BILD Lifetime Achievement Award for Harold G. Shipp

January 27, 2015

BILD Lifetime Achievement Award for Harold G. Shipp

Greater Toronto, January 27, 2015 - Community builder, industry champion and a heartfelt philanthropist, the late Harold G. Shipp was named as the recipient of the prestigious BILD Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Chair's Dinner this week.

"Our intention was to bestow the Lifetime Achievement Award to him in the Spring at the BILD Awards, but since the Chair's Dinner was his favourite event, because on this evening he was among friends and colleagues, we are going to present it tonight," said BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey.

Shipp's daughter, Catharine Shipp-Wells accepted the award on her father's behalf.

"He built a remarkable Mississauga-based family real estate business and the term, Shipp-built, has become synonymous with a high level of trust, integrity and quality since 1923," Tuckey added.

"Our industry lost a champion last year who has built thousands of homes and helped countless families realize the dream of homeownership."

Shipp died at the age of 88 in September 2014. Born in 1926, Harold took over his father's home-building business as a young man with a dream of building subdivisions. His first would be called Applewood Acres and it was the first residential community on the site at the QEW and Dixie Road.

He was a devoted family man and a spirited businessman. In addition to building homes, he was a long-time General Motors dealer and operated the Applewood dealership for many years. His love of real estate and cars once came together in a unique marketing ploy when he parked three cars on top of Shipp model homes, which happily drew some attention.

Harold was a Past President and Life Director of the Canadian Home Builders Association and served as President of BILD in 1954. He was a Life Director of the U.S. National Home Builders and was a trustee and Life Council Member of the U.S. Urban Land Institute - and continued to attend their annual conference up until 2012.

Harold was also a philanthropist. He devoted his time to many organizations such as Kiwanis Club, United Way, Trillium Health and many more.

City of Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie attended BILD's Chair's Dinner and was on stage with BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey to present the award to the Shipp family.

With more than 1,450 members, BILD, formed through the merger of the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and Urban Development Institute/Ontario, is the voice of the land development, home building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area.  BILD is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders' Associations.


To obtain photos from the event or to schedule an interview, please contact Andrei Zaretski at by calling 416-391-3450, or Amy Lazar at or 416-391-3452.