Stéphan is the founding executive director of the Centre and vice-president of the Habitat International Coalition. Previously, he was president of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) and executive director of the Réseau québécois des OSBL d’habitation (Québec Non-Profit Housing Network). He was also a member of CHRA’s Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous working group. Over the last 30 years, Stéphan has gained valuable insights in Canada, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East as a leader, manager, organizer, developer, researcher, analyst, academic and as an advisor for local, regional and national non-profit organizations. He’s been involved in the policy-making process at all levels of government. Stéphan has actively contributed to the development of thousands of new housing units and played key roles in strategies to restructure NPOs, big and small, facing significant challenges. He has postgraduate degrees in both law and political science.
Marie, who is the Centre’s director of operations, obtained a university degree in economics and has substantial management experience in the para-public, community and private sectors. She also worked for several years in economic development projects in the Eastern Townships region of Québec.
Marie’s expertise in human-resources management and the allocation of funds blossomed while she contributed to the establishment and development of community and social-innovation projects related to early childhood and young adults. She also contributed to a regional public transport development project for several years. Recognized as a democratic leader, she knows how to rally the members of a team, bring out new concepts and ideas, and structure them to achieve the expected results.
Deputy executive director
Lisa, the executive director of Ottawa Salus from 2010 to 2020, was also a member of the city of Ottawa’s Housing System Working Group and a former vice-chair of the Ottawa Alliance to End Homelessness. A former board member of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, she has also worked in the government and community-based sectors for over 30 years, including in the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services and Toronto Community Housing Corporation. In addition to her Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University, Lisa is a certified Change Management Practitioner.
Among her many volunteer contributions, Lisa worked with the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and Anishnawbe Health’s Street Patrol. More recently, she provided palliative care support at La maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie.
François is a communications professional with over 20 years of experience, mainly as a consultant in communications strategies and content production, but also in advertising. He discovered his passion for the community housing sector while working for two years in communications and associative affairs at the Fédération de l’habitation coopérative du Québec. Since then, he has decided to dedicate his career to this field. As a member of a housing cooperative, he is involved on a volunteer basis in order to propagate the model by participating in the implementation of development projects in the Montreal region.
Webmaster and graphic designer
Sabine studied journalism and communications at Concordia University and graduated from the School of Community and Public Affairs in Montréal. Co-founder of Katasoho Design & Printing, Sabine has over 20 years of experience working in communications, design and the community media sector. Sabine is passionate about social justice issues and has an unwavering resolve to participate in movements that create positive change. She is so excited and feels very privileged to be practicing her profession at the Centre.
Lee joined the Centre in 2022 after five years as Communications Co-ordinator for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. He also previously worked for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Eastern Ontario, and served on the board of the non-profit housing provider Centretown Citizens Ottawa (CCOC) and of North American Students of Co-operation (NASCO), which represents student housing co-ops across North America.
After graduating from the University of Geneva with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Susanne worked for swisspeace, an institute dedicated to advancing effective peacebuilding. In particular, she participated in the implementation of training courses aimed at transferring theoretical knowledge to practitioners working in the field. Susanne recently completed her Master’s degree in History at McGill University. Her research focused on the recollection of slavery in Québec. She would now like to put her insights on social justice to good use through her commitment to facilitating access to affordable housing.
After first becoming interested in public policy and community ownership as an economics student, Lou worked as an organizer for a U.S. non-profit that helped small farmers advocate for national policy change. Lou’s graduate research in Urban Planning at McGill University focused on housing affordability, and her work at McGill’s Urban Politics and Governance research group allowed her to specialize in big data and spatial analysis. As database manager at the Centre, Lou is thrilled to use her experience in housing research to support the community-housing sector and promote access to affordable housing for all.
Brian is the program manager for British Columbia. Having grown up in a single parent household, he learned from a young age the value and necessity of housing as a human right, and how it acts as a pillar for community strength, safety, and stability.
Over the last 10 years, Brian has devoted his career to furthering the expansion of the community-housing sector in B.C. and Canada. Most recently, he spent seven years with the BC Non-Profit Housing Association contributing to research, policy and to advocacy initiatives aimed at strengthening the sector. He is excited to bring his passion for community housing to the Centre, and see the sector grow to become a substantial and foundational piece of Canada’s housing system. Brian holds a master’s degree in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University.
Alison has worked for the past 15 years in the not-for profit sector in a variety of capacities. Her most recent experience was in the housing and homelessness field where, for the past 5 years, she worked both as a front-line service provider and in leadership positions. Alison is active in her community where she helped found and currently leads a local charity aimed at increasing services for vulnerable members of the population, especially those experiencing homelessness. Through her work she observed the increasing need for a variety of affordable community housing options, which spurred her interest in improving and growing the community housing sector. She brings her passion for community development with her to the Centre and is excited to work with community housing groups across Nova Scotia.
Program manager - Resource inventory
Jaimie is the project manager developing the resource inventory with the team at the Centre. With more than 10 years working with nonprofits and academic institutions, Jaimie is passionate about working across sectors to support community-led design, practices, and learning.
Jaimie holds a master degree in architecture (urban design and housing). Excited to build connections by sharing stories, Jaimie is also a board member of the Suspicious Fish Creative Literacy and Arts nonprofit, and was a co-host of a literacy podcast for Literacy Quebec.
Chrissy has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 10 years in both front-line and leadership positions. In her previous roles, Chrissy’s experience was largely in community work and popular education with immigrant populations and marginalized communities. More specifically, she managed a department in a community centre offering diverse programs and services for adults, coordinated employability programs and provided training and developed pedagogical materials. As a program manager at the Centre, Chrissy brings her passion about community development and social justice to the job. She specializes in tenant and co-op member engagement and social inclusion, with special responsibility for housing in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. She holds a master’s degree in sociology and has lived and worked in Montréal, Toronto and Santiago, Chile.
Luc is Development manager for the Centre’s Sectoral Transformation Fund. A Public Administration graduate, he has devoted himself since the Centre’s founding to improving the support offered to the community-housing sector. He’s well known for his ability to meet challenges and to connect with people. Luc’s involvement in the sector began with the Réseau québécois des OSBL d’habitation, where he developed partnerships and helped ensure the continuity of community-housing activities in Quebec regions that were struggling.
He is also involved as a volunteer in organizations that work with homeless seniors in Montreal and funding affordable student housing.
Renée is a program manager for the Maritimes. She started her career with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Moncton, initially hired in service delivery and eventually took on the executive director position. In 2006, Renée was hired by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada as the regional executive director for the Atlantic and Québec. Renée eventually took on the role of national director, quality assurance & effectiveness, responsible for the implementation and development of the National Accreditation Program and Standards.
Renée has volunteered for Imagine Canada for many years, first as a peer reviewer and currently as a member of the Imagine Canada Standards Council. Renée holds a degree in child study from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and lives in Moncton. She is fluently bilingual.
Scott Stager Piatkowski
Scott brings over 30 years of experience in managing non-profit housing co-operatives. As a volunteer, he has served as the vice-president of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and as a facilitator with the Co-operative Young Leaders program. In 2018, Scott was honoured to have been chosen by voters as a Trustee to represent them on the Waterloo Region District School Board. In 2020, he became vice-chair of the board, and in 2021 he was named chair. He has an Honours Bachelor of Arts (History) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a certificate in Co-op Management from the Schulich School of Business. Scott is excited to be working for the Centre, which allows him to exercise his passion for affordable housing and social justice.
Chris has been working in the housing sector for well over a decade, first as a home renovator and then in the non-profit sector as a coordinator of housing and resource support. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg in Anthropology and Religious Studies, Chris loves working to support and foster strong communities.
Chris has promoted integrated independent living for individuals living with physical disabilities since 2010. He has also been involved in social housing through the Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association and has participated in task force, committee, and research endeavors with the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Barrier-Free Manitoba. Since joining the Centre as a program manager in 2020, Chris has overseen the Prairie provinces and also serves as a Regional Energy Coach for the region.