Canadian Contractor

The performance applications panel
November 3, 2020 at 12:00am


Mark Okland, Jack Gottesman, Dan Sandik, Mark Zehnal

It’s a topic so big, we needed help. Mark Oakland and Jack Gottesman of IKO along with Dan Sandink, director of research at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Mark Zehnal of the Insurance Institute for Business and Safety, join together for a deep dive into the latest in roofing science and standards. Codes are moving across North America in response to climate change, and new research is pointing the way to build roofs that exceed code, sometimes with counterintuitive approaches. Here’s what you need to know about the latest concepts in high-performance roofing.

Mark Okland
Mark Oakland is an experienced management executive with a 25-year track record in the building materials industry, the last 17 years with IKO. His present role is National Accounts Manager where he is focusing on expanding IKO’s presence in the REIT/multi-family channels and the AIA and architectural specification programs, as well as overseeing the relationships between IKO and key roofing industry entities such as NRCA, IBHS and insurance companies. His experience includes product development, economy sales and process ownership on IKO’s global WINGS ERP Project team.

Jack Gottesman
Jack Gottesman is IKO’s marketing services manager for the U.S. His responsibilities include strategic content planning and engaging important audience segments across key live events and earned media channels. Jack joined IKO in 2019 with broad experience in marketing and communications roles across public affairs and technology industries.

Dan Sandik
Dan Sandink is Director of Research at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. ICLR was established by Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry as an independent, not-for-profit natural disaster mitigation research organization affiliated with Western University. At ICLR, Dan has led a significant portion of ICLR’s urban/basement flood risk reduction work, and has authored or co-authored dozens of reports and articles on topics related to urban flooding and natural hazards. Dan’s reports and guidance documents have been widely cited and applied by insurers and governments across Canada. Dan is involved in a number of local, provincial and national technical committees and projects concerning building design and construction related to urban flood, high wind and wildland-urban interface fire. He is a graduate of the geography and planning programs at the universities of Guelph, Western Ontario and Toronto.

Mark Zehnal
Mark Zehnal has spent the last 40 years in the roofing industry as a contractor, building code compliance officer and director of technical services for the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association. In 2016, Mark joined the U.S. Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety as the Senior Roofing Specialist supporting development of FORTIFIED programs. Mark also works with IBHS staff on building code initiatives and roofing-related research and serves as the IBHS representative to the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues board of directors.