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, and countries.
World Housing homes allow people to live safe, stable lives. 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”.
Pete Wright is the founder of several successful businesses including Urban Influence, an award winning Seattle brand firm specializing in strategy, graphic design, web design and interactive. Pete continues to help World Housing with branding, creative and marketing strategy.
Karen MacPherson is an experienced business person who sets company strategy by driving innovation and innovative tactics to engage people and grow markets. Karen thrives on building businesses through creating and leading highly functional teams. Business is all about people.
Kate De Wolff
Kate de Wolff is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 25 years of experience in building companies using strong financial and risk management principles. Kate began her professional career at Deloitte and has worked in multiple industries such as television and film, high technology, real estate and private investments in both North America and Europe. Kate has been involved with World Housing since 2013 and is an avid supporter of providing housing for all neighbours – both near and far.
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 and his wife, Kim, spent their honeymoon 25 years ago travelling in India where a growing need for the most basic safe shelter has stayed with them 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.
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.