Who We Are

Our Team
The combined experience of our board of directors makes Circle a leader in affordable family housing. Together we’re putting tenants, community, and affordability first.
Our Board of Directors
Joy Connelly
President
Joy Connelly
President

Joy is the founder of Circle Community LandTrust. She learned the value of scattered houses as the resident of two scattered-unit co-ops and Manager of Innstead Co-operative. She is a former development consultant to new non-profit and co-op housing Boards, Communications Manager for the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and, since 2001, has completed over 150 projects as a consultant to government, co-op and non-profit housing sector organizations and over 20 non-profit, co-op and supportive housing providers. 

Alia Abaya
Alia Abaya

Alia is a Social Impact professional with 20 years in change-work. Her passion is cross-sector collaboration. Her career has spanned social justice, private foundations, corporate responsibility, and social finance, now landing at Alterna Savings as the Director of Community Impact and Member Experience governing a portfolio of $560M assets under management in non-profits and charitable sector members and developing key strategies for supporting financial resilience of the not-for-profit sector, especially via financial institution and not-for-profit sector partnerships.

Anne Babcock
Anne Babcock

Anne is the President and CEO of WoodGreen Community Services. She helped grow WoodGreen from a single location with 40 staff members to one of Toronto's largest multi-service organizations, with 36 locations, 750 staff and 1,000 volunteers serving 37,000 people each year. She was instrumental in the development of Homeward Bound to move women and their children from homelessness to sustainable jobs, First Step to Home for older homeless men, Rites of Passage and the Bruce/WoodGreen Early Learning Centre.  

Tom Clement
Tom Clement

Tom is the Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto, serving 50,000 residents in 170 co-ops throughout the GTA. He founded the Diversity Scholarship Program which has awarded over $1 Million to students living in co-op housing, as well as Naismith Housing Co-operative, CoLandCo and the Tenants Non-Profit Redevelopment Land Trusts -- all vehicles designed to hold property and keep it affordable -- providing over 4,000 units housing over 10,000 people. Tom is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013. 

Angus D. Palmer
Angus D. Palmer

Angus is the General Manager of Wigwamen Incorporated, Ontario's largest urban Aboriginal housing provider and winner of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association's 2016 Award for Excellence. Since 1998 Angus has overseen the management of Wigwamen's 813 affordable housing units, including 214 scattered unit houses and a new 145-unit apartment building on Toronto's former Pan Am site.  He is a also member of the City of Toronto's Aboriginal Affairs Committee, Past-Treasurer, Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council, and as a development consultant from 1982 - 1996 helped create 24 non-profit and co-op housing projects providing over 800 homes.

Heather Tremain
Heather Tremain

Heather is the CEO of Options for Homes, Canada's largest developer of affordable ownership housing. Since 1995, Option's innovative financial model has enabled 6,500 low- and moderate-income families, including 3,100 in the GTA, to become homeowners. Before coming to Toronto, Heather was the Principal of the Vancouver-based consultancy Urban Fabric Group, Co-founder and CEO of green energy consultants reSource Rethinking Building, Chair of the VanCity Community Foundation and Chair, Tradeworks Training Society, a non-profit providing trades training to people in Vancouver's downtown eastside. 

Joy Connelly
President
Alia Abaya
Anne Babcock
Tom Clement
Angus D. Palmer
Heather Tremain
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