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PRE-CONGRESS – Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

INNOVATION FORUM 2016

Where We Want to Live – Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities

Ryan Gravel, Founding Principal, Sixpitch, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.)

A Post-Budget Analysis – Applying Federal Policy Change to the Municipal Housing Agenda

Jeff Morrison, Executive Director, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

Carole Saab, Senior Director, Policy and Government Relations, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Social Impacts of Urban Neighborhood Change and Growth

Greg Suttor, Researcher, Wellesley Institute & Research Associate, Neighborhood Change Research Partnership (NCRP), University of Toronto (Nat’l)

Michel Sudarskis, Secretary General, International Urban Development Association (INTA), Paris (France)

How the Transportation System Built Worker’s Housing in the Urban Centre of Paris, France

Rémi Feredj, Director of Real Estate and Industrial Planning, Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) & Chairman Logis Transport, Paris (France)

Emerging Research, Tools & Trends in the Canadian Affordable Housing Sector

Richard Marshall, Social Housing Consultant, City of Toronto Social Housing Unit (ON)

Claire Noble, Residential Development Research Analyst, City of Calgary (AB)

Jill Atkey, Director, Research and Education, BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BC)

Mark Rodgers, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada (Nat’l)

Ron Rayside, Architecte, Associé principal, Rayside Labossière (QC)

Social Innovation Lab: The Future of Financing Affordable, Supportive & Rental Housing

Graeme Hussey, Development Manager, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation & Broadening the Base (ON)

Jakob Wildman-Sisk, Social Innovation Solutions Lab Manager, Pond-Deshpande Centre & New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association (NB)

Sheryl Barlage, Executive Director, RESOLVE Campaign (AB)

 

ABORIGINAL CAUCUS 2016

Remembering Charles Wilfred Hill

Jim Lanigan, former President Gignul Non-Profit Housing and a founding President, Madawin Management and Development Inc.

Financing Solutions for Aboriginal Housing Providers

Howie Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Housing Services Corporation

Kira Gerwing, Manager Community Investment, Impact Real Estate, Vancity Credit Union

Federal Budget 2016 – What’s in it for Aboriginal Housing and where should we go from here? 

Jeff Morrison, Executive Director, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

Pushing the Boundaries – Building an increasing range and more sustainable Aboriginal, First Nation and Northern Housing

Michael Rice, Principal, ATC Innovators – Kahnawake Housing Model

Edith Cloutier, Executive Director, Aboriginal Friendship Centre Val-d’Or – Aboriginal Housing and Social Enterprise

Alain Fournier, Architect, Director EVOQ Architecture

Kaela Schramm, Director of Projects and Planning, M’akola Development Services – Housing Development and Management Enterprise

 

Day One AM – April 13th 2016 
(11:00am – 12:30pm)

1. Quebec Housing Sector Overview

Marcellin Hudon, Directeur du développement, Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (QC)

Russell Copeman, Membre du comité exécutif et responsable de l’habitation, de l’urbanisme, de la gestion et de la planification immobilière, Ville de Montréal (QC)

Nathalie Mallard, directrice de la Planification, des Programmes et des Études stratégiques, Société d'habitation du Québec (QC)

Moderator: Danielle Juteau, Directrice, Gestion des demandes, des logements abordables et des suppléments au loyer, Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal et vice-présidente, Administratrice extraordinaire ACHRU

2. Increasing Leadership Capacity in the Non-Profit Housing Sector

Michelle Coombs, Manager, Member Services & Isaac Coplan, Coordinator, Education, Ontario No-Profit Housing Association (ON)

Greg Dewling, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Region Housing Corporation (AB)

Steve Pomeroy, President of Focus Consulting Inc. 

Moderator: Bryan Lutes, CHRA Regional Director, Alberta & President, Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation

3. Municipal Responses to Affordable Rental Housing Needs

Martin Wexler, chef de division, Direction de l'habitation & Lydia Yakonowsky, conseillère économique, Direction de l'habitation, Ville de Montréal (QC)

Charlie Toman, Senior Planner & Jennifer Barrett, Senior City Planner, City of Regina (SK)

Dan Garrison, Planner, Housing Centre, City of Vancouver (BC)

Moderator: Kaye Melliship, CHRA Regional Director, British Columbia & Director-At-Large, BC Non-Profit Housing Association

4. Programs Supporting Outcomes in Mental Health and Addictions

Margaret Bryans, Program Manager, Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe/The Mothering Project (MB)

Shaun MacLean, Executive Director, Share, Support and Recovery & Dr. Linda Courey, Senior Director of Mental Health and Addictions for the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NS)

Katherine Salinas, Manager Tenant and Member Services, Mainstay Housing (ON) 

Moderator: Scott Wolfe, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Community Health Centres

5. Cup Half Full – Looking for the Opportunity in EOA by Leveraging Social Housing Assets 

Allan Gaudreault, Analyste-conseil (QC)

Craig Crawford, Vice President of Operations, BC Housing (BC)

Maya Kambeitz, Executive Director, Norfolk Housing Association (AB)

Tim Welch, President, Tim Welch Consulting Inc. (ON)

Moderator: Stephen Pretty, CHRA Regional Director, Newfoundland & Labrador & Senior Policy Advisor, Federal-Provincial Affairs Coordinator, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing

6. Post-Federal Budget Context: Real Impact of New Funding on the Housing Crisis 

Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Trinity-Spadina, Parliamentary Secretary, Intergovernmental Affairs (ON)

Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, Member of Parliament for Hochelaga, NDP Whip and Housing Critic (QC)

David P. Ball, Reporter, Tyee Solutions Society (BC)

Stéphan Corriveau, Directeur général, Réseau Québécois des OSBL d’habitation (QC)

Kishone Tony Roy, Chief Executive Officer, BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BC)

Moderator: Catherine Fortin LeFaivre, Director, Public Affairs, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

7. Community Partnerships and Implementation Strategies Addressing the Prevention of Youth Homelessness

Mary-Jane McKitterick, Community Planning Manager, A Way Home (Nat’l)

Dave Dumouchel, Emergency Shelter Coordinator, Dans la rue (QC)

Andrew Harvey, Shelter Coordinator, Choices for Youth (NL)

Moderator: Bruce Pearce, Community Development Worker, End Homelessness St. John’s

 

Day One PM – April 13th 2016 
(2:00pm – 4:00pm)

1. Leading Best-Practices in Tenant Engagement Strategies 

> Louise Constantin, Conseillère aux affaires associatives et politiques, Fédération des Coopératives d'Habitation Intermunicipale Du Montréal Métropolitain (FECHIMM) (QC)

> Nathalie Morin, Directrice de la promotion du développement social et de la consultation, Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal (OMHM) (QC)

Ron Shantz, Executive Director, Prince Charles Place, & Sophia Makridis, Community Relations Coordinator, Halton Community Housing, Social & Community Services Department (ON)

Yvan Loubier, Economist and Senior Advisor, NATIONAL Public Relations (Nat’l)

> Meg McCallum, Manager, Membership & Communications & Natalia Snajdr, Sustainability Facilitator, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (ON)

Moderator: William Buckland, CHRA Regional Director, Nova Scotia and PEI & Administrator, Seton Foundation

2. Ensuring Successful Tenancies: Tips and Tools For Housing Providers

Celia Chandler, Partner, Iler Campbell LLP (ON)

Esther de Vos, Director, Policy, Research and Strategic Issues, Capital Regional Housing Corporation (AB)

Sophie Lanctôt, Executive Director, Société Logique (QC)

Moderator:  Francine Vachon, Community Development Manager, East District, Ottawa Community Housing 

3. Revitalizing Substandard Housing – Actions and Outcomes in Neighbourhood Planning

Silvio Plescia, Senior Researcher, Housing Needs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (Nat’l)

Jay Freeman, Executive Director, Housing and Homelessness, City of Edmonton (AB)

Marianne Cloutier, Chef de division Amélioration de l'habitat, Direction de l'habitation, Ville de Montréal (QC)

Josh Brandon, Community Animator, Social Planning Council or Winnipeg (MB)

Moderator: Brian Gilligan, CHRA Director-At-Large & Executive Director of Community Development, Ottawa Community Housing 

 

Day Two AM – April 14th 2016 
(10:45am – 11:45am)

1. Insights on Housing Trajectories for Newcomers and Refugees

Damaris Rose, Professor, Urban Social Geography & Chair, Urban Studies Graduate Programs, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) (QC)

Ray Silvius, Assistant Professor, University of Winnipeg & Hani Al-Ulbeady, Housing Councellor, Welcome Place (MB)

Sevgul Topkara-Sarsu, Manager of Settlement Services, WooodGreen Community Services (ON)

Moderator: Linda Ring, CHRA Regional Director, Manitoba & President, S.A.M. (Management) Inc.

2. Northern Housing Issues & Perspectives

Jeff Anderson, President, North West Territories Housing Corporation (NT)

Terry Audla, President, Nunavut Housing Corporation (NU)

Julien Bédard, adjoint au directeur et conseiller en affaires intergouvernementales a la Direction des affaires intergouvernementales et autochtones de la Société d'habitation du Québec (QC)

Moderator: Pamela Hine, CHRA Regional Director, Northern Territories & President, Yukon Housing Corporation (YT)

3. Smart Financing in Support of Affordable Homeownership

Johanne Mallette, directrice du développement immobilier, Société d'habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM) (QC)

Daryl Sexsmith, Housing Analyst, City of Saskatoon (SK)

Brenda Torpy, Chief Executive Officer, Champlain Housing Trust, Vermont (U.S.)

Moderator: Bryan Lutes, CHRA Regional Director, Alberta & President, Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation

4. Advancing Research on Community Based Approaches to Preventing and Ending Homelessness

Carolann Barr, Executive Director, Raising the Roof (Nat’l)

Elizabeth Greissler, Professeure invitée, Ecole de service social de l'Université de Montréal & Carol Pagé, Présidente, Réseau des organismes et intervenants en itinérance de Laval (ROIIL) (QC)

Christina Maes Nino, Community Animator, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg & Alden Wiebe, Chair, Lived Experience Circle Winnipeg & Chair, Lived Experience Advisory Counsel of Canada (MB)

Moderator: James McGregor, CEO, Montreal Movement to End Homelessness

5. Business Intelligence for Continuous Housing Management Improvement

> David Roy, chef d’équipe, service de l’expertise réseau, Société d’habitation du Québec (QC)

> Louis-Philippe Myre, Directeur du soutien aux coopératives, Fédération des Coopératives d'Habitation Intermunicipale Du Montréal Métropolitain (FECHIMM)  (QC)

> Olga Tasci, Director, Operations, The Agency for Co-operative Housing (ON)

Moderator: Stéphan Corriveau, CHRA Regional Director Québec & Directeur général, Réseau Québécois des OSBL d’habitation

6. Advocating for Changes to the Federal Income Tax Act: Improving the Financial Viability of Non-Profit Housing Providers

Margaret Mason, Partner, Charities & Tax Exempt Organizations, Bull, Housing & Tupper LLP (BC)

W. Laird Hunter, Q.C., Richards Hunter Toogood (AB)

Brian Iller, Managing Partner, Iller Campbell LLP (ON)

Moderator: Timothy Ross, CHRA Regional Director, New Brunswick & Executive Director, New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association (NB)

7. Beyond Acronyms: Creating Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ2S Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Helen Kennedy, Executive Director, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Nat’l)

Jocelyn Adamo, Manager of Prevention and Outreach, Boys and Girls Club of Calgary (AB)

Lesley McMillan, Learning Community Manager, A Way Home (Nat’l)

Moderator: Melanie Redman, Executive Director, A Way Home (Nat’l)

 

Day Two PM – April 14th 2016 
(2:00pm – 3:30pm)

1. Montreal Best Practices

Marie-Noëlle Ducharme, Présidente des Habitations communautaires Loggia (QC)

Céline Bellot, Professeur, École de travail social, Université de Montréal et Directrice de l'Observatoire sur les profilages racial, social et politique (QC)

Julie Grenier, Directrice adjointe, Bureau du président-directeur général adjoint, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (QC)

Robert Mackrous, Président des Résidences de l’Académie (QC)

Moderator: Hélène Bohémier, Adjointe au directeur général, Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal  

2. Seniors, Accessibility and Aging in Place

Janet Kreda, Senior Researcher, Housing Needs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (Nat’l)

Jacques Beaudoin, Responsable de la recherche et de la formation, Réseau Québécois des OSBL d’habitation (RQOH) (QC)

Gerrit Teunis, Chief Executive, Woningstichting Better Living, Vechtdal, Hardenberg, The Netherlands

Jeff Dyer, Executive Director & Nicole Jackson, Coordinator, Research & Policy, Accessible Housing Society (AB)

Moderator:  Daryl Sexsmith, CHRA Regional Director Saskatchewan & Housing Analyst, City of Saskatoon

3. Responding to Homelessness Needs Through Housing

Pierre Gaudreau, coordonnateur, Réseau d'aide aux personnes seules et itinérantes de Montréal (RAPSIM) (QC)

Gail Thornhill, Director of Supportive Housing, Stella’s Circle & Executive Board Member, End Homelessness St. John’s (NL)

Lorraine Bentley, Executive Director, Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation (ON) 

Moderator: Tim Richter, Executive Director, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

4. Strategic Partnerships Advancing the Development of Affordable Housing

Barbara Myers, Planner, SvN (ON)

> Brenda Plant, Executive Director, Turning Point Recovery Society (BC)

> Maynard Sonntag, President/CEO, Silver Sage Housing Corporation (SK)

François Giguère, Directeur général, SOLIDES (QC)

> Rémi Feredj, Director of Real Estate and Industrial Planning, Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) & Chairman of the Social Housing Subsidiary, Paris (France)

Moderator: Dave Eddy, CHRA Director-At-Large & Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Native Housing Society

5. What Does the Right to Housing Look Like in Canada?

DJ Larkin, Housing Campaigner/Lawyer, Pivot Legal (BC)

François Saillant, coordonnateur, Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU) (QC)

Arlene Hache, Community Development Activist & Board Member, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (NWT)

Cheyanne Ratam, Project Manager, What’s The Map?! Newcomer Youth Leading the Call to Action (ON)

Tracy Heffernan, Provincial Director/Lawyer, Tenant Duty Counsel Program, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ON)

Moderator: Stephen Gaetz, Director, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and Professor, Faculty of Education at York University (ON)

6. Emerging Professionals Research Colloquium (2:00pm – 4:00pm)

PANEL 1: Targeting Homelessness and Housing Rights

Annie Duchesne, Research Coordinator, Old Brewery Mission - Returns to the Shelter After Exit from Transitional Housing 

David DesBaillets, PhD Candidate in Law, Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) - The Right to Social Housing in Canada

PANEL 2: Housing Affordability: The Impacts of Social Housing Costs on Individuals and Communities

Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy, Policy and Research Coordinator, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) - Making Ends Meet: Opportunities and Challenges of Rental Assistance Programs 

Sarah Cooper, PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois-Chicago - The End of the World as We Know It: The Context of the Expiring Social Housing Operating Agreements 

Leila Ghaffari, Joint PhD Candidate, Urban Studies Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Université François Rabelais de Tours (France) - Towards a Socially Acceptable Gentrification 

Moderator: Ray Sullivan, Executive Director, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (ON)

7. Building Better Futures for Youth Through Transitional and Supportive Housing  (2:00pm – 4:00pm)

Chelsea Minhas, Manager, Rights of Passage Program, Covenant House Vancouver (BC)

Cathy Manuel, Associate Director, Youth Impact Jeunesse (NB)

Iris Hamlyn, Executive Director, SideDoor (NT)

Lina Termini, Manager, Supportive Housing In Peel, Peel Youth Village & Tobin LeBlanc Haley, Research Consultant (ON)

Moderator: Sheldon Pollett, Executive Director, Choices for Youth (NL)

 


PRE-CONGRESS 2015

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 : A Whole New Housing World: Challenges & Opportunities Post-Expiry

The Financing and Economics of Affordable Housing

Derek Burleton, Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group

Partner - Diversify - Refinance: How Housing Providers Are Addressing the End of Operating Agreements

Kit Hickey, Executive Director, Housing Alternatives Inc. (NB)

Lori-Anne Gagne, Executive Director, Victoria Park Community Homes (ON)

Nancy Laing, Executive Director, Leduc Foundation (AB)

A Whole New Housing World: Scaling-up, Branching-out & Plugging-in

Craig Sanderson, CEO, Link Housing (Scotland)

A New Planning Guide on Managing Expiry of Social Housing Operating Agreements

Jada Basi, Housing and Social Policy Planner, CitySpaces Consulting Ltd. (BC)

Jill Atkey, Director, Research and Education, BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BC)
 

ABORIGINAL CAUCUS 2015

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

CONGRESS WORKSHOPS

DAY ONE AM – Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

1. Collaborative Approaches to Addressing Affordable Housing: Best Practices from Manitoba

Joy Goertzen, Executive Director, Community and Cooperative Development Branch, Manitoba Housing and Community Development (MB)

Rob Neufeld, Executive Director, North End Renewal Corporation (MB)

Marty Snelling, General Manager, Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and Glen Kruck, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association, Westman Region (MB)

Paullette Carriere Simkins, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association, Thompson Region (MB)

2. Innovative Affordable Homeownership Initiatives

Harry DeLeeuw, Associate Broker, Shindico Realty (MB)

Reuben Koole,Senior Planner, Community Planning, City of Abbotsford (BC)

3. Creative Programs Linking Women with Housing & Supports 

Sydney Blum, Senior Manager, Partnership Development, WoodGreen Community Servicesand and Kim Schultz, Policy Analyst, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (ON)

Lisa Spring, Coordinator, HOMES Program, West Central Women’s Resource Centre (MB)

Denise Hillier, Director of Clinical Services, Stella’s Circle and Gail Thornhill, Director of Supportive Housing, Stella’s Circle (NL)

4. Enabling Housing Stability Through Asset Building

Sherry Riva, Founder and Executive Director, Compass Working Capital (USA)

5. The Rental Housing Index: Building the Evidence We Need to Meet the Housing Needs of Tomorrow

Tony Roy, Executive Director, Jill Atkey, Director, Research & Education, and Brian Clifford, Policy Analyst, BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BC)

DAY ONE PM – Wednesday April 29th, 2015

1. Virtual Mobile Tour: Innovative Projects Outside Winnipeg    

Bev Dyck, Program Director, Housing and Supports Division, Eden Health Care Services and James Friesen, CEO, Eden Health Care Services (MB)

Marty Snelling, General Manager, Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and Glen Kruck, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association, Westman Region (MB)

2. Emerging Professionals Research Colloquium

Jen Roberton, Masters in Community and Regional Planning Candidate, University of British Columbia

Michelle Lemoine, Master of Rural Development Candidate, Brandon University

Geoff Cross, Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria; Research Assistant, Centre for Addictions Research for BC; Street Outreach Worker, Victoria Dandelion Society

Laura Murphy, PhD. Candidate in Sociology, Western University

DAY TWO AM – Thursday April 30th, 2015

Keynote Speaker
Christine McLaren,
Director of Research and Partnerships, Happy City

1. Building Community Capacity Through Neighbourhood Based Initiatives

Len Usiskin, Manager, Quint Development Corporation (SK)

Preston Prince, CEO, Fresno Housing Authority & National President, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) (U.S.)

2. Welcoming and Housing Newcomers in Small and Mid-Size Communities

Tom Carter, President, Carter Research Associates (MB)

Ljiljana Kalaba, Settlement Coordinator, A Path to Home, Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc. (NB)

3. Supporting People with Complex Needs in Housing.

Betty Edel, Program Manager, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc (MB)

Lorraine Bentley, Executive Director, Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation (ON)

4. Greening Up!  Promising Practices in Housing Sustainability

Kristin Nickel, Manager,Brandon Energy Efficiency Program, Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (MB)

Hope Switzer, Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (MB)

Daniel Dicaire,Energy and Sustainability Officer, Ottawa Community Housing (ON)

5. Challenges & Successes: Social Housing in South Africa & Co-op Housing in Kenya

Heather Tillock, Manager, Community Partnerships and Programs, Housing Services, Community and Health, The Regional Municipality of York (ON)

DAY TWO PM – Thursday, April 30th, 2015

1. Preventing and Addressing Homelessness by Supporting Youth Aging Out of Care

Stephen Gaetz,Director, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and Professor, Faculty of Education at York University (ON)

Kelly Holmes, Executive Director, Resource Assistance for Youth (MB)

Mark Gifford, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives, Vancouver Foundation (BC)

2. Community Land Trusts: What’s Worked, What’s Possible

Genevieve Bucher, Senior Planner, City of Vancouver (BC) and Andy Broderick, Vice-President, Community Investment, VanCity (BC) and Thom Armstrong, Executive Director, Co-operative Housing Federation BC (BC)

3. Expanding Rental Housing in Downtown Centres 

Winston Yee, Manager, Housing and Strategic Initiatives, City of Winnipeg and Jill Perron, Director, Strategic Initiatives Branch, Manitoba Housing and Community Development (MB)

Yves Richard,Manager of Neighbourhood Planning, City of Regina (SK)

4. A New Planning Guide on Managing Expiry of Social Housing Operating Agreements

Jada Basi, Housing and Social Policy Planner, CitySpaces Consulting Ltd. (BC)

Jill Atkey, Director, Research & Education, BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BC)

5. Social Impact Measurement: Making the Case for Housing

Julien Bédard, adjoint au directeur et conseiller en affaires intergouvernementales a la Direction des affaires intergouvernementales et autochtones de la Société d'habitation du Québec (QC)

Derek Ballantyne, CEO, Encasa Financial Inc & CEO, Community Forward Fund (ON)
 


 

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