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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 time Membership

For contributing many years of exceptional service to the OBOA organization and its members. This award honors an individual whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact on our industry through remarkable dedication to the organization.

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.

 

02Past President's Award

For providing outstanding career service to the OBOA and its members and through serving in the capacity as a member of the OBOA Board and performing the duties of the presidency.

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.

 

03Raising the Professional Profile Award

Awarded to a member who has dedicated and devoted a significant amount of their career to the betterment of the codes and standards in the interest of public safety.

2015 Winner

Al Peach, Windsor, Ontario

a. Members or Non-Members are eligible

b. An individual who has made significant contributions to the OBOA through codes and standards or education training

c. Not necessarily awarded each year

d. Award approved by the sitting OBOA Board

This award was formally known as the Don Beam Award.  Don 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.

 

04Leadership Service Award

To recognize an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and long-standing dedication through honesty and integrity of service to the OBOA.

2021 Winner

Mike Leonard

a. Must be a Member of the OBOA

b. Individual must meet the criteria for the purpose of the award

c. Not necessarily awarded each year

d. Award approved by the sitting OBOA Board

This award was formally known as the Bill Henderson Award.  Bill Henderson was a Building Official formally working in the cities of Scarborough and Toronto.  Bill was the President of the OBOA from 1984 to 1987.  Through his time contributing to the OBOA Board, he realized that the OBOA needed to be reflective of all building officials in Ontario regardless of Municipal size and he worked tirelessly to unite various fractured groups.  This was a mark in time which was an important turning point of what OBOA and its membership stands for today.

Another important contribution that still impacts the industry today is Bill was a founding member of MITC (Municipal Inspectors Training and Education Committee) which in partnership with the MMAH commenced the development of the Building Code and Building Code Act courses which are a part of the criteria to be a qualified building official today.  Bill embodied what a Building Official could be; should be; and often envied but most importantly respected for.

 

05International Award of Excellence

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

2021 Winner

Michele Barr

a. Awarded at the international, national or provincial level, to an individual, a Corporation or an association whose continued contribution and devotion to the building regulator industry has furthered the professional excellence of the industry as a whole.

b. Members and Non-Members are eligible 

c. Final approval of the award by the sitting OBOA Board

d. Not necessarily awarded each year.

The International Award of Excellence was formally named the Yaman Uzumeri Award of Excellence in honour of Yaman’s significant contributions to the building regulatory industry at the international level.

 

06The Bill Davis Ontario Merit Award

The Bill Davis Ontario Merit Award was created in 2011 to demonstrate the respect and appreciation provincial building officials have for the Ministry staff (elected or non-elected) where the individual has furthered the aims and objectives of Ontario Building Officials or the construction industry as a whole. 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 relationships.

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.

 

07Chapter of the Year Award

For OBOA Chapters who can demonstrate a dedication to professional development through Chapter meetings, professional events, volunteer or charity work for the betterment of the chapter, its members and the community.

2021 Winner

The Highlands Chapter

Awarded to an OBOA Chapter that has fulfilled all of their OBOA Chapter duties in a timely manner as identified in the Chapter Manual including the completion of the year-end report.

• Has demonstrated proactive participation in furthering the aims and objectives of the OBOA through organizing and hosting training courses, education events and/ seminars for the purpose of educating the members and providing opportunity for credits towards CPDP.  

• Has demonstrated outreach to the construction industry through education opportunities, building code education or social events.

• Has demonstrated how the chapter is structured to provide communication and opportunities for members to support one another.

• Has shown ingenuity to work around challenges environmentally, health issues, and attendance issues to continue to provide a knowledge base for the Chapter members.

• Chosen eligible chapter to be determined by the Chapter Chair Liaison and approved by the OBOA Board

• Award is typically presented each year

In memory of Tom Powdrill, Executive Secretary / Treasurer 1983 to 1993, whose contribution and devotion to the OBOA was an inspiration to all.  The OBOA “office” was created and grew into what it is today from Tom Powdrill’s kitchen table. For many years Tom and his wife June conducted business on behalf of the association as team, which in turn was bringing more attention to the association.   All of this work was completed through dedication and volunteerism until it became apparent that the work load was growing to a point of where staff was going to be required to maintain the level of service to the growing number of members of the OBOA.  Tom Powdrill was also known as “Mr. OBOA”.

 

08Special Recognition

For an individual who has gone above and beyond to advance the goals of the OBOA and the construction industry beyond the requirements of their profession. Presented to an Association, a working committee or an individual that has, in the judgement of the OBOA Board, furthered the aims and objectives of Building Officials and the industry as a whole.

2019 Winner

Derek Graham, Jason Dykstra & Committee Volunteers

• Members or Non-Members are eligible

• Not necessarily awarded each year

• To be approved by the OBOA Board

 

09Exhibitor Special Recognition Certificate

For continued exceptional contributions to the OBOA Annual Meeting and Training Sessions to provide education and / or product information to aid and raise the knowledge base of building officials.

2020 Winner

Multiple

• Members or Non-Members are eligible

• Attendance to 3 or more consecutive AMTS meetings

• Can be awarded to more than one exhibitor as approved by the OBOA Board

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.  This 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

For outstanding service contribution to the OBOA.

2016 Winner

Greg Trizisky, City of Ottawa, Norm Allen

• OBOA Members eligible for award

• Detailed description of the outstanding service that has been completed and how it has proved to benefit the association as a whole or the membership

• Award to be approved by the OBOA Board 

Presented to an individual that has, in the judgement of the Board, provided some outstanding service to the OBOA.

 

11Trail Blazer Award

• To recognize an outstanding example of a mentor or leader who helped “blaze a trail” for the next generation of building officials. • To recognize individuals in roles that are typically not traditional and have made a significant positive impact for the OBOA, other building officials or the industry as a whole. • To recognize inspiring examples of leadership or successful mentor relationships that have served to train and educate new and upcoming building officials

Winner

• Must be a member of the OBOA

• Detailed descriptions of how the individual has “blazed the trail” through mentorship, and / or leadership roles or by other methods 

• Examples of opening up new paths for others to follow for the benefit of the next generation of building officials

• Award to be approved by the OBOA Board

 

12Emerging Young Leader Award

• To recognize an individual that is relatively new to the career as a building official but has managed to make an important impact for the benefit of the industry. • To recognize the positive role the individual has completed to further the aims and goals of the OBOA. • To recognize individuals that have taken on a role on a Chapter Executive early in their career

Winner

• Recipient is required to be under 30 years of age 

• Recipient must be a member of the OBOA

• A detailed summary of the achievements of the individual

• Award winner to be approved by the OBOA Board

• Not necessarily awarded each year.