2023 charlottetown


 Gary Sharp


Building Science 101 for Executive Officers

Gary Sharp is a professional engineer with over 30 years experience in the building industry. Gary is a member of the Greater Ottawa HBA and has contributed in a number of ways. He has managed and written updates to the CHBA Builders' Manual for several editions. Most recently he played a lead role in the production of both the Renovators Manual and the Adaptive Home Renovation Manual. Gary is actively involved with Net Zero. the Technical Research Committee and the Adaptive Council at CHBA National. 

Gary Sharp is the President of Airtight Home Technologies Inc., as an AeroBarrier dealer/installer company based in the Ottawa area. He also runs a manufacturer's representative firm, setting up distribution and educating the building industry on a variety of innovative building products. He provides consulting to several clients and continues to work towards improving the energy efficiency of Canadian housing.

About the Session: Building Science 101 for EOs
You run your association, but when do you have time to learn the basics on how homes are built and renovated? This full day session will tell you what you need to know about how buildings work and inform you about today’s hot topics in residential construction, including radon, Net Zero Homes, carbon, and more. Got a question or building science subject area that you already know you want covered? Email it to us to help inform the content for the day and/or enter it via your event registration.

Matt McCurrach

Matt McCurrach is a second generation developer-builder, who took over the reins of the family business in 2014. Homex Development Corporation was founded by his father Peter, who has been a CHBA Central Interior member for over 50 years. Their business consists of different divisions including land acquisition, development, civil works, multi-family and single family housing. Matt's ability to understand all sides of the development business started as a teenager with a broom in hand sweeping out homes under construction. Soon after, he exchanged the broom for a shovel while installing water mains in new subdivisions. In 2005, he completed his carpentry apprenticeship and received his Red Seal certification.  From there he worked his way up through every aspect of the building business.

For multiple years Matt has lent his business expertise and creative thinking to the Canadian Home Builders' Association at the local, provincial and national levels. In 2012, CHBA Interior faced financial losses for the first time in years. Matt helped reorganize the largest annual fundraising project called the "CHBA CI Training House". Matt helped remold the culture of staff and members, fostering a positive attitude of "members supporting members".  Under his leadership as CHBA Central Interior President from 2013 to 2016, membership grew from 150 to 250 members and sits on solid financial ground.  He has been a leading member of the CHBA CI's Advocacy Committee, developing a positive relations hip with the City of Kamloops. 

Sitting on the CHBA BC Board since 2011, Matt has been part of a dynamic growth with the association. Helped for the Government Relations Committee that quickly gained traction and the attention of the provincial government. Meetings with key ministers are now routine for CHBA BC. 
In 2018 Matt served as CHBA BC President and his term coincided with a newly elected NDP government and the Speculation Tax. Under his stewardship trust was gained with the government and hard work paid of as concessions were made with the challenging tax. In 2019 he carried on the CHBA BC, chairing the Government Relations Committee.

Matt is humbled to have been elected the 2nd Vice President of CHBA National in 2021. Sitting as a Presidential Appointee on the CHBA National Executive prior to that was a privilege and to give back further at the national level in the presidential stream representing members from across the country is a tremendous honour.