BILD names David Wilkes to post of president, CEO
The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of David Wilkes to the position of president and chief executive officer effective January 3. Wilkes takes over from Bryan Tuckey, who has been at the helm for five years.
“We are thrilled that David will join BILD and lead it through its next period of growth,” said Darren Steedman, chairman of the board of directors. “This is the culmination of an extensive search process. We are pleased to have found an individual with the background, skills and leadership to take BILD to new levels of advocacy.”
“This is an exciting time for BILD and I am delighted to be taking on the role of president and CEO,” said Wilkes. “I’m ready for the challenge of leading an industry that employs over 197,000 people and brings $30 billion in investment value to the Greater Toronto Area.”
Wilkes was most recently the senior vice president of government relations and grocery at the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) where he provided leadership to a national team that was responsible for RCC’s government relations activities at the national, provincial and municipal levels.
In 2011, he established RCC’s Grocery Division and the unique CEO-based forum known as the Grocer Manufacturer Collaborative, both of which were precedent-setting initiatives.
Wilkes brings more than 25 years of senior management experience and has provided strategic leadership for the retail industry as a passionate spokesman, appearing in front of parliamentary committees, senior cabinet ministers and industry groups.
Wilkes has a longstanding commitment to volunteer activities and currently serves on the Ryerson School of Retail advisory board and the Ontario Curling Association board of directors. He served on a variety of industry boards and committees including GS1 Canada Grocery, Foodservice and General Merchandise Boards, Toronto Food Incubator Board of Directors, George Brown College Board of Governors and Ministerial Advisory Committee on Underground Economy.
With more than 1,450 member companies, BILD is the voice of the homebuilding, residential and non-residential land development and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. BILD is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders’ Associations.