A couple of months ago we reported that the Law Society of Upper Canada had refused to grant a licence to practice law to an applicant, after having determined that the applicant was not of good character. This determination was made on the basis of the applicant’s behaviour while a board member of a condominium corporation. As reported in the Toronto Star, the applicant’s appeal of the decision was recently dismissed.
The applicant’s behaviour as a condominium owner and board member had far-reaching ramifications for him. Although being a board member is a volunteer position, anyone who is currently a board member of a condominium corporation or contemplating running for the board should recognize the significant responsibilities that go with the position. Board members need to act at all times in the best interests of the Corporation and conduct themselves in an ethical, professional and business-like manner. Directors cannot allow their personal interests to conflict with the interests of the Corporation.