Award honours ‘voice of reason’
A housing industry veteran has been honoured for his contribution to the overall betterment of Alberta’s housing construction industry.
Onufry Shi nkewski — v i ce - president of the Edmonton region of Genstar Development Co. and outgoing president of the Urban Development Institute-Alberta — was recently honoured with the annual Maple Leaf Award.
“He is the voice of reason and knowledge,” says president Deep Shergill of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Alberta, who is also president of Prominent Homes.
The awa r d h o n o u r s a nonbuilder member who has not only contributed to the industry, but the associations linked to it.
In Shinkewski’s role as president of the UDI-Alberta, he served as a director of the CHBA-Alberta.
He recently stepped down as UDI-Alberta president, turning over the reins to Ray Watkins of G3 Development Services Inc., an Edmonton-based company that also works in Calgary.
Members of the Calgary branch of UDI also re-elected a board of directors who had served two-year terms and agreed to run again.
These are Michael Dutczak of Carma Developers, Chris Kolozetti of United Communities, Jaydan Tait of Grosvenor, Marcello Chiacchia of Genstar Development Co. and Don Merl o of Car ma Developers.
They join chairman Don McLeod, who is with WestCreek Developments, as well as Richard Priest of Apex Limited Partnership, Glynn Hendry of Qualico Communities, Paul Taylor of Hopewell Residential Communities, Mark Wynker of Stantec Consulting Ltd., Karin Finley of Qualico Communities, and Doug Porozni of Ronmore Holdings Inc.
These seven directors are on the second year of their two-year commitment. One spot remains vacant on the board.
In his i naugural speech at a recent annual general meeting, Watkins announced t he next UDI-Alberta conference will be held April 29 at the Calgary Coast Plaza Hotel, 1316 33 St. N.E.
The focus of the conference will be green and the day will include industry leader forecasts for the year.
The annual Calgary Spirit of UDI Awards honouring volunteers within the organization, which represents the residential construction i ndustry, will be held the night before the conference at the same location.