Chief Executive Officer

Hybrid / Toronto, ON
Real Estate Development & Construction

Our Client


The Ontario Home Builders’​ Association (OHBA) is the voice of the residential construction and professional renovation industry in Ontario. Comprised of 27 local associations and over 4,000 member companies across the province, the OHBA exists to positively impact provincial legislative, regulatory and tax policies that affect the industry.

Position Overview

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will serve as the leader and spokesperson for the association, representing the interests and needs of the residential home building industry in Ontario and the organization’s 4,000 member companies. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for providing strategic leadership in establishing the association’s direction and managing the execution of the strategic plan. The CEO will work to achieve OHBA’s mission, advance the interests of its members, and ensure the association’s continued growth and success. The CEO oversees the management and operations of the association, including government relations, communication, education, membership experience, and finance.

The successful candidate will be a strategic professional with leadership experience gained in an Association or highly matrixed environment.  This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned individual with a superlative track record in member relations, provincial advocacy, revenue generating models, and operations to take on a highly visible and impactful mandate.   Experience in the construction or planning sector would also be considered a strong asset.

Role Responsibilities

  • Set a clear strategic path forward for the association, clearly articulating a shared vision to ensure long-term organizational sustainability and impact.
  • Build and lead a high-performing team that supports the execution of the association’s strategic plan and inclusive work environment promoting innovation, teamwork, accountability, and excellence.
  • Establish and nurture a strong partnership with the Board of Directors, working collaboratively to achieve the association’s strategic objectives and build consensus in decision-making.
  • Set a clear Government Relations and communications strategy that aligns with the organization’s mission, with a focus on the needs of all 27 locals associations, with a one-voice approach.
  • Be the unified voice of the residential construction industry in Ontario, representing 4,000 member companies organized into 27 local associations across the province and serve as the primary advocate for OHBA with government bodies, industry stakeholders, and sponsors, clearly articulating the value proposition of the association with an inspiring and compelling narrative.
  • Oversee the continued operational success of current programming, ensuring high-quality and consistent delivery across the internal team’s core objectives.
  • Oversee fiscal management of the association, operating within the approved budget and ensuring that the organization is financially stable and positioned for growth.

Desired Qualifications

  • 10+ years of executive leadership experience, within a non-profit or membership-based organization, association or highly matrixed organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, business administration, public administration, or related field; MBA/MPA preferred.
  • Big-picture thinker that has demonstrable experience in connecting the dots and bringing the right people to the table to solve complex issues collaboratively.
  • Experience reporting into and collaborating closely with a Board of Directors, with an in-depth knowledge of corporate governance and general management best practices.
  • Skilled communicator both written and verbally with the ability to present a compelling and inspiring narrative across a variety of organizational initiatives.
  • Strong diplomacy skills and ability to engage, communicate, and influence diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrable business, political, and financial acumen with a proven track record of navigating through complex and multi-stakeholder landscapes with the utmost integrity and ethics.
  • Skilled relationship builder and networker who gets excited about the opportunity to travel around Ontario to meet with locals and keep a pulse on industry trends and needs.
  • Experienced people manager that is seen and respected by prior teams as a skilled and respectful executive capable of managing through both trials and triumphs.

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Katie enjoys being part of the Research and Operations division at Thorek/Scott and Partners. Katie utilizes her skills in research, project and data management to support the recruiting efforts of the Thorek/Scott and Partners team. She enjoys working in the positive team atmosphere that Thorek/Scott and Partners offers.

After completing her Master’s in Geography at the University of Toronto, Katie worked in consulting in the environmental non-profit sector where she conducted policy analysis and delivered workshops on sustainable development. Katie continues to pursue her passions of environmental protection by volunteering with local environmental non-profit organizations.

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After completing his B.Com from the University of Toronto’s Finance program, Derek began his career as a financial advisor working for two of Canada’s largest wealth managers. These roles taught him the importance of listening to his clients and always putting their goals first. Derek has lived and traveled in Ireland, Europe, Asia and Africa. He enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports, and spending time with friends and family.

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She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Leadership/Administration. Lisa completed the Executive Leadership programs at Rotman School of Management and the Richard Ivey School of Business as well as earning multiple certificates at the Queens Executive Education Program.

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