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Our Team

Every great organization is led by a hardworking team. We are so thankful for each of the dedicated and enthusiastic people that make up our Board of Directors and Habitat staff.

Office

Sara Cooper

Chief Executive Officer

Lei Han

director of corporate services

Shawna Blanchard

director of fund development

Sandra Oey

Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing

Nancy Currie

Family Services Manager

Diala Yassine

Team Lead, Family Services

Brianna Adams

Team Lead, Family Services (On Leave)

Julie Chatelain

Community Engagement Coordinator

Mariana Arapov

Executive Coordinator

Emma Zajac

Administrative Coordinator

Karlee Ouellette

Fund Development Coordinator

Mayila Ilagan

Finance Assistant

CJ Blake

Special Projects Coordinator

Build

Blair Sonnenburg

PROJECT MANAGER (KEMPTVILLE)

Graham Bretag

Lead Hand, New Construction

Steven Argue

construction labourer

Derek Chenoweth

Lead Hand (Contract)

ReStore

Allan Avis

Director of RESTORES

Bruce Latham

Manager, ReStore Stittsville & General Manager, Online ReStore

Karen Vejprava

Manager, ReStore Trainyards & ReStore Brand Engagement Specialist

Rommella Steele

Donations Supervisor

Myrna Beattie

ReStore Procurement Specialist

Vanessa Hebert-Arsenault

Assistant manager, ReStore Stittsville

Sean Leamen

Supervisor, ReStore Trainyards

Alan Soulsby

Full Time ReStore Driver

Our Board of Directors

Board Chair

Former Senior Executive, CLC
Former Consultant

Treasurer

CEO, Dementia Society of Ottawa

secretary

Director of Workforce Development, CBTU

CHAIR OF HUMAN
RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Head of Human Resources - Canada & Latin America, Lockheed Martin Canada

Chair of Land Development Committee

Senior Manager of Development, Colonnade BridgePort

Director

Associate Deputy Minister, Transport Canada

Director

Co-Founder, Treehouse Group of Companies

Director

Vice-President, eQ Homes

Director

Chief Operating Officer, Dentons Canada LLP

Director

Director, CHEO

Director

President & Owner, Innovation 7

Director

Former Deputy Minister, International Development

Director

Director of Development, Dream Unlimited

Director

Vice-President Finance, Trillium Healthcare Products

Scott Stevenson has been a senior executive in the federal real property community since 2007. He joined the public service in 1999 after being an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for nearly 15 years, where he learned to lead groups of people to solve complex problems.

He has performed leadership roles in policy and program management at the Department of National Defence and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.  He was the senior official responsible for the infrastructure and housing portfolios in these two large decentralized organizations.  He has been an active volunteer in the community of Kanata over the last 20 years, coaching youth sports including soccer, hockey and rugby. 

He graduated from Queen’s University with a Master’s in Public Administration in 1999 and from Royal Roads Military College with a Bachelor of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies in 1988.  He is aiming to use his professional knowledge and network to help advance the Habitat mission.

Phil has over 25 years of senior management experience in policy development, program management and the management of strategic transformations in the public sector. He also established and ran a small consulting company with clients in Canada and overseas for 10 years. He has worked with non-profit organizations for a number of years as both a front line volunteer and through strategic and board work. 

He first came to Habitat for Humanity during builds, which he participated in for four years.  Phil is very enthusiastic about the work this organization does.

Wendy Grimshaw is the CEO of the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County.  Wendy has twenty-five years of leadership experience in the public, for profit, and not-for-profit sectors, with a strong focus on strategy and finance.  She has an extensive governance background and has served on a variety of not-for-profit boards and committees including the Family Services Ottawa, the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Network, the Pembroke Regional Hospital, the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, and the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program.  Wendy has a strong interest in supporting the important work of Habitat for Humanity in providing a hand up and a decent place to live for the families in our community. She is a CPA CMA with an MBA (University of Ottawa) and a BA Honours (University of Western Ontario). 

Lindsay is the Director of Workforce Development for Canada’s Building Trades Unions, an umbrella organization that represents over 500,000 working tradeswomen and men across Canada. Her primary focus is on the development and operations of Build Together, a national CBTU program that works to recruit and retain tradespeople from underrepresented portions of the population: Women, Indigenous Peoples, the Next Generation & New Canadians.

Lindsay’s commitment to social justice and equity led her to the University of Manitoba to study Labour after completing her certificate in Human Resource Management. Lindsay was selected to participate in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in 2015, the Harvard Trade Union Program in January 2016 and completed the Strategic Communications & Change Management program through the University of Ottawa. Lindsay is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP).

Lindsay loves travel & adventure and is most proud of her successful summit of Mount Kilimanjaro & most recently Everest Base Camp.

Vincent Wong is the Head of Human Resources – Canada & Latin America at Lockheed Martin Canada. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the talent acquisition, compensation, performance management, talent management, organizational development and learning strategy and program execution to drive business results and organizational excellence.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Vincent served in several senior human resource positions at Canada Post Corporation including: Director of Executive Recruitment and Executive Compensation and Benefits; Director, Corporate HR; and Director/Senior HR Business Partner for Operations, Finance, Legal, HR, Sales and Marketing and Corporate Strategy.   Vincent started his career with Accenture Canada in their Human Capital/Talent and OD practice, providing HR, Change Management and large scale change solutions to Clients in the Canada and the United States.  

Vincent is a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL), holds the Strategic Human Resources Management Program certificate from the Rotman’s School of Business and graduated with Honours from the Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce.   He lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.

Bonnie has over 15 years of project management experience, and is currently a Senior Manager of Development with Colonnade BridgePort. In her day-to-day role, she focuses on strategic project positioning and delivery on multi-family, commercial and industrial projects. She is committed to city building and applying best practices in all facets of the development and construction lifecycle. 

Bonnie is a graduate of the Urban and Regional Planning program at Ryerson University and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners as a Registered Professional Planner (RPP).  In addition to serving on Habitat Greater Ottawa’s Land Committee, she is also part of the Executive Committee of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Ottawa and career mentor with Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO).

Arun Thangaraj was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Transport on July 6, 2020.

With over 20 years in the federal government, Arun has considerable experience in information technology, corporate planning, and finance and management.

Before joining Transport Canada, Arun was Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer at Global Affairs Canada where he was responsible for Information Management and Information Technology (IM/IT). In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the former Canadian International Development Agency. He also brings experience and knowledge on transportation issues, from his time at the Canadian Transportation Agency from 2002 to 2011.

Arun received the Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his contribution to the federal public service and to his community. He has served on various governance boards including the Finance and Operations Committee of the Global Fund, and is a member of the Public Sector Pension Advisory Committee. He is also a sessional lecturer in the School of Public Administration at Carleton University where he has taught courses in the management stream for many years. Arun is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, and an Honours BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto.

A Executive Leader who is Dare to Lead ™️ Certified with over 15 years experience in business management, growth, leadership, operations, recruitment, sales & service.  A respected leader, coach, Board Member with strong interpersonal communication skills, a community builder with a proven ability to grow people, teams, businesses, and process.

Soley believes in daring leadership, a why-seeking leader who embraces the suck, who will strive to cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation. Armour is not necessary or rewarded.

Soley has extensive board experience and is currently sitting proudly as a board member for Greater Ottawa, Habitat for Humanity

Soley has extensive experience in recruitment, retention and attraction strategies coupled with a proven ability to grow others and their businesses.  Soley tailors her services to your needs. 

Specialties: administration, advertising, business development, business plans, career planning, coaching, contract management, customer relations, delivery, D&I, event planning, facilities management, feedback, goal setting, human resources, leadership, learning & development, marketing, mentoring, negotiation, networking, operations, problem solving, project management, promotions, proposal writing, psychological safety, quality assurance, recruiting, sales, sales management, sales training, service reviews, sourcing, staffing, strategic planning & development, succession planning, talent acquisition, trust and its anatomy, team leadership, technical support, training, writing.

Josh is responsible for the daily operations of eQ Homes, an affiliate of the Regional Group of Companies. Josh joined Regional Group in 2006 as a land development manager. In this capacity, he managed large-scale, master-planned residential developments from acquisition through to completion. Prior to that, Josh worked as a planning consultant for Novatech Engineering Limited, an Ottawa-based engineering consulting firm.

A multiple degree graduate from Dalhousie University – a Master’s degree in Urban & Rural Planning and Bachelor of Commerce, Josh was awarded the Rossetti Scholarship from the Faculty of Architecture & Urban Planning at Dalhousie University. Josh is the past- president of the Greater Ottawa Homebuilders’ Association, a volunteer member of the Board of CAHDCO, a non-profit housing provider, and a volunteer member of the board of Camp B’Nai Brith of Ottawa.

Kelly is the Managing Director of National Operations for the Canada Region of Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. In this role, Kelly leads the National Operations team, Firmwide Communications team and Knowledge and Legal Operations team and is a member of the Firm’s National Management Committee.

As a former Partner practicing in the area of project development and project finance, Kelly is ranked as of one Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of real estate law (Best Lawyers, Legal 500) and banking and financial institutions (The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory). Kelly was also named a 2019 recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award, which recognizes accomplished and rising business leaders in the National Capital Region. Kelly is committed to mentoring and championing women at all stages of their careers.

Merryn is passionate about innovation that enables people to live their best lives. She is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and has a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from the Telfer School of Business. Merryn brings a variety of experiences from both the private and public sectors. These include designing and commercializing medical devices, leading community and hospital-based health services, and leading data-focused teams working to make care better in Ontario. She collaboratively engages customers, clients, and their families in the process of co-design. She is excited to support Habitat for Humanity in partnering with families to make home ownership more accessible. Merryn and her husband enjoy being active outdoors, getting their two young children and the dog outside no matter what the Ottawa weather brings!

Dale Booth is a member of the Naotkamegwanning First Nation, an Anishinaabe community in Northern Ontario. Dale is a Senior Executive and Indigenous Subject Matter Expert who specializes in the field of business, community, and economic development. With more than 25 years of experience working with Indigenous people, all levels of governments and in the construction industry, he is known as a visionary leader with special and tested talents for shaping productive, cooperative working environments by eliminating deficits and creating a successful corporate vision for the future. Dale is the Owner and President of Innovation Seven and specializes in the provision of advisory services to public sector clients and First Nations communities related to infrastructure development using alternative procurement solutions such as P3, ASD, and AFP. In addition, Dale has held senior positions within the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and the Assembly of First Nations as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Economic Development. He has demonstrated keen abilities in the areas of effective strategic planning, operational management, and financial management.  

Ms. MacLean began her federal public service career with Veterans Affairs Canada, including the Veterans Review and Appeal Board from 1995 to 1998.  Ms. MacLean was the executive exchange officer with Australia’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs from 1998 until 2000.   She also worked in the publishing industry with Macmillan of Canada, with CBC as a freelance/weather reporter, and with UPEI as a sessional lecturer.

Ms. MacLean holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, a BA in English Literature from the University of Prince Edward Island, and a certificate of proficiency in French from the Paris Eurocentre.

Brad Rodgers is currently overseeing the development and construction of Dream’s Zibi Development (34-Acre Waterfront Community) and is involved with Dream’s Lebreton Flats Library Pacel development. Brad brings experience in development and construction with an interest in cultivating opportunities to provide attainable and affordable housing in the National Capital Region.

Amirah is VP Finance at Trillium Healthcare Products. Prior to joining Trillium, she worked in in various industries including the not-for-profit  sector in Ottawa and abroad. She brings 25 years of experience in finance, strategic planning, performance measurement, and project management. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Project Management Professional certification. Ottawa raised, Amirah feels fortunate to be able to give back to her community through Habitat for Humanity. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family including her twins who are involved in several activities and sports in the community.