Media Advisory: Housing Advocates to Host Canada’s Largest Affordable Housing Conference

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Media Advisory: Housing Advocates to Host Canada’s Largest Affordable Housing Conference

Housing Central to address innovative approaches to tackle housing affordability, homelessness, Indigenous housing and the fentanyl overdose crisis

VANCOUVER, BC (Nov. 14, 2017)

WHAT:               The BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Co-op Housing Federation of BC, in partnership with the Aboriginal Housing Management Association and Pacific Housing Research Network  will host Canada’s largest affordable housing conference (Nov. 19-21).  The Hon. Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing will address delegates at the opening plenary of the Housing Central Conference on Nov. 19.

The conference will bring together more than 1,300 delegates from non-profit and co-operative housing sectors along with other non-profits, government and the private sector to learn from the top thinkers in housing and find innovative approaches to addressing the province’s affordable housing crisis.

WHO:                   Keynote and guest speakers include:

  • Hon. Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Isobel Mackenzie, Seniors Advocate
  • Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver
  • Shane Koyczan, Spoken-word poet
  • Johann Hari, New York Times bestselling author on the failed war on drugs
  • Waneek Horn-Miller, Olympic athlete and Aboriginal advocate

 BCNPHA CEO Kishone Roy, CHF BC Executive Director Thom Armstrong, and AHMA CEO Margaret Pfoh will emcee and address delegates during the opening plenary.

WHERE:               Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Hwy., Richmond, B.C. Please contact to arrange parking.

WHEN:                 Sunday, Nov. 19 to Tuesday, Nov. 21

HOW:                  Media are invited to attend. Photography and audiovisual equipment are permitted.

For more details or to receive media accreditation, please contact the media contact below. For the full list of speakers, schedules and times, please click here.


  • The Housing Central Conference is Canada’s largest affordable housing conference with more than 1,300 delegates, over 100 education sessions and 40-plus tradeshow exhibitors.
  • With B.C. facing a dire housing crisis, political leaders will be attending the conference to share their governments’ strategies for addressing homelessness and increasing the supply of affordable housing.
  • Discover the latest in housing research and policy in education streams tied to today’s pressing issues, including: homelessness; Indigenous housing; new developments; inclusive housing; and trauma, addictions and the opioid crisis.
  • Tour the art expo, featuring original works by professional artists and those who are interpreting the housing crisis based on their own lived experiences.
  • Enjoy multiple opportunities to network and connect with the affordable housing sector’s movers and shakers, including policy makers, government officials, urban planners, thought leaders and more.

Visit for more information.

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 Media Contact:

Dean Pogas, Director of Communications & Operations


Formed 25 years ago, BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) is the provincial umbrella organization for the non-profit housing sector comprised of nearly 600 members, including non-profit housing societies, businesses, individuals, partners and stakeholders. Together non-profit housing societies manage more than 100,000 units of long-term, affordable housing in over 2500+ buildings across the province.

About CHF BC

The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) is a co-operative association made up of member housing co-ops and related organizations in British Columbia.

About AHMA

The Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) is a first of its kind leading organization that leverages the collective impact of its membership to provide Urban, Rural, and Northern Indigenous housing for the Province of British Columbia, Canada.


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