Presenting & Guest Speakers

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GUEST SPEAKER

SHANE POINTE

ABORIGINAL ARTIST, MUSQUEAM INDIAN BAND

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).

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GUEST SPEAKER

DR. GWENDOLYN POINT

MEMBER OF THE SKOWKALE FIRST NATION

Dr. Point is the Knowledge Keeper for the BC Assembly of First Nation Chiefs. She served a term (2015-2018) as the Chancellor for the University of the Fraser Valley. She has a Doctor of Education from Simon Fraser University, a Master in Education from the University of Portland, a Post Baccalaureate from SFU, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. She also has an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Victoria. She is a Patron of the First Nation House at the University of Victoria. Dr. Point is the recipient of numerous awards including the Paul Harris Fellow, Order of Chilliwack, BC Aboriginal Tourism Award, Seattle Art Museum: Recognition for work in First Nation Language & Culture (Day of Honoring Celebration, 2005), and University of the Fraser Valley: the Betty Urqhart Community Service Award. twitterBird@GwenPoint

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PRESENTING SPEAKER

JILL ATKEY

CEO, BC NON-PROFIT HOUSING ASSOCIATION

Jill Atkey became BCNPHA’s CEO in July 2018 after joining the organization in 2010 as Director of Research and Education, leading the team through projects such as the 2017 Affordable Housing Plan for BC and the Canadian Rental Housing Index. Jill has overseen the growth of the Housing Central Conference into the must-attend education forum for the sector, and established a growing roster of professional development and advocacy efforts to further the cause of affordable housing in BC. Jill serves on the boards of Encasa Financial Inc., the Community Housing Transformation Centre, and the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada. twitterBird@jfatkey

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PRESENTING SPEAKER

THOM ARMSTRONG

CEO, CO-OPERATIVE HOUSING FEDERATION OF BC

Thom Armstrong has more than 30 years of experience in the co-operative housing movement. He is also the CEO of COHO Management Services Society and the Community Land Trust, the real estate development arm of CHF BC. Thom is motivated by his conviction that the Community Land Trust is uniquely positioned among a very diverse group of housing stakeholders in BC to develop and steward affordable housing assets for generations to come. He also serves as president of Encasa Financial Inc., a social purpose mutual fund company. twitterBird@thomjarmstrong

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PRESENTING SPEAKER

MARGARET PFOH

CEO, ABORIGINAL HOUSING MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

Margaret Pfoh is Tsimshian from the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation and brings more than 23 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 Indigenous 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 full-spectrum rental housing facility rooted in Indigenous culture. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, and is part of its Indigenous Caucus Working Group. twitterBird@MPfoh