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Jeff Morrison  
Executive Director
jmorrison@chra-achru.ca
613.594.3007 ext. 11

Jeff Morrison has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association since January 2016.  Before joining CHRA, Jeff was Associate Director, Federal Affairs with Glaxo SmithKline, and before then, served as Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs with the Canadian Pharmacists Association for five years.  Jeff has held many other senior positions in the non-profit world, including President of the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies and Director of Government Relations and Director of Environment for the Canadian Construction Association. Jeff has also worked for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and several Members of Parliament in the 1990s.

Jeff holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History and a Masters of Arts in science politique canadienne from the University of Ottawa. He is very active in the  community; he currently sits on the Board of Directors of Operation Come Home, A Way Home Canada, and Chairs the organization of the Ottawa Pride Run.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of Bruce House, and as President of the Board of Directors of the Centretown Community Health Centre for two years.  In 2014, he ran for Ottawa City Council in Somerset ward, finishing 2nd out of 11 candidates.

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Dominika Krzeminska
Director, Programs & Strategic Initiatives
dkrzeminska@chra-achru.ca
613.594.3007 ext. 10

Before moving to Ottawa and joining CHRA, Dominika worked for the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, and for the program development team in the housing branch of Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Social Services. Dominika holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Biology/Global Health from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Public Health in Population Health from Simon Fraser University. Since her university days, Dominika has been interested in affordable housing and homelessness issues, and particularly how they relate to health. She is also a past CHRA Emerging Professional.

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Melissa Weigel
Manager, Finance and Operations
mweigel@chra-achru.ca
613-594-3007 ext. 12

Melissa Weigel holds a Bachelor of Arts - Political Science from the University of Waterloo. For the past 5 years, she has worked as Chaplain in Ottawa’s homeless services as well as worked in finance and administration within the non profit association sector for over 4 years.

She is passionate about issues around homelessness, poverty and drug/alcohol use and mental health.

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Thomas Veitch
Manager, Communications
tveitch@chra-achru.ca
613-594-3007 ext. 22

Thomas who is fluently bilingual graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce at Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa), with a specialisation in Marketing. He completed the uOttawa’s Co-op program where he gained work experience in communications in both the Public and Private Sector—including associations. Before joining CHRA, Thomas worked as a Marketing and Communications Officer for General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada, a defence contractor. Thomas has a passion for people. He strives to offer superior customer service and communicate timely, relevant and engaging content about community housing.

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Julie Mcnamara
Event Manager
jmcnamara@chra-achru.ca
613-594-3007 ext. 15

Julie comes to CHRA having served several years as Conference Planner for National Trust for Canada, and Corporate Events with the House of Commons. Julie is the primary lead in organizing the CHRA Annual Congress on Housing and Homelessness, as well as other CHRA events.

 

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Steven Sutherland
Manager, CHRA Indigenous Caucus
ssutherland@chra-achru.ca
613-594-3007 ext. 14

Steven is the primary lead in supporting CHRA’s Indigenous Caucus through such activities as policy, research and advocacy, and will take the lead in organizing the annual Indigenous Caucus meeting.  Steve holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Laurentian University and a Master of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Most recently, he worked at Shopify and helped to found Miigwan (Feather) an employee resource group that worked with both Indigenous employees and business owners. Since his time in university, Steve has dedicated himself to addressing issues of affordability.