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 national implementation of Housing First, the National Housing Strategy and Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy; hosted five highly successful National Conferences on Ending Homelessness; co-authored three State of Homelessness in Canada reports in 2013, 2014 and 2016; launched a national Training and Technical Assistance program as a mission based, non-profit training and technical assistance program; and, 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 end chronic homelessness in 20 communities. 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.
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.
Stefania Seccia comes to the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness following a ten-year career in journalism where she asserted herself as an expert on homelessness solutions. She joins the CAEH as Communications Advisor with an intention to see the end of homelessness in her lifetime. For the past decade as a reporter and editor, she has explored housing crisis issues concerning the nation’s most vulnerable with a special focus in her hometown Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside. In that time, she researched and wrote ground-breaking stories diving into social justice issues. Most recently, Stefania was the managing editor of social enterprise and street paper Megaphone Magazine and partnered with national online news organization The Tyee to lead an investigation into what became a six-part homelessness solutions series. Over her journalism career, her work appeared across Canada in the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, and Montreal Gazette, including Indigenous news outlets the Windspeaker and Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper. Above all else, Stefania believes we can solve the homelessness crisis and create a sustainable society where everyone has a locking door, warm bed, and roof over their head.
National Field Organizer
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.
Debbie Harrison has more than 30 years of project management experience in a variety of sectors. She joined the 20,000 Homes Campaign with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness as Campaign Coordinator in September 2018. Debbie was moved into the Operations Manager role October 2019. She brings to the organization the ability to establish and implement priorities, processes and policies, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to problem solve. Before joining the CAEH, Debbie was self employed with her major client being an information security training organization for which she coordinated training sessions across North America. Prior experience working with the Calgary Homeless Foundation ignited her passion for ending homelessness.
Project Manager, National Right to Housing Network
Michèle Biss is the Project Manager of the National Right to Housing Network at the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH). She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts as well as a Law degree from the Faculty of Law, both at University of Ottawa. As an expert in economic and social rights, she has presented at several United Nations treaty body reviews and at Canadian parliamentary committees on issues related to poverty. Prior to her work at the CAEH, Michèle was the Policy Director and Human Rights Lawyer at Canada Without Poverty. In 2016, she graduated from the Advanced Course on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. She has extensive professional experience working for marginalized groups, particularly women, persons with disabilities, newcomers, and Indigenous persons through casework, research, and community legal education. In her local Ottawa community, she sits on the board of directors of Ottawa Community Legal Services. She is a human rights lawyer and was called to the Ontario bar in 2014.
Communications & Research Coordinator, National Right to Housing Network
Sahar Raza is a knowledge mobilization specialist, communications scholar, and social justice advocate. As a daughter of immigrants and activists, she has been using her penchant for media production to elevate marginalized voices and narratives for as long as she can remember. Before joining the National Right to Housing Network (NRHN), she spent over seven years in academia, researching, teaching, and creatively disseminating knowledge about intersectional Canadian issues like colonialism, racism, and income inequality. Her federally-funded master’s research explored the policy and social justice implications of artificially intelligent and algorithmic technologies in Canada, with a focus on how these decision-making technologies actually perpetuate intersectional forms of discrimination and inequity. Sahar joins the NRHN with the aim of seeing the life chances of all marginalized peoples improve through the realization of a basic human right in Canada: the right to housing.
DATA IMPACT AND POLICY TEAM
Director, Data Impact and Policy
Randalin Ellery is a passionate leader in ending homelessness, with over 10-years’ experience building movements, shifting systems, and engaging community. Randalin is a skilled data and policy analyst, with a passion for using continuous improvement and data driven decision making to tackle complex problems. Randalin joined the CAEH in 2018. In her role as the Director of Data Impact & Policy, Randalin is focused on developing data and maintaining data infrastructure and visualizations, measuring impact, and connecting data to policy development. Randalin holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and International Development from the University of Guelph. She is based in Guelph, ON, where she lives with her two children.
Data Advisor, Data Impact and Policy
Jessica Brunet is a passionate advocate for positive social change through measurable outcomes. In her hometown of Windsor, Ontario, she worked as the Program Developer for the local Housing First program and developed workbooks and procedures to collect, analyze, and report program data. Jessica’s analytical skills led to her role as the Data Lead on her community’s By-Name List team. As a self-declared data-lover, she is the Excel whiz who created the Windsor-Essex By Name List tracker that stores the list and prioritizes individuals and families experiencing homelessness for housing, services, and supports. Her tracker has since been adopted by other communities across Canada. Jessica holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and loves supporting communities to use their data to end chronic homelessness.
Data Specialist, Data Impact and Policy
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.
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.
Quinn C. Moerike
Housing First Trainer, 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.
Jody Yurkowsky Pace
Coordinated Access Trainer, Training and Technical Assistance Program
Jody comes to the CAEH TTA with 20 years experience in the non-profit sector working with vulnerable people in Canada, Latvia, and Sweden. Her work with marginalized and homeless youth and adults spans settings from Eastern Europe to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and, most recently, Victoria, BC. With a background in social work, non-profit leadership and adult education, Jody has a deep passion for social justice and poverty issues and enjoys devoting her time to organizations committed to the inherent dignity of all people. Jody has just relocated from Vancouver Island to Halifax with her daughter and husband. She is excited to fall in love with the Atlantic as much as she has the Pacific and to provide quality CAEH TTA from this new location.
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, focussed 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.
Deputy Director, Built for Zero Canada
Amanda DiFalco is a recognized leader dedicated to ending homelessness in Canada. Her depth of knowledge and ability to inspire change is rooted in her passion for social justice. She’s built a reputation for influencing government policies and aligning stakeholder objectives. Amanda calls problem solving and complex implementation fun and thrives in ambiguous and changing environments. Prior to joining the CAEH Amanda served for over 17 years with the City of Hamilton and led a multi-functional team to drive system change across the housing and homelessness sector. She’s experienced managing federal and provincial housing and homelessness programs, facilitating collective problem-solving, and driving change while exercising empathy and flexibility. She’s also been an advisor for several federal and provincial policy and program initiatives including homeless enumeration, coordinated access, information management and performance measurement. Amanda was selected as one of two people in Canada chosen to participate in the inaugural Institute for Global Homelessness Leadership Program. Amanda holds degrees in psychology, sociology and gender studies with McMaster University. She’s also certified in change management, leadership and project management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley Van Der Mark
Improvement Advisor, 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.