SAFERhome Standards Society Board Members

President and Chair:   Mark Senner
Director: Al Hogarth (Past President)
Director:  Patrick Simpson (Past Executive Director)
Director:  Ian D. Robertson
Director:  Andrew Sixsmith
Director:  Roger Purdy
Director:  Torben Norgaard
Treasurer:  Danny Ho
Director:  Barb Robertson

Executive Director, Gordon Porter
Gordon is a lifelong resident in the lower mainland of Vancouver.  He has been involved in the sales, marketing and business development for nearly 40 years in a variety of industries.  Currently he is on the board of the Vancouver Resource Society (10+ yrs) and has been involved with SAFERhomes since it began.  As a true believer of the SAFER model, Gordon has recently become the executive director of the society with the goal of expanding the model across B.C. and is looking to increase awareness across the country. 

Mark Senner, President and Chair
Mark SennerMark is President & CEO at CareAge Home and Health Enterprises Inc. A Senior Executive Business Leader with over 25 years of experience in executive management, business development, licensing/partnering, and marketing. CareAge is a certified renovation company and durable medical accessibility equipment company. In addition to this, focus is being placed on the development of Laneway/In-Fill and Modular homes that meet the certification of SAFERHome Standards through the application of Universal and Inclusive Design principles.

Al Hogarth
, Past President
Al Hogarth is one of British Columbia’s leading voices for sustainable community design. A former Mayor of Maple Ridge, he has served as a chairperson and board member for various regional committees and task forces, including co-chairing the Greater Vancouver Regional District’s Sustainability Committee. Al is certified in site planning, has been a licensed real estate agent for 25 years, and has a private practice coordinating land use consultations.

Patrick Simpson, Director
Patrick Simpson is an early adopter in smart concept housing and Universal Design. Patrick currently works as a consultant with Canadian Barrier Free Design as a Universal design and building specialist. He has been involved in the housing industry for more than 25 years through real estate and development, including market research, land assembly, project management, and design. Now semi retired Patrick has sat on many boards and committees in the Vancouver area and continues to volunteer with his community.

Ian D. Robertson, Director
Ian D. Robertson: A lawyer with experience in both the construction and technology industries, Ian Robertson has been instrumental in contributing both legal counsel and technological knowledge to the SAFERhome design standards. A founding partner in Vancouver law firm Robertson & Company, he is also a principal in Norstar Properties, a Vancouver-based construction management and design-build development company.
Since 1995, Ian has been President & CEO of NS Telcom Group Inc., a private investment firm specializing in the communications and technology sector. He is also President of its various US and Canadian subsidiaries, including Norstar Multimedia (DIVA Systems), NST Network Services Inc. Novus Communications Inc., and Ranger Online Inc.

Andrew Sixsmith, Director
Professor and Director Gerontology Research Centre, Vice-Preseident International Society for Gerontechnology, Chair of ISG10 World Conferance on Gerontechnology, Simon Fraser University Centre, Vancouver.

Roger Purdy, Director
Roger Purdy is a Professional Engineer, with more than 25 years experience in chemical process plant design, safety and environmental awareness. He has been involved with the design of several major chemical plants in Canada, Europe and Asia, ensuring that all designs met the highest levels of performance and safety. This included several years operating specifically in the Health and Safety Groups of several firms, designing standards and teaching safety principles to the employees ensuring that the facilities operated to the highest standards of safety.

Torben Norgaard, Director
Torben has been heavily involved in sales and marketing since moving to B.C. over 20 years ago.  He has served on the board of the Vancouver Resource Society and is currently a buyer for Best Buy Canada in the western region.  Torben offers a strong background in analytics and marketing to the public

Danny Ho, Treasurer
Danny has directed and lead ancillary business and service units to successfully support the University of British Columbia academic mission and official community plan with a strong focus on customer service delivery. Units comprised of Parking Services, Access Control, University Card, Secure Access, and Campus Mailing Services. Innovative and analytical, he now prioritizes his time on business analytics.

Barb Robertson, Director

Barb is the Executive Director, Sunrise Senior Living.