Schedule

All times are listed in Pacific Time (PT).

Program Overview
9:00 am - 9:35 am Morning Plenary
9:35 am - 9:45 am Morning Break
9:45 am - 11:15 am Breakout Sessions Block 1
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Afternoon Plenary
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Eat and Mingle
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm Breakout Sessions Block 2
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Afternoon Break
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions Block 3
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LEADERSHIP
BOARD GOVERNANCE
OPERATIONS
ASSET MANAGEMENT
OTHER

MORNING PLENARY

9:00 AM - 9:35 AM

Morning Plenary with Hon. David Eby

Join us for the morning plenary to kick off the Virtual RENT 2021 and hear from David Eby, Minister Responsible for Housing.
Category
Open to All
When
5/20/2021 9:00 AM - 9:35 AM

MORNING BREAK

9:35 AM - 9:45 AM

Morning Networking Break

Drop into our networking space throughout the day to connect with the sector’s familiar faces, and welcome the newer members who may be attending their first RENT! Our networking platform, provides space for smaller group chats within the same room so you can move freely between conversations and live, face-to-face interactions. 
Category
Open to All
When
5/20/2021 9:35 AM - 9:45 AM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS BLOCK 1

9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Advanced Governance: Strategic & Generative Conversations

Move beyond fiduciary check-lists and tap into the collective insights, experience and creativity of your board through generative and strategic conversations. Drawing on the Governance as Leadership framework, this masterclass will provide you with a strong foundation to shift the focus of your board conversations toward the issues that really matter. Learn how to incorporate generative and strategic conversations into your board culture, gain tools to work towards consensus decision making, and transform the impact of your board conversations.

Presenter:
Maria Turnbull, Vantage Point
Category
Board Governance
When
5/20/2021 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Leading Teams Through Change and Uncertainty

This session is currently full.
High-performing teams are key to an organization’s success, yet systemic and environmental impacts can take a toll on individual and collective performances.  The goal of this workshop is to explore strategies to lead, engage and influence others in times of uncertainty. Using a neuroscience framework, we will explore ways to support others to navigate the unknown while staying connected to the team’s purpose.  The workshop includes breakout sessions for you to discuss how to apply the model in your workplace. 

Presenter: 
Jocelyne Hamel, Reframe Insight, Leadership Coaching and Consulting
Category
Leadership
When
5/20/2021 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Inclusive Housing through an Indigenous Lens

In this session participants will explore inclusive housing through an Indigenous lens, have a greater understanding of Indigenous housing needs, and explore strong partnerships to advance inclusive housing options. The presenters will bring greater awareness and clarity to Indigenous peoples and inclusive housing to ensure they are being represented equally in housing conversations.

Category
Operations
When
5/20/2021 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Supporting Tenants in Reshaping their Housing & Communities

The Community Housing Transformation Centre supports initiatives in which tenants play a significant role in shaping housing solutions, whether they are within one’s own housing or on a larger community scale. In this session we’ll discuss the Community-Based Tenant Initiative Fund, including the type of activities covered, who is eligible and examples of awarded projects. Hear directly from grantees about their projects and be inspired by existing initiatives that have been created with tenants playing a central role. 

Presenters:
Chrissy Diavatopoulos, Community Housing Transformation Centre
Wendy Pederson, Downtown Eastside SRO Collaborative
Colleen Lucier, Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services
Category
Operations
When
5/20/2021 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Property Managers' Forum

Non-profit property and asset managers are often solo flyers tackling so many challenges all in a day. 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 buildings, this forum is a way to connect with other societies to expand your network of support. Feedback at these sessions also helps BCNPHA's Asset Management team directly respond to your education and coaching needs. Get ready to share your ideas, challenges, and solutions. Please note this session is for non-profit housing provider staff only. 

Sponsored by: 
Category
Asset Management
When
5/20/2021 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

AHMA Talks

Social inequities significantly deteriorate the experiences of Indigenous Peoples navigating Canadian systems and institutions. AHMA Talks will invite participants to examine these barriers in housing and beyond, which rarely get explored in an open, honest, and organic conversation. Lead by CEO Margaret Pfoh, with special guest panelists from the AHMA family, this special presentation will not only unpack the social inequities that fuel the housing paradox but provide information to empower audiences to engage in many "inconvenient truths" with their own communities.

Sponsored by:  
Category
Leadership/Open to All
When
5/20/2021 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

AFTERNOON PLENARY

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Afternoon Plenary with Vikki Reynolds (PhD RCC)

Keynote speaker Vikki Reynolds (PhD, RCC) will offer insights into how we can resist burnout with a sense of solidarity and collective care. As a social justice activist and therapist, Reynolds has worked with individuals responding to the opioid catastrophe, Indigenous people who have survived residential schools, mental health and substance misuse counsellors, housing and shelter workers and more, and will challenge RENT participants to consider how they can transform their workplaces into an environment of collective care.


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Category
Open to All
When
5/20/2021 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

LUNCH

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Eat and Mingle Break

Drop into our networking space throughout the day to connect with the sector’s familiar faces, and welcome the newer members who may be attending their first RENT! Our networking platform, provides space for smaller group chats within the same room so you can move freely between conversations and live, face-to-face interactions. 

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Category
Open to All
When
5/20/2021 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS BLOCK 2

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Investment Strategies for Housing Providers

Whether your housing organization has short-term financial goals or longer-term objectives, it is important to build an investment strategy that incorporates your investment horizon, expected returns and risk tolerance into the path to achieving the organization’s investment objectives. Session participants will learn about incorporating strategies into their investments like taking a portfolio approach and the importance of investment diversification. Encasa Financial will be answering these questions and discussing valuable investment strategies to help build and optimize your investment portfolio.

Sponsored by:  
Category
Board Governance
When
5/20/2021 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Operations Q&A with BC Housing and AHMA

Join senior operations representatives from BC Housing and the Aboriginal Housing Management Association for a virtual discussion about each organization’s pandemic response. Also hear about new and post-pandemic initiatives. Come prepared to have your questions answered, as there will be a robust Q+A period.

Presenter:
Dale McMann, BC Housing, Acting VP Operations
Celeste Hayward, Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Director, Operations

Sponsored by: 
Category
Leadership
When
5/20/2021 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Tumbled Smooth by the Rapids: Staying Healthy While Helping

For most people, nonprofit and social service work is deeply meaningful and purposeful. It’s important and personal work. It embodies our values and beliefs about creating a just and fair society. And yet, the personal nature of this work is also a potential vulnerability for us: when we feel so strongly about what we are doing, how do we avoid overextending ourselves, becoming discouraged and tired, burning out? Especially now, during a time of turbulence and stress, how can we stay emotionally healthy and connected to ourselves and those around us? What kinds of coping are normal and helpful? When does normal coping become unhealthy, addictive, or damaging? How might we develop strategies to ensure that we don’t slide into trauma or deep distress? In this session, we’ll explore these themes and examine strategies for cultivating our own health and wellness, building capacity within our organizations and teams, and directing our purposeful work toward healthy outcomes for everyone.

Presenter:
Ross Laird 
Category
Operations
When
5/20/2021 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Workflow Essentials and Change Management

We all know that "you don’t know what you don’t know." But when you find out that you don’t know the details of your business workflows while implementing a new management software, well, you’ll wish you had known sooner! Join New Chelsea Society and M’akola Housing Society as they walk through the importance of process mapping your organization’s workflows so you're ready to implement game-changing improvements in your financial, tenant and property management, and prepared with the change management needed to address inevitable growing pains along the way. 

Presenters:
Jennifer Walsh, Finance Manager, New Chelsea Society 
Brandon Labbey-Krecji, Housing Services Manager, M'akola Housing Society 

 
Category
Asset Management
When
5/20/2021 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Designing to Meet BC Housing Sustainability Standards

Many new construction and renovation projects end up getting quite far into design before considering energy standards and future climate risks. This leads to costly redesign and conflict later in the process. Learn about what factors need to be considered early in design to develop projects that will perform well over their full life cycle. Designers will discuss the lessons learned at Station Ave, a new construction project meeting Step 4 of the BC Building Code and Semlin Gardens, a renovation achieving deep GHG reductions.

Presenters: 
Bill Mackinnon, BC Housing 
Steve Fetterly, Impact Engineering
Jackson Low, Low Hammond Rowe Architects
Trace Grunerud and Brenton Williams, M3 Mechanical Consultants
Susan MacDougall, Focal Engineering 

Sponsored by:   
Category
Asset Management
When
5/20/2021 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Your Brain in Positive

This session is currently full.
Organizations thrive when individuals find relevance and meaning that are of benefit to them, their teams, their community, and their organization. In this 3.5-hour session, learners will explore the components of positive psychology, including factors such as gratitude, individual strengths and mindfulness/meditation. The session will also discuss the application of brain plasticity in order to “rewire our brains,” with the goal of encouraging learners to continue on a path of well-being that will reap both personal and professional benefits. Note: this session will be delivered on the Justice Institute of BC's (JIBC) Blackboard learning platform and registrants will be sent a separate access link prior to the event.

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

Registration for this session is limited to 25 and will close after May 5.


Sponsored by:  
Category
Leadership
When
5/20/2021 12:45 PM - 4:30 PM

AFTERNOON BREAK

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Join your colleagues and make new connections during the last networking break of the day. Drop into our networking space throughout the day to connect with the sector’s familiar faces, and welcome the newer members who may be attending their first RENT! Our networking platform, provides space for smaller group chats within the same room so you can move freely between conversations and live, face-to-face interactions.

Category
Open to All
When
5/20/2021 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS BLOCK 3

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

CEO / Board Roles in Capital Projects

Recent government investments into the non-profit housing sector have created a building boom for non-profit housing providers across BC – some with little to no development experience and others with in-house expertise. Once a housing society embarks on a capital project, clearly defined roles and responsibilities of the CEO/Executive Director and the board will ensure a smooth and successful development process. Learn from a sector leader on the distinct roles of the CEO/ED and board directors during a capital project, and tips on how to effectively navigate the development process.

Presenter: Alice Sundberg 
 
Sponsored by: 
Category
Board Governance
When
5/20/2021 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Planning for Affordable Housing in Northern Communities

Building and providing affordable housing is a challenge for planners in small and northern communities. Planners make it happen by adapting to local contexts, embracing different tools, and empowering community strengths. This session highlights affordable housing initiatives across Northern British Columbia, including stories of policy design, community and First Nations-led initiatives, and affordable housing development.

Presenters:
Kaela Schramm, M'akola Development Services
Sandy MackayM'akola Development Services
Katy FabrisM'akola Development Services

Sponsored by: 
Category
Leadership
When
5/20/2021 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Cleaning For Health

Just because you are using a disinfectant does not mean you are disinfecting. Join this session to learn the most effective methods for cleaning and hygiene, with expert guidance on the different chemistries and uses of Canadian disinfectants. Participants will receive training on how to properly clean a wide variety of spaces to maintain the health and safety of tenants, clients, staff and guests. Learn from the experiences of local housing providers including Atira and Union Gospel Mission to better understand common challenges and solutions.

Sponsored by:    
Category
Operations
When
5/20/2021 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Integrating Services for Low-Income Seniors

Seniors Services Society of BC presents a new pilot program for seniors: SHINE Expansion Project - Integrated, Practical Supports for Seniors. In partnership with Brightside Community Homes Foundation, this program embeds a Navigator in low-income seniors housing buildings to facilitate connections to support services in an integrated model of service delivery. This presentation will highlight a new and collaborative approach to supporting aging in place.

Presenters:

Susan Moore, Brightside Community Homes Foundation
Lin Chen, Seniors Services Society of BC

 
Category
Operations
When
5/20/2021 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Capital Planning: Getting it Right

Feeling in over your head when it comes to capital planning? Need some help? The essential first step in forecasting and financing your building’s life happens with your organization’s capital plan – and we want to help ensure you get it right. Join us for an overview of capital planning to learn all the ways it helps your organization, what steps you need to get started and the resources we have to assist you throughout the process.

Presenters: 

Brian Jung, BCNPHA

Gabriel Vieira, BCNPHA

Sponsored by: 
Category
Asset Management
When
5/20/2021 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Your Brain in Positive

This session is currently full.
Organizations thrive when individuals find relevance and meaning that are of benefit to them, their teams, their community, and their organization. In this 3.5-hour session, learners will explore the components of positive psychology, including factors such as gratitude, individual strengths and mindfulness/meditation. The session will also discuss the application of brain plasticity in order to “rewire our brains,” with the goal of encouraging learners to continue on a path of well-being that will reap both personal and professional benefits. Note: this session will be delivered on the Justice Institute of BC's (JIBC) Blackboard learning platform and registrants will be sent a separate access link prior to the event.

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

Registration for this session is limited to 25 and will close after May 5.


Sponsored by:  
Category
Leadership
When
5/20/2021 12:45 PM - 4:30 PM