SAFERhome Society Board Members

President and Chair:   Al Hogarth
Director:  Patrick Simpson (Executive Director)
Director:  Gord Porter
Treasurer:  Danny Ho
Director:  Colin Doylend
Director:  Doug Gayton 

Al Hogarth
, President and Chair
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, Executive 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.

Director: Gordon Porter
Gordon is a lifelong resident in the lower mainland of Vancouver.  He has been involved in 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.

Danny Ho, Treasurer
Danny has directed and leads 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.

Colin Doylend, Director
Through his experience with modular constriction during his time with Metric Modular (formerly Britco Construction) and as a certified social housing manager (CertCIH), Colin is most proud of his work with the Yale First Nation, where they developed ten affordable housing units that were built to the Passive House construction standard – the energy-efficient homes funded by either INAC or the CHMC for an Indigenous community in Canada. Today, Colin is also a part of a new building technology, a start-up called NEXII, a patented whole building solution featuring proprietary, ultra-lightweight high-performance structural layers with an expanded insulating and bonded core. It is fire-safe, waterproof, critter/insect resistant, mould resistant, earthquake/hurricane resilient, featuring superior sound dampening and surpasses Passive House energy efficiency performance levels, building up to twenty-four stories in 75% less time – all at the same price of wood-frame construction.