Welcome to the BtB blog!  Here you will find the latest news and information on affordable housing and related issues.  Our guest bloggers are experts in their field and we invite you to share your feedback and any ideas for future posts.

Roger Gervais

Roger Gervais

August 31 - VisitAbility as a minimum standard of universal design


Roger Gervais is passionate about attractive Universal Design for housing. As a certified aging in place specialist, he believes that homes without architectural barriers are safer, more practical and sustainable.

Gina Grosenick

Gina Grosenick

August 24 - Making collective impact on the affordable housing problem in Ottawa


Gina Grosenick is the Coordinator of Broadening the Base. She has 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, as a lobbyist, communicator, executive, and project manager. Gina is also an adjunct professor at Carleton University teaching communications and community advocacy.

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Steve Pomeroy

August 17 - Some Thoughts on a National Housing Strategy

Stephen Pomeroy is the principal of Focus Consulting, a housing policy research consultantacy, based in Ottawa. Steve is widely recognized as one of the leading housing policy experts in Canada and has been an advisor to a number of national associations, municipalities and provinces dealing with government restructuring and development of comprehensive housing strategies. He is a Senior Fellow at University of Ottawa Centre on Governance and a Research Associate at the Carleton University Centre for Urban Research and Education.

Gina Grosenick

Gina Grosenick

August 10 - Inclusionary Zoning - The challenge of balancing social and developer needs


Gina Grosenick is the Coordinator of Broadening the Base. She has 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, as a lobbyist, communicator, executive, and project manager. Gina is also an adjunct professor at Carleton University teaching communications and community advocacy.

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Read Guernsey

August 3 - Blending Purpose and Profit in Affordable Housing

A social finance/enterprise/economy enthusiast, Read works as a policy analyst for the Federal Government. He is also the chair of the Centre for Innovative Social Enterprise Development (CISED), which provides business development services for social ventures of all types in Eastern Ontario (www.cised.ca).

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Stéphane Giguère

July 27 - Key Factors to Ottawa Community Housing's Success

Stéphane Giguère is CEO of Ottawa Community Housing (OCH), the largest social housing provider in Ottawa. Stéphane promotes OCH as being more than a “bricks and mortar” landlord. He leads a high-profile Corporation with expertise in asset management, community development, government and stakeholder relations, finances and business development. Stéphane makes it a priority to incorporate the diversity of tenants’ needs into the services that the organization delivers and to position the Corporation for sustainable growth by identifying new sources of funding along with business development opportunities in both the private and not-for-profit sectors

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Faron Gogo

July 20 - The Landlord Partnership Program: Helping to House Ottawa's Homeless

Faron Gogo is a Housing Locator with Ottawa's Landlord Partnership Program, an initiative led by The Salvation Army, in partnership with the City of Ottawa to house the city's most vulnerable.

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Michael McGee

July 13 - CMHA Ottawa and Housing First

Michael McGee is the Housing Coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association Ottawa Branch

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Sue Garvey

July 6 - Affordable Housing Models that Work For Women

Sue Garvey. MSW has been the Executive Director of Cornerstone Housing for Women since 1996. She has spent most of her career working in community-based programs geared for women. She is passionate about the development of safe, affordable housing environments where people can reach their highest potential and participate in healthy neighborhoods. Cornerstone is a Community Ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa


Brittany Stares

Brittany Stares

June 29 - Exploring the Value of Guarantees for Affordable Housing


Brittany Stares is a Master’s Candidate in the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program at Carleton University and a Research Assistant for the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci).

Andy Broderick

Andy Broderick

June 22 - New Market Funds: Investing in Affordable Housing in Canada

Andy Broderick is VP of Impact Market Development at Vancity and Managing Director of New Market Funds, a non-profit owned fund management company in Vancouver.

Lisa Ker

Lisa Ker

June 15 - Passive Houses - Reducing the Costs of Affordable Housing


Lisa Ker is the Executive Director of Ottawa Salus Corporation. Ottawa Salus offers housing, community support services, and rehabilitation programs for individuals aged 16 or older with serious mental illness.

Brittany Stares

Brittany Stares

June 6 - Social Finance - A Primer


Brittany Stares is a Master’s Candidate in the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program at Carleton University and a Research Assistant for the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci).

Gina Grosenick

Gina Grosenick

June 1 - Why does Ottawa need to Broaden the Base?


Gina Grosenick is the Coordinator of Broadening the Base. She has 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, as a lobbyist, communicator, executive, and project manager. Gina is also an adjunct professor at Carleton University teaching communications and community advocacy.