Definition : Director

Natural person elected or appointed to form the board of directors. As a mandatary, this person manages, alone (when the board of directors is composed of a single director) or in collaboration with the other members of the board of directors, the affairs of the syndicate of co-owners.

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 November 28, 2017 - The possible destitution of a director or of the entire Board of directors is often brought up when co-owners become dissatisfied with one of their decisions , when a faction intends to "take control" of a syndicate of co-owners and when expensive work is undertaken . This is a serious matter, both in small and large co-ownerships. When and how to convene such a meeting?
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Most co-ownership directors perform their function as volunteers. But, contrary to popular belief, they can be paid. Their remuneration takes various forms: salary, honorariums and attendance fees, just to name a few. This financial compensation, a part of the administrative expenses of the co-ownership, may also include the reimbursement of some expenses incurred by a director.
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  The director of a co-ownership is called to play a key role in the sound management of the co-ownership and preservation of the patrimony of the co-owners. To strengthen and maintain the relationship of trust with them, every director must be fair, honest and loyal toward the Syndicate and the co-wners. The director must also respect ethical standards and the Code of conduct  stipulated by the Civil Code of Quebec and the declaration of coownership.
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The director of the syndicate plays a strategic role within the immovable. Usually appointed by the Meeting of the co-owners, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the syndicate. Its duties are to make decisions on the directions and priorities of the Syndicate. Such Decisions are without limitation for the purpose of the preservation of the immovable and also the management and maintenance of common portions. Moreover, he is responsible for protecting the rights of the immovable or the syndicate. In that regard, he must ensure the respect of the declaration of co-ownership by the co-owners, the lessees and the occupants of the building. The Civil Code of Quebec and the constituting act can also impose duties, obligations and responsibilities to the director.
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The director plays a leading role in a co-ownership. As a mandatary of the syndicate of co-owners, he ensures the smooth running of the immovable’s day to day business, which implies a working knowledge of the tasks related to this key function. As such, directors must act with prudence, diligence, honesty and loyalty, and never lose sight of the co-owners community interests.
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December 11th 2015 - The main duty of the board of directors in a condominium is to manage the Syndicate’s business. This means first to ensure the maintenance and conservation of the building, secondly to see to it that everyone respects every disposition of the declaration of co-ownership.
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25 mai 2012-  La question du mois apparaissant à la page d’accueil du site Condolegal.com m’a inspiré cette chronique, qui se veut la première d’une série portant sur les rôles et devoirs des administrateurs de copropriété, en plus d’aborder divers aspects du mode de fonctionnement du conseil d’administration.
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  The Board of Directors is one of the two decision-making bodies of the syndicate. Composed of one or more directors, its duty is to administer, manage and ensure the preservation of the immovable. Its operation and decision making process are governed by the declaration of co-ownership. An overview of the various specific facets of the Board of directors.
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  The directors are natural persons who make up the Board of Directors of the syndicate of co-owners, of which they are also the mandataries. They are appointed or elected to contribute to the accomplishment of the mission of the syndicate and the good management of its property. They must make use of their know-how, skills and experience to accomplish this mission, making sure they respect the Law and the declaration of co-ownership. Their contribution must be performed with honesty, loyalty, care, diligence, efficiency, assiduity and fairness.  
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The provisions related to the appointment and replacement of the directors are provided for in the By-laws of the immovable (2nd part of the declaration of co-ownership). In their absence, they are also found in the Civil Code of Quebec (C.C.Q.). The law thus leaves it to the co-owners to establish themselves, in their declaration of co-ownership, the rules that best suit them. However, the appointment of directors generally falls within the competence of the general meeting of co‑owners, although the declaration of co-ownership may provide for other provisions.
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The civil liability of a director for the tasks incumbent upon him is largely unrecognised. It should be noted that failure to act with prudence, diligence, honesty and loyalty in the performance of his duties may engage his personal liability. A director must always keep in mind the interest of the co-owners' community. Thousands of Quebecers who sit on an annual basis on a Board of Directors, such as yourself perhaps, are unaware of this reality.
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