Room for All: Housing Solutions as the Northwest Grows

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Join us for a transformative housing conference aimed at fostering dialogue, collaboration, and innovative solutions for housing challenges in Northwest British Columbia. Our event brings together prominent leaders and experts in the field, providing valuable insights into the future of housing in our region.

March 4 & 5, 2024

Terrace, BC

Best Western Terrace Inn

4553 Greig Ave, Terrace, BC


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!

Conference Schedule

Find the full conference schedule here.


Keynote Speakers

Margaret Pfoh, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Management Association

Margaret Pfoh, a proud member of the Tsimshian Nation from Lax Kw’alaams, boasts over 23 years of housing management experience. Serving as the CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Margaret played a pivotal role in the evolution and successful devolution of provincial Indigenous housing programs. Join us as she shares her wealth of knowledge and insights.

Thom Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Co-operative Housing Federation of BC

With over 30 years of experience in the Canadian co-operative housing movement, Thom Armstrong has held leadership positions across the country. Currently serving as the CEO of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, Thom oversees a vast portfolio focused on long-term financial viability, prudent asset management, and the growth of safe, affordable housing. Be inspired by his vision for sustainable communities and innovative housing solutions.

Jill Aktey, CEO, BC Non-Profit Housing Association

Jill brings 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, having led the development of the Canadian Rental Housing Index and a 10-year Affordable Housing Plan for BC. Her work has played a crucial role in the province's $7-billion investment in affordable housing. Join us as Jill shares her insights on addressing housing affordability and homelessness crises, showcasing her dedication to building thriving communities.



What to Expect

Engage with government officials, non-profit organizations, and community leaders as they discuss and share insights on housing challenges and opportunities specific to Northwest BC.

Explore workshop topics covering sustainable development, community land trusts, indigenous housing programs, and the latest innovations in affordable housing.

This conference is a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and contribute to the future of housing in Northwest BC. Don't miss your chance to be part of this impactful event. Reserve your spot now and join us in building sustainable communities together.



Sponsors


PLATINUM



BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA)


District of Kitimat




First Nations
Health Authority



LNG Canada






TC Energy/Coastal Gaslink





GOLD



BC Housing



Cedar Ridge Builders



Emco Terrace


M'akola Development Services



SILVER




BC Northern Real Estate Board


Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) Central North Chapter






Let's shape the future of housing in Northwest BC - together!


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!

Join us for a transformative housing conference aimed at fostering dialogue, collaboration, and innovative solutions for housing challenges in Northwest British Columbia. Our event brings together prominent leaders and experts in the field, providing valuable insights into the future of housing in our region.

March 4 & 5, 2024

Terrace, BC

Best Western Terrace Inn

4553 Greig Ave, Terrace, BC


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!

Conference Schedule

Find the full conference schedule here.


Keynote Speakers

Margaret Pfoh, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Management Association

Margaret Pfoh, a proud member of the Tsimshian Nation from Lax Kw’alaams, boasts over 23 years of housing management experience. Serving as the CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Margaret played a pivotal role in the evolution and successful devolution of provincial Indigenous housing programs. Join us as she shares her wealth of knowledge and insights.

Thom Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Co-operative Housing Federation of BC

With over 30 years of experience in the Canadian co-operative housing movement, Thom Armstrong has held leadership positions across the country. Currently serving as the CEO of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, Thom oversees a vast portfolio focused on long-term financial viability, prudent asset management, and the growth of safe, affordable housing. Be inspired by his vision for sustainable communities and innovative housing solutions.

Jill Aktey, CEO, BC Non-Profit Housing Association

Jill brings 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, having led the development of the Canadian Rental Housing Index and a 10-year Affordable Housing Plan for BC. Her work has played a crucial role in the province's $7-billion investment in affordable housing. Join us as Jill shares her insights on addressing housing affordability and homelessness crises, showcasing her dedication to building thriving communities.



What to Expect

Engage with government officials, non-profit organizations, and community leaders as they discuss and share insights on housing challenges and opportunities specific to Northwest BC.

Explore workshop topics covering sustainable development, community land trusts, indigenous housing programs, and the latest innovations in affordable housing.

This conference is a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and contribute to the future of housing in Northwest BC. Don't miss your chance to be part of this impactful event. Reserve your spot now and join us in building sustainable communities together.



Sponsors


PLATINUM



BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA)


District of Kitimat




First Nations
Health Authority



LNG Canada






TC Energy/Coastal Gaslink





GOLD



BC Housing



Cedar Ridge Builders



Emco Terrace


M'akola Development Services



SILVER




BC Northern Real Estate Board


Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) Central North Chapter






Let's shape the future of housing in Northwest BC - together!


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!

  • Community Dialogue Summary

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    On Monday, March 4, 2024, the Terrace Housing Committee invited the community to engage in a dynamic community dialogue aimed at exploring housing experiences and generating innovative ideas to shape the Housing Conference and the ongoing work of the Housing Committee.

    This free event was held from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Best Western Terrace Inn. Approximately 50 people attended and engaged in group conversations on eight main topics:

    • Affordable Housing
    • Elders/Seniors Housing
    • Ending Homelessness
    • Renters’ Experiences
    • Landlords' Experiences
    • Newcomers to Canada
    • Market Home Buyers
    • Innovative Ideas and Solutions

    Ideas generated at each table were collected and shared for discussion the following day in a presentation to the Room for All housing conference attendees. The presentation is now available for all to review.

    Download the presentation PDF here.

  • Conference Schedule

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    Room for All Conference Schedule

    A transformative housing conference aimed at fostering dialogue, collaboration, and innovative solutions for housing challenges in Northwest British Columbia.

    March 4 & 5, 2024
    Terrace, BC
    Best Western Terrace Inn
    4553 Greig Ave, Terrace, BC



    Thanks to our sponsors:

    PLATINUM
    BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA)
    District of Kitimat
    First Nations Health Authority
    LNG Canada
    TC Energy/Coastal Gaslink

    GOLD
    BC Housing
    Cedar Ridge Builders
    Emco Terrace
    Makola Development Services

    SILVER
    BC Northern Real Estate Board
    Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) Central North Chapter



    Program Schedule

    Day 1 - March 4, 2024

    Best Western Terrace Inn
    4553 Greig Ave, Terrace, BC

    8:15 - 8:45 am

    Registration and refreshments
    Networking opportunity, sponsor tables and refreshments available
    8:45 - 9:00 am

    Opening remarks and introductions
    Host: Councilor Sarah Zimmerman and welcome from Mayor Sean Bujtas and Sharon Bryant
    9:00 - 9:15 am

    Keynote guest introductions: Jill Atkey, Thom Armstrong, Margaret Pho
    9:15 - 10:30 am
    Lived experience panel
    Topics explored: Affordable housing, ending homelessnes, renters and landlord experiences, newcomers to Canada, senior’s housing, market home buyers
    10:30 - 10:45 am
    Morning break
    10:45 am - 12:00 pm
    Northwest Regional Housing Providers
    Presentations and discussions with: Smithers Community Services, North Coast Transition Society, Makola Housing Society, Terrace and District Community Services Society, Tamitik Status of Women, K’San Society
    12:00 - 1:00 pm

    Lunch
    1:00 - 1:45 pm
    Jill Atkey, Non-Profit Housing Association
    Jill brings 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, having led the development of the Canadian Rental Housing Index and a 10-year Affordable Housing Plan for BC. Her work has played a crucial role in the province's $7-billion investment in affordable housing. Join us as Jill shares her insights on addressing housing affordability and homelessness crises, showcasing her dedication to building thriving communities.
    1:45 - 2:30 pm
    Thom Armstrong, Cooperative Housing Federation of BC
    With over 30 years of experience in the Canadian co-operative housing movement, Thom Armstrong has held leadership positions across the country. Currently serving as the CEO of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, Thom oversees a vast portfolio focused on long-term financial viability, prudent asset management, and the growth of safe, affordable housing. Be inspired by his vision for sustainable communities and innovative housing solutions.
    2:30 - 2:45 pm
    Afternoon break
    2:45 - 3:30 pm
    Regional builders and best practices
    Presentations and discussions with: Swift River Builders, Cedar River Builders
    3:30 - 4:30 pm
    Ending homelessness
    Presentations from Homelessness Services Association BC (Stephen D'Souza, Executive Director), End Homelessness Canada (Phillip Fredrikkson), Ksan Society (Kylie Nelson, Administrative Supervisor, and Elaine McGillivray, Director of Housing and Development) including Point in Time Homeless Counts, Tiny Shelter Initiative, and Supportive Housing.
    4:30 pm
    End of first day


    Optional event: Community Dialogue at The Best Western Inn
    7:00 - 9:00 pm
    Community dialogue aimed at exploring housing experiences and generating innovative ideas to shape the Housing Conference and the ongoing work of the Housing Committee. No cost to attend, but registration is required.

    Limited space is available - Reserve your spot here




    Day 2 March 5, 2024

    Best Western Terrace Inn
    4553 Greig Ave, Terrace, BC

    8:00 - 8:30 am

    Registration and refreshments
    Networking opportunity, sponsor tables and refreshments available
    8:30- 8:45 am

    Welcome
    Host: Councillor Sarah Zimmerman, Traditional welcome
    8:45 - 9:20 am

    Summarizing the Community Dialogues event
    Presentations and discussions with: The City of Terrace Housing Committee
    9:20 - 10:20 am
    Government housing updates
    Presentations and discussions with: BC Housing, CMHC, MP Taylor Bachrach
    10:20 - 10:35 am
    Morning break
    10:35 - 11:10 am
    Affordable housing development process
    Presentation and discussions with: Kaela Schraam from Makola Development Services
    11:15 - 12:15 pm
    Municipal Planning Housing Solutions
    Presentations and discussions with: City of Terrace Planning Department and Urban Matters. Topics include what is happening with the Terrace Official Community Plan, Complete Communities Project & Provincial Legislation (Bill 44 and SSMUH).
    12:15 - 1:00 pm

    Lunch
    1:00 - 1:15 pm
    Piloting housing solution software
    Presentation and discussions with Coast Mountain College students
    1:15 - 2:25 pm
    Housing needs reports
    Presentation and discussions with City of Terrace, District of Kitimat, City of Prince Rupert, Regional District Kitimat-Stikine, Town of Smithers
    2:30 - 3:30 pm
    Rural and Community Housing
    Presentation and discussions with Tara-Lynn Clapp from UNBC School of Planning & Sustainability
    3:30- 3:45 pm
    Afternoon break
    3:45 - 4:10 pm
    Innovative Housing Initiatives
    Presentations and discussions include: Gitlaxt’aamiks Tiny Homes Projects and Mark Allen from the Town of Smithers
    4:15 - 5:00 pm
    Margaret Pfoh Aboriginal Housing Management Association and closing remarks
    Margaret Pfoh, a proud member of the Tsimshian Nation from Lax Kw’alaams, boasts over 23 years of housing management experience. Serving as the CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Margaret played a pivotal role in the evolution and successful devolution of provincial Indigenous housing programs. Join us as she shares her wealth of knowledge and insights.
    5:00 pm
    End of second day

  • Community Dialogue Event Information Available Now

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    Online registration is now closed. If you're still interested in attending, please come register at the door.

    Learn all about the free community dialogue here!

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