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!

Mar 25, 2019
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.


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

This session will discuss factors involved in making hard decisions about the future of your assets.  Whether it’s a new build, a renovation or divestment, data can play a key role in your decision making.  Learn approaches used by others to turn data into action.

The Passive House Path to Affordability

Passive House is the fastest growing near-zero energy performance standard in the world…and it’s driving a revolution in housing.

This practical session will look at both new housing developments and deep retrofits that follow the Passive House standard. Using real-world examples, our speakers will share their decision making, methodologies, and lessons learned to date. The session will feature projects at various stages of completion, including the rehabilitation of a 50-year-old 17-storey apartment tower, a Pre-Fabricated Insulated Panel Exterior retrofit of a 1961 townhouse block following the Energiesprong model, and several completed Passive House buildings with measurable savings.

You do not need to have any knowledge of Passive House or similar standards to attend this session.

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.


Match Making in the Housing Sector: Considerations when Choosing a Development Partner

There is no one stop solution for finding a development partner, whether you’re linking up for one project or entering into a long term agreement, your arrangement should suit your unique needs. This session features a range of speakers, sharing their strategies for soliciting support and how they structured their partnership to yield the maximum benefit for all.

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

Tiny homes and modular buildings are generating more interest than ever before. With their smart designs, quick construction timeline and lower costs, many are asking if these are solutions for the affordable housing sector. This session will explore that question, featuring speakers who can share their own experience with these structures.


Keynote session

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Networking Reception


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.


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.

The Promise and Perils of Developing Mixed-Income Housing

The focus for development is on mixed-income communities. But what do we really mean by “mixed-income”, how do you make it happen and what are the long term social outcomes? Our speakers will discuss their experience with and their views on building mixed income developments.

Pooling Resources: Exploring Community Land Trusts and Land Banks

While discussion on land trusts and land banks have taken place for many years, they remain a concept rather than a reality for most.  This session will feature speakers from across Canada who have made these tools work for them and who will share how they turned the idea into an operational reality.


Are Energy Focused Design and Affordability Compatible?

Do we have to choose between controlling development costs and incorporating energy efficiency in the design? This session will share practical examples of energy focused design and how it can positively affect your bottom line.

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

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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.


Closing Panel: Is there a Future for ‘Social Housing’?

As we look forward and think about housing, is social housing even what we’re delivering anymore? Where are we going and how do we bring our assets forward into this new world? This session will feature sector leaders sharing their views, as well as, an interactive component allowing for input from all attendees.

Closing Remarks