Senior Leadership Team

“Our mission is to provide appropriate homes in an integrated environment to persons with mental health challenges or other special needs.”

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    Martina Jileckova
    CEO
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    Louise Fisher
    Chief Operating Officer
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    Nicole Long
    Director of Finance
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Martina Jileckova, CEO

CEO

As CEO of Horizon Housing Society, Martina Jileckova is passionate about the Society’s mission of providing individuals and families an affordable place to call home and the profound impact housing has on shaping lives and building welcoming, inclusive communities.

Martina came to the role in 2017, with 20 years of experience in the real estate sector, and a strong track record of driving meaningful growth. Through leadership roles with the Calgary Homeless Foundation and HomeSpace Society, Martina spearheaded one of the fastest expansions of an affordable housing operator in Alberta, growing from 11 units to 500 in just eight years. With an ambitious strategic plan and continued focus on responsible growth and community advocacy, Horizon Housing offered the perfect marriage of her experience in real estate development and her passion for implementing innovative solutions to help Calgarians in need.

As a respected leader within the sector, Martina is committed to building strong partnerships with government, community groups, and other like-minded organizations. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Community Housing Affordability Collective (CHAC) and provides leadership as Chair for the National Housing Day Planning Committee. She is a member of The City of Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB), the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership Council (CLIP) and sits on the Board for the Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies (ANPHA). Martina holds a Masters of Environmental Design, Planning from the University of Calgary, and a Certificate of Advanced Real Estate Development Economics from Simon Fraser University.

"With unprecedented collaboration within the housing sector and support among government partners, there is incredible potential for Horizon Housing Society to advance its mission and do even more to serve Calgarians in need. I'm excited to lead this work while continuing to help our community's most vulnerable build community and find their independence."

Louise Fisher, Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

With over two decades 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."

Nicole Long, Director of Finance

Director of Finance

As a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce (With Distinction) from the University of Alberta, Nicole Long brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership skills to her role as Director of Finance. Prior to joining Horizon in 2014, she was a Senior Associate in Audit & Assurance with PwC and held a role as Tax Assessor with the Government of Alberta. Together with her team, Nicole spearheads key projects including financial planning and cash flow projections for current and future development projects, annual audit, and financial reporting to key stakeholders.

"A safe and secure home is a crucial component for a fulfilling and successful life. I am proud to be a part of a team that is committed to proving safe, affordable homes."

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    Lisa Litz
    Director of Stakeholder Relations
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    Jess Kennedy
    Director of Building Operations
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    Aaron Morris
    Director of Development and Strategy
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Lisa Litz, Director of Stakeholder Relations

Director of Stakeholder Relations

As Director of Stakeholder Relations, Lisa leads stakeholder engagement and communications strategies to support Horizon’s growth objectives. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in marketing and has more than 15 years of experience managing strategic communications and stakeholder relations in corporate, charitable and industry association contexts. Lisa serves as Chair of the Community Housing Affordability Collective’s Policy Working Group and is an active community volunteer.

"I'm honored to serve an organization that is opening doors and ensuring everyone in our city has a place to call home. "

Jess Kennedy, Director of Building Operations

Director of Building Operations

4Since joining Horizon Housing Society as Resident Building Manager in 2011, Jess Kennedy earned several industry awards for his work, including the Calgary Residential Rental Association’s Building Manager of the Year (2015) and Property of the Year (Bob Ward Residence, 2015). Jess is a certified Journeyman Electrician (SAIT) and as Director of Building Operations, he leads a team of Resident Building Managers to operate and manage seven apartment buildings and eight group homes. Together with his team, he works with over 20 referring support agencies to serve over 700 individuals throughout Calgary.

"Working with Horizon Housing Society has deepened my understanding and belief in the importance of home and how 'housing first' can change the lives of people in need. I am eager to be a part of an organization committed to providing quality homes and compassionate service."

Aaron Morris, Director of Development and Strategy

Director of Development and Strategy

Aaron is responsible for identifying and assessing new growth opportunities and then securing the partnerships and funding to support them. He comes to Horizon armed with more than five years of development experience with leading affordable housing providers such as the Calgary Homeless Foundation and HomeSpace Society. Prior to working in housing, Aaron worked with numerous other non-profits in areas of granting and development. Aaron joined the team in 2018.

"Playing a role in the development of housing for our community fills me with pride. There is no better feeling than watching an individual move into their new home and I am happy to be part of the Horizon team in making that happen."