Our Organization

homeEd provides affordable rental units including apartments and townhouses throughout Edmonton.

In 1977, City Council passed Bylaw 5107, A Bylaw to provide for the incorporation of a Non-Profit Housing Corporation. This Bylaw authorized City Administration to arrange for the incorporation of homeEd with the City of Edmonton as the sole Shareholder.

homeEd currently owns and operates 19 properties with a total of 807 housing units. Its holdings are divided into two divisions based on the type of funding used to construct and operate the property. Division 1 consists of properties operating under subsidy operating agreements with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs.  This Division contains 14 properties with a total of 658 units.

Division 2 consists of five properties with a total of 149 units. Division 2 properties are funded through a combination of capital grants, homeEd equity and debt financing.

homeEd also manages a number of properties on behalf of the City of Edmonton.

The City of Edmonton is the sole Shareholder of homeEd. The governing body for the City…Mayor and Council…is the representative for the Shareholder.

The current Board consists of eight citizen-at-large members appointed by City Council. Most recently, the Shareholder approved a change in governance structure which provided the Board with the decision-making capacity necessary to independently execute the organization's mandate. With that end in view, the Board of Directors places a focus on:

  • Ensuring an unbroken chain of accountability from the shareholder to corporate performance;
  • Defining corporate expectations;
  • Ensuring that homeEd's business reflects the City of Edmonton's housing priorities; and
  • Assuring organizational performance through its chief executive.

The Board of Directors visions the strategic directions for the organization, and ensures that homeEd’s business reflects the City of Edmonton’s housing priorities.

Meet the members of our Board of Directors: (click on a name to view his/her bio)

Chairperson: Carol Engelking
Vice-Chairperson: E. (Sonny) Mirth
Past Chairperson: Ann Henry
Member-at-Large: Ann Ranson Ratusz
Member-at-Large: Karim Pirmohamed
Member-at-Large: Richard Banasch
Member-at-Large: Rick Linklater


Carol Engelking (Chairperson)

Carol joined the homeEd board in 2016. She is a professional accountant (CPA,CA) with over 25 years of public sector and not-for-profit experience in the corporate finance area of the City of Edmonton, after working in public practice with KPMG. Carol has interfaced with homeEd for many years, initially as an external auditor, subsequently in managing financial services, and then in advisory and liaison roles. A resident of Edmonton for more than 35 years, Carol holds both a business degree and an education degree from the University of Alberta.

E. (Sonny) Mirth (Vice-Chairperson)

Sonny is a partner with the long-standing law firm of Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP and was appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 1986. Sonny’s main areas of practice are property and contract law including real estate, development, financing, sales, purchases, lending, residential rental properties, condominiums, and landlord and tenant matters. Sonny is currently, and has for over 8 years, served on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Residential Landlord Association. He has appeared in all levels of the courts of Alberta and in the Supreme Court of Canada. Sonny has received numerous awards over the years including “Best Lawyers’ Edmonton Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year” and Best Lawyers in Canada in the practice areas of Banking & Finance, Corporate Law, and Real Estate Law.

Ann Henry (Past Chairperson)

Ann has been with the homeEd Board since 2010. She was appointed Vice-Chair in 2011; and held that position until 2013, when she was appointed Chair. Ann holds undergraduate degrees in Social Work and Home Economics. She works for Alberta Health Services as an inpatient manager in Addiction and Mental Health. Ann also has previous experience working in the inner city with disadvantaged seniors, and as a housing manager for the Hard-to-House.

Ann Ranson Ratusz

Ann joined the Board in 2015. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing and brings over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Currently, she teaches Psychiatric Nursing to 3rd year students at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Nursing. As a part of their course work, Ann’s students participate in a clinical community component and examine the relationship between increased rates of mental illness and poverty. Ann previously served in the capacity of a community psychiatric nurse for Alberta Community Mental Health Services…collaborating with many inner city agencies such as Operation Friendship, Women's Emergency Accommodation Centre, and the Herb Jamieson Centre. She has also worked as a Home Care nurse and as a case co-coordinator in Long Term Care. Ann is committed to poverty reduction initiatives and has followed the Housing First Initiative with great enthusiasm.

Karim Pirmohamed

Karim joined homeEd's Board in 2015. He is a native of Edmonton and a graduate of the University of Alberta’s School of Business. Karim holds a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. He articled at PwC in Calgary and went on to work as a financial analyst at Covenant Health. Karim currently works for CMSI Alberta Inc. arranging commercial real estate financing for clients across Canada. Karim is actively engaged in the community and spends time each week volunteering with seniors.

Richard Banasch

Richard is the owner of BRASS III Developments, a recognized leader in the residential building industry. BRASS III has been producing innovative housing concepts in Edmonton since 1987. Richard is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of Alberta. Richard's experience in the multi-unit residential construction industry will be invaluable to homeEd as it moves forward in acquiring properties and developing mixed-income housing models.

Rick Linklater

Rick joined homeEd's board in November 2016. He has been in the property and asset management industry for over 40 years and presently owns and operates Orkney Asset Management Ltd. He is the President of the International Real Estate Federation, Canada (FIABCI); and is a member of the Real Estate Institute of Canada and the Institute of Real Estate Management. Rick has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and has a Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management.

Meet the members of our Leadership Team:

Executive Director: Jim Fowler
Controller: Diana Moes
Senior Property Manager: Michelle Roseboom
Property Manager: April Kerr

Jim Fowler

Jim is a recent addition to the homeEd team having joined in December 2017. He is a seasoned executive with 15 years of progressive experience in the Housing Industry (employee, student, seniors, and now affordable). Prior to that he spent nearly 20 years working in the Hospitality Industry at various 5 Star Canadian & International Resorts. He is known for his service excellence, innovation, creativity, and has a solid reputation for improving the working and living experiences of the employees and tenants whom he has served over the years. Jim is an active member of APHAA (Alberta Public Housing Administrators' Association) and the CHRA (Canadian Housing and Renewal Association).

Diana Moes

Diana joined the organization as the Controller in 2013. She has been a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) for over 25 years. Diana has worked at the Controller level in a number of organizations and been actively involved in developing management reporting; and establishing controls, processes and procedures to safeguard the assets of the organization and gain efficiencies.

Michelle Roseboom

Michelle has been in the property management industry for over 25 years. Michelle comes to homeEd from a private owner where she held a General Manager position overseeing 1130 multi-housing units and 50,000 sq.ft. of commercial property. Prior to that position, she was responsible for overseeing 23 buildings consisting of 1300 multi-residential units. Michelle is a Certified Resident Manager (CRM), and volunteers with the Alberta Residential Landlord Association as its Chair of Education.

April Kerr

April has worked her way up through the homeEd community, starting in the role of Resident Manager. She has been with homeEd for almost five years and our Property Manager since 2016. April's goal is to continue to pursue excellent tenant relations to make your stay with us a pleasant one.