The MBI Educational Foundation and the MBI Canadian Foundation were established specifically to provide educational opportunities in the form of training, research, and scholarships to individuals with an interest in commercial modular construction. The foundation began in 2001 with a generous $100,000 gift from Barry & Mary Gossett. Mr. Gossett is an industry veteran, member of the MBI Hall of Fame, recipient of the MBI Outstanding Achievement Award, and esteemed friend to many modular building professionals. Since their beginning, the foundations have trained over 1000 industry professionals, awarded 17 student scholarships, and spear-headed invaluable industry research. To see a list of all our donors, click here.

About Commercial Modular Construction

Modular construction is a process where a building is constructed in "modules" offsite under controlled factory conditions using the same materials and designed to the same codes and standards as conventionally-built buildings, but in about half the time. Structurally, modular buildings are generally stronger than conventional construction because each module is engineered to independently withstand the rigors of transportation and craning onto foundations. Once together and sealed, the modules become one integrated wall, floor, and roof assembly. Building offsite ensures better construction quality management too. Materials that are delivered to the factory are safely and securely stored in a warehouse to prevent damage from moisture and elements. Beyond quality control and improved completion time, modular construction offers numerous other benefits. Removing approximately 80% of the building construction activity from the site location significantly reduces site disruption, vehicular traffic to and from the site, and improves overall safety and security.  

Mission Statement

The mission of the foundations is to expand opportunities, increase awareness, and foster growth in the commercial modular construction industry by supporting research and development, providing scholarships for students, and developing partnerships and alliances with complimentary organizations.


MBI Educational Foundation:

John Erb (Chair)
NRB, Inc.


Kelly Williams (Vice Chair)
Vesta Modular


Mike Rhodes (Secretary/Treasurer)
Silver Creek Industries

Brad Gudeman
Modular Genius, Inc.

Kent Anderson
WESCO Distribution, Inc.


 Mike Bollero, Sr.
Aries Building Systems LLC


 Ciff Cort
Triumph Modular

Chris Schmidt
Guerdon Modular Buildings

Ralph Tavares
R&S Tavares Associates


Maury Tiernan
Geary Pacific Corporation

Kathy Wilmot
Wilmot Modular Structures, Inc.

Steven Williams (Executive Director)

MBI Canadian Foundation:

Ray Girouard (Chair)
Kent Homes

Rick McClymont (Secretary/Treasurer)
Cadtan Management


Cameron Bowie
Alta-Fab Structures Ltd.

Bill Haliburton
ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd.


Brian Keyes
GLP Canada




Harry Klukas
Black Diamond Group

Craig Mitchell
Metric Modular

Laurie Robert
NRB, Inc.

 Jonathan Tomalty
University of Alberta

Ken Volk
Champion Canada International 

Steven Williams (Executive Director)