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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.

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01Life Membership

(Members)

For contributing many years of exceptional service to the OBOA.

2018 Winner

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 Andy Kidd President’s Award in appreciation for work beyond his presidential 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.

 

02Andy Kidd Award

(Members)

For providing outstanding career service to the OBOA and our members.

2018 Winner

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.

 

03Don Beam Award

(Members and Non-Members)

For untiring dedication and devotion to codes and standards and safety.

2015 Winner

Al Peach, Windsor, Ontario

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 the OBOA through codes & standards or education training
  • Not necessarily awarded every year.

 

04Bill Henderson Award

(Members)

For honesty and integrity of service to the OBOA.

2019 Winner

Terry Tuck

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.

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.

 

05Yaman Uzumeri International Award of Excellence

(Members and Non-Members)

For the exceptional contribution and devotion to the building regulatory industry and furthering of the professional excellence of the industry.

2015 Winner

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.

 

06The 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.

2018 Winner

John Johnson, 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.

 

07Tom Powdrill Award

(Members)

For OBOA Chapters who demonstrate a dedication to professional development by proactively hosting educational courses and seminars.

2019 Winner

Land of Lakes Chapter

In memory of Tom Powdrill, Executive Secretary/Treasurer 1983 to 1993, whose contribution and devotion to the OBOA was an inspiration to all. Awarded to an OBOA Chapter that has fulfilled all of their OBOA Chapter duties in a timely manner and has demonstrated proactive participation in furthering the aims and objectives of the OBOA by hosting educational courses and seminars.

 

08Special Recognition

(Members and Non-Members)

For an individual who has gone above and beyond to advance the goals of the OBOA and the construction industry.

2019 Winner

Derek Graham

Presented to an Association or Individual that has, in the judgement of the OBOA Board, furthered the aims and objectives of Building Officials and the industry as a whole.

 

09Exhibitor Special Recognition Certificate

(Members)

For exceptional contribution to the OBOA Annual Meeting and Training Sessions.

2019 Winner

AMVIC

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.

 

10Certificate of Appreciation

(Members)

For outstanding service contribution to the OBOA.

2016 Winner

Greg Trizisky, 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.