Annual Report 2010 - 2011
2010 – 2011 was marked by significant economic, political and regulatory influences. Canadian Home Builders’ Associa-
Total Membership tion – Calgary Region was fully prepared to prioritize and take action.
(June 1, 2010) The economy impacts us all and we as an industry do our utmost to aid in its recovery. Our members’ understand that
605 success is not achieved in isolation but rather collectively. This attitude has helped endow the Association with informa-
tion that helps effect positive recovery and growth for our entire industry. Coupled with expertly formulated forecasts
14% and other internal and external insights into current market conditions and trends, data is provided back to our
32% members as tools by which they can to respond to short term fluctuations and build long term success. The recovery
8% curve has not been as rapid as we had all hoped, but the resources provided by the Association to our members are of
benefit to all who take note.
The term coincided with the launch of Calgary’s general election which witnessed the resignation of our mayor and
many seasoned aldermanic candidates plus a sizable number of new candidates throwing their hats into the ring. The
3% work of the Political Action Committee and the resulting VoteCalgary.ca initiative prepared us to take on the challenge
of informing our members and their employees regarding the candidates in each ward and their platforms. It also
highlighted issues making headlines and those that we as an industry believed were worth consideration when the
43% 30,000 people who directly contribute to and benefit from the residential construction industry went to the polling
Builder 197 Through social media applications on the website, we welcomed dialogue with our fellow constituents and many
Developer 23 provocative topics were introduced and successfully managed. This open and transparent approach to VoteCalgary.ca
Supplier/Manufacturer/Trade 251 positioned us as thought leaders and information resources. We as an industry benefitted substantially by boosting our
credibility and building a more positive image within Calgary and surrounding areas.
Service Professional 88 We continue to be a regular presence at various committee and council tables. In the past year, Association volunteers
and staff met with over fifty partner and stakeholder organizations, ranging from safety and technical councils to
municipal administrations and committees. Some successes were marked and much remains in development, but the
core point is that the Association has continued to be a voice for our industry at every opportunity. This year, I had the
Membership opportunity to speak before Calgary City Council regarding some of the potential ramifications of a substantial levy
increase. We as an Association were not formally involved in these negotiations, yet our perspectives were considered
2002 - 2011 and acknowledged. That opportunity came to us in great part because we have nurtured on-going relationships. When
issues that impact our membership are on the horizon, we are already aware and informed and positioned to act.
Standing alone, no company has the ability or resources to be as proactive, involved and impactful as you have through
your status as a CHBA – Calgary Region member. Thank you for throwing your support behind our efforts over the past
500 year. I offer my sincerest thanks, respect and appreciation of your decision to be a member.
300 Respectfully submitted,
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Program & Event Highlights Key Advocacy Issues
VoteCalgary website captures public and media attention Building and Development Permit Approval
Dinner Meeting attendance up 26% over previous year Processes & Fees
Builder Breakfasts attract record attendance New Alberta Building Code Recommendations
125 members attend special Social Media workshop & Changes
SAM Committee introduces on-line entry and judging processes Land Use Bylaw Sustainment Team
Seventy one of eighty eight companies were 2010 SAM Awards Finalists Green Building Initiatives by the City of Calgary
Twenty four companies entered the SAM Awards for the ﬁrst time Planning Policy Initiatives by the City of Calgary
RenoMark™ Destination Renovation launched at HomExpo 2011
Fall and Spring Renomark™ Renovation Tours feature 17 homes
REPORT CARD 2010 - 2011
The successful Mentorship Breakfast program was revised to include luncheons. The events, which group industry leaders
with up-and-comers, continue to be popular with many attendees participating regularly. In September, the Associate
Board offered a Mentorship Golf event at Heritage Pointe.
In December, the Associate Board hosted its second annual Children’s Christmas Party celebrating the season with
activities, games and a special gift from Santa himself!
A sub-committee was struck to review the mandate and programs offered by the Associate Board.
Builder / Realtor Committee
The committee continues to cultivate relationships of mutual benefit between the two groups to enhance sales
opportunities and profitability.
Builder Trade Loss Committee
The Committee produced and distributed over 2,000 Builders Watch™ / Safety Posters and 5000 Builders Watch™
stickers in two sizes. The Builder Trade Loss Committee is working with the Calgary Police Service to revise hot Sheet
information content and to explore real time message delivery regarding incidents.
Association TEXT: “crimetip” to 274637
Condominium and Multi-Family Committee
This committee has been participating in numerous City of Calgary initiatives including the Development Completion Permit (DCP) process, Barrier Free Code Change proposals,
Residential Street Tree Standards, Low density multi in different arrangements within the Bylaw and Building Permit fee structure review. Members of this committee also
participate in regular meetings with senior management at Development and Building Approvals along with Land Use Planning and Policy to ensure common challenges and
construction industry specific issues are discussed.
Economic Research Committee
The committee is actively involved in the research, analysis and projection of all levels of economic forecasts related to then residen-
tial home building industry.
Government Relations Committee
Following the municipal election campaign the GR Committee was revitalized to ensure that CHBA - Calgary Region’s voice is heard at
the local level. A successful first meeting was held with Chima Nkendrim, Chief of Staff to the Mayor’s Office. The committee will
continue to develop new strategies to maintain and build upon the Association’s influence within Calgary and surrounding areas. Richard Cho, CMHC Senior Marketing Analyst
and CHBA - Calgary Region Volunteer
Inner City Builders Council delivers his economic forecast to 700 members.
This group has been active in promoting contextual uses for the established areas of the city. City Council recently passed a semi-detached contextual use in addition to the single
family detached. There were several other initiatives this committee worked on over the past year including the Practical Guide to Construction, DCP process, scoping project on the
Development Permit process with the Federation of Calgary Communities and the initial review of the proposed redevelopment levy.
The Committee participated in the recruitment of 55 new members between June 1, 2010 and June 30, 2010. Attendance at dinner meetings and mixer events rose by twenty six
percent to 2,674. Speakers ranged from the likes of Sports anchor, Lisa Bowes and Social Media expert, Mark Evans, to a pre-election Aldermanic Forum and post-election, Calgary’s
new mayor, Naheed Nenshi.
The Committee also initiated conversations with post-secondary educational institutions in regard to initiating a special student membership aimed at those actively preparing for
a career within the residential construction industry.
REPORT CARD 2010 - 2011
This year the committee created two CHBA-Calgary Region Safety Awards that were presented at the June Dinner
meeting. The Safety Committee continues to offer feedback and direction on a variety of safety related issues such as;
COR/SECOR requirements, WCB changes, Alberta OH&S initiatives, local school programs, Safety BBQ’s, etc.
Government Relations Committee
This newly formed group has met several times to discuss how to effectively advocate our various positions to municipal
government. A successful first meeting has been held with Chima Nkemdrim, Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office, City of Hundreds of our industry workforce stopped
Calgary. by the Safety Barbecues to get the latest in
information, legislation and equipment.
Policy briefs on high priority issues will be developed to assist these committee volunteers in communicating more
clearly with decision makers.
The Renovation Council’s primary focus was the promotion of the RenoMark™ program. The Council again produced two renovation tours, permitting public access to 17 renova-
tions of a various descriptions. The Council also produced their first Destination Renovation installation at HomExpo, featuring nine renovators, providing the public inspiration,
information and insights into the renovation process. The Council in conjunction with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation presented a half day workshop on mold and
asbestos site remediation. The session was delivered by national site remediation authority, author and internationally recognised speaker, Gord Cooke.
SAM Awards Committee
The Committee introduced on-line entry and judging to the 2010 SAM Awards. The new processes were very well received by both
entrants and judges alike. In total, 88 companies submitted 544 entries. Of those companies, 74 were finalists and 32 winners.
Twenty-four companies were first time entrants, 23 of them were finalists and 10 winners.
The 2010 SAM Awards Gala was attended by 1500 guests, which set the stage for a tremendous industry celebration.
Sports & Recreation Committee
The committee organized three events for the 2010 - 2011 calendar. Fourteen teams registered for September’s CHBA – Calgary Region
Slo-Pitch tournament, including four builder teams. Bowling Fun Night in February of 2011 saw 21 teams (5 builder teams) compete
in four rounds. Participation in the CHBA – Calgary Region 25th Annual Fairmont Golf Classic at Fairmont Golf Springs Resort was sold
out with 304 members in attendance of which 288 were golfers.
Sustainable Builders Council
The City of Calgary is producing a Sustainable Building Practices framework that is looking to introduce increased standards for energy efficiency, resource conservation and other
‘green’ initiatives. Volunteers on the Sustainable Builders Council have taken part in various stakeholder sessions and have been asked to provide comment on the numerous propos-
als as well as suggest other potential avenues for the City to investigate. This committee has also worked closely with City administration to develop an incentive program that
would be of benefit to both the industry and the homebuyer. Sustainable Builders Council members will also be providing critical analysis of the information proposed in the City
of Calgary’s new Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan.
The members of the Technical Council have been extremely busy this past year. Volunteers have dealt with many issues such as the side wall venting changes, the City’s Sustainable
Building Practices Framework, evaluating Development and Building Approvals’ Code change request regarding the 10-minute response rule, providing feedback to City staff on
the Lot Grading Bylaw and a host of other items. This has enabled the Technical Council to become even more engaged with our City partners in trying to find solutions that work
for everyone. Other items on the agenda for this committee have included being able to provide comment on the potential for mandatory sprinklers in residential construction,
monitoring changes to the upcoming Building Code concerning energy efficiency, utility locate challenges and auditing procedures. For the first time, this group has initiated a
meeting with municipal representatives from the surrounding municipalities such as Okotoks, Airdrie, Cochrane and the RM’s of Rocky View and Foothills to discuss common issues
with Builder representatives.
This past fiscal year has been filled with opportunity, challenge and success. We can be proud as we celebrate the
second half of our 65th year of operation that we have turned the corner and are poised for prosperity once again.
Votecalgary.ca united the homebuilding and land development industries in an effort to educate and mobilize the
industry to vote in 2010 municipal election. Exceeding all expectations our site became the go to election site of the
region – providing powerful information to the industry and general electorate on how the decisions made at city
hall impact all Calgarians. Building on this platform the votecalgary.ca brand will continue to provide education and
important information on key issues faced by the industry. I encourage you to go back to the site and join in the
Communicating to you, our members became an important focus this year and we engaged in a comprehensive
communication enhancement exercise. This has resulted in the development of an exciting new website incorporat-
ing the social media tools essential in today’s marketplace.
In order to stand up and be counted we must maintain a strong and vibrant association with members representing
all segments of our industry; we must have a strong contingent of member volunteers who will roll up their sleeves
sharing their knowledge and expertise with our partners to solve issues coming our way and we must have the
financial resources and human resources to maintain a successful operation. Calgary Region
We have concluded another successful year of operation. Membership has grown to 605 companies and I firmly
believe we will continue this trend into the future. We were proud to pay tribute to 216 volunteers during our Annual
Volunteer Appreciation Evening a tribute to the fact that volunteers receive the greatest value for their membership.
Participation at all our events has increased this year and we sincerely appreciate your generous contribution of your
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Please read the balance of this report that provides a brief glimpse of the successful initiatives we were engaged in
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this past year. I encourage you to get involved,, join a committee, attend a new event or tweet about your industry..
CHBA - Calgary Region
Thank you for your continued guidance and support in making your association a stronger force.
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Home Builders’ Association
Board of Directors
Executive Oﬃcers Council Management Committee
Technical Research Committee
Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Alberta
Board of Directors
Safety Advisors Committee
Alberta Housing Industry Technical Committee
Building Technical Council
Government Relations Committee
Executive Oﬃcers’ Council
Financial Statement Comparison
2011 Budget with 2008 - 2010 Actuals
Budget 2011 2010 2009 2008
Membership Fees 750,000 898,191 30% 952,427 31% 782,900 23%
Non-Dues 1,038,150 1,240,315 41% 1,215,388 39% 1,765,241 51%
Homexpo 885,000 899,711 30% 934,219 30% 916,497 26%
Total Revenue 2,673,150 3,038,217 100% 3,102,034 100% 3,464,638 100%
Membership Fees 437,500 568,432 27% 534,036 26% 320,468 13%
Non-Dues 833,100 1,014,901 47% 956,883 46% 1,515,732 63%
Homexpo 567,600 557,303 26% 570,496 28% 552,403 23%
Total Direct Expense 1,838,200 2,140,636 100% 2,061,417 100% 2,388,603 100%
Adm inistrative Expenses
Salary & Beneﬁts 447,450 552,702 69% 623,446 67% 567,511 71%
Other Admin 387,500 253,829 31% 308,097 33% 230,465 29%
Total Admin Expense 834,950 806,531 100% 931,563 100% 797,976 100%
Total Expense 2,673,150 2,947,167 97% 2,992,980 96% 3,186,579 92%
ExcessRev/Exp 0 91,050 3% 109,054 4% 278,059 8%
Membership Non-Dues Homexpo Total Revenue
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