Habitat for Humanity Canada’s National Board of Directors

Don Bjornson (Chair)

Don Bjornson was first elected to the National Board of Directors in 2011 and re-elected in 2014. Don served as Chair of the Governance Committee from 2011 to 2015 and was elected Chair of the Board in 2015. He has been a director of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba since 2007 and served as Chair from 2010 to 2011. Don is a lawyer by profession and is in-house counsel with Manitoba Hydro where he practices in the area of international and interprovincial energy trade and regulation. Don’s other volunteer work includes serving as director and legal counsel to other non-profit entities. Don holds a Bachelor of Science and a Juris Doctor both from the University of Manitoba. 

Greg Stewart (Vice-Chair)

Greg Stewart is the past president and CEO of Farm Credit Canada (FCC), based in Regina, Saskatchewan. Greg has been actively involved with Habitat for Humanity Regina as a board member since 2006 and is currently serving as board Chair. Greg joined the National Board of Directors in 2013 and is also very active with Global Village. Greg also volunteers his time with Food Banks Canada and serves on the Bank of Canada board. Greg holds a Chartered Director designation from The Directors College and a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) from the University of Manitoba.

Darcy Ferron Portrait

Darcy Ferron (Treasurer)

Darcy Ferron was elected to the National Board of Directors in May 2013 and currently chairs the Finance Committee. Darcy is Director, International Operations at the Canadian Commercial Corporation, where he is responsible for leading business development, contract structuring and negotiations to successful conclusions. He is the former Vice-President, Trade Finance at BMO Capital Markets and is a respected expert in the field of trade finance and international business. Darcy is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at McGill University-HEC Montréal and sits on the program’s Advisory Board.  He is also a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa.

Ed McMahon (Secretary)

Ed McMahon joined the National Board of Directors in 2013 after serving for 10 years on the Habitat for Humanity Halton board, primarily as Chair. When not volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Ed is a partner in a Toronto consulting firm specializing in organizational design. In this role, Ed helps organizations ensure their company structure is set up to successfully deliver on strategy and build trust. He holds an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Windsor.

Terry Forth

Terry Forth has lived in the Arctic and worked with its people and communities for over 30 years. His career has included work in the public, private and non-profit sectors across Canada. Terry is currently executive director of the Nunavut Economic Forum. He has been active with Habitat for Humanity in Iqaluit as a founding board member since 2005. Terry has also been on the National Board of Directors since 2009 as previous Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, as well as serving on the Governance, Assessment and Risk and Nominating committees. Terry has chaired the Habitat for Humanity Canada Foundation since 2012. In October 2014, Terry was appointed to the Nunavut Planning Commission. 

Mary Garden

Mary Garden was elected to the National Board of Directors in May 2016. Mary is the founder and CEO of Mary Garden & Associates, a boutique leadership advisory firm offering consulting and executive coaching to a select group of global clients. Previously, Mary worked for the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) as Senior Vice-President Real Estate, where she managed global investment portfolios and asset management teams. She has a long history of volunteer board work and most recently was a director of UVic Properties Inc.and Heritage Realty Ltd on behalf of the University of Victoria. Mary has a MBA from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and holds the ICD.D. designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in Toronto, Ontario. 

Susan Green

Susan Green

Susan Green joined Habitat for Humanity Edmonton as its first Co-Chair of Women Build in 2005 and has served on the Board from 2006 to 2013. She continues to serve on Edmonton’s Fund Development Advisory Committee. In 2015, Susan was elected to the National Board of Directors. Her extensive executive experience includes Vice-President, Alberta Cancer Board, Executive Officer, Alberta Cancer Foundation, and Vice-President (External), University of Alberta. She is presently Acting Chair, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. Her volunteer work includes Crossroads International, Rotary and Pearson College.

John Hollands

John Hollands is a key account manager with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services and also teaches at Seneca College. He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and certified in HR management and adult education. He also has extensive experience in Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE). John is former president of JH & Associates Consulting and worked in senior SHE roles for Hewlett-Packard (Canada) and AstraZeneca. In 2012, he was elected to the National Board of Directors and assists Habitat for Humanity with the development and implementation of SHE management. He also serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity Huronia and the Tottenham Beeton Chamber of Commerce. John lives in Simcoe County, Ontario and leads Global Village team builds. 

Violet Konkle

Violet (Vi) Konkle recently retired as president and CEO of The Brick. Under her stewardship, The Brick initiated a three-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada. Vi has extensive business and retail experience, having served as COO of Walmart Canada and executive vice-president of Loblaw Companies Limited, leading their retail business in Atlantic Canada. Vi currently serves on the boards of Dare Foods and the NorthWest Company. She has served on advisory councils for Halton Healthcare Services and Second Harvest, Toronto. Vi has served on the National Board of Directors since 2014.

John Newman

John Newman was elected to the National Board in May 2016. He is board chair for the Vancouver Island North Affiliate, serving Campbell River and the Comox Valley.  He has been volunteering there since 2010. John is a retired petroleum engineer who worked primarily in Canada with a two years spent abroad. His last position was Production Manager for Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. John is a sports official (basketball & soccer) and has volunteered as an ESL tutor and as well as with various community groups.

Toni Rossi

Toni Rossi has been a commercial real estate professional for 25 years. She is divisional president real estate and lending with Infrastructure Ontario. Prior, she was with Ontario Realty Corporation, Oxford Properties and Cadillac Fairview in senior operations, marketing, development and business management positions. A passionate volunteer and fundraiser, Toni has served Habitat for Humanity since 2000. She was Chair of the Board of Habitat for Humanity Toronto and its first Chair of Women Build. Toni was elected to the National Board of Directors in 2014. 

David Sauve

David Sauve was elected to the National Board of Directors in 2016.  He previously volunteered as a Board Member with the Habitat for Humanity York Region affiliate from 2009-2014, serving as the Chair from 2013-14. David then acted as Chair for the Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area affiliate from April 2014 to May 2016. He remains on the GTA Board, is Chair of their Build Financing Committee and sits on the Land Development Committee.  David is a Vice President/Regional Leader in the GTA for Stantec, which is a multi-disciplinary architecture/engineering design firm. He is responsible for leading the firm's operations in the GTA, consisting of about 500 people. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Queen's University), Master's in Urban and Regional Planning (Queen's University), and Master's in Business Administration (Real Property Development specialization) (Schulich School of Business).  

John Steiner

John Steiner was elected to the National Board of Directors in May 2016. For almost two decades, John has served as a Director and Managing Partner of a multidisciplinary consultancy (Urban Systems) that works with small and large communities, as well as First Nations across Western Canada.  With a planning, engineering and business education and over 25 years of experience, he has led the development of growth management, infrastructure, finance and governance strategies for all levels of government. John has worked with elected officials and executives on the most critical challenges facing cities in Canada today. Working with other company leaders, John is committed toward a workplace environment where individuals can thrive and bring their passions toward a common mission. Urban Systems has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Places to Work for 10 years.

David Weyant

David Weyant, Q.C., is a certified director, ethical leader, lawyer and consultant with strategic, legal, business and governance experience. In addition to advising senior executives and corporate boards, he also has experience acting on boards of TSX listed, private and non-profit entities. David currently provides strategic legal and business advice, solutions and support as a partner with the national law firm of Miller Thomson LLP.  In his former role as senior vice-president and general counsel of Alberta Health Services, David was responsible for structuring and implementing all legal aspects of their consolidation. David holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Juris Doctor (J.D.), as well as two MBAs. He currently serves on Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Audit Committee and is Chair of its Governance Committee.