Larry Clay, Chair

President, Clay Construction

Larry Clay is the president of Clay Construction Inc. a luxury custom home builders specializing in building single family residences for high end clients.  He is passionate about seeing the professionalism of builders and renovators improve in the construction industry.  In addition, he loves building high performance buildings delivering efficient, healthy and comfortable homes. Larry specifically loves promoting the GVHBA as the most credible and trustworthy voice in the Metro Vancouver area, educating builders/renovators and protecting consumers.

Last year Clay Construction won the Grand Georgie for Custom Builder customer satisfaction. In addition, they won the Fortis BC Efficiency in Action award in the Custom Builder division. They also won a national award for VisitAble Housing in the single detached homes division.

Darren Cranston, Past Chair

Vice President Construction, Polygon Homes

Education: Graduate of the Urban Land Economics program at University of British Columbia and the Building Engineering Technology (Building Science) program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Experience: I have spent the last fifteen years in a construction management role, currently as Vice President Construction for Polygon Homes Ltd. with a focus on the construction of multi-family residential projects throughout the Lower Mainland. My responsibilities include: drawing review, construction design input, initiating onsite construction, preparation and management of the project budgets and schedules, scope of work and tender preparation, tendering and procurement of trades, contract administration, construction monitoring and obtaining occupancy permits. Prior to this, I spent two and a half years as a Building Envelope Consultant with Morrison Hershfield Ltd., providing building envelope design reviews and on-site inspections of new construction projects as well as completing building envelope condition assessments of existing buildings.

Garrett Wall, 1st Vice Chair

President & CEO, Centra Windows

After Graduating from Simon Fraser University in 1995, I joined KPMG Chartered Accountants. I was part of the Fraser Valley Office Team from 1995 to 2005 when I joined Centra Construction Group. During my time with KPMG, I gained insight and provided consulting, compliance, accounting, and tax advise to wide variety of clients including the following segments: Development; Construction; Manufacturing; Oil and Gas Public Companies; Non-Profits Sectors; and Agriculture.

In 2005, I joined Centra Construction Group as CFO and since then moved into operations as COO and now to my current position of President and CEO of the Centra Group. I have been a member of the Centra BOD since 2005. At Centra, we understand the importance of the GVHBA as we have multiple divisions that serve and participate in the new construction and renovation marketplace. Centra has a windows and exterior doors manufacturing division, a retail window renovation division, a new construction siding division, and multi-family restorations division.

Mark Cooper, 2nd Vice Chair

President, Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc.

Mark, a home construction contractor for over 20 years, is president of Shakespeare Homes & Renovations, incorporated in 1999.

He is a graduate of BCIT’s construction program and a Red Seal certified journeyman carpenter. Shakespeare Homes is a certified Built Green Canada member and a six-time GVHBA Ovation Award winner, including best top-end renovation and Renovator of the Year – Large Volume and a two time CHBA-BC Georgie Gold recipient.

A member of the GVHBA since 2007, Mark has served one term as a GVHBA board director and three terms as vice-chair of our Renovation Council, is active in the Association’s seminars, training and other events, and also mentors newer construction companies.  Mark serves on the municipal builders’ forum that develops directions for and reviews impacts of regulatory changes. He is cited in the news as an expert on home construction issues and has published numerous renovation advice columns. Mark has also recently been nominated as Business Person of the Year for the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Mark also had a successful career introducing a high-tech product to Fortune 500 companies before returning to construction in the early ’90s.

Shakespeare Homes is a member of North and West Vancouver chambers of commerce. Mark is active in community events, sponsors a youth soccer league providing soccer uniforms for over 750 players and coaches two teams. He is also a former fishing guide and remains an avid boater and outdoorsman. Mark and his wife live in North Vancouver and are raising their children in schools there.

Avtar Johl, Secretary/Treasurer

Platinum Group of Companies

  • GVHBA Board of Directors: Secretary Treasurer — 2005 – Present
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of British Columbia
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Manager, Deloitte & Touche Chartered Accountants
  • Founding Member, Indo Canadian Business Association
  • Member, Surrey Development Advisory Committee
  • Member, Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association
  • Involved in land development and residential home construction since 1992
  • Silver Georgie Award winner

Randy Chin, Director

Sales Manager Builder Development, RBC Financial

Randy Chin is the Sales Manager, Builder Development for British Columbia at RBC Royal Bank. In his role, Randy serves the builder community by helping their sales and marketing teams sell their homes faster and easier. In addition to working with over 240 Mortgage Specialists throughout the province, Randy and RBC take a holistic approach to business by strongly collaborating with internal partners from Private Banking, Commercial Real Estate and Group Banking. Randy brings over 27 years’ experience in retail banking, credit and leadership.

Randy has been an active member of the GVHBA & CHBA for the past 4 years. He is a graduate of BCIT’s Operations Management program and alumnus of Toastmasters International. Spanning nearly three decades, Randy also has education and experience in strategic planning, negotiation, and sales.

Randy and his wife live in Langley raising their two children. He is a volunteer coach within the Langley Minor Hockey Association for the last 7 years and has previously volunteered for the Langley Hospital Foundation. Recently, you will find Randy competing in Tough Mudder events; and more importantly you will find him and his friends fundraising for Canuck Place via their grassroots annual event, “Pirates for Canuck Place”.

Rob Currie, Director

Owner, Basement Systems Vancouver Inc.

Industry Work Experience – Involved in construction for more than 24 years in trades, property management and ownership.

Education – Diploma in Marketing Management, Certified Waterproofing Professional, Public speaking seminars.

GVHBA activities – Board of Directors for nine years. Member of Golf Committee, volunteer at Home Shows, guest speaker on Waterproofing for the Technical Committee and De-Stress Your Business Workshop 1: Subtrades Minding Their Own Business.

Jake Fry, Director

CEO, Smallworks Studios / Laneway Housing Inc.

Jake started Smallworks in late 2005 and became a strong advocate for the introduction of laneway housing. He established Smallworks Studios and Laneway Housing Inc. and worked with the City of Vancouver and other municipalities to help develop zoning by-laws based on his experience and interaction with literally hundreds of potential small home clients. He heads a team of dedicated people and develops homes which blend innovative techniques and incorporate modern building science and Flat Pac with hand-built finishes and millwork. “My desire in starting Smallworks was to build simple, elegant modern homes which, with basic maintenance, would look as good a generation after they were built as when they were new.” In 2012, Jake was one of two founding directors of SmallHousing BC, a nonprofit society. In 2014 Jake was named Ernst & Young’s (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year in Manufacturing. Today, Jake focuses on finding new ways to broaden the range of housing types in Vancouver to create affordable options for single-family home ownership. He spends much of his time speaking publicly as an advocate municipally to develop new small scale housing, Jake has also lead an ongoing workshop group working with the city of Vancouver, the group’s goal is help develop and improve their processing and planning systems.

Dan Glavind, Director

Sales Manager, Dick's Lumber & Building Supplies

Dan has spent the past three decades working throughout the Building Products Industry.  In that time he has evolved to be a goal driven, results orientated Sales Leader and Professional Manager.  He is well known for and has been recruited due to his Team Building, Reorganizational and Promotional Skills.

Although Dan was born and raised in New Westminster, he has worked throughout North America namely Montreal, Philadelphia, Phoenix and now back to Vancouver.  He has worked at all levels of the supply side, from manufacturing (Armstrong World Industries) to distributing (WG McMahon Canada) to subcontracting (BC Hardwood) and now back to distribution in his current role of Sales Manager for Dick’s Lumber and Building Supplies.

Throughout his career Dan has worked to improve the building products industry by dedicating his time to a variety of industry associations.  He has been active in the BC Floor Covering Association (BCFCA & VIFCA), the Design Resource Association (DRA), the Healthcare Design Research Alliance (HDRA), the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), US Green Building Council (USGBC) and now in Vancouver with the GVHBA.

Dan not only believes in creating better communities through the structures we build but also through our community involvement.  Through the years he has volunteered his time with groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Kaboom, Easter Seals and Basketball BC.

Lynn Harrison, Director

Principal, Harrison Marketing

Lynn is the principal of Harrison Marketing Resources Ltd. for the past 5 years, which provides branding strategy and marketing expertise to Builders and Renovators. She has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years, holding various senior positions in ParkLane Homes, Townline Homes, Liberty Homes and Vesta Properties. Lynn has been actively involved in the GVHBA since 1992 and continues to hold positions on the Board, various committees and task groups. She received the CHBA-BC Member of the Year 2014, President’s Award in 2004 and the Chair’s Award of Honour in 2012. She has contributed at the Board level for eight years, including the position of Chair for 2013-2014.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Home Economics) degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a UBC Diploma in Sales and Marketing and the designation of CME (Certified Marketing Executive).

Lynn volunteered for over 15 years in Scouts Canada, both locally and nationally, and received the national Silver Acorn Award for especially distinguished service to Scouting in 1997.

Blake Hudema, Director

President, via ALLEGRO Development Company Ltd.

Mr. Hudema owns via ALLEGRO Development Company in British Columbia, a company that invests and develops land primarily for residential uses.  Mr. Hudema graduated with an MA (Urban Planning UBC in1984.  In the past 30 years, Blake has been employed in various areas of the real estate industry, most recently as the Regional VP for Genstar Development Company, an employee of Thomas Consultants, Coopers and Lybrand and Stantec and as a partner/President of a consulting firm from 1989 to 2015.  Mr. Hudema has sat on a number of local and national boards and associations and currently sits on GVHBA Board and the Boards of CHBA BC and the Canadian Home Builders Association in Ottawa. Via ALLEGRO is currently completing the WynnRidge project in Maple Ridge in partnership with Falcon Homes who are delivering custom homes to the Maple Ridge market.

Ian Moes, Director

Lawyer/Partner, Kuhn LLP

Ian is a partner with the law firm Kuhn LLP. Kuhn LLP is the GVHBA’s preferred legal supplier. They have a team of lawyers with extensive experience in the construction industry. Ian serves a broad range of clients, including developers, builders, renovators, trades, suppliers, architects, engineers and government entities.

Each year Kuhn LLP and Ian present seminars on Contracts, Builders Liens, and Employment Law for GVHBA members. Since 1998, they have been the creators and instructors of the Construction Law Course that is offered by the GVHBA in conjunction with the CHBA-BC Certified Residential Builder Program. You can read recent legal articles Kuhn LLP has written for GVHBA members on the GVHBA website.

As an Affinity Partner, Kuhn LLP offers GVHBA members their preferred client pricing for legal services that are billed on an hourly rate basis.

Blake Ponuick, Director

COO, Preston Mobility

Blake, who currently Chairs the GVHBA Golf Committee, and is on the Marketing and Communications Committee, has more than 25 years of executive management experience in roles such as President/CEO, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Operating Officer, VP of Sales and Marketing, and VP Corporate Development for private and public companies. His specialty has been in the areas of corporate development, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, marketing and brand management, sales and distribution strategies, and in developing and implementing growth strategies for early-stage, emerging or turn-around companies. He has extensive experience working with companies in the real estate, manufacturing, technology and wireless telecommunications industries – helping to develop them into market and category leaders. Blake served as vice president of marketing for a real estate syndication company which generated over $300 million in sales in 3 years, and has an interest in a real estate development company with projects throughout BC and Alberta.

As COO/CMO for Preston Mobility, Blake is responsible for overall operations, client services and marketing for the company. Preston Mobility has been recognized as the #1 Bell Mobility Business Dealer in Western Canada for the past 3 consecutive years. Preston Mobility is a GVHBA Affinity Partner, and was awarded the GVHBA Corporate Member for the Year in 2014.

Matt Robinson, Director

Owner, Monarch Floor & Window Coverings

Matt Robinson started Monarch Floor and Window Coverings in April 2008. The vision was to start a company that brought the showroom experience right to people’s homes and offices. With the focus on a higher level of customer service the company has experienced continuous growth with a large part due to work within the GVHBA. Before starting Monarch Floor and Window Coverings he was the General Manager of Operations for Certa Pro Painters responsible for operations on the West coast of the US and Western Canada. This experience exposed him to a wide range of markets and business practices. Prior to that he was the General Manager for College Pro Painters in BC.

He is the past Chair of the U40 Committee and past Quarter Master of the Reno Council. Matt has won GVHBA’s Supplier of the Year Award for two separate years. Matt grew up in Gibson’s on the Sunshine Coast and has lived in different parts of Vancouver for the last 21 years. He has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia.

Jason Wolfe, Director

Director, Energy Solutions (Marketing & Sales), FortisBC

Jason has been with FortisBC for 11 years, and is presently the Director of Energy Solutions and is responsible for the Marketing and Sales efforts of FortisBC.   Key activities for 2014 and 2015 included LNG Market Development, LNG/CNG Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Program, establishing a new customer attachment process as well as advancing the FortisBC Renewable Natural Gas program. The most recent initiative is the launching of the new Trade Ally Program to encourage the use of gas in homes and business.

Previously, Jason was responsible for FortisBC Market Development team; including the forecasting and resource planning departments. Prior to that, Jason was responsible for launching the FortisBC thermal energy business efforts with large commercial and institutional customers including schools municipalities and health authorities. Jason also spent four years in the Regulatory Affairs Department. Jason holds a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Calgary.

Janai York, Director

Publisher, Glacier Media Group

Janai York brings over 18 years of advertising and sales experience in a multi-media landscape and has a proven track record of providing innovative and strategic media solutions that are client oriented and results driven.
As Publisher, REW & Western Investor, Janai leads the operational direction of 12 weekly editions of the Real Estate Weekly, Western Investor and the New Home Development category for Glacier Media in the Lower Mainland.
In her previous role as Senior Sales Manager for BC with Wall2Wall Media, Janai successfully led the BC Division and launched several new publications, including Chinese Home & Condo Guide, Lower Mainland’s first glossy Chinese real estate magazine, and grew Wall2Wall Media’s BC portfolio from 5 magazines to 8 within a 3-year period.
While at the Vancouver Sun and The Province, Janai was responsible for creating and launching special supplements for a variety of industries including government organizations, tourism boards, and real estate marketing companies that effectively combined print, and online to maximize reach and results.

Gary Mertens, Director

Foxridge Homes, a Qualico Company

Robert Griesdale, Director

Blackfish Homes Ltd.