BILD recognizes member champions at annual industry gathering

January 27, 2015

BILD recognizes member champions at annual industry gathering

Greater Toronto, January 27, 2015 - Three members of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) were recognized for their contribution to the industry and association at the annual Chair's Dinner this week.

Lysha DeFreitas of In2ition Realty was named BILD Member of the Year for her engagement with various association committees. Lysha's work with the annual membership drive, the Young BILDers Committee and the Race for Humanity has demonstrated true dedication and leadership to the association and industry.

"She is a perfect example of an industry champion," said BILD outgoing chair Stephen Upton. "Boundless energy, enthusiastic volunteer and always ready to help."

The annual Chair's Award of Merit, a special award recognizing a member whose contribution has made a significant difference to the Association and the industry, was presented to two individuals this year.

Danielle Feidler of Tridel was recognized for her work with BILD's Quality Assurance and Customer Experience Committee, as well as the BILD Builder's Council. She has moderated a number of the association's panels, and has been at the forefront of changing the way people view the customer service phase of development.

Darren Steedman of Metrus Development was the second recipient of the Chair's Award of Merit. He has been instrumental in the association's advocacy work with various municipalities on a number of key industry issues as the Chair of BILD's Peel Chapter. As a testament to his keen relationship-building, Steedman was named to Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie's transition team after last year's October election. He will also serve as Vice Chair on BILD Board of Directors for a two-year term.

"Congratulations to Lysha, Danielle and Darren. On behalf of our 1,450-member association, I would like to thank you for your commitment to our organization and praise you for the leadership you have shown in your respective roles," Upton said.

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.