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.