Brightside CEO William Azaroff Speaks about Community-Building with Chandos’ Tim Coldwell on the Building Good Podcast
September 23, 2020
William speaks about how social procurement, community benefit, and a philosophy of aspirational pragmatism shape Brightside’s success as a provider of affordable homes and as an employer.
Brightside and its CEO, William Azaroff, build communities for those who need it most, and we mean that quite literally. Brightside is a private-sector, non-profit organization that owns and manages 26 buildings with almost 1000 units across Vancouver. The organization supports those who struggle to meet market housing demands while demonstrating corporate leadership in diversity, inclusion, sustainability, and more. Applying a community mindset to all that they do, William and his team take a balanced approach because the big lofty ideas they have to transform affordable housing won’t get very far without a practical plan. This balance of aspiration and pragmatism makes this organization special, and we’ll hear more about how they are working to build a better housing experience for Vancouver’s most vulnerable communities. With assets of nearly $250 million, it is one of British Columbia’s largest housing societies to invest in affordable housing. As a true community-minded organization, William joins Tim Coldwell to share how he and his team are solving the affordable housing gap in Vancouver.
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