Michael Shapcott

Director, Housing and Innovation

Michael Shapcott is Director of Affordable Housing and Social Innovation. Michael has worked extensively in Toronto, nationally and internationally on social innovation, housing and housing rights, poverty, social exclusion, urban health and health equity.

He is a founding member of the Housing Network of Ontario, and led the Wellesley Institute’s national housing initiative aimed at those who are precariously housed, and is a founding partner of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Alliance to End Homelessness. He is a founding member of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network. He is co-chair of Canada’s National Housing and Homelessness Network. He is active internationally with the Habitat International Coalition and has worked with community partners on housing issues in Beijing, Istanbul and Nairobi, as well as numerous Canadian and US cities.

Michael is co-author, with Jack Layton, of Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis (Penguin, 2008) and co-editor, with David Hulchanski, of Finding Room: Policy Options for a Canadian Rental Housing Strategy (CUCS Press, 2004).

Michael attended the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and the Faculty of General Studies at the University of Calgary. He has completed economic studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.