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Task Force Members

In recognition that housing affordability is a complex issue that impacts a variety of stakeholders, the composition of the Task Force is diverse, including representation from housing advocates, local unions, co-operative housing organizations, developers and builders.

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Councillor Pietro Calendino, Chair

City Councillor, City of Burnaby

Councillor Pietro Calendino has called Burnaby his home for more than four decades.  As a teacher for 30 years, and with a strong belief in the value of community involvement, he has spent much of his life in the act of public service and has served as a Burnaby City Councillor since first being elected in 2002.

Along with previous positions as chair of the Burnaby School Board, Councillor Calendino has been an MLA for Burnaby North and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture.

Councillor Calendino has also worked with Council, City staff and the community to launch events such as the Giro di Burnaby, Burnaby’s single largest sporting event.  He looks forward to continuing his work on developments that encourage our communities to gather and enjoy our dynamic city.  Find out more »

Mayor Hurley, Vice Chair

Mayor, City of Burnaby
Phone: 604-294-7340 |

Mayor Hurley has been a Burnaby resident since 1988, and was elected to his current position in 2018. Since becoming mayor, he has launched a number of affordable housing initiatives that include the Housing Task Force as well as opening four warming centres during the winter months.

Upon moving to Burnaby more than 30 years ago, Mayor Hurley joined the Burnaby Fire Department where he held many positions that include Lieutenant, Captain and Acting Assistant Chief.

More recently, he has also occupied the roles of president for the BC Provincial Fire Fighters Association and president of the Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, leading the effort to raise $15 million to build a facility to accommodate families and burn unit outpatients for Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital.  Find out more »

Councillor Sav Dhaliwal

City Councillor, City of Burnaby
Phone: 604-420-8188 |

Councillor Dhaliwal was first elected to Burnaby Council in 2002, and is proudly now serving his sixth consecutive term on Council.  He and his wife have lived in Burnaby for more than 40 years.

After a lengthy career in the field of information technology, Councillor Dhaliwal retired from TELUS in 2006 and has spent years serving with a number of non-profit organizations such as the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame and Burnaby Edmonds Lions Club.

As a member of office, Councillor Dhaliwal recognizes the larger context in which Burnaby’s planning and development takes place. As such, he has welcomed the opportunity to represent the City at various levels – including chair of the Metro Vancouver Regional District, and president of both the Lower Mainland Local Government Association and Union of BC Municipalities.  Find out more »

Councillor Joe Keithley

City Councillor, City of Burnaby

Born and raised in Burnaby, Councillor Keithley has long been a strong advocate for our community through various roles that include coaching youth soccer, baseball and lacrosse while raising three children with his wife of more than 30 years. He is also an award-winning musician and a founding member/leader of world-renowned rock band D.O.A., and has been inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Elected to City Council in 2018, Councillor Keithley has extensive experience negotiating hundreds of contracts and will use these skills to help advance important causes for local residents.

During his tenure, Councillor Keithley will champion the issues of affordable housing, more accessible daycare and helping some of the most vulnerable in our community, including the homeless and seniors.

Councillor James Wang

City Councillor, City of Burnaby

Councillor Wang has made Burnaby his home for more than 20 years and began his public service career as a Burnaby Board of Education trustee in 2008. He was first elected to Burnaby City Council in 2014.

In his role as City Councillor, he serves on various local organizations such as the New Vista Society and Community Heritage Commission, as well as various committees that include: Executive, District Community School Advisory & Coordinating, Planning and Development, Environment and Social Planning, International Relations & Friendship Cities, Traffic Safety, Public Safety and Simon Fraser Liaison. In 2014, Councillor Wang earned the prestigious RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award.

In his role with the City, Councillor Wang’s focus is on serving the community with his energy and passion along with helping to bridge Burnaby’s diverse groups.

Thom Armstrong

Executive Director, Co-operative Housing Federation of BC
Phone: 604-343-2350 |

Thom Armstrong is the executive director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC. He has held leadership positions in Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia during more than 30 years of service in the co-operative housing movement.

Armstrong brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the job of serving existing housing co-ops and developing new affordable homes in diverse, mixed-income communities. He also serves as the executive director of COHO Management Services Society and the Community Land Trust Foundation, and chairs the board of Encasa Financial Inc., a Canadian social purpose mutual fund company owned by the community housing sector.

Mike Bosa

Vice President, Solterra Developments

Mike Bosa of Solterra Development is a life-long resident of Burnaby, alongside his family, and an active member in his community.

Since graduating from Simon Fraser University, Mike has gained 25 years of knowledge and skills along with extensive experience in different areas of real estate development.This has given him the ability to view and overcome challenges with a different perspective.

With Mike’s passion for community and housing, he is looking forward to working alongside the Mayor and the Task Force on this new initiative to find creative solutions to ongoing concerns.

Patrick Buchannon

Executive Director, New Chelsea Society 
Phone: 604-395-4370 |

Pat has been a professional housing administrator for more than 40 years. Since 1997, he has been the CEO of New Chelsea Society, a non-profit housing society and registered charity in Burnaby that provides affordable housing for low-income seniors, families and persons with disabilities at 20 properties in five Lower Mainland municipalities. Prior to this, he was the assistant director of student housing at UBC.

Additionally, he has completed a six-year term on the BC Non-Profit Housing Association’s board of directors, and served as chair of the Society for Affordable Housing, Education, Awareness and Development.

Pat has also worked on the boards of other non-profit organizations, including the George Derby Care Society and the Veteran’s Memorial Housing Society, along with being the Staff-Sergeant & Administrator for the South Burnaby Legion and New Westminster Pipe Band.

Lois Budd

Lois Budd has lived in Burnaby for more than 25 years, and is a registered nurse with extensive experience working in pediatrics, critical care and burn units in Saskatchewan, New Zealand and Vancouver.  For nearly 20 years, she served as the Patient Service Manager of the Burns, Plastics & Trauma Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and is currently a Clinical Project Manager for Vancouver Acute.  

As a long-time Burnaby resident, Lois will work with the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing to bring some balance and help make Burnaby more livable and sustainable for current and future generations.

Lois also volunteers on the Board of Directors for the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund, and is a member of the BC Children’s Hospital Collaborative and the 2020 Canadian Burn Survivors Conference Committee. 

Paul Holden

President and CEO, Burnaby Board of Trade

Paul Holden is President & CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade, the City’s preeminent business association with around 1100 members.

Paul was born in London, England and worked in the publishing industry from 1978 until 2010 working for leading companies in London, Hong Kong and Vancouver.

Paul has volunteered on numerous boards over the years, most recently Vancouver AM Tourism Association, where he was President and Treasurer, Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism and the Douglas College Foundation where he currently serves as Chair. Paul was recently appointed to the Board of WACE, an association of Western USA/Canada based Chambers of Commerce. He also coached youth soccer for 8 years for his local youth soccer club.

Paul lives in Port Moody, BC with his wife Bernice and their two children.

Beau Jarvis

Executive Vice President - Development, Wesgroup Properties

Beau Jarvis is the Executive Vice President of development at Wesgroup Properties, where he is responsible for leading all commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. His diverse development portfolio consists of master-planned and mixed-use communities, high-and-low-rise condominiums, retail, industrial parks and office buildings. His responsibilities also include stakeholder engagement, government relations and land acquisitions.

Previously, Beau served as Vice President of development for the Onni Group, one of North America’s leading private real estate developers, where he helped oversee a portfolio of projects totalling more than 10 million square feet and ranging from suburban industrial developments to downtown high-rise condominium developments.

He is an active contributor to the Urban Development Institute and sits on the City of Vancouver Development Permit Board as an advisory member.

Dr. Paul Kershaw

Founder and Lead Researcher, Generation Squeeze

Dr. Paul Kershaw is an award-winning professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, and Founder of Generation Squeeze – a voice for younger Canadians in politics & the market, backed by cutting-edge research. He is an expert on housing policy, and is regularly invited to brief municipal, provincial and federal decision-makers.

Brian McCauley

President & CEO, Concert Properties

Brian McCauley joined Concert Properties in 1994 and currently serves as the company’s president and chief executive officer. For more than 24 years, Brian has played a key role in the development of some of Concert’s largest mixed-use projects, including more than 4,000 purpose-built rental homes.

In 2001, he guided Concert’s expansion into Ontario where he led the development of assured rental housing in Toronto. He presently serves on the boards of the Urban Development Institute (UDI) Pacific Region, Junior Achievement BC, and is a past director of the Building Industry and Land Development Association of Toronto (BILD).

Brian is a passionate supporter of the real estate development industry, and is an experienced and much sought-after speaker on real estate-related matters.

Anne McMullin

President and CEO, Urban Development Institute

Anne McMullin is the president and chief executive officer of the Urban Development Institute, a non-profit and non-partisan association of the development industry and its related professions.

Anne is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in communications, government relations and public engagement. Along with being a spokesperson, her specialties include stakeholder relations and policy development.

Murray Martin

Member, ACORN

Murray Martin is the acting chair for Burnaby ACORN.  Murray has lived in Burnaby since 1993, and has been involved in community and social justice activism for the past two decades.

Prior to joining ACORN in 2013, he spent six years actively fighting for the rights of exploited migrant workers in Canada.  Since 2014, Murray has been the lead ACORN Burnaby member fighting demovictions.

Kari Michaels

Executive Vice President, BC Government Employees Union

Kari Michaels was elected as an executive vice president of the BC Government Employees Union (BCGEU) in 2017. She has been a member of the BCGEU since 2011, when she and her co-workers formed a union at her worksite.

Since joining the union, Kari has held many positions as a union activist – including shop steward and co-chair of the BC Federation of Labour young worker's committee.

She is a passionate advocate for social justice and believes in building workers’ capacity to take action to improve their working conditions through education and training. This work has most recently extended to her community outreach and advocacy work concerning the role of labour in addressing BC's housing crisis.

Claire Preston


Born and raised in Metro Vancouver, Claire Preston is well acquainted with the various housing challenges and issues facing renters in today’s marketplace. Her status as a millennial helps to provide a fresh and different perspective to the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing.

A technical writer and editor by profession, Claire ran for Burnaby City Council in 2018 and now sits on the City of Burnaby’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission.

Daniel Tetrault

First Vice-President, Burnaby Teachers' Association

Daniel Tetrault is a Burnaby resident, and has been a high school social studies teacher in the Burnaby School District for 10 years. He is currently serving as the vice-president of the Burnaby Teachers' Association (BTA). Daniel has been active in raising awareness around housing issues in Burnaby with a focus on the negative impact that the affordability crisis has had on teachers, students and families.