Board and Committees

Housing Cambridge (Cambridge Non-Profit Housing Corporation) was incorporated in 1986. Of the seven original directors, four were City Councillors. Cambridge City Council now appoints two of its members to the Housing Cambridge Board of Directors. The remaining Directors are volunteers from the community. Some of these community volunteers are also Housing Cambridge tenants. All of our tenants are members of the Corporation and can vote at the organization’s annual general meeting.

The Housing Cambridge Board of Directors is responsible for the sound governance of the organization. Operating budgets are closely monitored by the Board, which ensures proper financial accountability and fiscal responsibility. Operating and capital replacement funds are limited and are used on a priority basis to address maintenance and operational issues.

John Clinckett
Chair


John is the Chair of the Housing Cambridge Board. He relocated to Cambridge in 1979 after completing university studies in Waterloo. John has been active in the field of housing completing multi unit residential student & public housing, not-for profit projects for Kitchener Housing and single family housing over the years, and is a registered architect since 1978. John served as vice-chair of Waterloo Regional Non-Profit Housing Corporation for two years, and has served on the Housing Cambridge Board since 2007.

Frances Seward
Vice Chair


Frances is the Vice-Chair of the Housing Cambridge Board. Born in Cambridge, Frances has been in the real estate industry since 1984. She has a wealth of experience, and is certain she has sold at least one house on every street in Cambridge! With her network of contacts, Frances is able to provide good answers to just about any question that a home buyer might have; from mortgages to roofing to electrical to landscaping to where to find great food in town. Many of her skills are directly transferable to the affordable housing sector, which benefits Housing Cambridge greatly.

Thomas Van Horne
Secretary-Treasurer


Thomas is a recent graduate of Human Resource Management from the University of Guelph. He is currently pursuing his Project Management Professional Certificate and is a member of the Project Management Institute. Thomas’ schooling has advanced him to start his professional career at the Royal Bank of Canada as his present role of Junior Business Systems Analyst. Growing up in the Cambridge area, Thomas has seen the need for volunteers in community organizations, leading him to become the newest member of the Board of Directors.

Dave Kinder
Board Member


Dave is married with 2 adult children. He graduated from Osgoode Law School in 1975 and was called to the bar in 1977. He has 10 years experience as an in-house corporate lawyer for a large multi-national and smaller entrepreneurial companies. Dave has been in private practice in Cambridge for over 20 years and is a Past President of the Cambridge North Rotary Club.

Audrey Wilton
Board Member


Audrey is one of our tenant Board Members. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and moved with her family to Ontario in 1967. She became a Canadian citizen in 1977. She has worked as a legal assistant in Cambridge for the past 30 years and she has been a resident at 325 Myers Road for the past 15 years.

Barry Hesson
Board Member


Barry is a tenant of 650 Eagle Street North. Barry has had considerable experience serving on boards and associations. He is Past Chair of the Comox Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group in B.C. He has been a member of the Canadian Cancer Society branch in the Comox Valley. He was also charter President of the Ayr Optimist Club and Lieutenant Governor, Optimist International, District 11, Ontario.

Pam Wolf
Board Member


Pam is a City of Cambridge Councillor appointed by Council to the Board. Pam taught for WRDSB for over 30 years and raised her three children in Cambridge. She is currently the chair of the city’s Affordable Housing committee and member of the Poverty Eradication round table. Pam is a former board member of the Cambridge United Way and current member of several advisory committees to Council including Heritage and Environmental.

Asghar Ali
Board Member


Ali is a resident of 50 Mullin Crescent. Ali graduated from university in Australia with a Ph.D. in Applied Economics and moved to Canada with his family in 2004. He has a diversified background in research, policy and planning. He has worked as a research fellow at the institute of Agri Food Policy Innovation; as a research associate in the department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of Guelph and as a researcher at the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. He is a member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists.

Rick Cowsill
Board Member


Rick is a City of Cambridge Councillor appointed to the Board. Rick has been a director of Housing Cambridge since its inception in 1986 and has recently served as Housing Cambridge Board Chair. Rick is the principal of MicroBusiness Unlimited. Through his consulting business, he has participated in the development and consulted in the design and building of some 1400 new small businesses across southern Ontario.