Committees

Looking to foster relationships, broaden your skill-set, or advance an industry initiative? The association has ten active committees, each with a specific mandate set out by HAVAN’s strategic plan. As a member-driven association, committees are an excellent way to leverage your membership. Free to join, we guarantee you will get back, more than you put in.

Government Relations (GR) Committee

Chair: Nathan Hildebrand, Canadian Horizons | Staff Liaison: Mark Sakai

Contact: mark@havan.ca

To assist HAVAN members with advocacy on issues, including:

  • Government policy/regulations on housing affordability
  • Community amenity contributions
  • Green building and sustainability checklists
  • Parkland dedications
  • Housing Approval Processes

Education & Training Committee

Chair: Anton Van Dyk, Centra Construction | Staff Liaison: Wendy McNeil

Contact: wendy@havan.ca

Raising the bar in industry education, this Committee develops and delivers:

  • CPD-approved Builder courses (HAVAN is a BC Housing-approved CPD credit provider)
  • Building industry workshops, forums, and seminars
  • eLEARN, HAVAN’s online, on-demand learning portal

Golf Committee

Chair: Blake Ponuick, Preston Mobility | Staff Liaison: Amanda Camara

Contact: dawn@havan.ca

Held every September, the HAVAN Fall Classic Golf Tournament is one of western Canada’s largest (it’s a double shotgun) with 288 golfers playing across two courses, featuring sponsored hole activities throughout the day. The evening banquet showcases an impressive silent and live auction to generate funds in support of HAVAN’s Forge Properties Centra Cares BCIT Scholarships. The committee works to secure sponsors, drive ticket sales, and source prizes and donations for the auctions.

Marketing & Communications Committee (MCC)

Chair: Ralph Belisle, TQ Construction | Staff Liaison: Dawn Sondergaard

Contact: ralph@tqconstruction.ca

The mandate of the MCC is to provide marketing and communication recommendations to association staff, subject to the priorities determined by the HAVAN Strategic Plan. The MCC develops strategies, discusses tactics, and provides feedback on marketing initiatives to ensure a singular tone for HAVAN, as the voice of the residential construction industry.

Membership Committee

Chair: Cheri Stefanucci, Abstract Homes & Renovations | Staff Liaison: Renée Auer

Contact: renee@havan.ca

Develops strategies to recruit and retain members:

  • Help members utilize membership benefits
  • Volunteer with various member events
  • Works with staff to recruit members
  • Develops networking events

Ovation Awards Task Force

Staff Liaison: Wendy McNeil

Contact: wendy@havan.ca

The Ovation Awards Task Force is responsible for the development of HAVAN’s annual Ovation Awards, a premier industry marketing program which recognizes excellence in new-home construction, renovation, and design in Metro Vancouver.

Renovation Council

Chair: Mark Cooper, Shakespeare Homes & Renovations

Vice Chair: Steve Kemp, Kemp Construction Management

Staff Liaison: Sonali Rayas

Contact: sonali@havan.ca

Provides renovator members:

  • A forum to share/exchange ideas, resources
  • A means to address industry issues and promote industry professionalism
  • RenoMark™ program
  • Parade of Homes / Home Reno Show @ VanDusen Gardens
  • Community service projects – Easter Seal House
  • HAVAN’s Ask The Experts Stage at Vancouver spring and fall Home Shows

Suppliers Council

Chair: Alisa Aragon, Bridgestone Financing Pros | Staff Liaison: Renée Auer

Contact: renee@havan.ca

Provides supplier members:

  • A forum to share/exchange ideas and resources
  • Opportunities to promote industry professionalism
  • Construction Social: peer-to-peer networking event
  • Provide feedback on issues about changes in supply for products/service prices (benefit to builders and renovators)

Technical Committee

Chair: Shaun St-Amour, 475 high Performance Building Supplies | Staff Liaison: Mark Sakai

Vice-Chair: Mike Cairns, Innotech Windows & Doors Inc

Contact: mark@havan.ca

Provides a forum for discussion on technical challenges, new products, and evolving building technology:

  • Address technical information requests from members and public
  • Industry workshops and advises on technical content for consumer seminars

U40 Committee

Chair: Henri Belisle, TQ Construction

Vice Chair: Katerina Vastardis, Designs by Katerina & Silvie and Kyle Darvasi, K2 Stone

Staff Liaison: Vanessa Swanson

Contact: vanessa@havan.ca

The U40 Committee mandate is to inform, involve, and engage the younger echelon of the HAVAN membership. Simply hosting an event is not enough for the U40 crowd. Friendly competition is always a big draw, as is learning and giving back to the community. So popular, members of all ages are welcomed, and known to attend!

Initiatives include: social networking and team-building events (ie. Dodgeball Tournament, Go Karting, Pub Nights, Whisky Tasting) and mentorship programs (ie. Young Professionals’ Seminar and Mentorship Breakfasts).

Women’s Council (WC)

Chair: Laurel James, Novell Design Build

Staff Liaison: Carolyn Beale

Contact: carolyn@havan.ca

The Women’s Council mandate is to engage, encourage and empower women within the residential construction industry.  At its core, WC adheres to five main values including: inclusion, connections, mentorship, leadership, and professionalism. 

Established in 2018, the group meets approximately every second month, hosting industry tours to showcase women in the construction industry, and to discuss issues and initiatives.