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IIBEC Chapter News – March 2023

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March 15, 2023

IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter Hosts AGM and Represents at CSC Building Expo

IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter held their annual general meeting on Friday February 10, 2023 at the Thornhill Club in Vaughan, Ontario. The meeting was attended by 45 people and chaired by President Kevin Voorberg.

The financial reports for 2022 were presented by Meagan Kikuta. The following 2022 committee reports were presented and discussed:
• Region VII Overview – Jennifer Hogan
• Marketing – Jordan Swail (Presented by Kevin Voorberg on behalf of Rick Shaw)
• Education – Blair Gamracy
• Membership – Lora Bourck-Ferrazzo
• Social – Jay Campbell
• Maritime Branch Report – Jamie Slipp
• Technical – Rick Shaw (Presented by Kevin Voorberg on behalf of Rick Shaw)
• Advocacy – Shawn Irani
• Industry – John Mills
• Strategic Plan – Allen Lyte (Presented by Kevin Voorberg on behalf of Rick Shaw)

Voorberg thanked the 2022 board for volunteering their time and support, and thanked chapter staff members Betty Quan and Christine Kebezes for their hard work in 2022.

The Southern Ontario Chapter elected the following members to serve on the 2023 Board of Directors:

President: Adam Gotfraind
Vice President:  Jake Skinner
Secretary:  Meagan Kikuta
Treasurer:  TBD
Immediate Past President: Kevin Voorberg
Director: Blair Gamracy
Director:  Jordan Swail
Director at Large: Gary Hamilton
Social Director:  Jay Campbell
Membership Director:  Lora Bourck
Advocacy Director: Shawn Irani
Industry Outreach Director:  John Mills
Technical Director: Richard Shaw
Maritime Branch Director:  Jamie Slipp
Director:  Paul Johannesson
Region VII Director:  Stephanie Robinson

A call was made for any volunteers to join the chapter’s committees. Please reach out to any of the board members, Christine Kebezes or Betty Quan if you wish to join an IIBEC Southern Ontario Committee.


Vice President Adam Gotfraind announced that the IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter achieved the Platinum Chapter Status in in IIBEC’s Outstanding Chapter Award Competition for work completed in 2022.

The following chapter awards were presented:

• The President Recognition Award was presented to Kevin Voorberg
• The Outgoing Director Award was presented to Allen Lyte
• The Outstanding Committee Chair Award was presented to Blair Gamracy
• The Outstanding Sponsor Awards were presented to Nortex Roofing and Atlas-Apex Roofing
• The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Marc Allaire

Following the Annual General Meeting, Scott Carpenter from Nudura presented on an Overview of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) and included an introduction to ICF’s, their benefits, construction process, application options, and code and sustainability requirements.

The meeting wrapped up with lunch and then a curling social event which was attended by 18 members.

Construction Specifications Canada Building Expo

IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter attended the CSC Building Expo on March 1, 2023 at the Metro Convention Centre. The IIBEC booth was well represented by board members President Adam Gotfraind, Industry Committee Chair John Mills, and Secretary Meagan Kikuta.

The tradeshow was attended by over 200 industry professionals in the design, specification, and engineering sectors and in collaboration with Construction Specifications Canada.


IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter – Upcoming Events

  • March 23, 24, 30, 31, 2023 – IIBEC Course:  Waterproofing
  • April 4, 2023 – ROOFTech
  • April 18, 2023 – Lightweight Insulated Concrete
  • June 28, 2023 – Golf Tournament

IIBEC West Michigan Branch Hosts Tour with CSI Grand Rapids

The IIBEC West Michigan Branch teamed up with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Grand Rapids Chapter for a joint meeting on February 16, 2023.  Nearly 50 people attended a tour and presentation at the Tubelite, Inc. corporate headquarters in Walker, MI.  Tubelite provided a continuing education presentation on “Energy Efficient Fenestration” and a tour of their Walker plant, where storefront and curtain wall frames are assembled, tested, and components are distributed to their other facilities.

Interested in getting involved with the IIBEC West Michigan Branch?  Contact Branch Liaison Elise Love or Director of Regional and Chapter Relations Tara Cottle.

Upcoming Events


IIBEC Canadian Prairies Chapter

IIBEC Carolinas Chapter

IIBEC Central Texas Chapter

IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter

IIBEC Colorado Chapter

IIBEC Florida Chapter

IIBEC Georgia Chapter

IIBEC Great Lakes Chapter

IIBEC Gulf Coast Chapter

IIBEC Mexico City Branch (IIBEC Gulf Coast Chapter)

IIBEC West Michigan Branch (IIBEC Great Lakes Chapter)

IIBEC Mid-Atlantic Chapter

IIBEC Mid-South Chapter

IIBEC New England Chapter

IIBEC North Texas Chapter

IIBEC Ohio Valley Chapter

IIBEC Portland Chapter

IIBEC Puget Sound Chapter

Virtual Board Meeting Dates:

  • April 13, 2023
  • June 8, 2023
  • August 8, 2023
  • September 14, 2023
  • October 12, 2023
  • November 9, 2023

IIBEC Quebec Ontario Chapter

IIBEC Southern California Chapter

IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter

IIBEC Quebec Ontario Chapter

IIBEC Western Canada Chapter

IIBEC Wisconsin Chapter


Please note: Dates and times subject to change based on local and/or state and province regulations.

Looking for information on joining or volunteering with your local chapter?  You can find a full list of IIBEC’s affiliated chapters and branches here. Are you interested in starting a local branch in your area? Please contact IIBEC Director of Regional and Chapter Relations Tara Cottle for more information.