Management & Organizational Structure

Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab (MtS) was co-created and is guided by a collaborative leadership partnership, consisting of a university-based partner, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) and a community partner, A Way Home Canada (AWHC).

For the purposes of the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), MtS has been incorporated as a not-for-profit organization under the authority of AWHC and the COH, and is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board functions as an independent body responsible for organizational governance, and will include Executive, Audit and Finance, and Governance sub-committees.

York University, host institution to the COH, will also host MtS, a Board of Directors, leadership and management team, and Advisory committees.


Stephen Gaetz
Stephen GaetzScientific Director
Stephen Gaetz (President & CEO, COH) is the MtS Scientific Director (SD) responsible for research excellence and financial accountability, ensuring a fair and equitable process for creating Requests for Proposals (RFPs), distributing funds across themes, and adjudicating proposals.
Melanie Redman
Melanie RedmanPartnership & Implementation Director
Melanie Redman (Co-founder, President & CEO, AWHC) is the Partnership & Implementation Director (PID), and is responsible for ensuring that end-users in the government, not-for-profit and private sectors play key and meaningful roles in planning, directing, and managing the research agenda and KTEE activities.
Julia Lalande
Julia LalandeManaging Director
Julia Lalande, PhD, is the MtS Managing Director, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the network, its staff and activities. Julia has more than 15 years of experience in university and government, focusing on social justice issues, research, knowledge mobilization, strategy and evidence-based decision-making.

Administrative and Operational Structure of MtS

A strong management team will have responsibility for coordinating MtS activities, setting timelines and schedules, and monitoring MtS’s research activities and progress towards strategic goals. A Network Managing Director (MD) will manage day-to-day administration, operations, and finances, with lead responsibility for supporting the SD and PID in research program implementation, including coordination of research competitions.