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.
RESHMEENA LALANI CPA, CA (Co-chair, 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.
Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Public Service Commission, Government of Saskatchewan
Bio to come
BRYANY DENNING M.Sc., MSW
Bryany (Bree) Denning, M.Sc., MSW, has been involved in addressing homelessness in Yellowknife since joining the Board of Directors of the Yellowknife Women’s Society in 2008. She served as Executive Director from 2016-2020, and in that role had the opportunity to help create the first Housing First program in the Northwest Territories, as well as introducing Street Outreach services and a residential managed alcohol program.
MAYOR DON IVESON
Mayor of Edmonton, Alberta
Since his election as Edmonton’s 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has led Edmonton’s transformation into a more uplifting, resilient and globally competitive city. Mayor Iveson’s guiding leadership principle is to make things better for the next generation.
Despite tough economic headwinds, he works every day to connect Edmontonians to collaboratively make progress on Council’s four strategic priorities: building a healthier and more inclusive city; building a more prosperous and economically diverse region; responding to the climate emergency; and building a more urbanized place, a cost-effective and sustainable City as we grow to 2 million people — all while working to strengthen integrity and performance at City Hall.
Mayor Don Iveson has served on Edmonton’s City Council for 13 years — he was first elected a city councillor for ward 5 in 2007. Prior to entering public life, Iveson studied Political Science at the University of Alberta, then served as president of Canadian University Press in Toronto. He returned home to a city that appeared to be exporting young, smart leaders, thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs faster than it could attract them. The challenge of attracting and retaining more people inspired Iveson to run for City Council in 2007. As a result, one of his key performance indicators – as both a father and as Mayor – is to build the kind of city where, when the time comes, his kids will decide to stay and build.
Executive Director, 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.
Bisi Omojola MBA, CHRL
Country HR Business Partner, Citibank (Citigroup)
Bisi Omojola is a Human Resources Professional with over 20 years cross-functional experience. She has been serving in this capacity for several years within the financial services industry, implementing the Human Resources strategy, while managing the delivery of HR services – recruitment, talent management, performance management, total rewards, learning and development, as well as policies. Her previous roles were in International Trade Operations, Transaction Services, Sales and Marketing. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with the Human Resources Professional Association, holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Management from Cranfield University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree with honours.
Executive Director, End Homelessness St. John’s
Doug is the Executive Director of End Homelessness St. John’s, a system planning entity leading the development and implementation of the St. John’s Community Plan to End Homelessness. A systems-based thinker with an entrepreneurial appetite for social change, Doug is committed to serving the most vulnerable neighbours in our community.
Prior to joining End Homelessness St. John’s, Doug spent over 12 years in Ottawa where he led innovative and nationally recognized social enterprises and social finance programs through significant periods of growth.
He holds an MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University, a MPhil in Policy Studies from the University of New Brunswick and a BA in Political Studies and English from Bishop’s University.
President, Ajungi Group
Madeleine Redfern, LLB, was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut (formerly, Frobisher Bay, NWT). Madeleine has a strong commitment to her community, and she strives to be accessible, responsive and accountable. Madeleine has 30 years of experience working in business and governance, on issues related to economic development, housing, education, employment and training, justice, community services, early childhood development, and health care. She is a graduate of the Akitsiraq law school with a law degree from the University of Victoria. After graduating, she worked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Madam Justice Charron. Madeleine is a member of the National Indigenous Economic Development Consortium, Arctic360, Trudeau Foundation, President of the Ajungi Group, Nuvjuaq, Northern Robotics and CEO of the CanArctic Inuit Networks.
Madeleine took a lead in helping Uquutaq, Iqaluit’s only men shelter, in securing $8M to buy 2 buildings for a new shelter and transition housing, offices, programming space and 11 apartments of which 5 are designated affordable housing. Madeleine is currently working with YWCA Agvik which runs the emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence and homeless shelter to acquire new buildings for transition/transformative housing and space for COVID response.
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.
Chief Administrative Officer, Kenora District Services Board
Henry is a hands-on leader with thirteen years of expertise in the Municipal world, with over five years as the Treasurer and Director for Finance for the Municipality of Sioux Lookout. Henry has been Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) since November 2014. Henry has a proven record of managing a diverse range of teams, developing, and implementing policies, establishing internal controls, and engaging staff to achieve ambitious strategic priorities.