Christine Pacini, Chair
Christine Pacini is a co-founder and partner of SHS Consulting, an independent consulting firm specializing in the housing field. Christine completed a Bachelor of Arts, specialized honours degree in public policy and administration at York University and graduate courses at Carleton University’s School of Public Administration. Working in both the public (Ontario Government, City of Toronto) and private sector, Christine has more than 30 years of professional experience in the areas of policy, business strategies and community development. She has had an integral role in the preparation of more than 200 housing – related studies and has acted as project manager in the development of a wide range of affordable, supportive and transitional housing projects, from housing for seniors and persons with physical disabilities to housing for large families and youth. In addition to being directly involved in the revitalization of social housing properties, Christine has been involved in portfolio planning, re-imagining the role of municipal housing companies, and other strategic planning projects.
Christine is Chair of the Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area Board of Directors.
Marni S. Dicker, Vice-Chair
Marni Dicker is the Vice-Chair of Habitat for Humanity GTA and is Chair of our annual Women Build. Marni has recently joined “Live work Learn Play” as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to this, Marni was the Chief Commercial Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Infrastructure Ontario where she was responsible for leading the Legal Services, Procurement, Transaction Finance, Business Strategy & Communications, Records Management, Insurance, Policy and Freedom of Information teams. Amongst other accolades, Marni has recently received the following awards:
• Canadian Lawyer Magazine – Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers
• Canadian General Counsel Award, 2017, Business Achievements
• Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award
• Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN) as an Outstanding Leader
• The Premier’s Award of Excellence from the Province of Alberta for the Calgary Courthouse Public Private Partnership Structuring
Marni is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ryerson University, where she devotes her time to the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural studies, and to the Ryerson Law Practice Program. Marni is also on the steering committee for The Ryerson Law Practice Program (LPP). Additionally, Marni is a member of the Sinai Health Systems Operational Euectiveness Committee of the Board. Marni has an Honors business degree (B.A. Com), a Bachelor of Civil Laws (B.C.L) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), as well as being a recognized Corporate Director (IcD.D).
Aida Tammer is a real estate professional with over 25 years of capital markets and investment advisory experience, including more than a decade as a senior real estate investment banker at CIBC World Markets and seven years with CIBC Development Corporation, the former real estate development and management subsidiary of CIBC. Aida was a member of the Ontario Association of Architects for 25 years and worked as an architect early in her career. She was also a licensed member of the Toronto Real Estate Board. Since 2010, she has served as a real estate financial markets expert witness, consultant, public company director and REIT trustee. Aida completed a Bachelor of Architecture degree (Waterloo), MBA (Rotman), Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA Institute) and the ICD.D program. Aida is originally from Hamilton and is a first generation Canadian.
Anne-Marie joined the Habitat GTA Board in spring 2017 and brings finance, risk management and governance expertise to the Board drawing upon leadership positions across the financial services industry.
Anne-Marie also serves on the Boards of The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, DUCA Credit Union and The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Advisory Board. In the community, Anne-Marie appreciates volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
Anne-Marie obtained the Chartered Director designation (C.Dir) from The Directors College and ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She earned the Chartered Financial Analyst charter and graduated with an MBA from the Ivey Business School and BBA from the University of Iowa.
David was the Chair for HFH GTA from 2014 to 2016 and is now Chair of the Build Finance Committee and a member of the Land & Build Committee. He previously volunteered with HFH York Region from 2009-2014, serving as Chair from 2013-14. David has been a member of the HFH Canada Board of Directors since 2016. Outside of HFH, David is a Vice President at Stantec, a multi-disciplinary architecture/engineering design firm, where he leads the firm’s GTA operations. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Queen’s), Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (Queen’s), and MBA (real property development) (Schulich).
Greg is one of 5 members of the company’s senior executive team that manages the operations of the organization. In this role he provides leadership to the Deltera Construction Group at Tridel and is responsible for all site construction management and estimating for all projects. Greg also oversees all of Deltera’s general contracting and construction management services provided for external clients. Current clients include Government agencies, institutions, pension funds, large real estate public companies and privately held rental portfolios. He oversees construction projects in the hundreds of millions of dollars and a team of the most experienced high-rise residential construction managers in the industry. Greg also provides leadership and direction for the company’s sustainability initiatives and provides valuable advice in assessing new site acquisitions as well as input during preliminary design development of all new projects.
Greg has over 30 years of experience in managing construction activities for residential multi-unit developments in the Toronto Area and joined Tridel in 1986. Over his career Greg has advanced in successive leadership roles and is today the Executive Vice President of Construction. In 2014, Greg was awarded Canada’s Clean50 – Outstanding Contributors to Clean Capitalism for his work in collaborating with Tower Labs at MaRS to drive Tridel’s evolution as a green building leader.
Build Financing Committee Member Ian joined the board of Habitat GTA in May 2016. He is President of Quick Edge Realty Advisors providing real estate services since 2001. He previously worked for 23 years for Monarch Development Corporation, serving on the Board of Directors for 10 years. He served over 20 years on the Board of a Non Profit Housing group in Markham and developed over 300 non-profit housing units. He is a graduate of the University of London, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an Accredited Appraiser, an Ontario Land Economist and a Real Estate Broker.
John volunteers as a director and the treasurer of the Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area. In his day life he provides a full range of accounting, tax, and business advisory services to private companies based at York Region offices of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and earlier spent several years in industry with early adopters in the e-business industry. He has instructed several courses in the Business Administration program at York University and for the CMA program. John lives in Vaughan with his wife Nella and four children. In his spare time John plays hockey and hunts.
At TELUS, we’re obsessed with constantly improving our customer service. Today 93% of customers would recommend TELUS to their friends and family, but we won’t be satisfied until that’s 100%. Listening to our customers, understanding what’s important to them, and finding ways to improve their experience is in our DNA and it’s what truly sets us apart.
As the Vice-President of Mobility Customer Experience, Lisa Richardson leads a team of more than 4,000 team members in Canada and internationally, to support this goal. These days, Lisa and her team are busy spearheading the transformation of our Mobility customer service model into a customized experience, where our team members actively engage customers to answer their questions, review their plans and bills to ensure they’re starting off on the right foot, and personally assist them throughout their repair experiences.
Prior to this role, Lisa led the BLACKS retail business and the Web Channel team for TELUS. Lisa joined TELUS in 2000 and, before this, she spent eight years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of sales, account management and channel marketing roles.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and is an active Habitat for Humanity GTA Board member. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys travelling, running, and spending time with her family at the cottage.
Sharon joined the Habitat for Humanity GTA Board in the spring of 2017. Sharon is a partner in the Construction and Infrastructure Group at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP. She has been a practising lawyer for over 25 years. Sharon acts for owners, contractors, sureties, and design professionals, working primarily on matters involving construction disputes relating to major infrastructure projects including highways, bridges, railways, mines, tunnels, pipelines, dams, power stations, and hospitals. Sharon holds an LLB from the University of Toronto and an LLM from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Sue VanDeVelde-Coke, RN, MA, MBA, PhD is a health care executive/consultant with senior level experience in academic acute care, community and long term care organizations. She is currently CEO & President of Kerry’s Place Autism Services, which is the largest provider of services, supports and housing for individuals with autism spectrum disorder in Canada, serving over 8000 individuals and their families in Ontario. Most recently she served as a consultant working with health care organizations in transition. Previous positions include: EVP and Chief Professional Programs at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, VP Strategic Planning/Operations at the VON National Office, Senior Vice President, Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, Director of Surgical/Intensive Care Services at the Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Coke served as President of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses and Vice President of the Canadian Nurses Association.. She teaches in the graduate program at the University of Toronto, and has taught at Universities of Ottawa, Manitoba and Rush University (Chicago). She has been a member of numerous federal, provincial and local task forces and committees, focusing on improving ways to bridge the acute and community sectors.
Dr. Coke is a Director on the Canadian Nurses Foundation Board. She has previously served as a Director on the VON National, the Sunnybrook HSC, the Canadian Nurses Association and the Anne Johnston Community Health Centre Boards of Directors.
Valerie A. Shuttleworth
Ms. Shuttleworth recently retired from her position as Chief Planner for York Region. She was with the Region from June of 2012. As Chief Planner, she led Long Range Planning, Economic Development, Community Planning and Development Services for the Region. Prior to joining the Region she worked at the local level in East Gwillimbury for two years as General Manager of Development Services and in the City of Markham as Director of Planning and Urban Design for twelve years. She also worked for both the North York and Scarborough Planning Departments before moving north to Markham.
Ms. Shuttleworth spent over 35 years in public sector planning, dealing mainly with urban, high density areas. She holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Ryerson and remains a full and active member of the Ontario Professional Planners Association.
Lorraine Huinink is an Associate Principal at Access Planning, where she manages complex infrastructure programs and development initiatives under a range of procurement processes and provides strategic advice to ensure real estate optimization and land value capture. She brings over 25 years of industry knowledge and experience in planning, land development and corporate real estate.
A qualified land use planner, Lorraine has lived and worked nationally and internationally, in the public and private sectors, leading key development initiatives on varied landholdings, from UNESCO world heritage sites and former military bases to the Pan Am Athlete’s Village in Toronto. Lorraine held progressively responsible roles at both Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx and prior to returning to private practice, was Senior Vice President, Program Management, Transit Oriented Development at Metrolinx.
Lorraine believes that at the core of city building is the prudent and sustainable use of land in order to achieve desirable social and environmental outcomes. This belief dovetails perfectly with mobilizing communities to build homes to provide working, lower income families with a solid foundation for better, healthier lives.
Joe Aschaiek, CPA, CA is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Woodbine Entertainment, the largest live horse racing company in Canada and the single owner and master developer of the 684-acre Woodbine Racetrack site in Toronto. Joe is responsible for all the company’s financial functions including accounting, financial planning, treasury, corporate finance and risk management. He also serves as the Chair of the Finance Audit and Risk Management (FARM) Committee at Habitat GTA. His career spans more than 20 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership and corporate strategy and he takes pride in forging close business relationships.
Joe started his career in public accounting and was an audit and advisory manager at RSM Richter where he gained significant experience working with privately held companies across various industries including professional services, retail, construction and automotive.
Aschaiek is a Chartered Professional Accountant and attended York University in Toronto, having completed an Honours BA in Political Science. He is a former member of the Finance Committee for the William Osler Health System Foundation where he volunteered from 2009 to 2018.
Martin is Vice President of the The Daniels Corporation. Daniels has a long history of supporting Habitat for Humanity, which originated with Martin’s championing our work over two decades ago. He has been a volunteer with Habitat in multiple forms throughout this period, including former Chair of the Habitat for Humanity Toronto Board and was instrumental in the 2014 amalgamation that created Habitat GTA. He continues as a community member of our Build Finance Committee, as well as serving on our Major Gifts Cabinet. Martin also serves on the Boards of the WoodGreen Foundation and the Regent Park School of Music Foundation.
Ene Underwood, CEO
Ene (pronounced, “Een”) joined Habitat GTA in spring 2013 after a career that spanned the private and public sectors. Ene’s early career was as a consultant with McKinsey & Company working with national and global businesses on strategy and organizational transformation. Her private sector career was followed by close to two decades in senior leadership positions in some of Canada’s leading hospitals and then a three year role as the Chair of a Ontario Government Commission examining child welfare. Ene holds an Honours B.A. (Waterloo) and an MBA (Ivey). Ene lives in Toronto but retains close connections to her farming roots in southwestern Ontario.
Bruce Johnson, CFO
Bruce joined Habitat GTA in November 2009. He obtained a B. Comm from the University of Toronto and CA (now CPA) from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. His ten year public practice career was predominately with real estate related clients. Since leaving public practice, prior to joining Habitat, Bruce has spent 15 years in senior financial positions with general contractors, real estate asset management and developers of residential and commercial properties.
Wayne Dempsey, VP of Construction
Wayne joined Habitat GTA in 2006 as Director of Construction and then VP Planning and Land Acquisition after a successful career in custom homebuilding and land development. Having served as president of the Ontario Homebuilders, board member of Tarion Warranty Corporation and chair of numerous committees with Ontario Homebuilders Association Wayne brings to Habitat a wealth of knowledge from over 40 years in the building industry. Currently Wayne sits on the Ontario Building Code Commission for the province of Ontario in addition to his responsibility for all construction projects and warranty at Habitat GTA.
Beth Adams, VP of Strategy, Admin and Performance
Beth Adams joined Habitat GTA in July 2019 to take on the newly created position of VP of Strategy, Admin and Performance. In addition to working on the organization’s strategy and business plans, she provides leadership to HR, Family Services and Marketing, Communication and Policy. She has had the pleasure of a very diverse career, spanning roles, industries and countries. Beth is a C.P.A. by trade, but has had extensive experience in a variety of senior operational positions. Her last role was as CFO at Quandl Inc., where she helped to build it from a Toronto fintech start-up to acquisition by a global financial services firm.
Rob Lee, VP of ReStore
Rob Lee is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in the building material Retail industry. He has extensive knowledge and a track record of success in running all aspects of a major retail operation. Currently VP, ReStore at Habitat GTA, Rob has also held a variety of leadership positions at companies such as Lansing, Revy and Rona. Since his start with Habitat for Humanity in 2011, the ReStore has grown to a $6.5 million operation contributing over $2 million to the affiliate annually. A firm believer in the safety of all customers, employees, volunteers and donors, Rob developed and led Habitat GTA’s first Health and Safety Committee. Under his leadership, the committee developed safety principles and has seriously upped the organization’s awareness of safety.
Adwoa Buahene, VP of Donor & Community Partnerships
Adwoa began her career at Habitat for Humanity GTA in early 2018. A lifelong volunteer (most recently as the Chair of a large non-profit homecare organization and as an active United Way volunteer), Adwoa has had a great vantage point into the non-profit world.
She co-founded and built a boutique leadership consulting and training company that worked with hundreds of private sector and not-for-profit organizations and all three levels of government. Her prior roles in sales, business development, and operations has seen her work in Munich, Toronto, Bucharest, and Mumbai.
Joshua Benard, VP of Real Estate Development
After a number of years working in residential construction, Joshua realized that he wanted to devote his career to the affordable housing space. This led him to become the Founder and Program Director of the Sustainable Housing Initiative, operating out of the Alberta Rural Development Network. He then turned his ideas into impact, growing the Sustainable Housing Initiative into an eight-member team that oversaw the development of multiple affordable housing projects worth over $80 million. Recognized in 2018 as one of Alberta’s Top 40 Under 40; Joshua’s creative problem solving skills, relationship focused work, and passion for making a difference, led him to his job at Habitat for Humanity GTA in 2019.