Welcome to the 2024 Southwestern Ontario Housing Summit, presented by Enbridge Gas

As we strive to create safer, more sustainable and efficient homes, staying informed about the latest regulations and standards is essential for advancing Ontario’s home building industry.

Today’s housing summit provides a unique opportunity to examine the evolving landscape of building code compliance. From priority areas for the National Building Code to the complexities of the recently released 2024 Ontario Building Code, we’ll delve into these important areas and explore how they will shape the future of home building.

We have gathered a diverse group of esteemed individuals from across the building industry to share their insights and guide today’s discussions. Through this summit, we aim to strengthen relationships between the home building industry with compliance and regulatory officials, including those working within Southwestern Ontario municipal offices. This inclusive approach will allow us to discuss building code interpretation and collaborate on solutions to barriers in developing homes across the region.

Together, with a unified approach and consistency of information, we can successfully implement building codes and standards to build stronger, safer and more sustainable communities throughout Southwestern Ontario.



10:00 AM – 10:20 AM – OPENING REMARKS

  • Scott Andison, CEO, Ontario Home Builders’ Association
  • Presenting Sponsor – Enbridge Gas
  • OHBA Southwest Regional Group Co-Chairs – Heather Galloway and Jon Rumble
  • Dave Depencier, President, Ontario Home Builders’ Association


Get to know the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA), responsible for licensing Ontario’s new home builders and sellers. Wendy Moir, CEO & Registrar, will provide an overview of what’s new at the HCRA, and how we are working to support good builders and protect the public.

Wendy Moir, CEO & Registrar, Home Construction Regulatory Authority

Wendy Moir joined the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) as CEO & Registrar in April 2021. Prior to joining the HCRA, Wendy served as the Vice-President and Registrar, Licensing and Consumer Services at BC Housing. Wendy has over 20 years of experience in the licensing and regulation of professionals, legislative and policy development, construction, housing, and consumer protection. She has led important initiatives to increase the quality of residential construction and strengthen consumer protection. Wendy has degrees in both law and political science from the University of Calgary.


Examine the evolving landscape of code compliance. Gain valuable insights into the 2024 Ontario Building Code (OBC), including the transition provisions and key implementation dates. Then, hear about the priority areas for the 2025 and 2030 National Building Code (NBC), with future impacts on the OBC. This session will conclude with a panel discussion where our experts will offer practical advice on how to ensure a smooth transition for changing code.

Mike Memme, OHBA 1st Vice President + Operations Manager, Mountainview Building Group

Mike Memme is the Operations Manager at Mountainview Building Group in the Niagara Region. They have been building low rise homes in the Niagara Region since 1979 and over the last five years have branched into the midrise market as well. Mike has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, has been president of the Niagara Home Builders’ Association, and is currently acting as 1st Vice President of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association. Mike was previously Chair of the Tarion Liaison committee and has contributed to the development of the Tarion Construction Performance Guidelines.

Corrine Nauta, Chief Building Official and Manager of Building, Planning and Development Services, County of Lambton

Corrine Nauta is the Manager of Building, Planning and Development Services, Chief Building Official for the County of Lambton with an established history of working in the municipal sector for over 25 years,  which includes serving as a Municipal Councillor.

Corrine has a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario, her certification in Municipal Administration and Management, and Clerks Institute through AMCTO, and is a Certified Building Code Official.

Corrine strives to set a high standard for public service and operational excellence, which personifies dedication, modernization, and community spirit in her role as Manager and Chief Building Official and works closely with the Sarnia-Lambton Home Builders Association and Development Sector as a whole.

Matt Farrell, President and Executive Director, Alliance of Canadian Building Officials Association

Matt Farrell is the President and Executive Director for the Alliance of Canadian Building Officials Associations. He currently represents ACBOA on the Advisory Council for Harmonized Construction Codes and has consulted with all levels of government on how to increase the supply of housing while maintaining building safety. His work with ACBOA focuses on creating training and resources for building officials across Canada as well as developing relationships with industry stakeholders.

Matt was previously President of the Ontario Building Officials Association and has 23 years experience as a Chief Building Official and Manager of Building and Planning.

Andy Oding, Vice President, 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.


The OHBA Southwest Regional Group is pleased to launch a scholarship program aimed at supporting students from Southwestern Ontario who are pursuing a career in the skilled trades. Today, we present the inaugural scholarships to two aspiring young individuals who have demonstrated a passion and drive to advance their future in the trades.

Congratulations to our 2024 OHBA Southwestern Ontario Regional Group Scholarship recipients!

Jayce Thomas Durand

Mackenzie-Lynn Matheson-Pinard

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – LUNCH


Make your way to one of our three specialized breakout sessions.

Explore the 2024 Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements for soil gas and radon mitigation in low-rise residential buildings. This session will cover the current standards and anticipated developments towards passive venting and active systems. Our expert panel will share practical solutions for compliance and verification, and identify needs for successful implementation.

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Siloni Waraich, Chief Research Officer, Home Construction Regulatory Authority

Siloni Waraich joined the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) in September 2023, as the inaugural Chief Research Officer. She has been active in our industry for almost 20 years; as a champion of industry partnerships through her work with Tarion and the OBOA. In her current role, Siloni is responsible for developing the HCRA’s Research & Education Program, by bringing together expertise from diverse perspectives across our industry, forming partnerships, and ensuring that Ontario’s new home owners and licensed builders have access to timely and relevant educational resources.

Joe Innocente, Technical Manager, Owens Corning

Joe Innocente is the Technical Manager for Owens Corning.  Joe is a Building Science Specialist with over 20 years of experience in the Building Materials Industry.  He has extensive experience in both Residential and Commercial construction.  Understanding that it is systems that create the right assembly to build energy and cost-effective solutions. Joe is a member of numerous organization that promote building better.

Jamie Yolkowskie, Manager of Codes and Standards, Doug Tarry Homes

Jamie is a Subject Matter Expert with over 40 years in the residential home construction industry which include 18 years as a Municipal Building Inspector.  With numerous industry certifications, including CBCO, (Certified building Code Official), and Health and Safety credentials he is passionate about creating living spaces that are safe, healthy, energy efficient and with a low operating and embodied Carbon.

Pat Daniels, Chair, OHBA Technical Committee + General Manager Construction Operations, Glenview Homes

Pat Daniels, General Manager of Construction Operations at Glenview Homes, in the residential construction industry close to 30 years.  Former Chair of the Builder Trade Council for GOHBA, Current GOHBA President, member of the OHBA Board of Directors and CHBA Board of Directors, and Chair of the OHBA Technical Committee, pat is heavily involved in the association and forwarding the interests of members across the province. Pat has participated in many task groups, including, but limited too, the Tarion’s CPG Guidelines, the amalgamation of Building Code, and the High-Performance Guideline task group.

Angelo DiCicco, Manager of Building Services & Chief Building Official, City of St. Thomas

I am currently the Manager of Building Services and Chief Building Official for the City of St. Thomas. I have over 25 Years experience in the construction industry with 21 of those enforcing the Ontario Building Code. I am aslo the Director for Region E for the Ontario Building Officials Association.

Discover the potential of 18-storey tall wood buildings with recent updates from the 2024 Ontario Building Code (OBC). This session will focus on design and planning considerations, innovative material choices, and how wood is revolutionizing high-rise construction.

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Hailey Quiquero, Technical Manager, WoodWorks Ontario

Hailey is a structural engineer and has focused her career specializing in sustainable architecture and the advancement of timber building systems. Hailey spent several years of her career in research on the behaviour and fire safety of mass timber, as a structural designer with Entuitive in Toronto, and working to develop affordable housing products built of high-performance timber panels, contributing to the successful completion of several turnkey housing projects with Assembly Corp. (previously R-Hauz)

In her current role as a Technical Manager for the Canadian Wood Council’s WoodWorks program, Hailey works with the team to aid project teams with technical support and to bring resources and education to industry stakeholders, advocating for the successful implementation of a beautiful and sustainable building material in our built environment.

Steven Street, Executive Director, WoodWorks Ontario

As a long-time industry advocate, Steven has spent more than 20 years developing domestic markets for wood products by creating new opportunities, driving change, and expanding the acceptance of wood structural systems in Canada. His 14 years with the Canadian Wood Council’s WoodWorks initiative have imbued his work with a deep understanding of wood design, materials, supply, and off-site prefabrication.

In his current role, he works with a dynamic team, bringing value and new opportunities to the program’s partners. With many high-profile projects moving wood construction into the mainstream, knowledge transfer and market acceptance have never been more important to the wood industry. His approach to market transformation harnesses the power of collaboration, practitioner education, and specific project support.

Steven is an active board member of the Ontario Structural Wood Association, and sits on RESCON’s technical council, assisting with technical knowledge transfer pertaining to wood structural systems, code issues around wood use, and helping develop strategies needed build a low-carbon Ontario.

David Stanton, Building Science Engineer, RDH Building Science

David is a Building Science Engineer in RDH Building Science’s Toronto office. David’s exposure to mass timber projects started with the Brock Commons project in BC as a coop student and then with the Catalyst building in Spokane, WA—a 4-storey mass timber building for Eastern Washington University—when he started working full-time in the Building Science field. Since moving back to Toronto, David has continued to work on large scale mass timber projects, including the Lawson Center for Sustainability and the Academic Wood Tower projects at UofT.

Michael Leach, Vice President Sales, Element5 Limited Partnerships

Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from McMaster University and a professional engineering designation in the province of Ontario. Michael spent the early part of his sales career in the lighting and epoxy coatings industries. Following this, he gained experience in the water industry, with a specific focus on UV treatment technology with Trojan Technologies. His experience at Trojan spanned 15 years in various sales and business development roles and included two years of international work in partnership with Wartsila in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Michael moved to the steel building industry with Steelway Building Systems in 2014 as Vice President of Sales, and then to the role of Vice President of Business Development in 2017. In 2021, Michael became part of the Element5 team as Vice President of Sales, which includes oversight of the project management, sales, marketing and estimating teams. 

Alan Shaw, Director of Building Services, City of London

Alan has over 25 years as a Building Official in the Province of Ontario.  This includes his appointments as Director of Building for the City of Toronto, City of Hamilton and his current position in the City of London. Alan is a former President of the Ontario Building Officials Association and sits on the board of directors for the Alliance of Canadian Building Officials Associations. Alan’s work includes, having participated on numerous working groups with organizations such as the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ontario Home Builders Association, Tarion,  and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. In 2012 Alan participated in the Eliot Lake Commission of Inquiry where he provided testimony on enforcement of Building Code as an expert in the field.   His passion is in building meaningful relationships with different stakeholders to address the ever-changing needs of the Development Industry

Dive into the innovative approaches to designing and constructing multiplexes. This session will provide insights into existing and expected compliance considerations for a variety of dwelling types, offering a holistic view of this booming section of the renovation industry.

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LOCATION: Crystal Ballroom

Peder Madsen, Vice President, CCR Building Solutions

Peder Madsen is the owner of London-based CCR Build + Remodel. Following in the footsteps of his father, who founded CCR in 1989 focusing on cabinetry and trim and eventually expanding the company’s expertise to encompass everything from single-room remodels to custom homes and additions. Peder has a deep passion for learning and all aspects of home construction from building science to tech solutions for the industry and beyond.  His commitment to the industry is further demonstrated by his over a decade-long service on the LHBA board, where he has served as president twice.

Michael Piper, Association Professor of Urban Design and Architecture, UofT / ReHousing

Michael Piper is an Associate Professor of urban design and architecture at the University of Toronto. His research and teaching focus on the analysis and design of physical space to impact policy change for Northern American suburbs. He is a co-director, with Janna Levitt from LGA, of ReHousing, a research initiative that explores how to convert single-family homes into multi-unit housing. The team, including project manager Samantha Eby, is working to impact policy change for small apartments and multiplexes in low rise neighborhoods.

Brendan Charters, Development Manager, Eurodale Design + Build

20+ years designing and building additions, renovation and custom homes for the discerning homeowner. A grizzled industry veteran, who along with his business partner Jim Cunningham, recognized the continuing demise of the housing situation in the GTA and started investing in creating low rise multi-unit housing as a means to create a longer term residual income stream. Now uses about half the time helping to create additional housing as both an investment vehicle, but also as a solution for residents of the City seeking to intensify their own properties.


Terry Kuipers, Chief Building Official, Town of Minto

Terry has been a Building Official for 24 years and has served as the Director of Building and Planning Services (CBO) with the Town of Minto for the past 21 years. In addition to this position, he is also appointed as the Zoning Administrator, By-law Enforcement Officer and Municipal Prosecutor.

In addition to this, Terry also sits on the Board of Directors with the Ontario Building Official’s Association as a Director at Large, with his main portfolio as the Chair of the Education Committee. With the release of the 2024 Ontario Building Code, he is heavily involved with updating the numerous OBC Courses that the OBOA has as well as to create new Training and 2012/2024 Code Bridging courses. In his spare time, Terry has been an Instructor for the OBOA for the past 13 years and typically teaches several OBC courses per year.


2:45 PM – 3:00 PM – BREAK


Gain valuable insights into the dynamics of housing demand and growth across Southwestern Ontario with insights from provincial and municipal representatives. We will discuss the importance of maintaining balance in a fast-growing landscape and collaborate on innovative solutions to accommodate growth and development across the region.

LOCATION: Crystal Ballroom

Scott Andison, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Home Builders’ Association

Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), Scott Andison, is a seasoned leader with a diverse background in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

With executive roles in these sectors and notable positions within the Ontario government, including serving in ministries of Finance and Education, Andison demonstrates expertise in policy development, stakeholder engagement, and program implementation. His tenure as President & CEO of the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) solidified his passion for advocacy and association management within the housing sector.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Administration in Management and Business Administration from Laurentian University. His commitment to continued professional development is underscored by executive certificates in Negotiation from Harvard Law School, Management and Leadership from MIT Sloan School of Management, and Governance from Queen’s University.

MPP Matthew Rae, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minster of Municipal Affairs and Housing, MPP Perth-Wellington

Matthew grew up on his family’s dairy farm just north of Harriston. From a young age, he was instilled with a strong work ethic and the importance of service to one’s family, community, and country.

More recently, Matthew has worked for both John Nater, Member of Parliament for Perth-Wellington, and Randy Pettapiece, the former MPP for Perth-Wellington, at separate times. Prior to being elected in June 2022, he worked for an education non-profit focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and entrepreneurship.

Matthew is an active member of the community serving on multiple local boards and committees.

As an MPP, Matthew’s continued participation in a variety of local initiatives allows him to remain keenly aware of the issues his constituents face. Among those, housing accessibility and affordability presents itself as one of the most pressing challenges for Ontarians of all ages and walks of life.

As a first time homeowner in Mitchell, Matthew is well equipped with the perspective and firsthand experience navigating the housing market to support those across the province through his work as Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Prior to being Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, he was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, the Honourable Stephen Lecce. He is also Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.

Outside of work and volunteering in the community, he enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, whether it is hiking, skiing, or camping.

John Revell, Chief Building Official, City of Windsor

John was born in Wallaceburg Ontario in 1967 and grew up near Thamesville where his grandparents and parents farmed. After high school in Dresden Ontario, John graduated from St. Clair College in Windsor Ontario from the Civil Engineering Technology program and worked in several positions in Chatham and Windsor related to underground infrastructure design and survey layout work. While working in Windsor, he met his future wife Sheri.

John continued his education with a Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Windsor. Following graduation in 1998, John was recruited by a US based consulting firm and traveled throughout the US and Canada undertaking Planning studies for client municipalities. In 2010, John had the opportunity to move from private sector work to public, and took a position with the City of Windsor. Initially hired into the Engineering Department, John moved over to the Planning Department and in 2014 was recruited to be the City’s Chief Building Official.

Today, John, Sheri and their daughter Emily reside in LaSalle Ontario. Sheri works as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner for Henry Ford Health System in Michigan and John has continued to enjoy a fulfilling career as a Chief Building Official. John has previously served on the Board of the Ontario Large Municipalities Chief Building Officials Association, on the Board of Directors of Latchkey, a local non-profit childcare organization and most recently is a board member of the Windsor Learning Centre, a non-profit organization that provides free tutoring to children with dyslexia.

Kyle Wilding, Senior Manager, Building Division, City of London

Denise Van Amersfoort, Manager of Planning, County of Huron

Denise Van Amersfoort is a land use planner who has practiced in rural Ontario for the past 15 years. Denise has a Masters in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph and is a Registered Professional Planner. As Manager of Planning for the County of Huron, Denise applies her passionate advocacy for housing to bring about practical and innovative solutions.









10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – OPENING REMARKS

  • Derek Cashmore, President, Sudbury & District Home Builders’ Association
  • Dave Depencier, President, Ontario Home Builders’ Association
  • Presenting Sponsor – Enbridge Gas


Explore the economic landscape of Northern Ontario, including opportunities for growth and development. Hear from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments on current and future growth and the steps they are taking to accelerate housing supply and development in Northern Ontario.

Moderator: Scott Andison, CEO, Ontario Home Builders’ Association


MP Scott Aitchison, MP Parry Sound – Muskoka, Conservative Party of Canada, Shadow Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

MPP Will Bouma, MPP Brantford-Brant, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development

His Worship, Paul Lefebvre, Mayor, City of Greater Sudbury


Learn about the regulatory process of home building, from municipal permitting to licensed building. Hear from the City of Greater Sudbury on the permitting process, including the new e-permitting platform, followed by presentations from Tarion and the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) on the warranty and licensing process.  The session will conclude with a panel discussion on the industry-wide repercussions of illegal building and potential solutions for change.

Moderator: Rick Martins, Chair, OHBA Regulatory Affairs Committee +  Vice President, Huron Creek Developments


Peter Balasubramanian, CEO, Tarion

Wendy Moir, CEO and Registrar, Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA)

Denise Clement, Manager of Permits & Approvals Integration, City of Greater Sudbury

Louie Zagordo, President, SLV Homes

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM – SPECIAL REMARKS

MP Viviane Lapointe, MP Sudbury, Liberal Party of Canada

12:00 PM – 12:50 PM – LUNCH

12:50 PM – 1:00 PM – SPECIAL REMARKS

MPP Jamie West, MPP Sudbury, New Democratic Party of Ontario, Critic for Labour, Training & Skills Development


Examine the evolving landscape of code compliance. Gain valuable insights into the 2024 Ontario Building Code (OBC), including the transition provisions and key implementation dates. Then, hear about the priority areas for the 2025 and 2030 National Building Code(NBC), with future impacts on the OBC. This session will conclude with a panel discussion on code compliance, and our experts will answer your pressing questions.

Moderator: Mike Memme, 1st Vice President, OHBA + Operations Manager, Mountainview Building Group


Pat Daniels, Chair, OHBA Technical Committee + General Manager Construction Operations, Glenview Homes

Matt Farrell, President and Executive Director, Alliance of Canadian Building Officials Association

Guido Mazza, Chief Building Official, City of Greater Sudbury

Carol Skanes, Building Services Plans Examination, City of Greater Sudbury

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM – BREAK


Sudbury is evolving rapidly, driven by significant population changes and urban growth. The City of Greater Sudbury will take us through how these demographic shifts are impacting long-term planning, affecting everything from housing to infrastructure. Highlighting key projects like the Arena and Industrial Park, we will discuss how these initiatives support economic resilience, accommodate a shifting population, and enhance the overall quality of life in Sudbury.


Keith Crigger, Manager of Investment and Business Development, City of Greater Sudbury

Melissa Riou, Senior Planner, Long-Range Planning, City of Greater Sudbury

Steven Beites, Professor, Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture