Mary oversees CIH Canada and works with the Board and Executive Committee. She oversees the financials, membership, course development, and communications. She is committed to ensuring that there are professional development opportunities for people who find themselves in the housing sector.
Mary comes to CIH Canada with over ten years of experience working on national networks focused on socio-economic planning. She got her start in the housing sector as the Capacity Building Coordinator at the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association. She has a Master of Urban Planning from McGill University where she focused her studies on affordable housing and environmental planning.
“I am so pleased to be leading CIH Canada. When I was a student at McGill, it was difficult to find housing course and professors and I reached out to CHRA to support my studies. Through CHRA, I was exposed to the housing sector and introduced to many passionate professionals with years of experience who were willing to provide insight into the sector. I believe CIH Canada provides an important opportunity to support people who find themselves working in the housing, to engage people in housing as a career, retain staff, and build up the strength and expertise in the sector.”
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.
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 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 is the CEO of BCNPHA. She 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.
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