Renovators’ Council

Message from the Chair

I am very proud to be the chair of the Renovators’ Council this year. I have been in the home building/renovation industry for 21 years, and I am passionate about working with my clients to transform their current spaces into works of art.

I truly believe in the professionalism of our industry and the work done by GOHBA and the Ottawa Renovators Council. When I accepted the position as the chair of the Council, it was important to me to continue the ongoing education of our renovators with new products and techniques. I also wanted to continue promoting RenoMark™ and what it means to you as a consumer. (See more info later in this magazine.)

Embarking on a renovation project is a big step for many individuals. It is exciting and frightening all at the same time. When I work with my clients, I hear the excitement in their voices as they share their visions with me. It is also stressful, taking those first steps. How do you select a renovator, the company who will properly turn your ideas into reality?

When I meet my clients for the first time, I give them the opportunity to meet me, ask me questions, share their visions. I feel it is important that you select a renovator who has the right “chemistry” to work with you, as well as the talent to carry out your dreams. But more importantly, your renovator must be a professional.

A certified renovator is a company who has a registered GST number, proof of WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board), carries liability insurance, and who will provide you with a written quotation, full contract and warranty.

This is only a subset of items you should look for. Our association adopted the RenoMark certification standard three years ago. It is the certification that professional renovators apply for. It ensures that the company has the items listed above, and much more. It ensures that the renovator follows a code of conduct, provides a minimum two-year warranty and, again, so much more.

If a renovation company has the RenoMark symbol, the research on that company has been completed for you . If you select a company that does not have the RenoMark symbol, you will have to do the leg work and research the company yourself.

If the renovator does not provide proof of certification, this may be an indicator that the company could put you at risk. If you hire a fly-by-night renovator or work with a renovator under the table for cash, it also puts you at risk. If an accident happens on your site, you are liable if the company is not properly insured with WSIB.

I hope you find a lot of useful information in this magazine to help you as you transform your vision into reality.

Remember: the key to a successful renovation is working with a renovator you trust.


Jason Labelle


Ottawa Renovators’ Council