January 7 - BILD elects new Chair, appoints new President

January 12, 2009

BILD elects new Chair, appoints new President

Toronto, January 7, 2009 -- Leith Moore, Vice President, Development, with the Sorbara Development Group has been elected Chair of the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD) for the 2009/10 term while Chief Executive Officer Stephen Dupuis has been appointed as President and CEO. Working together with the Board of Directors and staff of BILD, they will lead the Association as it enters its 88th year as the voice of the land development, home building and professional renovation industries in the Greater GTA.

The Sorbara Development Group has more than a half century of experience in land development and investment, project management, industrial and residential construction (o/a Orchard Ridge Homes) throughout the GTA. As VP, Development, Moore, a professional Planner by trade, oversees land acquisitions, development approvals, and high- and low-rise sales and marketing, construction and after-sales service.

Moore's top external priority for BILD will be to seek a much more streamlined and outcome-oriented development approvals process at the provincial and local levels. "The development approvals process has become an end in itself rather than a means to an end and that simply has to change," Moore stated. Internally, Moore will focus on increasing BILD's research, education and publication capacity and output.

Dupuis' appointment as President reflects a new approach to governance at BILD designed to maximize the tandem force of the volunteer industry leader position (Chair) with the senior staff position. Dupuis looks forward to this great opportunity to take the Association to the next level.

"The secret to the success of the Association since 1921 has been our willingness to change and re-invent ourselves as the needs of the membership dictate," said Dupuis, who cited the 2006 merger with the Urban Development Institute/Ontario and the 2007 re-branding as BILD as good examples.

With more than 1,400 member companies, 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 GTA.  BILD is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders' Associations.

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Leith Moore, VP, Development, Sorbara Development Group is the 2009/10 Chair of the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD). Moore was actively involved with the Urban Development Institute/Ontario prior to the 2006 merger with the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and has served on the Executive of the successor organization, BILD, from the outset.

Following graduation from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo in 1982, Moore joined the Sorbara Group where he currently oversees all land acquisition, development and building. His proudest development achievement is the award-winning, 400 acre, 2,000 unit Village of Brooklin in Whitby

In addition to his professional and volunteer roles within the industry, Moore is an adjunct professor at Waterloo where he teaches a fourth year planning and development course. Moore also serves on the Board of Evergreen, a national non-profit environmental charity.

Moore, 51 was raised in Nepean, Ontario and currently resides in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto An avid canoeist and back-packer; Moore says the highlight of his various treks was the muskox formation sighted in the Arctic.

Stephen Dupuis
sdweb Stephen Dupuis is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Building Industry & Land Development Association. Dupuis joined the Association in 1988 as Manager of Government Relations following stints with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Dupuis holds an Honours BA from the University of Waterloo and a Voluntary Sector Management Program Certificate from York University (Schulich).

Dupuis serves on the Government Relations Committee of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, the Schulich School of Business Real Property Advisory Committee and the Canadian Newspaper Advisory Board.

Dupuis, 49, was born and raised in Midland, Ontario and currently resides in Aurora, Ontario with his wife Linda (McMahon) and children Kendall and Carson. He has served as a citizen appointee on the Town of Aurora Economic Development and Leisure Services Advisory Committees and as an assistant coach in the Aurora Minor Hockey League.