2022 Habitat Canada National Board of Directors Candidates
Leland Corbett (Region 2)
Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta, AB
Leland Corbett was elected to Habitat for Humanity Canada’s National Board of Directors in May 2022. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Southern Alberta affiliate, a position Leland has held since September 2020 and for which he is currently Vice-Chair. Leland’s introduction to Habitat came through the Global Village program, sparking a passion which has result in he and his wife pursuing many home-building trips to different parts of the world.
In addition to his volunteer work at Habitat, Leland is a partner at the law firm of Stikeman Elliott LLP, where he has practiced in the areas of corporate finance, governance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity for over 28 years. Leland is also a member of the Board of Directors of Kiwetinohk Energy Corp., an early-stage, publicly-listed energy transition company.
Leland holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA and a Bachelor of Laws, all from the University of Alberta.
David Hooper (Region 3)
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, MB
David is a professionally accredited Management Account (CPA, CMA) as well as a professionally accredited Risk Manager (CRM). He has over 30 years of experience in Controller and CFO roles in major, privately owned corporations.
Currently, David is completing his two-year term as Board Chair of the Habitat Manitoba affiliate. He has been involved with Habitat Manitoba for eight years in a variety of roles. Initially, he was a member of the Finance committee and the Risk Assessment committee and then moved on to chair those two committees. He stepped down from those committees to take on the role of Vice-Chair for two years and then served as Board Chair for two years. During his term as Board Chair, the Manitoba affiliate was very active building homes, including the very successful Jimmy and Rosaline Carter Work Project in 2017. During David’s tenure on the Manitoba Board, he helped create implement new mortgage and debt financing policies that will provide greater opportunities to serve more families in the future. Also, he is a member of the Habitat Canada Assessment and Risk Committee.
In addition to his involvement with Habitat, David is active in the community, as Race Director of the Great Grain Relay in support of KidSport Manitoba, and as a Trustee for his local church.
Christine Pacini (Region 4)
Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, ON
Working primarily in the public and not-for-profit sectors, Christine Pacini has more than 35 years of professional experience in the areas of housing research and policy, management consulting, and social purpose real estate development.
Christine Pacini is a co-founder and partner of SHS Consulting, an independent consulting firm specializing in the housing field. She has had an integral role in the preparation of more than 250 housing and related studies and has acted as project manager in the development of a wide range of affordable, supportive, and transitional housing projects. Christine has also worked with a number of housing organizations in the development of their long-term real estate strategies.
Christine is heavily involved in SHS Consulting’s business innovation practice, having worked on the reimaging of the business offerings of community-based housing organizations, and facilitating a range of Solutions Labs aimed at solving complex housing problems on behalf of CMHC, including healthy housing, future of community housing, and citizen-led housing design.
Christine was on the Habitat for Humanity GTA Board of Directors between 2010 and 2020, including serving as Board Chair. She has been a SheEO Activator since 2017, supporting women entrepreneurs working on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Dave Sauve (Region 4)
Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, ON
David Sauve was elected to Habitat for Humanity Canada's National Board of Directors in May 2016. He previously volunteered as a board member with Habitat for Humanity York Region from 2009 to 2014, serving as the chair from 2013-14. After Habitat York Region merged with Habitat for Humanity Brampton-Caledon and Habitat for Humanity Toronto in 2014, David acted as the inaugural chair for Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (GTA) from 2014 to 2016 and remained on the GTA board until June 2020. He was Chair of the GTA’s Build Finance Committee and a member of its Land & Build Committee. On the national board, David was Chair of the Human Resources Committee from 2017-20 and is a past member of the Finance Committee.
In addition to his volunteer work at Habitat, David is a Vice President at Stantec Consulting, an international architecture/engineering design and project management firm. He was previously responsible for leading the firm's operations in the GTA and Ottawa, consisting of about 850 people. In early 2021, he was named Stantec’s Infrastructure Innovation Leader (Global) and Major Projects Leader (Canada).
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Queen's University), Master's in Urban and Regional Planning (Queen's University), and MBA (real property development specialization) (Schulich School of Business). In 2014, he completed the Not for Profit Governance Essentials program offered by the Rotman School of Business.
Sharon Kuropatwa (Region 3)
External Candidate, Manitoba
Sharon Kuropatwa is a leader, innovator, teacher, writer, integrator and facilitator with over 30 of experience in academe, government, non-profit organizations and health services.
Sharon’s work has focused on violence against women, mental health and addictions, the integration of health and social services, and housing and homelessness. Sharon had the opportunity to be on the ground floor of Housing First development in Winnipeg and participated on the Working Group of the At Home Chez Soi study, a national research project on Housing First models across Canada. Housing as a human right has framed Sharon’s work for the last 15 years, with a specific interest in housing as a primary determinate of health. This has included the development of Housing First programs, street health outreach teams, a congregate Housing First site, housing support teams for provincial social housing, and a number of initiatives and tables designed to integrate the service response to individuals impacted by homelessness. Sharon believes in the strength of collective effort and the capacity of communities as well as faith in people and families to know what works best for them. Optimism is ever-present, and hope is always on the table.
Corinna Mitchell-Beaudin (Region 3)
External Candidate, Saskatchewan
Corinna leads the team accountable for overseeing the management of enterprise, credit, market and operational risks at FCC. She brings a strong focus on developing risk practices that align with FCC’s risk appetite, business objectives and customer experience priorities. By effectively managing risk, FCC protects its ability to deliver great customer relationships over the long term.
Corinna has been with FCC for more than 20 years and has held senior leadership roles in Treasury, Portfolio Management, Prairie Operations and Credit Risk Management. In 2014, she became FCC’s Chief Risk Officer.
Corinna holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and a CFA Charterholder, and has been recognized by Saskatchewan Business Magazine as a Woman of Influence.
Corinna has volunteered on numerous not-for-profit Boards in the past with her most recent appointment being to the National Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Canada.
FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $44 billion. As a financially self-sustaining Crown corporation, FCC provides flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and food industries.
Mehdi Nezarati (Region 4)
External Candidate, Ontario
Mehdi Nezarati was appointed to the board of Habitat for Humanity Canada in August 2021. He has close to 30 years of experience in high tech, software development and cloud platform management and operations. An entrepreneur at heart, Mehdi was a co-founder of Esna Technologies, a Canadian startup which was acquired by Avaya Inc in 2015. He served at Avaya until July 2021 where he last held the position of Vice President of Cloud Operation and Platform and led the company's product and platform transformation to cloud based software and services.
Mehdi was drawn to serve on Habitat's board through his own experience as a newcomer to Canada in the early 1980's. At a young age, Mehdi realized the importance of having a secure home in a supportive community and how having that foundation helped him and his family become a successful, Canadian immigrant story.
Mehdi has a BASc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. He lives north of Toronto with his wife and daughter.