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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, Chair

Bill Bradica is the Chief Administrative Officer for The District of Thunder Bay 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 former Mayor of the Township of Rideau Lakes and Chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA). He served in local politics for more than 30 years – and for 25 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.

 

Graeme Hussey, Treasurer

Graeme Hussey is the Director of Housing Development for Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) and President of Cahdco. Cahdco, CCOC’s sister corporation, is an Ottawa-based non-profit real estate development corporation. Cahdco develops affordable housing and provides consulting advisory services to non-profits developing real estate projects. Cahdco presently has more than 15 projects and 500 units of affordable housing in development and construction. Current Cahdco clients include the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, Carefor Health & Community Services, Convivium Seniors Cohousing, Cornerstone Housing for Women, Ellwood House, King’s Daughters and Son, Multifaith Housing Initiative, Ottawa Salus, PAL Ottawa, Somerset West Community Health Centre, Tamir Foundation, World University Services Canada and the Youth Services Bureau.

 

Michael Duben

Michael Duben joined the District Municipality of Muskoka as its Chief Administrative Officer in 2013, bringing 10 years of experience as a senior corporate law partner at Miller Canfield LLP, and over 5 years with the City of Windsor as General Manager responsible for a number of departments including Parks, Licensing and Enforcement, Planning, Building, Recreation, Fire Services and Cultural Affairs. Just prior to accepting the position of CAO at the District of Muskoka, Michael was serving as Vice President for EnWin Utilities.

In the time Michael has been with the District of Muskoka, he has led completion of numerous service and operational review recommendations, the creation of a Continuous Improvement Unit focused on corporate projects and strategic initiatives, the transition of paramedic services from a private sector contractor to the District. Michael has also initiated the creation of shared services with local Area Municipalities to reduce duplication and ratepayer costs, and is pursuing initiatives to simplify and streamline internal municipal processes.

Michael has dedicated most of his adult life to the service of others and community, through his employment in the public, private, and regulatory sectors, and in his local and global volunteer work. His past board and committee involvement includes the Advisory Committee for Leadership Windsor-Essex, the College of Respiratory Therapists, Windsor’s City Centre Business Association, the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, the Art Gallery of Windsor, and theNorth American Black Historical Museum. He is a current board member and the incoming President of the Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association and is also a contributing member of the Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare Capital Plan Development Task Force and the Muskoka Founders Circle Organization and sits on the Independent Electricity System Operator’s Parry Sound/Muskoka Local Advisory Committee. When he is not applying his leadership and corporate management expertise to municipal issues, he is heavily involved in Rotary International activities in Ontario and abroad.

 

Stéphane Giguère

Stéphane Giguère, MPA C. Adm./Adm. A., is the Chief Executive Officer of a $2.7 billion housing portfolio at Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC), the largest landlord in the National Capital, and fourth largest affordable housing provider in Canada.

Stéphane leads an award-winning organization that directly impacts the lives of over 32,000 residents in 15,000 homes. Stéphane provides strategic direction and leadership to more than 450 employees, 600 contractors and 1,200 volunteers whose specialized skills provide affordable housing to seniors, families, single persons and those living with special needs.

He is committed to serving our community as a board member of Housing Services Corporation, University of Ottawa, Crime Prevention Ottawa as well as the OCH Foundation. He has also served as the Co-Chair of Community Development Framework of Ottawa.

Before joining OCHC, he spent 20 years in the technology, financial, and broadcasting sectors managing and leading key business, financial and technology transformations across several industries, municipalities and governments.

Stéphane is a seasoned executive and a leader in the development of business partnerships and customer service. His leadership is defined by his steadfast passion for client services and people, seizing business opportunities and leveraging assets. Stéphane has held senior management and executive positions at CBC/Radio-Canada, Scotiabank and Telesat Canada, and was vice-president of Cognicase (acquired by CGI) in Canada and internationally.

A graduate of École Nationale d’Administration Publique in Québec City, he holds a Masters degree in Public Administration. As well, Stéphane has completed executive management programs at Queen’s and McGill universities. Since 1994, he has held the designation of Chartered Administrator. He is also a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

 

Renée Kominek

I have 13 years experience in the Co-operative Housing Sector as a Property Manager. This is supplemented by over 20 years in Private Sector rentals as an owner and manager. My role includes financial and budget performance, managing contracts, planning and facilitating maintenance and capital repairs, as well as supporting good governance of the Board of Directors.

In addition to my role as a Co-op Property Manager, I am a CHF Canada consultant providing education and other services to Co-operatives in the Southwestern Ontario Region, a role that has come with challenges and rewards. This has allowed me to expand my knowledge and gain insight on additional challenges that our industry faces.

Prior to becoming involved with Co-operative Housing, I came from the financial industry, having spent more than 10 years in that field. During that time, some of the roles I held included, Investment Advisor, residential Mortgage Officer, Loans Adjudicator and Financial Branch Compliance Officer. During this same time period I was also a sole proprietor of a small business.

I have always been Community focused, volunteering with many groups and non-profit charitable organizations, such as Scouts Canada and St. John’s Ambulance. Presently I serve as the Corporate Secretary for the Shrewsbury Raglan Assembly, a Private Non-Profit Charitable Organization.

On a more personal side, I am married with a blended family of 7 children and 1 grandchild. With a family of this size, keeping all things balanced is certainly an attribute to the organizational skills that I have developed.

 

Sheldon Laidman

Sheldon is currently the Director of the Housing and Social Services Department for the City of Kingston which oversees housing programs, homelessness programs, Ontario Works, and children’s services for both the City and County of Frontenac.

Sheldon oversees a consolidated budget of over $80M and a staff compliment of 105. Sheldon has worked in the municipal sector for 20 years mainly in the planning field prior to working for Kingston in other Ontario municipalities as well as in Vermont and Florida.

 

Brian Marks

Brian Marks has the privilege of being the Chief Administrative Officer for the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board. Brian truly appreciates the opportunities afforded over 20 years with the CDSSAB to serve his coworkers as they provide Emergency Medical Services, Affordable Childcare, Affordable Housing, Income Security and Employment Services to the residents of Northeastern Ontario across 140,000 km2 and multiple municipalities.

Brian is an unapologetic civil servant and a champion for personal and collective accountability in service delivery. Brian believes that Ontarians can be best served through strategic and honest collaboration across service sectors, including: Health, Education, Social Services, and Economic Development and he is dedicated to creating the service system people need.

Brian has served on numerous provincial, regional and local boards with diverse mandates, from immigration to health care and literacy to addictions treatment. Brian is a founding member of the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada and a proud alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (2012). Currently Brian is serving as the Chair for Ontario for the 2020 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Brian is a lifelong resident of Northeastern Ontario, save some time away to obtain his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree and his Master’s Degree of Business Administration. Brian is a husband, father and runner.

 

Councillor Gord Perks

Gord Perks was first elected to represent Parkdale-High Park in 2006.

In his work as Toronto City Councillor, Gord advocates for affordable housing, childcare, public transit, parks and public spaces, responsible development, and safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists.

Gord has sat on the City’s Budget, Parks and Environment, Planning and Growth Management, Public Works and Infrastructure, Affordable Housing and Tenants Issues Committees as well as Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Tribunal Nominating Panel, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Board of Health, Toronto Drug Strategy, Board of Governors for Exhibition Place, Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and the Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee.

Gord worked in the environmental movement from 1987 to 2005 with Pollution Probe, Greenpeace Canada, the Better Transportation Coalition, and the Toronto Environmental Alliance. His work was fundamental to Toronto’s blue and grey box program, smog plan, and pesticide by-law. He led the campaign for better transit that helped usher in the Ridership Growth Strategy and Transit City.

Gord is the principal author of the Canadian Green Consumer Guide, one of Canada’s bestselling non-fiction books. He has previously worked as an Environment columnist for Eye Weekly and was an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto’s Environmental Studies Department.

Gord has been a childcare worker, a janitor, a newspaper delivery kid, a Zamboni driver, and (briefly) a coal miner.

 

Janice Sheehy

Janice is currently the Commissioner, Human Services at the Region of Peel. In this role she provides strategic leadership to services in the areas of Peel’s housing and homelessness, early learning and child care as well as social assistance, employment support and community investment programs. Janice shares accountability with the executive leadership team for successfully implementing Peel’s strategy to achieve Council’s long-term vision and Term of Council priorities and outcomes.

Over the course of her career, Janice has had the opportunity to work in various leadership roles within the public sector. Before joining the Region of Peel she was the General Manager of Finance and Treasurer with the City of Guelph and employed with Halton Region, the City of Hamilton and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Janice has over 30 years of experience in social housing, including at the province during a period of rapid development of new affordable housing and then, subsequent to the download, at three municipalities. In addition, she has held the position of Treasurer for two municipal housing corporations. In her current role, she is accountable for the Peel Housing Corporation, the third largest social housing portfolio in Ontario.

Throughout her career Janice has held positions that provide connections between her strong financial background and her desire to make an impact on the lives of residents and clients.

Janice has a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), is a Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Professional Accountant. She also holds designations with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Janice is married with a daughter.

 

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.

 

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 12 co‐op clients, 10 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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