Who manages
Habitat for Humanity
Nova Scotia?

The Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia Board of Directors ensures that the affiliate meets national standards and determines provincial policies.  Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the need for safe, decent and affordable home ownership opportunities throughout the Province.

The Executive Director reports to the BOD and directs affiliate staff and volunteer teams. Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia upholds the highest standards of accountability and transparency. Our reputation is our most important asset, and maintaining strong and open relations with our supporters is a top priority. For this reason, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is one of Imagine Canada’s Ethical Code Program participants, meaning that we commit to the guidelines set in Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code.

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s audited financial statements are available for review upon request.

Click here to see reports and other special documentations.

board members

  • Lauren Sears


    A relationship-builder by trade, Lauren has an educational background in psychology, business, and organizational behavior. She has a broad knowledge of the NS entrepreneurship ecosystem, with expertise in social enterprise and purpose-led business models. She’s spent her career in NS startups, including co-founding an employment strategy and recruitment firm in 2017 (P4G C.I.C.) and supporting the launch of 45 other social enterprises in the province. Her combination of experience has created a strong skillset in business and strategy development, sector and ecosystem building, government relations, human dynamics, and developing culture as an intentional asset. Lauren’s other change-making interests include affordable housing and alternative community models, placemaking, research and policy development.

  • Courtenay Fraitzl

    Vice Chair & Chair, Women Build Committee

    Courtenay loves challenging, difficult situations with a win-win resolution goal. She has extensive experience working in public and private sector in program development and delivery, operations management, real estate investing and project management. Originally from Vancouver, BC, Courtenay graduated from BCIT School of Business, Honours in Leadership and is a Certified Project Management Professional. Some of Courtenay’s past volunteer commitments have included Habitat for Humanity BC (Restore), Shore Line Clean Up, Toastmasters International – Board Member, Transition Bay – Board Member, BCSPCA, Look-Out Shelter and helping grow fresh food for the St. Margaret’s Bay Food Bank.

  • Kevin Riles

    Past Chair

    As President & CEO of KWR Approvals Inc., Kevin W. Riles has extensive and active involvement in the land development, municipal planning and government approvals, real estate and business community. During his career Kevin has held senior management positions and roles in land development, municipal planning and government approvals, real estate, and project management. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University Bachelor of Arts, Nova Scotia College of Geographic Sciences Urban Planning and Henson College Local Government Administration Programs.

    He is currently Past President of the Urban Development Institute of Nova Scotia (UDI) and Canada which represents the Development Community in Nova Scotia and Canada

  • Josipa Christianson

    Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee

    In 2010 Josipa graduated from Acadia University with a BBA, major in accounting and in 2011 she graduated from Chartered Professional Accountants Nova Scotia receiving her Chartered Accountant designation while working at PwC, an international accounting and assurance firm.

    During her time at PwC Josipa was an assurance team lead responsible for managing a wide portfolio of clients which were primarily public companies in retail, software and junior mining space. She completed a secondment in San Jose, California where she was responsible for leading a multi-functional team through a significant initial public offering in the life sciences space.

    Josipa joined High Liner Foods in 2017 as a Director of Financial Reporting where she is currently employed. She has extensive knowledge of financial reporting, technical accounting and business valuation.

  • Glenn Munroe


    Glenn is Managing Partner – Eastern Canada, for North American Development Group, a retail/commercial developer; and the founding partner of Siteworks, a Montreal-based real estate brokerage and consulting firm.

    He has over 30 years of retail real estate development experience and is responsible for North American Development Group’s activities in Québec and Atlantic Canada. He has been responsible for over three million square feet of retail development in the Montreal area, including Carrefour de la Rive Sud, a 1.1 million square foot retail centre, and Faubourg Boisbriand, a mixed-use commercial centre. And the upcoming redevelopment of Dorval Gardens Shopping Centre into an 800+ unit residential /mixed use Complex.

    Glenn is also the partner responsible for Dartmouth Crossing, a 500+-acre development in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon completion, Dartmouth Crossing will comprise over 2 million square feet of retail GLA, as well as multiple hotels, office space and an upcoming residential component.

    Glenn received his Bachelor of Commerce in finance and marketing from Concordia University in Montreal and sits on the Board of Directors of the Old Brewery Mission in Montreal and Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia in Halifax.

  • Thomas Bagogloo


    Thomas Bagogloo received his education from McGill and Harvard Universities, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in Finance, Accounting and Real Estate Analysis. His work experience includes employment with an international accounting firm as well as the oldest appraisal firm in Canada. Thomas is currently a top ranking RE/MAX real estate agent, and team leader of the #1 RE/MAX team in Nova Scotia since 2009. For over 26 years, Thomas Bagogloo and The Bagogloo Team have been recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a proven top performer for RE/MAX in the Maritimes. Thomas and his team have been awarded the RE/MAX Circle of Legends and Lifetime Achievement awards, as well as the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.  Thomas has been a volunteer board member with Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia since 2018.

  • Jeff Gardner

    Chair, Build & Development Committee

    Since 1987 when Jeff Gardner joined Gardner Electric Ltd., he has worked for some of the largest developers, companies and Organizations in HRM and Nova Scotia providing expertise in the electrical field. As current Owner and President of Gardner Electric, he continues to grow his service-orientated company and support to many well-known charitable and not-for-profit organizations. His clients include the Nova Centre and South West Properties to name a few. Jeff and his firm have been strong supporters of IWK, Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia.

  • Peter Rumscheidt

    Chair, Risk & Governance

    Peter Rumscheidt graduated from Dalhousie in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts and obtained by law degree from Dalhousie in 1990.  Since then, he has practiced in Halifax and has with Weldon McInnes since 2015. His practice is focused on litigation.  He served as Chair on two Canadian Bar Association Sections and is the past Chair of the Design & Construction Institute of Nova Scotia.

  • Cameron MacNeil

    Chair, Government and Public Relations Committee

    Cameron ‘s career spans over 30 years with the Nova Scotia Government where he held various roles as a Human Resource professional; Senior Policy Advisor; Director of Corporate Services; and Executive Director / Provincial Tax Commissioner providing senior leadership of the Province’s major regulatory programs administered by Service Nova Scotia. Much of Cameron’s career involved the strategic development of innovative programs and diverse teams with a client centric focus.

    Cameron is currently employed as a Senior Management Consultant at large. It was during one of his assignments that he was introduced to Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia (HFHNS) where he was invited to join its Board of Directors as the Chair of the Government Relations Committee. In this voluntary role Cameron is focused on building cooperative initiatives that advance the HFHNS mission of helping families of modest means acquire and maintain affordable housing arrangements.

  • Deeksha Bhaskar


    Born and raised in India, Deeksha moved to Halifax in 2015 at the age of 18 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Human Resource Management. During university, Deeksha held the position of Chairperson for the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association Board of Directors and represented the student body at the Saint Mary’s Board of Governors and the Academic Senate. In October 2017, Deeksha, with her parents, started her own fine-dining Indian restaurant, RASA, which she expanded in 2019 to include a sister lounge, SURA. Presently, Deeksha is pursuing an education in law while managing her family business.

  • Donna Williamson

    Executive Director (Ex-Officio)

    Donna has over twenty years of proven experience leading not for profits in generating communicating impact through fund development, program delivery and building collaborative relationships. In her most recent role as Regional Manager – Atlantic Canada with March of Dimes Canada, Donna was responsible for strategic development, implementation and expansion of the After Stroke Program as well as community-based programs in Atlantic Canada. Donna’s leadership and passion in giving back to the community is well known and she has been volunteering since she was a teenager. Currently, Ms. Williamson is the immediate past Chair of the Board for Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia and has served on numerous boards including Cobequid Community Health Board, Canadian Progress Club (CPC) Halifax Cornwallis, CPC East Regional Board as well as the CPC National Board.


    Donna strongly believes in leading an active/healthy lifestyle. She and her family love to hike, bike and walk their one-year-old Golden Retriever Nelly. Donna Williamson is originally from Pictou Nova Scotia and now lives in Fall River with her family.

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