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Our Leadership

Our National Board of Directors

Ed McMahon - Chair

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. Ed is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Board, and he is a member of the HR and Audit Committees as well.

During his time with Habitat Halton (now Habitat Halton-Mississauga) the Affiliate grew from a smaller periodic builder with a hands-on operating board, to a mid-sized Affiliate with a Board more focused on governance and strategy. This experience with affiliate growth has given Ed a real appreciation for the value of Habitat work at all levels. He is a passionate advocate for our grassroots heritage, and a practical promoter of sustainable growth that will allow us to serve more families.

When not volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Ed is a partner in a Burlington-based consulting firm specializing in organizational design, strategy and governance. In this role, Ed helps organizations ensure their company structure is set up to successfully deliver on their strategy, and build organizations based on role clarity and trust. 

He holds an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Windsor.

David Sauve - Vice Chair

David Sauve was elected to the National Board of Directors (NBOD) in May 2016. He previously volunteered as a Board Member with Habitat for Humanity (HFH) York Region from 2009-2014, serving as the Chair from 2013-14. After HFH York Region merged with the HFH Brampton-Caledon and HFH Toronto in 2014, David acted as the inaugural Chair for Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (GTA) from 2014 to 2016 and he remains on the GTA Board, where he is Chair of the Build Finance Committee and a member of Land & Build Committee. On the NBOD, David currently acts as Chair of the Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee.

In addition to his volunteer work at HFH, David is a Vice President at Stantec Consulting, an international multi-disciplinary architecture/engineering design and project management 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). In 2014, he completed the Not for Profit Governance Essentials program offered by the Rotman School of Business.

Greg Stewart - Past Chair

Greg Stewart is the past president and CEO of Farm Credit Canada (FCC), based in Regina, Saskatchewan. (retired in 2014)   FCC is a Federal Crown Corporation, and is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a loan portfolio of more than $30 billion. FCC’s 1800 employees serve 100,000 customers out of 100 offices across Canada.  

Greg was actively involved with Habitat for Humanity Regina, serving as a Board member from 2006-2016. Greg joined the Habitat National Board of Directors in May of 2013, and currently serves as past Board Chair.  

Greg is also very active with Global Village.  He is a trained team leader, participating in 11 Global Village trips since 2010. Greg's trips have included 4 FCC employee trips and 3 father daughter trips, where fathers and daughters got to share the amazing experience together. 

After 8 years of service, Greg just completed his time as a Board member for Food Banks Canada. Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Canada, Greg also serves on 3 other public and private Boards

Greg holds a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College, and a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) degree from the University of Manitoba.

David Hooper - Treasurer

David is a professionally accredited Management Account (CPA, CMA) as well as a professionally accredited Risk Manager (CRM).  He has over 30 years of experience in Controller and CFO roles in major, privately owned corporations.

Currently, David is completing his two-year term as Board Chair of the Habitat Manitoba affiliate.  He has been involved with Habitat Manitoba for eight years in a variety of roles.  Initially he was a member of the Finance committee and the Risk Assessment committee, and then moved on to chair those two committees. He stepped down from those committees to take on the role of Vice-Chair for two years and then served as Board Chair for two years.  During his term as Board Chair the Manitoba affiliate was very active building homes, including the very successful Jimmy and Rosaline Carter Work Project in 2017.  During David’s tenure on the Manitoba Board, he helped create implement new mortgage and debt financing policies that will provide greater opportunities to serve more families in the future.  Also, he is a member of the Habitat Canada Assessment and Risk Committee.

In addition to his involvement with Habitat, David is active in the community, as Race Director of the Great Grain Relay in support of KidSport Manitoba, and as a Trustee for his local church.

Raelene Lee - Secretary

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. 

 

 

 

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 most recently completed over 4 years as the Chair/Director of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for three companies. Over her career, she has held senior executive leadership roles at the University of Alberta, the Alberta Cancer Board, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and the Government of Alberta. In addition to almost 30 years of executive leadership, she has committed her time to social activism and humanitarian works, including serving in executive roles on organizations such as Crossroads International and the Rotary Club of Edmonton.

 

 

 

Rubina Havlin

Rubina has over 25 years in financial services leading multi-billion dollar portfolios and repositioning businesses onto sustainable growth trajectories at premier global financial institutions. Rubina started her career in Montreal at the National Bank of Canada. In 2007 she moved to Toronto to lead the Canadian Payments Business for Scotiabank. In 2012 Rubina was appointed as the CEO, Bank of America, Canada Bank where she led the divestiture of their assets and winding up of Canadian Bank operations. Currently, Rubina is the Interim CEO of PACE Savings & Credit Union. 

Rubina has served on 9 boards in public, private and Not-For-Profit environments. For the last 3 years she has been a Board Member for Up with Women, a charity focused on helping recently homeless and at-risk women to build sustainable and prosperous careers.  

Rubina has a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and holds the ICD.D. designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (Toronto, Ontario).

 

 

Jacqueline Kost

Jacqueline has been involved with buildings since an early age when her father, a residential real estate broker, would take her on home visits with clients. He always said it helped “close” deals but she believes real estate is in her blood because of this!

Jacqueline has participated in all facets of commercial real estate, including over 10 years at the international level.  From shopping center manager, commercial developer at Mont Tremblant or real estate director for Air Canada, her experience has been varied and brought her to work with people across Canada and elsewhere.

Her current project is the creation of a province-wide, non-profit organisation, whose objective is to marry the Quebec retail industry’s issues with innovative business solutions (cqic.ca). 

Jacqueline has held several board and committee positions in professional and work-related organisations. 

Jacqueline has been involved with Habitat for Humanity Quebec as a board member since May 2015 and has been Vice-President over the last two years.  Habitat’s mission and vision combine her love for buildings and real estate with the ability to meet the needs of the families it serves.

Corinna Mitchell-Beaudin

In her role as Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer at Farm Credit Canada, Corinna leads a diverse team accountable for overseeing the management of all risks. She brings a strong focus on developing risk management practices that align with FCC’s strategy, risk appetite, business objectives and customer experience priorities.

Corinna came to FCC as part of the Treasury team in 2001. She has served in several senior roles, including Vice-President and Treasurer, Vice-President of Portfolio Management, Vice-President of Prairie Operations and Vice-President of Credit Risk Management.

Corinna holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and a CFA Charterholder. In 2013, Corinna was recognized by Saskatchewan Business Magazine as a Woman of Influence.

Corinna is passionate about youth development and donates her time to students as a mentor with the Hill Levene Mentor Program at the University of Regina and the Womentorship Program at the University of Saskatchewan.

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.

 

 

 

Alfred Nikolai

Alfred Nikolai has dedicated his life to improving the social health of Canadians. Securing a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Alberta, he moved to Labrador where he began his career teaching and he met and married the love of his life, Ann Holt.

After teaching in both Labrador and Nova Scotia, Alfred returned to Alberta and began a long and successful career in Recreation and Sport for the Provincial and Federal Governments. Instead of retiring at age 55, Alfred became the President and CEO of HFH Edmonton in 2005.

Under his leadership, the non-profit moved from serving a handful of families per year to a national record of 81 families in 2013.  HFH Edmonton became the largest Habitat Affiliate in Canada supporting home ownership locally and throughout the world. In 2017 Alfred’s leadership helped HFH Canada host the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Alfred is a Global Village Team Leader and has a huge passion for HFH while holding a hammer or working behind a desk.

Brad Peters

Brad Peters was elected to the National Board of Directors in May 2018. Brad began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Saint John Region as a Habitat ReStore committee member in 2012. He joined Habitat Saint John Region's Board in February 2013, and served as Board Chair from 2015 to 2018. Brad works for J.D. Irving, Limited; a large, diversified company in New Brunswick with 17,000 employees. He has held many roles at JDI including operations, purchasing, branding, marketing and sales. His current role is General Manager of Kent Homes, a manufacturer of modular residential and commercial buildings.  Brad is a Forest Engineering graduate of the University of New Brunswick and an MBA graduate of Ivey at Western University.

 

Riccardo Trecroce

Riccardo Trecroce has 37 years of experience as a corporate lawyer in private practice and in leading the legal departments of two Canadian-based international companies. He has been with Magna International Inc. since 2008 and currently serves as Magna's Chief Legal Officer. In 2000, Riccardo joined Patheon Inc. (a pharmaceutical manufacturing company) as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and was appointed Pantheon's CEO in 2006 while the company went through a reorganization and refinancing after several years of rapid international expansion. Riccardo was in private practice for 18 years, primarily in Toronto, with a firm that is now part of Dentons. Riccardo has served on the Board of Directors of Invest in Kids Foundation as well as the CM Hincks Treatment Centre. He has a B.A. (International Relations) from Concordia University and B.C.L. and LL.B degrees from McGill University and holds the ICD.D. designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (Toronto, Ontario).

 

Toni Rossi

This commercial real estate professional leads the Province of Ontario’s general real estate portfolio (46 million square feet; 1 million acres). Toni served as Infrastructure Ontario’s Interim President and CEO, President of Infrastructure Ontario’s Lending Division and was a key member of the executive team merging Ontario Realty Corp and Infrastructure Ontario. Prior to Infrastructure Ontario, Toni was with Oxford Properties and Cadillac Fairview. She is a director on  Habitat for Humanity Canada's National Board, served as board chair for Habitat Toronto, was the first chair of the largest Canadian Women Build and the inaugural board chair for a Canadian Olympic Athlete’s Fund. Toni co-chaired the 2017 Toronto Real Estate Forum, Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, was a board director for Toronto CREW, and is on Toronto’s Legacy and Toronto CivicAction committees. Toni also serves on Ryerson’s Realty Advisory Board, Urban Land Institute’s Advisory Board, the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Realty Committee and is a board director for RealPac.  Toni holds an Honours Bachleor in Physical Health and Education from the University of Toronto and an ICD.D designation from University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

 

 

Our Executive 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. 
His work in the non-profit sector also includes staffing or consulting roles with several of Canada’s top non-profit organizations including World Vision Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada and the Mendelssohn Choir. His educational background encompasses sociology, psychology and management. In 2005, he earned a PhD in organizational development and since then has taught and lectured at a number of universities and colleges in North America. He currently serves as Board Chair on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and on the Advisory Council of Imagine Canada. His personal life motto is captured in the simple statement: Live to make a difference.  

Peter De Barros Peter De Barros - Vice President, Government and Indigenous Affairs

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.   
Prior to joining CMHC, he held a variety of positions in the fields of communications, government relations, marketing and business development at the Translation Bureau, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Canada Communication Group Inc. 

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.

Jennifer Hearn Jennifer Hearn - Vice President, Philanthropy

Jennifer Hearn joined the Habitat for Humanity Canada team in December 2017 as the Director, Corporate Development leading all of the sponsorship and philanthropic support from companies across Canada. Recently, she has moved into the Vice President role that will oversee all of the fundraising activities for Habitat Canada, including our Individual & Major Giving, Corporate Partnerships as well as all Partner Services & Stewardship. Prior to joining Habitat, Jenn was on the Corporate Development team at the CAMH Foundation where she managed the corporate partnerships as well as was the lead on their annual peer-to-peer fundraising event, “One Brave Night for Mental Health”. Before her transition to non-profit, Jenn spent the majority of her career in development and marketing roles, both on the client and agency sides, working for organizations like Geometry Global, Grip Limited, Mosaic, Panasonic and Motorola. Her experience gained in that sector has allowed her to incorporate great business acumen into our planning and execution at Habitat. Jenn lives in Toronto, with her two great kids and chocolate lab, “Cleveland”.

Erin O'Neill Erin O'Neill - Vice President, Global Engagement

Erin O’Neill leads the strategy and operations for a team managing a global portfolio of development projects and volunteer programs. Since joining Habitat in 2008, Erin has brought a keen focus on accountability, compliance and effectiveness with a view to increasing the scope and impact of our support and engaging Canadian stakeholders that are critical to this work. As the global lead for strategic partnerships with Mastercard Foundation and Global Affairs Canada, Erin emphasizes learning and results-based management across projects in sustainable livelihoods, disaster recovery, gender equality and microfinance.

She has travelled extensively, with a focus on Haiti and East Africa, to monitor field sites and collaborate with Habitat for Humanity International colleagues on program design, planning and evaluation, giving her the honour of witnessing and sharing the lessons of transformation on the ground. Erin also brings experience in social performance management with the Grameen Foundation, corporate fundraising and leading Global Village teams with Habitat for Humanity and special events with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is trained in project management (PMD Pro) and holds a BA in Global Development from Queen’s University.

Meghan Reddick - Vice President, Brand Strategy 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.

Lalit Varma Lalit Varma - Vice President, Finance and Administration

Lalit Varma has a proven history of financial leadership in which he has established policies, procedures, and best practices for global enterprises. He is recognized as a corporate finance expert and a highly skilled cost and management accountant with in-depth knowledge of international GAAP for countries including China, India, Canada, and the United States. Lalit is a collaborative, engaging and empowering executive with the ability to champion organizational goals, build high performance teams and use his strong strategic thinking skills for positive change.

In addition to his Bachelor of Commerce degree, Lalit holds multiple credentials including a CPA, FCMA, CISA and ACS. His strong financial acumen is complemented by his equally strong domestic and international non-profit experience, including most recently his roles with Doctors Without Borders-Medicins Sans Frontieres and Right to Play International, where he held positons as Global Director of Finance and CFO.

Rob Voisin - Vice President, Affiliate Engagement

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.