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Welcome the first graduates of the Building Official Fundamentals Certificate program! Developed in partnership by the OBOA and George Brown College Continuing Education, graduates of this program are fast-tracked to the OBOA Building Code Qualified (BCQ)-Housing certification, a first step in securing a path to becoming a building official.

See the new graduates and read their bios:

Crystal Lee Abainza

Crystal Lee Abainza is a graduate of Building Officials Fundamentals Certificate program at George Brown College and a certified Building Code Qualified (BCQ) in Housing. Crystal believes in the important role that building codes, training and education play in providing safer and more efficient buildings in the community.

Crystal has worked as an Architectural Assistant for eight years in architectural design and planning consultants in Singapore. She handled medium to high-rise residential condominium projects from planning development to construction phase and accumulated significant experience in liaising with design professionals, developers, contractors, owners and approval agencies.

Crystal is a Registered Building Technician and a member of Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO). She is also a Registered Architect in the Philippines and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. “By becoming a Building Official, I want to contribute to better and safer buildings.” – Crystal Lee Abanzina

 

Jordan Ashley

Jordan Ashley has a broad range of experience and a diverse skill-set.  An energetic, committed Business Owner, Licensed Plumber, Gas Technician and recent graduate of the Building Official Fundamentals program at George Brown College,  Jordan has successfully completed MMAH exams for:  General Legal/Process, Plumbing – All Buildings, Small Buildings, HVAC-House and Building Services.  He is described by others as a “skilled communicator”, “problem solver”, and “highly recommended”.

Jordan has consistently carried his reputation and success in the construction industry in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications. In addition, he has extensive experience in the installation of mechanical systems in medical facilities, working with medical gases.

“I look forward to working as a Building Official where I can help designers and builders realize their goals while also working with the community to provide safe and efficient buildings.” – Jordan Ashley

 

John Brekelmans 

Since high school, John has been in the residential construction field since high school as a hands-on contractor. A desire for continuing education and promoting better building practices led him to George Browns, Building Officials Fundamentals Certificate Program, to obtain the Building Code Qualified designation with the OBOA. The program provided both on-line and in-class learning which prepared John for the municipal work setting. He quickly found an opportunity in a contract position which he hopes will give him the work experience to gain employment in a full-time position.

 

Richard N. Edwards

Richard is a graduate from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, with a diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology. He has worked in this field for over twenty years and has a solid background in Research and Development, as well as chemical process manufacturing. Richard enrolled in the Home Inspection Training Program at Sheridan College through Carson Dunlop and has a certificate from both institutions.

This achievement sparked Richard’s interest in becoming a building official, which led him to enrol in the George Brown Building Officials Fundamentals program. Currently, he is enrolled in additional George Brown programs, and is pursuing his Building Code Qualified (BCQ) certificate through the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA). He has already completed one of his BCIN exams and is currently studying for subsequent examinations. He is committed to writing several BCIN exams in order to acquire a broad Building Code knowledge-base and in doing so, become a versatile and effective building official.

 

Elma Kucanin 

Elma recognizes that a career as a building official offers unlimited work opportunities, rewards as well as great challenges.  She is extremely excited about having taken the initiative to complete the Building Official Fundamentals Certificate at George Brown College and to belong to the first graduating class.

Coming from a diverse background in the construction industry along with her education would enable her to contribute toward exciting initiatives and build a promising career as a building official.

 

Aleem Khan

Aleem Khan has a demonstrated history of working in the architecture, architectural visualization and planning, and building construction sectors. In addition to his Certification in Building Official Fundamentals Certificate Program he also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture.

Aleem wants to combine his career skills with his education to become a Building Official.

“As an immigrant professional, this certification program gave me an in-depth knowledge of construction technology and trends in Ontario. It also helped me understand legal and official requirements to successfully integrate my education and experience in the Ontario construction industry.”  – Aleem Khan

 

Mark McLachlan

Mark McLachlan has been involved in numerous areas within the construction sector, including framing, plumbing, welding inspection and heavy equipment operation in demolition, road construction and water, sewer and storm pipe installation.  Mark’s education involves Architectural Engineering Technology from Georgian College, and various welding inspection courses from The College of Oceaneering which led to an inspector role in the United States and various BCIN’s in House, General Legal and Part 8 On site sewage courses, in addition to the Building Officials Fundamentals Certificate from George Brown College.                         

Mark completed the Building Officials Fundamentals Certificate to expand his knowledge of the Ontario Building Code and with a goal of becoming a Building Official. He wants to ensure that construction projects are completed accurately and enjoys navigating through the complexity that some construction projects involve.

“The culmination of my construction experience combined with formal education has led to what I feel is a natural progression into a Building Official  ole, blending office and field work.” – Mark McLachlan

 

Viet Pham

“I’ve had the opportunity to learn and try several career paths in my adult life. But many of the life goals have always been connected to the construction of buildings. Being able to learn the legal and regulatory side of building construction is empowering, I’m very excited to serve my community with what I have learned so far.”

 

Benison Siu 

Ben is very passionate in promoting fire and health safety within buildings. He understands that as technology advances, so do our buildings. That’s why he believes that continuing education is the key factor to success in this industry.

Through his ten years of experience working as a structural technologist in design and drafting, he wants to take on greater responsibilities to safeguard buildings in his community. His experience also includes performing inspections on the erection of steel and concrete structures, with a strong perception that construction must be executed according to the design.

Ben is also a graduate from Seneca College in Civil Engineering Technology program with a specialty in buildings. This training has given him a great understanding of how building assemblies works coherently with each other. His recent achievement was passing eight (8) BCIN exams within four (4) months and is now qualified to inspect in all 12 classes of registrations.  Ben recently received a position as a building inspector with the East Gwillimbury.

 

Frederick Oscar Villarete 

Frederick graduated from the three-year Humber College program in Architectural Technology in 2015.  Since then he has worked in a variety of positions including residential architectural design, commercial and institutional design, and custom cabinetry.  Frederick also has experience working on drawings to presentation drawings, using both CADD and BIM.

Initially he chose to study the Ontario Building Officials program at George Brown College out of interest.  But as he progressed through the different courses on building code enforcement and different areas of the code, he discovered that an interest in the workings of the code.

“I like to apply the principles he learned at George Brown College in the real world environment, in order to contribute to the construction of safer and higher quality buildings.” Frederick Oscar Villarete

 

Hanna Zolotavina

Hanna Zolotavina is an Architectural Technologist for RN Design, an architectural design company specializing in low-rise residential construction. She obtained an Architectural Technology 

diploma from Humber College. She has worked in construction industry for the past seven years, where she was able to gain extensive knowledge of building systems and experience in developing architectural designs.  

Hanna enrolled in Building Officials Fundamentals Program at George Brown College to help her transition in her career. The program has helped her develop communication and technical skills required for a position at municipal level and she successfully passed Legal and House exams after completing the program.

“I want to become a Building Official so I can be part of city building and contribute to the development industry.” – Hanna Zolotavina

 

Additional graduates include:

Dietrich Koop, Fion Law, Stephen Varga