Common House, Munksøgard Cohousing Communities, DEN © Kristopher Stevens, 2018
Cohousing Options Canada is a 360º non-profit cohousing consultancy that assembles all the different ingredients needed to build happy, healthy and sustainable cohousing communities. We do everything to help you live the life you deserve: happy, healthy and in community with the people you like best.
We are good at what we are doing because we share your vision of living better, together. But that’s not all. Through our diverse team and network of consultants we assemble the entire skill set to build high-function cohousing communities. Cohousing communities that actually become a reality and move into their new homes in a blink.
Kristopher is a community builder focused on advancing a more sustainable future for his son, family, friends and the people of Canada. He is an experienced leader and advisor in the field of sustainability with more than 15 years experience. Kristopher specializes in developing and implementing strategies that bring together commercial, public, indigenous and community partners to create individual, social, economic and ecological value.
Highlights from his career include: spurring seniors community living through alternatives to living alone and in institutions, serving seven years as the Executive Director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, initiating Ontario’s successful Green Energy and Economy Act campaign, recruiting executives for Fortune 500 multinationals in Asia and researching economic reform in Africa and the sensitive topic of social friction in Ontario’s electricity sector.
Director of Communications
Managing the outreach activities of several large-scale public participation and stakeholder engagement projects, she experienced the incredible power of community. As many of these projects had focused on energy and sustainability questions, she soon transitioned into the North American sustainable energy sector. As Communications & Government Relations Director for a global renewable energy company, she supported its growth across the continent for over seven years.
In late 2018, Maike founded her own communications consultancy, Newhaus Communications, focusing on purpose-driven and sustainability oriented businesses. While still working with clean tech organizations, Cohousing Options Canada naturally ties into her consulting network and portfolio. Her wide-ranging expertise includes: Advocacy, On- and Offline Stakeholder Engagement, Media Relations, Social Media Management and Corporate Publishing.
In 1992, Mike founded Options for Homes Non-Profit Corporation which he ran as it’s President until 2016. Mike was instrumental in developing a model that can provide mixed income housing to thousands of households without any permanent government subsidy. During his tenure the organization became one of Canada’s leading social enterprises providing homes to over 6,500 households across Canada.
In 2015 Mike established Options International to shift his focus to a broader poverty alleviation strategy overseas and in Canada leaving Options for Homes in the capable hands of new leadership. Mike continues to work on and contribute to new innovative social enterprises and solutions connected to food, workforce training, housing and more.
Alexander Theodorakidis applies broad industry experience, expert knowledge and relentless energy to solving business problems. A graduate of Humber College with a diploma in Hospitality Management, Alexander’s career has branched into other industries and disciplines.
Today, Alexander specializes in working with companies strategic planning, digital marketing, project management, systems efficiency and facilities management.
Born and raised in Toronto and Brampton Alex loves hiking, fishing and camping the Ontario backwoods and spends his spare time reading and playing soccer.
Elvira was born and raised in gorgeous Saint-Petersburg, Russia. In 2003 her parents sent her to Toronto to help improve her English and the rest is history. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2009 with a degree in History & Political Science and has a passion for a good political debate or an insightful history book. Elvira has since worked as a researcher for the G8/G20 Research Groups to learn more about the world around her and has an experience of almost ten years working in public, private, government and academic environments. Elvira has worked in various campaigns, consulting companies, and organizations over the years, which taught her a great deal about Toronto’s culture and diversity.
Elvira has always loved helping people, engaging people, and working in community. When she is not at work you can find her in the gym or hanging off trees in the summer with family and friends at a park. Elvira loves sports, books, wine, and travel. Oh, and most of all she loves her two adorable kids and family.
Board of Directors
Mission, Vision, Values
Our mission is to help Canadians live better, together through Cohousing. We do this by helping cohousing groups and like-minded individuals realize a lifestyle that maximizes both privacy and community.
We share a personal commitment and the deep desire to help Canadians lead happy, healthy and sustainable lives that respect our environment as well as our human need to live in community with others. The reality of our work lives, the world’s digitalization, our aging society, decreasing family sizes and other factors keep us isolated from each other, leading a life in bubbles. This often makes life much harder than it should be.
All of us have experienced loneliness and isolation as well as the incredible power of community. That’s where our strong belief in cohousing as a solution for a happier, healthier and more sustainable life stems from.