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April 19, 2019

I've been a member of Embarc (with a short interruption in 2005) since 1998. When we originally purchased, we believed, as most members did, that we were owners - that we had bought something tangible, of value - not just points but property. Indeed, the sales pitches and the marketing materials at the time, and for many years after, always emphasized that we were Owners. Our principal goal in purchasing at Club Intrawest was of course, to take vacations - at the Clubs, by exchanging, by using g...

May 14, 2018

From early 2016 to January 2018, the developer disclosure stated that there were two independent board members. We were in full expectation that the election in June 2018 would have on the ballot the second independent director position as well as one that was not (Robert Reyes position). 

Until the amendment in January 2018, the disclosure statement said: 

 "Members may cast all of their votes for one candidate or allocate their votes among more than one candidate,  provided however tha...

May 4, 2018

I've been a member of Embarc (with a short interruption in 2005) since 1998. When we originally purchased, we believed, as most members did, that we were owners - that we had bought something tangible, of value - not just points but property. Indeed, the sales pitches and the marketing materials at the time, and for many years after, always emphasized that we were Owners. Our principal goal in purchasing at Club Intrawest was of course, to take vacations - at the Clubs, by exchanging, by using g...

December 11, 2017

The Volunteer Coordinating Committee ("VCC") is an informal group of Embarc members seeking to advance the interests of all Embarc members. The following are current VCC members:

  • Mike Berthiaume

  • Michel Charron

  • Patrick Cormier

  • Chantal Desjardins

  • Paul Faucher

  • Konrad Kawalec (ex officio)

  • Jonathan Mayer

Please find below and in the next days, on behalf of the VCC, the Fall 2017 Update to Members. We split this Update in a few posts because there is a lot of content...

November 1, 2017

On October 24th, Michel Berthiaume updated members on behalf of the Volunteer Coordinating Committe (VCC), about what our group had been doing since Konrad's election to the board in June. My purpose today is to give members some insight as to our "next steps" for the coming weeks.

The VCC has a full-day meeting planned for the end of November. One of the highlights of the day is expected to be a conference call with Michael Geldert to discuss his legal opinion / litigation proposals.  This will...

October 24, 2017

VCC UPDATE For Interested Embarc Members

As previously discussed on the CIOG Facebook page, we are providing this update for your information on work of the Volunteer Coordinating Committee (VCC) and others, both in progress since the June election of an independent director and anticipated challenges ahead.

This is particularly relevant since the most recent posting of the annual dues by Embarc on all our Embarc member accounts and an upcoming update by Geldert Law for CIOG members who are choosi...

August 1, 2017

Where Do We Go From Here?

(version française)

Dear fellow Intrawest and Embarc owners,

I read, heard and felt the frustration and disillusion permeating your Facebook posts. The recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal accelerated a rising awareness among members that we have been and continue to be, like it or not, stuck with a deeply unethical business model that Intrawest Corporation set in motion and that DRI magnified when it purchased Embarc interests. I decided to write this post when...

July 18, 2017

Re: Club Intrawest v. Canada, 2017 FCA 151

Our Club now owes millions of dollars to Canada Revenue Agency. A federal court of law has confirmed that members do not own any real estate interest nor any beneficial ownership in any of the Embarc resort properties. Finally, the court explicitly noted that Embarc Club failed to produce any evidence to the effect that Embarc resort properties had been vested in a trust for the benefit of members. Are you interested in such issues? If these issues matte...

May 30, 2017

(Version française après celle en Anglais)

We need your VOTES to elect the first truly “Independent” Director to represent the Embarc membership in the Club's history:  KONRAD KAWALEC.

Why is it critical that you vote in the Embarc election? 

  • This year is a member’s vote only.  In 2016, the members voted in majority for Konrad but DRI got their choice in because of their 15:1 voting power at that moment;

  • The declarant (Diamond Resorts International) CANNOT use their unsold points to vote o...

February 19, 2017

Our most recent video blog has Konrad Kawalec asking himself the same question many of us are wondering about:

Are We a Club or Not?

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