Born in Toronto and raised in Quebec and Alberta, Tim attended Carleton University in Ottawa. With a degree in mechanical engineering, Tim spent twenty-five years as a staff member, manager and then an owner/operator of Lake O’Hara Lodge in Yoho National Park, where he was responsible for all aspects of running an off-grid business at an altitude of 7,000 ft. He remains a partner to this day.
After moving to Whistler in 1994 and managing a chocolate shop for a few years, Tim took an interest in affordable housing and worked as the Housing Administrator and then General Manager of the newly created Whistler Housing Authority (WHA), a municipally owned non-profit which partnered with the private sector to create more than 1,000 affordable price-restricted townhomes and apartments between 1999 and 2011.
Tim was elected and served as a municipal councillor in Whistler from 2005 -2008 and joined the board of the WHA as well as the Whistler Centre for Sustainability. He also began consulting on affordable housing with municipalities in BC, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. Smart Growth BC published his Review of Best Practices in Affordable Housing in 2007, followed by Creating Market and Non-market Affordable Housing: A Smart Growth Tool Kit for BC Municipalities (with Deborah Curran) in 2008.
In 2009, Tim moved to Bowen to continue his affordable housing consulting with presentations and workshops in Victoria, Sidney, Hornby Island, the Sunshine Coast and Canmore AB. In 2010, CMHC contracted him to write A Guide for Canadian Municipalities for the Development of a Housing Action Plan.
Working with these civic governments has given Tim a solid understanding of the impacts that the lack of affordable housing has on communities, as well as the vital role of a municipal council in facilitating effective solutions. He looks forward to working with this Council and Staff on all the issues, including housing.