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-- Janice Abbott, CEO
Atira Property Management offers personalized, client-focused management solutions for strata corporations, building owners, housing cooperatives, not-for-profit societies, and developers in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our belief: an unwavering commitment to excellence in customer service and progressive property management. This commitment means we carefully monitor the quality, safety, and environmental impact of everything we do. A choice our clients can feel good about.
As a socially responsible firm, we offer quality property management services and an opportunity for clients to give back to the community.
As a social enterprise, Atira Property Management Inc. is wholly owned by Atira Women's Resource Society – a well-known and established not-for-profit charitable organization serving the Vancouver / White Rock / South Surrey community since 1983.
All of Atira Property Management’s profits are donated to the Atira Women's Resource Society and used to fund transition housing and support services for women and children who are recovering from the effects of violence and abuse within their families. The Society operate s three first-stage transition houses, a second-stage transition house program, a women’s emergency shelter, and long-term supportive housing for “hard-to-house” women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Our goal is to offer excellent service to the community while reducing reliance on government funding. The success of Atira Property Management Inc. will improve the long-term sustainability of the Society.
Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Property Management Inc. and Atira Women's Resource Society
As the CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society, Janice conceived of and launched Atira Property Management Inc. in 2002 in an effort to earn money to help support Atira’s not-for-profit mission; to support women and children affected by violence. Janice was recognized by BC Business Magazine as among BC’s Most Influential Women in Not-for-Profit, Culture & Media in 2015. She is described by the Vancouver Sun as one of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs and in 2010 was awarded the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year award. She has been the CEO of Atira since 1992 and led the organization as it grew from a single transition house to a large, multi-service agency with more than a dozen programs and 16 non-market housing sites across the Lower Mainland. All of Janice’s work is driven by her passion to eliminate violence against women and children.
Jacqui Evans-Atkinson, Executive Director, Finance & Administration
Jacqui Evans-Atkinson is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Professional Accountant with more than 30 years of practice. Her experience varies from working in industry (engineering projects, capital construction, etc.) to government institutions, acting in senior financial and controls positions. Through her various roles, she has developed extensive knowledge in all aspects of financial, capital and operational planning, budgeting, forecasting and reporting.
Sotos Argyropoulos, Managing Broker
Sotos joined Atira with a 20 year background in Strata , Property Management and Trading Services. He received his accreditation from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business as a Managing Broker ten years ago. Since then, he has worked for national and international real estate companies including Century 21 and Coldwell Banker. Prior to his real estate career, Sotos had diplomas in Hospitality Administration and in International Marketing and worked in Europe, Asia and South America. Sotos is a strong believer in mentoring relationships and supporting his team to succeed.
Board of Directors
Janice Abbott has been the CEO of Atira Women's Resource Society since 1992 and the CEO of Atira Property Management Inc. since its launch in October 2002.
Since assuming the role of CEO, Abbott has lead the Society through its growth from a single transition house located in South Surrey with a staff of seven to a large multi-service agency with two, for-profit subsidiaries, a development arm and more than 500 staff. She has headed up numerous innovative capital projects including Canada’s first multi-unit recycled shipping container housing development, which was completed in August 2013.
As the CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society, Janice conceived of and launched Atira Property Management Inc. in 2002. Atira Property Management Inc. is a wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary of Atira Women's Resource Society. All profits earned by the property management company are donated to Atira Women's Resource Society to support the development of new, affordable housing. Atira Property Management Inc. also employs more than 250 staff with significant barriers to employment, one of the largest Canadian employers of people who are marginalized.
Janice was the recipient of 2013 BC Non-Profit Housing Association’s Denise LaBlond Award, recognizing her dedication and vision in affordable housing in BC. She was the recipient of the Ernst & Young 2010 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and described by the Vancouver Sun as one of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs. She was named one of BC's 20 Most Influential People in Residential Construction by BC Homes magazine in 2011.
Sarah Boatman is the Director of Business Development and Strategy for Microsoft Studios in Vancouver. In this role, Sarah works across the organization to facilitate business and financial planning, business development opportunities, market research, strategic analysis and business reviews.
In June 2009, Sarah joined Microsoft through the acquisition of BigPark where she was the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining BigPark, she was the Director, Financial Planning and Analysis for Electronic Arts Blackbox and Montreal studios.
Currently, Sarah is a Board Director for UBC IMANT. She served on the AWRS board from 2004 through 2012 and on the BC Premier's Economic Council from 2008 to 2009. Sarah holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is presently a candidate enrolled in the Executive CMA Program.
Jeff joined the board of Atira Property Management in 2014 and brings with him tremendous entrepreneurial acumen and commitment to the community.
Jeff invests in business and real estate opportunities and provides advisory services to entrepreneurs and developers. He is a Board Member of Warlo Mortgage Investment Corporation, who invest in higher yielding first and second mortgages, and through Crestwood Capital Partners Ltd. provides participating equity to qualified developers on projects and entrepreneurs with unique business opportunities. He is a Director of Hemmera Envirochem, a leading, employee owned environmental engineering and planning company. Jeff is an Advisory Board Member of both Salt Spring Coffee Company, an organic, fair trade roaster and retailer with distribution throughout Canada, and Watson Inc., a leading provider of governance consulting and executive recruitment services to associations, governments, not for profit organizations and other industries. He is a Board Member of the YMCA where he chairs the Strategic Asset Development Committee and is on the Audit Committee and the YMCA Endowment Fund as a Trustee.
Jennifer Podmore Russell
Jennifer Podmore Russell is a Director within Deloitte Real Estate in Vancouver, leads the Real Estate Advisory practice, and focuses her practice on the creation of real estate strategies and governance structures which accomplish her clients wider business or corporate objectives. Her experience involves a broad range of traditional and non-traditional real estate transactions and development including office, retail, industrial, residential, cultural, leisure and hospitality. Prior to joining Deloitte Jennifer successfully ran an independent consulting firm based in Western Canada.
Jennifer is a mother to one lovely daughter and with the support of her husband believes in the importance of being an active member of the community. In addition to Atira she serves on the Boards of NAIOP and MIABC and is the co-chair of the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
Jennifer joined the Atira Women’s Resource Society board in 2013, and has brought her breadth of real estate and community experience to the APMI board.
Miriam is the communications officer for the Health Sciences Association, holds an undergraduate degree in the arts and a journalism diploma. She has a background in community newspapers and communications both in the public and private sector.
She is the mother of three and an active member of her community, volunteering with minor hockey and numerous other organizations.
Miriam has been a director of Atira Women’s Resource Society for 16 of the past 18 years, and has been on the board of APMI since its inception in 2002.