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Canopy Story

At Canopy, we’ve taken our interaction with the SDA (special disability accommodation) environment slowly and with great care and purpose.

Our vision is all about redefining the concept of home. We firmly believe that everyone deserves a space that not only meets their practical needs, but also brings true enrichment and fulfilment. We envision Specialist Disability Accommodation that goes beyond mere functionality, creating an environment that feels like a haven – a place of peace, comfort, and personal growth. By deeply understanding the unique needs and choices of individuals in this sector, we aim to craft homes that will be truly transformative, empowering, and serve as a sanctuary for our participants.

Our Purpose is People

Not just about providing a place to live; it’s about creating a vibrant, inclusive and uplifting home where our participants can thrive and live their best lives.

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Who said work can’t be enjoyable? We embrace the power of laughter, high-fives, and having fun while having a positive impact on our participants lives.

We Think
Outside the Box

Where innovation, sustainability and technology come together to create a future of limitless possibilities in SDA housing.

Making the
World a Better Place

Shaping a brighter future, one step at a time

Your Team

One team - One commitment.

To inspire positive change in the SDA Industry, spark creativity and collaboration, influence cultural and environmental awareness, build communities and enrich people’s lives.

Adam Strong

Adam Strong

Chief Executive Officer

Adam is a strong leader with a clear and positive vision supported by a wealth of experience across finance, manufacturing, building and project management. Adam is driven to inspire positive cultural change in the construction industry by sparking creativity and collaboration, influencing environmental awareness

and delivering solutions that enrich people’s lives. Adam believes the future of the construction industry must embrace technology to increase productivity, produce higher quality products that are more cost effective, faster and safer to deliver, and have less impact on the planet.

Ben Nurmi

Co-CEO

With over two decades of leadership experience in IT and Advanced Manufacturing, Ben has honed his skills at renowned companies such as Apple and Singtel Optus. As a visionary leader, he navigates complex organisations through dynamic business landscapes. 

Ben’s leadership is marked by a commitment to transparency and resilience, demonstrated through his track record in building and nurturing high-performing teams. His versatile approach is evident in successful contributions to projects at Apple Retail Australia and various start-ups, where he fosters cultures of innovation and transparency.

Abby McPharlin

Head of Marketing and Business Development

Abby McPharlin is a seasoned professional with a decade of experience in International Development and five years in Aged and Disability Care. With a Graduate Diploma in International and Community Development, she has dedicated her career to uplifting impoverished communities, crafting innovative solutions, and empowering individuals to overcome their circumstances.

Abby’s passion for people, coupled with her strategic mindset, has made her a remarkable advocate for change. She is also a devoted mother, an avid traveller, and a firm believer in providing equal opportunities for all. Her unwavering commitment to justice and empowerment continues to transform lives and inspire others to make a difference.

Tessa Rorke

Tessa Rorke

Head of Development

Tessa is a multifaceted professional with a diverse background in property development, project management, and interior design. With over a decade of experience in the industry, she has successfully executed numerous high-profile projects, earning a reputation for her creativity, attention to detail, and ability to deliver exceptional results.

Tessa has been involved in the entire lifecycle of real estate projects, from concept to completion. She has a keen eye for identifying lucrative investment opportunities, conducting thorough market research, and executing profitable development strategies. Her expertise lies in transforming underutilized properties into thriving residential and commercial spaces that align with market demand and aesthetic trends.

Tracy Cutler

Tracy Cutler

Customer Relationship Manager

Tracy is a dedicated professional with over a decade of experience in the disability sector. Tracy has managed group homes and Respite services supporting Adults and Children with a wide range of support needs.  Tracy has a deep understanding of the needs and challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.

Tracy is passionate about helping individuals with disabilities live their best lives and is particularly dedicated to guiding them through the NDIS funding process to achieve their goals. Her extensive experience in navigating the NDIS system makes her a valuable resource in ensuring individuals receive the support they need. Tracy’s commitment to making a positive impact and empowering individuals sets her apart in the field.

Dani Busby

Head of Operations

Dani Busby is a versatile professional, bringing over a decade of experience in event coordination, executive assistance, and business support to her role as Head of Operations at Resilia. With a startup mindset and a strong commitment to excellence, Dani is known for her meticulous planning, dedication to client satisfaction, and unwavering drive to achieve exceptional results.

Throughout her career, Dani has been a pivotal force in a wide range of projects, from orchestrating high-profile events to providing crucial executive support to top-level executives. Her expertise spans project-based management, stakeholder collaboration, and budget optimization, ensuring that operations run seamlessly and efficiently. Dani’s agility and adaptability in navigating the fast-paced startup environment, coupled with her passion for continuous learning, make her an indispensable asset to the Resilia team.

More help and guidance

If you would like to know more about the Canopy journey, are interested in living in your own SDA Canopy Living home, want to work with us, or just need a hand with anything, we’d love to hear from you!

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