Our Board of Directors

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Our Executive Team is governed by a Board of Directors, which includes representation from builders, renovators and organizations active in industry training and education, including the provincial Home Builders’ Associations and the Atlantic Home Warranty Program.

Board Chair:

Steven Crowell, Crowell Construction Residential & Commercial Services Inc., Kentville, NS
Steven Crowell has led a distinguished career in residential and commercial construction. Operating Crowell Construction since 19??, he earned numerous awards from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CBHA), including National R-2000 Builder of the Year and Renovator of the Year from the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association (NSHBA). Steven has held many leadership and advisory roles with industry organizations. National experience included: CBHA (TRC Management Committee Chair, Audit Committee Chair, Executive Committee Secretary, Technical Research Committee Chair); Industry Canada Steering Committee (Technology Roadmap in Sustainable Housing); and National Building Code (Task Group for Solar Energy, Standing Committee for Houses and Small Buildings). He was also TRC Chair for the NSHBA and President of the Annapolis Valley Home Builders’ Association.

Board Vice-Chair:

Robyn Illsley, Illsley Contracting Limited, Dartmouth, NS
Robyn grew up in a “construction” family, working part time in the business from the ground up. She graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with double major in finance and marketing. For a few years after graduation Robyn worked with a marketing company, a plumbing and electrical supplier and a land developer, gaining a wealth of experiences all related to different sectors of the building industry. Hands-on building seemed to be her calling and she joined Illsley Contracting in 2007. Robyn understands the importance of also being involved in organizations that support the building industry and is part of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Womens’ Council and a member of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’, Central Nova, Marketing Committee.

Board Members:

Jim Bungay, P.Eng., Senior Project Manager, Dora Construction Limited, Dartmouth, NS
Jim Bungay is a Civil Engineer (Engineers Nova Scotia) and an R-2000/Energuide-Certified Builder with over 15 years experience in the home building and renovation industry. His experience includes onsite work (framing, finish carpentry, landscaping) to the complete management and administration for a medium-sized residential construction business. His more recent focus has been on new home design, custom design-build renovations and additions construction and management. Jim is a member of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association.

Kevin Gerrior, Manager, Apprenticeship Training, NSCC, Dartmouth, NS
With over 24 NSCC, Kevin Gerrior has assembled an extensive portfolio in trades and technology education. He holds a Red Seal credential in a designated trade, a university degree and an Alberta Blue Seal (Achievement in Business Competencies). He has facilitated student-centered learning at the pre-employment and apprenticeship levels. Kevin has served as a member of the Apprenticeship Board and as a Curriculum Consultant for the NSCC’s School of Trades and Technology. He was instrumental in the development of many new programs at the certificate and diploma levels as well as the development of collaborative projects with industry. He has also fostered greater flexibility in apprenticeship training through distance and part-time training, course-based training, community access, Required Prior Learning and pathway options.

Caleb Howden President, Denim Homes, New Minas, NS
Caleb Howden brings over 20 years of extensive construction experience from all across Canada and the US – managing over 3.5 million square feet of wood construction and thousands of tradespeople. He brings to a wealth of knowledge about the construction industry and its challenges to the Sector Council. Denim Homes builds cost-effective, energy-efficient homes in the Annapolis Valley and HRM and Caleb is dedicated to raising the bar in our industry – both in professionalism and the quality of homes or work produced.

Jean Lula, President, Haus of Lula Inc., Halifax, NS
Building on a varied career path that included being a Canadian Forces Logistics Officer and a Registered Nurse, Jean Lula decided to pursue her lifelong interest in home design and renovation, as a manger with a major Calgary firm. Moving to Nova Scotia in 2010 after living in many regions of Canada and also the Netherlands, Jean established Haus of Lula and became a Residential Designer through the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Her interest in the Sector Council is primarily in the area of training and professionalism, which has been a large part of her past careers. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association and has a number of distinctive awards to her credit.

Greg Surette, Carpentry Instructor, NSCC Burridge Campus, Yarmouth NS
Greg Surette is a senior carpentry instructor, with 18 years of teaching experience, including three years as a curriculum consultant responsible for 35 different Trades and Technology programs. He sits on an adhoc committee considering compulsory licensing of the carpentry trade in Nova Scotia and he has also been a judge and team volunteer in both Provincial and National Trade Skills Competitions. His experience as a Licensed Inter-Provincial Red Seal Carpenter includes new home building and renovating/restoring heritage properties. He has also supervised the building of restaurants and commercial spaces, in the Halifax area. In partnership with his brother, he established and managed a Yarmouth construction company, employing a crew of 18 in residential and commercial construction.