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Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association
ANNOUNCES ITS 43rd PRESIDENT

WATERLOO REGION, ON (May 30, 2016) – Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association (WRHBA) is pleased to announce its 43rd President, Mr. Kevin Fergin. He succeeds Graem Jackson.

Kevin was elected to the WRHBA Board of Directors in 2012 and the following year he was appointed to the Executive Committee.  As a Board Officer, he has moved up through the ranks annually holding the positions of Treasurer, 2nd and then 1st Vice President ahead of becoming President of the award winning Home Builder chapter. Kevin also serves on a number of WRHBA’s liaison committees including the Region of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener, as well as various ad-hoc committees. In addition, he is a member of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s Board of Directors.

Working out of Stantec Consulting Ltd.’s Waterloo Region office, Kevin is the Sector Lead for Community Development group in Canada East for Stantec and the office leader of over 350 staff. Kevin’s experience spans more than 17 years in professional consulting engineering as project director and technical consultant responsible for the business growth of the Community Development practice across eastern Canada. Kevin’s recent notable projects in Waterloo Region include the environmental cleanup and upgrades to Victoria Park Lake in Kitchener, the Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health facility expansion in Waterloo, and most recently is involved in the long awaited expansion of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

Kevin is a LEED Green Associate, holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and his Professional Engineering License from the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

In addition to his work at Stantec, Kevin is a Past President of the Brantford Home Builders’ Association (2010), a member of the City of Kitchener Economic Development Committee, a member of the Board of Directors Sustainable Waterloo Region and a director-at-large for Family and Children Services Agency Board of Waterloo Region.

Having worked hands on in a local family home building business that has built over 500 homes in Waterloo Region, Kevin has firsthand knowledge of the home building industry and a natural passion for advocacy to ensure that everyone enjoys the benefits of affordable home ownership in our community.

Since 1946, the Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association (WRHBA) has been “the voice of residential development and construction industry”—one of the most vital and enterprising industries in Canada. WRHBA represents over 200 member companies comprised of all disciplines involved in residential construction. WRHBA is built on a vision to be a leader in supporting our industry by fostering a vital membership through advocacy, resource sharing and education and in its commitment to improve new housing affordability and choice for new home purchasers and renovation consumers through positively impacting legislation, regulation and policy that affect the industry at all levels of government.

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WRHBA… In the News!

November 26, 2016 – Home Builders – Building Communities and Building Up Our Youth!

November 19, 2016 – WRHBA Proudly Recognizes its 2016 Association Award Recipients

November 5, 2016 – WRHBA Recognizes Industry Achievers at its 70th Anniversary Gala

WRHBA Charity of Choice

WRHBA is excited to announce that Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region is the 2017-18 Charity of Choice.


WRHBA Ray of Hope Renovation

In March 2014, the Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association (WRHBA) was pleased to announce the launch of a community cooperative construction project in support of Ray of Hope. Since 1967, Ray of Hope has been a highly valued community outreach organization that provides care, hope and support to people who are disadvantaged, marginalized, or troubled.

With the combined efforts of WRHBA member companies including Conestoga College, a six week renovation got underway on March 3rd. The renovation transformed existing space into new offices, a reception area and a common gathering place at Ray of Hope’s King Street East location in Kitchener. Over 60 students from the college’s Centre for Construction Trades Outreach Program (CCTOP) and Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) assisted in the renovation alongside a multitude of WRHBA trades people, contractors and industry stakeholders who lent their skills, expertise, time, talent and donations to offset the construction cost. Through this ‘living classroom’, students were able to get a first-hand account and exposure to the fundamentals of best building practices, and better understood how and what they learned in school translates to the work site.

WRHBA would like to thank everyone who was involved in the renovation process, without their assistance, the project could not have been completed.

March 5, 2014 – WRHBA Media Release – Home Builders Care!

March 15, 2014 – The Value of Interdependence

March 22, 2014 – Hands on Work Proves Invaluable

April 5, 2014 – RenoMark – Renovator’s Mark of Excellence

April 12, 2014 – WRHBA – Committed to Creating Exceptional Communities

April 19, 2014 – WRHBA Shines a Light on Ray of Hope

Demo has begun!

Steel Stud Framing
Thank you to the Conestoga College WIST Students for their work during week 1!

Drywall Stage

Mudding and Taping

Thank you to Conestoga College’s Reno Tech students for their hard work!

WRHBA Creating Communities

Click here to view Creating Communities – WRHBA’s special feature in the Waterloo Region Record

WRHBA Wins OHBA 2012 Local Association of the Year!

Please click the following link to view the media release – 2012 September WRHBA Media Release – WRHBA Wins OHBA Local of the Year!

WRHBA would like to thank our members for their continued support, and recognizes that this win could not be possible without our dedicated members!

Please see below for photos of WRHBA members holding the OHBA Local Association of the Year trophy.

WRHBA’s Education House

The Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association (WRHBA) knows that our population in Waterloo Region is growing and it’s no different across Ontario. More and more, skilled trades are in demand and as our understanding of construction science grows and evolves they must be well-trained to meet the demands of changing building code and environmental needs.

WRHBA is pleased to have completed its first ever Education House, a place which brought to life all areas of study to educate students on the fundamentals for best building practices, as well as unique and innovative products so they could better understand how and what they learned in school translated to the work site. With the combined efforts from various member companies, WRHBA built the home to support and promote the Association as well as Conestoga College School of Trades and Apprenticeship.

Acting as a living classroom, the Education House combined the students’ class work with tours of the home as it was under construction and the opportunity to discuss what was being built and how it was being constructed with local trades. Being able to watch the staff at Churchill Homes build the house from start to finish meant they could witness for themselves the rewards of a commitment to craftsmanship and quality home construction. The experience proved valuable.  “While taking the theory behind buildings is certainly useful there is nothing as good as going onsite and walking through an actual building in progress,” commented Judi Westcott, Professor of Carpentry at Conestoga College. “Much of what the students saw in the home were aspects we had talked about in class including the structure itself, transference of loads to the ground, energy shield installation concerns, air barrier installation, cutouts in structural members and framing of arched windows to mention a few areas.”

The Education House is situated on a 40’ lot purchased from William J. Gies Construction Ltd. The home is set in the prestigious Waterloo Nature’s Watch community, located at 308 Westpark Crescent. Churchill Homes created their Fort Francis model, a 2195 square foot home with an oversized fabulous upper-floor family room complete with high ceilings and sliding doors that lead to a generous covered balcony; gorgeous hardwood floors along with ceramics and granite countertops in the kitchen all add to the overall beauty of this quality built energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® home.

 The Education House officially opened its doors to the public on Friday, January 28 at its ribbon-cutting ceremony and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Local dignitaries, most notably Peter Braid, MP, The Honourable John Milloy, MPP, Minister of Training & Education, Elizabeth Witmer, MPP, Dan Glenn-Graham, Acting Mayor, City of Kitchener, Jean Haalboom, Council, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Zyg Janecki, Council, City of Kitchener, Mark Whaley, Council, City of Waterloo and Dr. John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College, all commented on the leadership demonstrated by the Education House and its strong cooperative efforts to prepare our students to become future trades and a valued cornerstone in the growth of our industry and economy.