A second generation Alberta home builder now sits in the president’s chair at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Alberta (CHBA-Alberta).
Tally Hutchinson of the Daytona Group of Companies took over as new president during the BUILD 2014 conference in Jasper, Sept. 18 to 20. He succeeds Stephen Amonson, president and general manager at Ashcroft Master Builder in Lethbridge. Hutchinson became president of the Daytona Group of Companies in 2007 and has served on the boards of both CHBA–Alberta and Edmonton Region.
Edmonton-based Daytona, a builder of quality homes and communities, was founded in 1993 by Tally’s father, Ralph Hutchinson, who served as CHBA–Alberta president in 2007. The company has grown over the years to serve Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Regina and Saska- toon. Daytona plays an active role with Alberta’s New Home Warranty Program and the Professional Home Builders Institute.
Home building is a huge contributor to the provincial economy, says Hutchinson.
“Residential construction is one of Alberta’s most important industries with investment of more than $18 billion in new home construction and renovation. This year, builders are expected to start work on 38,600 single and multi-family homes, more than 100 homes a day and up 7% over 2013,” says Hutchinson, adding, as CHBA-Alberta president, he will be addressing issues facing the industry.
“Our concern is that prices are also rising in many cities and making it more difficult for Albertans, especially young people, to achieve the dream of home ownership. Our association will be focused in the coming year on ensuring that provincial government leaders understand the impact of new legislation on the affordability of homes and choices about how and where people live.”
CHBA–Alberta is actively engaged in the review of the Municipal Government Act and consultations for proposed changes to the Condominium Property Act.
“These are complex pieces of legislation but the principles we bring to the table for discussion are simple.
How will changes affect the price of homes and are they fair to our customers and our industry?,” says Hutchinson. “We look forward to working with Premier Jim Prentice and his team to find solutions that will support economic growth and provide Albertans with the high quality of life that makes this province a great place to call home.”
The CHBA–Alberta represents the residential construction industry in the province and is made up of more than 1,500 business members, including new home builders, renovators, developers, trade and supply companies and professional services.