Presenting & Guest Speakers

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GUEST SPEAKERDAY 1DAY 3

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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ELECTED OFFICIALDAY 1

HON. AHMED HUSSEN

FEDERAL MINISTER OF FAMILIES, CHILDREN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The Hon. Ahmed Hussen was elected in 2015 in the riding of York South-Weston in Ontario. After earning a law degree from the University of Ottawa, Hussen practised law in the areas of criminal defence, immigration and refugee law, and human rights; he has also served as a board member for international human rights organizations. twitterBird@HonAhmedHussen

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GUEST SPEAKERDAY 2

DR. BONNIE HENRY

Provincial Health Officer

Dr. Bonnie Henry was appointed as Provincial Health Officer for the Province of BC in 2018. As BC’s most senior public health official, Dr. Henry is responsible for monitoring the health of all British Columbians and undertaking measures for disease prevention and control and health protection. Most recently, Dr. Henry has led the province’s response on the COVID-19 pandemic and drug overdose emergency.

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GUEST SPEAKERDAY 2

DR. GWENDOLYN POINT

MEMBER OF THE SKOWKALE FIRST NATION

A member of the Skowkale First Nation, Gwendolyn 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 has taught at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels, and has served in leadership and administration roles in Indigenous education. She is the former Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley, and has been honoured with the Ambassador Award from Aboriginal Tourism BC, was recognized as an Honorary Witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and has received several community awards for her contributions to Stó:lō language and culture.

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GUEST SPEAKERDAY 3

ROSS CHILTON

CEO, COMMUNITY LIVING BC

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

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GUEST SPEAKER

JASON SCHARFE

Managing Director, Marsh Canada

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

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GUEST SPEAKER

KEVIN ALBERS

Board Chair, BC Non-Profit Housing Association

Kevin is the CEO of the M’akola Group, the largest Aboriginal affordable housing provider and developer in BC. He is Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing and holds a Certificate in Project management. twitterBird@kevinalbersbc

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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. She is at the helm of a growing organization that is the leading voice for the affordable housing sector in BC. 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, as well 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. She 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