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GIVING THANKS TO
T'S TRULY AN honour to be chair of this great organization. It's an honour that I do not
In February, I told more than 400 engaged members what they already know: that our
Association continues to build the best places to live, work and play - today and for the future.
While some might think this goes without saying, it doesn't. While people in our industry are
among the most motivated that you'll ever meet, I think our membership should hear that they are
doing great work, especially after a trying year for new-home sales that is beyond our control.
Builders, developers, renovators, architects, engineers, trade contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, and other service professionals: as a group, we face a lot of challenges in our work, including
the issue that maintains a strong grip on our industry, affordability. Our jobs require a lot of energy
that only the special people in our industry can supply.
Together, our goal is to build quality, award-winning complete communities. As the 79th leader
By Steve Upton,
of this organization addressing our members during the second and final year of my tenure, I think
it is my duty to remind our members of the innovative work and accomplishments they continue to
amass in the face of modern-day challenges.
With a membership of more than 1,400, it means we have more than 1,400 stories to tell, and
we'll continue to tell them in imaginative ways aided by our new communications strategy that has
rolled out successfully over the last year.
But the key to telling the industry's story still rests in the words of our members. I always say that
our members are our best ambassadors.
Two of our top ambassadors were honoured at the Chair's Dinner: Howard Friedman of Travelers
Canada, our wonderful treasurer on BILD's executive committee, was named Member of the Year,
while the Chair's Award of Merit was given to the tireless and enthusiastic Lefteris Karagiannis, the
BILD board member and chair of the BILD renovators council.
I can't say enough about the contributions of these two gentlemen over the years, so I will say
this: these are two deserving winners and positive influences on the rest of our fantastic industry.
Congratulations to Howard and Lefteris, and a big thank you to all of our members who make
this industry as strong as it is.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Toronto Builder - Spring 2014
BILD – Your Voice in Government
BILD Reveals Winners of 2013 Associate Awards
Condo Builders Salute Water-Filtration Firm
Board and Executive Committee
RealNet GTA Market Update
2014 Calendar of Events
Marketing Partners and Corporate Sponsors
Index to Advertisers
Toronto Builder - Spring 2014