OBOA AwardsCelebrating outstanding achievements
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.
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.
Awarded for remarkable dedication and impact.
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.
The award is named after Andy Kidd who was a City of Kitchener Plan Examiner for 20 years. Unfortunately Andy died from a sudden illness in 1985, and 6 months short of his retirement. Andy was well liked by his peers, a straight shooter and mentored a number of staff including Laurier Proulx. In a recent interview with Laurier, he recalled a few stories including Laurier’s first few weeks as a young and new building official performing plan review on houses. Fortunately for Laurier, his mentor was a self taught, forthright person who completed ICI plan examinations, his name was Andy Kidd.
When Laurier was recalling stories of Andy, there was a pause by Laurier and then a huge smile on his face, Laurier went on to say “Andy was enthusiastic; this was the salesperson in Andy”. Andy was OBOA President from 1982 till 1984 and represented OBOA on the original Materials Evaluation Code Interpretation Committee, also known as MACIC.
Back in the mid-1980’s, a popular and strategic trait of Andy’s when faced with conflicting code opinions was to hold three meetings with the customer. The first meeting Andy would say to the customer it can’t be done, the answer is NO, the second meeting he would show the customer that possibly we can work this technical issue out and finally at the third meeting Andy would complete the final negotiations and hammer out an acceptable and agreeable solution.
It’s not hard to figure out Andy Kidd was extremely successful, he had drive, he enjoyed doing what he did best, he used strategy to reach key objectives, he was a mentor to the next generation of building officials and he was well respected by his peers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 relations.
Prior to the creation of this new award, it was customary for a Ministry staff person to be recognized with a Special Recognition Certificate at the OBOA Annual Meeting and Training Sessions.
- Member of a Provincial Ministry or Government agency or affiliate such as NRC
- Cannot receive this award multiple time
- A person who has furthered the aims and objectives of Building Officials and the industry as a whole
- Not necessarily awarded every year
The Bill Davis, Ontario Merit Award was created in 2011 to demonstrate the respect and appreciation provincial building officials have for Ministry staff (elected or non-elected) where s/he has furthered the aims and objectives of Ontario Building Officials or the construction industry as a whole.
Bill Davis was a member of the Ontario legislature from 1962-1971 including Minister of Education and the Premier of Ontario from 1971-1985. The OBOA is very fortunate and thrilled to have an award named in honour of Bill Davis, a respected person, politician and proven leader.
The first Ontario Building Code was the result of an exhaustive study titled “Report of the Committee on Uniform Building Standards for Ontario” dated November 1969. On February 21, 1968, the Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Honourable W. Darcy McKeough while in the legislature outlined steps the government was prepared to take in considering a standard building code for the Province of Ontario. A few months later in the same year, Minister McKeough announced the establishment of a Committee on Uniform Building Standards for Ontario, the Committee being composed of individuals who were knowledgeable and experienced about buildings and building by-laws to examine all essential facets of uniform building standards.
The Objectives of the Committee included whether a building code for Ontario was feasible, applying to all municipalities to promote and support uniform and effective enforcement and interpretation of the code in all municipalities of the province. Additional objectives included reviewing existing provincial acts, regulations and department policies and how can they be dealt with effectively. Finally the Province of Ontario will have a code that is rational in its requirements, free of provisions that lack a base in fact or proof, capable of enforcement without development of a rigid or insensitive bureaucracy; one that is administered in a manner that allows the public ready methods of appeal as to content and enforcement and that is capable of regular up-dating through efficient revision procedures.
A final report titled “Report of the Committee on Uniform Building Standards for Ontario” dated November 1969 consisting of 127 pages was received and approved by the Government. Experienced industry people including building officials like Don Tedford continue to remember this report as it was well known as the Carruthers Report, Chaired by C.D. Carruthers, P.Eng., a Consultant and member of the National Building Code. There were eleven Committee members including three Building Officials; G.H. Fleming (Scarborough), J.G. Hooper (Peterborough) and I.R Robertson (Hamilton and Past President of the OBOA).
Under the leadership of Bill Davis, Premier of Ontario, the government accepted the Carruthers Report and created the very first inaugural Ontario Building Code (1975). Ironically the 1975 Ontario Building Code was enacted with an effective date of March 1, 1976. Additional points and history of the 1975 Ontario Building Code reveals the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations (MCCR) was the first home for the code with Mr. Graham Adam, MCCR Director. The MCCR home for the Ontario Building Code (OBC) was short lived, after one year the OBC moved to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH). MMAH was a better fit for the OBC because MCCR was set up for hearing consumer complaints and more importantly for building officials, there were no training opportunities under this portfolio. The first Director of the Building’s Branch within MMAH was Mr. Dave Hodgson, a former Clerk in the Hamilton area. After a few short years the Ministry of Affairs and Housing split creating two Ministries; Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Ministry of Housing. The OBC was relocated to Ministry of Housing and this explains how some older Ministry documents reference Housing only; the Cadbury secret! The splitting of MMAH into two Ministries was short lived as well, lasting only a couple of years. Both Ministries were rejoined to form the MMAH we know and enjoy today.
Prior to the OBC, construction regulations were enacted to varying standards, spurring inconsistencies throughout the Province and very different from the present enforcement. Pre-Ontario Building Code, many municipalities across Canada passed a By-Law (Building) to prescribe what edition and revision of the National Building Code would apply for minimum code requirements, assuming those adopted the entire National Code. The passing of By-Laws by each municipality created uncertainty in the construction industry and thus defeating the objective of uniformity.
In retrospect, where would Building Officials be today if not for the Carruthers Report and the adoption of Ontarios’ first Building Code? Further how different would the OBOA (est. 1956) function and purpose be today without a Provincial Building Code? Looking back at the goals and objectives of the Carruthers Report, OBOA continues to support these initiatives while working with and advocating Ministry staff.
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.
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.
Greg Trizisky, City of Ottawa