08 09 10 MAY 2023

Event RecapHarrison Hot Springs Resort

Enjoy expert speakers, actionable sessions, government networking opportunities, and a rapid housing response discussion, all designed to enhance your knowledge and drive growth.

Who Was Invited?

Municipality Leaders

Indigenous Groups

MHABC Members

Social Housing


Our multi-day event included a variety of networking opportunities and featured a full day of concurrent speaker sessions in support of MHABC’s strategic goals on the promotion of industry affordability, sustainability, and adoption of new technologies. The summit was marketed to association members, key municipal planners, government officials, real estate professionals, and industry supporters.


Organized by the MHABC, the BC Modular Housing Summit took place at the stunning Harrison Hot Springs Resort May 8-10, 2023. The event incorporated an exciting and informative platform to connect affordable housing and modular stakeholders from all across British Columbia.

Participants immersed themselves within educational presentations, took part in collaborative workshops, and expanded their network through dedicated networking breaks.

Agenda Overview

Monday, May 8, 2023

  • 10:00am – Gerry Brown 30th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament (Best Ball Format) – Sandpiper Golf Resort, Harrison Mills
  • 6:30pm – Summit Welcome Reception – Harrison Hot Springs Resort, Harrison, BC

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

  • 7:30am – Summit Breakfast & Trade Show Visitation
  • 8:15am – Business Session Opening: Traditional Welcome
  • 8:30am – Concurrent Session #1
    • Modular for BC: A Coordinated Provincial Program (Bylaws/Standardization/Affordability): MHABC Presenters
    • Real Estate Economics – Bryan Yu, Central 1 Credit Union
  • 11:00am – Spousal Program Commences (Participants meet at Registration Table)
  • 10:15am – Coffee Break, Networking Session and Trade Show Visitations
  • 10:30am – Concurrent Session #2
    • Decision Making for Modular or Site Built: Research and Lessons from BC Housing Projects - Graham Finch, RDH Building Science Inc.
    • Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation Briefing – Laura Kershaw, CMHC
    • MHABC Annual General Meeting – Members only
  • 12:00pm – Summit Luncheon, Innovations Awards Overview, Guest Speaker – Ben Nishi, BC’s Energy Landscape & FortisBC’s Energy Transition
  • 1:15pm – Concurrent Session #3
    • Modular and the Road to Net Zero – Dr. M. Al Hussein, University of Alberta
  • 3:00pm – Session Wrap-up and Networking
  • 6:00pm – Presidents’ Banquet Reception, Cash Bar, Raffles
  • 7:00pm – Presidents’ Banquet (Plated Dinner, Awards, Entertainment by Dueling Pianos Vancouver)

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
*All will take part within the Rainbow/Cascade Rooms

  • 7:30am – Summit Breakfast
  • 8:15am – Achieving Efficiencies: Future Manufacturing Plan Technologies – Dr. M. Al Hussein, University of Alberta
  • 9:00am – Coffee Break
  • 9:15am – Energy Step Code – Modelling for Modular Construction – Plant and on the Ground Compliance: Michael Gill & Giles Lesage, Total Home Solutions
  • 9:45am – Net Zero Energy and Zero Emissions Buildings - A Practical Intro for Modular Home Manufacturing
  • 12:00pm – Summit Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Net Zero Energy and Zero Emissions Buildings - A Practical Intro for Modular Home Manufacturing
  • 2:00pm – Coffee Break
  • 3:00pm – Summit Wrap-up

*Presenter/topics subject to change without notice.

Esteemed Speakers

Dr. Mohamed Al Hussein

Professor, University of Alberta

Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein is a professor and Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in the Industrialization of Building Construction at the University of Alberta, and a highly sought researcher and consultant in the areas of lean manufacturing, construction process optimization, CO2 emission quantification, and building information modelling (BIM), with the development of modular and offsite construction technologies and practices forming the hub of his research.

Bryan Yu

Chief Economist

Through his engaging economics reports Bryan has become Central 1’s local celebrity, with his work featured by various media outlets including the Globe and Mail, BNN, Bloomberg and BC Business. He authors many of the Central 1’s flagship research reports and weekly notes for clients and the public. Yu is vice-president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics and a director of the BC Paraplegic Foundation.

Ben Nishi

Manager, Commercial Accounts

Ben manages an energy portfolio for commercial, institutional and public sector customers that includes natural gas, electricity, propane, renewable gases, and energy efficiency programs.

Gord Rattray

Executive Director, MHABC

Gord became Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Association of BC in May of 2011. As background for becoming the Executive Director of the MHABC, he grew up working in the family roof truss business. Gord continued his career working in the forest products industry and gained over 25 years experience in the management of non-profit associations. Gord strongly understands the dynamics of small communities and the major contributions private sectors make to local economies.

Paul Binotto

Associate, MHABC/ Director, Strategy and Business Development (Pacific Region), Guillevin International

Paul is championing Guillevin’s role as a leader in the Electrification and reduced Emission efforts in British Columbia. In his role he is focused on innovative and sustainable equipment and programs with an emphasis on affordable Energy Management to reduce building emissions. Paul has a history in Modular construction and is a strong advocate for the BC Modular Industry.

Laura Kershaw

Account Manager, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Laura Kershaw is an Account Manager with CMHC in the British Columbia Okanagan Region. In this role, Laura is responsible to provide training to all mortgage professionals on all forms of mortgage financing including the financing of manufactured homes. Laura has over 20 years experience as a housing industry specialist and at CMHC she is regarded as the subject matter expert on manufactured home lending and insurance. During her 11 years with CMHC, Laura has partnered with MHABC on many educational events related to the financing of manufactured homes.

Graham Finch

Principal, Senior Building Science Specialist, RDH Building Science Inc.

Graham Finch is a building science engineer who specializes in enclosure design, risk management, research, and investigation work for new and existing buildings. Graham also works with building manufacturers and other clients on product research and development, and the creation of various industry guidelines and educational training initiatives. Graham is directly involved with the majority of RDH’s modular building projects and has worked on several modular building projects across the globe utilizing different modular systems and materials. He is also involved in research into various topics related to modular construction including the design for disassembly and reuse as well as moisture control strategies.

Gilles Lesage

Owner and Advisor/Trainer, Total Home Solutions Inc.

Gilles has been evaluating and testing homes since 2004, first as a home inspector and shortly after as an Energy Advisor for existing homes, new home construction, multiple unit residential buildings and site testing large buildings. He has been training new and prospective Home Inspectors and Energy Evaluators since 2013. With the introduction of new code requirements here in BC, Gilles has been heavily involved with industry education and implementation of the BC Energy Step Code while participating on multiple committees and other stakeholder groups to help promote and facilitate the transition to these higher levels of full building performance.

Michael Gill

Senior Energy Advisor, Total Home Solutions Inc.

Michael is a certified energy advisor and has been with Total Home Solutions Inc. since 2019. He has been involved in the modular community through work and family for the past decade and has been working with both dealers and factories to help meet them the new Step Code requirements.

Ken Kunka

Building and Permitting Manager, City of Penticton

Ken is a Registered Building Official with the Building Officials of BC and an Applied Science Technologist with ASTTBC and is currently the Building and Permitting Manager for the City of Penticton. He has strived to improve working relationships with industry stakeholders and better understanding of the role Building Officials & Permits play in ensuring public health and safety, energy efficiency, and promoting better building practices.

Geoff Kirkpatrick

Instructor/Registered Energy Advisor, BCIT Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings Learning Centre

Geoff Kirkpatrick is passionate about providing solutions for high-performance envelopes. With over 30 years of experience in residential and commercial construction, he educates and consults on building enclosure assemblies, specializing in airtight assemblies and enclosure details. He is a part-time studies instructor at BCIT’s Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings Learning Centre and is Registered Energy Advisor actively providing Evaluations in the Kootenay Region.

Alex Hebert

Mechanical Engineer, BCIT Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings Learning Centre

Alex Hebert is a mechanical engineer in charge of the development and operation of the Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings (ZEB) Learning Centre at BCIT. With a team of more than 20 experts, the ZEB Learning Centre supports the construction industry’s transition to the BC Energy Step Code, City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building bylaws and CleanBC’s strategy by providing a suite of short and practical courses, online and in-person.

BCIT Training Workshop

The BCIT School of Construction and the Environment presented “Net Zero Energy and Zero Emissions Buildings – A Practical Infro for Modular Home Manufacturing” workshop. Sponsored by the MHABC, the presentation introduced the fundamentals of net zero energy and zero energy emissions, with a focus on wood-frame modular residential construction. The workshop assisted attendees in developing their knowledge of the BC Energy Step Code, zero energy/emissions buildings principles, science, systems and materials. The presentation included demonstrations of various air barrier systems and assembly by BCIT experts.

Manufactured Housing Person of the Year

Congratulations to Dean Johnstone of SRI Homes Kelowna for being nominated as the 2023 Manufactured Person of the Year!

Gerry Brown Memorial
Golf Tournament

Location: Sandpiper Golf Resort (Harrison Mills)
Low Gross Winning Team: Michael Unger, Peter Young, Trent Kell
Low Net Winning Team: Darren Bassett, Ash Nudorf, Matthew Salmon, Frank Ambler
Longest Drive Winner: Bryce Nugent
Closest to the Pin Winner: Michael Unger

Spousal Tour

Delegate spouses enjoyed a relaxing 2-hour tour of Harrison Lake aboard the multi-floor Laroan. They toured the green waters of Echo Bay, floated by the towering rock formations around Echo Island, and navigated offshore from the cold cascade from Rainbow Falls.

The MHABC would like to acknowledge that the 2023 BC Modular Housing Summit will take place upon the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Sts’ailes, Seabird Island, Sq’ewá:lxw, Cheam, Douglas, Leq’a:mel, Samahquam, Sq’ewlets, and Skatin First Nations.

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