“A region known worldwide for its resource wealth should enable every resident to thrive in its economy, not be diminished by it,” says Bryan Lutes. “Yet here, in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, rapid population growth and a scarcity of housing options has made access to housing one of the most important social issues in the community.”
Bryan joined WBHDC in 2005 and assumed the Presidency in 2006. He has leveraged two decades of property management and three decades of construction experience to develop a wide variety of accessible housing options. WBHDC bridges the gap between social housing and market rents by bringing affordable housing solutions to people in need, from individuals and single income families to seniors; service sector employees to the homeless. In addition, WBHDC administers provincial housing subsidy programs, including client assistance programs that help people establish a solid footing in the community.
During his tenure as President, Bryan has developed and implemented short- and long-range best practice scenarios to develop residential, commercial and industrial lands in rural and urban communities. He has delivered several single and multi-family residential, industrial and commercial land development and construction projects. WBHDC still seeks new and innovative ways to provide affordable housing, such as its Affordable Homeownership Program, which allows qualifying families to buy a home in a very high-priced market. Under Bryan’s leadership, WBHDC has also brought green technology to its buildings, including modular construction techniques and geothermal heating.
Since it was established in 2001, WBHDC has assembled a real estate portfolio of more than 1,300 rental units and commercial properties worth $400 million. Over 7,000 individuals and families have taken up residence in WBHDC projects who otherwise may have been unable to live in the community.