Board

Sarah Boatman

Sarah Boatman
Chair

Sarah Boatman oversees the financial vision and operating strategies to drive Photonic’s sustainable growth. An inspiring leader who builds inclusive teams, Sarah fosters a growth mindset in every organization she leads.

Before joining Photonic, Sarah was on the senior leadership team at Microsoft Studios in Vancouver as the Director of Business Development and Strategy. She joined Microsoft through the acquisition of BigPark, where she was the Chief Financial and Operating Officer. Before joining BigPark, she was the Director, Financial Planning and Analysis for Electronic Arts. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant of British Columbia.

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Cindy MacMillan

Cindy MacMillan

Cindy MacMillan is Vice President, Asset Management at Grosvenor, a property owner, investor, and developer with 70 years of experience in North America.

Part of a global property company with a track record of over 340 years, Grosvenor develops, manages, and invests to improve property and places across many of the world’s leading cities, promoting sustainability within the built environment and enhancing the wellbeing of customers and communities – to deliver lasting commercial, social and environmental benefit. Cindy garners two decades of commercial real estate experience with a strong background in finance, leasing and asset management and a proven track record in repositioning assets and creating value for a portfolio of income producing properties. Cindy is the Investment team lead for Grosvenor’s transit-oriented development sites delivering 5 million sq. ft. of urban master planned communities in Metro Vancouver. Together with the development team, she shapes the build-to-core strategy for multifamily rental, retail and office that will add $2 billion in value to Grosvenor’s investment holdings in North America. Cindy resides in Vancouver, BC, and enjoys reading and listening to podcasts covering topics such as leadership, human behaviour, science, and comedy. She is an avid runner, cyclist, skier, and fitness enthusiast. Inspired by nature, she feels most at home on a lush, single-track trail deep in the North Shore mountains.

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Eme Housser

Eme Housser

Eme Housser is Senior Counsel, Legal and Regulatory Affairs at Figment Inc., focusing on corporate and commercial law and the evolving regulations in the digital assets industry.

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Hilary Marks

Hilary Marks

Living on the streets for approximately 15 years has made Hilary experience many situations regarding violence, sexual assaults, abuse of all kinds and extreme trauma.  Through all of that violence, she did lots of soul searching to create a different person than the one that was on the streets.

Hilary created the generous and caring side of herself, and deeply committed herself to paying it forward to the community that helped her to leave the streets behind.  She believed in fighting for the well-being and dignity of those living in poverty, and her significant involvement in the community demonstrates this fully. Hilary is passionate in her fight for the rights of people struggling on low incomes, those who are homelessness, and those dealing with addiction or mental illness. She fights for the social inclusion of people in poverty at all levels of government, and within businesses and not-for-profit societies. She works to be a voice for those who cannot speak and works behind the scenes to create change to better people’s lives. Hilary can attest to the fact that she is a person of action.  She does the right thing for the right reasons for people.  She uses her life experiences of incarceration, prostitution, sex trafficking, addictions, mental health, poverty and homelessness to energize and move forward in efforts to make things better, to connect with those who actually have the powers to change things.  Hilary is in for the fight regarding the rights of women and gender diverse peoples in respect to housing.

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Property Management

Chauncey Carr

Chauncey Carr
Director, Supportive Housing Programs & Tenant Relations

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604-439-8848 x.1241

Chauncey has over 10 years of experience working in supportive housing and residents and is proud to bring this experience, as well as his experience working with management and contractors, into his current role as a director of operations and tenant relations.

 

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Annarita Ndwiga

Annarita Ndwiga
Rental Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.2226

Annarita is a hard-working Rental property manager providing excellent rental property management and tenant support.

Previously she has worked as the Facilities Manager overseeing the maintenance of the buildings and grounds of Atira Women’s Resource Society’s (AWRS) portfolio of buildings, working collaboratively with Executive Directors Operations, Program Managers and support staff to ensure the upkeep of Atira’s buildings, grounds, equipment, and supplies.

Before joining Atira Annarita worked as a residential tenant coordinator.

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Lisha Fu

Lisha Fu
Commercial Rental Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1211

After years in private real estate business, Lisha joined Atira in February 2018 to pursue a career into the non-profit sector. She is mainly responsible for the market rental pool portfolio, but she also co-manages the non-profit housing portfolio, serving seniors and families with low-income subsidized housing. Lisha hold a Masters in Public Administration and she is licensed for Rental Management services from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

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Chafik Imrani

Chafik Imrani
Senior Rental Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1216

Chafik joined Atira in 2009 as an Assistant Building Manager. Over the years, Chafik has worked in different roles such as Program Manager and Portfolio Manager. Chafik has been a licensed rental manager since 2013.
During his years with Atira, Chafik has helped owners in taking care of their properties and in maintaining good tenant relationships. His responsibilities include management of the properties, tenant relations, financial reporting, and property maintenance. He also manages non-profit subsidized housing for seniors and families with low income.
Chafik enjoys managing his clients' properties and assisting in providing independent living for low/moderate income tenants. Chafik speaks English, French, and Arabic and outside the office he enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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John Fowler

John Fowler
Strata Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1221

John is licensed to provide Strata management services through the Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division at the University of British Columbia. He also holds an Associates of Arts – Communications Studies degree from San Diego City College.

Prior to joining the team at Atira Property Management Inc., John Fowler helped to create the customer service and sales team as the Call Centre Manager for Cymax Stores and led several stores as a Store Manager – Retail Operations with Starbucks Coffee Canada.

John started with Atira as a Property Manager assistant in 2017 and obtained his license in 2018. John has been able to build his responsabilities by fostering his skills in interpersonal communication, client relations and organization. The clients who currently work with John have provided glowing feedback about his management and John will continue to grow his career at Atira Property Management Inc. in the years to come.

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Jose Velazquez

Jose Velazquez
Executive Director, Residential Operations

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604-439-8848 x.1210

Jose is from Queretaro, Mexico and came to Canada in August of 2001. He attended Simon Fraser University with interest in learning disabilities and equity gaps for those with diverse learning abilities. He also studied and focussed his attention on suicidality and crisis prevention. During his time at university he worked for the Center for Accessible Learning’s note-taking program where he would make sure that students had equality of access to lecture materials by closing the information gap caused by large classroom sizes and poor acoustical or visual conditions. He was also heavily involved with the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center of BC, answering crisis calls and providing suicide prevention talks in local high schools. Jose started working for Atira in 2009 as a support worker at the Arco Hotel, became the Program manager in 2011 and has had several managerial roles within his 12 years at Atira. He has also been training staff in “non-violent crisis intervention” for last four years and after the COVID 19 pandemic hit Jose collaborated with the Director of Talent to create an online version of the training.  Jose became the Director of Supportive Housing and Tenant Relations in February of 2020 and has since focused on supporting Program Managers so they can provide the best possible care to the members of the community we serve. Jose believes in creating a housing environment that is accepting, respectful, caring and safe, and where tenants have influence over their living situations as he believes this is the foundation for health and wellness.

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James Zhou
Strata Property Manager

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604-439-8848

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Lety Lopez

Lety Lopez
Rental Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1244

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Jesse Smith
Strata Management Assistant

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604-439-8848

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Staff

Meghann Weatherbee

Meghann Weatherbee
Director, Facilities & Maintenance

Meghann started working with Atira Women’s Resource Society in 2014 as a volunteer after graduating from Thompson Rivers University with a BA in Sociology.

She spent several years working as a Women’s Support Worker before moving into the role of Facilities Manager in 2019, and Senior Facilities Manager with the Atira Property Management Inc. SRO Portfolio before moving into the role of Director, Facilities & Maintenance for both AWRS and APMI SRO Portfolios.

 

Meghann’s current work is informed by her early experiences working with Atira as a support worker - understanding the day to day operations on the front lines and allowing her to understand the diverse needs of the portfolios, advocating for the safety and needs of our tenants and staff when liaising with Atira’s stakeholders. With a  focus on building structure and improving processes within a fast paced environment, Meghann strives to ensure that the work she does will provide safe, accessible, and adequate housing for the tenants that Atira serves.

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Adam Glover

Adam Glover
Managing Broker

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604-439-8848 x. 1233

Adam joined Atira in May 2008 as a front-desk relief worker and within three months accepted a full-time position at one of the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels managed by Atira.

Since then, Adam has continued to take on more responsibility, including being a building manager, program manager, portfolio manager, a licensed rental manager, Director Operations for the SRO Portfolio and Senior Strata Manager.

Throughout his career with Atira, Adam has always gone the extra mile; at his own initiative, including setting up web forms, creating innovative and helpful technology solutions and when necessary, mucking in sewage for the people who work for and live in the SROs as well as the stratas we manage, often after hours and on the weekends. In an industry plagued with high staff turn-over, Adam’s length of service with Atira is a testament to both his commitment to Atira and its mission, vision and values, and to our clients.

Along with his tenure, Adam’s creativity, honesty, integrity and great sense of humour have proven him to be the perfect candidate to take on the position of Atira’s Managing Broker since 2017.

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Ashley Kim

Ashley Kim
Senior Executive Director, Finance

Ashley Kim has taken on the senior executive financial leadership in June 2022 for financial oversight of Atira Group.

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of British Columbia, and is Chartered Professional Accountant.

Through her lived experience with close family members with severe disabilities, Ashley dedicated most of her professional career to the not-for-profit sector. She joined Atira Women’s Resource Society in 2015 as a Comptroller. Later, she co-managed the Finance team at AWRS as Director, Finance until 2019, and as Controller at Atira Property Management Inc. and Atira Development Society until June 2022.

Ashley’s core strength is continuous process improvement and change management, with a focus to create value for program participants and clients, employees, and all other Atira stakeholders.

Ashley has served a Board member at various not-for-profit organizations in Canada and South Korea. She is also an active member of the CPA community, providing mentorship to students and young professionals and entrepreneurs. When Ashley is not working or spending time with her family with two children, Ashley enjoys learning artificial intelligence integration into not-for-profit sectors, reading and playing double bass.

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Administration

Giuliano Pagano
Office Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1219

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