Our Board

The business of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) is managed on behalf of the membership by a Board which consists of fourteen elected directors. Directors serve for 3-year terms and elections take place annually prior to the Association's Annual General Meeting.

2015-2016 CHRA Board of Directors


Stéphan Corriveau
Regional Director, Québec

Directeur général, Réseau québécois des OSBL d'habitation

Currently the Director General of the RQOH (Réseau québécois des OSBL d’habitation), the Québec non-profit housing network, Stéphan Corriveau has worked for some thirty years promoting social justice generally and the right to housing in particular. His varied involvements have extended to include activities at the local, regional, national and international levels. Among the many issues he has worked on, one can cite his work in South Africa building and rebuilding communities torn asunder by social evils like apartheid, civil strife and natural disasters. He was the coordinator of Montréal’s Rosemount Housing Committee and also worked for the tenants’ organization within the Québec HLM (i.e. low income housing) Tenants’ Federation. He was the instigator behind the founding of Loggia, a several hundred unit non-profit housing development. He holds a Master’s degree in political science and a Master’s degree in law.

The network that he currently leads regroups eight regional non-profit housing federations. More than 800 non-profit housing organizations are affiliated with the RQOH, which acts as a spokesperson for and a defender of these organizations and their tenants. As the General Director of the RQOH network, Stéphan sits on the board of the Québec Community Housing Fund.

Pamela Hine
Regional Director, Northern Territories

President, Yukon Housing Corporation

Pamela has returned to the CHRA Board of Directors to pursue her passion for social housing and shaping housing policy, having served previously as CHRA Director, Northern Territories, from 2003 to 2007.  Over the last 17 years, Pamela has held Deputy Minister positions in both Nunavut and Yukon, including; President of the Nunavut Housing Corporation (2000-2003), Deputy Minister of Education, Nunavut (2003-2006), Deputy Minister of Community and Government Services, Nunavut (2006-2007), and Deputy Minister of Education, Yukon (2007-2012).  President of the Yukon Liquor Corporation, President of Yukon Housing Corporation and Yukon Lotteries Commission (2012-2016).  Pamela currently holds the position of President of the Yukon Housing Corporation.

Pamela represents CHRA as a Director of Rooftops Canada/Abri International and is a Director for Little Footprints Big Steps.  Pamela received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, through a nomination by Habitat for Humanity Canada, for her dedication to improved housing in the Northern Territories. 

Danielle Juteau

Director at Large
Directrice, Services de la gestion des demandeurs, des logements abordables et des programmes de suppléments au loyer, Office Municipal d'habitation de Montréal, Danielle.Juteau@omhm.qc.ca

Danielle Juteau has been working in social and affordable housing for over 30 years. As Housing Director for the société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal, Danielle was involved in the rehabilitation of thousands of affordable housing units. In 1985, she received an award from the Québec Minister of Housing for her work in social and community development and it was this award – which she received at the age of 26 – that propelled her into a lifelong career committed to improving the housing situations of Canadians.

Currently, Danielle serves as directrice générale to Corporation d’habitation Jeanne-Mance in downtown Montréal, which manages approximately 800 social housing units. built during the late 1950s, today Habitations Jeanne-Mance is the oldest and largest real estate complex of its kind in Québec; housing nearly 1700 residents from 70 different countries.

In 2011, CHRA honoured Danielle with the CHMC Award in recognition of her many years of promoting the cause of housing in Canada.

Robert Byers

Director, Aboriginal Community
Chief Executive Officer, Namerind Housing Corporation

Robert Byers is the Chief Executive Officer of Namerind Housing Corporation, a not-for-profit Aboriginal housing provider in Regina, Saskatchewan. Under Robert’s leadership over the past seven years, Namerind has grown from a traditional Aboriginal housing provider to a national model in innovative affordable housing.

Robert’s leadership in moving Namerind towards becoming a fully self-sustaining organization focused on social enterprise has helped to build new businesses and partnerships in Regina, while significantly improving the quality of the affordable homes that Namerind provides. Namerind has diversified its revenue streams to reinvest profits from various projects into sustainable, affordable housing. Currently, in addition to affordable housing units, Namerind owns a retail mall and pharmacy, a warehouse which houses office and storage space for many of its contractors, a franchise of Grounds Guys – a residential and commercial landscaping company, and a Lodge, which provides short term residence for those in Regina for medical reasons.

Prior to his work with Namerind, Robert had a long career in residential and commercial construction and procurement. A father of two, Robert lives in Regina where he serves on the Board of Trustees for the MacKenzie Art Gallery, as a member of the Mayor’s Housing Commission for the City of Regina, and has recently been appointed to the CHRA Board of Directors as Chair of the Aboriginal Caucus.


Tash Taylor
Regional Director, Alberta

Executive Director, Alberta Network of Public Housing

Tash brings over 25 years leadership experience, and has focused her career in community-oriented roles.  She has worked in senior and executive roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies (ANPHA).

Tash’s extensive experience across multiple sectors has allowed her to witness the impacts of housing from various perspectives, and consequently has become a staunch advocate for housing initiatives. Some of Tash’s career highlights include serving as Executive Director of the St. Albert Housing Society; Executive Director of Lakeland Aboriginal Employment Services; Founding Executive Director of Alberta’s Youth Volunteer; Community and Aboriginal Affairs Advisor for Imperial Oil; and serving as the executive advisor to the Superintendent and elected Trustees for Edmonton Public School District, Canada’s sixth largest school district.

Tash holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, is Certified in Canadian Risk Management, a Certified Executive Coach, and a qualified SROI practitioner. A lifelong learner, she is completing a graduate program in community economic development at Simon Fraser University.

Tash lives in St. Albert, Alberta with her husband of 22 years, 19-year old daughter, and golden retriever. 


Dan Murphy
Regional Director, New Brunswick

Executive Director, New Brunswick Non Profit Housing Association Inc.

Dan is passionate about making a difference in his community by helping those in need. Throughout his career he has championed issues on behalf of many New Brunswickers. Dan has a diverse background and has held several managerial roles in government and the non-profit sector.  Dan is currently the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Non Profit Housing Association (NBNPHA), an association that represents the interests of more than 190 social housing providers in New Brunswick. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from St. Thomas University and a master’s degree in Political Management from Carleton University.

Prior to his role with the NBNPHA, Dan spent many years working for both the provincial and federal governments. He’s worked with the Regional Development Corporation, the Department of Social Development, the Department of Health, the Department of Supply and Services, and in the Canadian Senate. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, good conversations, and spending time with his partner and their dog Sal. Dan splits his time between his hometown of Rexton and Fredericton.


William K. Buckland
Regional Director, Nova Scotia & PEI

Administrator, Seton Foundation

Bill is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and also a Certificate with The Canadian Institute of Management. Bill also serves as a Commissioner of Oaths for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Bill is married with three children and resides in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He is employed with Seton Foundation as Administrator and has been with the Foundation for 32 years. Bill serves as Vice President for the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia and current Board Member for N.S. and P.E.I. on the CHRA Board.


David Eddy
Director at Large

Executive Director, Vancouver Native Housing Society

Dave has been working in social and affordable housing with a particular focus on the eastside and downtown eastside of Vancouver for over 20 years. He spent 12 years with the Downtown Eastside Residents Association Housing Society working in maintenance and building management, as well as staff training. He was the principle of a company that provided maintenance supplies and services to the non-profit housing sector. Dave has also worked for, or provided services to many not-for-profit organizations and housing cooperatives in the Metro Vancouver area. He has been with Vancouver Native Housing Society since 1998 and has been the organization´s Executive Director since 2001. He is a past Board member of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association serving as the Vancouver representative and sat on the executive as Secretary. Dave has a Masters degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria BC.

  Brian Gilligan
Director at Large
Executive Director of Community Development, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation

In 2009, Brian Gilligan was hired as the Executive Director of Community Development at Ottawa Community Housing Corporation.  He is a highly committed individual who enthusiastically pursues objectives. He brings strong leadership and a diverse range of experiences that would complement CHRA's team.  Brian has expressed a keen interest to bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to a national forum as part of the CHRA Board.

Brian is an executive director and program advisor who has built his career around two themes. The first is delivering health, social service, and community development interventions to marginalized and vulnerable communities. The second is providing program management, institutional capacity building, and performance measurement support in these sectors. Over the course of a 25 year career, he has done this work in Canada, Asia, and Africa.

Brian's ability to apply “lessons learned” and provide leadership in diverse, complex and sensitive operating environments, as well as analytical, facilitation and team building skills, have allowed him to assist organizations and programs to become more effective and accountable.

His experiences in community development, social housing and front line work with vulnerable populations have built a commitment to participatory processes, and a belief that individuals and communities have the ability to surmount their challenges.


Kaye Melliship
Regional Director, British Columbia

Insurance Comm CHair/ Board Ex-Officio, BCNPHA

Kaye Melliship first volunteered with CHRA on the research committee in the early 1990’s. Kaye decided to seek a position on the CHRA Board at this time because she wants to explore ways to expand the membership of CHRA to include more non-profit housing providers to build a strong national voice, ensure the viability of the sector and to hold governments accountable for their responsibilities.

Kaye was elected to the BC Non-Profit Housing Association Board of Directors in November 2010 and re-elected in 2013. It is as a representative of this organization that she is seeking the Regional: BC position. Kaye is also on the Board of Directors of Ready to Rent BC.

Kaye has worked in the non-profit housing sector for the last nine years as the Executive Director of Greater Victoria Housing Society. During her time with the society, the society has merged the assets of four other societies, bought one existing building and built three new buildings. Kaye also has a strong background in housing policy and planning which spans over 25 years and includes experience at the municipal and provincial levels and in private consulting.


Stephen Pretty
Regional Director, Newfoundland & Labrador
Senior Policy Advisor/Federal-Provincial Affairs Coordinator, Newfoundland Labrador Housing, SRPretty@nlhc.nl.ca

Stephen Pretty has worked in the housing policy field for over 11 years, having started his career in Canada’s North as Manager of Strategic Planning, Policy and Communications for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation.  In 2011, Stephen relocated to his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador to serve as Senior Policy Advisor and FPT Affairs Coordinator with Newfoundland Labrador Housing.  During the entirety of his housing career Stephen has been a member of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Housing Forum and has built a network of colleagues across all provinces and territories.  He is also the coordinator of all social media activity for NL Housing.  He brings to the board a passion for the importance of raising public awareness of affordable housing and homelessness issues and finding ways to use communication to directly impact housing affordability.

Stephen holds Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  In his spare time he is a musician, golfer and fisher – only one of which he is good enough to be paid for on occasion.  He lives in Conception Bay South with his wife, Gale Martin, and their 6 year old daughter Jane.


Linda Ring
Regional Director, Manitoba
President, SAM Management

Linda Ring is a retired Neighbourhood Planner with the City of Winnipeg. Her career focus has been participatory planning and policy development specifically in the field of housing and community revitalization. She continues to participate in the voluntary sector with organizations focused on housing and health including: SAM Management Inc., a non-profit housing corporation that manages and develops affordable housing for moderate and low-income households; Housing Opportunity Partnership (HOP), a non-profit home ownership program developed through the Winnipeg Real Estate Board; and NorWest Co-op Health, a community health  service delivering community development and primary health care to residents in the Inkster Park Community of Winnipeg.


Daryl Sexsmith
Regional Director, Saskatchewan

Housing Analyst, City of Saskatoon

Daryl has worked for Planning and Development with the City of Saskatoon for the past seven years in the role of Housing Analyst. He has played a leading role in the development and implementation of the City of Saskatoon’s comprehensive Housing Business Plan. Many aspects of Saskatoon’s Housing Business Plan have been recognized as best practices in Canada including the Mortgage Flexibilities Support Program and the Affordable Housing Reserve.

Daryl has served on Saskatoon’s Community Advisory Board for the Homeless Partnering Strategy and on Saskatoon’s Plan to End Homelessness Task Force. He has attended the annual CHRA Congress for the past five years and is familiar with the work of the CHRA.

Previously, Daryl has worked as an executive director for Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society in Yellowknife. He also served for several years as an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada. Daryl holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Divinity from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario.

Daryl believes that finding creative solutions and forming partnerships in a constantly changing environment is the key to addressing Canada’s housing challenges.


Brigitte Witkowski
Regional Director, Ontario
Executive Director, Mainstay Housing

In 1987, Brigitte saw the impacts of systemic homelessness on men and women in downtown Toronto.  She joined Homes First Society, a pioneering housing provider, that made the connections between homelessness and housing; continued with WoodGreen Community Services as it launched its housing program and, became, in 1997, Mainstay Housing’s Executive Director, Ontario’s largest mental health supportive housing agency.  Making connections led her to creating ‘Beyond the Key to the Front Door’, to help homeless persons keep their home;  publishing ’40 is too young to die’, examining the intersection of homelessness and early onset mortality and helping launch HomeComing to fight NIMBY.

Brigitte is an active ONPHA member (board and committees), involved in Housing Services Corporation’s sector renewal committee, on the Wellesley Institute Board, and engaged in her regional health authority. She knows that the work to end homelessness and insure housing affordability requires strategic partnerships and believes that she brings knowledge, skills and passion to CHRA’s goals, as a national vehicle, to connect, across jurisdictional and service boundaries, with public and private sector advocates and agencies, who know safe, quality affordable housing is the keystone for healthy lives and healthy communities.















































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