In 2013, we saw a compelling need and the growing problem of homelessness. We started our work in developing countries where about $5,000 builds a home and changes the lives of an entire family. To date, World Housing donors have provided over 4,000 people in El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, Haiti, Cambodia and the Philippines with safe homes, fostering communities where families can thrive with safety, security, and access to the resources that change lives.
We continue with unwavering resolve to work with our partners to help solve homelessness globally and locally here in North America. World Housing believes that 'everyone deserves a home'.
Why We're Here
World Housing believes that homes are the key turning point where the momentum of community begins to have effects that radiate beyond individuals and into entire families, villages, cities, and countries. Our 2020 vision includes the work we do building communities in developing countries; with an expanded commitment to fund safe and sustainable housing projects here in North America, in our own backyards.
Together with our donor community and our building partners, World Housing will continue to provide housing that allows people to thrive. Children who grow up in safe, stable homes have greater freedom to pursue education, and raise the standard of living for themselves, their families, and future generations to come.
World Housing homes cause a ripple effect. And those ripples change lives.
World Housing Founders & Board
Behind our team is a board who passionately believes in the power of community to lift people up around the world. This collection of leaders and thinkers drives our mission forward every day.
World Housing co-founder Peter Dupuis had already earned a worldwide reputation as a real estate entrepreneur and marketer when a chance meeting in 2009 with TOMS Shoes’ founder Blake Mycoskie took his life in a radically different direction. Inspired by Blake’s example and business model, Peter spent three years in a graduate program studying social entrepreneurship, modern philanthropy, slum housing and landfill communities. His work culminated in a successfully defended Masters thesis: “World Housing: A Blueprint for Creating Third World Bottom of the Pyramid Housing Supply Through a First World One-for-One Real Estate Gifting Model.” In 2013, Peter and his business partner of 32 years, Sid Landolt, co-founded World Housing.
Sid Landolt has an international reputation as a real estate innovator, strategic marketer and creative thinker in the design and sale of luxury high rise real estate. Sid is widely recognized as the co-architect of the real estate launch and the Limited Priority Reservation sales program. In 2013 Sid and his business partner Peter Dupuis co-founded World Housing. Sid brings the same passion and commitment to housing families living in slums as he does to his work in luxury high-rise projects.
Harry has earned the rightful reputation as a world leader in the real estate industry. His company, Creator Marketing Company, is considered the preeminent marketer of the finest real estate projects in Asia. Harry has a passion for giving back; in 2010 he created a rice-giving program in Taiwan where excess rice produced by rural farmers was transferred to families in need. In 2012 Harry was recognized in Taiwan by being named “Entrepreneur of the Year”.
Laura Rowse is best known as a founding shareholder to lululemon athletica where she grew their manufacturing business to a million pieces a month. She is passionate about production, specializing in overseas sourcing and costing, expertise she is looking forward to sharing with the team. As a career woman and single mom, Laura understands the challenges of providing protective shelter, health and nutrition, and education to our children. She believes that through World Housing she will be the change she wants to see in the world.
Canadian Business Magazine nationally recognizes Hunter Milborne as the “Dean of Condos”. Through his firm, Milborne Real Estate Inc., Hunter has been personally responsible for the marketing and sales of over $10 billion in properties, having sold over 60,000 units. With over 36 years of experience, Hunter is well known for his entrepreneurial style, creative problem solving and innovative market penetration strategies.
Tony pursues for profit investment activities through his Vancouver based Hearthstone Investments which focuses primarily on real estate in Western Canada. Tony also pursues his philanthropic ambitions both locally (through education and safe housing for youth) and further afield. Tony spent time 25 years ago travelling in India where a growing need for the most basic safe shelter has stayed with him ever since. As a founder, Tony understands the power and potential of the World Housing model to make a significant and lasting difference wherever the need exists, both locally and globally.
Rob is a true adventurer having traveled to most parts of the globe for international business and personal discovery. He leads Kal Tire, a multigenerational family business with a global reach and operations in Canada, South America, Africa and Australia. His unique understanding of how businesses successfully scale, operate and integrate into local customs provides a powerful perspective for World Housing.
Jeff is recognized as one of Hawaii’s most innovative and successful businessmen. His company, The Resort Group, owns, operates and develops real estate at the Ko Olina Resort on Oahu, Princeville Resort on Kauai and numerous other properties throughout Hawaii, California, Oregon and the Bahamas. Jeff brings an unrivalled level of creativity, energy and business experience to every venture he gets involved with.
Hal is an experienced entrepreneur, whose mentorship has played a guiding role in World Housing since the very inception of the idea. To honour Hal, Founder Pete Dupuis dedicated his Master's thesis, where the idea for World Housing was born and cultivated, in his honour.
Andrew Knott is a venture capitalist with years of experience in land assembly and residential land development. His decision to join the World Housing ‘Founder Group’ stems from his core belief that we are all responsible, in part, for the well-being of others. Andrew, who recognizes the importance of equality, dignity, and respect for all people aligns deeply around World Housing’s core value that ‘everyone deserves a home’. His background in land development along with an innovative approach to building communities will be instrumental in helping World Housing achieve its goal of housing 10,000 people by 2022.
Richard has practiced real estate and estate planning law for over 25 years. He is the founder of Bell Alliance Lawyers & Notaries Public based in Vancouver, BC and co-founder of Avesdo, in Toronto, Ontario. His passions include technology, helping others, his family and his dogs. In addition to World Housing, he supports a number of local charities and currently sits on the Board of the Small Housing B.C. and was past Chair of the Arts Club Theatre Company. In December 2015, Richard joined World Housing as an Ambassador and since has been instrumental in growing our donor family through his deep connections within the business community. As a Founder and member of the Board, Richard continues to be an inspiring leader of social change for World Housing.