BILD elects new Chair, appoints new President

    TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - 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.

    Leith Moore

    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

    Stephen Dupuis

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

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