Toronto Community Housing praises outgoing CEO

Toronto Community Housing praises outgoing CEO

April 25, 2017

TORONTO, April 25, 2017—Bud Purves, Chair of the Toronto Community Housing Board of Directors, announced today that Interim President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Greg Spearn is leaving the corporation for personal reasons and to pursue new professional opportunities. 

Spearn has served as the corporation’s Interim CEO since April 2014, and has also served as Vice President and Chief Development Officer since August 2012​.

The TCHC Board has appointed Kevin Marshman, currently the Board’s Vice-Chair, to be the Interim CEO as the Board continues its search for a permanent CEO. Marshman will take a leave of absence from his current role as a Board member while he takes up the Interim CEO duties.


Greg has had a distinguished career in the public and private sectors and has played an important role in the renewal of community housing in Toronto. Greg has provided stability and growth at a time of immense challenges. We appreciate his commitment and our entire Board and staff leadership team wish him well on the next phase of his professional career.

—Bud Purves, Chair, TCHC Board of Directors
Kevin’s leadership and experience in business and non-profit governance will help Toronto Community Housing to be prepared for the first phase of the Tenants First strategy later this spring. Kevin has played an important role in the strategy’s development and we are confident that he can maintain the momentum throughout the organization as the strategy rolls out.

—Bud Purves, Chair, TCHC Board of Directors


BACKGROUND: Kevin Marshman

  • Appointed as a Board member in 2015
  • Appointed as Board Vice-Chair on April 27, 2016
  • He will take a leave of absence from the Board while he serves as Interim CEO
  • 35 years of leadership experience at major Canadian and multinational companies, including as President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Brinks Canada and Vestcom Canada
  • He has played leading roles such as Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager with NCR Corporation, Rogers Communications, and Pitney Bowes Canada.


About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing (​) is Canada's largest social housing landlord, providing homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in neighbourhoods across the city. We are wholly owned by the City of Toronto and our 2,100 buildings represent a $12-billion public asset. 

Media contact:

Bruce Malloch,​; 647-293-5789
Brayden Akers,​; 416-737-1352​​