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2019 RES CON Delegates Brochure

Residential Construction Forum (RES CON)
Conference, Trade Show & Awards of Excellence Gala
February 6 & 7, 2019
The Fredericton Inn
Fredericton NB


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BREAKING NEWS! Premier Blaine Higgs Will Address RES CON 2019 Delegates


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RES CON (Residential Construction Forum) 2019 is the Annual Conference, Builders’ Forum, Trade Show, and Annual Gala Awards Banquet of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association New Brunswick. For the past 36 years, RES CON (or Habitation as it was previously known) has brought industry professionals together to discuss trends in the industry, provide valuable and pertinent workshops on issues relevant to our business, and has provided valuable networking opportunities for those who work in the residential construction industry. This two-day trade show and conference features renowned presenters who are experts in their fields on topics such as legislation pertinent to our industry, climate change, social media, home construction, building science and energy efficiency. Every session is designed to deliver information that will help you grow your business and give you the leg up on your competition. RES CON is the only show of its kind in New Brunswick and it has earned a reputation of being the best Conference for the home building industry in Atlantic Canada. Our participants come from many sectors of the industry and include builders, renovators, developers, engineers, building supply dealers, building officials, HVAC installers and suppliers, and other industry professionals. If you work in the residential construction industry and want to increase your client list and build relationships with new clients, this Conference is a great opportunity for you to do just that! The organizers of RES CON have found the perfect balance of providing interesting presenters, a trade show with innovative products and services and engaging social events to allow everyone time to network. We invite you to attend RES CON 2019 in Fredericton, New Brunswick and come see what everyone is talking about.




Join Canadian Home Builders’ Association New Brunswick (CHBA-NB) Provincial President, Bruce Carhart – CHBA NB Master Builder, as he welcomes delegates and guests to RES CON 2019.

Bruce Carhart has been a Member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association New Brunswick for more than 3 decades. Bruce works in the Sussex, New Brunswick region and owns and manages B & W Contracting. Bruce was the very first builder member to earn his CHBA-NB Master Builders’ Designation in 2014. He has served as the President of his Local Association, serves as current President of the Provincial Association and has served on numerous provincial and national committees. Bruce has won many CHBA New Brunswick Awards of distinction including Hall of Honor, Renovator of the Year, Builder of the Year, to name only a few. Bruce is a driving force behind the Association and is a devoted volunteer and advocate.




In 2018, employers in New Brunswick endured increases to their occupational health and safety premiums with another increase taking effect in January 2019. New Brunswick employers are being called upon to pay more than double what they were paying just two years ago and have gone from paying some of the lowest rates in the Country to the highest.

Douglas Jones, President & CEO of WorkSafe New Brunswick, will provide the background information that led to these increases and why the Province of New Brunswick felt that these changes were necessary in order to meet the ever-growing demands on WorkSafe NB.

Douglas Jones began his five-year term as WorkSafe NB’s President and CEO on March 26, 2018. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, he most recently served as Deputy City Manager for the City of Edmonton. Previously, he was a Senior Vice-President with Canada Post and before that, held a number of executive positions with Lafarge North America in Canada and the United States. Douglas has a strong passion for safety, including a commitment to rehabilitation and fair compensation for injured workers and their families. He has demonstrated a dedication to shifting corporate cultures to improve the client experience and a drive for organizational excellence through both transformation and continuous improvement. Born and raised in the Halifax area, Douglas earned his Bachelor of Science at Acadia University and his Master of Business Administration at Niagara University. He is also a Certified Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has served on boards in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.




Meeting the needs for Higher Effective R-values in Walls with Exterior Insulated Sheathing.

This session will cover the compelling trend towards the use of exterior insulation to meet ever increasing expectations for higher effective R-values. Learn about the strategies and options that builders across North America have been exploring and how to assess the cost effectiveness and buildability of each. Let’s discuss the advantages and challenges in both new and existing houses.

There are few professionals in Canada that can match Gord Cooke’s broad knowledge of the inner workings of a house. Highly regarded in the Ontario home building industry, Gord is a professional engineer, trainer, author, and industry consultant. For over 25 years, Gord has helped builders and HVAC contractors implement innovative technologies and build better homes. He is an effective and passionate educator and advocate for better building practices, improved indoor air quality, and energy efficiency.




Canada has come a long way in a relatively short time developing a vision of what buildings should be. While the concept of high-performance buildings becoming the norm is only emerging in most circles, it is well defined in Build Smart: Canada’s Buildings Strategy. Before the release of the strategy, Passive House Canada was deeply involved in the development of the framework guidelines for energy efficiency in buildings. Currently those guidelines are emerging as a global reference that also aligns well with Build Smart. Rob will share highlights of the policy development work and demonstrate the projected path towards high performance buildings in Canada and across the globe. By way of project examples and their costs, this session will demonstrate how this globally recognized level of performance addresses climate change and meets the sustainable development goals, which also addresses issues such as affordability, quality of life, and building resiliency.

As CEO of Passive House Canada, Rob Bernhardt works to advance building energy efficiency. A Certified Passive House Consultant and the developer of several Certified Passive House Projects, Rob is familiar with the economic and social advantages of high-performance buildings. As a participant in numerous policy development initiatives, he is familiar with the challenges facing regulators as they seek to meet climate change objectives. Rob works with Passive House Canada’s members, governments and industry organizations to make high performance buildings the norm.




Kelvin Ndoro is a Senior Analyst, Economics with the Market Insights team at CMHC and will provide market information on how the residential construction industry performed this year compared to previous years and what we can expect in 2019. How many new starts did the industry have in 2018? How many multi-units were built? How did our region perform compared to other regions? Come and learn all this and more!

Kelvin Ndoro is a Senior Analyst, Economics with the Market Insights team at CMHC. He joined CMHC in February of 2018 and is responsible for providing housing market analysis for the New Brunswick market. Previously, he was a Senior Economist at Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education. He has strong attachments to New Brunswick having graduated from Mount Allison University and worked in Moncton before moving to Halifax to pursue a Master’s Degree in Economics at Dalhousie University.



MANAGING THE BIGGEST WATER RISK – Window Installations that Work.

There is no bigger water risk to builders than window leaks and the risks are increasing due to the interest in larger, more complex window and door combinations. Codes and window and material installation standards have changed to address this risk and this session will ensure you have the latest techniques, knowledge and training to assess and improve your water management details.

There are few professionals in Canada that can match Gord Cooke’s broad knowledge of the inner workings of a house. Highly regarded in the Ontario home building industry, Gord is a professional engineer, trainer, author, and industry consultant. For over 25 years, Gord has helped builders and HVAC contractors implement innovative technologies and build better homes. He is an effective and passionate educator and advocate for better building practices, improved indoor air quality, and energy efficiency.




In the spring of 2018, NB Power launched the Total Home and the New Home Energy Savings Programs. The Total Home Energy Savings Program for existing homes has doubled the participation target to nearly 5,000 homes this year. Learn how you can leverage these programs to boost your business and help build or renovate energy efficient homes. Diane will also touch on NB Power’s commercial energy efficiency programs.

Diane Spencer is the Program Lead for the Residential Energy Efficiency Programs with NB Power Energy Efficiency Services and has responsibility for the development and delivery of these programs. In Diane’s previous role with NB Power, she worked at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station in the reactor safety group and was a design engineer. During the Station’s refurbishment, she was lead designer for seven of the fixed scope projects under the refurbishment contract with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.




As a practitioner in the residential construction industry you want to go above and beyond in customer satisfaction and that means providing your consumers with as much information about their homes as possible. CMHC has a Green Home Program for single detached, condos and renovations. This presentation will provide you with the criteria, details and what levels of energy efficiency will yield the greatest incentives.

Gino Goguen is part of CMHC’s Atlantic Client Relations Team as an Account Manager. He brings a wealth of business experience from the financial service industry to our Mortgage Loan Insurance team. He is part of the Atlantic Client Relationship team with over 5 years-experience in the Financial Services Industry. Previously he worked in various roles in the banking industry. He holds a college degree in Marketing and Investment Funds of Canada Certificate.




Gilles Volpé, General Manager of Enbridge Gas NB, will provide our audience with in-depth information on their incentive programs for residential and commercial customers and contractors. He will also review the latest developments with the Company and what that means for New Brunswickers.

Gilles is the General Manager of Enbridge Gas Inc.’s two affiliate natural gas utilities: Enbridge Gas New Brunswick and St. Lawrence Gas in upstate New York. He is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of the affiliates including regulatory affairs, business development, customer and community engagement and field operations. Under his leadership, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick has won a number of awards, including ranking as one of the “Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada,” the “Healthy Workplace” Greater Moncton Business Excellence Award, and the United Way “Community Engagement” Award. Prior to his 10-year career at Enbridge, he spent 20 years in the telecom and IT industry.




In November 2017, the Government of Canada launched the National Housing Strategy, a 10-year, $40-billion plan creating a new generation of housing in Canada giving more Canadians a place to call home. Guylaine Boudreau, Affordable Housing Specialist with CMHC, will provide an overview of this Strategy and outline the initiatives available for those who work in our industry.

Guylaine Boudreau is currently the Affordable Housing Specialist with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) for New Brunswick. Prior to joining CMHC, Guylaine was a Corporate Commercial Lawyer and Director of Corporate Affairs for Intact Financial Corporation (IFC) in Ontario where her practice focused mainly on corporate governance, regulatory and administrative law matters. She was also Assistant Corporate Secretary for IFC’s Board of Directors and many Board Committees. Guylaine holds a Degree in Social Work and a Law Degree from the Université de Moncton and is a non-practicing member of the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Law Society of Upper Canada.




Moskowitz Capital provides non-traditional mortgages that allow individuals and businesses to capture lucrative construction opportunities that far exceed the cost of capital. What sets them apart from other sources of funds is that they develop creative solutions that work for their clients. To date they have funded over $215,000,000 in mortgage loans across Canada, with a focus in Atlantic Canada. Steve Andjelic, Director of Business Development, Atlantic Canada, will present on alternative financing options as part of the company's overall construction financing strategy.

Steve joined Moskowitz Capital as Director of Business Development – Eastern Canada. Prior to joining Moskowitz Capital, Steve worked with TD Bank’s National Real Estate Group – a specialty unit within TD Commercial Banking that deals with the leading builders and developers across Canada. Before his time at TD, Steve worked at Sun-X Properties, his family’s business in Winnipeg, MB. Sun-X was Winnipeg’s largest private industrial landlord prior to its sale to an institutional investor in 2007. Steve earned his MBA from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba.




A beginner's guide to understanding how and when to leverage digital advertising in your business. Participants will understand how to measure the success and ROI on their digital advertising spend. Topics will include search marketing, search engine optimization, paid social media marketing, display advertising, as well as core branding and marketing principles.

The Ginger Agency is one of New Brunswick's leading digital agencies, working with clients from NB Power to SMEs across the province. Andrew Bedford (CEO) and Kerry Wells (President) will be presenting, drawing from their extensive experience in digital / brand marketing. The pair will introduce the foundational skills required to understand, leverage and measure digital marketing in today’s marketplace.