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Geranium is offering a new release of lots at award-winning Courts of Canterbury

Geranium is offering a new release of lots at award-winning Courts of Canterbury

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Geranium is offering a new release of lots at award-winning Courts of Canterbury

September heralds the arrival of an entirely new offering of spectacular designs at Geranium‘s highly desirable adult-lifestyle community steps to Lake Scugog in Port Perry. Nestled into Canterbury Common, an established and sought-after community, Courts of Canterbury will soon offer a brand new release of 42- and 50-ft. lots. Inquire today and discover an amazing selection of fresh new bungalow and bungalow-loft designs in this ideal location.

Courts of Canterbury bungalows and bungalows with lofts have modern, open-concept designs featuring main-floor master bedrooms and deluxe ensuite bathrooms. High-end finishes include nine-ft. ceiling heights and soaring windows on the main floor; kitchens with beautiful cabinetry and elegant granite or quartz stone countertops; and contemporary ceramic tile and pre-finished and highly durable laminate flooring. Plus, homeowners enjoy the long-lasting and energy-saving advantages of Geranium’s stringent construction methods and materials that exceed Ontario’s Building Code.

Courts of Canterbury’s imaginative designs offer flexible living and entertaining. Home choices will range in size from 1,423 to more than 2,400 sq. ft., with two-, three- and four-bedroom layouts available, all with convenient main floor laundry and a double-car garage. Prices will start from the mid $700,000s.

Cradled in an established, mature setting, Courts of Canterbury homeowners have access to the residents-only Canterbury Common clubhouse dubbed the “The Centre.” Here, owners can swim laps in the outdoor pool, participate in a multitude of social and fitness activities, and join planned excursions. From this neighbourhood, it is just a short walk or bike ride to historic Downtown Port Perry with its array of shops, services and dining establishments. Port Perry’s Hospital, a Lakeridge Health Hospital, provides excellent and friendly personal care. With a population of slightly more than 9,500, Port Perry is small town living with the amenities of a much larger town or city and is midway between Toronto and cottage country.

Looking at the big picture, this is an ideal location for right-sizing buyers looking to simplify life, live in comfort and interact with like-minded neighbours. Homebuyers will also have peace-of-mind knowing that they are purchasing from a builder that has a well-earned reputation. Since 1977, Geranium has welcomed more than 8,200 families to its new home communities.

There are two professionally designed and furnished model homes to tour. Register online today or call (905.982.2649) to schedule an appointment. 52 Coulter St., Port Perry, open Monday to Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday by appointment.


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Geranium makes water-saving a priority at Edgewood in Pickering

Geranium makes water-saving a priority at Edgewood in Pickering

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Geranium makes water-saving a priority at Edgewood in Pickering

Purchasers at Geranium‘s new home community Edgewood in Pickering will enjoy the water conservation benefits of having a Greyter Home water recycling system included in their home at no extra charge.

Geranium is the first homebuilder in Canada to parcel this feature into the construction of an entire community. For Edgewood homeowners, this will mean reducing their annual water bill by approximately 20 per cent and, for a family of four, saving up to 30,000 litres of water in one year – an amount of water that could fill a 16-by-32-ft. rectangular swimming pool.

“Water is a precious resource and Canadians are one of the highest users per capita worldwide,” says Boaz Feiner, president of Geranium. “At home, we use hundreds of litres of water daily by showering, bathing, flushing toilets, running dishwashers and washing machines. In 2013, we learned about Greyter’s initiatives for the commercial market. Although there wasn’t a residential system available in Canada, they were working towards changing that. Going forward, we decided to include the rough-in for a greywater system in our lowrise homes, something that would be much more costly to do if possible at all, once the house was built. By providing the rough-in, we are giving the owners of our homes the opportunity to buy and install a system when they became available for houses.”

Greyter’s Home system captures and treats shower and bathwater so it can be reused for flushing toilets. The entire compact system is installed inside the home, requires only five standard plumbing connections and is easy for a professional plumber to install. Additional features are its superior, proprietary filtration and treatment process; low maintenance; low energy requirements; and comes with a touchpad controller that handles all aspects of the system operation and provides the homeowner with performance data, maintenance reminders and tutorials.

Geranium and Greyter will share data collected from the Edgewood homes, with the City of Pickering and Durham Region. Geranium has been selected as the winner of the City of Pickering’s 2019 Sustainability Award for its Edgewood community.

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Geranium Homes' Courts of Canterbury's elegant award-winnning design captivates

Geranium’s Courts of Canterbury’s elegant award-winning design captivates

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Geranium’s Courts of Canterbury’s elegant award-winning design captivates

As Winner of Best New Home Design at the 2020 Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) Awards of Excellence, Geranium invites you to explore Courts of Canterbury in Port Perry, just steps from Lake Scugog.

Collaborating with Jo-Ann Capelaci of Colours & Concepts Interior Design, The Cavendish bungalow model home showcases excellent open-concept and architectural elegance, designed to capture the imagination of right-sizing buyers. At this premier adult-lifestyle community, The Cavendish continues to be the most sought-after home.

A serene and neutral colour palette, combined with shades of white, and grey, with added accents of jewel-tone green and blue, pulls inspiration from the nearby walking trails and lake.

At the heart of The Cavendish is the 2020 DRHBA award-winning gourmet kitchen and combined dining and great room. Soaring cathedral ceilings in the Great Room and dining room provide additional windows and flowing natural light.

The kitchen shines with two-toned cabinetry and quartz stone countertops, a full height pantry, optional wet-bar with decorative glass doors, and upscale stainless-steel appliances.

All the imaginative home designs at Courts of Canterbury have a sumptuous main-floor master retreat with ensuite bathroom. The model home features a second bedroom and a den/office separated by a full bathroom and coat closet.

Purchasers will have a home designed to their personal taste, with the selection of their own finishes and colours. Built to Geranium’s stringent construction practices and enhanced techniques, results in a home built above Ontario’s Building Code.

Courts of Canterbury is a new addition to the adult-lifestyle community, Canterbury Common, minutes to downtown Port Perry, which offers an idyllic lifestyle with incredible amenities and a location convenient to Toronto and cottage country.

Two- and three-bedroom bungalow and bungalow-lofts on 50-ft. lots from $799,900.

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Book your model home appointment (905.982.2649) or tour virtually today.


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DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

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DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

The Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) recently named the winners of the 2020 Awards of Excellence.

These prestigious awards celebrate excellence in new homes, home renovations, innovative technology and construction, outstanding presentation and marketing of projects within Durham Region.

Due to the pandemic, DRHBA took the Awards ceremony online.

This year’s winners include ( full list and video ):

Excellence in Print Ad/Direct Mail Piece
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Sales Brochure Design
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Interior Decorating – Model Homes/Suite
Brookfield Residential – New Seaton, Dunbarton

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Small Volume
Geranium – Courts of Canterbury

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Large Volume
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Back to Back Townhome
Minto Communities – Windsor Corner, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Semi-Detached or Townhome under 2,000 sq. ft.
Delpark Homes with credit to Cassidy & Co. Architectural Technologists – Kingsbridge 7

Excellence in Highrise Building Design (7 Storeys and Up)
Tribute Communities – UC Tower

Excellence in Production Built Kitchen Design
Geranium – The Cavendish

Excellence in Single (under 2,000 sq. ft.)
Geranium – The Cavendish

Excellence in Single (2,001-3,000 sq. ft.)
Minto Communities Ontario – Winchester, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Single (3,001-4,000 sq. ft)
Minto Communities Ontario – Winchester, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Social Media
FarSight Homes

Excellence in Website Design
Tribute Communities – UC Tower

Supplier of the Year
Reliance Home Comfort

Prestige awards

Corporate Citizenship
Minto Communities Ontario

Community of the Year
Podium Developments – Ironwood in North Oshawa

Builder of the Year – Small Volume
Holland Homes Inc.

Builder of the Year – Large Volume
Great Gulf


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Local Focus - Toronto

Toronto – in demand and on the rise

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Toronto – in demand and on the rise

Largely considered the pinnacle of the condo boom we’re seeing these days, Toronto still does boast some good lowrise home options. Supply and pricing of those homes, however, is another matter.

That’s what happens when you combine a strong economy and rising population with limited new and resale home supply.

Indeed, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) is forecasting at least 10-per-cent price growth in the GTA this year to $900,000, up from $819,319 in 2019. And on the new home side, 2020 began on a strong note, with 2,106 total new home sales in January, up 65 per cent from January 2019 and 14 per cent above the 10-year average, according to the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). The benchmark price for new single-family homes was $1.09 million.

Booming economy

“Toronto’s booming economy has brought with it housing affordability challenges that will continue throughout the next decade,” says Frank Clayton, senior research fellow, Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research & Land Development.

“Both the provincial and municipal governments must support a massive increase in the supply of all types of housing and tenures as priority number one and quickly transform the land use planning system to make this happen.”

Long considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto boasts a collection of distinct communities, including East York, North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke.

Some of these areas, in fact, now represent areas of growth for new lowrise housing, given that larger master-planned communities of single-detached homes are fewer and farther between. Much of the focus now is on the socalled missing middle, those smaller developments such as townhomes that represent a real opportunity for new ground-oriented homes in the city.

Culture and entertainment

Find a way to buy and live in Toronto, however, and you likely will love it.

Toronto offers a vast array of culture and entertainment options, from the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum and more.

For the sporting sort, Toronto has a handful of pro sports teams – the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto FC and Toronto Argonauts – and is home to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is an annual event celebrating the film industry and attracts many movie stars and a-list players. And the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, formerly known as Caribana, attracts more than one million people every summer.

Other points of interest include the Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Science Centre, Harbourfront, Fort York, the Distillery District, Ripley’s Aquarium, the CN Tower and the Canadian National Exhibition.

And of course, as a large metropolitan city, great shopping areas include the St. Lawrence Market, Kensington Market, the Toronto Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Mall.

Though a subject of some debate due to the challenges with keeping up with all the growth, transit and highway infrastructure is undergoing major expansion all over the city. The TTC moves almost two million people throughout the city every day on subway, buses, streetcars and LRT lines, while GO Transit links Toronto with the surrounding regions of the GTA. Highways include the 400 series (401, 403, 404, 407 and 427), the Don Valley Parkway and the Queen Elizabeth Highway.

Location, location, location

This provincial capital of Ontario and the most populated city in Canada is located on the shores of Lake Ontario; Population 2,954,024

Key landmarks

  • CN Tower
  • High Park
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Ripley’s Aquarium
  • Toronto Eaton Centre

Select housing developments

East Station by Mattamy Homes

Fairfield Towns by Plaza

Lake & Town by Menkes

Origins of Don Mills by Mattamy Homes

Terraces at Eglinton by Nascent Developments

The Belmont Residences by Caliber Homes

The New Lawrence Heights by Context Dev. Inc.

The New Lawrence Heights by Metropia

Twelve on the Ravine by Geranium


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Courts of Canterbury by Geranium

Bungalows achieve sales success at Courts of Canterbury in Port Perry

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Bungalows achieve sales success at Courts of Canterbury in Port Perry

The first phase of spectacular bungalow and bungalow-loft designs at Courts of Canterbury is more than 50 percent sold. Home builder, Geranium, started construction in late 2019, and the neighbourhood has been taking shape throughout the winter months.

Established infrastructure

Located alongside Lake Scugog in picturesque Port Perry, Courts of Canterbury homes will blend with the existing Canterbury Common adult-lifestyle community, built more than 20 years ago. Courts of Canterbury offers the ideal combination of life-enriching designs and superb finishes, in a remarkable adult-lifestyle community, just minutes to the many fine amenities of the historic town.

At its centre is a resident-only clubhouse, where homeowners can enjoy a multitude of social and fitness activities, as well as an outdoor pool and planned excursions. “The majority of Courts of Canterbury’s purchasers are scaling down from their family home. They plan to simplify their life, yet live in comfort, while taking advantage of a newly-built, warrantied home with the choice of interior finishes,” says Stephanie Lane, Geranium’s director of sales and marketing. “The private clubhouse adds an exciting opportunity to belong, and join in various activities throughout the year.”

Flexible living

Courts of Canterbury offers a variety of floorplans, many with a loft option, in addition to open-concept spaces for flexible living and entertaining. Homes have a main-floor master bedroom and deluxe ensuite bathroom. Two model homes showcase the imaginative designs. High-end finishes include nine-foot ceilings and quality kitchen cabinetry paired with elegant granite countertops. These features are parcelled with Geranium’s stringent construction methods and materials that exceed Ontario’s Building Code. New construction offers energy efficiency and ensures lower maintenance requirements, without expensive replacements of the roof and windows for many years.

Close at hand

Courts of Canterbury is located minutes from trails, parks, a marina, unique shops, and an array of services and eateries in Port Perry’s charming downtown core. Lakeridge Health Port Perry is known for excellent, and friendly, medical care. The town hosts many events throughout the year, including live music, theatre and festivals. Port Perry is within a one-hour commute of Toronto via GO Transit, Durham Regional Transit, and Highways 407 and 401.

Available homes in Phase 1 at Courts of Canterbury range from 1,669 to 2,587 square feet on 50-foot lots. Prices start from $799,900. Since 1977, Geranium has welcomed more than 8,000 families to its new home communities. New home purchasers will have peace-of-mind knowing that they are purchasing from a builder that has a well-earned reputation.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The sales centre and model homes are located at 52 Coulter Street, Port Perry.

905.982.2649

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Courts of Canterbury by Geranium

Courts of Canterbury offers an unbeatable adult lifestyle

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Courts of Canterbury offers an unbeatable adult lifestyle

At Courts of Canterbury, in picturesque Port Perry, Geranium has created the ideal combination of life-enriching bungalow and bungalow-loft designs, along with superb finishes, in a remarkable adult lifestyle community. Phase 1 has been released, and two professionally finished, and furnished, model homes are now open.

Perfect for right-sizing home buyers who are looking to simplify life, a total of eight floor plan styles are available, many with a loft option.

Geranium collaborated with acclaimed Designer Jo-Ann Capelaci of Colours & Concepts Inc. to create two model homes, which showcase the incredible versatility of this new collection.

The Chesterman Model

This home is a one-of-a-kind corner lot design, with a loft. With 2,474 square feet of living space, it includes two bedrooms and a den on the ground floor. The loft has a third bedroom, a full bathroom and a lounge overlooking the great room below. This Euro-chic design has a grey palette, accented with deep, rich blue, along with pops of rust and orange accessories. Modern furnishings, with clean lines in shades of blue and brown, create a warm and welcoming home.

The Cavendish Model

A bright, one-storey, two-bedroom plus den model home is a generous 1,934 square feet. Blending a light palette of cool neutrals, accented with blues and greens, Capelaci infused this home with colours that were inspired by the community’s proximity to Lake Scugog. An open-concept kitchen, dining and great room overlook the back garden. The interior is bathed in natural light, and is augmented by a vaulted ceiling.

Sought-after community

At the Centre of the Courts of Canterbury is a residents-only clubhouse, where homeowners can enjoy a multitude of social and fitness activities, and participate in planned excursions.

Courts of Canterbury is located minutes from trails, parks and a marina, as well as unique shops, services and eateries in Port Perry’s historic downtown. Port Perry’s hospital is known for excellent, and friendly, personal care.

Home to many cultural events, including live theatre, music and festivals, the town is also within an easy one-hour commute to Toronto, via GO Transit, Durham Regional Transit, or Highways 407 and 401.

A commitment to quality

Courts of Canterbury homes will blend seamlessly into the existing Canterbury Common adult-lifestyle community, built more than 20 years ago. Exterior elevations will feature elegant scale and beautiful styling, ensuring that each residence is a lasting complement to this established, mature setting.

Interiors will boast nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, sleek layouts and quality finishes, such as granite countertops and custom cabinetry throughout. Homes range from 1,453 to 2,587 square feet on 50-foot lots, and are priced from $799,900.

Geranium’s stringent construction methods exceed Ontario’s Building Code, and along with the Tarion warranty coverage, new home buyers can rest assured that they’re purchasing a well-built, energy efficient home. Since 1977, Geranium has welcomed more than 8,000 families to its new home communities.

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905.982.2649 | courtsofcanterbury.com


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Model Home Feature: Courts of Canterbury by Geranium

Courts of Canterbury by Geranium a model of excellence

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Courts of Canterbury by Geranium a model of excellence

Geranium invites right-sizing homebuyers to enjoy a wonderful adult-lifestyle community at Courts of Canterbury in picturesque Port Perry. Situated alongside Lake Scugog, a short walk to the historic downtown, Geranium is now previewing a portfolio of imaginative bungalow and bungalow-loft designs with open-concept spaces that are ideal for flexible living and entertaining.

This bungalow model finished in a Hamptons style has an upscale yet relaxing, tranquil environment. A palette of cool neutrals is accented with pale blues and greens inspired by the community’s waterfront location. The light colours complement the nine-ft. ceilings, beautiful large windows and sliding doors, and soaring vaulted ceiling. The interior furnishings incorporate cherished keepsakes and travel acquisitions, and the gallery-style artwork throughout adds splashes of colour and interest. In the kitchen, two-toned cabinetry is paired with stylish quartz stone countertops, and elegant flooring provides a seamless transition from room to room. Finally, the master bedroom and adjoining ensuite offer a soothing, zen-like retreat to rest and relax.

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Courts of Canterbury in Port Perry

Adult-lifestyle community with private clubhouse, outdoor pool, and social activities.

Sales office: 48 Coulter St., Port Perry

Model Name: The Cavendish

Style: 50-ft. detached bungalows and bungalow-lofts

Designer: Colours & Concepts Inc.

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Courts of Canterbury

Courts of Canterbury is an all-bungalow community in Port Perry

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Courts of Canterbury is an all-bungalow community in Port Perry

This summer, the award-winning new home, and community, builder, Geranium, will introduce Courts of Canterbury, located alongside Lake Scugog and minutes from Port Perry’s historic downtown core. Built more than 20 years ago, a new addition to the highly sought-after Canterbury Common adult-lifestyle community presents an all-new bungalow portfolio, which blends seamlessly into the existing neighbourhood.

All-encompassing

At the heart of the community is a resident-only clubhouse – The Centre. Here, residents can enjoy a multitude of social and fitness activities, in addition to swimming in the outdoor pool and taking in the natural wonders on the waterfront trail.

Set along people-friendly streetscapes, Geranium’s new exterior designs complement the already-established community’s mature settting, with impressive details as it relates to scale and style.

Two-, three- and four-bedroom bungalows, and bungalow-loft options are available. Interior layouts feature an efficient, and effective, use of space. The open-concept floorplans are ideal for entertaining and everyday living. When stairs become an obstacle, the main-floor master bedroom, along with a deluxe ensuite, are truly convenient. An additional bedroom is included on the loft opition, or a bedroom could be added on a future basement renovation.

Courts of Canterbury homes include high-end finishes, such as nine-foot ceilings on the main level, as well as quality kitchen cabinetry, paired with elegant granite countertops. Prices for phase one start at $799,900 on 50-foot lots. Construction methods and materials exceed Ontario’s Building Code, providing improved energy efficiency and lower maintenance.

Free and easy

Courts of Canterbury is just steps away from the waterfront trail, parks and marina on Lake Scugog. An array of eateries, boutiques and services make up Port Perry’s downtown, which has become a popular tourist destination with it’s unique shops, galleries and water access. A Lakeridge Health medical institution, Port Perry’s Hospital, provides excellent care.

With more than 9,500 residents, Port Perry is a small town with the amenities of a much larger centre. “In Port Perry, we’re creating a wonderful new opportunity for people to purchase an elegant bungalow, within an easy one-hour commute of the GTA via GO Transit, Durham Regional Transit or Highway 407,” says Stephanie Lane, director of marketing and sales.

The idyllic town of Port Perry hosts top-quality theatre and musical productions, as well as artists’ studio tours, festivals and annual events.

Since 1977, Geranium has welcomed more than 8,000 families to their new home communities. Their well-earned reputation provides new home buyers with a heightened comfort level when making that all-important purchase. At Courts of Canterbury you’ll find the home that you’ve been looking for.

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In Conversation With Cheryl Shindruk, BILD Chair, & Executive Vice-President, Geranium

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In Conversation With Cheryl Shindruk, BILD Chair, & Executive Vice-President, Geranium

Homebuyers may not realize or appreciate it, but hard at work behind the scenes on their behalf are industry organizations such as the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). In the last few years, given the challenging affordability, supply and policy issues facing the GTA housing market, BILD is not just important but essential to protecting the public interest.

Charged with building on this momentum for the next two years as BILD Chair is Cheryl Shindruk, who also is executive vice-president of land development at homebuilder, Geranium.

HOMES Magazine spoke with Shindruk to get her insights on these and other issues.

HOMES Magazine: You recently spoke at BILD’s Chair’s Dinner, with your topic being “leading change.” How do you, or BILD, plan to lead change in your tenure as Chair?

Cheryl Shindruk: The continued success of BILD, and our reputation as an industry, depends on our commitment to professionalism and excellence. We must be principled and fact-based in our approach; determined to have a voice and communicating our message loud and clear.

One way we can achieve change is to continue to focus on educating the public on the role our industry plays in contributing to the high quality of life this region offers, and the challenges we have delivering housing that people can afford, where and when it is needed.

HM: What were some of the other key messages in your address?

CS: Our advocacy agenda with government achieved some great momentum in 2018. We need to continue our work to help government create a regulatory environment and approvals process that is fair and streamlined, free of duplication, while protecting the public interest, and creates positive conditions that allow our members to build and renovate homes, and places for people to work and play. Collectively, we need to work to restore balance and stability in the housing market.

HM: The industry – through BILD, the OHBA and TREB – has made great strides over the last few years in getting governments to understand the challenges facing builders and developers, and therefore homebuyers. What’s your outlook for these relationships – how do you see things progressing over the next year or so.

CS: I believe in the power of partnership and collaboration with all levels of government, with the financial institutions, sister construction associations, chambers of commerce and BIAs, with our colleagues in the environmental and resource sectors and, with the media. We will continue to strengthen these partnerships as a means to achieving regulatory environment that allows us to meet the housing, commercial and industrial building needs of this region.

HM: Try to look ahead to a year or so from now. What accomplishment would signal your tenure as BILD Chair as a success you would be proud of?

CS: Our organization is poised to take on the challenges of 2019. The staff and board of BILD are highly qualified when it comes to talent, experience and work ethic. Advancing our advocacy agenda with government; further educating homeowners and prospective buyers; and restoring balance and stability in the housing market will signal to me that we’ve accomplished what we set out to do.

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BILD Chair Cheryl Shindruk, centre, with BILD President Dave Wilkes, left, and William Moore, president, Solutions Ink.

HM: Through this interview with HOMES Magazine, you’re also speaking directly to prospective homebuyers – who are growing increasingly concerned about affordability in the GTA. What would you say to them on this and other topics they need to be aware of, to keep their homebuying hopes realistic?

CS: Two things: Educate yourselves on the issues contributing to affordability, and get involved. In conjunction with traditional media channels, the Internet provides an abundance of information about our industry. Be sure to check sources and subscribe to different outlets for a balanced picture.

Ensure that your elected officials understand your concerns and viewpoint, at all levels of government.

We are committed to working with government and stakeholders so that our industry can do its part in delivering an ample supply and mix of housing options, and achieving balance and stability in the housing market. We need a regulatory environment and approvals process that allows this to happen.

HM: How has your work at Geranium prepared you for your position as Chair of BILD?

CS: I have been fortunate to have been able to pursue a career that merges my passions for city planning, community building, business and volunteerism. Since joining Geranium in 2003, I’ve had the opportunity to work on many complex and challenging files, receiving guidance and mentorship from outstanding business partners and Geranium’s principals, who lead by example. I’m inspired by our land development team, and we’ve all embraced a strong commitment to communication, consultation and collaboration. This is what helps me most in my role with Geranium and prepares me for the position of Chair of BILD.

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Shindruk at the podium, delivering her keynote address at the 2019 Chair’s Dinner.

HM: Let’s talk more about Geranium… What’s in store for 2019?

CS: On the sales and marketing side, we will continue to sell and build our design-forward new homes in Aurora, Stouffville, Toronto East and Pickering. With our partners in Friday Harbour, Innisfil, we’re bringing this resort community to fruition on Lake Simcoe. We expect to launch new home communities in Port Perry and Pickering. We’ll also be continuing our planning and development processes on existing land holdings, working with government and agencies to create places which contribute to the diversity of housing styles, employment and lifestyle opportunities, while enhancing the communities we have the privilege of working in.

HM: How do you think your work at BILD will benefit you in your day job at Geranium?

CS: I value the work of BILD, OHBA and CHBA, which is why Geranium is a member. Our President, Boaz Feiner was a two-term BILD board member, and Louie Morizio, senior vice-president of construction, has served on RESCON’s board of directors. Whether through a formal role, or in other ways, Geranium and I will continue to have a voice in our industry.

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