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 shaped federal, provincial and local homelessness action and policy including the national implementation of Housing First, the National Housing Strategy and Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. Most recently Tim was a co-author of “The National Housing Accord: A Multi-Sector Approach to Ending Canada’s Rental Housing Crisis.”

Since it’s founding in 2012, the CAEH has hosted ten highly successful National Conferences on Ending Homelessness; launched a national Training and Technical Assistance program and, launched Built for Zero Canada – a national change effort helping a core group of leading communities end chronic and veteran homelessness – a first step on the path to eliminating all homelessness in Canada. Through this program the CAEH has helped six communities end homelessness for a population and eight achieve reductions in chronic 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 is currently co-chair of the National Housing Council, an independent advisory body mandated by the National Housing Strategy Act to provide advice to the federal Minister of Housing on improving the National Housing Strategy, improving housing outcomes for all Canadians, and advancing the progressive realization of the right to housing.

Amanda DiFalco

Senior Director, Strategy and People

Amanda is a seasoned transformational Human Services Leader and Coach with over 20+ years of experience advancing human-centred leadership to solve complex social injustices. She is passionate about translating ambitious visions into successful outcomes that drive community initiatives forward and has built a reputation for influencing policy reform while aligning stakeholder objectives. Based in Hamilton Ontario, Amanda hold a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour and a Master’s degree in Leadership. Her educational background combined with a wealth of experiences leads her to leverage progressive business leadership practices for social good.

Notably, Amanda was the Manager of Homelessness Policy and Programs at the City of Hamilton for over a decade. During this time, she was a path forger for several transformational initiatives in the housing and homelessness that include homelessness enumeration, the Built for Zero Canada movement, Quality By-Name List, Coordinated Access, and creating outcome based measures for homelessness programs to advance multi-million dollar public investments. These combined initiatives led to reductions in homelessness and an increase of 15K+ housing units over 5 years. Amanda has been called upon to advise several provincial, federal, and global housing and homelessness advisories over the years to solve some of the most complex social issues. She was one of two leaders in Canada invited to participate in the Institute for Global Homelessness Leadership program. Amanda continuously strives to view the world through multiple lenses and as such, has been recognized for building strong relationships with Indigenous communities both personally and professionally.

Amanda joined the CAEH in 2020, spearheading a vision to end Veteran homelessness in Canada. She has also served as the Deputy Director for the Built for Zero Canada movement. Today, Amanda has the pleasure of driving the mission to eliminate homelessness in Canada through conscious leadership and taking actionable steps towards creating equitable, high potential and healthy transformations resulting in a world where everyone has a home.


Director of Finance

Maria Lamas is a CPA, CGA and comes to CAEH with over a decade of experience working with charities. She has made it her personal mission statement to work with charities finding solutions to social issues that align with her values. She helps in building, maintaining and continuously improving on necessary administrative and financial processes to support the work of the organization’s mission and vision. She has thus far used her skills in the areas of poverty reduction, underemployment, education, clean energy solutions, and arts and culture, and has now joined us in our mission to end and prevent homelessness.

Trish Muntain

Executive Assistant

Trish Muntain began her journey into ending homelessness at the Calgary Homeless Foundation in 2011. In 2012, Trish joined the CAEH as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO, bringing with her over 25 years administrative experience in the non-profit and private sector. A self-proclaimed efficiency expert, Trish is focused on ensuring the CAEH is an operationally well run virtual organization through leadership of CAEH administration including project management, IT, human resources and accounting as well as providing direct support to the CAEH Board and Committees. Trish lives in Regina, Saskatchewan with her son.


Senior Administrative Assistant

Matthew Wu came to CAEH from the tourism and hospitality industry where he spent 15 years in marketing, branding, partnerships, and as an international award winning hotel concierge. Matthew is passionate about storytelling, community engagement and service excellence and is committed to ensuring that all CAEH events, programs, and partnerships are seamless and impactful. Matthew lives in Burnaby, British Columbia and can often be found on the local forest trails.  Burnaby is located on the ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓qəmin̓əm̓
and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. 

Marketing & Communications

Andrew Burns

Director of Marketing and Communications

Andrew Burns (he/him) is a communications and campaigns leader who has spent his career working for and with governments, political parties, nonprofits and unions. He joins us from a brief stint at the City of Vancouver working in communications with the Park Board. Prior to this, he was Head of Campaigns at Point Blank, Canada’s largest progressive political and advocacy campaigns agency, where he led a team of Campaign Directors and strategists developing some of the country’s foremost political and advocacy campaigns, including multi-award winning campaigns. This work included multiple federal and provincial elections and many issues campaigns across the country. Before moving to Canada from his homeland of Aotearoa New Zealand, Andrew was a Senior Communications Advisor to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party for six years, and ran his own communications consultancy. Andrew specializes in campaign and communications strategy and execution, digital organizing, advertising and branding.

Outside of work, you’ll find Andrew out cycling and enjoying the outdoors. Andrew is thrilled to be joining the CAEH team and to get started on urgently campaigning to end homelessness in Canada. Andrew is grateful to live and work on the unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, in what is now referred to as Vancouver.

Elisabeth Hazell

Philanthropy & Campaign Lead

Elisabeth is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with nearly 20 years’ experience raising funds for social, environmental and cultural causes. She is interested in the power of art, storytelling, and culture as critical levers in solving the intersecting crises facing humanity. Her joy is bringing people together to uplift, inspire, and invest in reconnecting to the communities and systems that nourish us all. She is inspired to work herself out of a job by raising the resources needed to ensure that everyone in Canada has a safe, secure, and affordable home.


Government Relations Lead

Maggie Rodrigues is a bilingual policy and government relations specialist with years of experience advancing advocacy in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she worked as a Senior Government Relations Officer at Universities Canada, where she advanced federal advocacy on behalf of Canada’s universities.

As a dedicated community builder, Maggie has supported the work of a number of Ottawa-based charities. For nearly five years, Maggie has tutored at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a post-secondary program for Inuit students. She was also a long-time volunteer with Best Buddies and L’Arche Ottawa, where she served on the Board of Directors and supported the organization’s work to provide housing and services for adults with disabilities. Recognizing a need in her community, Maggie also developed a program to help students with disabilities transition out of high school, through the support of the Pathy Foundation Fellowship. 

She holds a Master of Political Management from Carleton University and was awarded the university’s Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement. 

Maggie is driven by a belief that stronger and more inclusive communities are possible, and is excited to join the team at CAEH to be a part of the work to end homelessness in Canada. 


Communications Lead

Before joining CAEH, Lisa was the Strategy Director for Canada’s largest progressive agency, Point Blank, where she led award-winning third-party electoral and advocacy campaigns and supported organizations of all sizes advocating for human rights, climate action, and economic and social justice. Prior to that, Lisa worked as the Digital Engagement Manager and Democracy Campaigner for B.C.-based climate nonprofit, Dogwood, where she launched the ‘Ban Big Money’ campaign, which led to campaign finance reform in B.C. politics. She has also previously served as an assistant to a Member of Parliament in Surrey, B.C., and worked as a voter contact organizer in multiple provincial and federal election cycles, as well as for the Democrats in the 2016 presidential race. Trained as a social worker, she also holds a graduate degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economies (LSE).

Lisa resides on the unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people.

Luca Palladino

Digital Organizer

Luca Palladino (he/him) is a long time digital campaigner and political activist. He spearheaded the efforts of Eko (formerly SumOfUs), a citizen-first progressive organization, in Quebec. At Eko, he worked on a successful Dollarama campaign asking the company to better protect essential frontline workers during the pandemic. Through another high-profile campaign, he was able to channel public discontent and pressure the CDPQ (a Canadian pension fund worth $400 billion) to pledge to divest entirely from its fossil fuels portfolio. He most recently worked at Public Outreach as Digital Campaigns Manager and helped build up their digital team. At PO, he had the opportunity to collaborate with Daily Bread Food Bank, Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, the SickKids Foundation, CARE International, WaterAid and Oxfam, amongst others. Luca is the founder of KATA books, a publisher of progressive literature for youth. He loves dystopian post-apocalyptic stories and is always happy to discuss camping, cycling, novels and TV shows. He is based in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal which is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of its lands and waters.

Wally Czech

Director, Training and Technical 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 over 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 based out of Lethbridge where he lives with his wife and three children.

Jody Yurkowsky Pace

National Training Consultant, Training and Technical Assistance Program

With over two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, Jody has dedicated her career to supporting vulnerable populations. She has worked with folks of all ages in social services settings and has lived in Latvia, Sweden, Vancouver, Halifax, and Victoria (and a few other places too!)

Jody’s commitment to social justice and dignity for all is at the core of her work and is driven by a deep passion for facilitation and training. She actively contributes her expertise to organizations sharing the same values. As a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Arts in Social Science in Adult Learning and Global Change and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, Jody brings a rich interdisciplinary perspective to her practice.

Jody lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and daughter and finds joy in beachcombing for sea glass with her family and living the slow Island life.

Quinn C. Moerike

National Training Consultant, Training and Technical Assistance Program

Quinn is a passionate advocate for ending homelessness with a focus on lived and living experience, trauma informed practice, harm reduction, and model fidelity. A person of lived experience and front-line experience, he brings his love of data and systems to his work, always advocating for the greatest possible impact for those participants and community members that we serve. He strives to always remember the perspective and carry forward the voice of people of lived experience in everything that he does while continuing to champion the importance of model fidelity and evidence based practice. In this, he truly believes that data is a story told about and for people and outcomes are just another word for impacting lives.

Marie Morrison

Director, Built for Zero Canada

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 2017. Under her leadership, the 20,000 Home Campaign exceeded its goal and relaunched in 2019 as Built for Zero Canada, focused on ending chronic and veteran homelessness.  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. She was one of two people from Canada chosen to participate in the inaugural Institute for Global Homelessness Leadership Program.

Ashley Van Der Mark

Coaching Lead, Built for Zero Canada

Ashley comes to the CAEH with over 10 years experience working in poverty and homelessness reduction efforts. Ashley started her career working in Hamilton with youth and advocating alongside them to create a space for their voices to be heard within their communities. After working six years in municipal government she moved to Windsor ON. Ashley worked in the Housing First program before co-ordinating the By-Name List, including development, implementation, ongoing maintenance, and support to community agencies as the community shifted to Coordinated Access. As a leader, Ashley rigorously focuses on quality-improvement grounded in the voice of lived experience and fights against injustice. Ashley speaks fluent French, received a BA in Sociology and participated in the Built for Zero Collaborative over 2017/18. Ashley always looks at the glass half-full and believes wholeheartedly that we will end homelessness for every single Canadian.

Jonathan Alschech

Data Lead, Built for Zero Canada

Jonathan is passionate about social work data science, promoting and advancing the critical and ethical use of data in social services provision, policy, and research. Jonathan has direct practice experience with youth experiencing homelessness in downtown Toronto, a PhD in Social Work from the University of Toronto, and is an affiliated researcher and professor at the School for Social Work, Smith College, Massachusetts. Jonathan has taught and conducted research in universities in Israel-Palestine, South Africa, and the Canadian North, teaching Social Work at the University of Northern British Columbia. Jonathan believes in doing data justice: confronting the Racist and Ableist legacies of quantitative analysis, centering ethics and transformative epistemologies in the application of cutting edge data science for guaranteeing housing justice for people experiencing homelessness in Canada.


Improvement Advisor, Built for Zero Canada

Chantal is an experienced leader in homeless prevention, strategic planning and service system design.  With over 20 years experience in municipal service delivery, Chantal led development of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s homeless serving system including implementation of an information management system, common assessment, coordinated access and a valid byname list. She has been a participant in the Built for Zero Collaborative since 2017, and achieved homelessness reductions in Chatham-Kent using data for improvement, evidence informed best practices and human centered design. Chantal holds degrees in Political Science and Psychology from Concordia University. A fail forward and change champion, she is passionate about ending homelessness one person at a time.

Chidom Otogwu

Data Specialist, Built for Zero Canada

Chidom is passionate about the social and economic wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society. He was drawn to the not-for-profit sector because of its role in advocating and serving the needs of the vulnerable population. His work at Calgary Homeless Foundation exposed him to the problem of homelessness and created the desire and passion for ending it. In his previous role as Data and Research Analyst, Chidom demonstrated strong data and research analysis skills. Chidom is interested in government and public policy and believes that good public policy is necessary for ending homelessness in Canada. He likes to use data to inform policies that would lead to ending homelessness in Canada. Chidom has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.

dawn wheadon

Improvement Advisor, Built for Zero Canada

Dawn is a passionate status quo interrupter, intrapreneur, and community leader with more than 10 years of experience working in the Social Services sector in both direct client services and leadership positions. With an education in Community Studies, she’s had the opportunity to diversify her work with experience including Mental health and Addictions, Community Corrections, Child and Youth Services, Adults with disabilities, bridging gaps in the employment sector for the deaf community, and systems implementation and improvements in the Coordinated Access system. Dawn’s passion and influence began in Newfoundland in 2010 and carried into Moncton New Brunswick in 2015 where she spent more than 3 years leading and building a strong Coordinated Access team, By Names List, implementation of Complex Case Consulting, Veteran and Chronic homelessness reductions, and municipal and provincial advocacy for improved service delivery using DATA for mind shifting and decision making. Dawn has a strong capacity to network, build teams, empower and foster leadership, create synergy in the community, and use data-driven approaches to evoke change. Dawn not only believes homelessness is solvable, she is confident we have the tools to achieve this with the BFZ system and is eager to coach communities to use this system to its fullest potential and end chronic and veteran homelessness nationwide. 

Floriane Ethier

Data Advisor, Built for Zero Canada

Floriane (she/they) is motivated by their empathy, driven by their curiosity and directed by their need to take action. This has led them through a path of community centered work since 2013, including activism and community organizing. They completed a B.A. in Sociology at Concordia University in 2018 and soon after joined the Old Brewery Mission’s research department. They had an essential role in the configuration, implementation, and training for the launch of Quebec’s first shared HIFIS 4 network. Later, they also became the network’s HIFIS administrator. Floriane lives in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka/Mohawk nation. It has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst many First Nations including the Kanien’kehá:ka of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Huron/Wendat, Abenaki, and Anishinaabeg.

Kat Riley

Improvement Advisor, Built for Zero Canada

Kat is an innovative leader in her community with 10 years experience in social services. After relocating from Toronto to Kingston in 2015, she worked as part of the Housing First team which quickly cultivated a passion for ending homelessness. Kat joined the City of Kingston in 2018, where she oversaw delivery of all programs in the Coordinated Access System and provided education and training to frontline service providers. Kat led the development and implementation of the community’s By-Name List and provided ongoing support to community agencies to utilize BNL data to strengthen and inform service delivery. In her role with the municipality, Kat was responsible for ongoing maintenance and oversight of the By-Name List as well as held the role of HIFIS Administrator. Kat holds a degree in Social Sciences with a specialty in Criminal Justice. She is experienced in systems design, trauma-informed service delivery, data analytics and human-centred design. Kat has earned a reputation as a data enthusiast and loves using data to inform decision making and drive change. She is a collaborative problem-solver and is excited to bring that passion to the BFZ team to help end chronic homelessness across Canada.

Lisa Bell

Improvement Advisor, Built for Zero Canada

Lisa is dedicated to bringing energy, knowledge, and passion to the pursuit of ending homelessness. Her B.A. in public policy and M.A. in justice policy from the University of Guelph fueled her drive to redesign and coordinate human-service systems. Lisa has experience in project management, data analysis, social problem (re)construction, person-centered design, harm reduction, and public engagement from her roles with non-profits and the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Human Services. She left Edmonton to move back to her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, and happily joined the City of Hamilton’s homelessness team in 2017 and Niagara Region’s homelessness team in 2019. Lisa was a leader in the development of By-Name Lists in both Hamilton and Niagara, and had the opportunity to participate in the Built for Zero Collaborative in 2017/18. Lisa is forever thankful to be part of the relentless, quirky, and strong community leading the charge on ending homelessness.

Lori Richer

Improvement Advisor, Built for Zero Canada

Lori Richer is a recognized leader dedicated to ending chronic homelessness. Prior to joining CAEH, Lori was the Housing Stability Manager for Wellington County Social Services and Built for Zero Lead for the Wellington-Guelph Community. Wellington-Guelph Built for Zero has been recognized nationally, for outstanding work in ending homelessness. Lori has been a part of system change that has led to a reduction in chronic homelessness and continues to drive for system improvements. Throughout her 25+ year career in Social Services, Lori and her team delivered federal, provincial, and local funding to Homeless System Service Providers and homelessness prevention programs, as well as collaborating with community partners to improve the homeless serving system for the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington. Lori believes that ending chronic homelessness is possible and is excited to bring this passion to the BFZ team.

Mitch DeCock

Data Advisor, Built for Zero Canada

Mitch DeCock is an innovative leader focused on developing technical solutions that empower organizations and communities to work collaboratively and make data-driven decisions to end homelessness. Before joining CAEH, Mitch worked in Finance and managed multi-stakeholder projects in the non-profit sector. Whether transforming large and messy datasets into impactful visualizations, enhancing business processes, automating repetitive tasks, or configuring information systems he is passionate about contributing to the data culture of every team he is a part of. Mitch has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria and a Master of Data Science from the University of British Columbia. Mitch lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with his wife and daughter. Outside of work, you will find him photographing wildlife, hiking, playing soccer, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Robyn LeBlanc

Improvement Advisor, Built for Zero Canada

As an invested community member and a heart-forward leader, Robyn is deeply committed to doing her part to design systems and support services that are accessible to all community members. Born, raised, and currently residing on the East Coast, she brings to the team more than 8 years of experience working in the non-profit sector with a particular focus on community-based research, program design and evaluation, project management, and community organizing. Her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology has provided her with a greater understanding of the strengths and challenges facing our community around issues related to economic disparity, housing and resource security, and the varied ways in which folks come to interact with community supports and programs. Robyn is particularly interested in the ways in which housing systems are set up to either help or hinder the inclusion and prosperity of historically marginalized communities. Having been part of her communities Coordinated Access System and the chair of their local Built for Zero team, Robyn has found a passion in advocating for housing as a human right and deeply believes that by providing the right housing with the right level of support at the right time, we can end chronic homelessness in our community and beyond.

Sarah-Mae Rahal

Improvement Advisor, Built for Zero Canada

Sarah-Mae is dedicated to advancing advocacy, knowledge and passion in efforts of ending homelessness in Canada. With a B.A in political science from York University, she is currently working on her thesis to complete her M.A in Geography from Memorial University. Through her academic ventures she has led community-based research on housing insecurity and homelessness in Labrador. She has worked with the Aboriginal Labour Force Development Circle, an organization that funds initiatives that support Indigenous community members experiencing homelessness in Toronto. In this role, she worked closely with the Toronto Indigenous Community Advisory Board and the City of Toronto’s Coordinated Access team. Most recently, she has worked with Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society, a non-profit that is the only Indigenous owned and operated healing lodge for previously incarcerated women in Ontario. Sarah-Mae has worked and lived in Tel Aviv, Ottawa, St. John’s, Goose Bay and currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. Sarah-Mae is thrilled to be a part of the Built for Zero Canada team and is hopeful that with the work of the CAEH there will be an end to homelessness.


Improvement Advisor, Built for Zero Canada

Victoria is a dedicated and thoughtful leader with a passion for ending homelessness. With a background in municipal social services, she began her career in case management before transitioning into community development and project management in housing and homelessness. There she supported the development and implementation of Coordinated Access and the By-Name List at the City of Brantford, coordinated the use of HIFIS, and acted as the Built for Zero lead for the last several years. Victoria has led system improvement and created meaningful change with a considerate and tactful approach. She holds an Honours B.A. in Criminal Justice & Public Policy from the University of Guelph, and a M.A. in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Victoria is proud to join the innovative, dedicated leaders at Built for Zero, and is excited to be part of the important work of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.