New senior management staff bring diversity, strength and experience to Toronto Community Housing leadership team

New senior management staff bring diversity, strength and experience to Toronto Community Housing leadership team

July 02, 2013

Toronto Community Housing is pleased to announce that the following senior executive appointments were confirmed by the Board of Directors at its June 19 meeting.�


Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas as Chief Operating Officer, effective September 4, 2013. Kathleen brings more than three decades of management and leadership experience in municipal planning and design, transportation services, and housing development in the GTA, as well as her expertise as a professional engineer, to her new position.
For the past six years, Kathleen has been Commissioner, Transportation and Community Planning for the Regional Municipality of York Region, where she was responsible for the strategic oversight and day-to-day management of all matters relating to developing and redeveloping York Region's communities and transit services.

Prior to that, she spent 26 years with the City of Toronto, working as a planning engineer, manager and director in a range of positions, including Director of the Affordable Housing Office from 2005 to 2007.


Sheila Penny as Vice President, Facilities Management effective August 6, 2013. Sheila is a highly experienced facilities executive, able to lead diverse teams to deliver capital construction and facilities operations. Sheila has strong technical and architectural qualifications, with 19 years of public sector experience in operations, design and construction, energy management, real estate, planning, sustainability, and redevelopment.

Sheila also had a highly successful career in the private sector as an associate and senior architect, prior to joining the public sector.

Sheila joins us from the Toronto District School Board, where she was responsible for the facilities management function to a school board with 650 facilities and 46 million square feet of real estate serving 250,000 learners. She has served in a number of management positions at the school board, most recently as Chief Architect and Director, Strategic Building and Renewal.


Graham Leah as Vice President, Asset Management. Graham assumed this position in May 2013. With six years of experience working at Toronto Community Housing and the company's facilities management subsidiary, hsi, Graham has a deep understanding of our business. Graham is dedicated to finding ways to improve our business processes so that they better support front line staff in delivering great service to residents.

As Vice President of the Asset Management Division, Graham will be working to ensure that Asset Management staff have the resources they need to be effective in their roles and that their work is well aligned with the Facilities Management Division.


Lisa-Joan Overholt as Senior Director, Community Safety and Council Liaison. Lisa assumed this new position in March 2013. She is responsible for the Community Safety Unit and serves as the company's liaison with City Council.

As the company continues to work more closely with the City of Toronto, it is essential that we have effective links with City Council. Lisa has deep knowledge and experience of City Hall, and joins the company having recently served as an Executive Assistant to a member of City Council.

Lisa brings nearly 25 years of high-level public sector experience to her new position. She served 22 years with the Toronto Police Service, including in a corporate communications role in the office of the Chief of Police and a senior management position within the Toronto Police Service. Since joining Toronto Community Housing last fall, Lisa has worked to strengthen the company's partnership with the Toronto Police Service.


The board also approved the appointment of Jason Gorel as Treasurer, in addition to his current role as Chief Financial Officer.

Details of these appointments and the process followed to select the successful candidates can be found on our website�here�[PDF].