business planning & management

Course Length: 2 days

Date: TBD

Location: North York/Thornhill, ON

Price: Join the wait list for free!

Join the wait list and we will notify you ​once the next course is taking place. The course fee is $649 + HST and this includes the exam, all participant materials, a light breakfast, and lunch.

Group rates are available for groups of 6 or more, please contact training@buildability.ca

  • Learn how to prepare for your Tarion interview

  • Get hands-on advice from established builders

  • RECEIVE tips from advertising and marketing experts

  • Only two days!


With advice from the Presidents of two successful Ontario Home builders, learn the best strategies and practices on how to build your business. From acquiring land and applying for permits to management systems and contracting with trades, Sean Mason (Sean Mason Homes), Peter Saturno (Midhaven Homes) and Michael Lio (buildABILITY Corporation), will guide you through each and every step of the home builder process.

Special guest presenters may include Cece Torchia (Apt. 3304) and Caitlin Purssell (Apt. 3304) who are expert advertisers and marketers. 

Course objectives

This workshop discusses topics such as:

  • How to get started: The process to become a registered builder in Ontario

  • Acquiring land

  • Navigating the permit applications and process

  • Successful contracts with Trades

  • Creating your company’s Statement of vision, objectives and goals

  • Creating a successful Financial Plan, including: Pro-forma statement of operations (income statement), Pro-forma statement of financial position (balance sheet) and Cash flow estimates

  • Creating a Marketing Plan using advice and strategies from successful builders

  • Implementing your own Marketing Plan, including: market research, planning, pricing, sales strategy, advertising plan and more!

  • Implementing an Operating plan to ensure the continued success of your business


Michael lio, P.eng

buildability CORPORATION

Michael has worked with builders across Canada for more than 30 years.  He has worked with Tarion since 1988 as a consultant and most recently as a board member. Michael has been a consumer advocate over his entire career. He has been the Executive Director of the Consumers Council of Canada (2000 to 2008) and the Homeowner Protection Centre (2009 to 2014). He has represented consumers on various organizations including the boards of ESA, TSSA, and Advertising Standards Canada. Michael has facilitated hundreds of training sessions for audiences across Canada. Recently, he authored the publication, Best Practices for Builder Customer Service as a compendium of procedures and policies from the very best home builders from across Canada and the United States. Michael has built a tool kit for builders to immediately improve their relationship with their homeowners.

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