Opening Doors Conference
By National Housing Day
The Opening Doors Conference provides an opportunity for housing professionals and stakeholders from across Alberta to gather and discuss new and emerging trends and topics in the housing sector and engage in a day of training and networking.
The 14th Annual Conference was held on November 14, 2018 and saw close to 300 attendees come together for a day of collaboration and learning. Over 20 presenters took part throughout the day with special guest emcee Dave Kelly.
Presentations and highlights from this year’s conference can be downloaded through the links below.
PLENARY SESSION| GOVERNMENT HOUSING STRATEGIES
Representatives from the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, and The City of Calgary will discuss the development and release of their respective affordable housing strategies and how they are working together to advance affordable housing for all.
|BREAKOUT ONE| BUILDING WHOLESOME COMMUNITIES WITH MIXED INCOME HOUSING
Mixed income housing is an approach to housing that integrates a variety of housing types for a range of people at different income levels and from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Learn about some practical real-life examples of mixed income models at work, and the rationale for the emergence of this type of housing to support residents and create wholesome, diverse communities.
|BREAKOUT TWO| RIGHTS BASED HOUSING AND ENGAGING RESIDENTS IN SERVICE DESIGN
Shannon Keetch, Mobile Community Developer, CUPS
Learn about the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) new approach to engaging and connecting with people living with mental illness in the development and design of services. Hear how CMHA is partnering with Horizon Housing Society and working on design principles for their newest development with client perspectives on housing design.
|BREAKOUT THREE| INDIGENOUS HOUSING CAPITAL PROGRAM AND CULTURALLY INFORMED HOUSING DESIGN
Nicole Richardson, Indigenous Housing Advisor, Alberta Seniors and Housing, Government of Alberta
The Government of Alberta’s recently released Indigenous Housing Capital Program will increase the supply of affordable homes for Indigenous peoples across the province. The investment is aligned with the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and was created after consultation with Indigenous groups around the province. Hear from a representative from the Government of Alberta on key findings from a province wide listening tour and from one of Canada’s largest Indigenous affordable housing providers on culturally sensitive housing design and multi-generational housing, with communal spaces for meetings and ceremonies.
|BREAKOUT FOUR| GROWING PAINS: LEVERAGING YOUR RESOURCES TO INCREASE YOUR HOUSING PORTFOLIO
Outgrown your current housing portfolio? Looking to increase the size of your stock? For organizations that are looking to grow and expand their housing portfolio, hear from financial lenders and CMHC on what it takes to leverage your current asset base to grow your portfolio and expand your organization. Come find out if there is equity trapped in your portfolio!
|BREAKOUT FIVE| AFFORDABLE HOUSING OUTCOMES: WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?
What does success look like for residents? For agencies? For housing organizations? You will hear from a leading non-market housing provider who will be presenting on their social sustainability framework on the long term social outcomes for residents and how we can measure housing outcomes for affordable housing in Canada, as well as a leading researcher who have examined the evidence on non-shelter outcomes internationally.
|BREAKOUT SIX| GOVERNMENT RELATIONS STRATEGIES: HOW TO GET YOUR STORY HEARD
Sally Housser, Associate Principal, Navigator Ltd.
Never before have all three levels of government simultaneously released various strategies focused on affordable housing. The ability to successfully navigate public policy issues requires knowledge, understanding and relationships at all levels of government. Hear from the former Chief of Staff of the Mayor of Calgary and the former Press Secretary of the Alberta NDP on how to incorporate Government Relations into your everyday work. Whether a political junkie or new to the world of politics, this forum has something for everyone.
Planning is underway for the 15th Annual Opening Doors Conference, which will be held in November 2019. Check back often for more details as they become available.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
Opening Doors 2017
Opening Doors National Housing Day Conference 2017 program and presentation materials: