OBOA AwardsCelebrating outstanding achievements
OBOA AwardsCelebrating outstanding achievements
Gold standards for a better built Ontario.
For more than 48 years, extraordinary Building Professionals across Ontario have earned the distinction of being OBOA award recipients by providing outstanding career service that has made a gold standard impact on their municipality, the OBOA and our industry. We invite you to help us applaud OBOA members and industry professionals for their contributions to a better built Ontario.
Highest Association Recognition
Life Membership (Members)
For contributing many years of exceptional service to the OBOA.
Mike Seiling, CET, CBCO
Mike Seiling is the Director of Building & Chief Building Official (CBO) for the City of Kitchener and a Past President of the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA). Mike has made significant contributions to the OBOA and the Building Official profession starting in 2005 when he joined the OBOA Board to represent Region D to when he left the Board as Past President in 2017. In 2018 Mike was also awarded the OBOA Andy Kidd Award in appreciation for work beyond his President duties.
During his 2-year term as President Mike worked tirelessly to improve industry relations with municipalities and partner organizations. We are grateful for Mike’s leadership in improving OBOA financial sustainability, expanding the OBOA training portfolio, and cultivating better communication with members and industry stake holders.
Awarded for remarkable dedication and impact.
|2017||David Potter, CBCO|
|2016||Leo Cusumano - City of Mississauga|
|2015||Ken Andrus - Municipality of Port Hope|
|2014||Dean Findlay - City of Peterborough|
|1995||Peter Finn | R.K (Bud) Watson|
|1977||W. R. Hamilton|
The President’s Award
Andy Kidd Award (Members)
For providing outstanding career service to the OBOA and our members.
Mike Seiling, CET, CBCO
Mike Seiling is the Director of Building & Chief Building Official (CBO) for the City of Kitchener and a Past President of the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA). Mike has made significant contributions to the OBOA and the Building Official profession starting in 2005. In 2018 Mike was also awarded the OBOA Life Membership Award in appreciation for his work as OBOA President.
Throughout his years of service, Mike held the board portfolios of President, Internship Chair, Awards Chair, Corporate Fundraising Chair and Government Relations Chair. During his 2-year term as President Mike worked tirelessly to improve industry relations with municipalities and partner organizations. We are grateful for Mike’s leadership in improving OBOA financial sustainability, expanding the OBOA training portfolio, and cultivating better communication with members and industry stake holders.
The award is named after Andy Kidd who was a City of Kitchener Plan Examiner for 20 years. Unfortunately Andy died from a sudden illness in 1985, and 6 months short of his retirement. Andy was well liked by his peers, a straight shooter and mentored a number of staff including Laurier Proulx. In a recent interview with Laurier, he recalled a few stories including Laurier’s first few weeks as a young and new building official performing plan review on houses. Fortunately for Laurier, his mentor was a self taught, forthright person who completed ICI plan examinations, his name was Andy Kidd.
When Laurier was recalling stories of Andy, there was a pause by Laurier and then a huge smile on his face, Laurier went on to say “Andy was enthusiastic; this was the salesperson in Andy”. Andy was OBOA President from 1982 till 1984 and represented OBOA on the original Materials Evaluation Code Interpretation Committee, also known as MACIC.
Back in the mid-1980’s, a popular and strategic trait of Andy’s when faced with conflicting code opinions was to hold three meetings with the customer. The first meeting Andy would say to the customer it can’t be done, the answer is NO, the second meeting he would show the customer that possibly we can work this technical issue out and finally at the third meeting Andy would complete the final negotiations and hammer out an acceptable and agreeable solution.
It’s not hard to figure out Andy Kidd was extremely successful, he had drive, he enjoyed doing what he did best, he used strategy to reach key objectives, he was a mentor to the next generation of building officials and he was well respected by his peers.
|2016||Leo Cusumano||City of Mississauga|
|2014||Dean Findlay||City of Peterborough|
|2012||Lynn Balfour||Richmond Hill Ontario|
|2010||J. T. Hewitson||Burlington Ontario|
|2008||John DeVries||Richmond Hill Ontario|
|2006||Leo Grellette||Vaughan Ontario|
|2004||Ronald Kolbe||Oro-Medonte Ontario|
|2002||Brian Horsman||North Bay Ontario|
|2001||Dan Mousseau||Burlington Ontario|
|1999||Yaman Uzumeri||Toronto Ontario|
|1998||Tony Chow||Etobicoke Ontario|
|1997||Garry Davis||Oakville Ontario|
|1996||Don Livingston||Toronto Ontario|
|1995||Peter Finn||Omemee Ontario|
|1994||Gord Allison||Barrie Ontario|
|1993||Terry Willing||Kingston Ontario|
|1992||Syl Allard||Sault Ste. Marie Ontario|
|1991||Denis Petry||Cornwall Ontario|
|1990||Ray Weido||Milton Ontario|
|1989||Tom & June Powdrill||Lakefield Ontario|
|1988||Kenneth Turner||London Ontario|
|1987||Christos Spanis||Barrie Ontario|
|1986||George Korz||Hamilton Ontario|
Codes and Standards
Don Beam Award (Members and Non-Members)
For untiring dedication and devotion to codes and standards and safety.
This award is named after Mr. Don Beam a lifelong resident of Beamsville, Ontario. He started his career as a building official before moving to the private sector in the steel industry representing the Canadian Institute for Steel Construction. Don was very active in the area of building code training which has benefited the association greatly. He was also very prominent in the administration of this association through his presence and Chairing of the OBOA Annual General Meeting in the 1980’s.
- Member or Non-Member of the OBOA
- A person who has made a significant contribution to this Association through codes & standards or education training
- Not necessarily awarded every year.
|2015||Al Peach||Windsor Ontario|
|2010||James Harmer||Township of East Zorra-Tavistock|
|2008||Jacques Girouard||Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing|
|2007||Jim Witmer||City of Kitchene|
|2003||Ken Boschoff||Association of Municipalities of Ontario|
|2002||Michael D. Ludolph||George Brown College|
|2001||David Watson||Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing|
|1998||Ali Arlani||Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing|
|1990||David Hodgson||Ministry of Housing|
|1986||Lou Vaughan||Consulting Fire Protection Engineer|
Bill Henderson Award (Members and Non-Members)
For honesty and integrity of service to the OBOA.
Greg Trizisky – CBCO, CRBO, CPSO, WETT
This award is presented posthumously to Greg Trizisky with grateful appreciation for his outstanding service, tremendous leadership skills, passion, self-sacrifice and dedication for the advancement of the Building Official profession and the OBOA. He will be greatly missed.
Greg started his career in Port Hope and demonstrated exceptional commitment and loyalty from day one. Greg got involved with the Golden Triangle Chapter at the executive level when he joined the chapter executive in 2009 and continued contributing in this capacity until December 2016. This included serving as the Chapter Chair from 2012-2016, the Co-chair of the OBOA 2016 AMTS and leading his chapter to the receipt of multiple OBOA Chapter of the Year awards. Greg was a huge proponent of the chapter system as he felt the OBOA works best when members are represented locally and change happens from the bottom up.
Greg was a vital part of the launching of OBOA private training courses. He assisted in all aspects from writing questions, taking sample exams and more importantly encouraging numerous others within his sphere of influence to help as well.
During Greg’s tenure as the Golden Triangle executive he helped steer and lead the chapter into its current model – a chapter with several subcommittees that meet regularly, offer training courses in the region, book meetings and presenters up to two years in advance, and actively encourage networking, communication and self-awareness of responsibility to local charities and the Building Official profession.
He was a great marketer, often called the “King of Swag” by his peers for his love of embedding the Golden Triangle Logo on all kinds of items in efforts to promote his chapter.
The Bill Henderson Award is the most prestigious award any OBOA member can attain as they have mirrored his professionalism and dedication while accepting a continuing legacy to participate and further the professional aims and objectives of Building Officials and the OBOA.
- Member or Non-Member of the OBOA
- A person with proven leadership skills, passion, self-sacrifice and dedication for the advancement of this Association
- She/he will have a positive track record
- Not necessarily awarded every year
- Cannot receive this award multiple times
This award is named after Bill Henderson, who started his Municipal career with the City of Toronto. In 1965 Bill came to the former City of Scarborough from the City of Toronto along with George Fleming. Bill assumed the role of Director of Administration under George who was the new Commissioner of Building. Bill progressed through the ranks in Scarborough, and attained the position of Director of Inspections from which he retired in 1987.
Bill was President of the OBOA from 1984 to 1987 when the term was 1 year at a time. Bill realized at that time the OBOA needed to be reflective of all building officials in Ontario regardless of Municipal size and Bill worked tirelessly to unite various fractured groups. Past President Garry Davis considers this point in time to be the turning point of what OBOA and its membership is today.
Bill was a founding member of MITEC (Municipal Inspectors Training and Education Committee) which in partnership with MMAH commenced the development of the Building Code and Building Code Act courses which we enjoy to-day.
Bill always remained loyal and interactive with Building Officials and the OBOA even after retirement. Bill was a willing mentor to those who were interested in his experiences including discussions over the future direction of OBOA and professionalism of the Building Official.
Bill continued facilitating the Legal Processes courses long after retirement and many participants would tell you he was one of the best legal facilitators OBOA ever had. He often remarked facilitating was competing with his retirement.
Bill never lost his love and dedication for OBOA. Bill was often referred to as the conscience of the association never missing a business meeting and was always prepared to be at the podium.
Bill embodied what a Building Official could be; should be; and was often envied but most importantly respected for. When Bill Henderson spoke, you listened.
|2016||Janice Newsome||Town of Hearst|
|2016||Building Code Services Branch||City of Ottawa|
|2016||Host Committee||Golden Triangle Chapter|
|2015||Departments and Staff||Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel|
|2015||City of Mississauga||Building Services Division|
|2015||City of Toronto||- Building Services Division|
|2014||Scott Jibb||Township of Hamilton|
|2014||Building Services Division||Township of Hamilton|
|2014||Building and Development||City Of St. Catharines|
|2013||Bill Plewes||Town of Collingwood|
|2009||Raymond Hachigian||Township of the Archipelago|
|2008||Keith Glaze||Dundas Ontario|
|2008||Stu Humphrey||London Ontario|
|2005||Colin Bird -||Kenora Ontario|
|2003||Christopher Williams||Aird & Berlis|
|2002||Willy Wong||Mississauga, Ontario|
|2001||Don Tedford||Hanover Ontario|
|2000||Reg McCurdy||Foxboro Ontario|
|1999||Tony Krimmer||Waterloo Ontario|
|1998||Rocky Cerminara||London Ontario|
|1997||Leo Longo||Aird & Berlis|
|1997||Roy E. Booth||Coldwater Ontario|
International Award of Excellence
Yaman Uzumeri (Members and Non-Members)
For the exceptional contribution and devotion to the building regulatory industry and furthering of the professional excellence of the industry.
Tim Moore City of Markham
In honour and recognition of Yaman Uzumeri upon his retirement from the City of Toronto for his continued contribution to the building regulatory industry at the International level, this award is dedicated.
Awarded, at the International, National or Provincial level, to an individual, a Corporation or an Association whose continued contribution and devotion to the building regulatory industry has furthered the professional excellence of the industry as a whole.
|2015||Tim Moore||City of Markham|
|2014||Plan. and Dev. Services Department||Mun. of Port Hope|
|2013||Building Permit & Insp. Ser. Dept||City of Oshawa|
|2010||Arlene Gregoire||City of Ottawa|
|2009||Leo Longo||Arid & Berli|
|2008||Douglas Luciani||President Canadian Welding Bureau|
|2007||Wally Bailey||President International Code Council|
|2006||The Honourable Minister||Mr. John Gerretsen|
|2005||Canadian Welding Bureau|
|2003||International Code Council|
|2001||Ontario Association of Architects|
The Bill Davis Ontario Merit Award (Non-Members)
For provincial ministry or government agency employees who support the advancement of Building Official or construction industry goals.
P.Eng. Port Stanley
John was hired fulltime in early 1977 and worked the next 32 years for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs until he retired in 2009. Specializing in structural design, his duties included working with the OBOA to standardize and improve information and to promote the proper construction of Farm Buildings. John served as the Ministry liaison with farm building contractors, chief building officials, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Office of the Fire Marshal on farm building issues. He made a tremendous contribution throughout his years of service, authoring numerous factsheets and articles on various construction topics related to farm building design, repair and safety and presenting on these subjects. John travelled to many OBOA chapter and educational meetings, and, in concert with Buildings Branch, MMAH, incorporated new sections into the Ontario Building Code pertaining to farm buildings.
The OBOA enjoys a professional working relationship with Ministry staff at all levels and important topics such as advocacy and education/training. This award is to recognize and formally affirm that this Association welcomes and appreciates this relationship and looks forward to future working relations.
Prior to the creation of this new award, it was customary for a Ministry staff person to be recognized with a Special Recognition Certificate at the OBOA Annual Meeting and Training Sessions.
- Member of a Provincial Ministry or Government agency or affiliate such as NRC
- Cannot receive this award multiple time
- A person who has furthered the aims and objectives of Building Officials and the industry as a whole
- Not necessarily awarded every year
The Bill Davis, Ontario Merit Award was created in 2011 to demonstrate the respect and appreciation provincial building officials have for Ministry staff (elected or non-elected) where s/he has furthered the aims and objectives of Ontario Building Officials or the construction industry as a whole.
Bill Davis was a member of the Ontario legislature from 1962-1971 including Minister of Education and the Premier of Ontario from 1971-1985. The OBOA is very fortunate and thrilled to have an award named in honour of Bill Davis, a respected person, politician and proven leader.
The first Ontario Building Code was the result of an exhaustive study titled “Report of the Committee on Uniform Building Standards for Ontario” dated November 1969. On February 21, 1968, the Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Honourable W. Darcy McKeough while in the legislature outlined steps the government was prepared to take in considering a standard building code for the Province of Ontario. A few months later in the same year, Minister McKeough announced the establishment of a Committee on Uniform Building Standards for Ontario, the Committee being composed of individuals who were knowledgeable and experienced about buildings and building by-laws to examine all essential facets of uniform building standards.
The Objectives of the Committee included whether a building code for Ontario was feasible, applying to all municipalities to promote and support uniform and effective enforcement and interpretation of the code in all municipalities of the province. Additional objectives included reviewing existing provincial acts, regulations and department policies and how can they be dealt with effectively. Finally the Province of Ontario will have a code that is rational in its requirements, free of provisions that lack a base in fact or proof, capable of enforcement without development of a rigid or insensitive bureaucracy; one that is administered in a manner that allows the public ready methods of appeal as to content and enforcement and that is capable of regular up-dating through efficient revision procedures.
A final report titled “Report of the Committee on Uniform Building Standards for Ontario” dated November 1969 consisting of 127 pages was received and approved by the Government. Experienced industry people including building officials like Don Tedford continue to remember this report as it was well known as the Carruthers Report, Chaired by C.D. Carruthers, P.Eng., a Consultant and member of the National Building Code. There were eleven Committee members including three Building Officials; G.H. Fleming (Scarborough), J.G. Hooper (Peterborough) and I.R Robertson (Hamilton and Past President of the OBOA).
Under the leadership of Bill Davis, Premier of Ontario, the government accepted the Carruthers Report and created the very first inaugural Ontario Building Code (1975). Ironically the 1975 Ontario Building Code was enacted with an effective date of March 1, 1976. Additional points and history of the 1975 Ontario Building Code reveals the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations (MCCR) was the first home for the code with Mr. Graham Adam, MCCR Director.
The MCCR home for the Ontario Building Code (OBC) was short lived, after one year the OBC moved to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH). MMAH was a better fit for the OBC because MCCR was set up for hearing consumer complaints and more importantly for building officials, there were no training opportunities under this portfolio. The first Director of the Building’s Branch within MMAH was Mr. Dave Hodgson, a former Clerk in the Hamilton area.
After a few short years the Ministry of Affairs and Housing split creating two Ministries; Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Ministry of Housing. The OBC was relocated to Ministry of Housing and this explains how some older Ministry documents reference Housing only; the Cadbury secret! The splitting of MMAH into two Ministries was short lived as well, lasting only a couple of years. Both Ministries were rejoined to form the MMAH we know and enjoy today.
Prior to the OBC, construction regulations were enacted to varying standards, spurring inconsistencies throughout the Province and very different from the present enforcement. Pre-Ontario Building Code, many municipalities across Canada passed a By-Law (Building) to prescribe what edition and revision of the National Building Code would apply for minimum code requirements, assuming those adopted the entire National Code. The passing of By-Laws by each municipality created uncertainty in the construction industry and thus defeating the objective of uniformity.
In retrospect, where would Building Officials be today if not for the Carruthers Report and the adoption of Ontarios’ first Building Code? Further how different would the OBOA (est. 1956) function and purpose be today without a Provincial Building Code? Looking back at the goals and objectives of the Carruthers Report, OBOA continues to support these initiatives while working with and advocating Ministry staff.
|2012||Jeff Levitt||Toronto Ontario|
|2011||Michael DeLint||Toronto Ontario|
Meritorious Service Recognition
Tom Powdrill Award (Formerly the Chapter of the year Award)
For OBOA Chapters who demonstrate a dedication to professional development by proactively hosting educational courses and seminars.
|2017||Northern Lights Chapter|
|2016||Golden Triangle Chapter|
|2015||Simcoe County & District Chapter|
|2014||Janice Newsome - Boreal Chapter|
|2013||Ed Picco - Northern Lights Chapter|
|2010||Pine Ridge Chapter|
|2008||Wellington Waterloo & District Chapter|
|2007||Brant County Chapter|
|2006||Pine Ridge Chapter|
|2005||Brant County Chapter|
|2003||Sunset Country Chapter|
|2001||Golden Triangle Chapter|
|2000||Brant County Chapter|
|1999||Northern Lights Chapter|
Special Recognition Award
(Members and Non-Members)
For an individual who has gone above and beyond to advance the goals of the OBOA and the construction industry.
Presented to an Association or Individual that has, in the judgement of the Board, furthered the aims and objectives of Building Officials and the industry as a whole.
|2016||Marianne Brown - Orr Brown Consulting Engineers Ltd|
|2016||Alison - Orr Brown Consulting Engineers Ltd|
|2015||John Mignardi - City of Toronto|
|2015||Dan Dale - Town of Aylmer|
|2014||Lisa Rogers - Committee Volunteers|
|2014||Mike Speziale - IPEX|
|2013||Bobbi Lovering - Township of Oro-Medonte|
|2013||Kevin Mayville - City of Windsor|
|2012||Ted Allen - Supervising Prosecutor Region of York|
|2012||Brie-Anne Horsman - OBOA Conference -Volunteer|
|2012||Doug Tarry - OHBA|
|2011||Danny Hui - MMAH|
|2011||Kelly Smith - City of Orillia|
|2011||Lorraine Neal - OBOA Conference - Companions Program|
|2010||Ralph Palumbo - Pathway Group|
|2009||Lale Kustu - MMAH|
|2009||Phil Gerrard - Township of North Grenville|
|2009||Bob Mercer - CGC|
|2009||Mike Speziale - IPEX|
|2008||Mannie Withrow - President ACBOA|
|2008||Lee Anne Doyle - Windsor Ontario|
|2008||Rocky Cerminera - Windsor Ontario|
|2008||Syl Allard - City of Elliot Lake|
|2007||Keith Daw - Burlington Ontario|
|2007||Waterloo Region Chief Building Officials Committee|
|2007||Manitoba Building Officials Association|
|2007||Steven Gould - Peterborough Ontario|
|2006||Tammy Constantino - MMAH|
|2004||Vito Spatafora - Richmond Hill|
|2004||Ali Arlani - Ministry of the Attorney General|
|2003||Joe Shaughnessy - Unistitch|
Exhibitor Special Recognition Award
(Members and Non-Members)
For exceptional contribution to the OBOA Annual Meeting and Training Sessions.
Steve Favalaro, CityView Inc.
Exhibitors play a big role in delivering a rich AMTS experience for OBOA members and the construction industry. For over 8 years, staff from CityView have attended the OBOA AMTS and contributed to an environment filled with data sharing, idea generation, and collaboration that results in life-long relationships.
Presented to an AMTS Exhibitor that has, in the judgement of the Board, furthered the aims and objectives of Building Officials and the industry as a whole by furthering their knowledge base through their representation at the Annual Meeting and Training Sessions for multiple years. Thus providing industry leading manufacturers the opportunity to network and assist in providing this information to the building officials in an effort to keep up with new products, technology, building science and code changes.
|2017||Roxul Inc. - Trudy Puls|
|2017||Mitek Canada Inc. - Jean-Marc Lefebvre|
|2017||Weyerhaeuser - Steve McManus|
|2016||Brian McBain - ULC|
|2016||Bob Bielawski - Mainline Backflow Products|
|2016||Marko Merhar - Boise Cascade|
|2015||Cifford Strassburger - Polyurethane Foam Systems|
|2015||Tammy Dockery - The Personal|
|2015||Steven Street - Wood-Works!|
|2014||Mike Speziale - IPEX|
|2014||William Monaghan - Cast Iron Soil Pipe (Bibby Ste. Croix)|
|2014||Andrew B. Cole - CUFCA|
|2014||Frank Campacci - Durock|
|2014||Joe Innocente - BASF|
|2013||Keven Rector - NUDURA|
|2013||Luis Romero - CWB Group|
|2013||Craig Ritchie - Home Hardware|
|2013||John Smith - Dryvit Systems Canada|
|2013||Jason Reid - USP Structural Connectors|
|2012||Jim Boyer - Direct IT|
|2012||Brian Pedersen - Icynene|
|2012||Tyler Simpson - Owens Corning|
|2012||Richard Baumgartner - Plasti-Fab|
|2012||Paolo Leone - Print Three|
|2012||Richard Turpin - Techno-Metal Post|
|2011||Unika Hypolite - UPONOR|
|2011||Dave Roberts - TARION|
|2011||Simpson Strong Tie - Rick Ward|
|2011||Raj Mangat - Interactive Technical Software|
|2011||Keith Brebner - NUCO INC|
Certificate of Appreciation
For outstanding service contribution to the OBOA
City of Ottawa
Presented to an Individual that has, in the judgement of the Board, provided some outstanding service to the Ontario Building Officials Association.
|2016||Greg Trizisky - City of Ottawa|
|2016||Norm Allen - City of Ottawa|
|2014||Chris Peck - City of St. Thomas|
|2007||Eastern Sense Restaurant|
|2007||Abby Reynolds - Barrie Press|
|2006||Mayor William Bel|