Susan McGee, CEO, Homeward Trust
Susan McGee is the Chief Executive Officer of Homeward Trust Edmonton. She was appointed Executive Director of the Edmonton Joint Planning Committee on Housing (EJPCOH) in July, 2005, and assumed Executive Director responsibilities for the Edmonton Housing Trust Fund in June, 2007, overseeing the consolidation of these two organizations under the new banner of Homeward Trust in 2008.
Under her leadership Homeward Trust Edmonton has undergone significant growth to meet the requirements and expectations of an organization mandated to implement a plan to end homelessness. In the first five years of implementing Edmonton’s plan Homeward Trust has developed a Housing First program, funding several agencies to provide access to housing and supports to over 2900 individuals. Several capital projects are underway including permanent supportive housing for those requiring a high level of supports and additional services have been added to augment the capacity of existing agencies. Homeward Trust emphasizes the importance of culturally informed services and strives to ensure Aboriginal organizations and individuals are active partners in addressing homelessness as experienced by Aboriginal community members. Ms. McGee works closely with community leaders, elected officials and government administration to ensure alignment and support of the programs Homeward Trust implements.
Prior to Homeward Trust, Ms. McGee served as Executive Director for the Edmonton Downtown Development Corporation (DDC). Ms. McGee was with the DDC for 13 years, during which time she oversaw the implementation of several significant projects which have contributed to the renaissance of downtown Edmonton. These included the Alberta Main Street Programme, the retention of the City Market downtown, establishing the Arts District Partnership and partnering on numerous community based initiatives.
In addition to her professional work, Susan has been an active member of the community, volunteering on various committees and boards and is committed to supporting other cities undertaking the challenging task of ending homelessness.
Ms. McGee received her B.Sc. in Architecture from Ryerson University, Toronto, and has an MBA through the Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University. She is a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Ms. McGee lives in Edmonton with her children, Rylea and Satchel.