The Canadian Homebuilders’ Association of the Central Okanagan (CHBA-CO) has appointed its first ever female president, Cassidy deVeer, of 3rd Generation Homes.
DeVeer took on the role on February 12th at a CHBA-CO board meeting. There were no other changes to the board or executive.
“I am proud to represent such an outstanding board, executive and members,” says deVeer, “It is an honour to be selected to work for the residential construction industry in the Central Okanagan. With pressures on the residential construction industry from all levels of government, our role to advocate for our members has never been more important.”
DeVeer’s appointment comes as the residential construction industry in the Okanagan faces challenges from new federal mortgage regulations, a provincial speculation tax and potential changes to the local building code. Each of these factors is adding pressure to housing affordability. Government relations and advocacy are top on the new president’s agenda.
The CHBA-CO is part of the Scrap the Speculation Tax campaign along with a coalition of British Columbians including the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, UDI Okanagan, Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and many others. The campaign has been working with industry members, government officials and media to drive awareness of the potential market effect of the tax.
The construction industry in the Okanagan provides more than 25,310 jobs and is looking to grow year over year by 0.4 per cent, according to the 2018 B.C. Labour Market Outlook report. Construction sits in the top three industries in the region, which is home to 11 per cent of all B.C. residents or one in 10 workers.
The CHBA has set the goal of driving a high standard of quality control, service, affordability and innovation through the CHBA contractor certification. Certification provides consumers with the knowledge to choose suppliers confidently.