Darren Witt of Vernon's Bercum Builders new president of Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Okanagan

New leadership for builders

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Okanagan has a new president, and he's from Vernon.

Darren Witt of Bercum Builders and brings 35 years of construction experience to the position.

Witt's appointment comes as the construction industry in the Okanagan and beyond faces challenges that continue to add to the issue of housing affordability.

Construction material shortages, a lack of trades talent, coming changes to the Building Code, rising municipal fees, and a rapidly growing population are all adding to a "perfect storm" that has put home ownership out of reach for many, CHBA-CO says.

"The way we built homes five years ago will be vastly different than the way we'll build in the next five years, and I believe our builders are up for the challenge," says Witt.

"Our challenge will be to provide our clients with innovative new construction techniques and materials to provide affordable housing models."

A third generation general contractor and architectural technologist, Witt's industry experience spans commercial, residential, contract administration and safety.

"Our region is growing, and climate change is redefining the way we build homes. Our goal is to collaborate with city staff and educate elected officials about the effects these issues have on our industry, and housing affordability overall," says Witt.

Residential construction is one of the largest economic drivers in the region, employing more than 12,500 people and contributing nearly $1.5 billion in economic impact.

Also appointed to the board of directors were:

  • Krista Paine – vice-president – Ian Paine Construction and Design
  • Tyler Krenz – treasurer – Grant Thornton LLP
  • Cassidy deVeer – past president – 3rd Generation Homes
  • Mark Danielson – Pushor Mitchell LLP
  • Sherri Paiement – Telus
  • Sandy Morris – Sandmor Construction
  • Ranvir Nahal – Sunterra Custom Homes
  • Jacob Kuiken – Everton Ridge Homes
  • Michael Chatham – Chatham Homes on the Hill Ltd.
  • Kendra Dunn – Isabey Interiors
  • Andrea Eichberger – Csek Creative
  • Chuck Cullen – Team Construction

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