Our Team

Marc van Beusekom,
Senior Development Consultant

Marc van Beusekom is a database developer by profession with a background in social enterprise. He has been with Options for seven years working on the expansion of Options' vision into new areas.  He has been principally involved with the business development of Options for Cars, Options for Green Energy and Options for Sustainable Development.

Previously, he helped found St. John's Bakery, a social enterprise specializing in organic bread, and served as its business manager from 1998 until 2008. 

Prior to that Marc operated his own consulting agency developing databases systems for various corporations, government agencies as well as small businesses. 

He has an honours degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.  He is the father of three children and owns a rabbit.

Michel (Mike) Labbé,
CEO

Michel Labbé, M.S.M. (Mike to many) is an Urban and Regional Planning Graduate from the University of Waterloo.  He has been involved in the production of affordable housing for 35 years, the first 13 working on subsidized rental projects with Lantana Non-profit Housing Corporation. 

A trip, to work in the Townships of Johannesburg, South Africa, and the disappearance of government grants contributed to a shift in focus to affordable ownership housing. 

In 1992, Mike founded Options for Homes Non-Profit Corporation.  As President of Options For Homes Non-profit Corporation, Mike has been instrumental in developing a model that can provide mixed income housing to thousands of households without any permanent government subsidy.  Options for Homes has become a leading organisation in the Social Enterprise movement and has provided homes to over 6500 households across Canada.  The Options housing model is now also being adopted abroad in 6 countries across the world to-date.

Options has been honoured with numerous awards and honours over its 20 years of service.  Options has been recognized by CMHC as the winner of a CMHC Housing Award in 2002, as an Earnest C. Manning Innovation Award nominee in 2014, a Tarion Award of Excellence Finalist in the High Rise Builder category in 2011, and as part of the Tides Top Ten Social Enterprises for 2007.  Mike has been honoured for his work through Options as an Affordable Housing Champion by the City of Toronto in 2010, as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2007, winner of the Canadian Urban Institute Local Hero Award in 2008, and a recipient of a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada in 2016.

Options began expanding its business model to be applied to other social enterprises in 2009: car sharing co-operative, Options for Cars, green energy division, Options for Green Energy, international homes division, Options International, and the Community Wealth Non-Profit, a non-profit social enterprise that acts as a financing agent for the social enterprise community.

Since 2015, Mike is deepening his involvement in solving housing shortages internationally as the Director General and CEO of Options International.

 

Ian Rowberry 
Technical Consultant

Ian Rowberry is an Energy Systems Engineering Technologist and Certified Technician who began his career with two years’ of project development at Renewable Energy of Plum Hollow. He began working with Options in 2012 and has specific expertise in handling regulatory requirements including Ontario Power Authority contract acquisition and management, local authority permitting, engineering procurement and Electrical Safety Authority compliance.