Pre-Congress: May 2nd

STREAM 1: CHRA Innovation Forum 2017

Global Perspectives on Affordable Housing Delivery

What would make Canada more resilient to the global market economy – and how might we better leverage impact across financial, policy and business development strategies to increase housing affordability? CHRA’s Innovation Forum 2017 seeks to address these question and more by sharing global perspectives from housing providers, practitioners and policy makers from the UK, the United States, Australia and Canada during this full day event.

Recent trends in housing markets are not sustainable, and though there is positive re-engagement by the Federal government, long-term funding is less certain and access to capital is still needed. The sector is essentially being asked to do more with less, while increasingly complex needs within tenant populations, building and organizational management require ongoing human capital, resources and funding.

International and regional speakers will explore these issues through the themes of – mapping the economic power of cities – business and asset management, and – coordinating policies to increase jurisdictional impact. Sessions will identify new opportunities to grow implementable best-practices in non-profit housing delivery for Canada – so don’t miss CHRA’s Innovation Forum 2017! 


Opening Remarks – 8:30am-9:00am

CHRA's Innovation Forum is generously sponsored by:

Impacting the Vitality of the Housing Sector Through Research, Policy Development & Government Engagement   Keynote – 9:00am-10:00am

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national independent research network whose work informs the policies and practices of governments and the housing and urban development industries across Australia. This Keynote will detail the range of activities and roles a national housing research institute requires to achieve success in actively informing and supporting policy development and practice change in the sector. It will also address the organizational model necessary to support and enable evidence informed housing policy reform within a federal structure, along with an overview of AHURI’s current research, policy and government engagement practices. 

  • Ian Winter, Executive Director, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) (Australia)

Break: 10:00am-10:30am

Socio-Economic Trends: Mapping the Economic Power of Cities Within A Housing Context   Panel – 10:30-12:00pm

This panel will address the economic and resource economies of cities, and related implications concerning city planning including issues on transportation and regional redevelopment, as well as the connections between local housing markets and the global economy.

  • Duncan Maclennan, Professor, School of Social and Political Science, University of Glasgow (UK)
  • Brian Clifford, Policy Manager, BC Non-Profit Housing Association & Margaret Eberle, Senior Housing Planner, Metro Vancouver (BC)
  • Joe Gray, Former City Manager, Portland, Main & Director, Planning and Community Development (Retired) & Member, NAHRO (ME, USA)

Lunch: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Business Transformation: Provider Perspectives Addressing Resiliency in Housing Delivery   Panel –1:00pm-2:00pm

Medium-to-large scale housing providers from Australia and Canada will discuss business transformation models being used to shift how non-profit housing providers are managing organizational change and capital planning. Australian sector case studies will speak to risk management and strategic planning in relation to capacity building, growth and resource management with governments and key stakeholders. The Canadian perspective will share an issues perspective on portfolio redevelopment, re-financing, managing operating capital, rental housing and tenant relations, and how new business lines are evolving to address changing resources, capacity and needs.

  • Wendy Hayhurst, Chief Executive Officer, New South Wales Federation of Housing Associations (Australia)
  • Hugh Lawson, Director, Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Relations, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (ON) 

Young Housing Leaders Challenge – Managing Change from the Ground Up   Feature Spotlight – 2:00pm-2:45pm

Hear from Canada’s early career professionals via a ‘Housing Leaders Challenge’ set to draw upon emerging trends in housing related research, business, partnerships and front line service delivery in Canada. Panelists will address evolving issues in their respective fields, the implications of affordable housing to the ‘millennial’ generation, and will challenge issues of workplace change, sector capacity growth and career development.

  • Janelle Derksen, Masters of Planning Candidate, Dalhousie University (NS)
  • Gabriel Fournier-Filion, Development Coordinator, UTILE (QC)
  • Matthew Dewar, Manager, Community Partnerships & Program Design, WoodGreen (ON)
  • Shanda Berns, Community Housing Coordinator, City of Grande Prairie (AB)

Break: 2:45pm-3:15pm

Research, Policy & Capacity-Building: Coordinating Housing Policies to Increase Jurisdictional Impact   Panel – 3:15pm-4:30pm

Housing policy and business transformation that delivers real impact can only be met with a coordinated approach to implementation. We will hear from national and international speakers working across jurisdictional and political lines to increase the impact of housing delivery. Best-practice models on research, innovation and policy development that build capacity and jurisdictional participation in the affordable housing sector will be discussed.

  • Ethan Handelman, Vice-President, Policy & Advocacy, National Housing Conference, Centre for Housing Research (DC, USA)
  • Lee Prevost, Senior Project Manager, Affordable Housing Development & Jen Arntfield, Senior Project Manager, Affordable Housing Strategy & Policy, City of Calgary (AB) 

STREAM 2: Aboriginal Caucus

Learning, networking, having a national voice – you’ll do all three at Aboriginal Caucus Day 2017 - the only annual Indigenous housing event gathering people from every region and corner of Canada. Session themes are geared to urban and rural Indigenous housing and service providers large and small, associations, businesses, and government officials. Learn how to access current and upcoming funding; network on what’s new inside and outside the housing sector; and have a voice in group discussions working out details of a dedicated Urban/Rural Indigenous Housing Strategy.

STREAM 3: Housing Course

Fundamentals of Housing Policy and Governance: Past Present and Future 

This one day course is designed as a primer for people that have recently moved into employment in the affordable housing sector and wish to develop a better understanding of the housing system and how it has evolved. It is the legacy of these past events and policies that frame many of the challenges today. The course will also examine and discuss recent trends and the challenges, and opportunities these have added. Finally it will discuss the new national housing strategy and how to take advantage of the emerging opportunities. 

Instructor: Steve Pomeroy, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research and Education, (CURE), Carleton University & Principal, Focus Consulting

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