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Our Board – Key Stakeholders in Ontario’s Affordable Housing Community

HSC is governed by a board of directors that is made up of key stakeholders in the housing community, including Service Managers, housing providers and provincial representatives.

To view a board member’s bio, click on their name.

William (Bill) Bradica

Bill Bradica is the Chief Administrative Officer for The District of Thunder Social Services Administration Board. He is responsible for program and policy development, communications and the implementation of the Board’s strategic plan. The TBDSSAB administers Social and Affordable Housing, Child Care Services and delivers Financial and Employment Assistance to people living in the District of Thunder Bay, encompassing an area of more than 100,000 square kilometers. TBDSSAB also directly operates a large, diverse portfolio of social and affordable housing properties. Bill oversees a consolidated budget of $100 million and approximately 180 employees. He is the Chair of the Housing Services Corporation Board of Directors and is a member of the Provincial-Municipal Housing Partnership Table. Bill is a Co-Chair of the Social Housing Modernization Discussion Forum that has been convened by the Ministry of Housing.

Prior to becoming CAO, he served as the Director of Corporate Services, with responsibility for the Finance, Human Resources, Information Services and Asset Management departments.

Bill worked in the private sector for many years as a self-employed accountant and consultant. He gained significant knowledge of the social housing sector while working at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH). He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds an Honours degree in Commerce.

Bill’s community involvement includes three years as Co-Chair of the Thunder Bay United Way Municipal Division campaign and four years on the board of Wesway Inc., a Thunder Bay respite service provider.

 

Ron Holman, Vice-Chair

Ron Holman is the Mayor of the Township of Rideau Lakes and Chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA). He has served in local politics for more than 30 years – and for the past 25 years as Head of Council. In addition, Ron has served as Vice Chairman of the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus, as an elected representative to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and as Warden for the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville in 2005-6 and again in 2013-14. Ron has held positions on many boards and committees including the Perth/Smiths Falls Hospital Board, the Rideau Canal Museum Committee, the boards of two long-term care facilities, the building committees for 3 major healthcare projects as well as the Elgin Seniors Housing project in his home township; and is keenly interested and participates in the County regeneration of our housing portfolio. A former business owner and developer, Ron has two children and two grandchildren.

 

Mike Trojan, Treasurer

Mike Trojan currently holds the position of Senior Advisor at StraNexus Inc., a management advisory firm specializing in Industrial Engineering, Strategic Planning, Program Management and Corporate Training. Previously, he acted as Interim Vice President, Administrative Services at Niagara College following his retirement as Chief Administrative Officer at Niagara Region.

During more than 35 years of experience in Municipal Government, Mike has served at both regional and local tiers as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer and Director of Corporate Services at the Regional Municipality of Niagara. Before joining Niagara Region in 1986, Mike was Treasurer at the City of Stoney Creek and the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Raised and educated in the Niagara Region, Mike has also held positions with a public accounting firm, a real estate developer and a major Canadian financial institution prior to his municipal career. He holds a professional accounting designation (CMA) from the Society of Management Accountants; and CPA from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Mike’s board and committee service has included sitting on the Steering Committee of the Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative, occupying the role of Chair of the Regional and Single Tier CAOs group, sitting on the Board of Directors of the local United Way and Niagara Economic Development Corporation; and The Special Olympics Canada national board of directors, as well as serving on the Housing Services Corporation Board.

Mike and his wife Jane enjoy travel, golf, tennis, skiing, boating and spending time at their cottage with their children and grandchildren.

 

Kathy Dimassi

Kathy has been involved in the co-operative housing sector for over 25 years, residing in a Federal co-operative and then as a manager. For the last 18 years she has been the Manager of Halam Park Co-operative Inc., a 102-unit HSA co-op in Hamilton. In 2012 the Co-op received an award for Co-operative Achievement from CHF Canada for building an additional 8 one bedroom units. Kathy is also an instructor for CHF Canada and Golden Horseshoe Co-operative Housing Federation. Kathy has developed and delivered a wide range of workshops to co-op members over the years.

Kathy has held several leadership positions within the co-op sector including Treasurer on GH CHF from 2005-2015, as well as positions on the Hamilton/Niagara co-op housing staff association (CHCHNA). She currently sits on the CHF Canada Aging In Place Committee and has been the Local Co-ordinator for CHF Canada’s Annual AGM event in 2012, 2016 and now 2017. Kathy has been appointed by the City of Hamilton Housing Division to represent co-operatives on the Housing and Homelessness Planning Group, Social Housing Review Panel and the Cross Sector Committee between Transitional & Housing Support Program. In 2012, Kathy received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for her work in the housing sector. Kathy has been a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross since 2013 as a Supervisor for Personal Disaster Assistance Team. She has lived in the Hamilton area since 1982 with her husband and they have four children.

 

Stéphane Giguère

Stéphane Giguère is the Chief Executive Officer of Ottawa Community Housing.

Prior to his role at OCH, Stéphane served as the Corporate Director of CBC/Radio-Canada for seven years, where he was responsible for strategic and operational groups and projects related to corporate revenue generation and organizational effectiveness. Before joining CBC/Radio-Canada, he spent 13 years in the high tech and banking sectors deploying advanced business, financial and technology solutions across several market segments including municipalities, and governments. Stéphane held senior management positions at Scotiabank and Telesat Canada and was vice-president of Cognicase in Ottawa. Stéphane was a key leader in business development, partnerships and alliances, deal structure and financing, customer care and in merge & acquisition and business model innovation in Canada and internationally.

Stéphane is a 1993 post-graduate of École Nationale d’Administration Publique in Québec City, holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration. As well, Stéphane completed management executive programs at Queen’s and McGill universities and is a Chartered Administrator since 1994. During his post-graduate studies, Stéphane co-authored articles on the subjects of Board of Directors’ performance and performance management in Health Care and Municipal sectors.

Stéphane has lived in the Ottawa region since 1998, is a community volunteer in numerous sports programs and charitable organizations and is married with two teenagers.

 

Catherine Matheson

Catherine has held the position of General Manager of Community Development with the City of Greater Sudbury since 2002. She provides senior leadership to a broad portfolio including long-term care, Ontario Works, housing services, citizen and library services, parks and recreation and transit services. She also led local health files in the areas of physician recruitment, Family Health Team development, and Specialized Geriatric Services. In March of 2015, Catherine was appointed Senior Director – Health System Transformation & Implementation with the North East LHIN on secondment from the City of Greater Sudbury. Prior to assuming the position of General Manager, she was the Director of Pioneer Manor Long Term Care facility for 10 years, Director of Children Services and held other positions in the areas of Housing and Social Services. Prior to joining the Regional Municipality of Sudbury, Catherine held senior housing portfolio responsibilities in the Ministry of Housing and a local non-profit organization.

Catherine has been the organizational lead around the Healthy Community Initiative which in 2007, was recognized globally as a Regional Centre of Expertise by the United Nations University. This initiative engages community partners towards efforts that improve the social determinants of health.

Catherine is currently the Past President of the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) representing 47 CMSMs and DSSABs across the province. She has also served on the Ontario Long Term Care Associations executive committees and is a member of the Urban Commissioners group, Parks and Recreation Ontario and Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association.

 

Jim Steele

Jim Steele, Chief Executive Officer of the Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation (CHC), has over 30 years experience in housing. Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Jim is a Fellow (F.I.H.M.) and Past President of the Institute of Housing Management (Canada). During his career he has participated on many committees for the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA), Housing Services Corporation (HSC), SHSC Financial (now Encasa) and many regional housing committees; and on the ONPHA board. He is a member of Housing Partnership Canada, and is a Past President of the International Housing Partnership. Jim became a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing – Canada in 2014.

Jim is a seasoned speaker having led workshops on a variety of housing topics including: large provider service delivery, energy efficiency and retrofitting of aging housing stock, sustainability and affordable housing and neighbourhood strengthening through partnerships.

 

David Szwarc

David has been serving the public for over 30 years. As the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Region of Peel, David is responsible for the co-ordination of all administrative and service delivery functions, and for the overall management of the Regional Corporation. He oversees a diversified organization that provides essential public services to more than 1.3 million residents and 86,000 businesses in the Cities of Brampton, Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon. Peel has achieved the National Quality Institutes Canada Award of Excellence (2006 -2009) and Canada Order of Excellence (2009 – 2011), being the first Canadian Municipalities to receive those honours.

Prior to being appointed as CAO in October 2005, David served as Commissioner of Social Services and Director of Ontario Works in Peel. David has also held positions with the Government of Ontario and the Region of Halton.

David has received the Rotary International Centennial Award for Professional Excellence. His work at Peel has been recognized with the IPAC Public Sector Leadership Award (Gold). David is a Fellow in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. He also serves on several provincial and national organizations, including the Advisory Board for the Municipal Leadership program with the Schulich School of Business at York University, and is Vice-Chair of the Institute for Citizen-Centred Services Certification Board, Ottawa.

David has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto (Mississauga, Ontario) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), and has completed the Executive Education program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge, Mass.).

David is married and has two sons.

 

 

Shelley Wilkins

Shelley Wilkins has been a municipal public servant her entire career. She spent the first 10 years in general municipal administration of rural townships and the County of Kent prior to the amalgamation of Chatham-Kent; 23 municipal entities in a two-tier county system with a separated city merged into a new single-tier single municipality in 1998. Shelley was appointed to the Task Force Coordinating Committee (May 1997 to March 1998) that was responsible for designing the new municipal administrative structure and administering the transition. From 1998 to 2001 Shelley was responsible for establishing a new municipal call centre and in charge of the municipal counter services at the Municipality’s Civic Centre.

In 2001 Shelley moved to Program Supervisor of Social Housing private non-profit and co-operative programs, in time to attend all Service Manager training sessions provided by the Province. In 2003 she was promoted to the newly created position of Director of Housing Services, with public housing being added to her portfolio. In 2006/07, the portfolio expanded to include new affordable housing programs.

Shelley has served on a number of committees and task forces over the years. She served on the Housing Services Corporation’s Service Manager Advisory Committee prior to her appointment to its Board. She currently co-chairs the Chatham-Kent Housing & Homelessness Plan Committee of municipal and local service agencies.

 

Debbie Zock

Debbie Zock is a business entrepreneur successfully engaged in innovative property management solutions to a wide variety of clients in the non‐profit housing sector. She serves as owner, president and CEO of The Zock Group Inc. with more than 25 years of practical management experience.

Debbie has forged a firm of distinguished employees and innovative strategies to address the growing challenges inherent with the successful operation of a non‐profit or co‐operative housing complex. The Zock Group currently has 11 co‐op clients, eight non‐profit clients and one life lease.

Graduating with a degree in History from the University of Western Ontario in 1980, and a background in employment counseling and training, Deborah has also served the community with the following organizations: Charter member of the Southwestern Ontario Chapter of the Institute of Records Management Association; ONPHA Local Networks Liaison for Huron and Perth Counties (2000 – 2010); ONPHA Board Member; Corporate Member of the Institute of Housing Management; Corporate Member of the London Property Management Association; Corporate Member of the Co‐operative Housing Federation of Canada; Member Co‐operative Management Conference Reference Group 2008 and CHF Training Module Tester (2012).

 

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