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Lori Trumper, General Manager:
Kitchener Housing Inc



Candidate Statement

I am seeking a second term as a board member with ONPHA. I am the General Manager for Kitchener Housing Inc. and Vice President of the Board of Directors for ONPHA, and was previously the Treasurer. Kitchener Housing is a non-profit affordable housing provider that owns and operates 764 units and has plans to grow.

As a Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA, I have attained considerable financial acuity and business planning acumen throughout my career in a number of non-profit and publicly funded organizations; primarily health and education, as well as charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity Canada, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.  I joined the housing sector in 2010 and have since earned the designation of Chartered Institute of Housing - Chartered Member.

I am a strategic and big picture thinker, with a keen interest in the modernization and recognition of the professionalism of our sector and cross sectoral leadership.  Throughout my career I have participated on subject matter panels tasked with the review and development of recommendations for changes to systems and funding models.

I have also been an active participant in the ONPHA working groups for RGI Simplification, End of Mortgage, Best Practices, and the HR Committee. There is much to do and much we can achieve.  I believe together in partnership with each other, with government, with the private sector and with our partners in the health sector we can build a better and more sustainable housing sector for the people we house and serve.

It has been my privilege to be a member of the ONPHA board for the last three years and I would be honoured to have your support for another three year term.

During the past three years as a board member for ONPHA I have been a part of the team that charted the strategic direction for the organization, supported and endorsed the creation of the Centre for Housing Excellence, participated in numerous discussions and debate about the strategic direction for the organization and the way forward.

The organization has undergone significant change in recent years.  We revamped the membership fees to be more equitable for our members, ensured that our value proposition met the needs of the members, supported staff through significant change, developed an Indigenous Housing strategy and provided support and expertise to our member organizations during a global pandemic. Most importantly, we listened to what you as members need and want from your association and advocated for that.

The ability to connect and learn from my peers and colleagues from other organizations has been extremely valuable to me.  I am particularly interested in what Bill 184 means to our sector, what needs to happen as a result of the end of mortgages, how we can develop our skills and become the leading voice in all things housing in the province. 

I have a keen interest in furthering the modernization and professionalism of the sector and determining how we can work with other sectors such as Health and the private sector. 

Finally, I'd like to explore what we can learn from other provincial and international organizations to sustain and advance the housing initiative for today and for many decades to come. 


Skill-sets and experience:

    • Business planning acumen
    • Change management and modernization
    • Communications and social media
    • Cross-sectoral leadership
    • End of Mortgage (EOM) expertise
    • Financial acuity
    • Government relations and advocacy
    • Large Housing Provider (500+ units)
    • Leadership and strategic planning
    • Policy development and legal acumen
    • Political acuity and connectedness