Committees

Technical & Membership Committees:

Builder Technical Committee

Economics Committee

Government Relations Committee

Health & Safety Committee

Industry Advisory Council (IAC)

Membership Committee

Next Generation Committee

Professional Development Committee

Renovation Committee


Events Committees:

Awards of Excellence in Housing Criteria Committee  

Awards of Excellence in Housing Event Committee  

Breakfast/Luncheon/Dinner Committee

Curling Committee

Golf Committee

Home & Renovation Show Committee

RCIC Sponsorship & Marketing Committees

RCIC Sessions Committee


Committee Descriptions:

Technical & Membership Committees:

Builder Technical Committee (BTC)

Chair: Derrick Hiltz, Sterling Homes Ltd.


Co-Chair: Len Walters, Coventry Homes Inc.

The Builder Technical Committee (BTC) represents single and multi-family builders with a mandate to address matters facing these two sectors, while informing the membership of those matters.  It reports to the Industry Advisory Committee, meets monthly and is led by a Chair and Co-Chair.

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Economics Committee

Chair: Ray Meredith, RBC Royal Bank

The Economics Committee discusses trends in the region’s economic and labor markets and land supply and housing markets. The committee is comprised of builders, land developers, surveyors and government, financial, marketing, and sales professionals.

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Government Relations Committee

Chair: Steve Ruggiero, Kimberley Homes

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Edmonton Region (the Association) actively develops and maintains effective relationships with local municipal governments. Government relations is a process of building relationships with local municipal governments. The goal of these relationships is to influence public policy.

Through regular monthly meetings, the Association’s Government Relations Committee discusses and defines industry concerns, reviews proposed public policies, develops Association positions on various municipal issues and guides the development and maintenance of key government relationships.

Emphasizing the need to foster and support choice, selection and affordability within the Edmonton Region’s housing market; the Committee is an effective voice for the industry.  Membership on the Committee is broad and diverse (reflecting the Association’s membership) and always open to new members joining the Committee.

The Committee is regularly and actively engaged in a broad range of issues. For the regional municipalities are regularly reviewing their policies and reacting to a wide range of influences and requests to change policy and procedures. The Association works diligently to ensure that its voice is clearly heard and respected as a trustworthy source; and that its actions reflect integrity and are creditable. 

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Health & Safety Committee 

Chair: Frank Sobolewski, Daytona Homes Master Builder

The Health &Safety Committee focuses on job-site safety. The group discusses such issues as: fall protection, safe work practices for roofers, framers access to sites, ramps, stairs, guard rails, garbage maintenance, backfill openings, openings in floors and walls, safety programs and insurance, prime contractor issues, COR, and WHMIS. They meet monthly and work closely with the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA).

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Industry Advisory Committee (IAC)

Chair: Colin Wiebe, All Weather Windows Ltd.

Meeting monthly, the IAC acts as the Association’s coordinating and information sharing body for industry related matters.  The Committee is comprised of one Chair, one Co-Chair, one Director, four at-large members (representing owners or managers from single family, multi-family, renovation and/or general member categories), and the Chairs of the Builder Technical, Renovation, Economics and Health and Safety committees. The Government Relations Committee Chair also participates in IAC meetings to help provide a full overview of related industry issues.

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Membership Committee

Chair: Chris Laxdal, Kitchen Craft Cabinetry


Committee Co-Chair: Jamie Landry, Westcom Precast Inc. The Membership Committee works to promote CHBA-ER to all potential members in the homebuilding industry. The main goal of this committee is to recruit new members and to maintain members that already exist. Volunteers on this committee need to have a passion for the Association and truly believe in the benefit of membership.

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Next Generation Committee

Chair: Greg Degaust, Kern Industries Ltd.

Co-Chair: Steve Jackson, Environmatics Group

The NextGen Committee plans educational and social events targeted at up-and-coming members of the industry. NextGen events offer an opportunity for members to network and discuss issues they are facing in the homebuilding industry. NextGen is also responsible for managing CHBA-ER's Mentorship Program and is heavily involved in supporting the Edmonton Region Home Builder's Charity Fund (ERHC).

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Professional Development Committee

Chair: Nikki Biehn, Pacesetter Homes Ltd.

The Professional Development Committee was conceived in response to an identified need for improved professionalism within the industry. It is recognized that education alone cannot guarantee the professional delivery of services to the public; there is a need to set standards and enforce those standards. It was established that new home sales is the most pressing need and should serve as the committee’s first priority. The committee is also responsible for managing the Builder/Realtor Program.

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Renovation Committee 

Chair: Aquilino Naccarato, Ackard Contractors Ltd.

The Renovation Committee promotes professionalism, consumer awareness, and education throughout the renovation industry. The committee meets monthly to discuss technical issues specific to renovators 

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Events Committees:

Awards of Excellence in Housing Criteria Committee

Chair: Colin Wiebe, All Weather Windows

The Awards of Excellence in Housing Criteria Committee is formed every year in April to extensively review the criteria and survey process for all award categories. The committee determines if any changes are required in advance of the coming year’s show. They also review a limited component of the judging process, (Due to the confidential nature of the judging process, most changes are made internally.), and any issues brought forward from the previous year’s event.

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The Awards of Excellence in Housing Event Committee

Chair: Jamie Strynadka, Daytona Homes Master Builder

The Awards of Excellence in Housing Event Committee assists the Programs and Services Manager with all of planning for the annual Awards of Excellence in Housing Gala, including entertainment, décor, set up, take down, budget, prizes, gifts, etc

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Breakfast/Luncheon/Dinner Committee

Chair: Nancy Bruno-Romeo, Bank of Montreal

The Breakfast/Luncheon/Dinner Committee’s main goal is to increase benefits of membership by creating a meeting schedule that adds value, is well attended, and creates opportunities for member networking. The committee looks for better ways to communicate with the membership and to get information out and are always on the lookout for dynamic speakers and meaningful presentation topics. The committee also looks at ways to increase sponsorship for these events. When possible, BLD members assist staff with finding speakers, organizing entertainment, and assisting with event registration, 50/50, A/V needs, etc.

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Curling Committee

Chair: Brent Rudko, Stantec Geomatics Ltd.

The Curling Committee is in charge of drafting teams, booking ice time, organizing catering, prizes, and the budget for the CHBA-ER’s annual bonspiel.

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Golf Committee

Chair: Gil Girard, Barcol Doors & Windows

The Golf Committee assists with the planning and execution of the annual CHBA-ER Charity Golf Tournament. The committee meets to decide on gifts for golfers, registration fees, sponsorship fees, etc. Committee members are very active at the event, assisting with registration and sign-in, distribution of golfer’s prize bags, mulligan sales, sign set up, and the coordination of dinner events.

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Home & Renovation Show Committee

Chair: Sheri Mitchell, RBC Royal Bank

CHBA-ER’s Home and Renovation Show is planned and coordinated in-house by Association staff and the Home and Renovation Show Committee. The Show is a three day event, featuring an exhibit floor and various headliners presenting on topics related to the new home and renovation industry. 

The goal of the committee is to serve the interests of CHBA-ER members by providing expertise and organizing an event that informs the public, promotes participants’ products and services, and brings positive attention to the role and function of the CHBA-ER and its members.

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RCIC Sponsorship & Marketing Committee: 

Chair: Elizabeth Ninkovic, Alberta Hardwood Flooring

The RCIC Exhibitor / Marketing Committee is responsible for reaching out to industry related companies and expanding the success of the exhibit floo, sponsorship, and delegate attendance. The committee also assists in the development of marketing materials for the Conference, and the industry as a whole.

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RCIC Sessions Committee 

Chair: Gary Hoeft, Vicky's Homes Inc.

The RCIC Sessions Committee is responsible for researching topics that members want to hear about and arranging top-of-the-line speakers to deliver them at the conference.

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