vice-President of CCI (National). As a partner in the law firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, Doug acts for condominium corporations, developers, lenders, and individuals in apartment, townhouse, and bare land style condominiums. In addition to his involvement in condominium law, he practices in the area of Real Estate law and in Corporate/ Commercial law.

Doug frequently provides advice and assistance in areas such as drafting, interpreting, and amending declarations and by-laws, disputes between boards and unit owners, collection of common expense arrears, and assisting in governance issues for condominium developments of all styles and sizes. Doug regularly contributes to, or chairs, meetings for condominium corporations.

Doug says he likes condominium law because “it is a nice mixture of commercial or business law and a human element. There is more at stake than money, it involves how people live, and how they live with each other.”


Dawn M. Bauman, CAE

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Community Associations Institute (CAI)

Dawn Bauman joined Community Associations Institute (CAI) in 1996 as executive director of the CAI Central Arizona Chapter in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2000, she accepted the position of executive vice president of the CAI Washington Metropolitan Chapter, CAI’s largest chapter in the nation. In 2002, she accepted a position with the national office of CAI to oversee chapter relations and membership and became executive director of the Community Association Manager International Certification Board (CAM-ICB) in 2003.

Bauman now serves as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  She was honored with the CAI rising star award in 1998 and the CAI President’s Award in 2010.

Bauman has dedicated her entire career to the practice of non profit management and has more than 20 years of experience with non profit organizations and associations. She began her career with the American Cancer Society and later built a successful professional trade association management company where she served numerous non profit trade associations including; The ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and Volunteers of America.

Bauman holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has earned the prestigious Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. She is a speaker and trainer for professionals seeking to earn their CAE certification and has extensive experience in strategic planning, non-profit management, and organizational development.

Established in 1973, CAI is an international membership association that provides information, tools and resources to more than 32,000 homeowners and professionals who govern and manage community and condominium associations by 60 chapters and 35 legislative action committees throughout the country. CAI’s 32,000 members include community managers, volunteer homeowner leaders and businesses and professionals who support common-interest communities. More information is available at

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