Heather Tremain is the CEO of Options for Homes, an organization that uses an innovative financial model to help low and moderate income families become home owners. Under Heather’s leadership, Options, Canada’s largest developer of affordable ownership housing, has grown to have over $650 million in its development pipeline. As an advocate for affordable ownership housing, she has been central in the formation of a national network of providers, who have come together for the first time to make a shared submission to the federal government for the much-anticipated National Housing Strategy.
Heather’s career has focused on social purpose real estate and sustainable development. She founded and led Urban Fabric Group, a consultancy that acted as a strategic real estate and development advisor to non-profits. Prior to Urban Fabric, Heather was the co-founder and CEO of reSource Rethinking Building, a Vancouver-based green building consulting and development company which was recognized as a leader in mainstream green building. reSource impacted over 40,000 housing units in the province of British Columbia. On the development side, she was responsible for reSource’s delivery of multifamily housing projects including the award-winning Verdant project – an innovative green affordable home ownership building that delivered homes significantly below market, protected over the long term.
She forayed into entertainment, co-creating a 39-part television series, Healthy Home, which aired on four continents. Heather sits on the Advisory Committee of the Ryerson University Centre for Urban Research and Land Development. She has a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of British Columbia and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from McMaster University. From 2008-09, Heather was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and a Visiting Fellow at Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.