Stay tuned as we update and highlight our amazing speakers for the upcoming 2019 Conference!

  • Andy Oding
    Andy Oding

    Session: Preparing for Climate Change: Simple and Cost-Effective Solutions

    Andy Oding is the Director of Building Science at Building Knowledge Canada. With an extensive background as a builder for 20+ years Andrew brings an insightful and real-life practicality to building science principles and their in-field applications. As a recognized building science trainer by the government of Canada-Office of Energy Efficiency, Building Science Specialist (University of Toronto), and HVAC designer and commissioner, Andrew is working closely with the development of new building codes, advanced building programs (i.e. ENERGY STAR®, Net Zero, LEED for HomesTM, etc.) across North America.

  • Anisa Smith
    Anisa Smith

    Anisa Smith, Director of Sales for Tartan Homes

    Anisa began her tenure with the company as a Sales Representative and has sold homes in five different neighborhoods around the city. In current role, she oversees and supports a fantastic sales team. Anisa has a passion for real estate, home design, and enjoys rescuing and restoring vintage furniture in her free time.

  • Anson Wang

    Session: Virtual and Augmented Reality: Changing How We Do Business

    Anson is the Founder & CEO of LandMarkVR Ltd based in Waterloo, Ontario. He’s also a partner of ConductorVR China, ConductorVR Germany and VRdecore Ltd. in New Zealand.

    His goal of starting the high tech company in 2014 was to spearhead the real-estate marketing revolution. Utilizing Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies, LandMarkVR aims to bring pre-built real-estate and construction projects into life, visualizing architectural plans in dimensions never seen before.

    LandMarkVR production studio is a video game production subsidiary of LandMarkVR, being an avid gamer, publishing Virtual Reality video games and movies is a personal passion of Anson. And the new tech in turn progresses LandMarkVR’s B2B solutions.

    Anson went to University of Waterloo for Computer Science and Business option. He founded the Global China Connection business organization and received the Euclid Math Competition Global Top 10 award (2009) while he was there.

  • Carol Smith
    Carol Smith


    • Getting Personal: Décor Sales Management
    • Mastering Negotiations
    • Taking Charge: Public Speaking and Communications
    • Mediocracy, Complacency: Not on My Watch!

    When you hear a Carol Smith anecdote you think she has a microphone hidden in your office. When you see a form she developed or a letter she wrote, you wish she worked beside you. As you read one of her books, you know you’ve found a compatriot in the campaign for business and customer loyalty.

    Experience is a wonderful teacher and it is apparent from her first words that Carol Smith has experience. She has performed over 700 buyer orientations, held the posts of warranty manager, superintendent, custom home sales manager, mortgage loan officer, and vice president of customer relations.

    She has also been over-promised, under-budgeted, short-staffed, burned-out, hung-up on, threatened with attorneys, picketed by homeowners, blackmailed by homeowner associations, ignored by trade contractors, lied to by suppliers—and lived to tell about it.

    And tell about it she has. Since 1986, Carol has presented hundreds of educational programs to builders and associates in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. In addition to hosting over twenty service conferences in Denver, she presented seminars at IBS twenty-seven consecutive years and has spoken at dozens of local HBA meetings, regional conferences, Custom Builder Symposiums, Remodelers conferences, and home shows.

    She developed the original curriculum for the Home Builders Institute’s CGB and CGR approved full day Customer Service course and wrote the Home Address newsletter for over 20 years. Over a dozen customer service books she wrote were published by NAHB and three of them are still available through
    Carol is an award-winning columnist for CUSTOM HOME Magazine and has written dozens of articles for such publications as Builders Management Journal, Premier Homes, Building Homes and Profits, BUILDER, and Professional Builder magazines.
    Now she is recording her menu of seminars to make convenient and economical online learning available to the industry. Her innovative guidebooks will take these classes one step further by offering downloadable e-books on each topic. Carol also consults with builders by phone, through online meetings, or through a Document Review.

    Carol is noted for cutting through the hype to reach the heart of any service issue. Her realistic approach and practical techniques empower those in the home building profession to create customer loyalty. Her track record qualifies her to be recognized as the leading expert in customer service for the home building industry.
    As a result of putting her methods to work, your company can achieve an enviable reputation for excellence in product and service. Her commitment, as she describes it—is to help you make buckets of money making oodles of homeowners ecstatically happy.

  • Cory McCambridge
    Cory McCambridge

    Session: Don’t Get Floored: Building it Better and Faster

    Cory McCambridge is an Engineered Wood Specialist for APA – The Engineered Wood Association. Cory brings over 10 years of architectural and structural design and analysis experience with a proven track record in value engineering.  He has spent most of his career working in the pre-fabricated panel industry as a design manager for various facilities located across Canada and has a thorough understanding of engineered wood products and systems. In his work for APA, Cory consults with and conducts workshops for designers, code officials, and other building professionals on best practices for specification, selection, and application of engineered wood products.

  • David Foster
    David Foster

    Session: Preparing for Climate Change: Simple and Cost Effective Solutions

    Drawing on over thirty years in the housing industry, David is part of the Association’s communications team overseeing the Association’s communications with members across the country, and with national media.  As part of the CHBA’s government relations team, David works to ensure the Association’s messaging is clear, focused and data-driven.

    David is also the CHBA-lead on climate resiliency, engaged with both CSA and the National Research Council in the development of resiliency guidelines and standards related to flooding, wind damage and wildfire risk.

    He is a member of CSA’s Construction and Civil Infrastructure Strategic Steering Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Commission on Construction Material Evaluation.

    David previously served as the CHBA’s Director of Environmental Affairs.

    Prior to joining the CHBA in 2008, David operated a housing consultancy for 12 years.  Previously, he was a founding partner in Energy Pathways Inc. a multi-disciplinary Ottawa-based consulting firm active in housing and environmental policy and research.

  • Doug Tarry
    Doug Tarry

    Session: Preparing for Climate Change: Simple and Cost-Effective Solutions

    Doug Tarry Homes is a family owned business, founded by his father Doug Sr., in 1954.

    Doug is a second generation builder trained in ENERGYSTAR ® and R2000 building methods.  He is a National Award Winning BCIN Qualified Home Designer, working with a number of manufacturers on development of products for more sustainable housing.

    Career Highlights:

    • Past President, Ontario Home Builders Association.
    • Inaugural Net Zero Home of the Year, Canadian Home Builders Association.
    • 2 Time National Grand SAM Award Winner (Doug Tarry Homes) CHBA.
    • Project HOPE, a Three Day Net Zero Ready fundraising House Build. (HOPE: A Story that builds more than a new Home” the documentary film will be released in 2018).
    • Founding HOPE AGUA VITA, a Fundraising effort taking volunteers to the village of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico to help rebuilding after Hurricane Maria.

    Doug’s current appointments include:

    • Ontario Building Code Conservation Advisory Council (M.A.H.).
    • Technical Chair, Ontario Home Builders Association
    • Net Zero and Technical Research Councils, Canadian Home Builders Association
    • Presenter and trainer on a number of Building Code and Better Building Subjects.
    • Contributing writer, Better Builder Magazine.
  • Gary Sharp
    Gary Sharp

    Session: An Inside Look: Research & Development in the Canadian Housing Industry

    Gary Sharp has been involved in the construction and renovation industry for over 25 years in a variety of capacities.  Gary is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.  Gary became CHBA’s first Director, Renovator Services in June, 2015.  He is also the staff lead responsible for the Home Modification Council, which was formed in late 2017.  The Home Modification Council recognizes the specialized needs of the aging in place population and persons with disabilities. Gary is also responsible for the updates to the CHBA’s best-selling Builders’ Manual and is leading the development of a companion document; the Renovators’ Manual.

  • James Cunningham

    Back by popular demand, James Cunningham will emcee the OHBA 2018 Awards of Distinction gala reception

    James has hosted and performed at numerous corporate and advocacy group events. He has also hosted a series of sold-out events across Canada for “The Power Within,” where he had the pleasure of sharing the spotlight with such luminaries as former US President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters, Andre Agassi, Suze Orman, and Hilary Swank.

    In addition to his work as a corporate emcee and entertainer, James is the hilarious host and associate producer of the TV series Eat St., which airs on Cooking Channel USA, Food Network Canada, and in more than a dozen other countries around the world. He is the author of the bestselling cookbook of the same name (Eat St.), wherein he shares recipes from the most daring, delicious, and inventive street food that can be found anywhere. James can also be seen regularly on The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV.

    James has been featured on many national and international network television shows including Last Comic StandingJust for Laughs, and Comedy Now.

  • Mark Rosen, President & Owner of Building Energy Inc.
    Mark Rosen, President & Owner of Building Energy Inc.

    Mark Rosen, President & Owner of Building Energy Inc.

    Mark is an architect and green building consultant with over 10 years of experience in sustainability consulting. His work with Building Energy Inc. includes extensive experience consulting on, testing and certifying new homes in the Ottawa area under a variety of green labelling programs, including Energy Star for New Homes, R-2000, LEED, PassivHaus, and EnerGuide. Mark has also been heavily involved in advocacy and technical roles within the industry as a member and chair of the technical committee member of the Energy Star for New Homes.

  • Ron Tite
    Ron Tite

    OHBA Keynote Speaker – Monday, September 23, 2019

    Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, and Volvo. Addressing a variety of topics surrounding branding, corporate strategy, creativity, content, and social media, Tite’s presentations are not only information-packed, they’re also infused with his unique humour–guaranteed to have you laughing while you learn.

    Currently, Tite is founder and CEO of Church & State, a content marketing agency based in Toronto. His work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few.

    Tite is also executive producer and host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning show Monkey Toast, and publisher of the award-winning and bestselling humour book, This is That Travel Guide to Canada, with CBC Radio’s hit show, This is That. He has written for a number of other television series, penned a children’s book, and wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus.

    His newest book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

  • Shannon Bertuzzi
    Shannon Bertuzzi

    Session: New Energy Star for Multi-Family High-Rise

    Shannon Bertuzzi is the Vice President of Market Development at EnerQuality, Canada’s #1 certifier of energy efficient homes. At EnerQuality Shannon is responsible for strategic initiatives, business development and participant engagement.

    Bringing more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience to her role, Shannon’s wealth of knowledge and deep understanding of changing and evolving efficiency practices was instrumental on several key successful residential and new commercial programs developed throughout her career. Shannon has spoken at many municipal events, and received letters from leaders for her enthusiasm and efforts at promoting a sustainable community.

    Shannon sits on the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) Board of Directors, MOECC Lake Simcoe Steering Committee, past Board Director of four year for BILD, and in 2015, prior to joining the EnerQuality team, she won EnerQuality’s Industry Leader of the Year award in recognition of extraordinary advocacy and leadership driving the growth of energy efficiency and green building in Ontario.

  • Stefanie Coleman
    Stefanie Coleman

    Session: An Inside Look: Research & Development in the Canadian Housing Industry

    Stefanie is a renovation contractor based in St. Thomas, Ontario.  She has been involved in the residential business for the last 14 years, and specializes in building science as it relates to renovations and new home construction.

    Stefanie’s background is in design, where she started in the fashion industry before moving to residential renovation.  Her renovation projects have won awards at the local, provincial and national levels for both design and marketing.

    Stefanie has been active at the leadership level at all three levels of the Association.  She joined the Board of the St. Thomas Home Builders’ Association in 2007 and served as President in 2011-12.  She also served on the Renovators’ Council and as Chair of the Technical Committee of the London Home Builders’ Association.  She has also sat on the Board, Renovators’ Council and Technical Committee of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association.

    Stefanie has served on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association since 2015.

    Stefanie enjoys teaching, collaborating and sharing info with fellow colleagues about things she has learned and that may be of benefit to their businesses.  She is mom for her 14 year old son who is into writing electronic music and playing video games and she enjoys cooking healthy foods, spending a lot of time at the local gym and exploring creative outlets like home design, fashion and cooking.

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