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Rooftops Canada Board


Rooftops Canada - Abri International is managed on behalf of its Canadian partners by a Board of up to ten directors elected to three-year terms. The current Board members are:


President: Scott Jackson - CHF Canada, British Columbia Region

Scott is a Program Manager, National Communications for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. He has been working in the sector for 11 years and has served on the boards of several co-ops. He participated in the Rooftops Canada 2010 East Africa study tour, and has experienced firsthand the successes and challenges faced by Rooftops Canada’s overseas partners.

Vice President: Deryl Thompson - At-Large

Deryl is a Professional Engineer and an independent Financial Advisor. He has vast experience in co-op housing, both at the national level and as the President of Keegano Housing Co-op in Edmonton. He has worked as a volunteer Education Officer in NE Nigeria with CUSO International and as an Energy Management Consultant to CIDA in southern Africa.  A passionate motorcyclist, Deryl has been a licensed riding instructor for the past 37 years.


Secretary/Treasurer: Paul Hastie - CHF Canada Ontario Region

Paul has worked in the co-operative/social housing field since 1985 when he was hired by Village Green Co-operative Homes in Brampton as its general manager. In 1988, Paul joined Homestarts which offers co-op and non-profit housing providers a range of management, maintenance, development, consulting, and training services. Paul is now Homestarts' Executive Director, and in 2008, he joined the Housing Services Corporation Board. He is presently a member of the HSC's Executive Committee and its Vice-chair. 


Sylvain Belisle – CQCH – CHF Canada
Sylvain works for the Department of the Québec Automobile Insurance Board. He has been a Board member of CQCH, FECHIMM and the CDR Montréal-Laval, a regional development co-op. He is also an active member of forestry and funeral co-ops. Sylvain has been for many years a member of an urban community garden and he has already shared these experiences with our Kenyan colleagues
Jamie Eyers - CHF Canada– Eastern Canada Region/NBNPHA

Jamie has worked in the cooperative housing sector for 20 years, the past five as Regional Manager of the Nova Scotia office of the Community Housing Management Network.  He was the manager of accounting services for Cana Management in Greater Vancouver for 15 years before moving to Nova Scotia.  He has worked with over 70 housing co-ops, providing a full range of management and governance supports.


Pamela Hine - CHRA  

Pamela Hine is the President of the Yukon Housing Corporation. She has vast experience in senior leadership within government and the social housing sector throughout Canada’s territories, including five years as the Yukon Deputy Minister of Education. In 2009 Pam was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s most powerful women in the public sector. Pam has rejoined the Boards of both CHRA and Rooftops Canada, and we are delighted to have her back as a Director.


Hugh Lawson - ONPHA

Hugh has been the Director, Strategic Planning & Stakeholder Relations at Toronto Community Housing since 2002. Prior to that, Hugh was Manager, Policy, in the Social Housing Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing. He is also a former President of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association. He also worked in the development department of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto. Hugh was a participant in our 2014 study visit to Africa.


Rooftops Canada Staff

Barry Pinsky                                   Executive Director

Brad Lester                                    Overseas Program Manager

Liz Ukrainetz                                  Program Administrator 

Jo Ferris-Davies                            Senior TA, South Africa

Lizette Zuniga                                Senior TA, South Africa

Jamie Ritchie                                 Senior TA