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Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative

c/o Vancity Community Foundation
#810 – 815 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1B4

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Jacqueline Gijssen, Project Director

Jacqueline (Jacquie) Gijssen is Project Director and a founding member of the Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative. Prior to joining SPRE, Jacquie served for 10 years as the City of Vancouver’s Senior Planner for Cultural Spaces/ Infrastructure and previous to that enjoyed a 25-year career in arts, culture and the non-profit sector serving in multiple leadership roles. Jacquie works with and advises non-profits, social entrepreneurs, architects, developers, planners and funders on the challenges and opportunities for creating and preserving space for community. The recipient of several awards for her work individually and as part of collaborative teams, Jacquie has served on numerous boards and committees for culture, housing, neighbourhood planning and environment, and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.

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Jordan Brown, Researcher

Jordan is a Researcher with the SPRE Collaborative. Prior to joining SPRE, Jordan learned how to build small houses, working with a small firm to produce one of Alberta's first passive houses. Jordan graduated from UBC with a Masters of Community and Regional Planning ('17) with a focus on housing policy and agile approaches to innovation in the built environment. His studio project focused on community-asset planning and development in Vancouver while his internship with the Greater Vancouver Homebuilder's Association centred on planning and design approaches to hidden densification across Metro Vancouver. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Jordan has developed a strong affinity for both sailing and the local brewery scene.