As CEO, Stephen brings over 25 years of progressive leadership roles with the City of London in community service administration, program management, and most recently as the Manager of Housing Services in London where he led the planning and creation of HDC. Stephen is recognized as a trusted community partner, innovative thinker, and advocate who has played key roles in advancing London’s housing strategies and a number of services supporting individuals and families in need.
Stephen is proud to be founding Charter Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Canada, a member of Housing Partnership Canada, and an active volunteer with a number of community organizations and agencies.
Neil has 43 years of experience working in community development and affordable housing with the City of London, City of St. Thomas, Province of Ontario, Province of British Columbia and Family and Children’s Services of London & Middlesex. His formal education includes an honours degree in Community Development, Small Business Management Certificate, and Diploma in Behavioural Sciences.
Neil is a current member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, retired member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers, and has been the Treasurer of Middlesex Condominium Corporation #168 since April 1998. He was on the committee to establish the Fanshawe College Student Union and served as the first President. As a volunteer, Neil was a founding member and President of Community Homes of Southwestern Ontario, former President of Homes Unlimited (London), former Board member of Neill-Wycik Cooperative College, and former President of OPSEU Local 116.
Melissa has over ten years of experience working in the field of Affordable Housing with the City of London. There she helped create and administer programs, policies, and strategies related to the provision of affordable housing in London. She studied business and marketing which aided not only her professional work, but also her community volunteering. Melissa has served on fundraising and newsletter committees for a variety of diverse organizations. She is looking forward to continuing her commitment to affordable housing with the Housing Development Corporation.
Isabel da Rocha:
Isabel began her career in affordable housing development for London and St. Thomas as an associate with Neil Watson Consulting for seven years. She stepped away from affordable housing for a short time to gain experience in municipal finance with the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, where she received her Municipal Tax Administration Program Certificate. She has a law clerk diploma, accounting certificate, and is working toward her designation in finance. In her spare time, she volunteers with a number of charitable organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society.