Janice Abbott has been the CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society since 1992. In these 26 years, she has led the Society through its incredible growth from a single transition house located in South Surrey with a staff of seven, to a large multi-service agency with two, for-profit subsidiaries, a development arm and more than 700 staff. All of Janice’s work is organized around and inspired by her passion to support women and children marginalized by their experiences of violence, struggles with substance use and with mental wellness.
Janice is a Governor in Council appointee to the Board of Directors of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, where she chairs the Affordable Housing Committee and is a member of the Risk and Human Resource Committees. She received her Canadian Housing Professional designation through the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Western Founders Program. Janice is active in Housing Partnership Canada, and she has co-authored three publications since 2012.