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Industry Partners

David Wilkes

President & CEO of the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD)


David Wilkes is a seasoned business leader with a deep understanding of large-scale transformation. Drawing on his extensive retail experience, he currently leads over 197,000 employees and brings $30 billion in investment value to the Greater Toronto Area as the CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). David has also been a powerful advocate for land developers and home builders in this role – building meaningful partnerships and maintaining exceptional government relations that move our industry forward.

Over his 40-year career, David Wilkes has built a strong reputation for his unmatched ability to bridge public and private interests. His passion for industry advancement enables him to act as a strategic partner to a wide variety of stakeholders and partner organizations. From housing supply to safe construction practices, David always looks for mutually beneficial solutions to major industry problems.

Certifications & Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in Geography from Ryerson University

Jeff King

CEO of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV)

Jerome S. Engel

Adjunct Professor Emeritus at Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley