Kelvin Toews

  1. What is your current job title and which area do you cover?

My current position is Fire Chief for the City of Steinbach and as the Fire Chief I am responsible for performing Fire Inspections and ensuring Fire Code compliance.

  1. How long have you worked with in the industry?

I began with the City of Steinbach in 2006 as a building inspector and in 2013 I was hired as the Fire Chief.

  1. How long have you been a member of MBOA?

I have been a member of the MBOA since 2006

  1. Why did you become a member of the MBOA?

The MBOA offers a great opportunity to connect with other building officials and compare experiences. It also provides training and education opportunities on topics that are relevant to the industry.

  1. What do you love most about being a building inspector?

What I liked about being a building inspector was that the industry is constantly evolving with new technology and building materials. There were always new challenges and something to learn. I find the same to be true of my current job performing fire inspections.

  1. Has becoming a member of the MBOA helped you in your career?

The MBOA has helped in creating contacts and alliances with inspectors in other jurisdictions that I find I am still using to this day.

  1. Do you have any mentors in your professional life?

When I was hired by the City of Steinbach my trainer and mentor was Barry Plett. I learned a lot from Barry, and I carried a lot of what I learned into my current position with the city.

  1. What is your favourite hobby or leisure activity?

My favourite leisure activity is cycling. Through my advancing years I have traded the more intense mountain biking for pavement but I still enjoy the occasional ride on single track.

  1. What is your favourite sports team?

I am a fan of football (the real football) and my favourite team is Manchester United. I do also follow American football where I am a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

  1. What is something unique or something we may not know about you that people in the MBOA might find interesting

The character of James Bond was based on my life.

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