Agenda by Day

Plan your forum experience by participating in a wide variety of workshops in our three learning streams. You might choose to focus on one learning stream or explore all three themes. Each of the learning streams has options of workshop sessions that you can choose from.

To get the most from this event, we are offering a group discount rate to bring a team from your organization to cover the various sessions. We have designed the forum to appeal to a range of people engaged in the affordable housing sector — from key decision makers to anyone involved in finance, planning, asset management, operations and more!

Monday
Mar 25, 2019
Tuesday
Mar 26, 2019

Registration & Breakfast

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Capitalizing on Opportunity: Addressing the needs for New Affordable Development in Canada

The National Housing Strategy signals a renewed federal commitment to building inclusive communities and providing homes for vulnerable and low-income households. But what is the role of the community, public and private sectors in collectively realizing the goals of the Strategy? Derek Ballantyne, Chair of Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), will explore the contributions required and the opportunities that are emerging in this new era of affordable housing development in Canada.

Break

Managing Your Assets: When to Renew, Build New or Undo

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The Passive House Path to Affordability

Passive House is the fastest growing near-zero energy performance standard in the world…and it’s fueling a revolution in housing. This session showcases Canadian examples to demonstrate how to incorporate passive house design in the development of affordable housing.  You’ll hear about what this entails and the building methodology it incorporates, including lessons learned in the design model for our sector.

Wearing Two Hats: Can Non-Profit Housing Organizations Act As Developers?

If you’re organization has been asking this question and would like to behave more like a developer, this session is for you.  Our speakers will address the structural blocks you need in place to undertake development opportunities; From creating internal capacity, to positioning yourself to best respond to RFPs, you will hear from experienced housing non-profits that have gone this route.

Lunch

Match Making in the Housing Sector: The Legal and Corporate Implications When Finding a Development Partner

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Pro Formas and Performers: Is There a Secret to Making the Numbers Work?

Using examples from the sector, this session will give you a better understanding of pro-formas and their use in developing a business case for your projects. Speakers will provide guidance and delve into key considerations and inputs when developing performers.

This interactive session is geared towards participants who have some basic knowledge of this subject.

Rethinking Structural Design: Out of the Box Solutions That Work

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Break

Profiling Innovative Design in Indigenous Communities

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Networking Reception

Breakfast

Finding your Voice to Influence Government Agendas

This plenary session will feature Shayne Ramsay, CEO of BC Housing, and will share strategies used in B.C. to push the envelope. The B.C. model works because housing providers take risks and work collectively to create the environment for innovation. He will challenge attendees to consider how they can influence their governments to build a sustainable model that supports development and better housing outcomes that work.

Break

Beyond Just Housing: Design for Targeted Populations

With housing providers aiming to deliver more social services beyond just housing, many are finding that form follows function. Whether you’re working with youth, veterans or marginalized populations, this session will make a case for being mindful of their needs at the design phase of a new build.

Not Your Nonna’s Recipe: Making Lasagna Financing Work for You

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The Promise and Perils of Developing Mixed-Income Housing

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Lunch

Are Energy Focused Design and Affordability Compatible?

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The Change Curve: Using a Tenant Engagement Process When Redeveloping

When undertaking a regeneration project, the importance of social regeneration cannot be overstated. This session will discuss strategies and share lessons learned when working with tenant relocation.

Emerging Trend: Community Land Trusts

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Break

Closing Panel: What is the Future of Social Housing?

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Closing Remarks