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: Rick Linklater
Member-at-Large: Reg Appleyard
Member-at-Large: Brookes Merritt
Member-at-Large: James (Jim) Webb
Member-at-Large: Henry Edgar
Member-at-Large: Ayaz Bhanji
Member-at-Large: Salima Kheraj

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.

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.

Reg Appleyard

Reg served as the Executive Director of the Brentwood Community Development Group (BCDG) for many years (1977 to 2015). His charitable work has included sitting on the boards of Capital Region Housing Corporation, Greater Edmonton Foundation, KARA Family Resource Centre, Bissel Centre, United Church National Committee, Boys & Girls Club of Edmonton, UNICEF Advisory Committee, Aldergrove Community League and the Belmead Community League. Reg created the rent geared to income subsidy programs at BCDG which made them financially self-sufficient and started their partnership with Terra Centre. In 2003, he was recognized by the Institute of Chartered Accounts as a Fellow of the Institute, their highest honor.

Brookes Merritt

Brookes has more than 15 years experience in the political, public and private spheres, and acts as an advisor to leaders in the private and non-profit sectors. In the past he has worked with the provincial government as a strategist advising members of the Executive Council, Cabinet, Deputy Ministers and their teams in various provincial ministries. Brookes draws on experience in media, issues and reputation management, crisis communication, public relations, policy development and political advocacy to help clients achieve goals. Brookes holds a post-graduate Diploma of Journalism along with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

James (Jim) Webb

Jim has been employed in the residential and commercial real estate business for 27 years and is the owner and President of Urbanlife Properties and Management Ltd. that is responsible for 800 multi-family rental units and several commercial properties in Edmonton. In the past he has held volunteer positions with various Boards, including the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association, Alberta Heart Institute and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta.

Henry Edgar

Henry is a partner at Edgar Development, President of Edgar Development Edmonton where he guides the execution of all aspects of the business, while overseeing multiple development projects and their respective teams. His expertise includes acquisitions, design, development, construction, and finance. Henry donates to many organizations including Stollery Children’s Hospital, Mental Health Foundation and several Edmonton Arts & Community initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Ayaz Bhanji

Ayaz has been a Realtor for over 15 years, specializing in Commercial Real Estate and is a Senior Partner at EPC Capital - a real estate private equity firm that owns/manages commercial real estate assets in the Edmonton area. Over the years he has helped his company and his clients become successful through sound advice, marketing expertise, skilled negotiation and years of practical experience. He brings a thorough understanding and knowledge of Real Estate Management and Development. Ayaz is President of the University of Alberta Alumni Association and served two terms as the President of the Ismaili Council for Edmonton. Ayaz holds an MBA from Athabasca University.

Salima Kheraj

Salima is a professional urban planner with over 15 years of experience in working on a variety of projects ranging from master planned communities and complex infill projects ventures to green, environmentally sustainable land development plans. She has been with the Beaverbrook Group for 10 years and during that time she held various project management roles, overseeing the land development process from vision through to construction. In 2015, she was one of the founding principals of InHouse by Beaverbrook that focuses on building multifamily and mixed use projects in Edmonton’s core areas. Today, she serves as Beaverbrook’s Chief Innovation Officer which allows her to combine her passion for design and creativity in a leading role to shape the design of new housing plans and projects for the future. Presently, Salima serves as a Board Director for the Urban Development Institute (UDI), Edmonton Region. Salima holds her BES, Environmental Studies, Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo.

Meet the members of our Leadership Team:

Executive Director: Jim Fowler
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).

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.