The Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association (GVHBA), the Voice of the Residential Construction Industry in the Metro Vancouver Area, currently has 754 members. Thanks to the fine efforts of the Membership Committee, member sponsors, Director of Membership and Sales Renée Auer and other GVHBA staff members, 84 new companies were welcomed into the GVHBA family during the past fiscal year. However, the challenging economy was a factor as some existing members relinquished their association memberships due to financial challenges, retirement, amalgamation or a move to another region. GVHBA’s membership is comprised of 48% developers, builders and renovators, and 52% all other categories. There are 359 developer/builder/renovator members and 395 supplier/sub-contractor/professional members. GVHBA is the second largest of 60 Canadian local associations, behind Toronto. GVHBA members account for nearly half the association membership in B.C.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF
GVHBA members, at the Annual Election Meeting in October, elect an Executive Committee comprised of the following: Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. The Immediate Past Chair is automatically a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. At the same meeting, GVHBA members also elect a Board of Directors of no less than 10 members and no more than 20, as per GVHBA bylaws. Seventeen Directors are proposed for the 2013/2014 Board, including five on the Executive Committee.
GVHBA has a skilled and committed professional staff to serve you: Chief Executive Officer Bob de Wit (1 year) of service), Office Manager Larraine Lippiatt (18 years), Vice President of Marketing and Education Wendy McNeil (12 years), Director of Membership and Sales Renée Auer (11 years) and Manager of Marketing Communications Pinder Rehal (2 Years). The Director of Government Relations, Mark Sakai joined the GVHBA staff in January 2013. Elizabeth Hicks is the part-time Financial Administrator.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & ANNUAL ELECTION MEETING
GVHBA's Annual General Meeting, including the presentation of the Audited Financial Statements, is held on the first Wednesday in April. The 2014 AGM will be held April 2. The auditor is appointed for a one-year term at this meeting. The current auditor is Wolrige Mahon Chartered Accountants. GVHBA's fiscal year-end is October 31.
The Annual Election Meeting – comprising the Election of Officers and Directors, distribution of GVHBA's Annual Report and Committee, Council and Task Force reports – is held each year on the first Wednesday in October.
This past year the GVHBA Board and staff completed and operationalized a comprehensive strategic plan to expand membership, services and overall value for our members.
The GVHBA membership continues to grow and evolve alongside the residential construction industry we represent. Changes in the key factors driving our industry necessitate that our association adapt and change to continue to thrive and discover avenues to growth. Over the course of several planning sessions the GVHBA board of directors met to determine the near-term future of the organization and developed goals, objectives and actions that are member-focused and consistent with the mission, vision and core values of the GVHBA. This new plan builds on GVHBA’s historical strengths, meeting current and anticipated challenges, and expanding the association’s contributions to its membership.
The board has identified five goals it wishes to substantially achieve within the coming two years: 1. Membership: Increase the number of members and related gross-revenue
2. Government Relations: Effective, proactive advocacy at the local government level;
3. Communication: Develop a communications platform that raises the profile of our association and its members;
4. Education & Training: To be the primary source of residential construction industry knowledge for our members based on areas that are not presently offered by other institutions and associations; and
5. Operations & Governance: Carry out Association objectives through sound financial management, a strong staff and excellence in governance.
To review the entire plan, along with actions, please refer to: http://www.gvhba.org/GVHBAStratPlan_2012to2014.pdf
GVHBA has not raised its membership fees for nine years, relying instead on enhancing its successful program of non-fees sources of revenue and we will not be seeking approval for fee increases at the 2013 October meeting. We will be reviewing future fee increases as we are subject to a substantial portion of our fees paid to CHBA - of the fees paid by GVHBA members, $300 is remitted to CHBA National and $350 is remitted to CHBA-BC. GVHBA members at its Annual General Meetings must vote for all increases in fees by any level of the association on in April. We are looking also at ensuring that we keep up with inflation as well as any extraordinary fee demands from CHBA beyond 2013.
The process of mailing 2014 membership renewal notices started last month. Thank you in advance for promptly remitting your 2014 fees.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
General membership dinner meetings are an integral part of membership and are held at various locations central to the majority of our membership, every first Wednesday of the month except January, July, August and September. A total of 1,421 members and guests attended the monthly dinners in the past year, including the Christmas party and Members’ Expo. Average attendance was 178. GVHBA has excellent speakers and we always welcome suggestions for dinner speakers or topics that might interest members. GVHBA thanks all guest speakers for sharing with members their time and expertise.
Dinner speakers during this past fiscal year were: November 2012 - Ron Olson, CHBA National President and Sam Anderson, CEO of the Master Builders' Association of King & Snohomish Counties, Seattle, December 2012 - No speaker, Christmas Party; February 2013 - Legends of Housing, David Podmore Chairman & CEO, Concert Properties; Peeter Wesik, President, Wesgroup; Ward McAllister, President, Ledingham McAllister; Moderator, Bob Ransford, Counterpoint Communications, March 2013 - Tsur Somerville, Director of the UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate; April - Carl Valentine, Vancouver Whitecaps Legend; May - No speaker, Members Expo; June - Mike Harcourt, former premier of British Columbia.
Tabletop display space at each dinner meeting is offered free to new members for the first month and to all members for $50 per meeting. Sincere thanks to the Social Committee, all members who rented space in support of GVHBA, the prize sponsors, Membership Committee registration volunteers and greeters. Everyone involved played a key role in ensuring the success of the dinner meetings during the past year. We continue to experiment with the format, locations and themes of our dinner meetings to improve attendance and member value.
COMMITTEES, COUNCILS & TASK FORCES
In addition to the governance functions of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, GVHBA has eight standing Committees and Councils: Technical Committee, Development Committee, Education & Training Committee, Membership Committee, Renovation Council, U-40 Committee, Suppliers Council and Golf Committee. Also, task forces are formed for specific events and programs, such as the two home shows, parade of renovated homes, etc.
Separate reports (attached) have been submitted from the chairs of Committees and Councils. Task force activities are outlined elsewhere in this Annual Report.
COMMUNICATION TO MEMBERS
GVHBA communicates key information to members in a timely fashion. A broad range of bulletins, advisories, updates, calendar of events, Career Link employment notices, and local, provincial, national and international housing-related statistics were e-mailed or faxed to members during the past fiscal year.
Monday Morning Briefing, a one-page issues and events summary written by Bob de Wit, is published weekly via email. The intent of this publication is to update members on a variety of issues important to the industry such as up-to-date market and regulatory issues as well as events and news of interest. Cost-effective advertising space is available to members as part of the MMB.
As an outcome of its current strategic plan, GVHBA is now focusing more attention on various forms of social media as a mode of communication with its members. In particular, a plan incorporating Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and our own website blog has been formulated and will be executed starting in October 2013. In addition to social media, GVHBA’s communications plan also calls for a more structured earned-media plan to ensure a prominent position in mainstream media for our association and its members.
GVHBA’s website (www.gvhba.org) is continually updated to broaden the association’s communications capabilities to members and the media as well as make GVHBA's new home and renovation information more accessible to the public, industry stakeholders and legislative bodies.
The GVHBA website logs up to 6,000 visitors monthly. Improvements to the website this year focused on enabling the mobile platform so that members and consumers can utilize the site on their phones and tablets in a more user-friendly fashion. Online advertising space, like all GVHBA advertising, is reserved exclusively for members. Contact the office for details on website advertising opportunities and event sponsorships.
CANADIAN HOME BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION (NATIONAL)
GVHBA members are active nationally. This past year GVHBA Past President John Friswell of CCI Renovations completed his term on the CHBA National Executive Committee. GVHBA Past President Ross Gurney of TD Financial Group is the GVHBA representative on the CHBA National Urban Council and serves on the National Board of Directors, which meets twice a year in Ottawa and once during the CHBA National Conference. GVHBA Chief Executive Officer Bob de Wit is a member of the CHBA National Executive Officers Council and is a staff advisor to the National Urban Council.
CANADIAN HOME BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION OF B.C.
GVHBA has three voting members on the CHBA-BC Board of Directors: GVHBA Past-Chair Ben Taddei of ParkLane Homes/Bluetree Homes, GVHBA Chair Blake Hudema of Genstar Development Company, and GVHBA First Vice Chair Lynn Harrison, Harrison Marketing. Many other GVHBA members serve on CHBA-BC Committees, Councils and task forces. GVHBA member Rob Capar of maison d’etre design-build is the CHBA-BC First Vice Chair and Blake Hudema is a Presidential Appointee to the CHBA-BC Executive Committee.
GVHBA’s jurisdiction comprises 21 Lower Mainland municipalities: Vancouver, Burnaby, District of North Vancouver, North Vancouver City, West Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Belcarra, Anmore, Lion’s Bay, Richmond, Bowen Island, Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley City, and Langley Township. GVHBA also liaises with the Tsawwassen First Nation in Delta, and the regional government, Metro Vancouver.
IN 2013, GVHBA hired a new Director of Government Relations (DGR). Mark Sakai’s first day was 03 January 2013 and one of his first tasks was arranging a series of introductory meetings for himself and GVHBA CEO Bob de Wit with Mayors and senior Planning and Building Department staff at the major cities and municipalities in Metro Vancouver.
The government relations role at GVHBA is divided into two areas: internal and external. The former is related to providing assistance to GVHBA members as they deal with various local government issues, and the latter is related to relationship building with local government staff and elected officials.
One of Mark’s major internal functions is to facilitate the operations of the GVHBA Development Committee, which has had a busy 2013. The most significant project has been the start of the Municipal Report Card project. This is a new study in collaboration with SFU Urban Studies, which will survey the major municipalities of Metro Vancouver, collating and analysing data from each for their policies, procedures and approaches to residential development. The study will also include input from GVHBA members on the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal housing policies and practices. The project will be collection of data this year and present its initial results in Spring 2014. The GVHBA thanks the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the Urban Development Institute for its support for this important project.
The Development Committee (DC) also created a presentation that communicates its position on the use of Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) by Lower Mainland municipalities, and provides suggestions for a Best Practices model. . As part of this important initiative, the DC has offered to provide a “lunch and learn” session to various municipal planning/building department staff, on the subject of development pro forma analyses, titled “Development 101.”
The DC has also commenced research on important subjects such as District Energy, Canada Post fees, and BC Hydro’s Customer Build Program.
Mark also reports monthly to the Renovation Council, and has arranged for presentations from municipal building officials on subjects such as the new BC Building Code.
Mark produces the weekly Government Relations Update, which keeps members up-to-date on a wide range of policy initiatives and feedback opportunities related to municipal housing policies.
On the external front, Mark will continue to familiarize himself with the senior staff of planning and building departments, elected officials, and to build relationships with key stakeholder groups, and engage with similar organizations.
To that end, over the first three months, meetings were arranged between GVHBA and Mayors, Senior Staff, Directors of Planning/Development Services and Directors of Building/Permits of major municipalities in the Lower Mainland. GVHBA has re-established regular contact with various Municipal Development Advisory Committees throughout the region As a result; the GVHBA is now represented on the Langley Township, Surrey and Coquitlam DACs. The GVHBA worked in partnership with the City of Surrey and the City of Vancouver to facilitate Builder Forums in the two cities. The forums provide opportunities for the home building community to dialogue with the
planning/building departments on subjects such as the new Building Code and proposed Green Building policies. The GVHBA has continued to be a strong advocate for affordable housing by participating in the planning of the Housing Affordability Symposium, a panel discussion at the Coquitlam Affordable Housing Workshop, the Rental Housing Council, and the Seniors Homelessness Strategy Committee.
Mark continues to provide policy position letters on subjects such as green building to Port Coquitlam’s Smart Growth Committee; school site acquisition fees to the Langley School District; and draft neighbourhood plans to the Township of Langley and City of Coquitlam.
The GVHBA maintains contacts with key municipal figures through attendance at events organized by the Lower Mainland Local Government Association, the Union of BC Municipalities, and Metro Vancouver.
The GVHBA responds to member requests for support at public hearings or council meetings on specific issues, such as the amended Laneway Housing Policies in the City of Vancouver and engages in regular meetings and discussions on topical issues with related organizations, such as UDI-BC, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, and NAIOP.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S EXTERNAL INDUSTRY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
Bob de Wit serves on the BCIT Technology Management (TMGT) Program Advisory Committee (PAC), Surrey Board of Trade, the Homeowner Protection Office’s Industry and Consumer Advisory Council, Housing Affordability Symposium, the Metro Vancouver Rental Housing Coalition, and the board of the New Ventures BC Society.
GVHBA’S AFFINITY PROGRAM
At GVHBA we are always looking for ways to increase the value of membership and look for “win-win” scenarios that increase trade among our members. With that in mind, starting in the September, we rolled out a new membership affinity program. What is an affinity program? A product or service offering promoted by GVHBA and provided by one GVHBA member to another that provides an economic or brand benefit to both members and the association. GVHBA members will have access to exclusive savings on GVHBA-endorsed programs. Product and service endorsement serves both the member and the Association well. For the member, GVHBA endorsement identifies a quality product or service, that is either unique in the marketplace or cannot be found at lower prices. For the Association, product and service endorsements provide potential members with additional reasons to join and help us retain our members. If your company is interested in offering your product or service as part of this program, please check out www.gvhba.org/GVHBAAffinityProgram for more information.
The initial affinity offers from our members include Preston Mobility (for cell phones and other mobility products),
Federated Insurance (for property, liability and group health insurance), and Powerhouse Building Supplies (for specially-branded and priced building wrap).
B.C. HOME & GARDEN SHOW
The B.C. Home & Garden Show was held February 20-24, 2013 at B.C. Place Stadium. Once again, thanks to GVHBA’s endorsement, over 50 GVHBA members participated as full exhibitors, and several more in the GVHBA exhibit space.
VANCOUVER HOME + DESIGN SHOW
As the B.C. Home & Garden Show, the Vancouver Home + Design Show will be held at BC Place Stadium from October 17-20, 2013.
The Home Show Task Force is comprised of Miles Wittig, Basil Restoration, Steve Kemp, Kemp Construction, Sandro Stefanucci, Abstract Homes & Renovations, Rob Capar, maison d’etre design-build and Sarah Gallop, Sarah Gallop Design Inc.
Showgoers are invited to visit the Ask a Pro Renovation + Design Centre to consult with renovation and design professionals about their renovation plans, and view members display boards. Showgoers are also encouraged to access the GVHBA website for a wealth of information on home renovation. GVHBA Contact membership directories, RenoMark brochures and promotion pieces on upcoming GVHBA events are distributed at the show. GVHBA thanks the contributors of products or services, task force, move-in and move-out crews, and the GVHBA Ambassadors. Their gift of time helps to ensure the ongoing success of the Ask a Pro Renovation + Design Centre.
GVHBA believes strongly in annual outreach activities designed to educate and inform consumers interested in the processes of purchasing a new home or renovating an existing one, and to assist charitable and community-based organizations.
Coats for Kids
GVHBA held its 17th annual Coats for Kids campaign from November 19 - December 7, 2012, with 38 GVHBA members participating as drop-off locations in 14 municipalities. More than 3,000 coats, as well as scarves and toques, were collected and distributed to children, teens and adults through the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and other agencies. Media coverage was extensive. Thanks are extended to all the generous Coats for Kids participants.
Christmas Toy Drive
GVHBA has an annual Toy Drive. Attendees at the GVHBA Christmas party contributed many new, unwrapped toys, games and other useful items for children and teens whose parents experience financial challenges. This year the toys were presented to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau for distribution.
First-Time Home Buyer Seminar
On March 19, despite a challenging economy and unsettled housing market, more than 450 people attended GVHBA's 19th Annual Seminar for First-time Home Buyers in Surrey. This year, the popular event’s presenting sponsor was the Homeowner Protection Office, HPO, Branch of BC Housing. The patron sponsor was Dominion Macklem Mortgages. GVHBA members rented 29 tabletop booths to showcase their products and services, and members donated door prizes. Sincere thanks to our seminar speakers and generous sponsors whose financial support has helped make this award-winning seminar one of the premier new-home education events in North America. Sponsors were media sponsor Glacier Media, and corporate sponsors Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp., FortisBC, Genworth Financial Canada, National Home Warranty, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, The Vancouver Sun, The Province, CKNW, 99.3 The Fox, AM730 and Classic Rock 101. Although attendance was free, attendees donated non-perishable food items for the Surrey Food Bank.
Consumer Home Renovation Seminars
On November 20 and May 16, the GVHBA Renovation Council – in partnership with sponsors Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. and FortisBC -- presented its popular consumer home-renovation seminars. Topics included: Design & Planning, Legal & Contracts, Municipal Permits, Selecting a Contractor, and “Living Through Your Renovation”. The national “Get It In Writing” and RenoMark programs were also featured. Moderator was GVHBA Renovation Council Chair Jeff Bain, JKB Construction Ltd. Presenters were Jamie Moi, Jamie Moi Mortgage Team, Eric Shapiro, Klondike Contracting Corporation, Colton Aston, FortisBC, Ian Moes of Kuhn and Co., Graeme Huguet of My House Design/Build Team, Lance Jakubec of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., and Ben Ostranderof the City of Vancouver. More than 450 homeowners registered for the two free seminars, both of which were presented in Vancouver. There were 67 tabletop displays of products or services offered by GVHBA members. This year’s fall seminar will be held in Burnaby on October 29.
B.C. homeowners are expected to spend $7.6 billion on home renovation and improvement this year, with nearly $4 billion of that spending in Metro Vancouver. Attendees donated non-perishable food items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Parade of Renovated Homes
On June 9, the GVHBA Renovation Council hosted a seven-home Parade of Renovated Homes. Passports were sold for $10 each for entry to the homes. Part proceeds from this 20th annual event were presented to Guildford Park and Frank Hurt Secondary Schools to help purchase tools, safety gear and building material for the schools’ entry-level carpentry training course. This relationship with these two high schools’ skills training programs is an ongoing initiative. Sincere thanks to the renovators and their clients for their participation and to the passport advertisers for their generous support of this important event. FortisBC again generously presented the GVHBA Parade of Renovated Homes.
This year, scholarships will be presented to exceptional second-year students in the Carpentry Apprenticeship program at BCIT. The students each receive a certificate in carpentry framing and forming. The provincial Industry Training Authority recognizes the program. Scholarship recipients must have demonstrated a combination of high academic standing and leadership. Funds for the BCIT scholarship were raised at GVHBA’s Fall Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Preston Mobility, on September 11.
MEMBER EDUCATION & TRAINING
Knowledge is power, and the GVHBA responds by delivering timely member education in the form of seminars, workshops and forums. This fiscal year, almost 463 members attended GVHBA educational events, under the auspices of the GVHBA’s Academy of Housing - Building Excellence Through Education. A summary of the many education programs presented is included in the Education and Training Committee report.
Sincere thanks to the dedicated members of the Education & Training Committee for their hard work and commitment. The committee chair is Lynn Harrison of Harrison Marketing Resources. GVHBA Vice-President of Marketing and Education Wendy McNeil does an exceptional job quarterbacking GVHBA’s E&T programs.
MEDIA & PUBLIC RELATIONS
The media play a key role in shaping public opinion, so GVHBA takes seriously its responsibility to position its members as a positive force in the community. The GVHBA is considered a credible source of housing information by the print and electronic media and is contacted frequently for comment on a wide range of issues, including development, new homes, renovation, skills training, the economy, homelessness, and housing affordability. GVHBA opinions on issues are published on a regular basis in Vancouver-area newspapers, periodicals and magazines. Often the coverage includes media in other provinces and, occasionally, in the U.S. and Europe. GVHBA is also featured prominently on TV and radio news segments commenting on a wide variety of topics. GVHBA also directs the media to its website where more than 40 articles on a variety of new home and renovation topics can be reviewed and downloaded for use as feature stories or research for editorials and news items.
GVHBA FALL CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 2013 GVHBA Fall Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Preston Mobility, was played under ideal conditions on September 11 on both course at Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey. The tournament committee, chaired by Nathan Thompson, Canadian Stone Industries, organized an exceptional event that was applauded by all participants. The tournament hosted 288 golfers on the Ridge and Canal courses. Trophies were awarded for
Stroke-Play and Texas Scramble formats. A tournament summary, including sponsors, committee members, volunteers and champions, are included in the Golf Committee report. Special thanks to GVHBA Manager of Marketing Communications Pinder Rehal, for managing the tournament.
GVHBA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
A handy pocket-sized, Contact 2013 membership directory was published for GVHBA again this year by Wall2Wall Media Inc. Thanks are extended to the generous support of the many members-only advertisers. More than 9,000 Contact 2013 directories were printed and distributed at the two home shows, at consumer seminars, and to consumers, members, government officials, public libraries and various industry stakeholder groups.
We are now promoting the 2014 edition of the membership directory. To be included in Contact 2014, all members must have remitted their 2013/2014 membership fees no later than December 31, 2013.
In May, the Membership Committee hosted our ever-popular GVHBA Orientation breakfast, presenting valuable opportunities for members and prospective members to network with each other and learn about the various services and programs offered by the association at all three levels, how members can access the programs, and how they can become more involved with association activities and initiatives.
The eighth annual Members’ Expo was held at the Red Robinson Show Theatre on May 1. This sold-out event provides an ideal venue for suppliers and sub-trades to promote their products and services to developers, builders, renovators, designers and specifiers, and for all members to network effectively with each other. The list of the generous sponsors for this popular event can be found on the GVHBA website.
GVHBA Director of Membership and Sales, Renée Auer does an exemplary job managing the production of the Contact membership directory, member orientations and Members Expo.
SOCIAL NETWORKING EVENTS
Members doing business with members makes good business sense, with that in mind, the U-40 Committee has been organizing socials every second month, inviting members of all ages to attend and network. In June, Kitchen Craft hosted a social that featured an intense and entertaining Cook-off Challenge. In August, the U-40 Committee hosted the second Grouse Grind Challenge with more than 100 members signing up.
In August, the Membership Committee and Suppliers Council presented a summer social and hosted their second Speed Networking Event. This face-to-face activity was well received.
U-40 MENTORSHIP BREAKFAST
The U-40 Committee, now in its fourth year, continues to be active with association members 40 years of age and younger. The goal of the U40 Committee is to ensure GVHBA continues to be relevant to this younger demographic cohort. The U-40 Committee report outlines the committee’s role, objectives and accomplishments this past year. Matt Robinson, Monarch Floor & Window Coverings is the chair of the U-40 Committee. The U-40 Committee is developing a Mentorship Breakfast program, where 10 under-40 members learn from and engage with a recognized and respected industry leader. The program will continue in 2013-2014.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS (U.S.)
To keep up with North American-wide trends, GVHBA is an International Member of the Washington D.C.-based National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Members who require data on homebuilding or renovation issues in
the U.S. are encouraged to contact the GVHBA office for information on accessing the various NAHB departments. Four major industry shows are produced annually by NAHB: International Builders Show, Custom Builders Show, Remodelers Show and Green Building Conference.
GVHBA and its members received a variety of accolades this year.
On April 20, GVHBA presented its fourth Ovation Awards, honouring excellence in new-home construction, renovation design in Metro Vancouver. FortisBC was the presenting sponsor and the Homeowner Protection Office, Branch of BC Housing, was patron sponsor. Recognizing excellence in new-home construction, renovation and design in Metro Vancouver, the Ovation Awards is an exciting marketing program for members to highlight their craftsmanship and an opportunity for GVHBA to showcase its members’ commitment to industry professional and excellence. There were 242 submissions and 293 people attended the 2013 Awards Gala.
CHBA-BC Georgie Awards
This year, 14 GVHBA members took home Georgie Awards® in 26 of 44 categories. Congratulations to our members!
CHBA National Awards
GVHBA members distinguished themselves on the national stage, winning a significant share of the National SAM Awards and National Association Awards at the 69th CHBA National Conference in Lake Louise, AB. The SAM Awards recognize outstanding performance in new homes and renovation design, innovative technology and construction techniques, and outstanding marketing and sales activities. Of note:
• Adera Development Corporation won a SAM for best Multi-Family Project. • reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc. won for Best Any Room Renovation.
• Michele Strawn of Excelsior Kitchens and Todd Senft of reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc. were named recipients of CHBA Awards of Honour for their dedication and service to the association at the local level.
CHBA-BC Association Awards
Built Green Awards finalists include the following GVHBA members: Adera Development Corporation (finalist in three categories), Century Group, E3 Eco Group, InHaus Development, Insightful Healthy Homes, and Naikoon Contracting (finalist in four categories).
GVHBA Association Awards of Excellence
At GVHBA’s 2012/2013 Annual Election Meeting, the following members were honoured with Association Awards of Excellence:
Builder Member of the Year - Kooney Homes Ltd., Surrey
Chair’s Awards of Honour - Lynn Harrison, Harrison Marketing Resources, Port Moody - Steve Kurrein, Port Moody
RenoMark Renovator Member of the year – Todd Senft, revision Custom Home Renovations Inc., Vancouver Corporate Member of the Year - RBC Royal Bank, Vancouver
Supplier Council Member of the Year - Martin Knowles, Martin Knowles Photo/Media, Vancouver Community Service Award - Jeff Bain, JKB Construction Ltd., Port Coquitlam
- Charan Sethi, Tien Sher Group of Companies, Richmond Technical Excellence Award - E3 Eco Group, Vancouver
Association Marketing Award - Troy Abromaitis, Wallmark Homes Ltd., Burnaby
Gary Santini Education & Training Award - Wallmark Homes Ltd., Burnaby & BC Hydro, Burnaby Builtgreen Multi-Family Builder of the Year - Adera Development Corporation, Vancouver
Builtgreen Single-Family Builder of the Year - Avant Contractors Inc., Whistler
Rooftopper Awards - Ralph Belisle, TQ Construction (Renovator); Troy Abromaitis, Wallmark Homes Ltd., (Builder/Developer); Shannon Cupskey, IRLY Building Centres. TM-BR Mart (Supplier) & Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies, (Corporate)
Handshake Awards - ParkLane Homes Ltd. Vancouver (Builder) & CCI Renovations, North Vancouver (Renovator)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GVHBA LEADERSHIP
GVHBA's elected leaders have worked diligently to ensure your association continues along a steady track to success and service to its members. Grateful acknowledgement is extended to the exceptional members of the 2012/2013 Executive Committee and Board of Directors:
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (also serve on Board of Directors): Chair – Blake Hudema, Genstar Development Company
First Vice Chair – Lynn Harrison, Harrison Marketing Resources Second Vice Chair – Ron Rapp, Morningstar Homes ltd.
Secretary/Treasurer – Avtar Johl, Platinum Group of Companies
Immediate Past President – Ben Taddei, ParkLane Homes/Bluetree Homes BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rob Currie, Basement Systems Vancouver; John Friswell, CCI Renovations; Rob Grimm, Portrait Homes; Ross Gurney, TD Financial Group; Candy Hodson, Black Press Media; Richard Kaufmann, Picasso Mouldings; Dan Noel, FortisBC; Ron Rapp, Morningstar Homes; Donald Stratford, Mosaic Avenue Construction; David Worthington, McQuarrie Hunter LLP
COMMITTEE, COUNCIL & TASK FORCE CHAIRS
Thanks also go the 2012/2013 chairs of the various GVHBA Councils, Committees and Task Forces for their dedication to the goals and objectives of GVHBA and their generous time commitment.
Development Committee – Deana Grinnell
Education & Training Committee – Lynn Harrison, Harrison Marketing Resources Golf Tournament Committee – Nathan Thompson, Canadian Stone Industries Membership Committee – Troy Abromaitis, Wallmark Homes Ltd.
Renovation Council – Jeff Bain, JKB Construction Ltd.
Suppliers Council – Martin Knowles, Martin Knowles Photo/Media Technical Committee – George Pinch
STRONG VOICE FOR MEMBERS AND CONSUMERS
GVHBA remains a strong voice on behalf of members and their customers. We assist in promoting members working with members. We also speak out against impediments to homeownership and vigorously express our concerns with government-imposed obstacles that threaten our members’ ability to grow prosperous businesses and create jobs. The GVHBA committees did an exceptional job this year on all fronts. Thank you to all members who got involved in GVHBA activities this past year. Please stay involved. If you are not active, now is the time to jump in. GVHBA is only as strong as its active membership. The various meeting and events provide wonderful networking opportunities – one of the top reasons for joining and places to enhance your business.
We acknowledge GVHBA’s staff this past year – Larraine Lippiatt, Wendy McNeil, Renée Auer, Mark Sakai, Pinder Rehal and Elizabeth Hicks. This exceptional team handles the frenetic pace with professionalism, dedication and grace. They join us in expressing to all GVHBA members that it has been a distinct pleasure and honour to serve you during the past year, and we look forward with anticipation to the association’s 40th year of service to members. GVHBA is a strong, visible and energized association as a direct result of the commitment and involvement of its members – the lifeblood of this respected organization. Your contribution is greatly appreciated by the GVHBA leadership and staff.
This annual report respectfully submitted by,