Giving thanks for a great year of building
AS 2014 draws to a close, the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association wants to take this opportunity to recognize and thank those people who made this past year a success. The residential construction industry is a huge part of Manitoba’s economy, accounting for a $3.9 billion impact, more than 27,000 jobs, more than $1.4 billion in wages and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in government tax revenue. Of course, initial kudos must go to the volunteers and staff that drive the MHBA. There are nine standing committees of the association with approximately 10 representatives per committee. That means 90 people are giving their time and expertise to the MHBA each year. That means that numerous companies recognize the importance of being involved in their professional association. It doesn’t work without this kind of commitment. The Manitoba Home Builders’ Association presents both large and small events. The spring and fall Parade of Homes are the largest and best run in Canada. The Home Expressions Show in March and the Kitchen Bath and Renovation Show in January are the largest events held in the RBC Convention Centre. Tens of thousands of people participate in these four very public events. At the other end of the spectrum, the MHBA hosts housing forums, educational seminars, awards evenings, dinner meetings, golf and curling outings and a variety of other activities that encourage interaction and professional development among members. A huge thank you goes to all of the various sponsors, too many to list, but many of whom can be found in the individual categories of the MHBA web site.
Legislation , policies, practices and procedures can be frustrating at the best of times. However, without full consultation, they can be almost impossible. Recognition and thanks must go to the open door policies of Premier Greg Selinger and the many ministers and their staff whose portfolios have a tremendous impact on the residential construction industry. Similarly, across the floor, Brian Pallister and Jon Gerrard ensure that all sides are being heard. Mayors Brian Bowman and Sam Katz, all of Executive Policy Committee and Council and everyone at Planning Property and Development work very hard under trying circumstances to keep Winnipeg vibrant and prosperous. The MHBA is the envy of other major urban centre based housing associations due to the co-operative approach taken by the City of Winnipeg. Local media ask tough but fair questions and report things as they are; fellow industry associations bond together for a common cause; and let’s never forget those charitable organizations (especially Habitat and Variety) who are so close to our hearts and recognize the importance of housing. Wishing everyone a most happy 2015.
Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association
Mike Moore, president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association, left, talks with