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:

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 Deputy 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.

Secretary Treasurer:

Justin Johnstone, Project Manager, All-Craft, Bedford, N.S.
Justin Johnston is Project Manager with All-Craft, an award-winning custom design and build renovator. Justin graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2008 with a degree in business and a major in accounting. After obtaining his chartered accountancy, Justin commenced his career in the construction industry and has more than eight years of senior project management experience. He has managed both interior and exterior renovations as well as new home construction and has a special interest in building innovation and new building products and materials.

Board Members:

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.

Greg Surette, Southbound Workforce, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Greg Surette recently retired as a senior carpentry instructor after 20 years of teaching at the Nova Scotia Community College Burridge Campus in Yarmouth.  He has served as a curriculum consultant responsible for 35 different Trades and Technology programs and served through the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency on the Trade Advisory Committee evaluating compulsory licensing of the carpentry trade in Nova Scotia.  Greg 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. In partnership with his brother, he established and manages a Yarmouth construction company that employs a crew of 18 in residential and commercial construction.

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.

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.