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.
Olga’s academic background includes a degree from The University of Toronto where she focused on social and urban geography and more recently an Urban and Regional Planning Degree from Ryerson University. Her portfolio includes working with West Neighbourhood House and Cota in Toronto to help provide resources to immigrants with language barriers and other supports for vulnerable individuals in helping them attain their goals and ability to enrich their lives. She has also partnered with BUILD TORONTO in a study to identify opportunities for meaningful collaboration between government and private housing development opportunities. She is excited to be a part of a team that continually strives to push the boundaries in developing affordable housing in London.
Melissa has over 12 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 is now working towards a Commerce degree specializing her studies towards finance, business systems and governance. 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 BA majoring in Project Management. In her spare time, she volunteers with a number of charitable organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society.
Brian brings approximately 30 years of professional municipal and provincial planning experience to the HDC. Prior to joining the HDC, Brian was a Senior Development and Policy Planner with the Corporation of the City of London where he worked extensively with the development industry and local business and community associations.
A native of Sudbury Ontario and an avid runner, Brian holds an Honors Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo and certificates in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of Western Ontario.
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.
Kim is an accredited architectural technologist who brings 20 years of professional public service experience with the City of London; she was London’s first female Building Inspector before moving into municipal facilities design and construction project management where, for the past 17 years, she led the development and continued advancement of the City of London’s Facility Accessibility Design Standards (FADS), and was project manager for several facility regeneration and new development projects.
Kim is a two-time graduate of Fanshawe College where she earned a Diploma in Architectural Technology and received the Atkinson Bursary Award, then later earned a Graduate Certificate in Project Management; achieving the Presidents’ Honour Roll status in both areas of study.