Our Board of Directors

Our Executive Team is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representation from builders, renovators and certified trades and affiliations with organizations active in industry representation and training including the Canadian Home Builders Association, the Nova Scotia Community College and the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.

Board Chair:

Charity Carr, ENVS, Program Manager Affordable Housing, EfficiencyOne, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Charity is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University Environmental Science Program and a certified energy advisor and efficiency expert. She is licensed and certified by national and industry-based bodies and is affiliated with a wide range of construction industry, building science and efficiency organizations. In a voluntary role Charity has served as Chair of the Build Committee for Habitat for Humanity in Nova Scotia.

Deputy Chair:

Shawna Henderson, CEO, Blue House Energy, St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia
Shawna has been working in the field of energy efficiency and housing since 1992. She was an active R2000 evaluator and inspector until 2001 and was one of first licensed EnerGuide for Houses evaluators in Canada. She is a co-founder and CEO of Blue House Energy providing interactive and comprehensive online education for trades, renovators, home building contractors and energy efficiency professionals. Shawna has been a pioneer in Net Zero Energy Home research and design and is a leading consultant on Deep Energy Retrofits. Shawna is a member of the Canadian Home Builders Association of Nova Scotia and serves as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee

Secretary Treasurer:

Robyn Illsley, Illsley Contracting Limited, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Robyn grew up in a “construction” family, working part time in the business from an early age and from the ground up. She graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with double majors 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 experience in all sectors of the building industry. Hands-on building seemed to be her calling and she joined the family business Illsley Contracting in 2007. Robyn understands the importance of being involved in organizations that support the building industry and is a member of the Canadian Home Builders Association of Nova Scotia Women’s Council and Marketing Committee


Aundrea Smith, G&I Smith Home Improvements, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Aundrea is passionate about home renovation and fulfilling her clients dreams for their home renovation projects. For more than 25 years, G&I Smith Home Improvements has focused on exceptional workmanship and excellent customer service in interior and exterior home renovations, home additions and condominium remodelling.

Past Chair:

Jim Bungay, P.Eng., Senior Project Manager, Lindsay Construction Limited, Dartmouth, NS
Jim Bungay is a Civil Engineer (Engineers Nova Scotia) and a 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 of a highly respected custom residential construction business. Since 2016, Jim has been the Senior Project Manager for Lindsay Construction and his more recent focus has been on new home design, custom design-build renovations and additions construction and management. Jim is also a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Nova Scotia.

Board Members:

Andrew Theriault, Owner and Operator, Theriault Quality Carpentry Inc., Digby, N.S.
Andrew Theriault is the Owner and Operator of Theriault Quality Carpentry Inc., a general contracting company specializing in residential construction. Born and raised in Digby, he grew up in a family of entrepreneurs within the lobster fishing and tourism industries. He received his post-secondary education in Halifax and graduated with a Carpentry Diploma in 2011 from NSCC, and has also obtained his Red Seal Certification. Andrew has worked in the construction field for about 15 years, growing his skills and his passion for the trade. He resides in Smiths Cove, Digby Co., with his wife and twins.

Philip Jeffery, Faculty Instructor, Nova Scotia Community College, Burridge Campus, N.S.
Born and raised in Digby N.S. Philip Jeffrey’s journey in the carpentry trade started in 2003, when he began his education at NSCC. Philip Successfully completed his apprenticeship training and in 2011, he went on to acquire his Red Seal Carpenter Accreditation.Having experienced working in all sectors of construction, including Commercial and Industrial, Philip is currently focused on the Residential Construction sector. Philip prides himself on being an industry expert in all areas of Residential Construction and states; “Being a rural area (like Digby), you need to be good at every aspect (of Residential Construction)”. Eager to share his experience, and passionate about the growth of the Residential Construction Sector, Philip has now stepped into a teaching role as well, with Aspire Atlantic and NSCC.

Shayne Pimm, Better Plans by Shayne, Centreville, N.S.
Shayne has been active in the construction community in Nova Scotia since 2000. Experience has been gained through owning a contracting company for more than 15 years, project managing for a custom home builder, selling building materials to contractors, and currently by designing and drafting residential house plans. Many different certifications have been acquired along the way, most recently he completed the residential construction site management level three course. He has become well rounded in dealing with the many different faculties involved with taking an idea and turning it into the physical structures we call ‘home’.

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