Current directors

The current directors appointed by CHF Canada are

Laird Hunter, President e-mail


W. Laird Hunter, Q.C., is an honorary lifetime associate of CHF Canada and a partner in the firm of Richards Hunter based in his native Edmonton, Alberta. A particular emphasis of Laird’s practice has been community- and economic-development matters. He has undertaken a wide range of legal and policy work for the federal government and various provincial governments, as well as private-sector clients and non-profit and co-operative organizations. Laird is retained by some of Canada’s leading charitable foundations and is listed for his expertise in Best Lawyers in Canada, a peer-reviewed reference guide.

Laird’s relationship with CHF Canada began in 1978 with occasional requests for legal advice while he was undertaking graduate studies at Carleton University in International Relations. He eventually assumed the formal role of corporate counsellor and legal advisor. Laird has been retained on matters involving co-operative legislative in most provinces, as well as at the federal level. Many of the Agency’s clients know Laird from his engagement as a member of the Resolutions Committee at the annual meeting of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.

A regular lecturer in the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta course, The Law of Non-Profit Organizations, Laird is co-author of Take Charge! How to Make Economic Development Work for Your Band, a publication intended for the assistance of First Nations.

Elain Duvall e-mail


Originally from Saskatchewan, Elain Duvall has lived in B.C. for many years and has been active in the housing field for most of that time. For more than 10 years she was the executive director of Columbia Housing Advisory Association, a well-regarded provider of development services to housing co-operatives. Elain was active at the national level as a member of the team that negotiated housing-program and operating-agreement matters with CMHC.

Beginning in 1990, Elain worked as a project officer at the City of Vancouver, with non-profit housing as her focus. After four years with the city, she moved to Progressive Homes as the Manager, Development, responsible for site acquisition, feasibility studies, contract negotiations and co-ordinating the design-approval process. For the past seven years she has worked in project development, business planning and fund raising on a consulting basis.

Elain has played a distinguished role on a variety of business, advisory and charitable boards. She spent some years on the Richmond Advisory Committee on Seniors’ Supportive Housing and was a governor of the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. Her connection with Vancity’s board and associated organizations spans the period from 1997 to 2009. During this time she served on the board of Citizen’s Bank of Canada, chaired the board of Vancity Enterprises and the credit union itself and spent several years as a director of the Vancity Capital Corporation and the Credit Union Central of B.C.

Ken McFarland, Treasurer  e-mail

KenMcFarlandIn 1979 Ken received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. A Charted Professional Accountant, he has taken classes in finance, accounting and other subjects at the University of Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser University, the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University. Recently, Ken’s scientific interests have drawn him to participate in Continuing Education at the University of Regina.

A director, officer and project manager at Environment North, Ken’s concern for sustainability led to his hosting a weekly television program on environmental matters and serving on an advisory board concerned with electrical generation and transmission projects for Northwestern Ontario. From 1983 to 2005, Ken practised accounting and auditing in the GTA and the Niagara Region, specializing in financial services for publishers, printers and non-profit organizations, with a focus on housing co-operatives. On his retirement, he returned to Saskatchewan, where he provides consulting and personal tax services fora limited clientele and has administered a senior government official’s portfolio as a blind trustee.

For some years, Ken volunteered on the Finance Committee of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and as treasurer of Toronto’s Riverdale Co-operative Houses. He played the same role for Campus Plus, an agency representing campus publications, and for the Federal Co-operative Housing Stabilization Fund, which assisted co-operatives under the index-linked mortgage program. In Regina, Ken currently lends a hand to non-profit artists’ guilds with administration and reporting.

Berta Zaccardi, Vice-President e-mail

BertaZaccardiBerta Zaccardi was born in Abruzzo Italy in 1952, immigrating to Winnipeg, Canada with her parents in 1961. She has a BA from the University of Manitoba and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a retired member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is fluent in English, French and Italian.

Berta’s legal career started with a position as a staff lawyer at a McQuesten Community Legal Clinic in Hamilton, Ontario. She then served as Legal Counsel at Sterling Trust (subsequently acquired by Trust General) and ultimately a joined CMHC as a solicitor in 1982. Her career at CMHC spanned 24 years, the first years in various positions in Legal Services in both National Office and in the regional offices, and, from 1991, in executive positions.

Berta has held the position of Director of Program Portfolio Management Division, General Manager of the Prairies and NWT Region, Director of the MBS Centre and General Manager of the Ontario Region. In 2002, she was appointed Vice President, Human Resources, Legal and Corporate Services. In 2004 responsibility for IT was added to Corporate Services and a new position of VP, Human Resources was created for her. She retired from CMHC on June 30, 2006.

Berta is married to Craig Robertson and has two children, Alex and Adriana. Since retiring, she has completed the Camino de Santiago de Compostella in Spain, climbed to the summit of Kilimanjaro and hiked the Andes. She is working on completing the GR65 from Le Puy to St Jean Pied de Port in France and is dreaming of hiking all of the Bruce Trail in Ontario.

Cameron Gray e-mail


In 1979 Cameron received a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto. A diploma in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia followed in 1986.

Cameron spent his career with the City of Vancouver, first in the development of the south shore of False Creek, then in the City’s real-estate department. In 1991 he became the Director of the Housing Centre where he was responsible for the City’s affordable-housing policies and projects. Under Cameron’s leadership, the city partnered with BC Housing, Vancouver Costal Health and other provincial ministries in the development of non-profit rental and co-operative housing in the new neighbourhoods around False Creek and along Coal Harbour. He played a significant role in the replacement of single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels with supportive housing for singles in the core of the city.

Significant policy initiatives under his watch included Council’s extensive public consultation on the City’s Homeless Action Plan, the Downtown Eastside Housing Plan and the Supportive Housing Strategy, and their subsequent adoption. In 2007 he set up a new department that consolidated the City’s many social initiatives. These ranged from childcare through affordable housing to the City’s cemetery. Cameron retired from the City in 2009 after 30 years of service.

Roger Maloney e-mail


Roger has spent much of his working life engaged with some aspect of housing, ranging from the non-profit Peel Living to the long-term care sector. Among the housing-related boards that have benefited from his expertise are those of Rooftops Canada, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the Housing Services Corporation and Victoria Park Community Homes.

Currently a municipal consultant, Roger Maloney has 30 years of experience with the Region of Peel, in Ontario. There Roger occupied positions of increasing importance until assuming the responsibilities of Chief Administrative Officer in 1997. Under his leadership, Peel embarked on an Excellence Journey, which culminated in the distinction of a Gold Award of Excellence from the National Quality Institute in 2005. No other government in Canada has been so honoured. Roger himself received the CMHC Award in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of affordable housing solutions.