Presenting & Guest Speakers

SUNDAY, NOV 17MORNING PLENARY

KENNEDY STEWART

Kennedy Stewart was elected the 40th Mayor of Vancouver in October 2018, and is the city's first independent mayor in three decades. Kennedy's priority is to work  every day on building partnerships to deliver the housing we need, tackle the overdose crisis, and invest in transit to build sustainable and walkable communities. As a  long-time renter in downtown Vancouver, Kennedy is focused on rapidly building housing in every neighbourhood to keep our city welcoming and vibrant. He believes  that by keeping the cost of living low and the quality of public services high, we can build a Vancouver that works for everyone.  twitterBird @kennedystewart

SUNDAY, NOV 17MORNING PLENARY

SHANE POINTE

Shane Pointe is a proud member of the Musqueam and Coast Salish people, and a highly respected ceremonial traditional speaker and cultural educator. Pointe has served as an Aboriginal Support Worker and Trial Support Coordinator for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, Native Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program worker and with the Longhouse Leadership Program at the First Nations House of Learning (UBC).

SUNDAY, NOV 17MORNING PLENARY

THEO LAMB

Theo Lamb is a board director with Vancity, BC’s largest credit union and Canada’s 10th largest financial institution, where she serves as vice-chair of HR and chair of Digital Strategy. Theo is also Executive Director of the Strathcona Business Improvement Association where she works to advocate on behalf of over 850 businesses so that they may operate and thrive in a mixed-use, inclusive, resilient and prosperous local economy. twitterBird @vancity

SUNDAY, NOV 17LUNCH PLENARY

ROSS CHILTON

Ross Chilton is a long-time leader in BC’s community living sector and brings extensive experience advancing inclusion in social service agencies and on sector boards. From 2007 until joining CLBC in 2019, Ross served as CEO of Community Living Society (CLS), which provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and families across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. twitterBird @rosschilton

MONDAY, NOV 18MORNING PLENARY

DR. GWEN POINT

Gwen Point 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 University of the Fraser Valley and is a longtime educator at the elementary through post-secondary levels.

MONDAY, NOV 18MORNING PLENARY

DEREK BALLANTYLE

Derek Ballantyne brings extensive experience in the development and management of housing, as well as the development of financial models for housing development and operations, and innovative approaches to attract new sources of capital to housing. Ballantyne has a comprehensive knowledge of the housing, real estate management and development sectors, as well as the nonprofit, social entrepreneurship, and cooperative sectors. twitterBird @DBallant

MONDAY, NOV 18LUNCH PLENARY

MIKE HURLEY

Mike Hurley is Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Housing Committee, providing guidance on the region’s affordable housing function and the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation – one of the largest affordable housing providers in the Lower Mainland. In his role as Mayor of Burnaby, Hurley initiated the Task Force on Community Housing; its recommendations were recently supported by council. twitterBird @mayorofburnaby

TUESDAY, NOV 19MORNING PLENARY

TODD STONE

Todd Stone was elected MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. He serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Municipal Affairs, Housing and TransLink and is a Member of the Select Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives. Before being elected, Todd was founder and CEO of Kamloops-based software company iCompass Technologies. twitterBird @toddstonebc

TUESDAY, NOV 19MORNING PLENARY

JASON SCHARFE

Jason Scharfe is a Managing Director and has been the Western Zone Leader for Marsh Canada since 2014, before which he led Marsh’s Vancouver office. Scharfe is part of Marsh’s Executive Committee and has senior client relationships across several industries. He is also a senior market liaison, managing relationships between Marsh and insurance companies in the western region and nationally. twitterBird @MarshGlobal

TUESDAY, NOV 19LUNCH PLENARY

DOUG TENNANT

Doug Tennant is the Chief Executive Director of UNITI, a non-profit community living and housing partnership that builds inclusive and healthy communities in Surrey. He has many years of governance experience with non-profit organizations and is currently the Past President of the BC CEO Network Board and the Chair of the Surrey Board of Trade. twitterBird @DouglasRTennant

PRESENTING SPEAKER

JILL ATKEY

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 such asthe 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. Jill also sits on the boards of Encasa Financial Inc., the newly created Community Housing Transformation Centre and the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada.   twitterBird @jfatkey

PRESENTING SPEAKER

THOM ARMSTRONG

Thom Armstrong has more than 30 years of experience in the co-operative housing movement. He is currently the executive director of the Co-operative Housing  Federation of BC, COHO Management Services Society and the Community Land Trust, all headquartered in Vancouver, BC. Thom is also the president of Encasa  Financial Inc., a social purpose mutual fund company. In 2017 Thom was included in Vancouver Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People in Vancouver, which highlighted  his work in using community land trusts to further the cause of affordable housing in multiple municipalities.   twitterBird @thomjarmstrong

PRESENTING SPEAKER

MARGARET PFOH

Margaret Pfoh is Tsimshian from the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation and brings more than 22 years of housing management experience to AHMA. For nearly 20 years, Margaret served as President and Director, supporting both the organization’s evolution and successful devolution of provincial Aboriginal housing programs and  services. Prior to her return to AHMA, she was the CEO of Mamele’awt Qweesome/To’o Housing Society, where she spearheaded the creation of a fullspectrum rental  housing facility rooted in Indigenous culture. Margaret also serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, and is part of its  Indigenous Caucus Working Group. twitterBird @ahma_bc