8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Morning Plenary

Morning Keynote: Dan Pallotta

Dan Pallotta is an award-winning speaker and inventor of the multi-day charitable event industry. He is a renowned author and humanitarian activist whose TED talk on how we think about charity shook the non-profit world. 

Keynote presentation sponsored by: 
Category
Open to All
When
12/2/2020 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions 1

W01: From Encampment to Housing: Successful Strategies

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a significant response from government to ensure that people experiencing homelessness had access to temporary housing, leading to the decampment of several large camps in Vancouver and Victoria. This session will explore the pandemic response with perspectives from BC Housing and housing and outreach providers on the engagement and support strategy, and will provide guidance and perspective on future responses to ensure everyone in British Columbia has access to safe, secure, affordable homes.
Presenters: Stephanie Allen, BC Housing; Patrick Pouponneau, Portland Hotel Society
Sponsored by:
Category
Leadership
When
12/2/2020 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

W02: Leading Through Turbulence: Caring for Self and Others

It’s an extraordinary time to be a leader. You face the stress of a pandemic, the effects of economic upheaval, and the tasks of guiding people through unique challenges. How can you support others while also caring for yourself? How can you avoid burnout while guiding others through moments of overwhelm? That’s not easy right now, and it’s not simple. In this session, we’ll explore approaches to cultivating well-being in others while at the same time staying healthy yourself. The focus of the session will be on practical steps and strategies: how to think about this, what to try, when to adjust.
Presenter: Ross Laird, Clinical Consultant, Author, Educator
Category
Leadership
When
12/2/2020 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

W03: Housing Women After Violence in Remote Communities

Safe home and transition house providers from remote communities across BC (pop < 5,000) face unique challenges in sheltering and housing women experiencing violence. With a focus on solutions, this session will draw on providers’ experiences and recent research on the challenges to providing support in remote communities. It is designed for anyone seeking to better understand the intersecting barriers due to remoteness in accessing services, affordable housing, and, ultimately, safety. Participants will spend time brainstorming collaborations and partnerships for positive solutions.
Presenter: Tanyss Knowles, BC Society of Transition Houses
Sponsored by:
Category
Operations
When
12/2/2020 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

W04: Housing for Persons with Multiple Complex Needs

This panel will examine housing for persons with multiple complex needs from community, service provider and housing provider readiness perspectives. This is an acknowledged "hard to house" population that often requires a unique approach, and the session will draw from various experts within the sector. Learning objectives include salient points related to risks, independence, and success stories for housing for persons with multiple complex needs, and the requirement for a holistic approach that involves partnerships with others in the community.
Presenters: Brenda Gillette, BC CEO Network; Dawn Hein, Mission Association for Community Living; Julie Unger, Chilliwack Society for Community Living; Doug Tennant, Semiahmoo House Society
Sponsored by:
Category
Operations
When
12/2/2020 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

W05: Non-Profit Property Manager Forum

Property and asset managers in non-profit housing face unique challenges, and often on their own. Join us for an opportunity to meet with peers from across BC to discuss the topics and concerns you want to address. Specifically geared to those who manage building assets, this forum is a way to connect with other societies to expand your network of support. Get ready to share your ideas, challenges, and solutions.  
Presenters: BC Non-Profit Housing Association Asset Management team Sponsored by:
Category
Asset Management
When
12/2/2020 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 12:45 PM

Afternoon Plenary

Afternoon Keynote: Conversation with Government

Keynote presentation sponsored by
Category
Open to All
When
12/2/2020 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Breakout Sessions 2

W06: Strategies for Building Inclusive Communities Workshop

*Please note this session is a full afternoon, broken down into two sessions: Session 1 - 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm; Session 2 - 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
This two-part skill-building workshop, led by a team of trainers, focuses on strategies that housing providers can use to build inclusive communities – with guidance on incorporating an anti-racist approach.
In Part 1 (12:45 to 2 pm), participants will explore the importance of shifting the “operating culture” of a housing community with network-building techniques like a NeighborUp night, healing circles and more. Part 2 (2:45 to 4 pm) completes the experiential learning of these techniques.

This workshop will:

  • Inspire and energize participants to commit to doing more to help build inclusive communities in their housing complexes.
  • Give participants confidence and motivation that they can take basic steps to promote more inclusive communities.
  • Equip participants with specific tools and practices for inclusive community building.
  • Expose participants to some basic principles about taking an antiracist approach to building community.
Registration is limited. As this is a highly participatory workshop, participants are expected to stay for both parts (Part 2 is open only to those who attended Part 1) to get maximum benefit from the workshop.

Lead Presenters: Mark Joseph, Case Western Reserve University and Frankie Blackburn, Trusted Space Partners
Category
Leadership
When
12/2/2020 12:45 PM - 4:00 PM

W07: Small But Mighty: Scaling up your organization

Join this dynamic panel to learn about and discuss how to scale up your organization to deliver more affordable housing. Whether you’re a society with one building or five, the case studies presented in this session will inspire you and give you the ideas you need to map out a growth strategy for your organization. Through current government investments into our sector, municipalities playing an ever greater role, and leveraging your own assets, there has never been a better time to think about growth.

Presenters: Jenny Robinson, Nelson CARES Society
Category
Leadership
When
12/2/2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

W08: Hoarding - A Harm Reduction Approach

Hoarding is a complex and challenging psychological disorder that may lead to negative consequences for both the individual and the community. Given the necessity of physical distancing, it will become even more critical that housing providers find ways to support tenants who may be socially isolated. This session provides information about using harm reduction principles to help tenants with hoarding behaviour. The first part of this discussion will include harm reduction strategies, using assessment tools, and accessing helpful hoarding resources. The second part will include pest-control issues and prevention, the clutter removal process, and the post-clean-out care process.

Presenters: Dylan Goggs, CleanStart;  
Kate Kysow, UBC Centre for Collaborative Research on Hoarding
Category
Operations
When
12/2/2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

W09: Operating Supportive Housing: Lessons and Challenges

Supportive housing projects based on Housing First principles are becoming commonplace in our response to homelessness across BC. As operators have adapted and learned, it is time to take stock of successes and challenges in our provision of low-barrier access to housing and ongoing supports. A panel of non-profits from across BC will contrast and compare their experiences operating congregate (modular, temporary and permanent), as well as scattered-site supportive housing. Participants will learn about ongoing challenges and best practices.

Presenter: Jennifer Kanters
, Canadian Mental Health Association BC
Category
Operations
When
12/2/2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

W10: Passive House: BC Step Code - Large Scale MURBs

In collaboration with the Greater Victoria Housing Society and Integral Engineering participants in this session will discuss affordable MURBs as case studies, each designed with Passive House (PH) methodology, targeting steps 3 or 4. We will focus on a comparison of Passive House and Step Code policies, as well as the interaction between building code and PH strategies. Design comparison of high-performance MURBs will address differences in energy modelling, as well as DHW, over-heating, and ventilation.

Presenters: Peter Johannknecht, Cascadia Architects; Gregory Damant, Cascadia Architects;  Andy Chong, Integral Group;  James Munro, Greater Victoria Housing Society
Category
Asset Management
When
12/2/2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

W11: JIBC - Conscious Collaboration

Please note the duration of this session - 12:45PM - 4:30PM

Leadership in a complex workplace requires self-awareness, conscious use of specific skills and a clear intention to bridge to others in order to achieve and sustain effective collaborative relationships. In this half-day highly participatory online course, you will explore essential components of collaboration: developing a collaborative mindset, emotional intelligence, conscious verbal and nonverbal communication, intentional listening, and more. This session will be hosted on the JIBC Blackboard/Collaborate virtual platform; registrants will be sent a separate access link prior to the session start date.

Limited to 25.

Presenter: Michal Fedeles, Justice Institute of BC

Sponsored by: 
Category
Open to All
When
12/2/2020 12:45 PM - 4:30 PM

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Breakout Sessions 3

W06: Strategies for Building Inclusive Communities Workshop

*Please note this session is a full afternoon, broken down into two sessions: Session 1 - 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm; Session 2 - 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
This two-part skill-building workshop, led by a team of trainers, focuses on strategies that housing providers can use to build inclusive communities – with guidance on incorporating an anti-racist approach.
In Part 1 (12:45 to 2 pm), participants will explore the importance of shifting the “operating culture” of a housing community with network-building techniques like a NeighborUp night, healing circles and more. Part 2 (2:45 to 4 pm) completes the experiential learning of these techniques.

This workshop will:

  • Inspire and energize participants to commit to doing more to help build inclusive communities in their housing complexes.
  • Give participants confidence and motivation that they can take basic steps to promote more inclusive communities.
  • Equip participants with specific tools and practices for inclusive community building.
  • Expose participants to some basic principles about taking an antiracist approach to building community.
Registration is limited. As this is a highly participatory workshop, participants are expected to stay for both parts (Part 2 is open only to those who attended Part 1) to get maximum benefit from the workshop.

Lead Presenters: Mark Joseph, Case Western Reserve University and Frankie Blackburn, Trusted Space Partners
Category
Leadership
When
12/2/2020 12:45 PM - 4:00 PM

W11: JIBC - Conscious Collaboration

Please note the duration of this session - 12:45PM - 4:30PM

Leadership in a complex workplace requires self-awareness, conscious use of specific skills and a clear intention to bridge to others in order to achieve and sustain effective collaborative relationships. In this half-day highly participatory online course, you will explore essential components of collaboration: developing a collaborative mindset, emotional intelligence, conscious verbal and nonverbal communication, intentional listening, and more. This session will be hosted on the JIBC Blackboard/Collaborate virtual platform; registrants will be sent a separate access link prior to the session start date.

Limited to 25.

Presenter: Michal Fedeles, Justice Institute of BC

Sponsored by: 
Category
Open to All
When
12/2/2020 12:45 PM - 4:30 PM

W12: Funders' Panel with BC Housing, CMHC and FCM

This panel will discuss the range of available funding options for housing providers related to items like new construction, rehabilitation, renovation, and redevelopment. Join experts from BC Housing, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to talk about existing programs as well as have your questions answered.

Presenter: Candace Koo, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Category
Leadership
When
12/2/2020 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

W13: Business Continuity and Pandemic Planning Tools

Most housing providers, shelters and Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels are required to develop their own business continuity and pandemic plans in order to meet the requirements of their operating agreements. This presentation will provide a discussion forum where participants can share information on the various tools available from BC Housing and other resources to develop their plans.

Presenter:
 Jeff Cornell, BC Housing

Sponsored by:
Category
Operations
When
12/2/2020 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

W14: Building a Foundation for Tenant Engagement

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated that tenant engagement is more important than ever, and what we’re learning now will be critical through the remainder of the pandemic and beyond. Join BCNPHA Board members for a facilitated discussion on tenant engagement, and learn from your colleagues about what processes and programs work well for tenants.

Presenters:  BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Board Member
Category
Operations
When
12/2/2020 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

W15: No More Spreadsheets: How Software Simplifies

Manual rent payment tracking and management of maintenance requests can be time-consuming and often get overwhelming, and these are only a small piece of what property and tenant managers face every day. Making the switch to property management software can be a game changer in improving workflows, creating efficiencies and reducing operations costs. Join societies from across BC to hear how making the switch to ARCORI’s software for affordable housing is making a difference.

Sponsored by:


Category
Asset Management
When
12/2/2020 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

CHF BC Session