Home Builders Announce New President, Board
KELOWNA, BC – The Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Okanagan (CHBA-CO) announced today that Krista Paine is its new President. Paine is President of Ian Paine Construction and Design and brings a wealth of experience to the association as a Registered Interior Designer, Certified Red Seal Carpenter, and project manager. Krista has won multiple awards at the local, provincial, and national level and has previously been named Canada’s Renovator of the Year.
As a Registered Interior Designer, Red Seal Carpenter and owner of Ian Paine Construction, Krista will serve the membership as it looks to advocate for policies that support housing affordability and increase trades worker capacity. Krista also serves as a member of the Interior Designers of Canada’s advocacy committee, the BC Renovator Council, and as an educator at the Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna. Her extensive breadth of experience provides a multi-disciplinary array of knowledge to the Board that will help guide the local industry for the next two years.
“I am grateful for the trust placed in me by our remarkable board, executive team, and our talented members.” says Paine. “Our industry faces pressures from all directions, and the need for housing has never been greater. I am dedicated to serving our mission and advocating for our industry. I am committed to strengthening our industry, increasing our trades worker capacity, and building a brighter future for housing throughout Central Okanagan.”
Photo Caption: Krista Paine, president of Ian Paine Construction and Design and CHBA-CO
Photo Credit: Provided by CHBA-CO
Paine’s appointment comes as the residential construction industry in the Okanagan faces countless challenges that are impacting housing affordability at the local level. Soaring land costs, rising municipal fees, changes to the Building Code and an aging trades worker population have all led to the continued rising costs of new housing throughout the region. These challenges are further compounded by a nation-wide demand for an increase in housing supply. In Kelowna, the recently-released Housing Needs Assessment called for a doubling in new home construction over the next eight years.
Photo Caption: The 2023/2024 CHBA-CO Board of Directors
Photo Credit: Provided by CHBA-CO
In the Central Okanagan, residential construction is one of the largest economic drivers, employing over 16,000 residents and contributing over $2 billion dollars in economic impact to the region.
In addition, the following members have been voted to the Board of Directors:
- Mike Chatham – Vice President – Chatham Homes on the Hill Ltd.
- Jenna Abbott – 2nd Vice President – Sunterra Custom Homes
- Tyler Krenz – Treasurer – Grant Thornton LLP
- Kendra Dunn – Secretary – Isabey Interiors
- Cassidy deVeer – Past President – 3rd Generation Homes
- Les Bellamy – Director – Bellamy Homes
- Kirsten Brown – Director – Wilden
- Kerry McDowell – Director – Dilworth Homes
- Sandy Morris – Director – Sandmor Construction
- Clayton Parks – Director – Quality Air Care
About the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Okanagan:
CHBA-CO is the voice of the residential construction industry in the Central Okanagan. Representing over 340 members, the CHBA-CO advocates on behalf and provides education and networking opportunities for builders, renovators, interior designers, and the suppliers and trade companies they employ. Locally, CHBA-CO members have created over 16,000 local jobs. One in five employees in British Columbia work in the home building industry. Membership includes home builders, renovators, land developers, interior designers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, and service professionals. For more information visit www.chbaco.com