Amy Contreras

Amy Contreras, our new Communications Officer for Cahdco and CCOC. With a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and over 5 years of experience, she has made a significant impact on organizations in Honduras. Amy’s journey started in Central America, where she honed her skills in strategic communication and corporate image. Her passion for supporting development projects led her to collaborate with organizations in her home country, working toward positive change and sustainable growth. She ventured to Canada to further enrich her knowledge by pursuing her post-graduate education in project management and organizational management.  Amy firmly believes that collaboration and teamwork are the foundations of success in any organization.

Cat Carkner

Cat Carkner (she/her) is a Development Project Coordinator for Cahdco and CCOC. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Social Entrepreneurship from McGill University. Prior to Cahdco, Cat worked in social impact, academic research, and higher education. In this role, Cat supports the planning, implementation, and tracking of affordable housing projects. New to the housing sector, she is excited to help create more sustainable, livable, and equitable cities.

Christine D’Silva

Christine D'Silva brings a decade of expertise to Ottawa's property management landscape, collaborating seamlessly with individual landlords and leading developers. Specializing in multi-family residential rentals, she has successfully launched numerous new developments and implemented programming and amenity spaces to cultivate a sense of community. Committed to continuous improvement, Christine dedicates herself to enhancing processes and finding efficiencies for tenants, property managers, and developers. Her passion for building thriving communities and streamlining operations aligns with her mission to contribute to the creation of more affordable housing in Canada.  

Elias Forsberg-Armstrong

Elias Forsberg-Armstrong is a Development Intern for Cahdco and CCOC. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has experience working in the non-profit sector, primarily in international development and industrial engineering. At Cahdco, Elias is focused on improving and developing efficient business processes

Graeme Hussey

Graeme Hussey is the Director of Housing Development for CCOC and President of Cahdco. In these roles Graeme is responsible for the management of Cahdco and leadership of CCOC affordable housing projects and during the past 10 years has assisted in the development of more than 1,000 affordable homes. Graeme’s educational background is in environmental engineering and project management, and he has 20 years’ experience developing and managing social enterprises in the affordable housing, social investment, and food security sectors. Graeme is treasurer and board director for Housing Services Corporation and member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Council & Investment Committee. In these roles Graeme has supported the creation of the HSC Housing Investment Corporation (HiC) and the GMF Sustainable Affordable Housing Initiative.

Greg McPherson

Greg McPherson is a financial analyst for Cahdco and CCOC. His responsibilities include financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, forecasting, template developments, and basic bookkeeping. Greg has his MBA from the Royal Military College of Canada and his MSc in Management Studies from the Smith School of Business. He has worked in numerous private sector organizations and is now happy to lend his support to such an impactful cause.

Hannah Ehler

Hannah (she/her) is a Project Coordinator for Cahdco and CCOC who focuses on supporting the Toolbox+ program. Originally from Nova Scotia, she has a degree in International Community Planning from Mount Allison University and a diverse background working in food security, co-operative development and federal politics. Hannah began championing equitable housing during her term on the Mount Allison Students’ Union and won funding from Evergreen Canada to educate youth about tenants’ rights. Now, she looks forward to directly supporting the sector through the Toolbox+ program to build knowledge of and capacity for developing affordable housing across Canada.

Lindsay Blair

Lindsay is the Director of Real Estate Development for Cahdco and CCOC. They have been in the construction industry for almost 15 years. During this time, they have gained first-hand experience across many aspects of development, including construction, planning, municipal legislation and law, contracts, concept development and design, remediation, financing, and working with both private and public sector clients. They are keen to learn, take on new challenges, and grow, and firmly believe that each new project represents an opportunity to do just that. They have been involved in the development of hundreds of residential rental units, commercial renovations, and land use changes. Now the creation of affordable housing is Lindsay's main focus. They continue to manage and operate 2B Developments which is the company they have been operating under for the last several years. Lindsay attributes their work ethic to their years as an elite athlete and can often be found outside running, biking, walking, and exploring.

Luke Winspear

Luke Winspear is a Development Intern for Cahdco and CCOC. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Environmental Studies in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. He has experience working in the non-profit sector working primarily in clean energy, and has developed skills in report writing for private and federal grants. At Cahdco, Luke is focused working on the Toolbox+, a program to increase the amount of affordable housing development corporations across Canada and their capacity to create affordable housing.

Mozhgan Milkarizi

Mozhgan Milkarizi is a Development Project Coordinator for Cahdco and CCOC. Mozhgan has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Engineering and extensive project coordination experience. After years of working, She decided to study abroad and continue her post-graduate education by studying project management. She has worked with organizations in both Iran and Canada and has more than five years’ experience in project coordination, administration, team leadership, urban planning, marketing, graphic and interior design, and business development. She always strives for learning and self-development, and she believes through sustainable urban design and housing affordability, we can transform our lives.

Paige Waldock

Paige Waldock is the Project manager at Cahdco in charge of the Toolbox+ program. She graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor’s of Engineering from the Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering Program. Cahdco was first drawn to her attention when she learned about the Beaver Barrack’s development and its geothermal system in school. She has been working at Cahdco on affordable housing development projects for over 5 years and has worked on a variety of projects from their initial feasibility stages all the way through to construction.

Taarshi De Silva Raghaven

Taarshi De Silva Raghaven is a Development Assistant for Cahdco and CCOC. She has a Bachelors in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. Through her degree Taarshi has had the opportunity to work in research, communications and marketing in the non-profit sector. In her role Taarshi supports and performs clerical, administrative and marketing tasks for Cahdco and CCOC. She will also be providing assistance to various aspects of project administration.

Board Members

Abra Adamo

Abra has been actively engaged in research and policy for nearly 20 years, focused on the intersections of urban planning, housing and homelessness in Canadian cities. She completed her doctorate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in 2012 and later partnered with Cahdco on a post-doctoral research project to identify how best to leverage city planning tools to advance the creation of more affordable housing in Ottawa. Since 2016, Abra has worked in the federal government, first in the federal homelessness program at Employment and Social Development Canada and more recently as an Advisor in Housing Policy and Research at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Abra served on the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation board from 2017 to 2020 and is very happy to now contribute as a board member of Cahdco since 2022.

Benjamin Gianni

Professor Benjamin Gianni’s research interests focus on the areas of housing and urban development.  Of particular interest are 1) the development and redevelopment of public housing constructed in the decades following WWII in Europe and North America, 2)  urbanization, suburbanization and the study of large-scale housing ensembles in contemporary China, 3) the redevelopment of informal settlements, using design as a form of research to explore adaptable, culturally resonant, and market-friendly approaches to redevelopment, and 4) housing affordability as it cuts across a broad range of demographic categories. He is currently finishing a book on pre-WWII suburbanization in Pittsburgh, PA.   Prof. Gianni teaches courses on housing and urban history, as well as leading the housing studio in the 4th year of the BAS program. A former Director of both the School of Architecture and the School of Information Technology at Carleton, he coordinates the School’s Urbanism major.

Catherine Boucher

Catherine Boucher was the Executive Director for Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC). Catherine worked at CCOC for over 30 years and has experience in developing and managing social housing under most programs available from federal, provincial and municipal governments. She retired from this position in October 2009. She has been on the Cahdco Board since 2016. She sat on the Board of Directors of CHRA from 2006 to 2012 and received the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She also volunteers as the President of her local Community Association to make trouble for bad developers and encourage good ones.

George Phiri

George Phiri is originally from Malawi and owns HR Audit and Solutions in Canada and different businesses in Malawi. He has lived in almost every continent. At the moment, he lives in Ottawa with his wife and two sons. George has extensive experience in public relations, cultural exchange programs, media relations and managing information resource centres. Having worked as Human Resource Director particularly in scheduling, assigning, and reviewing the work of employees and volunteers, authorized and coordinated vacation and overtime requests. He is a humanitarian who has received 5 awards from Lions Clubs International because of his work. He has been an active Cahdco Board member since 2022.

James Clark

James Clark works as an Advisor in the Canadian Office at the World Bank Group in Washington DC. Prior to this he held positions in the Department of Finance Canada and Global Affairs Canada working on issues including housing and homeless, justice and security and international development. James joined the Government of Canada through the Advanced Policy Analyst Program, a rotational leadership development and training program. He holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Toronto. James has been an active Cahdco board member since 2019.

Jesse Steinburg

Jesse currently serves as the liaison between the boards of Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) and Cahdco. He has been an active volunteer with CCOC since 2012, volunteering with the Rentals Committee, Development Committee, and policy research working group. Jesse has been an active Cahdco board member since 2021. In his work life, Jesse is a policy researcher with the Conference Board of Canada, a not-for-profit applied policy research organization. His research focuses on the net-zero transition, including sustainable infrastructure and urban development.

Joyce Potter

Joyce Potter has been involved with housing and homelessness issues for over 40 years, as an executive with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Special Advisor on Social Housing with the Region of Ottawa-Carleton, Director of Housing with the City of Ottawa, and consultant in public policy. As a volunteer, Joyce served as President of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, Vice-Chair of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, and Board member of Cornerstone Housing for Women and Gloucester Non-Profit Housing Corporation. Now retired, in addition to her role on CAHDCO’s Board, she continues her commitment to affordable housing and ending homelessness, serving as Secretary of the Board of the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa and participation on the Anglican Diocese’s Working Group on Housing and Homelessness. She has been an active Cahdco Board member since 2022.

Sarah Button

Sarah Button is the Executive Director of the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) and has been on the Board since 2017. Sarah's 15-year career in housing spans the public, private, and non-profit sectors with a background in urban planning and affordable housing policy. Sarah is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and thinks complex problems are best solved by folks with different perspectives working together to change the system, and she firmly believes that affordable housing should be the easiest thing to build, everywhere and always.

Stan Wilder

Stan Wilder is a retired City of Ottawa senior policy planner. He was employed by the City of Ottawa for over 35 years, having held positions in Planning and Development as well as Housing Development. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography and Urban Studies. Stan sat on several Task Forces and Advisory Groups focusing on Affordable Housing Policy during his career. He has served on the Cahdco Board since 2014.

Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy is President of Land Development with Caivan. Susan has been in land development and homebuilding for 16 years focussing on low rise residential developments in Ottawa. As President of Land Development, she manages a portfolio of Ottawa projects from acquisition through to subdivision plan design, City development approvals, to servicing the subdivision and completing the community. Susan has worked previously in both the public and private sector and has been on the Cahdco board since 2018.

The Toolbox+ Blueprints Program Is Open For Registration

Due to high demand, our Blueprints program is preparing two cohorts simultaneously! The program will supply all the tools for organizations still in the early development stage interested in learning about critical development activities.