The Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute became the CHBA Modular Construction Council in 2017. Visit for information.


Forum Inspires

November 18, 2013

"More of the same, please!!"

Delegates evaluating CMHI’s Building Communities Forum said that the event “totally exceeded their expectations” and the venue was “awesome”. “The information sessions were really interesting” and “inspiring”, and “absolutely” valuable to their companies. When asked if they would attend the event again in 2014, the unanimous answer was “yes”.

Prefabricated building producers, retailers, suppliers, educators, students, government representatives and others from across Canada, the United States and Ireland participated in the Forum, which was held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, October 7 and 8, 2013. The Forum program covered a broad range of presentations and panel discussions featuring key experts in building design, technology, urban planning, finance, economic analysis and business operations, including a student research showcase featuring projects from across Canada related to industrialized construction.

The Forum began with a tour of the Guildcrest Homes design centre and factory just outside of Ottawa in Morewood, Ontario. A career briefing for students took place over lunch at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, followed by information seminars on factory building standards and codes (Adaire Chown, CMHI), homebuying tools and resources (Raymond Gagné, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation), visualization and interactive techniques (Dr. David Kasik, Boeing), and a moderated discussion on home and community design. A review panel (Peter Aitchison, Triple M Housing; Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein, University of Alberta; Douglas Cardinal, Douglas Cardinal Architect; Adaire Chown, CMHI; and Dr. Ying Hei Chui, University of New Brunswick) met with students to discuss their research at the poster display during the networking exhibition in the evening.  

The second day of the Forum included a range of presentations and discussions:

  • Energy East Pipeline Project Overview with Alain Parisé, TransCanada Corporation
  • Economic Forecast and Market Opportunities for Manufactured Building with Peter Norman, Altus Group
  • Research and Innovation in Manufactured Building Design and Technology with Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein, University of Alberta; Dr. Ying Hei Chui, University of New Brunswick; and Ryan Smith, University of Utah/Edinburgh Napier University
  • The Industrialized Revolution with Reza Nasseri, Landmark Group of Builders and Kevin Lee, Canadian Home Builders’ Association
  • Labour Efficiency Study with Aladdin Alwisy and Michael Dowse, Cormode & Dickson
  • Housing the World with Michael Green, Michael Green Architect

Electronic copies of the Forum presentations are now available. For information, contact CMHI.