The people that make CIRES possible

Steven Johnston - Executive Director

Steven is a seasoned executive with more than 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, working to improve the social and economic circumstances of vulnerable populations. He began his career in community economic development at Dixon Hall in Toronto, where he played a key role in building and supporting innovative programming for at-risk residents in the inner city. He relocated to Vancouver in 2014 to lead Tradeworks Training Society, where he guided the growth and revitalization of the agency’s critical employment and social enterprise programs. The majority of his experience supporting populations facing barriers to employment, including concurrent disorders and homelessness, comes from working in two of Canada’s most challenged and impoverished urban communities: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Toronto’s Regent Park. 

He has developed, delivered, and led innovative programming to provide support and solutions to improve the lives of residents with a focus on income generation and grounded in a social determinants of health perspective. He serves on a number of community boards, including the Advisory Board of the Binners’ Project, and is a mentor to many organizations in the Downtown Eastside.

Shaugn Schwartz - Director, Portfolio Management and Capacity Building

Shaugn is a social enterprise enthusiast. Originally from Montreal, Shaugn moved to Vancouver to pursue his dream of making a difference by doing business differently.

After completing his Masters Degree in Planning at UBC, he joined Evergreen and managed the Western Regional offices with energy and distinction fundraising for an array of urban greening projects. In 2008, Shaugn joined The Cleaning Solution - an award winning building services social enterprise purposed to provide employment to those living with mental illness - and served as its inaugural Executive Director.

Yazmin Machuca - Operations Manager

Yazmin brings over 15 years of experience in business administration. Originally from Mexico, she moved to Canada in 2010 and worked a couple of years in the private sector. From 2013 to 2018, she served as the Operations Coordinator for a social enterprise purposed to provide employment and support to those living with mental illness.

Her biggest motivator for working with a social enterprise is the positive impact done in the community through social inclusion, dignified work and opportunities for all residents. Her role in Community Impact Real Estate includes commercial property administration, general office management, marketing & social media.

Eileen Wang - Financial Officer

Hope Hart - CED Program Manager

Evangelina Magdaleno - Finance and Operations Administrator