Our team is committed to shaping Edmonton’s communities.
Our team is advised by some of the city’s most passionate leaders.
As part of our incorporation under the Alberta Housing Act, Civida is governed by a Board. This Board consists of up to eleven members, two of which are appointed by Edmonton City Council; the other nine are selected by the Civida board. Each member may serve up to eight consecutive years.
Our current board is made up by:
- Paul Whittaker, Chair
- Karen Stone, Vice-Chair
- Scott Russill, Past Chair, Secretary
- Jan Mulligan, Treasurer
- Janice Guzzo (City of Edmonton appointee)
- Issam Saleh (City of Edmonton appointee)
- John McGowan
- Gabrielle Battiste
Mark joined Civida (then Capital Region Housing) in 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Royal Roads University. Currently, Mark serves as the president of the Executive Committee for the Alberta Public Housing Administrators Association (APHAA). Mark has also achieved his Chartered Designation from the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada. In 2016 Mark was named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine. Mark is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and was awarded IPAC’s New Public Servant Award of Excellence in 2011.
Shenaz joined Civida (then Capital Region Housing) in January 2017 as the CIO after many years in management and information technology consulting. Shenaz brings experience in strategic planning, organizational design, business process improvement, IT program and project management and change management in the public and private sectors. Shenaz’s passion and strength lies in understanding her client’s needs and delivering effective solutions on time and under budget. Shenaz has developed a team of expertise in Yardi Voyager system for property and real estate management. Shenaz is an active community member, having served on the Board of Governors-University of Alberta, University Hospital Foundation, Aga Khan Council for Canada and is currently a member on IIROC. For her work in community service, Shenaz is the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005. Shenaz has a bachelor degree in computing science from the University of Alberta, is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Prosci Change Manager and has received her ICD.D designation for Corporate Governance.
Zack joined Civida (then Capital Region Housing) in February 2016. He manages the Accounting & Finance, Banking & Risk Management, Procurement, Marketing and Communications, Human Resources and HSE departments. He holds a CPA accounting designation and acquired his MBA from the Edinburgh School of Business. He also acquired the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors-Rotman School of Management. Zack has worked in diverse industries such as banking, utilities, petrochemicals and telecommunications.
Zack has in-depth experience in full cycle accounting, cost accounting, pension investment accounting, human resource management, product margin analysis, manufacturing process efficiencies, benchmarking studies, systems implementations and policy development.
He was previously on the board of the Greater Edmonton Foundation, an organization that provides housing for 3,500 seniors. He currently serves on the boards of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Associates of Caritas.
Husam joined Civida (then Capital Region Housing) in 2017. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and 23 years of experience in management and engineering. He brings seven years of national and international experience in social housing, focused on capital development and maintenance.
His expertise includes managing large scale, strategic and complicate projects and leading teams to successfully meet organizations’ goals in the capital region in Edmonton, Northwest Territories and Dubai, UAE.
Esther joined Civida (then Capital Region Housing) in 2015. She is passionate about increasing knowledge about the affordable housing sector in Canada. Esther brings expertise in strategic and operational policy development, planning and reporting, program oversight and service delivery to the organization. She has an MPA (masters of public administration) from the University of Victoria, and a bachelor of laws and a bachelor of arts from the University of Alberta. She obtained her Certified Housing Practitioner from the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada in 2016 and received the IPAC Alberta Award for Excellence in Policy in 2017.
Currently working on her doctorate in social sciences from Royal Roads University, Esther’s research interests include how wellbeing, intersectionality and social sustainability can be operationalized within the affordable housing sector. Esther serves as the director/principal investigator for a number of research projects, including one exploring resiliency and business transformation in the housing sector. Esther is also the deputy director (Research Broker) of the Community Housing Canada Research Partnership which focuses on community housing sustainability.
Stacey joined Civida (then Capital Region Housing in 2016). In her current role as director, Customer Service, she is responsible for all customer related functions from application intake to tenancy turnover, frontline service delivery and subsidy administration. She leads 40 staff, is passionate about staff development and supporting change through service improvements which benefit our customers. Stacey was recently appointed to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Canada Executive Committee with a focus on developing the standard of professionalism in the Canadian housing sector.
She spent two years in Fort McMurray where she served on the Sub-division and Development Appeals Board, and worked in managing operations for the Fort McMurray Public School District. Prior to that, Stacey emigrated from the UK in 2013 following 14 years working in the social housing sector for Newcastle City Council and Your Homes Newcastle (arms-length management organization). Her roles ranged from frontline housing management services, adaptations and relocation services, to capital investment where the primary focus was in investing capital funding to benefit the housing stock and local communities.
She is a strong believer that safe, affordable housing is the foundation to a stable and successful life and has advocated that approach for many years.
Stacey has a bachelor of arts (Hons.) in housing, has completed a post graduate diploma in social sciences, and has an Institute of Leadership and Management certification. She is a qualified post-compulsory education teacher, has NCSO designation and is working towards a CIH Chartered designation. She is a regular volunteer with Edmonton social agencies, a basketball mum and lives in south Edmonton with her two sons and dog.
Thierry joined Civida (then Capital Region Housing) in 2014. He is a chartered professional accountant and holds a bilingual bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Alberta. He plays a key role in providing financial and budgetary information essential to the decision-making process and analysis in assessing the impact of the organization’s strategic decisions.
Prior to joining Civida, Thierry worked for the University of Alberta as finance coordinator. His work experience includes implementing new systems, improving processes, and providing training and mentoring. Thierry served as board member for La Cité Francophone and Francophonie Jeunesse de l’Alberta, as part of his commitment to community.
Mira joined Civida (then Capital Region Housing) in 2019. She is a certified project management professional with over 12 years of experience in the information technology field in areas of application development, business analysis, change management and project management. She specializes in business transformations and system implementation projects and believes in delivering quality service to clients. Mira strategically works towards a vision, manages ambiguity and views programs and projects holistically.
Lindsay joined Civida (then Capital Region Housing) in 2020 as Director, Human Resources. She is responsible for leading a team of professionals that provide counsel and advice in the areas of Human Resources, and Health and Safety.
Lindsay has been in human resources for 13 years in generalist and senior leadership capacities. She brings experience in labour relations, HR strategy, employee development, workforce planning and employee wellness. Lindsay is passionate about developing programs focused on building skill capacity through training, development, coaching and mentorship.
Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree from Memorial University. She also has a Canadian Professional Human Resource designation and is currently completing her MBA.
Lara Check joined Civida (then Capital Region Housing) in 2020 as Director, Procurement. She oversees a team of professionals who lead our organizations public procurement processes enabling the purchase of goods, services and construction that support our corporate commitment to providing our customers with safe and affordable housing. Lara earned a masters degree in health policy and business administration from the University of Alberta. Lara has considerable experience — 20 years of progressive management and strategic leadership roles in procurement, policy, quality and change management initiatives, many of those years were at Alberta Health Services with her most recent procurement role as Executive Director Procurement & Cost Management Services at Alberta Infrastructure.