Our Team

Tim Richter

President & CEO

Tim Richter is the Founder, President & CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH). The CAEH leads a national movement of individuals, organizations and communities working together to end homelessness in Canada.

Under his leadership, the CAEH has: helped shape federal, provincial and local homelessness action and policy including the implementation of Housing First; hosted four highly successful National Conferences on Ending Homelessness; co-authored three State of Homelessness in Canada reports in 2013, 2014 and 2016; launched Funders Together to End Homelessness Canada as an affiliate network of Funders Together to End Homelessness from the United States; launched a national Training and Technical Assistance program as a mission based, non-profit training and technical assistance program to provide on the ground training and support to communities and front line workers working to end homelessness; launched the 20,000 Homes Campaign – a national movement of communities working together to house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people; and, supported the creation of the Institute of Global Homelessness

Prior to joining the CAEH, Tim was President & CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation charged with leading the implementation of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness – the first plan of its kind in Canada.

In the first four years of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan more than 4,000 homeless men, women and children were housed, 3,582 units of affordable housing were funded, and homelessness went down for the first time in 20 years of counting.

Tim received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History as well as a Bachelor of Applied Communications. He lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three children.

Email: tim@caeh.ca

Wally Czech

Director, Technical Training and Assistance Program

Wally is a recognized expert and leader in Housing First and ending homelessness with over 15 years’ experience in counselling psychology. Wally joins the CAEH from the City of Lethbridge, Alberta where he was the City’s Housing First Specialist for the past five years.

While at the city Wally was instrumental in the development of the city’s Housing First System of Care, program development for several Housing First programs, providing clinical and operational support to funded projects and leading the development of the city’s Housing First Standards of Practice. Wally has provided consultation and training to several communities in their efforts to develop or enhance their own Housing First models and was a contracted trainer for t3 (Think, Teach, and Transform) from the U.S.

Wally has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and has done clinical work for 15 years. Wally is e based out of Lethbridge where he lives with his wife and three children.

Email:  wally@caeh.ca 

Michelle Bilek

TTA Coordinator

Michelle is a long time community advocate and activist for a socially responsible society.  She is a woman with lived experience of poverty and homelessness and this is the foundation of her drive to challenge the status quo.  She dedicates her time on a number of local organizations centering on Poverty Reduction, Homelessness, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Violence Against Women, and Food Security as a board and committee member. She has been a High School Teacher, Psycho-social Educator in Oncology and Geriatrics, Trainer and Facilitator in DEI.  She is has also been a political candidate in 5 election campaigns.  

Michelle has received her education in Psychology and Sociology from McMaster and in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies from York University.  

Michelle believes that a better way can be achieved by creating a society based on inclusion, fairness and equity for all, approaching society with empathy and understanding, and caring for Mother Earth with management for sustainability.  It is a matter of choice.

Email:  michelle@caeh.ca

Marie Morrison

Director, 20,000 Homes Campaign

Marie Morrison is a dynamic veteran leader and innovator with over 20 years of experience in housing and homelessness. She joined the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness as the Director of the 20,000 Homes Campaign in September of 2017.  Marie brings to the campaign a driven and focused leadership style that encourages a bias for action, failing forward, continuous improvement, and learning from and working together with others. Prior to joining CAEH, Marie worked for 15 years with the Region of Waterloo delivering federal, provincial and local funding and working with community partners to create a housing focused system designed to end homelessness.  Waterloo was the first community in the 20,000 Homes Campaign to pilot a Registry Week and was one of the first to achieve a quality By-Name List.  Over the years, Marie has participated in many federal and provincial advisory groups and for two years served as the chair of the Ontario Municipal Services Association Homelessness Prevention Network. She was one of two people in Canada chosen to participate in the inaugural Institute for Global Homelessness Leadership Program. 

Go to: 20,000 Homes Website

Email:  marie@caeh.ca