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The Houssian Foundation Team

Staff

Mira Oreck | Executive Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Mira Oreck loves people and politics. She is a social change leader who has spent her career advancing progressive public policies and promoting civic engagement. Mira believes in raising her voice whenever she sees injustice, and in uniting people across cultural and political lines.

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Lara Hoshizaki | Program Manager

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Lara Hoshizaki is deeply connected to the natural world. Whether working as a geographer with data and maps and unearthing the stories they tell; modeling habitats and ecosystem services across land and seascapes; or supporting Indigenous peoples as they steward their territories, Lara gives her whole heart to projects that nurture the complex relationship between nature and people.

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Christine Robertson | Operations Administrator

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Christine Robertson thrives when presented with a new challenge that takes her outside her comfort zone. With deep experience in administration, event management, project management, sales, and operations, she loves building projects from the ground up. She credits her ability to adapt quickly to new work cultures—often where everyone speaks a shared language but her—to her mother Lorane, who herself had several ‘careers’ in her professional life. Christine joined our team in 2021 to build backend infrastructure for the newest incarnation of The Houssian Foundation.

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Portrait photography by @JackieDivesPhoto

Board of Directors

Joe Houssian

Joe Houssian began his career at Xerox in 1973 and then founded Intrawest in 1976. Intrawest grew from an urban residential real estate business into an internationally renowned resort and real estate development company responsible for the success of such pre-eminent ski resorts as Whistler Blackcomb. Intrawest grew rapidly to 25,000 people with resort and hospitality entities around the world. In 1990, Intrawest became a public company and was sold in 2006 for US $2.8B.

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Joey Houssian

Joey Houssian is a British Columbia native and entrepreneur based in Whistler. As a University student, his first business venture was an organic produce delivery service. He went on to combine his passion for people, nature, and sustainable business into The Adventure Group, an eco-tourism company that he founded and runs in Whistler.

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Jessica Houssian

Jess Houssian has focused her career on the intersections of gender equality, philanthropy, and social change, imagining and co-creating spaces for innovation and collaboration that shift power and resources to feminist movements around the world.

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Joanne Houssian

Joanne Houssian serves as Co-Chair of the Houssian Foundation. Joanne’s mission is to support community-based initiatives addressing human and environmental insecurities (and the intersection of these) both in her family’s local community and globally. She has held various leadership positions in community-based organizations, such as North Shore Family Services, Lions Gate Hospital and Collingwood school, of which she is a Co-Founder.

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Jamie Houssian

Jamie Houssian is Principal at Elemental Energy, a developer, investor and operator of renewable energy projects that generate long term financial returns, environmental benefits for the planet, and positive social impacts for the communities in which they work. In this role, he is responsible for discovering new business and investment opportunities and setting the strategic direction of the company.

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