Options for Homes International President and CEO
Michel Labbé (Mike to many), is an Urban and Regional Planning Graduate from the University of Waterloo. He has been involved in the production of affordable housing for 25 years, the first 13 working on subsidized rental projects with Lantana Non-profit Housing Corporation. Michel worked with Options for Homes Canada as President of Options For Homes Non-profit Corporation has been instrumental in developing a model that can provide mixed income housing to thousands of households without any permanent government subsidy and has become a leading organization in the Social Enterprise movement and has provided homes to over 3700 households across Canada, and also licensing its concept internationally. He now works with Options International a non-profit organization developing affordable homes internationally, with the goal of creating a stronger society.
Options for Homes Kenya, Chief Executive Officer
My name is Joe Mwai. My background is community and international development. I have served in many roles with non-profit organizations working in community development and social housing including, Fred Victor Centre Housing, Toronto, Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), Anglican Church of Canada and Canadian Crossroads International. As an entrepreneur, I founded Global Seekers, an experiential learning program in 2008. And in 2011 I founded Valley Wood Ltd a housing development business, ValleyWood has successfully developed four housing projects; Mayor’s Crescent Court, Valleywood Court, Twiga Road, and Ole Montet Villas in Kibiko Road, Ngong Hills Kenya. I studied community development, nonprofit management and project management at Ryerson University. I believe in giving back and I volunteer with, Shauri Yako Community Youth Support Centre, as a Director and with Chairman Friends of Ngong Hills. My hobbies are reading, traveling and photography.
Options for Homes Kenya, Director- Administration/Marketing
Janet Maina has a solid background in Business management and Procurement & Supplies management having studied both at Kenya Institute of Management. She gained experience from Cooper Motors Corporation (CMC) as an intern and worked at Kenya National Bureau of statistics and Ital Imports, Kenya. She joined Options for Homes Kenya in 2013 and is in charge of administration and marketing.
Gema Rodriguez was born in Nicaragua. A professional civil engineer, certified project Manager PMP and currently pursuing her license with Professional Engineers of Ontario PEO. Through her career, she has been working in planning, designing, and implementing infrastructure projects in a complex municipal context.The gained experience in water management, housing and planning has allow her to work with the private, public and non-profit sector in Nicaragua and Canada.Gema strongly believes that volunteer contributions with our communities create significant impact in the development of our countries, and that acting locally we are thinking globally. At early age, she started doing volunteering work and joining cross-cultural educational programs in many countries.She knew about Options for homes while working with Companeros Inc. a private social enterprise registered in Canada. She offered volunteer contribution in infrastructure projects and by January 2016, she joined Options International team in a full-time basis.