Janice Abbott has been the CEO of Atira Women's Resource Society since 1992 and the CEO of Atira Property Management Inc. since its launch in October 2002. , Atira Women's Resource Society & Atira Property Management Inc.
Since assuming the role of CEO, Abbott has lead the Society through its growth from a single transition house located in South Surrey with a staff of seven to a large multi-service agency with two, for-profit subsidiaries, a development arm and more than 500 staff. She has headed up numerous innovative capital projects and has lead the introduction of 12 units of non-market recycled shipping container housing to Vancouver which opened September 2013.
Throughout Atira’s herstory, Janice has championed barrier-free and low-barrier access to programs and services for women, ensuring Atira’s programs are accessible to all women including women who have traditionally been marginalized by mainstream society. Atira stands with women struggling with substance use, mental wellness, chronic health concerns, survival sex workers, trans women, elder and young women.
Janice conceived of and launched Atira Property Management Inc. in 2002. Atira Property Management Inc. is a wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary of Atira Women's Resource Society. All profits earned by the property management company are donated to Atira Women's Resource Society to support its social profit activities. Atira Property Management Inc. has grown quickly to become an important player in the property management industry in the Lower Mainland.
Janice was the recipient of the Ernst & Young 2010 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and described by the Vancouver Sun as one of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs. She was named one of BC's 20 Most Influential People in Residential Construction by BC Homes magazine in 2011.