SAFERhome Society Board Members

Executive Director:  Patrick Simpson
Treasurer:  Doug Gayton
Director:  Al Hogarth
Director:  Gordon Porter
Director:  Danny Ho
Director:  Ian D. Robertson

Patrick Simpson, Executive Director

Patrick Simpson is an early adopter and contributor in Smart Concept housing and Universal Design. Patrick currently works as a consultant specializing in Universal Design and Construction. He has been involved in the Universal housing industry for more than 32 years through real estate and project 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.

Al Hogarth
, Director
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

Gordon Porter. Director
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. 

Danny Ho, Director
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.

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.