The Federation of Rental Housing Providers (FRPO) announced it has appointed Tony Irwin as its new President and CEO. Daryl Chong of the Greater Toronto Apartment Association has been the interim president since Jim Murphy left the position in February 2018.
Irwin was formerly President and CEO at Canadian Consumer Finance Association (CCFA), a national trade association representing businesses that provide a range of financial products to Canadians (including payday loans, installment loans, lines of credit, cheque cashing, wire transfer services, bill payment services and currency exchange). The association advocates for regulations that balance the need for strong consumer protection with a viable industry.
Prior to that, Irwin was Vice President, North American Government Affairs, with Dollar Financial Group, Inc. based in Toronto, where he directed government affairs initiatives across Canada and the United States to influence the public policy environment and enhance the company’s profile and position as an industry leader. Irwin served as Chairman of the Canadian Payday Loan Association, and was active with the Community Financial Services Association of America.
From March 2009 to July 2012, Irwin was Manager of External Affairs & Consumer Relations with Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, where he implemented a national government relations strategy and served as official company spokesperson.
Prior to joining Allstate, Tony served as Executive Director of the Justin Eves Foundation, a non-profit organization granting scholarships and bursaries to learning-disabled and disadvantaged young people to assist them to achieve a post-secondary education.
Irwin has also held key political roles, and was Senior Advisor to an Ontario Premier and Executive Assistant to the Leader of the Official Opposition. He attended Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario where he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
FRPO looks forward to welcoming him into his new role on September 24th.