Claudette Bradshaw (Co-Chair)

During her 46-year career, Claudette has served in many organizations which focus on issues relating to welfare, crime prevention, homelessness, mental health and early childhood. Born and educated in Moncton, New Brunswick, Claudette Bradshaw began her career at the forefront of the community-based, non-profit sector as the Program Director for the Moncton Boys and Girls’ Club. Six years later, she founded and became Executive Director of the Moncton Headstart Early Family Intervention Centre, which designed and ran programs for high risk children and their families.

In 1997, Claudette was elected Member of Parliament for the riding of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, which she represented from for almost a decade. During that period, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation, Minister Responsible for the Francophonie and then Minister of Labour and was named Federal Coordinator on Homelessness, a position she held for six years. In 2006, she retired from federal politics and returned to the non-profit sector in her home province where she was appointed to the New Brunswick Premier’s Task Force on the State of Community Non-profit Agencies. From 2007 to 2011, she was the Coordinator for the Mental Health Commission of Canada At Home / Chez Soi Housing First research and demonstration project site in Moncton. The smallest of the five At Home/Chez Soi sites, Moncton presented a unique opportunity to study the effectiveness of Housing First within the context of a smaller urban centre and its surrounding rural population.

Matthew Pearce (Co-Chair)

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Old Brewery Mission

Matthew Pearce is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Old Brewery Mission, the largest resource for homeless men in Quebec and for homeless women in Canada.

A graduate of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, the trilingual Mr. Pearce has devoted most of his professional career to not-for-profit causes, including 22 years in the field of international development via service with Canada World Youth, of which he was the President and CEO from 1999 to 2005.

Prior to joining the Old Brewery Mission, Mr. Pearce was the founding president of Kompendia, an organization providing a range of services to the private sector to help promote increased awareness, effectiveness and sustainability of Corporate Responsibility programs.

Brock Carlton

Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

As CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM), Brock Carlton is committed to strong municipal government. He believes that a national association of municipalities is critical to any nation’s governance and development.

Since joining FCM 20 years ago, Mr. Carlton has established himself as a leader on municipal issues, both domestically and internationally. He manages ideas, resources and opportunities to build FCM’s global program, which focuses on strengthening municipal government and local governance, and on enhancing policy frameworks toward local sustainability.

Mr. Carlton represented Canada on the OECD Urban Municipal Development Secretariat’s Sustainable Cities Working Group in the early 1990s. He was a faculty member of the Local Government Leadership Institute at the Banff School of Management and of the Cambridge University Business and Environment Seminar (the latter, delivered for national government leaders in Wales).

Mr. Carlton currently sits on the Leadership Council for Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. He is also leading an initiative for sustainable living in Ottawa West to bring a Bike Share program to his community. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Carlton was captain of the men’s intercollegiate basketball team at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He has lived and worked in Kenya, China and Namibia, and has a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Norman Patterson School at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Maria Crawford (Chair, Governance Committee)

A graduate of York University’s Non-Profit Management and Leadership Program, Maria Crawford also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and an Honours degree in Social Work. She has extensive experience in the shelter sector in Ontario, having worked for more than  31 years in the assaulted women’s shelter system and in the youth homelessness sector.

 For the past 20 years, Ms. Crawford was the Executive Director of Eva’s Initiatives. Eva’s operates three unique and award winning youth shelters in Toronto. She has lead the growth and development of that organization from a single shelter to the current three sites, with an expanded portfolio of specialized services for homeless youth. She also developed a highly successful  national program, focussed on capacity building, and assisting  other communities across Canada in developing effective service delivery models for homeless youth.  This national program  has recently evolved into an independent Coalition. Eva’s Initiatives has become known for its dynamic approach and its focus on long-term solutions, as well as the development of unique and innovative programs dedicated to helping Toronto’s homeless and at-risk youth lead independent, self-sufficient and productive lives.

Jesse Thistle

P.E. Trudeau and Vanier Scholar, Governor General Silver Medalist, Author, Ph.D Candidate

Jesse Thistle is Cree-Metis on his mother’s side and Scottish and Algonquin on his father’s side. Jesse is a P.E. Trudeau and Vanier Scholar, as well as a Governor General Silver Medalist. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in History and is an Assistant Professor, both at York University, in the Department of Equity and Disabilities, where he teaches Metis Studies. Jesse was the Resident Scholar of Indigenous Homelessness at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness where he drafted the National Definition of Indigenous Homelessness in Canada. His historical research has been published in numerous academic journals, book chapters, and featured on CBC Ideas, CBC Campus, and Unreserved. His most recent work is a memoir published by Simon and Schuster entitled From the Ashes, release date August 6, 2019, where he details his life story from childhood to his rise from homelessness to become one the country’s leading doctoral scholars. His book is available here.

Arlene Hache

Executive Director, Centre for Northern Families

Arlene Hache is the Executive Director of the Centre for Northern Families, a non-profit organization that offers a broad range of services that support marginalized women and their families. Ms. Hache is well known across the North as an advocate of social change and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2009 for her work. She is a founding partner in the development of therapeutic programs and in-home family support services designed to support families recovering from trauma related to colonization and ongoing violence. Ms. Hache has spearheaded or participated in several research initiatives that have been published.

Ms. Hache is a member of territorial and national organizations focused on strengthening Indigenous communities. She is a member of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)– Network Action Team on Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective. She is also a member of a committee focused on improving treatment options for First Nations and Inuit women at risk of having a child with FASD and on identifying the social services needs of Inuit children spearheaded by the Inuit Tuttarvigat of National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO).

Reshmeena Lalani (Treasurer, Chair, Audit & Finance Committee)


Reshmeena Lalani, CPA, CA was born in Mumbai, India and moved to Canada in order to pursue university studies. Reshmeena holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Advanced Accounting from the BC Institute of Technology.

Ms. Lalani has accumulated significant experience in the areas of tax compliance and responsible governance by serving terms as Director of Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre Society (BC) and Immigrant Services Society of BC. As part of an international non-profit agency, Ms. Lalani has conducted audits of institutions in developing countries.

Ms. Lalani worked in the Audit and Assurance group of PWC and KPMG prior to taking a tax compliance role with the Government of Canada.

Catherine Latimer

Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Canada

Catherine Latimer has been the Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Canada since 2011. Previously, Ms. Latimer was a policy lawyer for the federal government providing analysis and policy advice for the Departments of the Solicitor General, the Privy Council Office, and Justice and had a lead responsibility in the development of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Her law degree is from Queen’s University, Kingston and her Masters in Criminology is from Cambridge University. She is a Broadbent Fellow and is the current President of the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice.

Tim Richter (Ex-Officio)

President & CEO, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

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.