LoriAnn Girvan Appointed to New Position of Chief Operating Officer; President Celia Smith Moves on After 8 Successful Years
TORONTO – Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – Today, Artscape announced two changes to its executive leadership team. LoriAnn Girvan has been appointed to the new position of Chief Operating Officer, effective June 13, 2016. After eight successful years, Celia Smith resigned from her position as President in February 2016, with her last day being June 3, 2016.
Ms. Girvan will be responsible for leading all areas of Artscape’s operations to realize the organization’s financial and programmatic goals. “LoriAnn is one of Canada’s leaders in social purpose real estate. Her wealth of expertise in social finance, community development and non-profit management will be invaluable as we continue to grow,” said Tim Jones, CEO. “Artscape is extremely fortunate to have her join our leadership team.”
Ms. Girvan has extensive experience in strategic management and entrepreneurial leadership with over 25 years working in urban revitalization, affordable housing, community planning and non-profit management in Canada, the United States and Africa. She is a problem-solver and bridge-builder, able to test new practices, bring together diverse stakeholders, and scale and sustain innovations. A full biography of Ms. Girvan is listed below.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Artscape, especially at a time of such growth and energy in the organization,” said LoriAnn Girvan. “Artscape is unique in its ability to bridge the vitality of the arts and urban redevelopment. Its projects are some of the most inspiring developments in city-building I’ve seen. I’m over the moon to be on board.”
Celia Smith, Artscape’s outgoing President, has shared her tremendous leadership skills with the organization since 2008. During her tenure, Ms. Smith has steered Artscape through continued growth, managing all areas of Artscape’s business and playing a leadership role in new capital project development.
“I am extraordinarily proud of the work Artscape and its incredible team have accomplished together – it has been an absolute pleasure and a highlight of my working career,” said Celia Smith. “I am a stalwart supporter of everything that Artscape has created and excited about its future.”
Biography: LoriAnn Girvan, Chief Operating Officer, Artscape
LoriAnn Girvan is an entrepreneurial leader with over 25 years of experience in urban revitalization, affordable housing, community planning and non-profit management in Canada, the United States and Africa. She is a problem-solver and bridge-builder, able to test new practices, bring together diverse stakeholders and scale and sustain innovations.
Her work combines systems design and social purpose real estate practice to achieve inclusive community development in multicultural cities and communities in economic transition. LoriAnn previously served as the Director of Housing and Homelessness at the Housing Services Corporation in Ontario and the Director of Community Health at Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC). At TCHC, she was responsible for resident services and community engagement programs, including in public housing revitalization sites. Prior to making Canada her home, she established and led the national arm of Common Ground, now Community Solutions, a non-profit organization helping communities tackle social problems that contribute to homelessness.
Her real estate and project management work includes market analysis, site acquisition, financing, and approvals for rental housing and multi-purpose hubs development in diverse communities. Through direct development as well as joint venture partnerships, she has coordinated over $300 million of affordable housing and community facilities development. She is adept at securing a broad range of financing sources including competitive government loans and grants, tax credits, impact investments, bond financing, and energy incentives. Every project has achieved high standards of sustainable design and accessibility. Most recently, she co-facilitated the integrated design charette for Ottawa Salus, launching the development of Canada’s first multi-family housing project on track to achieve Passive House certification.
As a consultant LoriAnn has worked with: Community Solutions, The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, Tides Canada, Cahdco Ottawa, Artscape, Nonprofit Centers Network as well as architecture firms The Commons, Inc., GANSstudio and Spackman Mossop Michaels. In 2015, LoriAnn was a member of Policy as Design, selected by Van Alen Institute’s Future Ground international competition to propose solutions to reuse vacant land in New Orleans.
From 1986 to 1998, she worked internationally, including serving as Democracy and Governance Advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development in Namibia. She was selected as one of eight University of Pennsylvania Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence Fellows in 2004 and holds Masters in African Studies (UCLA) and Urban Planning (McGill). She has professional proficiency in French.