Early Career Professionals

CHRA currently offers a number of programs specifically aimed at supporting Early Career Professionals though opportunities to learn, engage, network and present their research to the national housing community.


The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Canada, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), and Housing Partnership Canada (HPC) are introducing the Housing Professionals Mentorship (HPM) Program.

This new program, open to 30 mentees for the first year is designed to connect experienced housing professionals with those who are ready to take the next step in their professional journey, or graduate students whose research is focused on housing or homelessness in Canada. The goals of the Housing Professional s Mentorship Program include: the building of strategic networks, enhancing leadership competencies, and sector capacity growth, among others.  As with all mentorship relationships, there will be value for both mentees and mentors.

Applications for 2018 are now closed. Click here for more information. 


Early Career Professionals at CHRA's Congress 2018 - Call for Proposals

Early Career Professionals, including graduate students with a concentration in a housing related area, and housing sector professionals, are encouraged to submit proposals for workshop sessions at the 50th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, taking place April 24th to April 27th 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario.  Each year we develop a unique program of over 40 concurrent workshops, plenary and learning sessions, mobile tours and keynotes to meet the educational needs and interests of our members and participants from across the affordable housing and homelessness community. For more information on the Congress 2018 Call for Proposals please visit here. 

Housing Leaders Challenge: Managing Change from the Ground Up

During the 2017 CHRA Congress Innovation Forum, a panel of Canada’s early career professionals made good on a ‘Housing Leaders Challenge’ that drew upon their experiences in housing related research, business, partnerships and front line service delivery. Panelists addressed evolving issues in their respective fields, the implications of affordable housing to the ‘millennial’ generation, and challenged issues of workplace change, sector capacity growth and career development. 

Fundamentals of Housing Policy & Governance

This condensed, one-day course is designed to build professional development through a comprehensive overview of Canadian housing policies, programs and institutional operations. Topics include housing policy as related to urban, social and economic outcomes, housing markets, housing need, and the changing role of governments in the delivery of Canadian housing policy.

Taught by Steve Pomeroy, President, Focus Consulting Inc., this course is open to all CHRA delegates, though Emerging Professionals can take part, either independently or through work, as a significant investment in their learning and development.


Congress Lunch n' Learn: Personal Brands: Creating and Managing Your Online Identity

For early career professionals, the landscape of job seeking and professional development has changed dramatically. Current employers not only have full access to their employee’s online profiles, but so do a range of potential future employers.

This Congress 2017 session discussed how to manage one’s online presence in a way that balances personal and professional development – and how to use your online presence as a tool to leverage your personal ‘brand’, and enhance your profile in a way that goes beyond what a traditional CV can do. 

The event was hosted by Revolve CEO Phil Otto, considered one of Canada’s strongest brand strategists. Phil writes and speaks to business groups internationally about the importance of aligning business strategy with brand strategy. Working with small businesses and not-for-profits to multi-national corporations and government agencies – Phil helps connect brand to culture, values, employee behaviour and customer experience. He is a passionate supporter of entrepreneurism, local business and the community. 

Emerging Professionals Speed-Date-A-Mentor Networking Lunch

Held at CHRA’s annual national Congress, this event offers a series of short, back-to-back meetings that provide the opportunity to network and form introductions with leaders, stakeholders and innovators working in the housing sector from across Canada, and to learn from their experiences. Congress 2016 will mark the third year in which this event will run.

Emerging Professionals Pub Night

This meet and greet, held at CHRA Congress, allows fellow Emerging Professionals to meet and mingle in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.


Early Career Professionals CHRA Congress Bursary

Emerging Professionals can apply for financial assistance to attend CHRA Congress. Bursaries are allocated on a first come, first served basis, and provide significant discounted savings to allow students and young professionals the opportunity to participate at Congress.

Congress Rates for Emerging Professionals:

Pre-Congress Sessions + Congress: $405
Congress Only : $305
Pre-Congress Sessions or Day Pass : $160

More information will be available in January 2018.


CHRA welcomes Early Career Professionals to join our national network of housing sector organizations, and to receive membership benefit in return, such as access to our monthly newsletter, webinars, special events, programs and Congress savings.  

For more information on joining CHRA.

CHRA continues to explore new ways to collaborate and expand our Early Career Professionals program that will increase opportunities for participation and engagement.

For more information contact:
Dominika Krzeminska, Director, Programs & Strategic Initiatives
dkrzeminska@chra-achru.ca | 613.594.3007 ext. 10



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