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Our Leadership

Our National Board of Directors

Greg Stewart - 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.

Ed McMahon - Vice 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. 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.
 
Darcy Ferron Portrait 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.

Toni Rossi - Secretary

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.

 

   
   
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 on behalf of pension plan clients. She has a long history of board work and is currently a director and incoming Chair of the University of Victoria Foundation's board, and serves as an independent director and Chair, Governance & Compensation Committee for Horizon North Logistics (HNL:TSE).  Mary has an 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 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.

John Hollands

John Hollands is the President of John Hollands Safety Associates (JHSA) with over 30 years' experience working as a Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) professional and was previously in senior SHE roles with WSPS, HP, AstraZeneca, Apotex and the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals and holds certifications in HR (CPM certification) and adult learning (OSTD certification). He has been a passionate advocate of Habitat Canada since 2004, when JHSA assisted in the development and implementation of the first Habitat Canada SHE management system.

He led his first Habitat Global Village trip in 2010, and in 2011 he was elected to Habitat for Humanity Huronia's Board of Directors. In 2012, he was elected to Habitat Canada's National Board of Directors, where he currently serves as chair of the Assessment and Risk Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. He also serves as a director with Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings, and previously was a chair of the IAPA Governing Council and a director with the Tottenham Beeton Chamber of Commerce and Bluegrass Festival Committee.

Chief Kimberly Jonathan

Chief Kimberly Jonathan is the first female chief of the Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN). Kim takes pride in her Dakota and Cree heritage and has been blessed with four beautiful children. Guided by the teachings of her grandparents, parents, and traditional elders, Kim's ideology consists of sustaining culture and languages, traditional values, and the voices of her ancestors. She works hard at advocating for treaties in order to improve the health and housing conditions of First Nations communities, and for the welfare of children and youth, including their education and training aspirations. In 2012, Kim was recognized as one of Saskatchewan First Nations Women in Leadership. Kim has also served as a Board Member with the First Nations University of Canada, and with Indian Child and Family Services.

Raelene Lee

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

Trissia Mellor was elected to Habitat Canada's National Board in May 2016. A Habitat for Humanity volunteer since 2006, Trissia joined the board of Habitat for Humanity Northumberland in 2009 and served as Chair for 2013 and 2014. She is passionate about the Community Development that is at the heart of what Habitat does.  Trissia is the Agriculture Manager for Northumberland County Ontario’s Economic Development Department. There, she develops 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 to create the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre; a $2.4 million niche food processing facility to support farmers and food entrepreneurs. Trissia has also participated in two Caribbean Local Economic Development projects.

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.

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 16,000 employees. He has held many roles at JDI including operations, purchasing and sales.  His current role is Director of Corporate Branding, leading brand governance across 40+ companies.  Brad is a Forest Engineering graduate of the University of New Brunswick and an MBA graduate of Ivey at Western University.

 

David Sauve

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

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.

Riccardo Trecroce

Riccardo Trecroce has 35 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 Pantheon 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). 

 

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.  

   
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.

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.

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.

Bob Baker 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.

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.

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.