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.


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.

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. Our speakers will share their approach both in terms of strategic decision making and methodology.

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 your organization has been asking this question, this session is for you. Our speakers will help you understand what it takes to position your organization to develop housing, sharing their critical path, pitfalls to avoid and lessons learned.

Delegates will leave this session with a better understanding of the development process, their options when undertaking a development project and what internal capacity you need to operate this way?

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

Using examples from the sector, this session will look at innovative solutions to making the pro forma work, including long-term financing options, tweaking rents to maximize cash flows and establishing economies of scale through a consolidated pro forma.

This interactive session will give you a better understanding of key considerations in developing pro formas for your projects, and is geared towards participants who have some basic knowledge of this subject.

Rethinking Structural Design: Out of the Box Solutions That Work

When planning for a new or developed affordable housing community, increasing density is always a strong financial consideration. This session flips this notion on its head and suggests it is time for a dialogue about other ways of creating affordable communities; including the possibility of tiny homes.


Keynote session

HSC is pleased to welcome the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

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 and that the purpose of the building should be the starting place for its design.

This session will feature speakers from across Canada, who will share their experiences about delivering housing and supports for target populations, including veterans, expectant mothers, women fleeing violence, at-risk youth and seniors. This session will discuss both the technical considerations and the process of working with the community.

Unlocking the Planning Tools for Development

This session will explore the planning tools available to municipalities to encourage and support development of affordable housing in their communities.

Attendees will hear a range of perspectives, both rural and urban, and learn how different jurisdictions are utilizing their toolkit.

Pooling Resources: Exploring Community Land Trusts and Land Banks

While discussions on land trusts and land banks have taken place for many years, they remain a concept rather than a reality for most. As a proven platform for preserving affordability and developing without displacement, community land trusts and land banks are powerful tools for addressing complex issues.

This session will feature speakers from across Canada who will share how they turned these ideas into an operational reality and how these models are evolving to support local need.

Sponsored by CHF Canada


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, looking at both new builds and energy retrofits. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from examples such as Aeon’s ‘Rose’, a Minnesota building that took on the ‘Living Building Challenge’

The Change Curve: Using a Tenant Engagement Process When Redeveloping

When undertaking a regeneration project, the importance of social regeneration cannot be overstated. Speakers from Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation and Toronto Community Housing will compare relocation processes and engagement strategies, demonstrating the similarities and differences in their approach.

Speakers will discuss the steps taken before, during and after a physical relocation, sharing examples of successes
and lessons learned.

The Promise and Perils of Developing Mixed-Income Housing

Increasingly, new affordable housing is being developed using a mixed-income model approach to achieve financial viability and promote more inclusive communities.

But what does it take for a mixed-income community to work? And is this model sustainable long-term? Our speakers will explore this topic both from a research lens and as housing providers. This session will discuss practical elements for making the business case, stakeholder expectations, and looking deeper into the altruistic effectiveness of the mixed income model.


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

As we look forward and think about the future of housing, is “social housing” an accurate term for what we’re delivering? What does the future look like 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