About the Association

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association - Nova Scotia (CHBA-NS) is the voice of the residential construction industry in Nova Scotia. For more than 50 years, the CHBA-NS has played a key role in promoting quality, choice and affordable housing for all Nova Scotians.

The Association represents over 300 member firms made up of professional builders, renovators, developers and many other stakeholders in the residential construction industry.  Individually, members stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the industry, and polish their business and technical skills through workshops, courses and information sharing. All members adopt the Association’s Code of Ethics and are committed to fairness, integrity and customer satisfaction.


The Canadian Home Builders’ Association - Nova Scotia is the representative voice of the residential construction industry in Nova Scotia. The mission of the Association is to provide professionalism in all aspects of our industry and provide quality, affordable housing choices for Nova Scotians.


  • Members shall comply with applicable building codes of Canada as a minimum standard for construction and shall work toward its improvement in the interests of structural sufficiency, safety and health.

  • Members shall plan their sites and homes to conform to the principles of good community planning and support for the environment.

  • Members shall deal justly with their employees, subcontractors and suppliers of all goods and services.

  • Members shall deal honestly and fairly with their customers and stand behind the quality of their work and service commitments.

  • Members shall exchange information and experience, and encourage research on materials, technical advancements and building techniques in order to provide the best value for their customers.

  • Members shall avoid all conduct or practice detrimental to the house building industry, to the Association, to the good name or reputation of any of its members, or its consumers.

  • Members shall commit to continuing learning through human resource policies and practices, including employment practices which treat employees as assets.

  • Members shall actively promote health and safety principles.

  • Members shall treat their competitors, including their property and ideas, with respect.

Executive Council

Executive Officer
Karen Slaunwhite, CHBA NS
(902) 450-5554
Halifax, NS

1st Vice President
Dan Monk, Monk Renovations
(902) 497-0011
Bedford, NS

John Keating, BMO - Bank of Montreal
(902) 421-3656
Halifax, NS

Scott Smith, Rooftight Construction Ltd.
(902) 497-9397
Fall River, NS

2nd Vice President
Heath Pierson, Blue Ridge Builders
(902) 209-9418
Fall River, NS

Past President
Tamara Barker Watson, Whitestone Developments
(902) 444-4040
Halifax, NS


Darren Foster, Barrett Lumber

Jason O’Hearn, Lumbermart

Jim Morash, Morash Construction

Justin Johnston, All-Craft

Keir Hood, Cresco

Keith Sawlor, Sawlor Built Homes 

South Shore Representative 

Marshall Zwicker 

Cape Brenton Representative 

Jake Sampson

Valley Representative 


Thanks to our special partners ...





Office Staff


Karen Slaunwhite
Executive Officer
(902) 450-5554


Crystal Ingram
Executive Assistant
(902) 450-5554