Executive

Jill Atkey

CEO

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Jill brings more than 20 years of research and leadership experience in the non-profit sector to her role as BCNPHA CEO. She is at the forefront of innovative housing research and policy development influencing decision-making at all levels of government, and is passionate about inspiring staff, collaborating across the community housing sector, supporting BCNPHA members and furthering the cause of affordable housing.

Phone: 778.945.2155

Lynda Dragan

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

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Lynda has been with BCNPHA since 2013 and is affectionately known as the heart of our organization. She brings a wealth of operational management experience to her role, including 30 years in the banking sector and provincial government advocacy.

Phone: 778.945.2165

Bryan Woo

Managing Director

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Bryan is a cross-sector change leader who lifts entrepreneurial capacity for mission-driven impact. His innovative leadership transforms and propels BCNPHA to achieve strategic excellence. As Managing Director, he drives comprehensive organizational strategies through his collaborative, relational, and analytical approach to accomplish mission and vision. Bryan represents BCNPHA and serves on the board of the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Phone: 778.725.1309

Finance & Administration

Maria Montero

Director of Finance and Administration

Maria joined BCNPHA to support its growing financial and operational needs as the financial controller. She brings a wealth of experience in industries focused on property management, real estate development, seniors’ community living, and post-secondary education. Maria has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and holds a CPA, CGA designation. She became the Acting Director of Finance in August 2023 before becoming Director of Finance and Administration.

Phone: 236-521-0616

Junaid Yasin

Financial Controller

Junaid has 17 years of experience in accounting, focused on banking, real estate, and post-secondary education. Junaid has a master’s degree in finance and economics and bachelor’s degree in commerce. Junaid joined BCNPHA to assist the Finance and Administration team.

Raquel Bautista (on leave)

Accounting and Administration Support

Raquel joined BCNPHA to assist the Finance and Administration team. She has worked in the real estate industry for 14 years focused on bank financing, delinquency control and credit and collections. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Phone: 778.945.2163

Fatima Clemente

Accounting and Administration

Fatima has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Technology and recently completed her Post-Degree Diploma program in Accounting. Her professional background includes budgeting, administrative, and strong foundation in customer service.

Ian Wastasecoot

IT Manager

Ian supports the day-to-day tech operations of BCNPHA and creates automated workflows for the team to use in our CRM software. Ian brings to the team over 11 years of web development experience and eight years of technical experience.

Phone: (778) 200-9728

Michael Gou

IT and CRM Administrator

Michael is passionate about technology and has been in tech support for nearly 20 years. He supports BCNPHA by assisting others with IT related issues and requests, and improves the CRM system by making it more efficient.

Policy & Education

Marika Albert

Policy Director

Marika leads our research and advocacy efforts, as well as BCNPHA’s professional development and education programs. She tackles large-scale issues affecting the sector and advocates for tangible solutions through legislative, policy, and funding changes. Marika holds an MA in Sociology and in 2018 was recognized with an Honorary Citizen Award from the City of Victoria for her work on housing and homelessness research.

Phone: 778.945.2164

Angi Ross

Education Manager

Angi joined the BCNPHA team in August 2022 as the Education Manager and oversees the strategic planning of responsive professional development and learning offerings for BCNPHA members. Angi recently completed her MA in Community Development and comes to BCNPHA with a professional background in learning engagement, leadership, capacity building, and program design.

Phone: 778.731.2358

Kate Nielsen

Education Lead

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Kate combines her love of learning with a keen interest in adult education and more than 20 years of experience working in the non-profit housing sector to deliver BCNPHA’s suite of e-learning opportunities. She is a recent graduate of the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma (Adult & Continuing Education) Program and her ambition is to master all the online training tools in the universe, as well as stick to one Starbucks coffee per day.

Phone: 778.945.2156

Courtney Northrup (On leave)

Education Programmer

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Courtney joined the BCNPHA team in September of 2021 to assist the Education Team with providing learning opportunities to support our members and the sector. She comes to BCNPHA with a professional background in adult education, facilitation, and community development.

Jackson Freedman

Education Project Coordinator

Jackson joined BCNPHA in 2019 after earning a BA in Political Science, and has supported our education and policy work with a keen organizational focus. He uses data-driven analysis to support members with the tools they need to deliver affordable housing, and to develop effective strategies that address the affordable housing crisis in BC.

Phone: 778-725-1428

Erika Sagert

Policy Manager

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Erika works directly with members and leads research projects that build an evidence-based foundation for BCNPHA’s policy and advocacy work. She received an MA in Planning in 2017; throughout her five years with BCNPHA, Erika’s goal has been to help our sector advance social, economic and environmental justice and equity.

Phone: 778.945.2167

Andrés Peñaloza

Senior Policy Analyst

Andrés leads and supports many of BCNPHA’s research and policy initiatives with his expertise in strategic planning and policymaking. He holds a MA in Public Policy and Global Affairs and a BA in Urban Planning and worked as a city planner for over five years before moving from Venezuela to Vancouver.

Phone: 778.725.1418

Sruti Penumetsa

Policy Analyst

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Sruti leads the sector-wide census that will help drive the future of our understanding of non-profit housing in the province and advance the interests of the sector. She holds an MSc in Design and Urban Ecologies and a B. Architecture and joined BCNPHA in 2020.

Phone: 778.725.2205

Rebecca Siggner

Special Projects Manager

Rebecca has worked in the housing and homelessness sector for almost 20 years, conducting quantitative and qualitative research to inform decision-making and planning for the sector. The evidence-based research she has conducted and tools she has developed have influenced programs across Canada and the U.S., and won national awards due to their impact. Rebecca holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies. At BCNPHA, Rebecca leads a range of projects related to supportive housing, asset planning and exploring new construction techniques to expand the supply of affordable housing.

Member Services & Partnerships

Mauricio Ruiz

Director of Member Services and Partnerships

Mauricio joined BCNPHA full-time in 2020, after supporting the team during the 2019 Housing Central Conference. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international commerce and a professional sales certificate. He also has public, private, and non-profit experience in the areas of business development, new market opening and development, marketing, and value chain integration. As Director of Member Services and Partnerships, he applies his relationship-building skills to connect with members, existing and future partners, implementing new partnerships to diversify and increase revenue for the organization and to find products and solutions that strengthen the capacity of the sector.

Phone: 778.945.2160

Anne Chisholm

Business Development and Engagement Manager

Anne has joined BCNPHA after an extensive career in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her diverse career has included the hospitality, tourism, financial, property management, senior’s housing, and healthcare industries. Anne’s business development experience has successfully combined the generation of revenue through meaningful relationships, execution of events and marketing. As well, Anne has contributed her passion as a volunteer over the years, focusing on vulnerable organizations. She is eager to use her talents and skills in both the sponsorship and partner programs, in alignment with the membership base through programming, participation and engagement.

Phone: 778.731.2354
BCNPHA staff member Mike Bitzer

Mike Bitzer

Business Development Analyst

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A recent addition to the BCNPHA team, Mike has previous experience using data-driven insights to grow organizations and their impact. His goal is to help housing become more affordable for all British Columbians by using his analytical knowledge.

Phone: 778-735-1797

Arwa Hasan

Member Success and Events Manager

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Arwa has been our direct line to BCNPHA members since 2008 and is committed to improving the member experience and supporting the sector through timely information, resources and tools on a wide range of topics. She brings an educational background in business and marketing to her role in ensuring the BCNPHA brand is consistently recognizable and top of mind in discussions on affordable housing.

Phone: 778.945.2152

Mahshad Inanloo

Events Specialist

Mahshad, a dedicated professional with an MBA and a Master’s in Marketing, joined BCNPHA full-time after providing invaluable support during the Housing Central Conference. With a strong background in marketing, data analytics, web content management, and events coordination, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Motivated by a genuine desire to make a positive impact, Mahshad is committed to contributing to affordable housing solutions in the non-profit sector. Her extensive experience and skills will be instrumental in planning and executing successful events for BCNPHA.

Phone: 778.735.1807

Sarah Payne

Communications Manager

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Sarah is our resident storyteller, having shifted from a 14-year career in newspaper reporting to BCNPHA in 2017 to help shine a light on the incredible work of our organization and the community housing sector. She holds an MA in Journalism and a deep connection to northern BC, and would love nothing more than to hear how your organization is delivering affordable housing in your community.

Phone: 236.521.0617

Stephen Thomson

Digital Communications Specialist

Stephen helps BCNPHA share valuable information and stories from the non-profit housing sector through social media, email newsletters, the website and other channels of communication. He has over a decade of experience working in post-secondary education and journalism.

Phone: 778.945.2159

Sayeema Afrin

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Sayeema is the creative soul behind BC Non-Profit Housing Association’s (BCNPHA) visual storytelling. As our Marketing & Communications Coordinator, she infuses life into ideas, crafting visually stunning content for social media, newsletters, and our website. With a background steeped in the tech industry and a passion for design, Sayeema brings a fresh and innovative touch to our communications.

Asset Management

Ian Cullis

Director, Asset Management

Ian develops funding solutions, incentive programs, and curriculum to support building renewal while coaching non-profit housing providers through capital planning, maintenance planning, and building retrofit projects. He is driven by a passion for sustainable buildings, the desire to help others, and a sense of accomplishment when people have access to more sustainable housing solutions.

Phone: 778.945.2153

Brian Jung

Senior Program Delivery Manager, Asset Management

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Brian has been coaching non-profit housing providers to make improvements to their portfolio of buildings through energy efficiency and capital planning since he joined BCNPHA in 2015. He holds an MSc in Forestry, as well as certifications in sustainable energy management and measurement and verification.

Phone: 778.945.2157

Jackie Kanyuk

Senior Program Delivery Manager, Asset Management

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Jackie brings an extensive background in new construction and sustainable design education, as well as a LEED AP certification, to her asset management role. She joined BCNPHA in 2017 and enjoys fostering a culture of energy management with affordable housing professionals through capacity building, facilitation, strategic partnerships and energy project coaching.

Phone: 236.521.0619

Edward Beckett

Building Energy Manager

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Edward continues to leverage his extensive industry knowledge and experience as a Red Seal Electrician in connecting the benefits of energy management with asset management, since joining BCNPHA in 2021. His win/win, enthusiastic approach to finding energy management solutions will help reduce operating costs and GHG emissions produced while enabling building improvements across your portfolio.

Phone: 778.945.2158

Chelsea Nicholson

Technical Lead – Energy Specialist

As Technical Lead – Energy Specialist, Chelsea provides energy audits and energy coaching to help identify emission and cost savings for non-profit housing providers. Chelsea acquired a Master of Environment in Australia. Her background includes working as a building energy retrofit officer at the University of Melbourne and as a sustainability consultant. She is passionate about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and operational costs while improving occupant comfort.

Maggie Myagmar

Building Energy Specialist

Maggie has a degree in Sustainable Energy and Environment and a diverse background in electrical and lighting design. She joined BCNPHA in 2021 and focuses on conducting energy audits to explore potential energy conservation and efficiency retrofit options. This work helps non-profit housing societies find sustainable and cost-effective building systems solutions to reduce GHG emissions.

Phone: 778.945.2161

Richard O’Malley

Building Energy Specialist

Richard Is a Building Energy Specialist at BCNPHA. Richard studied Sustainable Energy and Building Technology at Humber Facility of Applied Technology where he developed a passion for reducing the environmental impact of buildings. Prior to this, Richard worked for a housing association in Wales (UK) giving him the opportunity to support vulnerable families with their housing needs. Richard’s goal is to support people to lower their energy bills and environmental impact while improving their quality of life.

Phone: 778.200.9692

Dami Dabiri

Building Energy Specialist

Dami is passionate about decarbonizing the built space. He brings to the team his chemical engineering background and extensive experience with deep energy retrofits. He is committed to supporting BC’s non-profit housing providers with their capital projects.

BCNPHA staff member Khaled Issa

Khaled Issa

Building Energy Analyst

Khaled supports non-profit housing societies with energy benchmarking to help identify opportunities in their buildings for efficiency improvements and GHG emissions reductions. He also assists the BCNPHA asset management team with their building data requirements and reporting. Khaled holds a MSc (UNB) and a PhD (UofC) in Mechanical Engineering, along with a certification in Building Controls and Energy Management (BCIT). He has experience in the building energy efficiency and clean transportation sectors. Khaled is passionate about working at the intersection of energy efficiency and data analytics, and aspires to apply his skills towards advocating for non-profit housing societies.

Sandeep Kumar

Property Management Software Coordinator

Sandeep is your go to for all things Arcori; as a property management software coordinator he’s helping to implement this resource for more than 300 societies across BC. Having joined BCNPHA in early 2021, Sandeep is excited to connect with members and help them get the most time- and money-saving features from their Arcori software.

Phone: 778.945.2151

Mae Chevrier

Property Management Software Training Coordinator

Mae has a background working in the not-for-profit housing sector, including experience with asset management administration, change management and housing operations. With strong knowledge in the housing and maintenance modules, she’s an asset when it comes to onboarding, implementation, and training processes with Arcori PM. Mae is eager to get members set up with Arcori and get into training and streamlining processes.

Allison Paquet

Manager of Capital Planning Services

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Allison assists non-profit housing societies with building condition assessments and capital planning services. Having joined BCNPHA in 2022, Allison brings experience completing building condition assessments and depreciation reports in the private sector. Allison hopes to help grow the BCNPHA services to serve more non-profit societies throughout the province.

Phone: 778.945.2155
BCNPHA staff member Marina Moura

Marina Moura

Building Condition Assessor

Marina joined BCHPNA in 2023 as a Building Condition Assessor. She has an extensive background in civil engineering and holds a post-graduate diploma in project management. Marina also has previous experience with building condition analysis, and project and quotation coordination from the private sector.

Phone: 236.521.0616

Nader Shams

Building Condition Assessor

Nader is a Building Condition Assessor with BCNPHA. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and experience across multiple industries, from working in a project management team in the mining industry to providing building condition assessments, depreciation reports, warranty reports, structural reports and pre-construction surveys in the consulting sectors. Nader hopes to help grow BCNPHA’s services to support more non-profit societies throughout the province.