Ron Danks Award

National Volunteer Leadership


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To set out the process for the Canadian Condominium Institute's National Volunteer Leadership award.


CCI may make an annual award to a member of the Institute who, in the opinion of the National Executive Board, is worthy of being recognized for excellence in volunteer leadership at a national level for the Institute. The winner shall receive: a plaque or other recognition, two complimentary tickets to the CCI National awards banquet and a $100 donation to the charity of the recipient's choosing.


The Leadership Award Search Committee, made up of the President, Chair, and Vice-President, will solicit nominations for the award annually, and may also consider other individuals who, in their judgment, meet the award's criteria.

The award will be given for excellence in volunteer leadership for the Institute. Eligible candidates will have made an outstanding contribution to the CCI through meritorious leadership on one or more of a national committee, the National Executive Board or the National Council, or another role designated by one of them. His/her actions will have advanced the Institute's mission, goals and objectives. Individuals considered for the award shall not have been compensated for their roles, but may have received reimbursement of expenses.  


  1. The Leadership Award Search Committee will solicit confidential nominations from the Institute's National Council. Nominations will detail the nominee's involvement in the Institute, the nature of his/her contribution in a leadership role, and the nominator's reasons for believing this leadership is worthy of recognition and award.
  2. The Search Committee may (but need not) also identify other individuals within the Institute's leadership who, in their judgment, meet the criteria set forth in this policy, and compile information on that individual similar to that outlined in step 1, above.
  3. The Search Committee will then make a single recommendation to the Institute's National Executive Board of the person whom they consider should receive the award, along with the reasons therefor. The names of other persons nominated/considered should not be disclosed at any time.
  4. The Institute's National Executive Board will either confirm or reject the nominee recommended by the Search Committee. If the nominee sits on, or is otherwise entitled to attend meetings of, the National Executive Board, s/he will be excused from the meeting for the duration of the discussion and vote.
  5. The award presentation shall be made at the CCI National Awards Banquet.


  1. The Institute may refrain from making an award in any year when no person of a deserving quality is nominated or considered, or when the National Executive Board rejects the recommendation of the Search Committee. Under such circumstances, the award may be deferred to a later year. Only one award, however, shall be made in any one year.
  2. All deliberations by the CCI National Executive Board on the nominee for this award shall be considered to have been held in camera and only the decision of the Executive Board shall be minuted. Directors will not discuss these deliberations with the nominee or with any other person not a member of the National Executive Board.

2018 Inductee

Bill Thompson (Toronto Chapter)

2015 Inductee

Patrick Cassidy Q.C., B.COMM, LLB, M.T.S., A.C.C.I., F.C.C.I.

Patrick Cassidy is a founding partner of Cassidy Nearing Berryman in Halifax and has specialized in the area of Condominium Law since 1982. Pat provides legal counsel to most if not all of the approximately 400 condominium corporations in Nova Scotia and acts for developers of condominiums and fractional projects throughout Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.

Pat served as the first president of the board of the Nova Scotia Condominium Association (NSCA), founded in 1984. He spearheaded the evolution of NSCA into the Atlantic Chapter of CCI in 1996 and was involved in the change from the Atlantic Chapter of CCI to the Nova Scotia Chapter of CCI in 2004 and the formation of the CCI Newfoundland Chapter and CCI New Brunswick Chapter.

Pat has held CCI board and executive positions for several years including terms as President and Chair of CCI-Nova Scotia Chapter and CCI-National. Although Pat no longer serves on the CCI-NS Board he is currently their only Life Member and an active participant in CCI activities, speaking at a variety of CCI education courses each year and answering member questions on all aspects of Condominiums.

Pat is a frequent writer for various publications and a lecturer and teacher for several institutions across Canada and America. He has written and published numerous articles, newsletters and courses on all areas of condominiums; provincially, nationally and internationally.

Pat shares his considerable knowledge of condominiums with others through his lecture work. Pat lectures to several groups, including the Canadian Bar Society, Nova Scotia Barristers Society; Law Society of New Brunswick; Nova Scotia Association of Realtors and the New Brunswick Real Estate Association.

Pat also works as a part-time faculty at Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law, teaching the second- and third-year property development course with an emphasis on condominiums.

Pat is also involved in condominiums at a policy and legislative level. He sits on joint industry / government Condominium Legislation Reform Committee in Nova Scotia that has been active since 1986. He has also assisted Newfoundland & Labrador and New Brunswick in revising their Condominium Acts similar to the Nova Scotia model. Currently, Pat is involved in similar legislative reform in Prince Edward Island.

Condominiums have been a major part of Pat's life and he is very proud that his daughter Devon Cassidy has joined Cassidy Nearing Berryman practicing in the area of condominium law and that Devon is the Vice-President of CCI – Nova Scotia.

This award has particular meaning to Pat due to his close friendship with its namesake, Ron Danks. As Pat has said: "One of the high points in my life was meeting and counting among my very best friends – Ron Danks. Ron – wish I had met you sooner and known you longer."

2013 Inductee (Inaugural Recipient)


In Recognition of his exemplary contributions to the CCI through meritorious leadership in an activity that advances the Institute's mission, goals and objectives.

On behalf of CCI, we would like to take this opportunity to honour Jim, who in addition to serving six years on the National Board of Directors and three on the CCI Ottawa Chapter Board, is being honoured for his decade of researching and providing quarterly case law summaries for the national newsletter and national members' website - a popular and informative archive of legal condominium history.

James (Jim) Davidson is a partner at Nelligan O'Brien Payne and co-chair of the firm's Condominium Law Practice Group.

Jim is an associate of the Canadian Condominium Institute (ACCI) and has been awarded his fellowship of the Canadian Condominium Institute (FCCI). He served on the editorial board for the Condominium Law Letter, and was the Ottawa representative on the CCI/ACMO Joint Legislative Review Committee (dealing with the new Condominium Act).

Jim has lectured extensively on condominium law for many years. This has included lectures at events organized by CCI, ACMO, The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Admission Course, the Canadian Bar Association and various organizations of insurance adjusters. Jim was the condominium law lecturer at Ottawa's Bar Admission Course over a decade.


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