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Appointee Biographies

Building Code Commission

STEPHEN WONG

Stephen Wong is formerly a part-time member and Vice-Chair of the Building Code Commission. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario with senior management experience in the municipal government in Ontario Building Code administration and Information Technology management. He retired from public service in 2011. He served as Deputy Building Commissioner in the former City of Etobicoke and Director of Applications and Professional Services in the amalgamated City of Toronto. He was a former member of the Ontario Building Officials Association, Municipal Information Systems Association, American Concrete Institute, and the Canadian Standards Association serving on the Technical Committee on Reinforced Concrete Design. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon (USA) and his Master of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Illinois (USA).

MATTHEW GRAHAM

Matthew Graham is a former Manager and Deputy Chief Building Official at City of Ottawa as well as Program Manager of Building Inspections. He is also a former member of the Building Materials Evaluation Commission. His community involvement includes serving as a committee member for the Canadian Standards Association.

ALISON ORR

Alison Orr has been a Principal at Orr Brown Consulting Engineers Ltd since 2011. Prior to this, she was a Building Engineer at Southward Consultants Limited and with the City of Hamilton. Ms. Orr's community involvement has included being Registrar for the Dundas Girls Softball League, Secretary for the Flamborough Minor Softball Association, and has been involved in various mentoring events with the McMaster University Engineering Department. Ms. Orr is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and the Ontario Building Officials Association. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University.

ELEKTRA VRACHAS

Elektra Vrachas is a sole proprietor and Principal of Elektra Vrachas Architect, an independent architectural practice with code consulting services in Toronto. She is a registered Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and has over 30 years of experience in the field of architectural design and construction. Ms. Vrachas holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Toronto. She has been serving on the OAA Sub-committee on Codes and Regulations for several years and is a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.

DAVID ANNABLE

DAVID ANNABLE is a Senior Designer and President at Annable Designs. He is also a former Office Manager and Lead Designer at Collett Surveying Ltd. His community involvement includes serving as Council Chair at St. Mary High School. He attended Loyalist College where he became certified as a Construction Engineering Technician as well as an Architectural Technician.

MICHAEL EGBERTS

MICHAEL EGBERTS is a Structural Engineer at Egberts Engineering Limited. His community involvement includes role as Secretary for the Ontario Regional Group of the Institute of Structural Engineers. He holds Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Structural Engineering from McGill University

LESZEK MUNIAK

Leszek Muniak is a specialist in building code and fire protection, and has been a building code and fire protection consultant for over 35 years. He specializes in the development and presentation of building code related seminars and courses. Mr. Muniak has served on Ontario and National Building Code committees developing provisions for fire safety in the renovation of existing buildings. He has developed fire analysis computer techniques, conducted fire investigations, acted as a consultant for legal counsel and developed and presented building code training courses. He holds Bachelor of Science and Mechanical Engineering degrees from the University of Toronto.

CHRISTINA KALT

Christina Kalt is the founding Principal of Kalt Studio, an independent architectural practice in Toronto. She is a registered Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects, certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute, and certified Professional Land Economist with the Association of Ontario Land Economists. She has served on advisory committees for a number of not-for-profit corporations in Ontario. Ms. Kalt holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Architecture degree and an Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree from the University of Waterloo. She is also a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

ALEXANDRA CHOW

Alexandra Chow is currently self-employed. She was a Senior Fire Protection Engineer for the Fire Commissioner of Canada (FCC) Office and has retired after 24 years of service. She provided fire safety advice and alternative solutions to the Government of Canada and First Nations communities in accordance with building codes, fire codes, and applicable standards. She contributed to the analysis and development of FCC standards, policies and guidelines. She is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, National Fire Protection Association and Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

ALEX CAMPBELL

Alexander Campbell is the owner of Tekoa Environmental Limited, and the owner of The Septic-Store (Central Ontario). His community involvement includes serving as a member on the board of directors for Smith Haven Service Dogs.

JUDITH BEAUCHAMP

is a former Senior Associate and Project manager at Stantec Consulting Ltd, and a former Project Engineer at Paragon Engineering. Her community involvement includes serving as a Member for Iron Ring Camp 15, and as Member and Chair of the Kitchener Waterloo Chapters of Professional Engineers of Ontario and Granite Club.

MICHAEL GOOCH

Michael Gooch is a former Executive Director of Development Service for the Town of Huntsville, as well as Chief Building Official. He has a CBCO (retired) from the Ontario Building Officials Association and C.E.T. from the Ontario association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists. Michael has been involved in the design installation and maintenance of On-Site sewage systems. He continues to facilitate Building Code training courses for the OBOA and previously MMAH.