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 members are:

  • Karen Stone, Chair
  • John McGowan, Vice Chair
  • Paul Whittaker, Secretary
  • Jan Mulligan, Treasurer
  • Issam Saleh (City of Edmonton appointee)
  • Gabrielle Battiste
  • Allan Cleiren

Gord joined Civida in 2022. He came to Civida from Strathcona County where he spent six years in the role of Associate Commissioner, Community Services Division. In this role Gord was responsible for a wide variety of areas including Family and Community Services, Fire, Police, Transit, and Recreation, Parks and Culture. Gord also worked very closely with their local housing organization, the Heartland Housing Foundation, on significant capital building projects. Prior to this, in his work with the Government of Alberta, Gord was a Chief Executive Officer with four different Board governed Child and Family Services Authorities, including the Edmonton Region. He also served as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) responsible for the child and family services system in the province, and was an ADM responsible for Advanced Education. Gord also had the privilege of being the Chief Strategy Officer with the Ministry of Human Services, responsible for a wide array corporate services in a very large Ministry.

Mark joined Civida 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.

Zack joined Civida in February 2016. He manages the Accounting & Finance, Banking & Risk Management, Procurement, Information Technology and Project Management Office 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.

Stacey joined Civida. 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 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 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 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 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.