We are led by a Board of Directors consisting of nine individuals who truly understand the issue of homelessness and the work that is needed to help individuals and our community as a whole. Our Board works closely with our CEO to ensure commitments through the Community Plan and 10-year plans are fulfilled. This collaboration is very important to our day-to-day operations and helps provide the strategic direction and guidance for all of our funding decisions.
A minimum of four of the nine directors are members of the Indigenous community. Directors are nominated through the Indigenous Nominating Committee and a nominating committee composed of stakeholders from the community and members of government. This governance model ensures that the views and culture of Indigenous peoples are respected and reflected in our work and relationships.
Patricia brings a background of business, municipal governance, education and community involvement to the Board. She consults in the areas of environment and corporate social responsibility, education and health care, having completed projects for Alberta Health, Alberta Education and the Alberta School Trustees Association. She was Chair of the Alberta Commission on the Future of Learning Report.
Patricia was AVP Environment, TELUS, where in addition to responsibility for environmental performance, she was the Project Manager for TELUS’ Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Prior to TELUS, she served for nine years as an alderman for the City of Edmonton. She was elected president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and served on the board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
Patricia currently serves on the boards for the Centre for Family Literacy, the Law Enforcement Review Board, and Success by Six Council of Partners. She has served on the boards of Alberta Blue Cross, Chair of Tree Canada, President of the University Women’s Club, Roots of Empathy, and on numerous boards in her role as an alderman.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has an ICD.D designation from the Haskayne Business School, University of Calgary.
A born and raised Edmontonian, Steve brings 18 years of professional experience in the commercial and institutional building construction industry to Homeward Trust. His experience covers all facets of business, from project management to estimating to senior management, and he has worked on projects all across Alberta.
In his current role as Vice President, Project Development for Clark Builders, Steve leads a professional team focused on all business development and preconstruction services initiatives for Clark’s Northern Alberta operations with a particular focus on collaborative project delivery methods that integrate the design, development and construction process. He is well known for his excellent working relationships with the design and development community, as well as his strength in leading multi-disciplinary teams to effective outcomes focused on collective success.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) from the University of Alberta; is a past board member of the Edmonton Downtown Development Corporation; is a director of the Joint Board of Practice for APEGA and the Alberta Architects Association; and is a member of the Edmonton Executive Association.
Outside the office, Steve is a father of two young children, a lover of food, sports and design, and he plays guitar in a local band called Manraygun.
Colleen joined the Homeward Trust Board of Directors on October 1, 2015 and was immediately appointed as Secretary/Treasurer. She obtained her accounting designation in 1992. Colleen’s career began in Saskatchewan in 1985. Since relocating to Edmonton in 1988 she has held various positions with organizations including the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Alberta Health Services and ATB Financial. In September 2009, Colleen joined ATB as Controller and within two years, she was appointed Vice President Finance and Controller. Her strong work ethic and excellent leadership skills were recognized by ATB and she received their highest award given for showing outstanding leadership – Club Catalyst Winner. Colleen is a positive person who strives to bring out the best in people.
Meaghan Conroy assists Aboriginal communities and landowners with issues related to natural resource extraction, land development and other environmental matters. She has argued before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench. She has also participated in proceedings before the Alberta Energy Regulator (formerly the Energy Resources Conservation Board), the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Métis Settlements Appeal Tribunal and other administrative tribunals.
Meaghan articled with the Alberta Court of Appeal and Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and was previously a political and policy adviser to federal Cabinet Ministers. She also worked for the federal Department of Justice in its Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio, National Litigation Coordination Unit. In this position she gained experience in Treaty issues, constitutional law, Crown law and processes of the federal government related to Aboriginal litigation and claims.
Meaghan is Executive Member, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta North) Aboriginal Subsection; Organizing Committee Member, National Aboriginal Law Conference, Canadian Bar Association (2014, Iqaluit, Nunavut); and is actively involved with a federal political party.
Terry Coyes is the principal consultant and owner of Coyes & Associates, an independent consultancy offering strategic planning and training, enterprise development, project management, business coaching and mentoring services.
Working from a solid foundational knowledge of business, strategic planning and economic development concepts and practices, along with an invaluable network of contacts that has been created over 20+ years experience, Terry works with a variety of clients including private businesses from various industry sectors, community and regional councils, business associations, banking and government institutions.
Possessing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta, Terry obtained a Certified International Trade Professional designation from the Forum for International Trade Training, and he maintains both the Technician and Professional Level Indigenous Economic Developer Certifications from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers.
Terry has served as a member of the Change for Children Association board of directors, the Canada Revenue Agency’s Prairie Region and National Small Business Advisory Committees, the Canada Youth Business Foundation Loan Review Committee, and the Forum for International Trade Training Certification and Accreditation Committee. In 2010, Terry volunteered as Special Learning Advisor to CUSO International in Ghana, Africa, together with his wife and 4 children.
Eva has more than 20 years experience and an educational background in Management and Career Development. She has been involved in all aspects of management, including successfully leading the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) program for the past 10 years on behalf of Tribal Chiefs Employment & Training Services Association. She delivers a superior consulting engagement in terms of authentic community relationships, community engagement effectiveness, a thoughtful workforce development framework, and effective training solutions.
Eva has been responsible for ensuring that teams deliver projects on time and with deliverables that meet or exceed expectations and has worked closely with all levels of Government – local, provincial and federal – by providing valuable insight and advice on Indigenous culture, customs, and issues.
She has an unparalleled understanding of the unique realities found within Indigenous communities. She has facilitated various Indigenous stakeholder engagement initiatives, demonstrating her relationship building, visioning, strategic planning, project management, and proposal writing skills for improving the quality of life in Indigenous communities. Eva was instrumental in the development of the T.R.E.A.T.Y. Model Mapping for Integrated Services for Tribal Chiefs Employment and Training Services Association.
Eva’s career has centered on working with Indigenous issues, including living in First Nation communities to more deeply understand the issues, strategic planning for workforce and literacy development and human services coordination, business planning and program evaluation capacity building, community liasing, and economic development coordination. Eva has helped Indigenous organizations plan, obtain, and implement funding to improve quality of life. She is a strong project manager and thought leader in the area of Employment, Training and Career Development.
Eva and her husband Steve reside in the City of Edmonton.
Joseph Jobin is a member of the Sucker Creek First Nation. Joseph began working for the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta in 2009 and has been in his role of Chief Operating Officer since 2011.
Joseph and his wife April have two children (18 and 20) who have both graduated from high-school and are planning their future career goals.
His educational accomplishments include attaining a Diploma in Management (Honours) from NAIT in 2001 and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 2003. He has begun studies at the University of Alberta in the MBA program (expected 2017).
Joseph’s work experience includes employment with the Sucker Creek First Nation as an Education Counselor for 5 years. Joseph was a Credit Officer at Peace Hills Trust Company for 5 years dealing with many of the First Nations in northern and central Alberta. Work assignments involved not only First Nation project financing but dealt with economic development and self-reliance. His experience has provided him with insight into local, regional and provincial opportunities for First Nation communities.
Joseph has a strong interest in collaborative relationships and his tenure with Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta has resulted in numerous initiatives designed to strategically advance the priorities of the organization while also benefitting our partners. T8FNA is recognized as a competent Treaty organization that prepares Treaty 8 (Alberta) leadership to effectively communicate and collaborate with Provincial and Federal governments.
Joseph enjoys a solid reputation amongst First Nation communities, stakeholder groups and business partners and believes that there is an achievable balance between environmental stewardship and economic development that respects the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights of the First Nations in Alberta.
Jim started his career with the Government of Alberta working as a land-use planner, senior policy analyst, director of policy, as well as chief of staff for two cabinet ministers. Later, his career moved him to the University of Alberta where he served as the Director of Government Relations for four years. In the last dozen years, Jim specialized in government relations, advocacy, strategic communications, policy development/analysis and association management, leading two major industry associations in Alberta (Insurance Bureau of Canada and Canadian Home Builders’ Association).
Jim received his Bachelor of Arts in Geography from McGill University, Master of Arts in Political Science and a Public Administration Certificate, both from the University of Alberta. He also has a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives.
Jim has served on numerous boards and committees related to home building, worker safety, building codes, property & casualty insurance, voluntary sector insurance, auto-theft, and various deputy minister and ministerial advisory committees at the provincial level.
In a volunteer capacity, Jim currently serves as Vice-President of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories and as Director for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Jim and his wife Jan live in Edmonton, and have five grown children.
Rocky is Cree and is originally from the northern Alberta community of Lesser Slave Lake.
Rocky has worked nearly 25 years in Indigenous business development and entrepreneurship from front line to senior management. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Indian Investment Corporation, whose primary focus is on commercial developmental lending, business education, and support services for Alberta First Nations.
Rocky is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors Program – Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto.
He is a former member of the Alberta Economic Development Authority and was a member of its Productivity and Competitiveness Committee. In addition, he is a founding member and 1st Vice President of Aksis, an Edmonton Indigenous Business and Professional Association.
Rocky has been a resident of the greater Edmonton area for nearly 30 years.
Susan is the Chief Executive Officer of Homeward Trust Edmonton. She was appointed Executive Director of the Edmonton Joint Planning Committee on Housing (EJPCOH) in July 2005, and assumed Executive Director responsibilities for the Edmonton Housing Trust Fund in June 2007, overseeing the consolidation of these two organizations under the new banner of Homeward Trust in 2008.
Under her leadership, Homeward Trust Edmonton has undergone significant growth to meet the requirements and expectations of an organization mandated to implement a plan to end homelessness. In the first five years of implementing Edmonton’s plan, Homeward Trust developed a Housing First program, funding several agencies to provide access to housing and supports for over 5,600 individuals. Several capital projects are underway, including permanent supportive housing for those requiring a high level of supports, and additional services have been added to augment the capacity of existing agencies. Homeward Trust emphasizes the importance of culturally informed services and strives to ensure Indigenous organizations and individuals are active partners in addressing homelessness as experienced by Indigenous community members. Susan works closely with community leaders, elected officials, and government administration to ensure alignment and support of the programs implemented by Homeward Trust.
Prior to Homeward Trust, Susan served as Executive Director for the Edmonton Downtown Development Corporation (DDC). During her 13 years with the DDC, she oversaw the implementation of several significant projects which have contributed to the renaissance of downtown Edmonton. These included the Alberta Main Street Programme, the retention of the City Market downtown, establishing the Arts District Partnership, and partnering on numerous community based initiatives.
In addition to her professional work, Susan has been an active member of the community, volunteering on various committees and boards, and is committed to supporting other cities undertaking the challenging task of ending homelessness.
Susan received her B.Sc. in Architecture from Ryerson University, Toronto, and has an MBA through the Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University. She is a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Susan lives in Edmonton with her children, Rylea and Satchel.