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BILD Awards celebrate people and companies that shape the GTA
On June 22, the GTA’s building and development industry gathered for the BILD Awards, which recognize excellence in the design, construction, marketing and sales of new homes in the GTA.
As always, excitement and inspiration were in the air as we celebrated the remarkable people and dynamic companies shaping our region. In the limited space of this column, I can only mention a handful, but I invite you to visit www.bildawards.com for a full list.
Stephen Diamond, CEO of DiamondCorp, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honour BILD can award to a member. Mr. Diamond is a visionary industry leader who has been an invaluable resource for BILD and has generously served with many community organizations. In 2019, he was appointed Chair of Waterfront Toronto jointly by all three levels of government.
Tridel was named Home Builder of the Year, Mid/High-Rise, while Brookfield Residential 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.
Tridel also took home the title of Green Builder of the Year, Mid/High-Rise, the 11th time since 2010 that the company has earned a Green Builder of the Year Award. SEAN. was named Green Builder of the Year, Low-Rise.
Canary Landing, a joint project by BILD members Dream Asset Management Corp., Kilmer Group and Tricon Residential, was named Best New Community, Planned/Under Development. King George School Lofts and Town Homes, a Newmarket development by The Rose Corporation, was chosen as Best Community, Built.
The award for Project of the Year, Mid/High-Rise, went to Menkes Developments for the Grand Festival project in Vaughan, while the award for Project of the Year, Low-Rise, went to Bloom in Seaton, a townhouse development by Mattamy Homes. Bloom in Seaton also received the People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by the public.
BentallGreenOak Residential (BGO) received BILD’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Award in recognition of its bold action on DE&I across its corporate teams and its residential properties. National Homes took home the Angelo DelZotto Fearless Innovator Award for its pioneering manufacturing and use of Panergy Wall Solutions, a building envelope system with a low carbon footprint. Greenwin received the Stephen Dupuis Corporate Social Responsibility Award for its work in community safety, food security, empowerment and connection.
Debbie Cosic, founder and CEO of In2ition Realty, was this year’s recipient of the Ignat Kaneff Inspiration Award, for her mentorship of industry professionals and her philanthropy with community organizations. Julie Di Lorenzo, President of Diamante Urban Corporation, received the Riley Brethour Leadership Award, for her outstanding professional achievement and leadership in the industry.
In addition to these very special awards, we presented 33 awards in the categories of marketing, architecture, people and sales, and our prestigious Pinnacle category. As I wrote above, I cannot do all of these winners justice in this short column, so I invite you to visit www.bildawards.com for a full list.
Dave Wilkes is President and CEO of the Building, Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). For the latest industry and homes data, follow BILD on Twitter@bildgta or visit www.bildgta.com