Definition : Mandate

Contract by which a person (the mandator) confers upon another person (the mandatary) the power to represent him in the performance of a juridical act with a third person. That power and, where applicable, the writing evidencing it, are also called proxy (power of attorney).

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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. The civil liability of the directors with regard to the tasks incumbent upon them is largely ignored. Thousands of Quebeckers who sit annually on a board of directors, maybe including yourself, are unaware of this state of affairs.  
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In our co-ownership, there is a clear disinterest of the co-owners which results in a very low attendance at the meetings of the co-owners. For a number of years now we have had difficulty reaching the quorum. The situation is difficult because decisions that sometimes happen to be made are not followed. Question: What is there to do with such disinterest?
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Lors des dernières assemblées générales annuelles, les administrateurs détenaient plus que 50 % des voix (procurations plus leurs propres votes). Il dispose du coup d'un nombre de votes suffisant pour être réélu année après année. Nous nous sentons démunis car nous n'avons pas vraiment le pouvoir de renverser la tendance lors du vote. Est-il possible à l'avenir de limiter le nombre de procurations que peut détenir un administrateur lors d’assemblées de copropriétaires ?  
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Every co-owner should participate to all general meetings to ensure the general meeting can reach a quorum and therefore deliberate and take decisions. If you are unable to attend, or if you do not wish to participate, it is better to appoint a mandatary. He may thus represent you at the general meeting, by the means of a proxy you will give him. Remember that a proxy represents the ideal compromise to exercise your voting right.
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