Silvie Pantsios

HAVAN Spotlight: Silvie Pantsios

We interviewed HAVAN Member Silvie Pantsios, Designs by KS, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help connect with…

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Mark Sakai

HAVAN Spotlight: Mark Sakai

We interviewed HAVAN staff member Mark Sakai, Director of Government Relations, and asked him a series of questions about himself! He shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help…

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Todd Best Best Builders

HAVAN Spotlight: Todd Best

We interviewed HAVAN Member Todd Best, President at Best Builders Ltd, and asked him a series of questions about himself! He shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help…

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Laurel James Novell Design Build

HAVAN Spotlight: Laurel James

We interviewed HAVAN Member Laurel James, Novell Design Build and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help connect with…

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Blake Ponuick Preston Mobility

HAVAN Spotlight: Blake Ponuick

We interviewed HAVAN Member Blake Ponuick, COO & CMO at Preston Mobility, and asked him a series of questions about himself! He shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to…

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Giovanna Perot Averill Giovanna Averill Interiors Inc.

HAVAN Spotlight: Giovanna Perot-Averill

We interviewed HAVAN Member Giovanna Perot-Averill, Founder & Principal at Giovanna Averill Interiors, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and…

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HAVAN Spotlight: Renée Auer

We sat down with Renée Auer, HAVAN Senior Director, Membership & Sales, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to…

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Dawn Sondergaard HAVAN

HAVAN Spotlight: Dawn Sondergaard

We sat down with Dawn Sondergaard, HAVAN Senior Director, Marketing Communications, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help…

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HAVAN Spotlight: Wendy McNeil

We sat down with Wendy McNeil, HAVAN VP Marketing & Education, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help…

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Ron Rapp HAVAN

HAVAN Spotlight: Ron Rapp

We sat down with Ron Rapp, HAVAN Interim CEO, and asked him a series of questions about himself! He shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help connect with…

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Solutions to Help Reduce Energy Use this Winter.

REDUCE YOUR USE. On October 9, 2018, an Enbridge-owned natural gas transmission pipeline ruptured near Prince George, BC. While the pipeline has been repaired and returned to service, it is important to note that Enbridge plans to operate their transmission system at a reduced capacity for the next few months, starting at about 55 per…

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TO BE BLUNT: NAVIGATING CANNABIS USE IN THE WORKPLACE

Recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada in two days: October 17, 2018. Adults who are 19 years of age and older will be permitted to legally possess, share, purchase and grow limited quantities of cannabis for personal use in British Columbia. This will add some level of increased complexity for employers, but in some…

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When Time Isn’t On Your Side

WHEN TIME ISN’T ON YOUR SIDE A contractor may be asked to provide a homeowner with an estimated schedule for completion before a project starts. While there are always contingencies and unforeseen circumstances, projects can get delayed and extend well past expected deadlines. As was made clear in Sanwo Enterprise Ltd. v. Huang, 2018 BCSC…

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Looking Ahead

by Scott Brown, President & CEO of Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Ltd. It is coming to the end of the honeymoon period for the new NDP government. I wonder if much of our industry still feels as uncertain as I do with respect to what to expect in the coming year from the government.…

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Under Pressure: Putting the Job Before the Agreement

Homeowners and general contractors often find themselves under various pressures to complete work and advance the project. The rushed approach that often ensues can cause parties to overlook or postpone settling essential terms with subcontractors. The recent case of Limem Forming West Ltd. v. Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd., 2017 BCSC 1485, highlights the dangers…

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Gimme Shelter (Staying Behind the Corporate Veil)

 Incorporating your construction business has many clear advantages, one of which is personal liability protection under the “corporate veil”. The so-called corporate veil refers to the shelter one receives in their personal capacity when their company is being sued; essentially, they are shielded from personal liability.

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The Cost of Doing Business with Friends

When undertaking a significant construction project, it often helps to know someone in the industry. However, a recent decision of the BC Supreme Court highlights the problems that can arise when doing business with friends or family.

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Getting Paid and Fixing Deficiencies

It can be very frustrating when a homeowner refuses to make the final payment because of seemingly inconsequential “deficiencies”. However, the BC Supreme Court made it clear in Constructum Developments Inc. v. Hogaboam, 2015 BCSC 1490, that a homeowner may be entitled to correction of all deficiencies before they are obligated to make the final payment. In fact, a contractor’s insistence on receiving final payment before fixing final deficiencies may actually result in a repudiation of the parties’ agreement.

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Going Green the Smart Way

Greater demand from consumers and regulators in British Columbia for environmentally sustainable or “green” building practices suggests potential benefits for “green-contractors”. A common strategy is to adopt a labelling system that advertises compliance with defined environmental standards. Common examples of green-labels used in B.C.’s construction industry include the Energy Star label and the Built Green seals.

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The Big Issue with Fixed-Price Construction Contracts

For most home owners considering a renovation or new build, price is one of the most important factors in determining the scope of their project, the finishing’s to select and what contractor to choose. For contractors, providing a client with budget certainty can be a significant selling point; thus, the appeal of fixed price construction
contracts.

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