business planning & management
Be prepared for your HCRA interview with this course!
Get expert advice from entrepreneurs, builders, and marketing professionals.
Learn how to prepare for your HCRA interview
Get hands-on advice from established builders
RECEIVE tips from advertising and marketing experts
Engage in problem solving exercises that apply to real-life
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.
By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
Describe how to get started: the process to become a registered builder in Ontario
Describe the home building process from acquiring land to servicing warranty claims
Create your company’s vision, mission, values, objectives, and goals
Create a successful business plan
Create a marketing plan, including market research, planning, pricing, sales strategies, and an advertising plan
Describe the various new home builder risks and the insurance products available to mitigate the risks
Apply Bulletin 28
Identify the key information needed to prepare for the HCRA interview
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Michael lio, P.eng
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.
Robert ran his own custom home building company for over 25 years garnering numerous provincial, national design awards and being named Ontario Homebuildersâ€™ Association member of the year. Robert has also served on numerous boards and contributed back to the industry, including: Chair of OHBA Technical Committee; Part 9, OBC; Building Material Evaluation Commission (BMEC); Electrical Safety Authority (ESA); Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) Small Business Advisory Committee; OHBA/Tarion Liaison Committee; along with being charter member of the Tarion Construction Performance Guidelines.
Robert Rawlings, pmp
Parkbridge Lifestyle communities
Note: This is part of the new HCRA Education Criteria as of February 1, 2021 for new applicants proposing to build residential freehold and low-rise condominium under Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code. For more information on what competencies you need to meet, please visit “HCRA's Getting Registered Page“.
This is a technical workshop intended for persons wishing to become a HCRA registered homebuilder. buildABILITY reserves the right to limit registration to individuals with the necessary demonstrated prerequisite knowledge and expertise.
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