2021 Habitat Canada National Board of Directors Candidates
Marie Claire Uwanyirigira
Marie Claire is the General Manager for E-MC Gestion Immobilière. Established in 2013, this property management organization has built its reputation on flexibility, professionalism, and providing exemplary service. Marie is known for her strategic insights and guidance that enhance the company’s ability to manage significant real estate assets and ensure remarkable growth. Exceptional leadership skills drive Marie’s ability to mentor and coach diverse teams while overseeing essential business operations. Her agile corporate culture helps her achieve corporate objectives through organic, profitable growth and, ultimately, prosperity.
Marie is known for her eloquent, personable, and knowledgeable presentation. She has an impressive portfolio of entrepreneurial and managerial experience that is reflected in her professional accomplishments. Marie possesses an Institute for Governance of Public and Private Organization (IGOPP) designation and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Industrial Engineering. Her advanced academic achievements fueled her admirable career.
Additionally, Marie is extremely passionate about real estate and believes that having somewhere to call home is a human right. She has been actively involved with Habitat for Humanity in a variety of capacities since 2017. Astute communication skills are reflected in productive professional relationships with key stakeholders. Marie is known for her remarkable business acumen and compelling blend of talent and vision. Marie’s dedicated approach to operational leadership, budget management, and investment analysis are reflected in her significant qualitative and quantitative achievements.
Susan was first elected to the Habitat for Humanity Canada Board of Directors in 2015. She has been Chair of Governance since 2016 and has served on several board committees, including Enterprise Risk and Affiliate Relations, Human Resources and Finance. Susan has also been involved in several national projects and committees over her six years on the Board. Susan caught the “Habitat bug” when she joined Habitat for Humanity Edmonton as its first co-chair of Women Build in 2005/06. She then was elected to the Habitat Edmonton Board in 2006 and took an active role on that Board, including as Chair, until 2013. Susan has also been very fortunate to participate in Global Village Builds. She is currently serving on two corporate boards and was previously Chair of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.
Susan has almost 30 years of executive leadership experience in roles at the University of Alberta, the Alberta Cancer Board, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and the Government of Alberta. In addition, she has committed her time to social activism and humanitarian works, including serving in executive roles in organizations such as Crossroads International, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora, Peter Lougheed Leadership School at the University of Alberta, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation, and Pearson College of the Pacific.
Imran brings over 16 years’ experience in the financial industry in Alberta and is currently Vice President, Prairie Region with Sagen (formally Genworth Canada).
Imran has an astute understanding of the mortgage default risk market, instituting affordable housing projects, equity land landing and securitization. Prior to Sagen, Imran spent several years with HSBC Bank Canada in their Business Development, Commercial Mid-Market and Premier Services Lending departments. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business Psychology and Economics from the University of Alberta and his Project Management Certification.
Imran has been very involved in the Edmonton and Alberta community. He sat on the Advisory Board for the Edmonton Expo 2017 Bid and has served in multiple capacities for the United Way. Imran has sat on various boards and been involved with many other organizations including the Aga Khan Foundation’s quest to eradicate global poverty, Mortgage Loans Association of Alberta, the Ismaili Council for Edmonton and the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association. Currently, Imran is the Vice-Chair for Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and has been serving on the Board of Directors and Audit and Risk Committee since 2014.
Brad began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Saint John Region as a ReStore Committee member in 2012. His role continued to grow with the affiliate over the next five years and he became Board Chair in 2015.
Brad moved to serve on the Habitat Canada National Board of Directors in May 2018. On the NBOD, he has served on many different committees (Governance, Finance, Nominating, Audit, Assessment & Risk), and is currently the Chair of the Enterprise Risk and Affiliate Relations Committee.
Brad has had a 17-year career with J.D. Irving, Limited, a large, diversified family-owned company in NB. He has had many roles including operations, continuous improvement, purchasing, maintenance, sales, marketing and communications. Brad’s current responsibility is General Manager of Kent Homes, a modular manufacturer of residential homes and commercial buildings that produces over 400 homes per year.
Brad is an engineering graduate of UNB and an MBA graduate of Ivey at Western University. A lifelong Maritimer, he enjoys coaching his three children in basketball and hockey. Brad and his wife Amy do their best to instill the values of community involvement in their children by leading by example.
Paul is currently the Senior Vice-President, Client Operations at Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC). He has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in the Technology, Financial Services, Health Care and Housing sectors.
Paul has always been motivated by the impact of his work. In particular, over the last five years at CMHC, he has been committed to the company’s purpose: that all Canadians have a home that they can afford and meets their needs. Early in his career, while working abroad in France and the U.K., he gained a deep appreciation of the value of diversity and inclusion, observing first-hand the power of different perspectives and experiences in shaping innovative solutions.
Prior to his current role, Paul was CMHC’s Chief Information Officer and led a sweeping technology and business transformation. He has previously held senior leadership roles at both MD Financial and Nortel. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick. An avid cyclist, tennis player and dedicated youth basketball coach, he lives in Ottawa with his wife and two teenage children.