Our 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 served as a Board member for Habitat for Humanity Regina from 2006 to 2016. 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 (Treasurer)
Darcy Ferron was elected to the National Board of Directors for a 2nd term in May 2016 and has chaired the Finance Committee since 2014. Darcy is the Global Accounts Director for the surface transportation sector at Export Development Canada (EDC), where he is responsible for leading relationships with strategic accounts and new business development. 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 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 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 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 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.
Raelene Lee joined the National Board of Directors in 2016 and serves on the Governance Committee and Human Resources Committee. She was a director of Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador from 2007 to 2015 and served as Chair from 2011 to 2013. Raelene is currently Director and Legal Counsel for Medical Services at Eastern Health in Newfoundland and Labrador. Raelene's practice focuses on employment, labour and administrative law and she is a regular instructor in the Business Faculty at Memorial University in the areas of labour and employment and law. Raelene holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) from Memorial University.
Trissia Mellor is the Agriculture Manager in the Economic Development and Tourism department for Northumberland County in Ontario. There, she has developed initiatives to support the contributions made by agriculture to the local economy, including leading Ontario’s largest-ever Business Retention and Expansion project and helping Northumberland County create the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre; a $2.4M niche food processing facility to support farmers and food entrepreneurs. A volunteer since 2006, Trissia joined the board of Habitat for Humanity Northumberland in 2009 where she currently serves as Past Chair. She is passionate about the Community Development that is at the heart of what Habitat does. Trissia has participated in two Caribbean Local Economic Development projects and is the County representative on the Board of the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture.
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 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 was elected to the National Board of Directors in 2016. He previously volunteered as a Board Member with Habitat for Humanity York Region from 2009-2014, serving as the Chair from 2013-14. David then acted as Chair for Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area from 2014 to May 2016 and he remains on the GTA Board. David is a Vice President at Stantec, 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 MBA (real property development specialization) (Schulich School of Business).
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.
Our Senior Leadership Team
|Mark Rodgers (President and CEO)
Mark Rodgers has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for almost 16 years in various capacities – first working as the Director of Development at Habitat for Humanity Waterloo and then as Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Brant. In 2006, he moved to the National Office as Vice President, Affiliate services, and was promoted to COO before embracing the role of President and CEO in 2014. He has been responsible for creating and implementing a national vision for the charity. He is also leading a federation strategic direction to support Habitat for Humanity’s 56 affiliates in Canada.
|Susan Smith (COO)
A Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Consultant, Susan Smith oversees Habitat for Humanity Canada's day-to-day operations. Susan brings more than 20 years of experience specializing in business management, financial stewardship and succession planning. Prior to joining Habitat Canada, she built her own successful management consulting practice, SBS Consulting Group Inc. More recently, Susan was interim VP, Finances and Operations, at Junior Achievement of Central Ontario and Interim CEO, Operations, at Invest in Kids. Susan is a sought-after speaker on a variety of management issues and has been a lecturer at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Volunteerism plays an active role in her life; Susan was a founding member of the Etobicoke Health Centre, an early volunteer with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, and currently serves as a Board member of the Toronto United Church Council.
|Meghan Reddick (Vice President, Marketing and Communications)
Meghan Reddick joined Habitat for Humanity Canada in October 2015, bringing her passion and wealth of experience with non-profits, marketing and branding to the Habitat family. Meghan is instrumental towards developing national media and marketing partnerships, and overseeing all large-scale internal and external communications projects for Habitat Canada. Prior to Habitat, Meghan spent five years as VP, Marketing and Communications at YMCA Canada, providing critical leadership to the creation of their new Federation brand strategy. She also spent a decade as the national marketing director at Kids Help Phone, launching numerous pro-bono advertising, fundraising and corporate cause-marketing campaigns. Prior to her non-profit career, Meghan led the public launch of Rogers Media’s Excite Canada website to the Canadian marketplace in late 90s, making it the top web destination in Canada at the time. Meghan has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Western Ontario, as well as Marketing and Communications program from Ryerson University. Meghan is proud to live in Toronto with her husband, two sons, and golden retriever.
|Rob Voisin (Vice President, ReStore and Product Support)
Rob Voisin joined the Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2007 as a Supply Chain Manager for donated build products. In 2010, Rob took on the leadership of the ReStore and Product Support department. Since then, he has supported ReStores across the country by developing a clear vision for the enterprise, supported by national partnerships, programs and product support. During his senior tenure, ReStores have seen exponential growth in operations and donations nationally; revenues have increased by more than 80% in 5 years; over 30 new stores have opened (90 Canada wide currently); and the national donation program continues to grow rapidly with the recent launch of a Western Canada Procurement and Distribution Centre, complementing the first facility in Brampton, Ontario. The ReStore program has diverted close to 30,000 tons of product from landfill across Canada in 2014 alone. Rob’s business mind, combined with a passion for the charitable sector, makes him one of Canada’s brightest social enterprise leaders.
|Peter De Barros, Vice President, Government Relations
Joining the Habitat for Humanity Canada family in 2016 as Vice President, Government Relations, Peter De Barros brings a wealth of experience to the role. He has extensive experience working in government relations, communications and marketing, as well as a wide-ranging background in affordable housing.
Peter comes to Habitat Canada from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC), where he was Vice President, Public Affairs. He joined the CMHC in 1999 as Manager of Communications and held a number of senior roles including Director of Corporate Relations and Communications, Director of the Corporate Relations Office and Executive Director, Communications.
Peter has been an active Habitat volunteer before he joined the team. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics) from the University of Ottawa.
|Bob Baker, Vice President, Philanthropy
Bob Baker has worked in the broader public for more than 30-years, holding CEO and senior executive positions these past 16-years at national, provincial, and community charities. These include Ryerson University, Ivey Business School at Western, Canadian Diabetes Association, TVO, and Lakeridge Health Foundation. He founded The Baker Group in 2015, a firm that provides leadership coaching and advisory services to public and third sector organizations.
He joined Habitat for Humanity Canada as the Vice President, Philanthropy for Habitat for Humanity Canada in August 2016. He leads a team accountable for securing philanthropic and sponsorship support to advance Habitat’s mission and vision. He is a graduate of the MBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and has a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor. He also completed the Masters Certificate in Public Sector Management at UOIT as well as the Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management at U of T.
A long-time Whitby resident, Bob is passionate about his community, and as a result he is an active volunteer. He is a co-founder of the Olde Whitby Neighbourhood Association, a member of the Downtown Whitby Development Steering Committee, and a Board Director with the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region.