MHBA be­lieves in pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

THIS col­umn has re­peat­edly es­poused the mer­its of deal­ing with pro­fes­sional builders and ren­o­va­tors. Is­sues such as war­ranty, li­a­bil­ity in­surance, per­mits, stan­dards and ethics, full dis­clo­sure of taxes and nu­mer­ous other as­sur­ances that come with deal­ing with a pro­fes­sional are crit­i­cal to get­ting the job done right. Add pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and train­ing to that list.

Last week, mem­bers of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion went back to school at their an­nual Hous­ing Fo­rum to learn from other pro­fes­sion­als in their fields about ar­eas im­por­tant to the wel­fare of a busi­ness and an in­dus­try.

Al­though there are a va­ri­ety of sem­i­nars and train­ing ses­sions to choose from through­out the year, the Hous­ing Fo­rum presents an op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with peers while pur­su­ing rel­e­vant knowl­edge. MHBA pro­fes­sion­als are al­ways striv­ing to be the best in the busi­ness.

The open­ing ple­nary ses­sion kicked off with Dianne Him­bault, se­nior mar­ket an­a­lyst of the Cana­dian Mort­gage and Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, pre­sent­ing the cur­rent state of the in­dus­try and giv­ing in­sights into the com­ing year.

The tech­ni­cal ses­sions kicked off with Ryan Dal­gleish, Gary Proskiw and John Hochman dis­pelling myths and of­fer­ing truths re­lat­ing to prod­uct per­for­mance and de­sign con­cepts re­lat­ing to build­ing sci­ence. John also pre­sented on air qual­ity and move­ment. The day ended with Cam Dupuis from CMHC talk­ing about Canada’s net zero en­ergy healthy hous­ing ini­tia­tive.

Within the lead­er­ship stream, Roberta Bishop talked about con­flict res­o­lu­tion and in­formed the crowd about gen­er­a­tional di­ver­sity. Lew Bayer told ev­ery­one how they could build a bet­ter work­place through ci­vil­ity and Keith Sin­clair ran an im­por­tant ses­sion on suc­ces­sion plan­ning in busi­nesses.

In mar­ket­ing, Lori Mitchell of Tom Boy Tools shared her se­crets of suc­cess. Dr. Mal­colm Smith gave an ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion on un­der­stand­ing con­sumer be­hav­iour and there was a pre­sen­ta­tion by San­dra Sager about the art of sell­ing.

Fi­nally, Work­place Well­ness fea­tured Lau­rel Kid­der speak­ing on the max­i­miza­tion of per­for­mance po­ten­tial. Kerri Chase helped those in of­fice cli­mates with some sim­ple er­gonomics. Sylvia Yea­ger re­turned again this year to talk about stress in­di­ca­tors and Cec Hanec closed the ses­sion with a great pre­sen­ta­tion about de­vel­op­ing, main­tain­ing and ex­pand­ing a cus­tomer base.

Pro­fes­sion­als learn­ing from pro­fes­sion­als — yet an­other rea­son when build­ing or ren­o­vat­ing to deal with a MHBA mem­ber.

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