About Us

Attainable Homes Calgary is a for-purpose, social enterprise, created and owned by The City of Calgary, working to help moderate-income Calgarians achieve quality homeownership.

Our Start

AHC began in 2009 when Mayor Dave Bronconnier took note of the growing affordability gap between homeownership and moderate-income Calgarians. He saw how they could afford to pay their rent and their bills but couldn’t save a lump sum down payment to get into homeownership. With Councillor Brian Pincott and founding chair, David Laycock, Mayor Bronconnier developed a program to help Calgarians with a down payment, empowering them to take the leap into homeownership. AHC was born with a mandate to build 1,000 well-made, entry-level homes at an attainable price for moderate-income Calgarians.

Our First Partnership

AHC had a strong concept, but we needed a builder partner; a company that was as passionate about helping Calgarians reach their homeownership goals as we are. After getting an overwhelming response to our public request for proposals, we signed an agreement with Cidex Developments Ltd. Their contribution of units from two of their developments allowed AHC to get off the ground two years before our anticipated launch.

Engagement

The City of Calgary sold eight sites to AHC with the express purpose of developing homes at attainable prices. These sites are intentionally close to employment centres, amenities, transportation corridors, public transit and established neighbourhoods. We immediately began engagement with community associations, residents, and city administration to help inform decision-making.

Evolution of Partnerships

Our program continues to grow and evolve. We now boast partnerships with eleven builders, nine financial institutions, seven law firms and two mortgage insurers. We are also proud to have to have Mayor Nenshi as one of our board members and our biggest champion. We value the role we play in the city of Calgary and take pride in having helped improve the life goals of over 850 people through achieving attainable homeownership.



What Drives Us

Why?

We improve life goals for Calgarians striving to achieve quality homeownership.

What?

We focus our work around three strategic pillars: resilient clients, quality housing models and operational excellence.

How?

People: We operate from a culture of trust, teamwork, purpose, and achievement. Sustainability: Our projects reduce the overall environmental impact in such a way that operating efficiency and long-term value are maximized over the building's life cycle. Financial Stability: We provide value to our stakeholders by operating efficiently and managing risk to maintain financial stability. Innovation: We demonstrate leadership by adopting new approaches and best practices to achieve housing quality that meets the needs of communities and Calgarians now and in the future. Diversification: We recognize the diverse needs of clients and seek alternative housing forms, tenures, and financial models.

Our Team

Elizabeth Huculak

Interim President & CEO

Wendy Hennel

Director of Finance

Jen McCarron

Director of Planning & Marketing

Melinda Channon

Executive Assistant

Christie Chesney

Development Coordinator

Julie Burgoyne

Program Associate

Our Team

Volunteer Board of Directors

Sano Stante, Board Chair

Sano contributes over 31 years of direct experience in real estate sales/development and nine years prior experience in development and construction. His expertise extends to consulting governments, businesses, and institutions about residential and commercial real estate markets. A passion for sustainable housing and communities remains a common theme throughout Sano’s career.

Roger Andrews, Director

Roger joined the team in October 2016. Roger is a senior executive with a diverse background in real estate operations and finance. He now works as a consultant to real estate organizations. Roger held the CFO position at Jayman MasterBuilt Inc. between 2006 and 2009. Prior to this, Roger was Vice President of Portfolio Management for Bentall Kennedy specializing in multifamily and industrial property.

Mohinder Bajwa, Director

Mohinder Bajwa has over 15 years of experience helping people and businesses reach their full potential. He has held senior management positions in various governments, industry and non-profit sectors. His previous roles include Director of Special Projects – Indigenous Relations, Delegated First Nation Agency Child Welfare Director, Public Guardian, Director of Social and Health Programs, Director of Addictions and Mental Health, Director of Public Health, Acting CEO of a Regional Health Authority and Child Welfare Director. Mohinder has worked with teams of 10 to 200 people, managing budgets of up to $345M. He has held several senior management roles with Government of Alberta and Government of NWT.

Mohinder has over 15 years of senior level experience in Indigenous and government relations including direct relationship building with Chief and Council.

Mohinder has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Manitoba, B.A. from the University of Winnipeg and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Manitoba and a graduate of the Senior Executive Managers Development Program at the University of Alberta.
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Councillor George Chahal, Director

George Chahal, City Councillor Ward 5, was born and raised in Calgary and lived his formative childhood years in the community of Saddleridge in the Northeast. He has a Bachelors in Economics and a Masters Degree from the Faculty of Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary. Prior to becoming a City Councillor, he owned a small business in the construction and development industry. George is married with three young daughters, is actively involved in coaching and community activities, is a sports enthusiast and is a proud Calgarian!

Robin Lokhorst, Director

Robin is Managing Partner of McLeod Law and is the Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee. With over 25 years of legal experience, Robin is focused exclusively in commercial and residential real estate. Working with home builders, property developers and lenders, through to buyers and sellers, Robin has a highly transactional practice involving land development and construction projects, real estate transactions, corporate finance and lease agreements. He is also involved in condominium development work in Alberta and out of province. Robin has been a Calgarian since 1977, joining McLeod Law over 25 years ago. Robin is on the Executive Committee of the CBA Managing Partner Subsection and also serves as legal counsel to the Canadian Luge Association since 2007.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Director

Naheed Nenshi is currently serving his third term as Calgary’s Mayor. He is a passionate Calgarian, an accomplished business professional, and a community leader. Mayor Nenshi’s leadership continues to inspire a culture of citizen-focused growth in the city of Calgary. Before serving as Mayor, he ran a large nonprofit, was a trusted advisor to corporate leaders in Canada and the US, and authored the book Building Up: Making Canada’s Cities Magnets for Talent and Engines of Development.

Ken Toews, Director

Ken has over 25 years of experience in land, multifamily, shopping centre, office and hotel development. He played a key role in the development of the Garrison Woods and Currie Barrack’s Communities and helped shape the redevelopment of the Edmonton Griesbach Armed Forces Base.
Currently, Ken is Vice President of Development for Strategic Group with a focus on repurposing office buildings into apartments, new townhouse developments and low and high-rise residential mixed-use projects. He is an active member of both the University of Calgary’s Dean’s Circle in the Environmental Design School and the City of Calgary’s Development Advisory Committee. Ken also teaches Mixed-Use Development at the U of C and has a passion for affordable, attainable housing.

Brian Pincott, Director

Brian served 10 years as a Calgary City Councillor, from 2007 to 2017. In his time on city council he focused much of his energy on affordable housing across the spectrum and across the city. A broad interest in inclusivity and sustainability drove a great deal of his work on city council and beyond. He served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for seven years and led the engagement with the federal government around affordable housing issues for municipalities coast to coast to coast. Prior to being elected, Brian worked in theatre across Canada, and was a social and environmental activist in Calgary.

Melanie Ross, Director

Leading the sustainable building team at Integral Group, Melanie supports a wide range of projects ranging from LEED, WELL, FitWel and other third-party certifications to energy management and existing building performance, while managing a growing portfolio in sustainability planning and policy development.

Melanie’s 10+ years of experience with recognized architecture, planning and engineering firms has brought her a deeper understanding of the industry and a respect for various stakeholder viewpoints. Her work as a CaGBC Review Team and Materials TAG member and Education Faculty member gives her further insight into the strategic and technical nuances of LEED projects. With applied experience in marketing and communications, Melanie drives her teams to embrace an integrated design process to deliver for the clients’ needs.

Melanie was appointed to the WELL Building Standard teaching faculty and has delivered several workshops and presentations on the topic of health and wellness in buildings. She was also appointed to the CaGBC WELL Taskforce, working to identify the challenges for Canadian market adoption of the standard. Lastly, she serves as Chair of the CaGBC Alberta Chapter Leadership Board.

Gerry Wagner, Director

Gerry Wagner is a corporate director and advisor. He has over 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation ICD.D. He serves on the board of directors of both public and private companies. He is also a consultant to companies in the financial services industry. Gerry has held founding director and executive positions at a number of financial institutions focused on residential mortgage lending including CFF Bank, MonCana Bank of Canada, ResMor Trust Company and the predecessor of Bridgewater Bank.

Volunteer Board of Directors

Sano contributes over 31 years of direct experience in real estate sales/development and nine years prior experience in development and construction. His expertise extends to consulting governments, businesses, and institutions about residential and commercial real estate markets. A passion for sustainable housing and communities remains a common theme throughout Sano’s career.

Roger joined the team in October 2016. Roger is a senior executive with a diverse background in real estate operations and finance. He now works as a consultant to real estate organizations. Roger held the CFO position at Jayman MasterBuilt Inc. between 2006 and 2009. Prior to this, Roger was Vice President of Portfolio Management for Bentall Kennedy specializing in multifamily and industrial property.

Mohinder Bajwa has over 15 years of experience helping people and businesses reach their full potential. He has held senior management positions in various governments, industry and non-profit sectors. His previous roles include Director of Special Projects – Indigenous Relations, Delegated First Nation Agency Child Welfare Director, Public Guardian, Director of Social and Health Programs, Director of Addictions and Mental Health, Director of Public Health, Acting CEO of a Regional Health Authority and Child Welfare Director. Mohinder has worked with teams of 10 to 200 people, managing budgets of up to $345M. He has held several senior management roles with Government of Alberta and Government of NWT.

Mohinder has over 15 years of senior level experience in Indigenous and government relations including direct relationship building with Chief and Council.

Mohinder has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Manitoba, B.A. from the University of Winnipeg and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Manitoba and a graduate of the Senior Executive Managers Development Program at the University of Alberta.
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George Chahal, City Councillor Ward 5, was born and raised in Calgary and lived his formative childhood years in the community of Saddleridge in the Northeast. He has a Bachelors in Economics and a Masters Degree from the Faculty of Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary. Prior to becoming a City Councillor, he owned a small business in the construction and development industry. George is married with three young daughters, is actively involved in coaching and community activities, is a sports enthusiast and is a proud Calgarian!

Robin is Managing Partner of McLeod Law and is the Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee. With over 25 years of legal experience, Robin is focused exclusively in commercial and residential real estate. Working with home builders, property developers and lenders, through to buyers and sellers, Robin has a highly transactional practice involving land development and construction projects, real estate transactions, corporate finance and lease agreements. He is also involved in condominium development work in Alberta and out of province. Robin has been a Calgarian since 1977, joining McLeod Law over 25 years ago. Robin is on the Executive Committee of the CBA Managing Partner Subsection and also serves as legal counsel to the Canadian Luge Association since 2007.

Naheed Nenshi is currently serving his third term as Calgary’s Mayor. He is a passionate Calgarian, an accomplished business professional, and a community leader. Mayor Nenshi’s leadership continues to inspire a culture of citizen-focused growth in the city of Calgary. Before serving as Mayor, he ran a large nonprofit, was a trusted advisor to corporate leaders in Canada and the US, and authored the book Building Up: Making Canada’s Cities Magnets for Talent and Engines of Development.

Ken has over 25 years of experience in land, multifamily, shopping centre, office and hotel development. He played a key role in the development of the Garrison Woods and Currie Barrack’s Communities and helped shape the redevelopment of the Edmonton Griesbach Armed Forces Base.
Currently, Ken is Vice President of Development for Strategic Group with a focus on repurposing office buildings into apartments, new townhouse developments and low and high-rise residential mixed-use projects. He is an active member of both the University of Calgary’s Dean’s Circle in the Environmental Design School and the City of Calgary’s Development Advisory Committee. Ken also teaches Mixed-Use Development at the U of C and has a passion for affordable, attainable housing.

Brian served 10 years as a Calgary City Councillor, from 2007 to 2017. In his time on city council he focused much of his energy on affordable housing across the spectrum and across the city. A broad interest in inclusivity and sustainability drove a great deal of his work on city council and beyond. He served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for seven years and led the engagement with the federal government around affordable housing issues for municipalities coast to coast to coast. Prior to being elected, Brian worked in theatre across Canada, and was a social and environmental activist in Calgary.

Leading the sustainable building team at Integral Group, Melanie supports a wide range of projects ranging from LEED, WELL, FitWel and other third-party certifications to energy management and existing building performance, while managing a growing portfolio in sustainability planning and policy development.

Melanie’s 10+ years of experience with recognized architecture, planning and engineering firms has brought her a deeper understanding of the industry and a respect for various stakeholder viewpoints. Her work as a CaGBC Review Team and Materials TAG member and Education Faculty member gives her further insight into the strategic and technical nuances of LEED projects. With applied experience in marketing and communications, Melanie drives her teams to embrace an integrated design process to deliver for the clients’ needs.

Melanie was appointed to the WELL Building Standard teaching faculty and has delivered several workshops and presentations on the topic of health and wellness in buildings. She was also appointed to the CaGBC WELL Taskforce, working to identify the challenges for Canadian market adoption of the standard. Lastly, she serves as Chair of the CaGBC Alberta Chapter Leadership Board.

Gerry Wagner is a corporate director and advisor. He has over 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation ICD.D. He serves on the board of directors of both public and private companies. He is also a consultant to companies in the financial services industry. Gerry has held founding director and executive positions at a number of financial institutions focused on residential mortgage lending including CFF Bank, MonCana Bank of Canada, ResMor Trust Company and the predecessor of Bridgewater Bank.

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Ashbury
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Arbours
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Varsity
4818
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Buffalo
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Our Attainable Homes program helps you out with the down payment: you contribute $2,000 and we’ll pay the rest! From there it’s all about sharing; if and when you sell your home, the growth in the home’s value (the appreciation) is split between you and us. The longer you live in your home, the more you keep. We put our portion back into the program to provide more homeownership opportunities for Calgarians. Pick from a range of apartment and townhome condominiums throughout Calgary. It’s an investment you can feel great about.