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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    Aaron Morris
    Director of Development and Strategy
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Martina Jileckova, CEO

CEO

As CEO of Horizon Housing Society, Martina Jileckova is passionate about Horizon’s mission of providing affordable homes to those in need 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, solid operations, and stakeholder focus. With an ambitious strategic plan Horizon offered the perfect marriage of her experience in real estate and her passion for implementing innovative solutions.

As a respected leader within the sector, Martina is committed to building strong partnerships with government, private sector and community groups. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Community Housing Affordability Collective, provides leadership as Chair for the Opening Doors Conference and is a member of the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership Council and the Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness. She serves on Boards for the Community Housing Transformation Centre and Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies. Martina also served on The City of Calgary’s Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) for more than a decade and holds a Masters of Environmental Design 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 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 to 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 Resident 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 resident 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. 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."

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."

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    Derek Muzyka
    Director of Finance
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    Ellen Close
    Acting Director, Stakeholder Relations
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Derek Muzyka, Director of Finance

Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, Derek’s expertise and vision are critical to the development of Horizon Housing’s financial strategies. Derek is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and Chartered Director (C.Dir) with 20 years of leadership experience in finance and operations. Prior to joining Horizon, Derek spent six years as Director of Corporate Services at Calgary West Central Primary Care Network. Derek’s role is crucial in the execution of Horizon’s goals for fiscal responsibility and long-term sustainability.

"A safe, stable home is the foundation for good health, education, employment and life. I have chosen to work with Horizon Housing to provide this foundation to as many individuals and families as possible."

Ellen Close, Acting Director, Stakeholder Relations

Acting Director, Stakeholder Relations

Ellen brings a wealth of experience to Horizon, including more than ten years in non-profit management as the senior producer of award-winning theatre company, Downstage. A published playwright, Ellen is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and the Rozsa Arts Management Program at the Haskayne School of Business. She has brought an artistic lens to collaborations with a wide range of not-for-profit organizations, including writing a satirical panel discussion for the Alberta Climate Summit and co-facilitating multiple artistic projects with Calgarians experiencing homelessness. She is passionate about serving Horizon’s diverse stakeholders through clear communication, engagement and collaboration.

"Working with Horizon has opened my eyes to the immensity of the need for affordable housing in Calgary, and how transformative it can be when someone finally has access to a safe and secure place to call home."