Awards Program

February 22, 2018. Universal EventSpace in Vaughan, ON.

It was a full day of conversations and insights from industry leaders.

The programming for 2018 Housing Innovation Forum & Awards!

8:00am – Doors open.

Enjoy the Innovation Showcase, breakfast and an unfettered opportunity to network with some of the industry’s best and brightest!

9:30am – Welcome to EnerQuality’s Housing Innovation Forum, with Corey McBurney, EnerQuality president.

9:40am – KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Waking the Frog: A solution for Climate Change Paralysis

Listen to cleantech investor, MaRS Senior Advisor and CBC guest Tom Rand dive into the human condition to explain how society responds to climate change, highlighting real solutions for the future, and address the economic opportunities.

10:30am – Break & Innovation Showcase & Networking

11:00am – How Where We’ve Been Will Take Us Where We’re Going 

What was considered high-performance in 1998 – the year EnerQuality launched – is less than Code today. Throughout the two-decade journey, improvements to building performance have been driven by industry leadership. But is the Climate Change Action Plan, and the changes proposed to the OBC, forgoing cost-benefit analysis? How can builders reclaim their leadership position and ensure policy makes sense for home builders and home buyers in the next 20 years?


  • Michael Lio, Buildability
  • Alex Lukachko, RDH Building Sciences
  • Fred Serrafero, FRAM Building Group


  • Corey McBurney, EnerQuality

11:45 – The Innovation Gauntlet

Our most popular session is back! Once again, we’ve recruited an all-star panel of builder “dragons” to ask the tough questions of vendors vying to earn the thumbs-up on their new products. This session is audience-choice – so don’t forget to visit the Showcase afterwards and cast your vote for the Most Innovative Product


  • James Bazely – Gregor Homes
  • Andrew Bowerbank – EllisDon Corporation
  • Stephanie Coleman-Dias – Coleman-Dias Construction


  • Brendan Charters – Eurodale Developments

1:15pm – Lunch, Innovation Showcase & Networking

2:30pm – The Digital Future of Homebuilding & Renovation is now

The way we build and renovate a home is changing. New trends include virtual reality, modular homes, the tiny house movement, laneway housing and other urban living revolutions. Technology is going to remap how we build, rebuild and renovate. Are you prepared to move with the industry? Listen to the success that came from getting ahead of the technology instead of running to catch up.


  • Chantale Pitts – Cadsoft
  • Robert Kok – H+ME Technology
  • Bettina Hoar – Sage Living


  • Michelle Côte, Enbridge Gas Distribution

3:10pm – Break, Innovation Showcase & Networking

3:30 – Mythbusting! Ask the Experts the Nuts & Bolts

We know you have questions. This is an audience-programmed session – bring your questions to the experts. What is keeping you up at night in 2018? Demystify the great bogeyman of “midcycle code changes.” What do you do when your trades aren’t trained to new code requirements? Hear the solutions other builders are using to the same pain-points you are enduring. Will ENERGY STAR®® survive the next code change? Bring ’em on!


  • Andy Oding – Building Knowledge Canada
  • Jason Morin – Arista Homes
  • Larry Brydon – Cricket Energy


  • Shawn Good, Ontario Home Builders’ Association

4:20 – Announcement of Innovation Gauntlet Winner, Innovation Showcase & Closing Remarks

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