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Shibley Righton LLP lawyers to share insights at Condominium Conference

Toronto condominium lawyers Armand ConantDeborah Howden and John De Vellis are set to present at the upcoming 20th annual Condominium Conference, hosted by the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario and the Toronto and area chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute.

On Nov. 11, from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m., Armand Conant, partner and head of the condominium law group at Shibley Righton LLP, will moderate a panel exploring ‘Rapid Fire Legal Issues.’ The session will feature six experts from the industry who will discuss Condo Act reform, the creation of the two authorities (licensing of managers and the Condo Authority), the Occupational Health and Safety Act, borrowing, Tarion reform, harassment, decriminalization of marijuana, grow-ops, reserve fund studies, development/developer issues, drones, and more.

On Nov. 11 from 11:45 a.m. – 12: 45 p.m., Deborah Howden, partner with Shibley Righton LLP, will moderate a session on ‘Human Rights/Barrier Free Accessibility,’ where panellists will discuss the interplay between the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Actregarding barrier-free access in condominium buildings.

And, on Nov. 11 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., John De Vellis, partner with the firm, will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Technology in Condos: Managing a Smart Condo Building.” Speakers will explore how technology is changing all aspects of managing a condo — from security systems, board meetings, building automation systems, flying drones and more, and discuss what the future has in store for condo managers.

The conference will take place on Nov.11 and 12 at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building, located at 650 Dixon Rd. in Toronto.

For more conference information click here.

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Posted November 7, 2016 0 comments 0 recommendations

New Retail Centre On Its Way To South Etobicoke

“I’ve been a member of the Sunnylea community and a resident of this area for almost 25 years,” says Armand Conant, Treasurer and Board Member of the Berry Road Food Co-op. “The Berry Road Food Co-op in a nutshell represents a tremendous opportunity for the local community to get quality products at an affordable price. It’s going to be more than just a grocer, it’s going to be a grocer for the people.”

Posted October 31, 2016 0 comments 0 recommendations

New managing partner at Shibley Righton LLP’s Windsor office

Sheila MacKinnon, a public law lawyer who first joined Shibley Righton LLP more than 30 years ago, has been named managing partner of the firm’s Windsor office.

MacKinnon’s practice ranges from education and public law to labour and employment matters.

The change comes as the Honourable J. Paul R. Howard, the office’s former managing partner and MacKinnon’s husband, was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice last year.

In the early years of MacKinnon's legal practice, she specialized in the areas of corporate-commercial law and income tax planning and litigation. As well, for many years, MacKinnon gained practical business experience as the operator and manager of her family-owned retirement home business in Essex County.

She then returned to practising law part-time in the education law group while running the retirement home.

MacKinnon and Howard moved as a family to Windsor after spending time practising in Shibley's Toronto office and formally opened the Windsor Office of Shibley Righton in 2001, she says. The Windsor location now has 13 lawyers serving clients in various areas of law.

MacKinnon branched out from what was initially her primary practices of commercial and corporate law and began practising civil litigation, which included acting for what was then the Toronto Board of Education, she tells

“I was in the litigation group and we were acting for that client, then we started doing more and more of what we now call education law for many Ontario school boards,” MacKinnon says.

Now MacKinnon and the firm take on “administrative law,” sub-specializing in special education and human rights law for school boards, “and just generally any legal advice a school board may need.”

Naturally, MacKinnon started to gravitate toward conducting more work with the Ontario Public School Boards Association, which advocates for public education. She provides professional development for elected trustees in the areas of conflict of interest, privacy law, parliamentary procedure, and general board governance.

MacKinnon also chairs the Board of Governors at the University of Windsor and is the past chairwoman of the United Communities Credit Union, now the Libro Credit Union.

“Through my own extracurricular activities, I’ve learned governance procedures,” she says. “I’ve learned all the skills of being a chair and running a meeting, and now I speak at conferences at the Ontario Public School Boards Association on the development and amendment of corporate and school board bylaws and governing policies."

Established in 1964, Shibley Righton LLP is a full-service law firm with offices located in Toronto, Windsor and Hamilton.

Posted June 3, 2016 0 comments 0 recommendations


Shibley Righton invites you and any member of your organization to a complimentary Breakfast Seminar devoted to Labour and Employment Issues

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 7:30 am – 9:00 am

WHERE: Holiday Inn Select, 1855 Huron Church Road.

Please download our registration form here or e-mail Tanya Allison at

Posted May 11, 2016 0 comments 0 recommendations
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