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August 26, 2022

Meet the Northern Access Round Stage 2 Team

By Evergreen

The team is here to offer shorlisted applicants support as they advance their housing supply solutions.

Aretha Black (she/her)
Program Manager

Aretha is the Program Manager overseeing the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program for the Northern Access round. Prior to joining Evergreen in 2018, Aretha built and stewarded partnerships to advance high-impact food security, youth leadership and community development projects at local, national and international scales. She has called BC, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia home, has lived and worked in six continents, and holds a Master’s degree in Global Studies from the Universities of Vienna and Leipzig.

Matthew Carreau (he/him)
Senior Program Officer

Matthew is a Senior Program Officer on the team. He has a background in design thinking and community engagement. He is passionate about using design as a collaborative tool to bring people together to explore issues in a holistic way and generate creative ideas. Matthew has lived in Whitehorse and Winnipeg and is currently living in Tkaronto on Treaty 13 territory.

Niko Casuncad (he/him)
Program Coordinator

Niko is a Program Coordinator on the team. He holds a Master of Planning in urban development and a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies with a sustainability studies certificate. He is passionate about equitable and sustainable city-building and has experience working in the non-profit sector in Toronto and Calgary. Niko is excited to answer your questions and offer your team resources and to develop your solution.

Brianna Cuzzolino
Program Officer

Brianna is a Program Officer on the team. She has a strong background in capacity building, training, and mentoring. She is passionate about creating inclusive spaces that support community-led solutions. Brianna grew up and continues to live on Treaty 13 territory and is grateful to call Tkaronto home.

Travis Erickson
Program Coordinator

Travis is a Program Coordinator on the team. His background includes working in private and public spheres of non-profits, start-ups, and municipalities. Travis holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design specialized in Social Sciences alongside a Certificate in Sustainability and is passionate about research and development to improve accessibility in communities. He will be working to support your Orientation Session, Applicant Support Check-ins, and Design Thinking Workshop.

Jessica Miranda
Program Coordinator

Jessica is a Program Coordinator on the Support Program team. Jessica holds a bachelor’s in Environmental Design – Landscape + Urbanism and loves learning more about city building and community engagement. She looks forward to supporting applicants through the Peer Learning Sessions and Design Thinking workshop activities.

Marina Najjar
Bilingual Program Officer

Marina is a Bilingual Program Officer on the team. She holds a master’s in Urban Governance and loves learning about cities and thinking about how to make cities more adaptable and affordable. While growing up in many cities, Montreal is now her hometown. Marina will be here to answer your questions and provide support to teams throughout Stage 2.

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