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Facilitator and Panelist Biographies

Ami Patel

Ami Patel

Director, Co-operative Housing Development,
CHF Canada

Angelina Pelletier

Angelina Pelletier

Associate Director,
Communities Building Youth Futures, Tamarack Institute

Bre Calma

Bre Calma

Training and Education Coordinator,
Rainbow Resource Centre

Caroline Chapman

Caroline Chapman

Program Manager,
Co-op and planning services, Ontario Region, CHF Canada

Celia Chandler

Celia Chandler

Deputy Executive Director,
Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT)

Chad Meda

Chad Meda

Advisor, Programs Outreach, Green Municipal Fund Sustainable Affordable Housing Initiative,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Cheryl Alsop

Cheryl Alsop

Education Consultant.

Chris Davey

Chris Davey

Risk Specialist for the Engineering Department,
Co-operators.

Christina Maes Nino

Christina Maes Nino

Executive Director,
Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association.

Dallas Alderson

Dallas Alderson

Director, Public Affairs and Policy,
CHF Canada

Denise McGahan

Denise McGahan

Program Manager of Co-op & Planning Services Southwest Ontario Region,
CHF Canada.

Diana Yoon

Diana Yoon

Program Manager, Policy and Government Relations
CHF Canada.

Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Treasurer,
Old Grace Housing Co-operative.

Ed Dagsaan

Ed Dagsaan

Education Director,
CHF BC

Elana Harte,

Elana Harte,

Executive Director,
Central Ontario Co-op Housing Federation

Emily Ramirez

Emily Ramirez

Co-op Advisor,
Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto

Erin Cousins

Erin Cousins

Rental Assistance Officer
Agency for Co-operative Housing

Evan Proven

Evan Proven

VP Sun Certified Builders and VP Canadian Worker Co-op Federation

Francesca Sorace

Francesca Sorace

Manager, Rental Support Programs,
The Agency for Co-operative Housing.

Irfaan Hasham, P.Eng, CEM, CMVP

Irfaan Hasham, P.Eng, CEM, CMVP

Regional Energy Coach,
CHF Canada.

Janine McDonald

Janine McDonald

Co-op Manager

Jimmy Mellor

Jimmy Mellor

President, Institute of Housing Management,
Director of Operations, Precision Property Management

Joanne Balmaceda

Joanne Balmaceda

Sustainability Committee Chairperson and Co-ordinator, Technical Services,
Agency for Co-operative Housing

Jolene (Jojo) Wilson

Jolene (Jojo) Wilson

Restoring Balance Coordinator,
West Central Women’s Resource Centre

Karolya “KV” Vargscarr

Karolya “KV” Vargscarr

partner,
Collective Consulting

Kristen Bernas

Kristen Bernas

Director of Policy Advocacy,
West Central Women's Resource Centre.

Maria Vaiaso

Maria Vaiaso

Regional Manager Prairies,
CHF Canada.

Mary Nirlungayuk

Mary Nirlungayuk

VP Governance & Member Relations,
Arctic Co-operatives Limited

Melissa Graham

Melissa Graham

Executive Director,
Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Michael Hensen, P.Eng, RRC

Michael Hensen, P.Eng, RRC

District Manager,
Rimkus (formerly IRC Building Sciences Group).

Michel St. Denis

Michel St. Denis

Manager, Technical Services,
Agency for Co-operative Housing

Nigel Mohammed

Nigel Mohammed

Director, Community Financial Centre & Small Business Distribution,
Assiniboine Credit Union

Ofelia Guanlao

Ofelia Guanlao

Senior Program Manager of Asset Management Services,
CHF Canada.

Paige Waldock 

Paige Waldock 

Project Manager,
Cahdco & Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC)

Patricia Tessier

Patricia Tessier

Director of Member Services,
CHF Canada.

Paulina Ascencio

Paulina Ascencio

Project Officer, Capacity Development, Green Municipal Fund,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Peter Gesiarz

Peter Gesiarz

Regional Manager, Ontario,
CHF Canada.

Philip Mikulec

Philip Mikulec

CEO,
Peg City Car Co-op

Raj Dhasi, M.A., B.A., C.R.C

Raj Dhasi, M.A., B.A., C.R.C

Lead Consultant
Turning Point Resolutions Inc.

Robin Gold

Robin Gold

Board President,
Co-operative Desjardins.

Safia Lakani

Safia Lakani

Iler Campbell

Shawn Conway

Shawn Conway

Professional Mediator and Alternative Dispute Resolution Trainer.

Sheryl Peters

Sheryl Peters

Project Manager,
Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Sonia Byrne

Sonia Byrne

Curriculum Designer, Facilitator, Trainer, Coach
Sonia Byrne & Associates.

Sonja Stone

Sonja Stone

partner,
Collective Consulting

Sophie Taylor

Sophie Taylor

Executive Director,
Peel/Halton Co-operative Housing Federation.

Vera Goussaert

Vera Goussaert

Executive Director,
Manitoba Cooperative Association (MCA)

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