Toronto Builder - Winter 2017 - 7
MEETING THE INDUSTRY'S NEEDS
TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE
WHEN I FIRST BECAME CHAIR,
agreement to take RenoMark nationwide
I mentioned how busy the next two years
in cooperation with the CHBA.
were going to be. And as expected 2017
The investment in the Home Shows is
was a demanding year for BILD. With the
proving to be fruitful, as the shows have
help of the board and staff we've met all
become more interactive and have cre-
challenges and put the industry's needs
ated appeal and relevance for younger
first, advocating for builders, land develop-
demographics. We've seen some great
ers and renovators.
initiatives from the Home Show team, great
We had our work cut out for us as it
pertained to government relations. Issues
engagement from members and continued
increase in consumer attendance.
included a review of the OMB, implemen-
As many of you know Bryan Tuckey will
tation of Bill 73, inclusionary zoning and
be leaving BILD at the end of the year. I
affordable housing, along with our con-
want to express my deep appreciation
tinued advocacy with municipal govern-
for everything Bryan Tuckey has done for
ments across the GTA.
BILD over the past five years. He has been
We will have our hands full in 2018, as
a champion for this industry and has met
we are just months away from a provincial
with every minister, mayor and councillor
We are the industry that continues to
election and then municipal elections in
to make sure that industry needs were met.
Make It Happen. Our industry is import-
the fall. Our government relations and com-
Bryan came to BILD during a time of
ant to the GTA as we are not only building
munications teams have already begun
unprecedented change. It was a time of
homes but we are creating livable com-
planning to ensure that those vying for
great instability in the industry and he
munities for today and for the future. I
elected positions are clear on our indus-
took on this challenge as only Bryan could.
know with the support and volunteer
He has proven to be a fearless leader; he
efforts of our membership, we will face
Our members are at the core of what
brought integrity to his position and has
future challenges ahead head on and make
we do and reaching out to the industry to
been a tireless advocate for this industry.
the most of our opportunities.
attract new members is important to the
He shouted when BILD needed to be out
sustainability of our association. In 2017,
front and knew when to keep quiet when
we saw 177 new members join BILD; 86 of
BILD needed to take a back seat.
those brought in during our membership
Under the Bryan's tenure BILD purchased
drive alone bringing our total membership
the Toronto Home Shows - the biggest
number to 1,475.
acquisition in the history of the associ-
Wishing you all the best for the Holiday
Season and a prosperous New Year!
We continue to grow member partici-
ation. With Bryan's leadership and BILD's
pation in our RenoMark program and have
capable staff the Home Shows became an
recently announced that we signed an
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