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Jour 1 - Ateliers du matin | Mercredi le 3 avril 2019
Jour 1 - Ateliers de l'après-midi | Mercredi le 3 avril 2019
Day 2 - Ateliers du matin | Jeudi le 4 avril 2019
Day 2 - Ateliers de l'après-midi | Jeudi le 4 avril 2019

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RENT: Regional Education, Networking & Tradeshow
This year, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) has partnered with CHRA to deliver RENT education sessions at Congress. Join RENT on April 3rd for a broad range of interactive educational sessions, where you can learn about using your strengths to help inspire and lead others; work through issues and challenges to help improve your tenant relations; hear about new national and provincial homelessness funding opportunities, and explore how to engage local elected officials to be part of the solution to our housing crisis. RENT sessions are open to all Congress 2019 delegates. 

Jour 1

Mercredi le 3 avril 2019
11 h  à 12 h 30 

Ateliers simultanés

Implementing the Step-by-Step Guide to Building Affordable Housing *REGISTRATION REQUIRED*

“Do you want to develop affordable housing in your community but don’t know where to start? Or do you have an existing project that isn’t moving forward?

The Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) is hosting a webinar and workshop designed specifically for small organizations and communities that have been working to develop affordable housing. If you attend the webinar and workshop, you will leave with a high level business case that can be further developed and used for discussions with stakeholders and funders.  

Over the last 14 months the SHI has been collaborating with industry experts from across the country to develop a comprehensive step-by-step guide for building affordable housing. Join this session for an overview of the process and challenges that went into creating the guide, followed by an hour-long high level workshop on how to implement the first volume for your next affordable housing development. 

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign-up for a pre-workshop webinar on March 25 2019 (12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST) that will better prepare you for the workshop during the CHRA conference.

*Registration is required for this session with limited space on a first-come-first-served basis.*

To register for the workshop, click here:

Partnerships that work: Indigenous communities, industry and affordable housing providers 

Partnerships between Indigenous communities, governments, industry and non-profit organizations can be successful. This session will present examples from housing projects to community events, and demonstrate how these partnerships are mutually beneficial within the changing communities in which we live, work and play. Guidance and ideas will be offered for others wanting to start similar partnerships and to bridge gaps in their communities.

Christina Clarke, Executive Director, Songhees Nation
Charla Huber, Communications and Indigenous Relations, M'akola Housing Society and M'akola Development Services
Carmen Driechel, Community and Indigenous Relations Manager, FortisBC

Au-delà de la brique et du béton – Logements avec soutien communautaire

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L’accès au logement abordable constitue un élément essentiel de la stabilité résidentielle, mais non le seul. Le logement avec soutien communautaire est aussi une option fondamentale qui doit être offerte dans un système coordonné de services. Cet atelier vous permettra d’en apprendre plus sur le développement du soutien communautaire; ses succès dans le logement sans but lucratif au Québec, et la mise en place de l’appui de la communauté à du logement avec soutien et à des collectivités inclusives.

Rebecca Siggner, Manager, Research, BC Housing
Susan McGee, CEO, Homeward Trust Edmonton
Bruno Dion, Directeur général adjoint, FROHQC

Impact Investing for Affordable Housing Projects 

The focus of this session is to explore innovative approaches to financing moderate to middle-income affordable housing projects. The session will focus on impact investing, what it is, and the challenges and opportunities. Vancity will discuss their approach to impact investing through supporting community partners and as investors in affordable housing projects. Katrina May will speak to her research in looking at how private capital can bridge the financial gap for these projects, and particularly what she found in documenting Catalyst Community Development’s Society’s alternative financing strategy. And, Vivacité Solidaire will present their shared-equity program based on a social economy model that leverages impact investors.

Kira Gerwing, Senior Manager, Community Investment, Vancity Credit Union
Katrina May, Pacific Housing Research Network
Marie-Sophie Banville, Développement, Vivacité – Société immobilière 

More detailed session information, including titles, descriptions and presenters, will be made available as it is confirmed


Leadership at Every Level

Inspired Leadership - Leaders are individuals who actively choose to make a positive contribution to the world they inhabit, which requires a commitment to self-awareness and conscious attention to how they show up in the world. In this course, brought to you in partnership with BC Housing and the Justice Institute of BC, you’ll reflect on the values and beliefs that support your leadership style and engage in activities that encourage you to honestly explore your own strengths and challenges in the context of solid leadership competencies. This course is applicable to anyone, whether it be in a leadership, operations, or asset management role. Limited to 30 participants. This session will run from 11:00 a.m. -  3:30 p.m. (1 hour lunch break) Note: Participants are required to attend the entire session, as this is a half-day course.
Julia Menard, Facilitator, Justice Institute of BC

Engaging Your Municipality 

Want to learn how you can work together to better engage municipal elected officials and their staff on the issues of housing affordability and homelessness? With the federal and provincial governments having stepped up in a meaningful way to provide for safe, stable and affordable housing across the country, now is the time to engage and assist our local governments in understanding their role in retaining existing affordable units and supporting the creation of new and redeveloped non-profit housing in their communities. Through education, awareness and advocacy, and knowing what tools municipalities have in their tool box, let’s talk about how we can engage our local elected officials in being a part of the solution to our housing crisis.

Susan Snell, Executive Director, Red Door Housing Society

Kaye Melliship, Executive Director, Greater Victoria Housing Society

Richard Stewart, Mayor, City of Coquitlam

Zac deVries, Councillor, District of Saanich

Ross Chilton, CEO, Community Living Society

Mercredi le 3 avril
14 h à 15 h 30

Ateliers simultanés

Le logement communautaire pour des collectivités solides

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Cet atelier met en vedette neuf conférenciers des secteurs du logement communautaire de la Colombie-Britannique et du Québec. Ils partageront avec vous des histoires inspirantes sur la façon de réussir à augmenter progressivement le contrôle local sur le développement du tissu urbain; permettant ainsi à des communautés de demeurer inclusives, diversifiées, et solides grâce à l’utilisation de l’habitation comme actif collectif. Il ne s’agit pas de neuf histoires juxtaposées en provenance de deux provinces, mais bien d’une narration groupée et inspirante sur l’organisation communautaire et l’innovation en habitation au Canada. Cet atelier se déroulera en anglais et en français. L’utilisation de dispositif de traduction est recommandée.

David Eddy, Vancouver Native Housing Society
Robert Brown, Catalyst Community Development Society
François Giguère, Société locative d'investissement et de developpement social (SOLIDES)
Gabrielle Neamtan-Lapalme, Société d'habitation populaire de l'EST de Montréal (SHAPEM)
Fred Mah, Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association (CSHBA)
Leslie Shieh, TOMO Spaces
Marie-Sophie Banville, Vivacité - Société Immobilière solidaire
Laurent Levesque, Unité de travail pour l'implantation de logement étudiant (UTILE)
Richard Evans, False Creek South Neighbourhood Association Re*Plan Committee

Social Housing in the New Climate – Building adaptive capacity and resilience of affordable housing

Communities across the country already face notable impacts from extreme weather events occurring with higher frequency and intensity than in the past.  With changing climate, heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, extreme precipitation and flooding, are projected to increase across the province of BC and the rest of Canada. How will affordable housing providers respond? 

This session will provide an overview of the impacts of these changes on social housing tenants, buildings and programs, using social housing in BC as a case study; and share existing practices and resources that can make the housing sector more resilient.

Magdalena Szpala, Senior Strategic Advisor, Sustainability, BC Housing
Ian Cullis, Asset Management Director, BC Non-Profit Housing Association
Trevor Murdock, Climate Scientist, Regional Climate Impacts, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Getting Home After Violence

This session will explore the barriers to safe, secure and affordable housing for women and girls experiencing violence in BC and the Northwest Territories.  Speakers will discuss community partnerships, policy recommendations and unique opportunities for co-ops and non-profit housing providers to contribute with creative solutions for housing women fleeing violence.  As well, effective strategies in collaborating with private landlords in establishing opportunities for secure and affordable housing for women will be highlighted. The workshop is designed to include a presentation on research findings as well as engaging workshop participants in brainstorming activities.

Tanyss Knowles, Project Coordinator|Getting Home Project, BC Society of Transition Houses
Iris Notley, Executive Director, SideDoor

More detailed session information, including titles, descriptions and presenters, will be made available as it is confirmed


Utilizing new national and provincial homelessness funding opportunities

New funding from federal and provincial governments seeks to maximize impacts in the housing and homelessness-serving systems through the Introduction of Coordinated Access, enhanced coordination and greater supply of new housing with supports. In this engaging session, participants will receive an overview of all new 2017-2018 provincial and federal new funding programs, as well as hear examples about how communities on Vancouver Island are utilizing new opportunities.

Lance Jakubec, Affordable Housing Specialist, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation
Dustin LupickResearcher and Policy Analyst, Homelessness Services Association of British Columbia
Melaina Patenaude, Community Impact Officer, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, HPS Community Entity
Danielle Scott, Director Supportive Housing & Programs, BC Housing

Working Through Tenancy Issues 

Do you have recurring issues that come up with tenants? Trying to weigh up concerns about housing tenants inclusively while maintaining housing standards and preserving the quiet enjoyment of other tenants? Join us and bring your own examples. Use this opportunity to work through issues and challenges, including legal framework, communication and other considerations. This session is café style so come prepared to problem solve!

Kate LambertStrategic Program Manager, Ready to Rent BC
Susana Guardado, Director of Training, Ready to RENT BC.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Kick-off to Election 2019

Join us as we officially kick off the CHRA Pre-Federal Election 2019 Campaign! In this session we will present our recommendations paper and discuss advocacy efforts that have taken place and those that are planned for sharing our recommendations and key messages with all electoral candidates, will also discuss how you can make your voice heard. Together let’s shape the agenda of the next government!

Jour 2

Jeudi le 4 avril 2019
11 h à 12 h 30 


Ateliers simultanés

Importance of Place: Neighbourhood deprivation and segregation in Canada and the US

This session will create a dialogue on actions that can create diverse, equitable communities and address neighbourhood deprivation and segregation. Hear about the efforts of the City of Portland to remedy historical policies that eliminated wealth from specific communities and how needs of the gentrified African American community are being addressed. In the Canadian context, meanwhile, hear about stark economic and social deprivation in the de-industrial Cape Breton Regional Municipality. In the context of ‘neighbourhood disadvantage’ and the Housing First principle of ‘normal’ places to live, this part of the session will look at the location of the most affordable market rental units in the community in the context of deprivation, and also explore whether these are in areas with fewer amenities and services.

Catherine Leviten-Reid, Associate Professor Cape Breton University;
Fred Deveaux, Executive Director, Cape Breton Community Housing Association;
Melanie MacDonald, Master’s Student, Ryerson University
Affordable Rental Housing and Neighbourhood Characteristics through Maps

Cupid Alexander, Senior Policy Advisor – Housing, Office of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
Segregation, Gentrification and Re-intrification; a look into Portland’s journey to unify our community

Towards Integrated Solutions to Youth Homelessness

There are many opportunities for implementing preventative youth homelessness policies and practices across Canada. Within the shift to prevention we must emphasize not only innovative programs and responses, but also bold and broad sweeping changes to public systems that can prevent young people from becoming homeless.

Two case studies of how Victoria, BC and St. Johns, NL are approaching a response to youth homelessness, will be profiled. Unpacking the challenges/opportunities that come with legislation, policy, evidence based practice and system navigation will underpin the importance of an integrated response to youth homelessness.

David French, Director of Policy and Planning, A Way Home
Kelly Roth, Youth Project Coordinator, Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness
Joshua Smee, Provincial Expansion Coordinator, Choices for Youth

Architectural Co-design – Emerging Best Practices for Indigenous Housing

Engagement and architectural co-design with Indigenous people is evolving toward more sensitive approaches and culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable housing designs. This session will showcase examples of Architectural Best Practices in Indigenous Housing Co-design both in urban communities and with First Nations.  The panel of three includes two leading architects – one Indigenous and one with experience designing in Indigenous contexts, along with the author of a groundbreaking report on collaborative co-design. Tangible benefits include housing designs that resonate with Indigenous families and communities and become a base for cultural reclamation and growth.

Louise Atkins, Member, Indigenous Caucus Working Group, CHRA
Ouri Scott, Associate Architect , AIBC, MRAIC, Urban Arts Architecture
Jackson Low, Principal, Architect, AIBC, MRAIC, Low Hammond Rowe Architects

Housing in the North 

Often northern housing is characterized by stories from a deficit-based perspective. There is a lot to share about how northerners are working from strength-to-strength to solve problems.  This session will highlight how partnership and collaboration with governments, local non-government organizations and Indigenous groups as well as private industry are driving innovation and made-in-the North solutions. 

Jillian Hardie, Executive Director/CEO, Challenge Disability Resource Group
Tom Williams, President and CEO, North West Territories Housing Corporation
Stephen Mooney, Director, Northern Housing Innovation CentreYukon College

Des organisations fortes, un secteur puissant: la construction de capacités organisationnelles pour les gestionnaires de logement sans but lucratif

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Le développement des capacités organisationnelles vise à mettre en valeur et approfondir les compétences, les habiletés et les ressources nécessaires aux organismes pour survivre, s’adapter et prospérer. Lors de cet atelier, Scale Collaborative présentera des modèles de diversification des revenus, incluant ceux d’entreprises sociales, à la portée des organisations communautaires et des gestionnaires de logement. Une étude de cas, Fernwood NRG, démontrera que l’on peut utiliser avec succès la propriété, le logement abordable, les entreprises sociales, les services tarifés ainsi que d’autres sources de revenus pour revitaliser un quartier et répondre aux besoins de ses résidants. Des gestionnaires de logements d’Ottawa expliqueront le modèle de services partagés qu’ils ont mis en place pour, collectivement, augmenter leur efficacité et diminuer leurs coûts, tout en protégeant la pérennité du parc immobilier.


Kristi Fairholm Mader, Directrice et co-fondatrice, Scale Collaborative; Lee Herrin, Directeur général, Fernwood NRG

Ishbel Solvason, Directrice générale, Social Housing Registry of Ottawa; Chris Laundry, Gestionnaire, Cartier Square Housing Co-operative Inc

Jeudi le 4 avril 2019
14 h à 15 h 30


Ateliers simultanés

Designing for Systemic Impact: Rent Subsidies and the Canada Housing Benefit

The National Housing Strategy included the announcement of a Canada Housing Benefit intended to alleviate rising housing costs, but so far details are scarce. What could a housing benefit look like, what could it achieve, what are the trade-offs and considerations – and where could it go wrong?  This session will provide an overview of these key policy questions, consider the possible policy objectives of rent subsidies and offer some perspectives on how to achieve these objectives, given the current policy and funding context, in a sustainable way. It will include some lessons learned from Australia, where a rent subsidy program has operated for three decades. It will also provide an overview of how community and local insights can be used to inform policy and design processes such as this one. 

(Please note that this session is not a presentation on the Canada Housing Benefit or the findings of any of the consultations).

Adrienne Pacini, Principal, Strategic Design, SHS Consulting
Esther de Vos, Director, Policy, Research, and Education, Capital Region Housing
Jay Martin, Senior Manager, Human and Social Services, KPMG

Speed Geeking: Youth, Homelessness, Health and Housing, Partnerships and more. 


Join this unique interactive session that will allow delegates to participate in three of six thirty-minute roundtable presentations.  Each roundtable will provide an intimate, focused presentation, through small group discussion.  

Hannah Brais, Research Coordinator, Old Brewery Mission
Interrupting Evictions: comparing provincial landlord-tenant eviction policies from a preventative lens

Caitie Burke, Project Coordinator, Stella's Circle
Home To Stay: Supporting Seniors with Complex Mental Health Issues

Danielle Juteau, Directrice -Rent supplement-Affordable housing and Waiting lists, Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal
Youth tenants engagement: The Case of OMHM

Keenan Wellar, Co-leader and Director of Communications and Julie Kingstone, Co-leader and Director of Operations,
Just Enough Support

Carmen Hall, Coordinated Access and Assessment Manager, BC Housing
The Story of Surrey’s 135A Street Encampment: Addressing Homelessness through Community Partnerships

Mona Lee, Evaluation Manager, Pacific AIDS Network
Understanding Home: Exploring complex relationships between housing and health of people living with HIV in British Columbia

Partnering for Tenants

In this session hear about three partnerships developed to support successes for tenants.  In Regina, Ranch Ehrlo Society, Phoenix Residential Society, and three levels of Government, partnered to provide affordable housing to people with serious mental health issues allowing them to live independently.  In Vancouver, two levels of Government, a health authority and streettohome, partnered to ensure supportive housing units are available to people most in need and that tenants who wish to live independently are supported to transition into appropriate housing. Finally, in Edmonton, Capital Region Housing partnered with Stuart Olson, and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology to introduce tenants to the construction trades through employment on the first redevelopment of social housing in the city.

Liza Jimenez, Social Planner Affordable Housing, City of Vancouver; Will Valenciano, Senior Manager, Coordinated Access and Assessment, BC Housing
Supporting Tenants and Enabling Pathways (STEP)

Mark Hoosein, Chief Operating Officer, Capital Region Housing Corporation; Christopher Johnston, Director of Business Development, Stuart Olson Inc.
Building Careers that Fit

Shelley Sayer, Director of Housing, Ranch Ehrlo Society; Ann-Marie Piniach, Concurrent Disorders Program Manager, Phoenix Residential Society
McEwen Manor – Making it Work

Façonner l’ACHRU - Les commentaires des membres sur la prochaine planification stratégique

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Le plan stratégique actuel, qui a débuté en 2016, se termine à la fin 2019. En décembre 2018, l’ACHRU tenait un sondage auprès de ses membres pour connaître leur avis sur ses orientations. Le conseil d’administration a utilisé ces commentaires pour commencer à élaborer le prochain plan d’une durée de 4 ans. Pendant cet atelier du congrès, les membres recevront une copie du projet et une mise à jour sur la réflexion autour de cette question. Ils pourront alors enrichir le travail et participer à un moment critique de la finalisation du document par le CA. Venez contribuer à créer le futur de l’ACHRU !

Merci à nos commanditaires



Nous sommes reconnaissants aux nations Songhees et Esquimalt, sur le territoire desquelles se tiendra le Congrès 2019 de l’Association canadienne d'habitation et de rénovation urbaine.

Le gouvernement du Canada a fourni un appui à la traduction pour le Congrès 2019.

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