About us // Michelle Hoar

Michelle Hoar

Michelle is responsible for overall management of the Collective, including strategic partnerships, fundraising and funder relations, financial administration, housing industry engagement and knowledge mobilization.

Previous to this, she did public and stakeholder engagement work, largely on housing issues. She is also the co-founder of The Tyee, where she led the business operations of one of Canada’s most highly regarded independent media companies from 2003 through 2016. From 2016 to 2017 she managed The Tyee’s Housing Fix project, a solutions-journalism and civic engagement project focused on Canada’s housing crises. Throughout the multi-year course of the Housing Fix, Michelle worked with a number of partners to organize and facilitate public and stakeholder events on affordable housing: three in Vancouver, one in New Westminster, and one in Ottawa. She continues to be an advisor to The Tyee.

Michelle Hoar has a laugh against a brick wall.

Michelle’s completion of the SFU Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement in 2017 and the IAP2 Foundations program in 2018 (International Association for Public Participation) cemented an interest in utilizing her emerging skills as an engagement facilitator in areas she’s passionate about: affordable housing, social and environmental resilience, and urban planning.

Michelle is the mother of two young daughters, a renter since age 19, and an avid community gardener and cyclist. One of her favourite hobbies is talking to strangers.

Recent posts

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Contract posting: Strategic Communications Specialist

Apr 23, 20245 min read

POSITION: Strategic Communications Specialist (contract)LENGTH: Nine months with potential for renewalHOURS PER WEEK: Flexible, around…

Illustrated graphic for the 'Housing That Connects Us: The affordability puzzle' webinar event.

Join the next ‘Housing That Connects Us’ webinar: The Affordability Puzzle

Apr 12, 20248 min read

Join us on Thursday, May 2nd at 9:30 AM PST for an engaging conversation with Madeleine Hebert…

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Unlocking social connections in multi-unit housing: Insights from our 2021-2022 resident surveys

Feb 6, 20246 min read

Creating a sense of community and social connection is a challenge in fast-paced urban life.…

Building social connection reports looms in the foreground of an illustrated urban space in North Vancouver.

North Vancouver active design study

Jan 16, 20244 min read

Social connections between neighbours are the building blocks for happier, more trusting, resilient, and supportive…

Building social connections: Case studies to inspire socially connected multi-unit housing, report cover.

Building social connections: Case studies to inspire socially connected multi-unit housing

Dec 13, 20234 min read

The crises of social disconnection and housing affordability can be solved together.  Growing evidence shows…

Rental housing operators and community building

Rental housing operators and community building

Dec 13, 20239 min read

In our first three years of project work (2019–2022), HNC has engaged deeply with our…