Shayne Ramsay, CEO
Since May 2000, Shayne has been the CEO of BC Housing. Shayne was responsible for setting up the Homeowner Protection Office in 1998 and also served as its first CEO. Prior to being appointed CEO, Shayne was director of development services for BC Housing, and director of housing policy and program development with the former Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in B.C.
In addition to his work as CEO, Shayne serves as chair of the Board of Directors for the Crown Corporation Employer's Association, an agency that represents human resource issues for the provincial crown corporations in British Columbia. He is also chair of Housing Partnership Canada, a peer network and business collaboration of social housing leaders committed to innovation. Shayne has a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Toronto.
Wendy Acheson, Vice-President and Registrar, Licensing and Consumer Services
Wendy has 20 years of experience in licensing and the regulation of professionals, as well as legal matters, government, housing and consumer protection. She is responsible for administering the Homeowner Protection Act, overseeing licensing compliance and consumer-service operations. She has led important initiatives to increase the quality of residential construction and strengthen consumer protection.
Prior to her current role, Wendy was deputy registrar of the Homeowner Protection Office. She was also director of licensing at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia for six years. Wendy has degrees in both law and political science from the University of Calgary.
Dan Maxwell, Vice-President of Corporate Services & CFO
Dan has led BC Housing’s finances for more than 20 years. He is a chartered professional accountant and holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.
Prior to joining BC Housing, Dan worked in private industry as a chartered accountant and for the Office of the Comptroller General as a director of internal audit. Dan also spent four years at the Homeowner Protection Office between 1999 and 2003, where he served as CFO, COO and acting CEO.
Agnes Ross, Vice-President of Human Resources
A champion of cutting-edge people practices, Agnes has led BC Housing’s Human Resources team for over 10 years. With the development and evolution of the organization’s People Strategy, she has supported excellence in employee development and recognition within a culture of respect, empowerment and accountability.
Agnes has introduced innovative employee programs that include competency-based talent management, coaching and leadership training, a comprehensive diversity and inclusion framework, meaningful employee engagement in sustainability and employee-led corporate social responsibility. This programming continues to evolve and is credited with bringing the organization’s employee engagement scores consistently into the top 25 percent of benchmarked companies in North America. Agnes’s career spans all aspects of public sector human resources in B.C. She is designated a certified human resources practitioner with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and English from the University of Calgary.
Michael Flanigan, Vice-President of Development & Asset Strategies
Michael brings 25 years of experience in partnering with different levels of government, not-for-profit and private housing partners, as well as the development community to his role of promoting the creation of affordable housing.
In 2001, after five years as director of leasing and vice-president at Hong Kong-based Henderson Development, Michael joined the City of Vancouver as deputy director of real estate services. Six years later, he was appointed director of real estate services, assuming responsibility for the strategic planning and financial management of the City’s $3-billion Property Endowment Fund. Michael holds a degree in urban land economics and finance from the University of British Columbia.
Donna Freeman, Vice-President of Corporate Communications
Donna brings extensive experience working in government, media and community relations. Prior to joining BC Housing, she was director of media and government relations for WorkSafeBC, where she worked for 14 years.
Donna also managed media and community relations for the Forest Alliance of British Columbia, a public affairs agency focused on forestry and environmental issues. She began her career in broadcast news as a producer for the Rafe Mair Program at CKNW in Vancouver.
Donna holds a masters in communications, media and public relations from the University of Leicester, England, a bachelor of general studies from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in broadcast journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators.