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Meet Margie, ONPHA’s new Deputy Executive Director

Margie Carlson, ONPHA's Deputy Executive Director


We’re pleased to welcome Margie Carlson as ONPHA’s new Deputy Executive Director. ONPHA’s Board of Directors recently created the position of Deputy Executive Director to strengthen our capacity to champion the sector and lead transformation in the housing system.

Margie is no stranger to the housing sector, having held a number of positions over more than 25 years with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the former Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Housing Services Corporation and the City of Toronto.

Being highly skilled in housing policy, advocacy and research, Margie is also well-connected with many areas of the housing sector, both in and outside of Canada. As part of her many successes, she helped to develop ventures such as the Housing Partnership Canada.

She was also the first Canadian to be accredited as a Chartered Member by the Chartered Institute of Housing, which helped pave the way for CIH Canada. Most recently, she was the key staff lead and author behind the Mayor’s Task Force on Toronto Community Housing.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be given this opportunity, particularly at this point in time. I have always believed in the power of affordable housing in building diverse, inclusive communities.

ONPHA’s work really drives my passions – leading members through a changing landscape and securing the tools, funding and resources to help them meet the needs of their tenants, boards and assets.

– Margie Carlson, Deputy Executive Director, ONPHA

At ONPHA we’ve always been quite nimble in our staff resources, using the skills and experience of our team to identify emerging issues and develop solutions that work for our members. 

Having Margie join our team is perfect for us at this juncture, as we move forward with our new strategic plan.”

– Sharad Kerur, Executive Director, ONPHA

We’re prioritizing strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. Having a Deputy Executive Director gives us more bench strength in strategy and advocacy and creates better connectivity with all parts of the association. It gives ONPHA additional resources to manage the business side of our association.

It also boosts our resiliency and succession planning options – something all of our members should be contemplating as a good business practice.”

– Meg McCallum, President, ONPHA

Margie joined ONPHA on August 23. She can be reached by phone at 416-927-9144, extension 113, or by email at

Welcome Margie!

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