Cora D. Wilson, J.D. 

C.D. Wilson Law Corporation 
Barrister & Solicitor 
630 Terminal Avenue North 
Nanaimo, BC V9S 4K2
 
Telephone:  250-741-1400
cora@wmlg.ca 
 

Strata Law / Real Estate / Development / Corporate /  
Wills & Estates / Personal Injury   

 
 
Cora D. Wilson, a co-founder of Wilson McCormack Law Group, is a Strata Lawyer, Educator, Publisher & Editor of the publication, Voice from the Strata-Sphere (since 1998) and co-author of the book "Strata Property Act, A Practical Guide to Bylaws".

Ms. Wilson has been practicing law for over 25 years and has been involved in most aspects of strata law including wet building syndrome, general litigation, dispute resolution, governance, financing, collections, administrator appointments, construction and development.  She has also arbitrated strata disputes.

Ms. Wilson is a regular guest speaker for the Condominium Home Owners Association (CHOA).   She participates in at least six major conferences annually held in diverse locations across British Columbia, including Victoria, Prince George, Campbell River, Courtenay, Nanaimo and elsewhere.  The seminar topics include bylaws, collections, insurance and other relevant topics.  

In addition she has been a guest speaker for the Homeowner Protection Office, Strata-sphere Condominium Services Inc., the Appraisal Institute, the Real Estate Board and others, She was also a presenter on strata issues for The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia in 2006.  From 1995 to 2002, Ms. Wilson was a lecturer on strata issues at Malaspina University College (now Vancouver Island University).

Ms. Wilson has completed all of the building envelope courses for architects and engineers and holds a certificate from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (December, 1999). Ms. Wilson has also taken courses in the area of advanced construction design, stucco application, mould and other wet building syndrome related issues. Although she is not an architect or an engineer, this training assists with understanding construction issues from a legal perspective.


RESUME
YEAR OF CALL TO BAR:   1986
 
NATURE OF PRACTICE

1993 - Current
Strata Law, Strata Litigation & Real Estate Development

  • advise numerous strata council members, strata lot owners, developers and others on strata issues across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and British Columbia
  • address wet building and warranty claims (1997 - Current)
  • assist with Strata Corporation financing
  • assist strata owners to windup a strata corporation and convert to a subdivision
  • arbitrate issues
  • advise on development projects, including single family, bare land strata, multi-family and mobile home park projects ranging up to 649 units in size (1993 - current)
  • negotiate subdivision approvals
  • meet engineers, appraisers and others regarding the preparation of expert reports for litigation purposes (1994 - current)
  • co-ordinate professionals as part of a team to ensure smooth running and efficient operations
  • strata collection, including lien registration and forced sale proceedings
COURT EXPERIENCE
 
Cora D. Wilson has been involved in numerous cases involving administrator appointments in the Supreme Court including the high profile case and precedent setting case of Avia West Resort Club v. Strata Plan LMS1863 (2004), 133 A.C.W.S. (3d) 5, 2004 BCCA 420; Aviawest Resort Club v. Chevalier Tower Property Inc. (2005), 254 D.L.R. (4th) 67, 350 W.A.C. 147 sub nom. Aviawest Resort Club v. Strata Plan LMS1863, Owners, 43 B.C. L. R. (4th) 1 sub nom. Aviawest Resort Club v. Owners Strata Plan LMS 1863, 31 R.P.R. (4th) 51, 139 A.C.W.S. (3d) 384, 2005 BCCA 267, leave to appeal to S.C.C. refused 260 D.L.R. (4th) vi, [2006] 1 S.C.R. v., 376 W.A.C. 320n sub nom. Aviawest Resort Club v. Strata Plan LMS1863, Owners, 350 N.R. 200n; Aviawest Resort Club v. Strata Plan LMS 1863, 2005 BSCS 1728; Aviawest Resort Club v. Strata Plan LMS1863 (2004), 134 A.C.W.S. (3d) 9, 2004 BCCA 520.  In this case, Ms. Wilson represented the administrator.  She has also represented owners applying for orders to appoint an administrator. 
 
Since 1999, Ms. Wilson has successfully represented numerous strata corporations claiming damages and costs related to wet building syndrome against third parties, including the municipality, developer, subtrades, architects and others.  
 
Moreover, Ms. Wilson has successfully represented numerous strata corporations in the Supreme Court regarding repair obligations, expense allocation and significant unfairness.  Some notable cases include The Owners, Strata Plan No. VIS 1086 v. Royal Oak Hills Development Ltd. et al, BSCS 10703, Victoria Registry and Peace at others v. The Owners, Strata Plan VIS2165, 2008 BSCS 461.
 
WORK BACKGROUND

2015 to current

Wilson McCormack Law Group, an Association of Law Corporations, Cora D. Wilson co-founder

1991-2015

C.D. Wilson & Associates, now C.D. Wilson Law Corporation, Nanaimo, B.C.; Cora D. Wilson -Principal
2002 Co-author of "Strata Property Act, A Practical Guide to Bylaws"
1997 Founder and editor of the magazine, "Voice from the Strata-sphere" published through Strata-sphere Condominium Services Inc., solely owned by Cora D. Wilson
1986-91 Wilson & Windle, Barristers & Solicitors, Ottawa, Ontario
1984-85 Articling Student - Goldberg, Shinder, Gardner, Kronick & Tavel Ottawa, Ontario
1983-84 Teaching Assistant - Law Department, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
Summer 1983 Research/Analyst - Department of Justice
Summer 1983 Research Assistant - Professor Sargent, Law Department, Carleton University
October 1982 Research Assistant - Professor Bushnell, Faculty of Law, Windsor, Ontario
Summer 1981 Clerk - Provincial Court (Civil Division) -Toronto, Ontario
Author of the Publishable Book: "Justice Within Reach" - Provincial Court (Civil Division) (180 pages)
1980-81 Research Assistant - Law Department, Carleton University, Ottawa
1979-80 Teaching Assistant - Law Department, Carleton University, Ottawa
 
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

The Condominium Homeowners' Association of British Columbia - Guestspeaker: Nanaimo, Victoria, Campbell River, Prince George & elsewhere (2000 - current) - 

Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia - Lecturer, "Strata Property Fundamentals for Lawyers", October 20, 2006 
Homeowner Protection Office Leaky Condo Repair Process - Guest speaker: Victoria & Colwood, Vancouver Island (2000 - 2001)
Provincial Conference B.C., Appraisal Institute of Canada on Wet Buildings - Guest speaker: Victoria
The Real Estate Institute of British Columbia's seminar on Wet Buildings - Guest speaker: Victoria
The Real Estate Institute of British Columbia's annual seminar on condominium issues - Guest speaker
Building Envelope Council (1999) - Member
Malaspina University/College, Strata Corporations (Now Vancouver Island University)
Lecturer 1995 - 2001 at various locations including Nanaimo, Parksville & Duncan (1997) & special individual sessions (Chemainus & Campbell River)
Strata-Sphere Condominium Services Inc., - President, chair, organizer and guest speaker for condominium conferences 1997-2005 in Courtenay, Parksville, Campbell River, Duncan, Victoria, Nanaimo and Surrey (numerous professional speakers)
Canadian Condominium Institute (Ottawa) 1989, 1990 and 1991 - Professional speaker
Athena Award Winner, Business & Professional Category, Nanaimo 1999
"The Strata Property Act, A Practical Guide to Bylaws" - Author; first published in 2002 and updated in 2014, sold province-wide
"Voice from the Strata-sphere" - Editor, owner and publisher; a condominium magazine with a distribution of 2,500 (1998-Current)
"Vancouver Island Condominium Directory (1997)" - Author and Publisher
Numerous conferences on Wet Building Syndrome
 
 EDUCATION
2014 Wills & Estates
November 2000 Mould & Moisture Conference, Victoria
2000 Advanced Construction Details, CMHC, Vancouver
December, 1999 Architectural Institute of British Columbia Building Envelope Education Program Certificate for Completion of Module 1 B IV
September, 1999 Mould, Building Envelope Council, Vancouver
May, 1999 Highrises & Building Envelope Problems, Building Envelope Council, Vancouver (Full Day Conference)
June, 1999 Stucco Application, Wall & Ceiling Association
April, 1998 Leaky Building Litigation Pacific Business & Law Institute
1996 Mediation Course, Vancouver
August, 1991 Bar Admission Course, LSBC
1985-86 Bar Admission Course, LSUC
1984 LL.B., University of Windsor
 
 
 
Community Services

Cora D. Wilson is a founding board member and the former Vice-president of the charitable organization Celebrity Lights Foundation. In 1996, this foundation spearheaded by Donna Dash used primarily volunteer help to produce and publish 20,000 cookbooks with net proceeds going to breast cancer research. Celebrity Lights sold or distributed over 19,000 books in a little over one year thus attaining its goal of raising significant funds for breast cancer research. 

A second book, published in 1998, included recipes from many celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Taylor and Chef Diane Clement. Cora believes that team work, support and the promotion of high morale are extremely important factors to success.

Ms. Wilson's legal firm helped Celebrity Lights Foundation achieve national status and to achieve it's goal by creating a forum for raising more funds for research and development to battle the deadly disease of breast cancer.
 
Ms. Wilson was one of the organizers of the September 4, 1997 tribute to Dean Finlayson entitled "A Night to Remember". About 200 people attended to pay tribute to one of the pillars of our community. Thousands of dollars were raised for the performing arts theatre in Nanaimo.

In the Spring of 1999, Cora sponsored and supported a special event for the S.P.C.A. and the B.C. Children's Hospital. She won an award for raising the most money in sponsorships.

Ms. Wilson has been involved in numerous projects and community activities outlined as follows:
 
  • Celebrity Lights Production Team, Celebrity Lights I & II, Vice-President (1997 - 2000) - efforts helped to achieve national status & produce two celebrity cook books
  • Participant in "Run for the Cure", for Celebrity Lights Team, October, 1999
  • Award for most number of Sponsors, Rutherford Shopping Centre, Doggie Dream Homes, 1999 in support of the S.P.C.A. and the B.C. Children's Hospital
  • One of the Organizers for a tribute to Dean Finlayson, "A Night to Remember" (1997)
  • Chamber of Commerce Member (former)
  • Building Envelope Council (1999)
  • B.C. Expropriation Association (1996-1997)
  • Urban Development Institute (1995)
  • Nanaimo Festival Theatre (Theatre 1), Board Member, (1995)
  • Municipal Candidate for Nanaimo City Counsellor (1993)