Our Faculty

All our courses are taught by industry experts who are eager to share their knowledge and experiences. 

We've built our courses for future builders because we believe the best learning happens through discussion with your peers and with an expert facilitating.

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MICHAEL LIO, P.Eng, M.Eng

President, buildABILITY Corporation

Michael is a professional engineer who has consulted on projects and publications across North America relating to housing, energy efficiency, and sustainability. His studies have supported the development of the Energy Star for New Homes program in Ontario, the EnerGuide Rating System, and the new R-2000 Program.

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 was the Executive Director of the Consumers Council of Canada (2000 to 2008) and the Homeowner Protection Centre (2009 to 2014) and represented consumers on the boards of various organizations.

Michael has facilitated hundreds of training sessions for audiences across Canada. He also taught sustainable housing in the Architecture Program at Ryerson University for 12 years while for the last 15 years he has taught building science and building technology and ecology at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto.

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DAVE HENDERSON

Henderson Brothers Contracting and Consulting

Dave has over 30 years experience in the residential construction industry in a variety of positions from hands-on trade experience to policy, Code and Tarion development. Dave is a former Tarion Operations Manager, Director of Industry Relations for the Ontario Home Builders’ Association and most recently Supervisor of Quality Assurance for Brookfield Residential. He has been involved in every Building Code change process with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing since 1992. Dave is also a co-author of the Tarion Construction Performance Guidelines. Most recently, Dave was the Senior Builder Education Advisor for the Home Construction Regulatory Authority in Ontario. 

 

Dave currently works with builders to analyze internal processes, identifying opportunities for quality improvements and customer service excellence. He holds a Bachelor of Technology, majoring in Project Management from Ryerson University. 

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EDDY ACETI, CPA, CGA, BA, LPA

Lead Audit Partner, Aceti Falcone LLP

Eddy has over 20 years of accounting experience the majority of which was served in public accounting. Eddy’s industry expertise includes construction, medical and other professional services, manufacturing, finance and mineral exploration.

In addition to being a licensed public accountant in Ontario, Eddy is a Certified Acceptance Agent listed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Eddy is the lead audit partner for the firm. Outside of the firm Eddy has volunteered his time as a member of the finance committee for the ALS Society of Ontario.

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CLIFFORD BLUNDELL, P.Eng

Barrister and Solicitor, Blundell Professional Corporation

Cliff’s practice focuses on the areas of professional negligence and construction disputes under the Tarion regime and ONHWP Act, CCDC Contracts, Construction Liens and Adjudication, Commercial Leases, Professional Disciplinary hearings, Insurance Law, section 128 Insurance Act Appraisal, and Arbitration.

Born and raised in Toronto, Clifford obtained a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1982 and attained the designation of Professional Engineer in 1986 followed by the Certificate of Authorization in 1996 from the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

After working as a professional engineer in Canada for over 20 years, Clifford received an LLB from the National University of Ireland Galway in 2008, after which he attended the Honourable Society of the King’s Inns, in Dublin, Ireland and was called to the Bar Council of Ireland in 2010. Clifford returned to Ontario to be called to the Bar in 2015.

Clifford participates in rudimental drumming competitions throughout Canada and the US and enjoys boxing and spinning in his spare time.

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JESSICA LACEY, CPA, CA

Partner and Business Advisor, MNP

Jessica is Partner and Business Advisor with MNP’s Real Estate and Construction Services team in Markham. Jessica works closely with homebuilders, land developers, condominium developers, and commercial and multi-residential property owners to help them realize their goals, proactively plan for the future and achieve peace of mind.

Drawing on over a decade of experience, Jessica delivers a full suite of assurance, tax and strategic planning services. She brings varying areas of expertise together to problem solve for her clients’ changing needs, particularly relevant for her multi-generational clients. She enjoys often going beyond the conventional scope of accounting to help her clients make strong business decisions.

Jessica earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (HBCom) from Lakehead University. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA). Jessica is a member of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) Association’s yBILD (Young Builders) committee.

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MATTHEW GONSALVES

Associate Vice President, Foremost Financial

Matt Gonsalves is an Associate Vice President with Foremost Financial. Over the past eight years Matt has worked with hundreds of builders & developers to finance projects which include renovations, custom homes, townhomes, small condominiums, commercial construction, residential and commercial land. 

 

Matt started at Foremost as a Business Analyst working on our underwriting team, but before long, moved to our origination team. He received an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University. During his university co-op program Matt completed work terms in equity research with a large investment bank and two midsize Canadian asset managers.