edmonton night skylinehomeEd is a proud non-profit housing provider. Established in 1977 by the City of Edmonton, the organization was created to increase the supply of affordable rental housing in Edmonton. homeEd now provides well over 900 affordable rental units to a mix of low to moderate income households, with rents starting at the low end of the market.

Over the years homeEd has developed a reputation for being a caring and respectful landlord and property manager. Our properties are well maintained and provide safe and appropriate housing for tenants while integrating seamlessly into the surrounding community.

We’re proud of being a prudent financial manager. As a non-profit housing provider, homeEd’s operating objective is to maintain a break-even financial position; rental revenues and government grants generate sufficient revenue to cover annual operating costs and to establish replacement reserves.

We’re also proud of being a reliable partner. Simply put, homeEd works well with others, and we work hard to build and maintain positive relationships with tenants, social service agencies and the City of Edmonton, including Edmonton Police Services.

Organizational Structure

homeEd is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors appointed annually by our shareholder. Our sole shareholder is the City of Edmonton as represented by the Mayor and Council as the City’s governing body.

Governance - Board Members

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

Ayaz Bhanji (Chairperson)

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.

Michelle Wilsdon (Vice-Chairperson)

Michelle Wilsdon is from the Enoch Cree Nation where she currently serves in her third term as an elected member of Council, providing strong leadership for the planning, development and corporate functions of the Nation. Michelle brings more than 10 years of leadership experience for initiatives related to community development, lands and resource management as well as intergovernmental, community and industry relations. She is passionate about leading reconciliation efforts between Canadians and Indigenous Peoples, and believes this is best accomplished through principled leadership, respect-based relations and partnerships. Michelle was appointed to the Board in 2020.

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.

E. (Sonny) Mirth

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.

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.

Elliott Young 

Elliott is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Ermineskin Cree Nation (Ermineskin), one of the four nations that make up Maskwacis. Born and raised on Ermineskin, he came to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies degree with a certification in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership. He is currently enrolled in the MA in Community Engagement with the Faculty of Extension at the U of A. Elliott’s career has been focused on policy development and coordination, community engagement, Indigenous relations, and youth engagement. Elliott’s motivation is ensuring social issues are addressed through collaboration and engagement of community. Elliott was appointed to the Board in 2020.

Dan Rojek

Dan possesses 10 years of managerial and executive experience in real estate, health care, energy, and new ventures. Dan is currently the Corporate Vice President of Carrington Group of Companies. Dan is involved with various Boards and Committees including Edmonton Opera, Patient Care based Funding Committee (Government of Alberta), Alberta Continuing Care Association, and the Mackay CEO Forum. Dan has a Master's degree in business administration from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA) designation.

Peter Jonkman

Peter is an experienced and capable development executive who is successful in the
strategic visioning, planning, and delivery of real-estate development. With over 25 years of diversified industry experience, Peter leads high-performance teams in delivering a range of developments across many sectors of the industry including infrastructure, urban development, governmental, educational, commercial, processing, light industrial and mixed-use residential. Peter is currently the Vice President Construction (Prairie Region) for Edgar Development. Peter holds an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.

Dave Rumbold

Dave is a highly experienced engineer and committed volunteer. Dave has worked as a Technical Specialist and Application Engineer in refining and upgrading industries for over 30 years, and held extensive Committee roles with APEGA and other community organizations. Currently, Dave is a Senator for the University of Alberta Senate and Co-Chair for its U-School Fundraising Committee. Dave has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and holds the Professional Engineer designation from APEGA.

Meet the members of our Leadership Team:

Executive Director: Jim Fowler
Property Manager: April Kerr
Controller: Angela Page
Property Acquisition Officer : Rick Linklater

Jim Fowler

Jim 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).

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 over 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.

Angela Page

Angela is a CPA, CMA and comes to us with over 25 years of progressive accounting experience. She has an extensive range of industry experience including public practice, property accounting and new home construction. Angela has held several Controller roles before joining our team. She has previously moderated for the CMA Society

Rick Linklater

Rick is a proven executive with over 40 years in the Real Estate Industry encompassing small and large public companies, private property management companies, and apartment syndicators, with specialization in leasing, property management, and asset management. Rick is a Certified Property Manager, CPM, and is a past president of the International Real Estate Federation, Canadian chapter.