New affordable housing options to assist vulnerable individuals and families will be available in Calgary thanks to the Royal Bank of Canada’s "Visionary" level gift to the RESOLVE Campaign. On Apr. 24, 2015 RBC announced this gift at Alice Bissett Place, a building owned and operated by Horizon Housing Society. RBC’s gift is designated to Horizon Housing and will help fund construction of a new 160-unit building.
Horizon Housing provides a place to call home for people with mental health challenges, physical disabilities, families and seniors living below the ...
Long before a hammer ever hits a single nail, there are months of planning and paperwork that go into building any type of housing.
One might wonder if reading celebrated Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell’s essay “Million-Dollar Murray” served as a tipping point of sorts for Calgary philanthropist David Bissett. “It really got me thinking,” says the founder of Bissett Investment Management.
Gladwell’s 2006 piece in the New Yorker magazine details the challenges of Murray Barr, a chronically homeless man in Reno, Nevada, and the costs to society as a whole. Barr’s plight shines a spotlight on the huge social and financial costs of trying to manage homelessness instead of investing in ...
John Brussa spends a lot of time in boardrooms talking with captains of industry, but the Vice Chair and Partner at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP — and one of the most influential tax lawyers in Canada — also gets a lot from the breakfast conversations he has with homeless people at a downtown shelter.
“We live in such a rarified environment in downtown Calgary,” he says. “But when you put a face to homelessness — some of them with drug and mental health issues — there are a lot of people who are just struggling.”
Brussa, a member of the RESOLVE ...