Meet Our Team

MEET OUR GENERAL MANAGER AND BOARD MEMBERS

 

Lynn Burgess, General Manager

Lynn Burgess, General Manager

Lynn Burgess is a dedicated, mature executive professional with over 25 years of experience managing and providing leadership to national and international clients.

As the Executive Director for a number of organizations, she has a proven track record of effective management over a large volume of members, with a talent for developing corporate policies and procedures to more efficiently manage a client’s time and resources.

Lynn works with board members to develop recruitment and retention strategies as well as facilitating strategic planning sessions focusing on governance and membership benefits.

Greg Dewling- Director-Board Chair

Greg Dewling- Director-Board Chair

Greg is the CEO of Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC).CRHC operates 4600 publicly owned homes and 600 corporation owned homes throughout the capital region of Edmonton. It also administers 3500 rent subsidies serving a total of 25,000 Albertans. He has worked with Greater Edmonton Foundation and Battle River Foundation (Wainwright) since moving to Alberta in 2008.

Greg sees an opportunity to serve the housing sector through various partnerships and a collaborative approach. Through various partners CRHC is able to be More than a Landlord by assisting families facing homelessness or struggling with mental illness. One of Greg’s favourite quotes: “Alone we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller. Together we can help everyone get home.

He is the President of Alberta Public Housing Administrators Association, serves on the Interagency Council for Homelessness with the ministry of Human Services and has recently been appointed to the board of directors for the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada. He serves as vice-chair on the board of directors for the Trans Alta Tri Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove.

Paul Tennant, Board Member

Paul Tennant, Board Member

Paul is Group Chief Executive of Orbit, UK, a group of housing organizations owning and managing over 38,000 homes. The “partners” within Orbit provide a wide range of housing, care and support services, build over 1,000 homes a year and provide corporate support services to members of the Group and many other housing associations.

Paul is Past President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and the Past Chair of CIH Canada. His particular interests include increasing the quality and range of service offer of housing organizations and progressive business transformation, alongside promoting ethics, professional standards and the values offer of the housing sector.

Mary Aluko, Board Member

Mary Aluko, Board Member

Mary Aluko is the Company Secretary and Head of Compliance at CIH.

Geraldine Howley-Board Member

Geraldine Howley-Board Member

Geraldine Howley is the Group Chief Executive of one of the largest social housing providers in the Yorkshire and Humber region with nearly 22,600 homes for rent and almost 1,000 leasehold properties in the Yorkshire region.Geraldine started working in the Housing Sector over 30 years ago and has gone on to build a successful and rewarding career. Since 2003 she has lead an organisation which has invested over £400 million modernising and delivering new homes and transforming neighbourhoods. A key focus of the group’s work goes beyond providing homes to ‘Improving lives Incommunities’.

Geraldine is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a Chartered Surveyor.  In May she was appointed as a Chair of the Governing Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing following her CIH Presidential year and was appointed to the Chair position in 2019.

Locally, Geraldine is a member of the Health and Wellbeing board and Council Member of the Yorkshire and Humber CBI.  In December 2016, Geraldine was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Bradford and in June 2017 was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her services to housing, young people and the local community.

Geraldine is also Chair of The Centre for Partnership, which is part of the Incommunities Group.  The Centre for Partnership’s GEM Programme (Graduate Employment Mentoring Programme) started in 2009 and has now grown to achieve National status and has connections to both Europe, North America and Hong Kong.   Geraldine is currently Chair of the International Housing Partnership.

Lori-Anne Gagne- Board Member

Lori-Anne Gagne- Board Member

Lori-Anne Gagne joined “Vic Park” in August 2014 bringing with her almost 30 years of experience in the social housing sector through various organizations and perspectives. She began her social housing career in 1986 when she joined a development consulting firm in Northern Ontario.

 

In 1992, Lori-Anne branched out on her own to operate a successful property management firm in Sudbury, Marlor Management, specializing in non-profit and co-operative housing management. During her 14-year tenure as owner/operator of Marlor Management, Lori-Anne gained an appreciation of the challenges faced by providers in trying to deliver safe, affordable, community housing.

 

Lori-Anne relocated to southern Ontario in 2006 to join the Agency for Co-operative Housing. In her role as Ontario/PEI Team Leader, she was charged with the overall administration of 300 federally funded co-operative housing projects throughout the two provinces.

 

In 2009 Lori-Anne joined the Housing Services Corporation as the Manager of Stakeholder Relations before joining the team at Victoria Park.

Jill Atkey-Board Member

Jill Atkey-Board Member

Jill joined BCNPHA in 2010 as the Research Director, later serving as Managing Director and Acting CEO during the BCNPHA recruitment process conducted by Leaders International Executive Search.  Jill has 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, and most recently led the development of the Canadian Rental Housing Index and oversaw the development of a 10-year Affordable Housing Plan for BC in order to solve our province’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis.  This plan has informed the current provincial government’s $7-billion investment in affordable housing in BC.  Jill is well known to the sector, and is respected by our members and key stakeholders within the affordable housing community. Jill has an M.A. from the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC and is a Chartered Member of the Canadian Institute of Housing Canada.

 OUR CIH CANADA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Lisa Thomas, District Manager, Calgary Housing Company, Alberta | Certified Practitioner
  • Ishbel Solvason, Executive Director, The Registry, Ontario | Chartered Member
  • Patricia Schneider, Property Manager, Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Ontario | Chartered Member
  • Stacey Houston, Manager, Customer Service, Applications and Subsidies, Capital Region Housing Corporation, Alberta | Member
  • Pamela Hine, President/Deputy Minister, Yukon Housing Corporation, Yukon | Chartered Member
  • Stephen Giustizia, President & CEO, Housing Development Corporation, London (HDC), Ontario | Chartered Member
  • Lori-Anne Gagne, Executive Director, Victoria Park Community Homes, Ontario | Chartered Member
  • Angela Cooke, VP, Tenant & Community Services, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Ontario | Chartered Member
  • Phil Elwell, Housing Manager, Gloucester Housing Corporation, Ontario | Chartered Member
  • John Bell, Chief Advisor Strategic Planning, Governance and Sustainability, BC Housing, British Colombia| Chartered Member
  • Jill Atkey, CEO, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, British Colombia| Chartered Member