Board of Directors

“It takes an entire community to help our most vulnerable citizens. For over 40 years, Horizon Housing has worked to develop collaborative solutions for those in need of supported, affordable housing.”
- Bryan Romanesky
President, Board of Directors
Horizon Housing Society

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    Bryan Romanesky
    President
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    Don Peard
    Vice-President
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    Wade Paget
    Treasurer
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Bryan Romanesky, President

Chief Executive Officer
Permit Masters & CITYTREND

Bryan Romenesky is President, founder and CEO of CITYTREND and CEO of Permit Masters. In 2010, CITYTREND was named by Profit Magazine as one of the Top 50 Emerging Companies in Canada. Bryan formerly worked with the City of Calgary’s Corporate Planning Application group and holds a Bc. Sc. In Urban Planning from Université du Québec à Montréal. He volunteers with Calgary’s U6 soccer program and at Connaught School. Bryan joined Horizon Housing’s Board in 2014.

"Homelessness is a complex problem. The solution is not only financial support but the daily dedication of organizations and people. With Horizon Housing, I have found an organization where my contributions make a difference."

Committees:
Growth and Development (Chair)
Stakeholder Relations
Finance
Governance

Don Peard, Vice-President


Don Peard recently retired from a career of over 30 years with RBC where, prior to retirement, he held the position of Regional Vice President, Mortgage Specialists for Alberta & the Territories. He is a fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and earned his Personal Financial Planning diploma in 2002. Don sits on the steering committee for the RESOLVE Campaign and has previously served on the board for the Regina Symphony Orchestra. He also been a regional representative on the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Don joined Horizon Housing’s board in 2003.

"I'm extremely proud of the contributions Horizon Housing makes to help Calgary reduce homelessness. Most importantly, in alignment with the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, Horizon Housing is committed to providing supported and integrated housing for so many individuals and families in need."

Committees:
Finance and Audit
Growth and Development
Stakeholder Relations (Chair)

Wade Paget, Treasurer


Wade Paget is a Chartered Accountant and received his Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina and Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. He has a broad range of professional experience in accounting and finance, working with companies such as Suncor Energy, PwC, Enerflex Ltd. and Agrium. Formerly, Wade volunteered as coach with Regina Minor Football. He joined Horizon Housing’s board in 2011.

"Over 3,500 people in Calgary live without the one thing that many take for granted; a safe and secure home. Horizon Housing is a leader in our community and is both dedicated to and capable of addressing this problem. I want to be part of the solution."

Committees:
Finance and Audit (Chair)

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    Alisha Reynolds
    Secretary
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    Deborah Durda
    Director
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    Bev Forsyth
    Director
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Alisha Reynolds, Secretary

Director, Real Estate and Development
Moxie's Restaurant Group

Alisha Reynolds is the Director, Real Estate and Development with Moxie’s Restaurant Group. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with distinction) and Juris Doctor (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan. Alisha has a wealth of volunteer experience including lending her time and expertise as a volunteer lawyer for the Dare to Dream Program for Canadian Aboriginal Youth and as Volunteer Coordinator for Ovarian Cancer Canada. Alisha joined Horizon Housing’s board in January, 2015.

"Home is where the heart is – a place for people to gather together, make memories, laugh, and live life to the fullest. Horizon Housing Society builds affordable and integrated communities one home, one heart, and one story at a time. That's a mission I believe in."

Committees:
Governance

Deborah Durda, Director

Senior Manager, Human Resources
Trinidad Drilling Ltd.

Deborah Durda is a designated Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) with 20 years of HR expertise in a broad range of industries and is also a volunteer with the CPHR Alberta, Recertification committee. She has worked most recently as an HR professional with several well-known energy services companies including Western Energy Services, Calfrac Well Services and Newalta Corporation. Deborah joined Horizon Housing’s board in 2014.

"Affordable housing is one of the building blocks to ending homelessness in Calgary. Having a safe place to call "home" helps to create, sustain and grow healthy families and communities. Horizon Housing is committed to providing affordable homes. Together, we are committed to finding solutions, which is something I'm proud to be a part of."

Committees:
Governance

Bev Forsyth, Director

Consultant
Accounting and Financial Management

Bev Forsyth is a Chartered Accountant with broad experience in accounting and financial management, primarily in the real estate sector.  After several years with KPMG in Calgary and Toronto, she returned to Calgary and has held senior financial roles in diversified growth oriented private companies, most recently as CFO of Beattie Homes. Volunteerism is important to Bev and her family. They have volunteered with various organizations related to youth, sports and music. Bev joined Horizon Housing’s board in October, 2015.

"It is my hope that I can make a difference to any one of the 3,500 homeless people in Calgary and ideally to the greater goal of ending homelessness. With the Housing First model demonstrating that providing a home can save tax dollars of $35,000 per person per year, resolving homelessness is clearly a responsible solution."

Committees:
Finance and Audit
Growth and Development

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    Simone Hughes
    Director
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    Derek Koppe
    Director
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    Lorraine Mooney
    Director
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Simone Hughes, Director

Chief Marketing Officer
Field Law LLP

Simone Hughes has over 20 years of experience as a marketing and PR professional with professional services organizations including legal, HR consulting and financial. Most recently she worked as Adjunct Professor for Niagara University, lecturing on strategic marketing, advertising and PR. Simone volunteers with Calgary Stampede Lotteries and has formerly given her time to Bethlehem Housing and Support Services and Skate Canada. Simone joined Horizon Housing’s board in 2012.

"Everyone deserves a safe and neighbourly place to come home to. My work with Horizon Housing is about ensuring our city's most vulnerable have that opportunity."

Committees:
Governance (Chair)

Derek Koppe, Director

Senior Vice President, Business Banking
TD Bank

Derek Koppe brings diverse experience in finance through his work on various TD Bank groups including Corporate Accounts and Energy, Financial Restructuring and most recently in his current role as Senior Vice President, Business Banking. Derek earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, an MBA from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He joined Horizon Housing’s board in 2015.

"We have over 3,500 homeless people in our city and we must work together in unprecedented ways to help change this. Horizon Housing Society is taking tangible steps through its housing programs and community involvement to affect change in Calgary. I want to help them make a difference."

Committees:
Finance and Audit

Lorraine Mooney, Director

Executive Business Coach
Forzani Business and Executive Coaching

Lorraine Mooney has over 20 years of management experience as an entrepreneur in the oil and gas industry and has been a management consultant for over 12 years. Lorraine served on several boards including Trails West Hockey Association, Sabre Cats Lacrosse, Glendale Community, and the Cystic Fibrosis Tournament of Roses. She received Volunteer of the Year award from Alberta Lacrosse. Lorraine joined Horizon Housing’s board in 2013.

"I believe the most stable and consistent factor in people's lives is having a place to call home. With a home, people can begin to settle, take control of their lives and become part of their community. I am proud and humbled to work with Horizon Housing to give people in need the stability and safety of a home."

Committees:
Stakeholder Relations

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    Ian Nash
    Director
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    Mike Nerbas
    Vice-President
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    Michael Witt
    Director
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Ian Nash, Director

Vice President, Alberta Homes
Brookfield Residential

Ian Nash has a wealth of strategic experience in housing development. He is currently Vice President, Alberta Homes with Brookfield Residential, his career path with Brookfield formed from a passion for building homes. Ian holds a Masters of Environmental Design in Planning from the University of Calgary and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria. For over nine years, Ian has contributed his professional expertise as a volunteer with the Canadian Home Builder’s Association – Calgary Region. He joined Horizon Housing’s board in 2015.

"I have always been passionate about building homes, and believe we have to provide a full spectrum of housing options to meet the needs of all. Horizon Housing plays an important role in the housing continuum, as well as in the RESOLVE campaign and Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness."

Committees:
Growth & Development

Mike Nerbas, Vice-President

Vice President, Fluid Management Services
SECURE Energy Services

Mike Nerbas holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Mike is Vice President of Fluid Management Services for SECURE Energy Services. Prior to this, Mike held executive positions at Newalta Corporation and ARCADIS Canada and was President & Owner of Greystone Environmental Consultants Inc. He has volunteered and continues to devote time to a number of local non-profit organizations including The Drop-In Centre, United Way, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter and Ronald MacDonald House. Mike joined Horizon Housing’s board in 2015.

"Horizon Housing addresses what I see as the number one need in the city today: affordable housing for the disadvantaged and working poor. There are many good organizations that focus on the ‘why’ of our homeless problem. Horizon Housing is an organization committed to solutions."

Committees:
Finance and Audit

Michael Witt, Director

Partner
Stikeman Elliott LLP

As a partner with Stikeman Elliott LLP, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly in the area of commercial real estate, providing advice on matters related to acquisition, disposition, financing and development of multi-residential properties. Michael is an avid community volunteer, most recently with the Urban Land Institute of Alberta. He has also held various volunteer roles with Masters Academy and College and participates in Stikeman Elliott’s United Way Committee. Michael joined Horizon Housing’s board in 2017.

"Homelessness is a significant issue in many communities and Calgary is no exception. Horizon Housing is a leader in providing sustainable affordable homes to vulnerable people in our community and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of Horizon’s mission and to work with the leadership team."

Committees:
Growth and Development

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    Hilary Zaharko
    Director
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    Louise Fisher
    Interim CEO
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Hilary Zaharko, Director

Vice President, Marketing
H&R Block

Hilary Zaharko has a diverse communications and marketing background, honing her expertise with companies such as H&R Block, Bellstar Hotels & Resorts and Applied Communications. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from Simon Fraser University and Master of Arts from the University of Alberta. Hilary served as a Director on the board for Breast Cancer Supportive Care from 2007 to 2010. She joined Horizon Housing’s board in 2011.

"When someone has a home of their own, their focus shifts from surviving to thriving. They can pay bills, find work, seek out help for their addictions and learn basic skills to live independently. 'Moving forward' in life isn’t even thinkable until the basic necessity of a home is in place. "

Committees:
Stakeholder Relations

Louise Fisher, Interim CEO

Ex Officio
Horizon Housing Society

With over 21 years of experience with Horizon Housing, through her tenure, Louise Fisher has led the organization’s Tenant Services, Human Resources, and Finance Teams. With a deep understanding of the complexities of the housing sector, she has used her knowledge to build strong partnerships with Horizon Housing’s community partners and develop industry-leading practices for tenant services. Louise serves as a contributing member of MESH and Treasurer of the Board for Calgary Residential Rental Association.

"I am proud to work for Horizon Housing Society. The values and culture we have established and fostered have helped hundreds of Calgarians establish safe, affordable and appropriate homes from which to build their lives. Nothing makes me happier than seeing our residents succeed and the pride they have in the place they call home."

Committees:
Ex Officio
Finance and Audit
Governance
Growth and Development