2022 MHABC’s BC Modular Housing Summit Receives High Praise
The MHABC’s 2022 Conference and Annual General Meeting, titled the BC Modular Housing Summit, wrapped up with the AGM on Wednesday, May 4th with high praise. Keynote presenters including the University of Alberta’s Dr. Mohamed Al Hussein, FORTISBC’s Ben Nishi and Village of Lytton’s Mayor Jan Polderman were all very well received. This is not to take away from the great presentations by MHABC consultant Paul Binotto, City of Vernon’s Economist John Perrot, CMHC’s Laura Kershaw, Penticton First Nation’s Timothy Lezard, Intertek’s Claudia Cosma and Klaus Voss and innovations presenters Jeff Hoogveld and Brian Freemark from LSM Energy Solutions.
The comments received via the Membership poll on the Summit emphasized strong support for the concurrent session format and the diversity of presenters. For this event, the MHABC invited the participation of Building Officials Association of BC members who echoed similar comments in their responses. Overall, the Summit was very well received.
For copies of the Annual General Meeting minutes, please review the materials on the MHABC’s Google Drive. These materials include a copy of the 2021-22 Annual Report, associated Financial Review statements and a draft of the AGM Minutes.
- Mark Ellis was the recipient of the 2022 Manufactured Housing Person of the Year Award
- Eagle Homes Salmon Arm was awarded an Innovations Award for a CSA Z-241 home
- Chaparral Built was awarded an Innovations Award for an Z-240MH home
- Robin Jones of Courtenay, BC was awarded a Grant McDowell Memorial Bursary Award in the amount of $ 1,500
- Golf Tournament Lower Gross Winners: Frank Ambler, Shawn Donohoe, Mike Unger, Bryce Nugent
- Golf Tournament Low Net Winners: Peter Young, Ash Neudorf, Dean Johnstone, Rick Van der Perre
Key Outcomes of AGM:
- Acceptance of the 2021-22 Budget/Actual financial statements, the 2022-23 budget and the associated home shipment fee schedule
- Incoming Director Phillip Sensenig replaces outgoing Director Mike Newton
- Approval of an amendment to the MHABC by-laws requiring three (3) display homes which also provides significant discretion by the Board to allow variances where requested by Retailer members
- Adoption of the 2022-27 strategic plan with target sales increases of 10% over the term of the plan
Thank you to all Members able to attend the Summit and we look forward to a similarly successful event in 2023 with greater attendance.
Upper Left: Golf Tournament Lower Gross Winners: Frank Ambler, Shawn Donohoe, Mike Unger, Bryce Nugent
Upper Right: Golf Tournament Low Net Winners: Peter Young, Ash Neudorf, Dean Johnstone, Rick Van der Perre
Middle Left: Announcement of Mark Ellis as 2022 Manufactured Housing Person of the Year
Middle Right: President Matt Salmon presents Person of the Year award to Mark Ellis
Lower Left: President Salmon presents an Innovations Award to Eagle Home’s Jessica Chester
Lower Right: President Salmon wraps-up Awards Ceremony
Center Low: Evening Entertainment “Dueling Pianos” was a great hit!
2022/2023 BOARD of DIRECTORS
Meet Our Board
Matthew Salmon - President
Triple M Housing
Mark Ellis - Vice-President
Amanda Hammer - Treasurer
Chris Andersen - Director
Iconic Island Dwellings
Shawn Donohoe - Director
Shamrock Manufactured Home Services
Ashlee Garratt - Director
Dean Johnstone - Director
SRI Homes Kelowna
Todd Plotnikoff - Director
Northpoint Commercial Finance
Phil Sensenig - Director
Michael Unger - Director
Raymond Weicker - Director
Ray’s Towing Ltd.
Gord Rattray - Executive Director
Jennifer Barter - Contract Administrator
Special thanks to our Key Partner Fortis.
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Spring 2022 Board Meeting Schedule
During the spring, the Board held video-conference calls on April 26th and June 7th as well as participating in the May 4th Annual General Meeting.
The next Board meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 23rd by video-conference call following the summer break.
Home shipments exceed plan for 1st quarter ending May 31st
Home shipments at the end of the 1st quarter, ending May 31st exceeded plan shipments. The 2022-23 budget is based upon an average of 75 home shipments per month. The actual shipments for the quarter amounted to 250 homes for an average of 83.3 homes per month. The impact of the increase shipments has had a very positive impact upon revenues.
MHABC to collaborate with WorkSafeBC on safe transport and setup practices
MHABC Members have recently been engaged with WorkSafeBC officials who contacted the MHABC requesting discussions on recent industry fatalities on Vancouver Island and an earlier 2018 fatality in Prince George. The outcome of two recent video-calls resulted in agreement by both WorkSafeBC and the MHABC to collaborate on the development of safe transport and set-up practices with the MHABC agreeing to provide organizational resources to aid in developing safety circulars and webinars.
MHABC Transport Directors Ray Weicker and Amanda Hammer have continued dialogue with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and CVSE officials on multiple issues including additional 5-meter-wide route designations, a no-post relocation challenge as well as travel-time window flexibility. The Directors have also been advocating for organization of field trips with local MOTI and CVSE staff to discuss these matters on-site.
Marketing Program Update
The MHABC’s Marketing Committee continues to hold video-calls in advance of regular Board meetings. These calls are intended to allow more in-depth discussions on marketing matters that are not possible during regular Board meetings. FRESH INC staff routinely provide updates on MHABC.com visitations and length of stays. The statistical information continues to confirm very strong interest by the general public in researching manufactured and modular housing across a broad range of generations and communities.
In addition, the Marketing Committee continues to oversee the joint webinars being developed in conjunction with the Modular Housing Assn Prairie Provinces. At the same time, webinar development focusing on the impending BC Energy Step Code changes coming forward with the update to the BC Building Code later this year are being planned.
MHABC Has Presence at Numerous Conferences
The spring Conference season has been a very busy one for the MHABC. Since wrap-up of the MHABC Summit in early May, MHABC officials have both attended and/or presented at the following events:
- Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of BC Conference held on May 13th and 14th in Victoria
- Building Officials Association of BC Conference held on May 15th through 19th in Victoria
- Association of Interior Realtors Conference on June 22nd and 23rd in Penticton
President Matt Salmon and Director Chris Andersen presented at the MHPOABC Conference to discuss energy efficiency and policy changes impacting our industry and that of the home park owners.
This was followed by participation in a tradeshow and industry update presented by Gord Rattray and MHABC consultant Paul Binotto.
This was capped off with MHABC participation in the Association of Interior Realtors Conference via a tradeshow booth.
All in all, a very busy season with participation at all these events proving very beneficial.
Planning underway for 2023 MHABC Conference location
The MHABC Board is in the planning process for next year’s Conference with determination of the venue to be finalized during the August Board meeting.
The straw poll taken during the Annual General Meeting, the follow-up Members poll on the 2022 Summit and a final poll with the Board of Directors with confirmation of availability of space for target dates of late April or early May 2023 will determine the location for next year’s Conference. The organization of the Gerry Brown Memorial golf tournament and availability of tee-off times at a local golf course will also “play” into the final decision on a venue.
Welcome to New Members
The MHABC welcomes the following new Members
- Orca Solutions located in Courtenay, BC
- Grand Forks Realty
- Travellers Canada
MHABC Group Health Benefits
Please keep the MHABC’s Group Health Benefits Program in mind. Information is available by contacting the office.
Proud Supporters of the Ronald McDonald House Charity
The MHABC is a contributor to the Ronald McDonald House Charity – BC and the Yukon. Contributions are made quarterly based upon the number of homes shipped during the prior quarter. Ronald McDonald House serves the children (and families) of BC and the Yukon requiring treatment at Childrens Hospital.
Modular and Offsite Construction Summit scheduled for late July 2022
The 2022 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit is being held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on July 25–29, 2022, in conjunction with the 30th annual conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) and the Construction Innovation Centre (CIC) Forum. This exciting multi-conference event will encourage networking among academics, practitioners, and industry stakeholders, and will offer presentations encompassing leading-edge research and best practices in the area of modular and offsite construction.Learn More
BC Ferries to Offer Commercial Customers Saver Fares
BC Ferries will be piloting a Commercial Saver Fare on select sailings on the Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay) and the Vancouver (Tsawwassen) - Nanaimo (Duke Point) routes from June 15 through October 12. Commercial customers can save 33 per cent off their fares by booking and paying in advance.
The Commercial Saver Fare pilot is ideal for customers who have the flexibility to travel during less busy sailing times, can book in advance and want travel certainty. Saver Fare availability is limited on select sailings and these fares are expected to sell out.
Saver Fares are designed to encourage commercial customers to take advantage of less busy sailings, freeing up space at more popular sailing times. Not only does this promotion offer commercial customers with flexibility in their travel plans an opportunity to save, it will also help to spread vehicle traffic throughout the day, reducing sailing waits for all customers.
When booking, look for the Saver tag on the top right hand side of sailings; payment must be made via Credit Card (VISA/MasterCard or American Express) at the time of booking. No deferred payment or TC is accepted at this time.Learn More
CVSE Notification on Fraser Canyon Travel Restrictions
Please be advised that effective immediately, the following oversize and overweight permit restrictions will be in place for travel on Highway 1 between Hope and Spences Bridge:
Hwy 1 between Boston Bar and Lytton:
- Vehicles/loads are limited to a maximum overall width of 3.8 m
- Vehicles/loads are limited to the weights found in the Commercial Transport Regulations; overweight permits are not available.
Hwy 1 between Lytton and Spences Bridge will have a short-term restriction while Highway improvement work occurs on the Nicomen Bridge which is anticipated between June 10 to June 17, 2022 between 7 am and 6 pm daily. Please check DriveBC.ca to confirm construction dates. During construction the following restrictions will be place:
- Overlength permits are limited to a maximum of 25 m. This restriction does not apply to vehicle configurations that are compliant with the Commercial Transport Regulations.
- Vehicles/loads are limited to a maximum overall width of 2.6 m; over width permits will not be available.
- Vehicles/loads are limited to the weights found in the Commercial Transport Regulations; overweight permits will not available.
- Over height permits are limited to a maximum of 4.71 m.
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