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Bringing a great new house, condominium or built community to the market requires innovative design, high-quality construction and strategic marketing and sales. The annual BILD Awards celebrate the companies that set the standard in these areas and the leaders who provide vision and inspiration. On May 11, the GTA’s building and development industry gathered to celebrate this year’s BILD Awards finalists and winners. I can only mention a handful in this column, but I invite you to visit www.bildawards.com for a full list.
Silvio De Gasperis, President & CEO of the TACC Group of Companies, received BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award. It is the highest honour BILD can present to a member, recognizing those who have dedicated a lifetime to the association and the industry and demonstrated significant leadership and commitment to the greater good.
Mr. De Gasperis takes pride in developing communities where families can thrive and make lasting memories. His professionalism, leadership, strong work ethic and passion are evident in each of the TACC Group’s projects.
He has served on several not-for-profit and public boards, and his philanthropy has benefited many local charities and vital institutions and organizations, such as Toronto General Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Sick Kids, Southlake Regional Health Centre and Mackenzie Health Foundation.
The Daniels Corporation was named Home Builder of the Year, Mid/High-Rise, while Great Gulf received the title of Home Builder of the Year, Low-Rise. The category recognizes builders who set the standard for the rest of the industry through their professionalism and dedication to excellence. Great Gulf also received the award for Best International Project of the Year, for the La Clara condominium development in Palm Beach, Florida.
Tridel took home the title of Green Builder of the Year, Mid/High-Rise, the 12th time since 2010 that it has earned a Green Builder of the Year Award. The company also received the People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by the public, for Harbourwalk at Lakeview Village in Mississauga.
Minto Communities was named Green Builder of the Year, Low-Rise, and also took home the award for Project of the Year, Low-Rise, for The Heights of Harmony, a development in Oshawa. The award for Project of the Year, Mid/High-Rise, went to Collecdev, for Cielo Condos in Toronto.
Waterworks, a condominium development in Toronto, by MOD Developments and Woodcliffe Landmark Properties, won in the category of Best Community, Built, while Clockwork, a condominium development in Oakville by Mattamy Homes, was named Best New Community, Planned/Under Development.
The Daniels Corporation received BILD’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award. Wyse Meter Solutions took home the Angelo DelZotto Fearless Innovator Award, for its work in promoting the adoption of electric vehicle charging technology in multi-family residential buildings. TAS received the Stephen Dupuis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award for its comprehensive approach to CSR, including measurement and transparent reporting. Spotlight Development was this year’s recipient of the Ignat Kaneff Inspiration Award for its support of employees’ professional development and its support of new Canadians. Daniel Salerno of Paradise Developments received the Riley Brethour Leadership Award.
In addition to these very special awards, BILD presented 31 awards in the categories of marketing, architecture, people and sales, and our prestigious Pinnacle category. See them all at bildawards.com.
Dave Wilkes is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the voice of the home building, land development and professional renovation industry in the GTA. For the latest industry news and new home data, visit www.bildgta.ca.