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Building Innovation Forum, Ottawa, October 15

August 28, 2015





in conjunction with the Canadian Home Builders' Association

and special guests from the International Housing Association


October 15, 2015, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa


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Why attend? 

Revised Schedule


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How to get to the Museum



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Builders, developers, architects, engineers, technologists, manufacturers, product and material suppliers, housing providers, community operators, students, educators, researchers and anyone with an interest in innovation in construction.



  • Discover new designs, technologies, products and materials
  • Explore new manufactured building solutions
  • Exchange ideas with building innovation experts
  • Learn about Canadian and international market opportunities
  • Launch your career in manufactured building


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Last updated October 12, 2015


Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Association Representative Meetings, CMHI Offices

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

National/Regional Associations’ Meeting: CMHI members and national/regional association representatives (CMHI offices, 150 Laurier Ave. W.)

6:00 p.m.

Modular/Manufactured Housing Associations’ Dinner: CMHI members and regional representatives (advance booking required)

  Thursday, October 15, 2015: BUILDING INNOVATION FORUM, Canada Aviation and Space Museum

8:00 a.m.

Bus pickup at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier to take delegates to the Museum (advance booking required)

8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Available

8:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Student Research Poster Display Open

9:00–9:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks: Kathleen Maynard, CMHI; Kevin Lee, CHBA; and Alex Benay, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

   9:30–10:30 a.m.

   Prefabricated Design Projects: Classroom/Training Space for the Canada
   Aviation and Space Museum, Abbeyfield Seniors’ Housing,
   Race to Zero—Richard Briginshaw and Algonquin College Students

10:30–11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00–11:30 a.m.

Net-Zero Energy Communities--The London Smart Community--s2e Technologies and Sifton Properties: Milfred Hammerbacher, s2e Technologies

11:30–12:00 noon

Smart Windows and Other Research: University of Alberta

12:00 noon–1:30 p.m.

Housing Affordability and Manufactured Building Solutions: Peter Norman, Altus Group

1:30–2:00 p.m.

   Changing the Way the World Builds: Tom Hardiman, Modular Building Institute
   2:00–2:30 p.m.    The Quality Cycle: Joe Connelly, Professional Home Builders Institute of Alberta
   and Christian Caswell, CustomerInsight
   2:30–3:00 p.m.    Automated Construction Project Control

3:00–3:30 p.m.

Factory Process Research and the Customer Service Approach: Steve Wheeler, Kent Homes

3:30–4:00 p.m.

Codes and Standards: Adaire Chown, CMHI

4:00–4:30 p.m.

Consumer Preferences Survey, Tim Bailey, Avid Ratings

4:30–4:45 p.m.

Summary Remarks: Kevin Lee, CHBA and Kathleen Maynard, CMHI

5:00–8:00 p.m.

Reception/Dinner: “Taste of Canada” small plates

6:00–8:30 p.m.

Bus pickup at Museum to return delegates to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Friday, October 16, 2015, CMHI Annual General Meeting, CMHI Offices

8:30 a.m.–12 noon

CMHI Annual Members' Meeting: CMHI members and national/regional association representatives (CMHI offices, 150 Laurier Ave. W.)



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Tim Bailey

Tim Bailey has spent most of his career in the construction industry, starting at 16 years old by working summers as a site labourer. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and has worked as a carpenter, site supervisor, new home salesperson, and Vice President for an Ontario-based home builder. Tim now puts his industry knowledge to use helping Canadian home builders in his role as Division President of Avid Ratings Canada. He is a regularly published columnist for Home Builder Magazine and BC Homes Magazine on the subject of customer satisfaction. Tim also presents to Avid’s roster of builder clients, as well as industry groups across Canada on the topic of customer satisfaction and customer engagement.


Alex Benay

Alex Benay was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) by the Minister of Canadian Heritage in June 2014. The CSTMC operates three national museums: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, as well as the Canada Science and Technology Museum. In addition to his current position, Mr. Benay acts as Director on the Board of the Canadian Association of Science Centres, and is an active member of the International Council of Museums. Prior to joining the Corporation, Mr Benay had been Vice-President, Government Affairs and Business Development at Open Text, Canada’s largest software company, since 2011. Over the years, he has played a leadership role in Canada’s digital industry as well as promoting global digitalism in organisations and groups such as the G20, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Olympics, etc. Prior to his time at OpenText, Mr. Benay managed various teams at the Canadian International Development Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Natural Resources Canada, as well as Library and Archives Canada.


Richard Briginshaw

Richard Briginshaw is a registered Architect, and has been a full time professor at Algonquin College for six years, where he is Coordinator of the Green Architecture Graduate program.  He also teaches project courses in the Architectural Technology program.  He has won several awards, including the CMHC Excellence in Education Award, Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence Award, the NISOD Excellence Award, and the President’s Star Award.  Richard has worked in the building design and construction industry for 35 years, and has managed his own consulting firm, Richard Briginshaw Architect, for the past 16 years.

As a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C), Richard’s focus is on sustainable building design strategies and technologies.  His students often participate successfully in sustainable design competitions, such as the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in California, and the 2014 Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Net Zero Design Competition in Boston.  Richard enjoys music, sports, nature and photography, and he is an avid traveler who is always interested in exploring new places.


Christian Caswell

Christian Caswell is the President & CEO of CustomerInsight. Recently accepted to Queen’s University in the MBA program, Christian holds a degree in marketing and his Masters in Residential Homebuilding. Since CustomerInsight's inception, they have helped thousands of homebuilders and trade partners across North America, measure the buyer, employee and trade/supply partner experience and turn insight into profitability. Recently, CustomerInsight has been awarded back to back service awards to the residential homebuilding Industry and Innovation of the year.

Adaire Chown

With a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa, Adaire Chown is the technical director of Canada’s national association of factory-certified construction professionals—providing information on codes, standards, research and practice to Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI) members, liaising with government and industry organizations on technical and regulatory issues, and participating in codes and standards development on behalf of the factory-certified construction industry.

Prior to joining the CMHI team, Adaire worked for the federal department of Public Works in the area of building envelope design and construction performance assessment, and rectification of building envelope defects and deficiencies. She worked in technology transfer at the Institute for Research in Construction at the National Research Council and then transferred to the Canadian Codes Centre, where she served for almost two decades as technical advisor to various committees responsible for the national model construction codes, making significant contributions to the development of the model national energy codes, and the National Building Code Part 5 Environmental Separation and Part 9 Housing and Small Buildings. Adaire has served on several standards technical committees including those responsible for CAN/CSA A440 Windows and the harmonized North American fenestration standard, CSA S478 Durability in Buildings, CAN/CSA A438 Concrete Construction for Housing and Small Buildings, CAN/CSA A277 Procedure for Certification of Prefabricated Buildings, Modules and Panels, CAN/CSA Z240 MH Series Manufactured Homes and CAN/CSA Z240.10.1 Site Preparation, Foundation and Installation of Manufactured Homes.


Joe Connelly

Joe Connelly is a results-oriented business leader who has over 25 years of senior business experience in the not-for-profit, corporate and entrepreneurial business sectors. He has had significant board experience having sat on the boards of Calgary Economic Development, Tourism Calgary, Skal International and the world famous, Calgary Stampede.  Mr. Connelly was even a local politician having served as an Alderman for the City of Calgary for 2007 to 2010. 

Joe is a visionary, inspirational and charismatic leader who currently leads the Professional Home Builders Institute (P.H.B.I.) where they have been the premium provider of quality education for the residential construction industry. 

Since 1987, PHBI has kept pace with the home construction industry’s ever changing needs by designing and delivering practical education that meets or exceeds the national benchmarks as established by the Canadian Home Builders Association.

Joe Connelly will speak to the CMHI on the quality cycle program which PHBI has used in Alberta to create positive customer satisfaction while driving quality into the home building industry.


Tom Hardiman

Tom Hardiman has been the Executive Director for the Modular Building Institute (MBI) since January 2004. MBI is an international non-profit trade association representing manufacturers, contractors, and fleet owners of commercial factory-built structures in fourteen countries. 

In this capacity, Tom manages the day-to-day operations, is Director of Government Affairs, and serves as a registered lobbyist with the United States Congress. Additionally, Tom has served as the Executive Director of the Modular Home Builders Association (MHBA) since 2012. MHBA is the U.S.-based national association for the modular home industry.

An experienced association executive, Tom previously was Executive Director with Associated Builders and Contractors of West Virginia where he served as a registered lobbyist, administered an education foundation, and managed a staff of four. Prior to association management, Tom assisted small businesses and entrepreneurs with business plans and loan packages as Director of the Small Business Development Center in Beckley WV, and has also worked in the economic development, banking, and insurance fields.

Tom earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration at Marshall University in Huntington, WV and the designation of Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives.


Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a Professional Engineer with a Masters in Architecture, and has worked in the housing industry for 25 years. With his experience in both the public and private sectors, Kevin brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in housing policy, technology and business to the Chief Executive Officer position at the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA). Kevin began his career in housing in the trades as a mason, deck builder, and construction site supervisor. Since then, he has run his own housing consulting business, and has been an executive in both the public and private sectors. Kevin has a true passion for housing.

Before working at CHBA, Kevin served as the Director of the Housing Division in the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).  There he successfully managed the $1 billion ecoENERGY Retrofit Homes program under the Economic Action Plan, which retrofitted over 640,000 homes nationally and resulted in an estimated $9 billion in spin-off economic activity. Kevin also directed the development of the next generation of the EnerGuide Rating System, R-2000 and ENERGY STAR for New Homes initiatives, engaging over 500 stakeholders from coast to coast in the supporting consultative processes.  In 2009, he became NRCan’s first ever member of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes. 

Prior to joining the Office of Energy Efficiency, Kevin was a Deputy Director in NRCan’s CanmetENERGY branch, managing research activities for emerging technologies.  He worked closely with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the National Research Council, Public Works and Environment Canada. His private-sector experience includes serving as Vice President of Operations of a NASDAQ e-learning systems company developing enterprise-level Web-based learning systems. 

Kevin also operated his own building science consulting business for eleven years, working with industry and government clients in housing technology research, training and program development. He worked with builders as a registered R-2000 professional, designing and evaluating R-2000 and EnviroHome projects, and delivering training across the country.  He also worked with various manufacturers to advance their housing products and technologies. 


Kathleen Maynard

Kathleen Maynard is Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI), the national organization representing all facets of the factory-based construction industry in Canada—building producers, on-site builders and retailers, developers and community operators, suppliers and others associated with the industry.

With more than 25 years of experience working in the building industry, Kathleen has a background in strategic planning, communications and marketing, research and multi-stakeholder relations. Prior to joining CMHI in 2000, she was Marketing Officer for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and National Director of Marketing and Communications at a Canadian environmental consulting firm. She has worked with Natural Resources Canada, the National Research Council, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Home Builders' Association, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the Solar Energy Society of Canada and other government and non-government organizations, as well as individual municipalities, builders and renovators.

Kathleen currently serves as a member of several committees including the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee on Prefabricated Buildings, Modules and Panels of which she is Vice-Chair; the BuildForce Residential Labour Market Information Committee; the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Professional Development Committee; and CMHC’s National Housing Research Committee.


Peter Norman

Peter is a well-known professional land economist and forecaster and is Chief Economist at Altus Group and General Manager of Altus Group Economic Consulting. Widely quoted in the Canadian media, Mr. Norman is a frequent expert witness on economic matters and consults for private- and public-sector organizations across Canada, providing economic intelligence and strategic advice. Mr. Norman earned a BA at Trent University and an MA at the University of Guelph, sits on the Executive Committee of the Toronto Association of Business and Economics, the Economic Research Committee of the Canadian Home Builders' Association and is a member of the Association of Ontario Land Economists and a member of Lambda Alpha International, an Honourary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics.


Steve Wheeler

Director of Engineering at New Brunswick-based Kent Homes, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the company. With more than 12 years’ experience in manufacturing, quality, and engineering, Steve has the tools and the drive to get the job done. Combined with a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a strong desire for continuous improvement, Steve is a beacon of change and improvement, and a key asset to the Kent Homes team.





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