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Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative

c/o Vancity Community Foundation
#402, 312 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2T2

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Jacqueline Gijssen, Project Director

Jacqueline (Jacquie) Gijssen is the Project Director and a founding member of the Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative. Established in 2009, this collective of funders and investors seeks to mitigate the impacts of the real estate market on non profits and social enterprise and to help them with their real estate needs. 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, members of the real estate community, government 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.



Liana Glass, Intern

Liana is a Masters student at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree from McMaster University, with a minor in Geography. Liana is excited to use her planning education to work toward systemic changes enabling a more equitable and socially just world. Liana also has a demonstrated passion for environmental sustainability and community engagement. Most recently, she worked with UBC’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning developing a toolkit and lesson plans to engage and educate community members about climate change mitigation and adaptation at the neighbourhood scale. Liana grew up in North Vancouver and is happy to be back learning and working on the West Coast. You can most likely find her playing ultimate frisbee when she isn’t at work. 


Past SPRE Case study REsearchers:

Thomas Bevan: (2018) Thomas is a real estate professional and urban planner who is driven by a social purpose. The root of his professional mission is to make cities more inclusive, where beauty is accessible, and to help create places we can all be proud of and responsible for. Over the past six years, Thomas has been working on the redevelopment of the former Vancouver Police Headquarters @ 312 Main Street into the Centre for Social and Economic Innovation. He is currently completing an AIC real estate appraisal designation and holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of British Columbia. Thomas draws inspiration from literary works and likes to make movies, gardens, and bouquets on the side.

Jordan Brown: (2017-18) 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. Prior to joining SPRE in 2017-18, Jordan learned how to build small houses, working with a small firm to produce one of Alberta's first passive houses. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Jordan has developed a strong affinity for both sailing and the local brewery scene.