About MBI's Canadian Council
The Modular Building Institute's Canadian Council serves as an advisory board on matters of importance to MBI members doing business in Canada. In addition to helping grow MBI's Canadian membership, this Council was established to promote collaboration and support among modular building manufacturers and companies in Canada:
- Provide additional leadership opportunities within MBI for members in Canada.
- Serve as an advisory board to MBI to ensure we are understanding our members’ needs.
- Serve as a forum for best practices and networking activities to be delivered more effectively by MBI.
“As a founding member of the Modular Building Institute’s Canadian Council, it has been very exciting to witness the rate of adoption that modular has experienced since 2017. There is a growing enthusiasm around new methodologies of building and the innovation coming out of Canada is impressive.
Of the many contributions that the council has made, it is the engagement and education of government, financial, and certification bodies such as the Canadian Standards Association (‘CSA’) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (‘CMHC’) that I am most proud of. Advocating on behalf of the Canadian modular industry is the primary role of our council and something my colleagues and I are very passionate about. We continue to make important headway in our efforts to penetrate the more mainstream construction markets.
The Council has brought a Canadian perspective to MBI on behalf of a contingent that has historically made up a significant portion of MBI’s total membership. In the second largest country in the world, Canadian construction is subject to a wide variety of factors and variables including environment, climate, politics and culture. As a result, geographical representation on the Canadian Council is critical and continues to deliver value to MBI’s Canadian membership.”
-Kevin Read, Canadian Council chair
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Forta PRO, a modular building manufacturer in Latvia, recently partnered with Marriott to create a modular hotel room based on their current design, Moxy. The two connected in Copenhagen in 2019, when Marriott expressed an interest in creating a mock-up to show investors the quality available through modular construction techniques. The stand-alone room is currently located in Frankfurt and is available for investors to visit.
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