Annual Housing Forum and Trade Show (2023)
The Manitoba Home Builders’ Association (MHBA) hosted its Annual Housing Forum & Trade Show on November 9, 2023, at the Victoria Inn.
This year’s Forum served as a pivotal knowledge-sharing platform for MHBA members, offering the most recent insights and best-practices pertinent to residential construction. The morning session featured two principal presentations delivered by The Professional Home Builders’ Institute (PHBI) and Statistics Canada.
To kick off the morning, PHBI unveiled an exciting collaboration with MHBA, marked by the announcement of a new educational portal for members, now accessible on our website. This portal aims to deliver valuable educational and professional development opportunities throughout the year for MHBA members. Access to this portal is facilitated through the members’ login section on the MHBA website.
Statistics Canada outlined its vision for a New Homes Market Intelligence Report that will be launched in 2024. This publication is strategically designed to provide builders and developers with data, analysis and insight that will inform decision-makers within our industry, elevate awareness about new home construction among Canadians, and enable policy-makers to swiftly adapt to evolving housing needs. Statistics Canada will be reaching out to Manitoba home builders and developers in January 2024 to begin collecting data for this new report.
During lunch, Sue Wastell, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA), provided MHBA members with a comprehensive overview of CHBA’s initiatives and advocacy endeavors aimed at addressing housing affordability concerns in Canada on behalf of its members.
Throughout the day, attendees had the opportunity to engage in one of four specialized breakout streams. The technical stream offered essential best practices and insights into building science considerations aligned with upcoming code changes. The marketing and sales stream guided members through the formulation of personalized social media marketing plans and strategies. The workplace health and safety stream delved into aspects such as chemical hazards and fall protection, while the business stream provided valuable insights into leveraging digital technology for enhanced business operations, organizational adaptability, and succession planning.
The Building Trade Show not only showcased cutting-edge building technology and the latest in building materials but also served as a platform for MHBA members to explore new safety awareness and training products and services. Training partner, Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM) provided a demonstration of their new CSAM on Tour Trailer during the afternoon reception.
Beyond the Annual Housing Forum, MHBA remains committed to providing ongoing education sessions throughout the year and consistently disseminating the latest industry best practices and information to our membership.