Melissa Estable

Manager of Co-operative Housing Development, CHF Canada
Melissa Estable

Melissa Estable

Manager of Co-operative Housing Development, CHF Canada


Melissa Estable is the Manager of Co-operative Housing Development for CHF Canada.  Based in Toronto, this role was created to assist housing co-ops to leverage their real estate assets to increase their inventory in Canada.  Co-op housing is a unique community development model based on 7 principles: voluntary and open membership; democratic control; member economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among co-operatives; and concern for community.

Housing co-ops play a unique part in the housing eco-system, with 250,000+ Canadians benefitting from the first wave of co-op housing to date.  New models, strategic investments and all types of partnerships are required to build affordable housing in today’s environment; Melissa is excited about applying both right and left brain thinking to get projects out of the ground.  She brings complimentary multi-disciplinary skills from architecture, sustainability and real estate development to her work, including:

5+ years technical experience in architecture and green buildings

7+ years affordable housing developments throughout BC + in Ottawa

(to date: ~$115M + value in 525 new affordable units across 12 projects)

With a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Carleton University, Melissa holds both an Intern Architect (IA) designation with the AIBC and a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute.  Through her unique approach, she has gained a reputation for creative team engagement with community volunteers and professionals alike.


Pooling Resources: Exploring Community Land Trusts and Land Banks

Mar 26, 2019
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Trinity 1, 2 & 3