Directors’ CommunicationsPosted by Ingrid Cunningham on January 27, 2024 at 6:13 pm
Is it reasonable to require that anyone who stands to be nominated as a Director must be able to communicate electronically. Presumably this requirement would need to be in the corporation’s bylaws.
MemberJanuary 28, 2024 at 11:01 am
Hi Ingrid, I certainly think that is reasonable! This is something all of my condo boards agree to, in addition to several other rules. I’ve attached my boilerplate board charter that all of my condos use! I just recommend having it approved by board resolution at your board orientation session after each AGM.
AdministratorJanuary 30, 2024 at 3:19 pm
That is an EXCELLENT question, Ingrid. We can always count on you to initiate great discussions!😊 And thanks for sharing your excellent guide sheet, Dana. That, combined with a Code of Conduct, is essential for all boards. (send me an email if you would be ok if we shared this with our members)
My sense of democracy says that anyone should be able to stand for the board. Having said that, if I was voting and knew that one candidate had good computer skills and another did not, I know who I would vote for. A person without adequate computer skills would be less effective than one with the necessary communication/computer skills.
In any case, in my experience, I think that being unable to handle email, finding files on cloud drives, and virtual meetings is a significant disservice to the whole board, let alone the one person involved (who is bound to miss communications and be very frustrated). It is unfair to the rest of the board to have someone who does not have minimal computer skills. Maybe they would be better involved on a committee?
At the Alberta Condominium and Real Estate Conference in November, I presented on “Building a Better Board.” It focused heavily on whether your board has the skills it needs and where you find them. We will be delivering a similar program in Medicine Hat on Feb. 10.
Boards need to have the skills they need, or they need to work to find the skills they need.
The reluctance of boards to take education programs is serious and disappointing. If they don’t have time to learn, where will they find the time to fix the mistakes caused by their lack of knowledge?
Our condos are multi-million dollar assets, and board and condominium managers must significantly increase their skills.
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