EDUCATION
CONSULTANTS

We are very fortunate to have a diverse team of highly skilled educators and facilitators.

They have in-depth knowledge of the housing co-op movement and are passionate about supporting housing co-ops to thrive.

Member feedback: “The CHF BC facilitator was fantastic; objective, probing, knowledgeable and challenging as well as easy to follow and understand. I never saw one glazed-over eye at all!”

Cheryl Alsop

Cheryl worked as a Senior Maintenance Coordinator in the housing co-op sector for over ten years and during this time did everything from managing routine repairs to coordinating large retrofit projects and everything in between. Cheryl also trained and coached staff in maintenance coordination and brings dynamism and humour to her work.

Thom Armstrong

Thom Armstrong is the chief executive officer of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, COHO Management Services Society, and the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC, all headquartered in Vancouver. He has held leadership positions in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and British Columbia during more than 35 years of service in the co-operative housing movement.  Armstrong also chairs the board of Encasa Financial Inc., a registered Investment Fund Manager for the capital reserves of Canada’s community housing sector.

Larry Birckhead

Larry has a background in community mental health and behaviour change and has served on the board of directors, maintenance committee, and membership committee at his own co-op, Marine Court. Larry’s expertise is in organizational development and training and offers a range of innovative engaging workshops, as well as insightful board coaching and trouble-shooting. Larry is also a trained facilitator for the Co-op Compass initiative.

Ed Dagsaan

Ed has worked in the co-op housing sector for over ten years. Currently, Ed works as Co-op Services Advisor with CHF BC delivering services to new co-ops, support to all co-ops through CHF BC’s member inquiries team and developing educational resources. Previously, Ed worked for a co-op management company as a coordinator and senior manager. Ed has experience in building management and supporting board governance through training and planning.

Brian Eng

Brian has been an activist within the co-op housing sector since 1990.  He has lived and worked in co-ops and has been on the board of local  and national federations.  He has worked as a manager in a number of housing co-ops and is familiar with different operational and program systems.  He is a skilled meeting chair and workshop leader.  Brian is always excited to help housing co-op boards and members achieve their operational, planning and community development goals.

Grant Haddock

Grant Haddock was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1992 and is the principle of Haddock & Company, Lawyers. Grant’s core areas of practice are co-operative housing law, strata property law, residential and commercial tenancy, human rights, privacy and construction law. Grant has acted for numerous housing providers and construction companies, appearing for them at all levels of court and at various tribunals. Grant has been a course leader and frequent speaker at educational conferences sponsored by industry leaders.

David Lach

David is a founding member of Quebec Manor Housing Co-operative, where he still lives. He has served as director, treasurer and president of the co-op. He served as president of CHF BC in its early days and in 2012 was again elected to the board. In addition to his involvement with housing co-ops, David serves or has served on other co-op boards, including Modo, Co-operators Group Limited and the BC Co-operative Association. David mostly offers chairing services and has particular expertise with Model Rules 2.0 and with the British Columbia Cooperative Association Act.

Terra Macdonald

Terra has more than 25 years of experience working in the co-operative sector. She has resided in two different housing co-ops starting in 1985. Terra worked with a housing co-op management company where her principal responsibilities included client and employee recruitment, maintaining client loyalty and the day-to-day supervision of close to 50 on-site and off-site property managers. Terra is known for her in-depth knowledge of the housing co-op sector and her area of expertise is in privacy legislation (PIPA).

Pat McClain

Pat has been a member of Paloma Housing Co-op since 1985 and was Program Manager, Member Relations for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada from 1995 to 2009. She currently serves on the CHF BC’s Aging in Place Committee. Pat’s area of expertise is community-building and governance workshops with a current interest in the topic of aging in co-op communities. Pat is also a trained Co-op Compass facilitator and has assisted many co-ops through that process.

Sue Moorhead

Sue has been active in housing co-ops and federations in British Columbia and Quebec for most of her working life. From 1997 to 2014 she was CHF BC’s Education Director. Now a CHF BC consultant, Sue chairs meetings, facilitates workshops and provides advice on co-op housing governance issues. An active member in her own housing co-op in Vancouver, she has served in various board and committee positions. Sue also worked as a technical advisor for Rooftops Canada in South Africa for five years, and has been on several national boards.

Andrew Sitko

Andrew has been an active member of three housing co-ops over a 15 year period, and has served on finance committees and as the treasurer of the board. He has worked for a housing co-op management company since 1995, holding positions as Office Coordinator, Accounting Coordinator, and Training Coordinator in addition to his current position as Accounting Staff Supervisor. Andrew’s expertise is in financial management and corporate management of housing co-ops.

Chris Whyte

Chris is a registered social worker who lives in False Creek Housing Co-op. Chris’s area of expertise is in conflict resolution and mental health social work. Chris is a trained group facilitator and therapist. He has assisted co-op members on a number of challenges and has facilitated difficult conversations among members, boards and committees. Chris also delivers CHF BC’s workshop ‘Mental Health in your co-op community’, and has facilitated several workshops on Mental Health and the Law with Geoffrey Dabs.

Jordan Zhu

Jordan is a Certified Professional Accountant and has been working as a Property Accountant for more than 10 years. Currently he works as Asset Management Program Analyst with CHF BC. In this role he helps member co-ops to access professional planning services and financing, making sure that co-ops remain viable, sustainable and able to provide members with good-quality housing. His expertise is in accounting and financial management, as well as long term planning for housing co-ops.