• Tim Bailey

    Tim Bailey, Division President of Avid Ratings Canada, 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, project manager, 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.

    His industry articles have been published in Home Builder Magazine, BC Homes Magazine, Toronto Builder and several other publications across North America. Tim also presents to Avid’s roster of builder clients, as well as industry groups across Canada on the topic of customer experience and customer engagement.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change Council

    The OHBA Climate Change Council returns to the OHBA Conference with a fresh panel to update delegates on the latest on energy efficiency, better building technologies, Code changes, and much more.

    Previous panelists include Building Knowledge Canada, Enbridge, EnerQuality, Union Gas, and builders such as Minto, RND Construction, and Reid’s Heritage Homes.

    More 2018 updates to come.

  • Marc Gordon

    Marc is the internationally recognized authority in the field of customer experience. He works with companies who understand the importance of creating exceptional experiences that cultivate relationships and build loyalty.

    Marc has consulted and provided marketing services for some of the world’s most respected organizations and has also spoken on stages from Toronto to Tehran and from Montreal to Miami.

    Regularly featured on television and radio for his opinions, Marc has shared his thoughts on topics that include the boycotting of brands, customer service in the airline industry, and companies such as Sears, Toys R Us, the NRA, and Starbucks.

    Marc’s syndicated articles appear in over 200 business publications in four countries. He has also been listed as one of the Top 100 Marketing Experts to Follow on Twitter. And his YouTube channel, marctv.net, has been rated as one of the top 50 channels for small business.

    As a speaker, Marc brings fresh insight and sensible ideas, delivered in his trademark high energy style. His presentations have been called “powerful”, “a game changer”, and “the best choice to start or finish any conference”.

    Marc is also the founder of a marketing and consultancy firm that works directly with companies seeking a competitive edge. Working with both management and front-line workers, he helps implement marketing and customer service strategies the deliver exceptional customer experiences while making the most efficient use of resources. Past clients have included Bausch & Lomb, Toyota, Mondelez International, Johnson & Johnson, many non-profit associations, and dozens of small businesses.

  • A Collaborative Approach to Building in Ottawa

    This session will feature a panel discussion with local builders, developers, municipal staff, and politicians on taking a collaborative approach to building in the Nation’s Capital. Session will explore the challenges and victories experienced in navigating this increasingly regulatory environment, the impact of the new LPAT system, and working together to shape the future of building in Ottawa.

  • Tarion Home Warranty

    Join Tarion to learn about latest updates affecting builders.  During this session, Siloni Waraich, VP of Stakeholder Relations and Kevin Brodie, VP of Operations will also talk about some exciting initiatives underway as part of the Ontario Building Partnership and recent improvements Tarion has made as a result of working closely with OHBA and listening to YOUR feedback.

  • Ray Zahab

    Keynote speaker, Ray Zahab, is an inspirational ultra-marathon runner and adventurer.

    Ray Zahab wants people to know they are extraordinary. A former sedentary “pack a day smoker”, Ray turned his life around in 1999 when he decided to get in shape and enter the world of ultra-marathons. Since then, he’s gone on to inspire millions of people around the world by completing jaw-dropping journeys, including running 7500km across the Sahara, and  the Atacama, Gobi, and Patagonian deserts. He is also the he founder of the non-profit impossible2Possible (i2P), which uses adventure based learning programs to inspire, empower and most importantly educate young people on a wide range of subjects. On stage, Ray takes audiences through his tremendous personal story demonstrating how individuals and organizations can undergo incredible change to break through limits and achieve incredible success.

    In 2003, Ray read about the Yukon Arctic Ultra, a 160-kilometre multiday race through sub-zero conditions. Three months later, he won the race and was spurred on to continue competing. Over the next two years, he won four multiday races, either individually or as part of a team, surviving sandstorms, close encounters with poisonous snakes, parasites, infections, chafed legs, and dehydration along the way.

    Entranced by the Sahara during one of those races, he decided to cross the whole thing, a gruelling 111 day journey he made in early 2007, chronicled in the Matt Damon-produced documentary Running The Sahara. Upon completing the expedition, Ray was moved to found impossible2Possible, inspired by the realization that we are all capable of the extraordinary.

    Incredibly, in between his many adventures, Ray has also found the time to write two successful books, Running for My Life and Running to Extremes, for young readers.

    As a speaker, Ray has spoken at events such as TED, IOC World Conference, The Economist World, World Affairs Council, and corporate events all over the globe.

    Ray dedicates portions of his time as an advisor to the Ryan’s Well Foundation; as an Athletic Ambassador of the ONExONE.org; and as a representative of SpreadTheNet. He was the recipient of the ONExONE Difference Award in 2007, and the Torchbearers Award in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Canadian Geographical Society.

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