Congress 2017 – Presentations

Innovation Forum – Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Indigenous Caucus – Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Day 1 – Wednesday May 3, 2017

Day 2 – Thursday May 4, 2017

Global Perspectives on Affordable Housing Delivery

Keynote Address

Impacting the Vitality of the Housing Sector: Research, Policy Development & Government Engagement

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

Socio-Economic Trends: Mapping the Economic Power of Cities Within A Housing Context

Duncan Maclennan, Professor, School of Social and Political Science, University of Glasgow (UK)

Joe Gray, Former City Manager, Portland, Main & Director, Planning and Community Development (retired) & Member, NAHRO (ME, USA)

Brian Clifford, Policy Manager, BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BC)

Margaret Eberle, Senior Housing Planner, Metro Vancouver (BC)

Business Transformation: Provider Perspectives Addressing Resiliency in Housing Delivery

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)

Research, Policy & Capacity-Building: Coordinating Housing Policies to Increase Jurisdictional Impact

Ethan Handelman, Vice-President, Policy & Advocacy, National Housing Conference, Centre for Housing Research (DC, USA)

Jen Arntfield, Coordinator, Policy & Strategy, Affordable Housing, City of Calgary & Lee Prevost, Supervisor, Planning & Development, Town of Canmore (AB)

Preston Prince, Executive Director/CEO, Fresno Housing Authority (CA, USA)

Indigenous Caucus – Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

President’s Greetings

Stéphan Corriveau, President of the Board of Directors, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA)

Session One:  Opening New Doors – Partnerships for new housing, financing and support services from outside the affordable housing sector

Rosanna McGregor, CEO, Cariboo Friendship Centre, Williams Lake, B.C.

Ben Asquith, CEO, Da Daghay Development Corporation, Yukon


Session Two: Snapshots and Strategies – A Promising Future for Indigenous Housing

Jamey Burr, President, Upper Marlowe Consultants Inc.

Cassandra Vink, Principal, Vink Consulting

Jeff Morrison, Executive Director, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

 Budget 2017 and Indigenous Housing Strategy – Interactive Group Discussions

 Handout Sheet for Discussion Groups, Policy Options for an Indigenous Housing Strategy Summary; and Federal Budget 2017 Summary of Housing Measures


Session Three: Access to Programs and Funds for Indigenous Housing Providers – A cross-country tour

 Vincent Klyne, Regional Manager, First Nation Housing (QC & ATL), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

 Janet Hope, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Housing

 Margaret Pfoh, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Management Association, British Columbia

Aboriginal Housing in New South Wales – A Video

Wendy Hayhurst, CEO, New South Wales Federation of Housing Associations Inc., Australia   (Password: housing )



DAY ONE Workshops– Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Morning Program – IDEA LABS: Five Concurrent Workshops

1. Building Inclusive Communities in Halifax Through Strategic Partnerships & Planning

Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University (NS)

Max Chauvin, Chair, Housing and Homelessness Partnership & Miia Suokonautio, Co-Chair, Homelessness Working Group, Housing and Homelessness Partnership & Executive Director, YWCA Halifax (NS)

Jacob Ritchie, Urban Design Program Manager & Stephanie Mah, Planner I, Halifax Regional Municipality (NS)

SPONSOR: Halifax Regional Municipality

2. Social Housing Asset Management & Evaluation Planning

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

Gabriel Fournier-Filion, Development Coordinator, UTILE (QC)

Tammy Bennett, Senior Manager, Corporate Planning, BC Housing

Kaye Melliship, Executive Director, Greater Victoria Housing Society (BC)

3. Interactive Roundtables: Multifaceted Research, Systems & Program Responses to Homelessness

a) Family Homelessness: The Impacts and Experiences of Parents and Youth

> Alexia Polillo, PhD Candidate & Nick Kerman, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa (ON)  

b) Legal ID Clinics: Providing ID for the Homeless

> Rachel Shepherd, Homeless Outreach Advocate, Calgary Legal Guidance (AB)

c) Predicting Long-Term Homelessness Through Coordinated Community-Based Research

> Annie Duchesne, Research Coordinator & Nestor Arcia, Research Assistant, Old Brewery Mission (QC)

d) Trustee Services As A Means Of Eviction Prevention

> Beth McIsaac, Manager Programs and Services & Donnie Bennett, Trustee Services Officer & Rebecca Stapleton, Finance and Administrative Officer, Halifax Housing Help (NS)

e) A Vision for Performance Evaluation: Developing Indicators to Better Measure Housing Stability

> Janice Chan, System Planner, Calgary Homeless Foundation (AB) 

f) Using Innovative Assessment Tools to Address Youth Homelessness in Canada

> Elisa Traficante, Project Manager, Community Initiatives, Raising the Roof (Nat’l) & Wally Czech, Director, Training, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (Nat’l)

4. A Critical Dialogue on Affordable Homeownership & Demand, Development & Market Analysis

Peter De Barros, Vice-President, Government Relations, Habitat for Humanity Canada (Nat’l)

John Harrop, President & CEO, Attainable Homes Calgary (AB)

Gary Gould, Former Executive Director, Skigin-Elnoog Housing Corporation (retired) (NB)

Marissa Toohey, Manager, Government Relations & Committees, Calgary Region, BILD (AB)

Kira Gerwing, Manager, Community Investment Impact Real Estate, Vancity (BC)

Moderator: Karen Hemmingson, Chief Research Officer, BC Housing (BC)

5. Responsive Programs Supporting Outcomes in Mental Health & Addictions

Kimberley Ellsworth, Manager, Tenant & Member Services & Michael Binful, Supportive Housing Worker, Mainstay Housing (ON)

Shaun MacLean, Executive Director, Pathways Cape Breton & Jacqueline Holmes, General Manager, Pathways to Employment (NS)

 Afternoon Program – Four Concurrent Workshops

1. Case Studies in Social Housing Regeneration & Renewal

Greg Dewling, CEO, Capital Region Housing (AB)

Wendy Hayhurst, CEO, New South Wales Federation of Housing Associations (Australia)

Janelle Derksen, Masters of Planning Candidate & Uytae Lee, Bachelor of Community Design Graduate, Dalhousie University (NS)

Claude Foster, eng., General Manager, Québec Municipal Housing Bureau (QC)

SPONSOR: Housing Services Corporation

2. New Opportunities in Rental Housing Financing

Steve Pomeroy, Principal, Focus Consulting Inc. (Nat’l)

Simon Davie, Chief Operating Officer, Terra Housing (BC)

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

Patrice Tardif, Consultant, Innovation Fund, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (Nat’l)

SPONSOR: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

3. Increasing Housing Stability Through Supportive Services & Tenant Engagement Strategies

Carol Charlebois, Executive Director, Metro Non-Profit Housing Association (NS)

Angela Bishop, Chair & Heather Rattanavong, Wrap Around Services Coordinator, Camponi Housing Corporation (SK)

Kristi Rivait, Co-Executive Director, Ready to Rent BC

Esther de Vos, Director, Policy, Research and Strategic Initiatives & Katie MacDonald, PhD Research & Policy Analyst, Capital Region Housing (BC & AB)

4. Development Approaches to Getting Affordable Housing Built

Lesley Thomson, Chair, Springfield Seniors Non-Profit Housing Co-op (MB)

Barbara Myers, Urban Planner, SvN Architects + Planners, (ON)

Lisa Ker, Executive Director, Ottawa Salus (ON)

SPONSOR: Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada


Communication Strategies for Community Based Non-Profit Housing & Homelessness Organizations

Stephanie Vasko, Communications Manager, The Homeless Hub – Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (Nat’l)

DAY TWO – Thursday May 4, 2017

Morning Program – Five Concurrent Workshops

1. Sustainable Community & Building Design in Nova Scotia

Ramzi Kawar, Manager, Building Design, Housing Nova Scotia (NS)

Adam Hayter, Energy Specialist, Halifax Regional Municipality (NS)

Greg Fong, Director of Business Development, LightSail Canada (NS)

Sponsor: Housing Nova Scotia

2. Building a National Housing Strategy: Continuing to Leverage Sector Input

Adam Vaughan, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (ON)

Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, MP, and NDP Housing Critic (QC)

Jenny Gerbasi, Councillor, City of Winnipeg & First Vice-President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (MB)

Don McBain, Executive Director, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (ON)

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

3.  How Research, Business & Municipal Tools Can Create Housing Opportunities in Small/Rural Communities

Catherine Leviten-Reid, Associate Professor, Cape Breton University & Fred Desveaux, Executive Director, Cape Breton Community Housing Association (NS)

Jada Basi, Manager of Housing and Community, CitySpaces Consulting Ltd. (BC)

4. Housing System Responses to Ending Violence Against Women

Miranda Pierro, Housing Coordinator, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre/Intensive Case Manager, MOSH – Housing First (NS)

Abe Oudshoorn, Assistant Professor, Western University (ON) 

Ann Dector, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, YWCA Canada (Nat’l)

5. Applying A Media Lens to Public Policy & Research Outcomes in Housing 

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

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

Martin Bécotte, Président, Le Réseau québécois des OSBL d’habitation (RQOH) & Directeur de la Fédération régionale des OSBL-H de la Montérégie et de l’Estrie (FROHME) (QC)
(En Francais ici

Moderator: Katie Hyslop, Reporter, The Tyee


Afternoon BOOT CAMPS: Four Concurrent Workshops

1. Affordable Housing Collaboratives – The Way of the Future

Kim O’Brien, Executive Director, Horizon Housing Society (AB)

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

Sean Gadon, Director, Affordable Housing, City of Toronto (ON)

Julie Fadden, President, Chartered Institute of Housing UK & Chief Executive Officer, South Liverpool Homes (UK)

2. Leveraging Private Sector Capacity Towards Social Housing Management

John Fox, LLP, Robins & Appleby Barristers & Solicitors (ON)

Arun Mehta, President & CEO Richmond Advisory Services (Nat’l)  –  Additional Photos from Arun Mehta

Adam Dickinson, BBA, AACI, de Stecher Appraisals Ltd. (NB)

3. Positioning the Affordable Housing Sector to Deliver Long-Term Solutions

Shayne Ramsay, CEO, BC Housing (BC)

Andy Broderick, VP, Impact Market Development, Vancity (BC)

Jeff Evenson, Director, Canadian Urban Institute (ON)

Martina Jileckova,
Vice President, Housing, HomeSpace Society (AB)

Moderator: Kira Gerwing, Manager, Community Investment Impact Real Estate, Vancity

SPONSOR: Vancity Credit Union

4. Homelessness Prevention and Housing First Strategies for Youth

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

Terrilee Kelford, Chair, Cornerstone Landing Youth Services (ON)

Kim Kakakaway, Home Fire Housing Support Worker & Heidi Walter, Manager of Youth Housing, Boys and Girls Club of Calgary (AB)

Matthew Dewar, Manager, Community Partnerships & Program Design, WoodGreen (ON)

Valerie Shapiro, Director of Community Programs, Phoenix Youth (NS)

Moderator: Melanie Redman, Executive Director, A Way Home Canada