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Stephanie Allen

Associate Vice-President, Strategic Business Operations and Performance

Stephanie is an affordable housing specialist and organizational development professional with a focus on equitable city-building. She combines her expertise in market and community housing development with her background in government policy and stakeholder engagement to advance community building initiatives across the Province.

Outside of work, Stephanie is a founding board member of the Hogan’s Alley Society, is on the interim board of the Federation of Black Canadians, and serves on the City of Vancouver’s Poverty Action Advisory Committee. Stephanie holds a master’s degree in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Okanagan College.


Orlando Bowen

Game Changer and Motivational Speaker |  Founder and Executive Director, One Voice One Team Youth Leadership

Orlando Bowen is a former professional football player and high-performance coach. When it comes to building teams, creating momentum, and employing winning strategies, Orlando Bowen is the real deal. For the past fifteen years, Orlando has used story-telling, fitness activities, and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership, and teamwork to over 300,000 people. Empowering others to overcome adversity, to find their passion, and to use their gifts to serve is the reason Orlando breathes. This mission has placed him on hundreds of stages and boardrooms throughout North America, while also garnering him many distinguished awards.

Ten years ago, Orlando thought he was about to die. Pinned to the ground and enduring a savage beating, the then-CFL linebacker had been jumped by two plainclothes police officers, an injustice which was the first of many laid against him at the hands of the police force. “In that moment, knowing my life was about to end, I’m thinking, ‘I didn’t give everything I had to make a difference. There’s more I could’ve done,’ ” he says. Later completely exonerated of any wrong doing, Orlando—incredibly—has publicly forgiven his perpetrators and has dedicated his life to inspiring others to pursue excellence in all they do.

Orlando is the founder and Executive Director of One Voice One Team Youth Leadership, which empowers youth to utilize leadership skills and talents to better themselves and their community. He has received local and national awards for his incredible work, including an African Canadian Achievement Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a national Harry Jerome Award for community service. Please join me in welcoming Orlando Bowen.

Steve Clark

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, MPP for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

Steve Clark is the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

He was first elected as the MPP for Leeds–Grenville in 2010, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. In 2018, he was re-elected as the MPP for the newly named riding of Leeds–Grenville–Thousands Islands and Rideau Lakes.

Steve gained attention across Canada in 1982 when — at the age of 22 and just out of university — he was elected Mayor of Brockville. He served three terms as mayor and, during his tenure, was also president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

Prior to his election as Leeds-Grenville MPP, Steve was Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.

A proponent of education and physical fitness, Steve also helped raise $1.3 million for the Thousand Islands Secondary School Track Facility, one of the largest fundraising accomplishments for a public educational institution to date in this region.

Steve has been a community volunteer for more than 35 years. The many groups and committees he has served with include the Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands, St. Lawrence Lodge, the Brockville Braves hockey club, and the Brockville and Area YMCA.

Prior to the 2018 election and while in Opposition in the Legislature, Steve served as Opposition House Leader from 2014-2015; Deputy Leader, Official Opposition from 2015-2018; and Deputy Opposition House Leader from 2012-2014 and 2017-2018.

Steve is married to Deanna. Together they are the proud parents of a blended family with five children and three grandchildren.

Marlene Coffey

Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)

Marlene Coffey, MA, MAES, MCIP, RPP, is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA). Marlene’s leadership at ONPHA has helped the organization redefine its focus on leading sector transformation through an economic development approach to housing.

Marlene has led municipal economic development initiatives in municipalities across Southern Ontario including Hamilton, Milton and Waterloo, where she was vital in developing the city’s technology and start-up sector. Marlene’s vision and her passion for transformation and renewal has seen her launch an innovation space for the Autonomous Vehicle Demonstration Zone in Stratford, Ontario and the Milton Educational Village Innovative Centre in collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University.

Geraldine Howley

Group Chief Executive, Incommunities Group Ltd.

Geraldine Howley is the Group Chief Executive of one of the largest social housing providers in the Yorkshire and Humber region with nearly 22,600 homes for rent and almost 1,000 leasehold properties.

Geraldine started working in the Housing Sector over 30 years ago and has gone on to build a successful and rewarding career. Since 2003 she has lead an organisation which has invested over £400 million modernising and delivering new homes and transforming neighbourhoods. A key focus of the group’s work goes beyond providing homes to ‘Improving lives Incommunities’.  

Geraldine is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a Chartered Surveyor. In 2019 she was appointed as a Chair of the Governing Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Locally, Geraldine is a member of the National Housing Federation’s Yorkshire and Humberside CEO Forum, Homes for the North, Bradford District’s Health and Wellbeing Board and Council Member of the Yorkshire and Humber CBI. 

In June 2017 Geraldine was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her services to housing, young people and the local community. Geraldine is also an Honorary Doctor of the University of Bradford.

Geraldine is Chair of The Centre for Partnership, which is part of the Incommunities Group. The Centre for Partnership’s GEM Programme (Graduate Employment Mentoring Programme) started in 2009 and has now grown to achieve National status and has connections to both Europe, North America and Hong Kong. Geraldine is currently Chair of the Housing Partnership UK.

Hon. Ahmed Hussen

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, MP for York South – Weston

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen is the Member of Parliament for York South—Weston. A community advocate and lawyer, he has proudly represented the residents of York South-Weston since 2015.

Ahmed immigrated to Canada at the age of 16 as a refugee. After attending high school in Hamilton, Ontario, Ahmed worked at the Hamilton—Wentworth social services department before he settled in Toronto in 1997. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at York University and soon co-founded the Regent Park Community Council. As the president of this organization, Ahmed played a key role in fiercely advocating for Regent Park’s 15,000 residents, securing a $500 Million investment to revitalize Regent Park. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for his leadership efforts in the Regent Park Community.

Serving as National President for the Canadian Somali Congress, Ahmed worked with national and regional authorities to advocate on important issues to Canadians of Somali heritage, strengthening civic engagement and integration. His results-driven reputation led to an invitation from the Toronto City Summit Alliance to join the task force for modernizing income security for working adults. As a result of his advocacy work, the Toronto Star recognized Ahmed as one of ten individuals in Toronto to have made substantial contributions to the city. Ahmed has also worked as a Special Assistant for intergovernmental affairs to former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

After earning a law degree from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Ahmed Hussen practised law in the areas of criminal defence, immigration and refugee law, and human rights.

Ahmed was elected as the Member of Parliament for York South—Weston in 2015 and sat on the Justice and Human Rights Committee. He was also the vice-chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association. In January 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Ahmed as Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.

Ahmed was subsequently re-elected as the Member of Parliament for York South—Weston in October 2019. On November 20, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Ahmed Hussen as Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Marnie McBean

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist | Specialist in Athlete Prep and Mentoring to Olympic Teams

Marnie McBean, O.C., OLY, is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance. She is currently the chef de mission of Team Canada's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team. As a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), McBean prepared athletes emotionally and psychologically to ensure that they performed at the highest level. Drawing on her years of experience with the COC and as a top competitor, she leaves audiences with a recipe for success that can be applied to all endeavours.

McBean is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In recognition of her work, she was named Canada’s Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In this role, she acts as a spokesperson for Team Canada and a mentor for the athletes, coaches, and staff, all with the aim to create an inclusive environment conducive to optimal performance.

Currently an ambassador for Right to Play, Fast and Female, and Plan Canada’s Because I Am a Girl initiative, McBean is actively involved in helping to promote the safety, health, and activity of Canada’s youth. She is also the author of The Power of More: How Small Steps Help Us Achieve Big Goals, which outlines how she, a three-time Olympic gold medal rower, sets and achieves goals, both in sports and in life.

McBean holds a degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, as well as three honorary doctorates.

Andrew McKenzie

Director of Operations, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)

Andrew McKenzie is an executive management professional with almost 20 years of experience in customer relations industries. He has led all aspects of operations over the course of his career in both the public and private sectors. Within the housing sector Andrew led large scale programs focused organizational change and process improvement designed to increase employee satisfaction and create positive experiences for tenants.

Andrew is known as a strategic motivational leader. His strengths include creating a positive client experience. In his role with ONPHA, Andrew is focused on people, process and technology. He brings new perspectives that are helping ONPHA embrace change and plan for a successful future.


Jeff Morrison

Executive Director, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA)

Jeff Morrison has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association since January 2016.  Jeff has previously served as Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs with the Canadian Pharmacists Association, President of the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies and Director of Government Relations and Director of Environment for the Canadian Construction Association. Jeff has also worked for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and several Members of Parliament in the 1990s. He is very active in the community; he currently sits on the Board of Directors of A Way Home Canada, the Community Housing Transformation Centre, and Chairs the National Capital Pride Run.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of Bruce House, Operation Come Home, President of the Board of Directors of the Centretown Community Health Centre for two years, and was a runner up for Ottawa city council in Somerset ward in 2014.

Shayne Ramsay

Chief Executive Officer, BC Housing

Shayne Ramsay has more than thirty years’ experience in the affordable housing sector, and is a well-respected leader nationwide for his work in both Ontario and British Columbia. As Chief Executive Officer of BC Housing for the past twenty years, Shayne has been instrumental in the delivery of a wide range of housing and programs, changing the landscape of affordable housing in British Columbia and helping BC Housing to earn its reputation as a leader in innovative and informed social housing solutions, both domestically and internationally.

Shayne also holds a number of external Board positions; he currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Crown Corporation Employers’ Association, an agency that represents human resources issues for the provincial crown corporations, and is Chair of Housing Partnership Canada, a peer group of housing provider CEOs from across Canada committed to innovation in the housing sector. He also provides valuable expertise in his role as the Chair of the International Housing Partnership, a group of housing provider CEOs from the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and Canada created to share innovative strategies for the development, operation and sustainability of social housing.

Shayne has a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining BC Housing, Shayne worked with the BC Homeowner Protection Office, BC Ministry of Housing, Cityhome in Toronto, and the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Sue Ritchie Raymond

Director for Housing Excellence and Innovation, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)

Sue Ritchie Raymond is the Director for Housing Excellence and Innovation for the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA). Sue’s work is focused on creating ONPHA’s Centre for Housing Excellence, the goal of which is to lead sector transformation to sustain and expand the community housing sector.

Sue’s career in human services, in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, has focused on creating partnership-based solutions that integrate services to improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. She has led the development and implementation of long-term housing infrastructure planning and managed housing supply systems to maintain existing stock.

Sue believes the sustainability of the community housing sector is crucial to the wellbeing of our communities and that its future depends on innovation, alternative approaches and business models and the integration of service systems.

Ian Wright

Managing Director of the Disruptive Innovators Network

Ian is Managing Director of the Disruptive Innovators Network, a forum he established in 2018 for leaders interested in understanding and responding to how businesses are being disrupted and where real innovation is coming from. He has worked at senior executive level as a Director/Deputy Chief Executive for the last 15 years, most recently at HouseMark the social housing sectors data and business improvement organisation. His expertise lies in building cross sector business experience programmes and leaders’ networks. In his work he has developed close partnerships with the likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Telefonica, AO.com and BT.

He led on the establishment of the social housing sectors first crowd funded start up accelerator, Evolve. An innovative programme involving 18 housing providers which attracted over 80 submissions from start-ups from across the world wanting to develop solutions for social housing.

He has a particular focus on business innovation, culture, new technologies and improving the customer experience. He has Directorships with Disruption Hub, a 20,000 strong community of innovators and boutique leadership consultancy, Unforgiving Minute, He is an innovation advisor for LMarks a start-up investment accelerator. From a social impact perspective, he is also retained by Social Enterprise UK and is a Director of Five Lamps, a charity working in the fields of enterprise, affordable lending and social care. He is currently retained by a number of the largest Housing Associations helping them build capacity and capability in the innovation space to take advantage of the opportunities that disruption is bringing.

Questions about the Conference? Contact us at conference@onpha.org.



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