Presenting & Guest Speakers
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
SHANE POINTE (Morning Plenary Guest Speaker)
Shane Pointe is a proud member of the Musqueam and Coast Salish people. He is a highly respected
Musqueam community member, ceremonial traditional speaker and cultural educator. Pointe has worked in various capacities, including as an Aboriginal Support Worker (AEEW VSB), Trial Support Coordinator for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, Native Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program worker with the Musqueam Indian Band, and in the Longhouse Leadership Program at the First Nations House of Learning (UBC). Most recently Pointe was providing support to the Aboriginal Mothers Centre, and was also appointed the Vancouver School Board’s first Knowledge Keeper/Elder-in-Residence.
KENNEDY STEWART (Lunch Plenary Guest Speaker)
Kennedy Stewart was elected as the 40th Mayor of Vancouver in October 2018. He moved to the city from Nova Scotia in 1989, and later studied urban politics and policy for a Master’s degree from Simon Fraser University. Stewart is a former professor in SFU’s School of Public Policy, and was elected as an NDP Member of Parliament in 2011, serving until September 2018.
JEFF MORRISON (Lunch Plenary Guest Speaker)
Jeff Morrison has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association since January 2016. Before joining CHRA, Morrison was Associate Director, Federal Affairs with Glaxo SmithKline, and before then, served as Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs with the Canadian Pharmacists Association for five years.
JILL ATKEY (Presenting Speaker)
Jill Atkey became BCNPHA’s CEO in July 2018. She joined the organization in 2010 as Director of Research
and Education, leading the team through projects like the 2017 Affordable Housing Plan for BC and the Canadian Rental Housing Index, as well as overseeing the growth of the Housing Central Conference into the must-attend education forum for the sector.
THOM ARMSTRONG (Presenting Speaker)
Thom Armstrong has more than 30 years of experience in the co-operative housing movement. He is the Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, COHO Management Services Society and the Community Land Trust, Armstrong is also the president of Encasa Financial Inc., a social purpose mutual fund company.
MARGARET PFOH (Presenting Speaker)
Margaret Pfoh has been involved with Indigenous housing for more than 20 years, bringing leadership and business development in urban native programs that is supplemented with an honours degree in psychology. Margaret has created a strong network of professional relationships that speak to community and social development through empowerment and respect.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
DR. GWEN POINT (Morning Plenary Guest Speaker)
Dr. Gwen Point is a member of the Skowkale First Nation who has dedicated her career to creating opportunities for students to learn and grow, particularly for Aboriginal students, through leading and mentoring those in pursuit of higher education. Point is the former chancellor of the Univeristy of the Fraser Valley; she has taught at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels, and has served in leadership and administration roles in Indigenous education. Point will lead the traditional welcome for delegates in the morning plenary, for the Thought Leaders’ Dialogue morning session and the Indigenous Caucus afternoon session.
SEONAG MACRAE (Morning Plenary Guest Speaker)
Seonag Macrae is a seasoned executive with extensive experience working in the Ontario and British Columbia human services sector. Her recent experience spans large academic hospitals such as the Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario and a multi-service community agency, WoodGreen Community Services. Macrae has a passion for helping vulnerable people realize their full potential and a particular skill in developing networks and partnerships as part of the process of building inclusive communities.
EVAN SIDDALL (Lunch Plenary Guest Speaker)
Evan Siddall has been President and CEO of CMHC since 2014. He leads a team of housing experts who share a single mission: to help Canadians meet their housing needs. As CEO, Siddall is especially passionate about growing leaders, and the merits of both a diverse workforce and the mental health of his colleagues. Siddall and his executive team have transformed CMHC into a high-performing, innovative, and ambitious organization with a vision of being at the heart of a world-leading housing system. CMHC has led the design of Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy, an ambitious $40-billion, 10-year plan to reduce housing need in Canada.
LILIAN CHAU (Lunch Plenary Guest Speaker)
Lilian Chau joined Vancity in 2017, leading community investments in social purpose real estate and Vancity’s pre-development loan fund. To accelerate the growth of affordable housing projects and community-owned assets in the region, Chau develops entrepreneurial partnerships with not-for-profit partners to access development expertise, working capital and impact investments. Building on 16 years of experience in development planning and community engagement with local and Indigenous communities, she now focuses on developing innovative financial tools to fuel social change.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
JASON SCHARFE (Morning Plenary Guest Speaker)
Jason Scharfe is a Managing Director and has been the Western Zone Leader for Marsh Canada since August 2014, before which he led Marsh’s Vancouver office. Scharfe is a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian company and has senior client relationships across the industries of government/public entity, energy/power and utilities, forest products, retail, real estate and construction. He is also a senior market liaison, which includes relationship management between Marsh and insurance companies within the Canadian western region and nationally.
PAUL KERSHAW (Morning Plenary Guest Speaker)
Dr. Paul Kershaw is a tenured professor at the University of BC, public speaker, regular media contributor and Founder of Generation Squeeze – a voice for younger Canadians in politics and the market, backed by cutting-edge research. Kershaw has received several academic awards, and is one of Canada’s leading thinkers about generational equity. Kershaw’s work has contributed directly to historic investments in BC child care, the first-ever tax on empty homes in North America, changes to municipal zoning, approval of dozens of new housing developments, and more.
GREG DEWLING (Morning Plenary Guest Speaker)
Greg Dewling is CEO of Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC) located in Edmonton, AB. CRHC operates 4,600 publicly owned homes and 690 corporation-owned homes throughout the capital region of Edmonton. It also administers 3,400 rent subsidies serving over 20,000 Albertans. Dewling is a Chartered Member and Chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada, along with being Past President of Alberta Public Housing Administrators Association. He holds a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Business Administration along with an ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors-Rotman School of Management.
JASON HINGLEY (Lunch Plenary Guest Speaker)
Jason Hingley is a member of the Metro Vancouver Housing team. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant who oversees Metro Vancouver Housing's Rental Assistance program. Metro Vancouver Housing provides safe and affordable rental homes for more than 9,000 people on 49 sites across the Metro Vancouver region. Supported primarily by our tenants' rents, we are a non-profit organization that has partnered with tenants, governments, and service providers to support healthy and engaged communities since 1974.
DOUG TENNANT (Lunch Plenary Guest Speaker)
Doug Tennant is the Chief Executive Officer of UNITI, a partnership of the Semiahmoo House Society, the Semiahmoo Foundation, and Peninsula Estates Housing Society. Doug has a Master of Education degree with a focus on innovation in the arts, and is a strong believer that creativity develops spaces where people
of different abilities can thrive together. He has been actively involved in the community living movement for the past 27 years as a parent, a worker, and a volunteer. He believes in creating and maintaining strong reciprocal relationships between social services and businesses, and is currently the President of the BC CEO Network Board and a Director of the Surrey Board of Trade.