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Housing Supply Challenge: Round 2 - Getting Started

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Getting Started - Evaluation Panel Members

René Babin

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    René is a knowledge mobilizer with an expertise in housing strategies and research, municipal planning and community development. He holds a Master’s of Urban and Rural Planning from Dalhousie University, and has worked as an urban planner in the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec City and Montreal, coaching and supporting municipalities, big and small, in the housing sector and downtown revitalization process. René recently retired from CMHC, where he held several positions aimed at increasing housing affordability, most recently managing the National Outreach team, which supported communities’ efforts in creating affordable and adaptable housing across the country through the National Housing Strategy.

Bernadette Majdell

CEO, HomeSpace Society

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    Bernadette is the CEO of HomeSpace Society, a charitable real estate developer, rental housing owner and property manager whose vision is a Home for Everyone in Our Community. HomeSpace currently holds more than 700 units of affordable rental housing for some of Calgary’s most vulnerable citizens. Bernadette has close to 20 years of experience within the affordable housing, housing development and property management sector. Her experience has spanned the public, private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining HomeSpace Bernadette has held leadership positions at Hestia Group, AgeCare Communities of Care and Wellness and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Bernadette spent 10 years serving as a board member at the Calgary Homeless Foundation. She held a prominent role in the development of the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness and participated on the committee recommending the creation of HomeSpace Society.

    Bernadette has built her career around helping organizations and people succeed. She has a strong background in leadership, strategic planning and in building collaborative business relationships.

    Bernadette has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University and has recently completed the Leadership Development Program from Conestoga College.

Lilian Chau

Chief Executive Officer of Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society

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    Lilian is the Chief Executive Officer of Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society, one of Canada’s first women-led community housing organizations that began with a small group of women who wanted to provide affordable housing and improve the lives of single mothers and their families. Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society provides over 400 affordable rental homes across eleven Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Surrey properties. Lilian is proud to build on the inspiring legacy of supporting gender equality in housing and the mandate to build the Society’s capacity as a non-profit real estate developer, dedicated to growing the number of affordable homes for women, families, seniors and people with disabilities in Metro Vancouver.

    Lilian is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners with extensive experience in urban planning, social purpose real estate development, affordable housing funding and financing, non-profit leadership and public engagement. She is a Director with Hiyám ta Sḵwxwú7mesh Housing Society with the Squamish Nation and a member of the CMHC Planning Research Advisory Committee. She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and an M.A. from the School of Community and Regional Planning, both from the University of British Columbia.

Lindsay Monk

Manager of Development at M’akola Development Services

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    Lindsay is the Manager of Development at M’akola Development Services, based on Courtenay, BC, and has over 10 years’ experience in program delivery and project management, including experience with the federal government across Canada. At M’akola, Lindsay has managed the completion of several major development projects, totaling over 500 units of affordable housing in BC, and provides strategic advice and direction on projects representing hundreds of additional affordable homes and community spaces. Lindsay is part of the Leadership Team at M’akola Development Services and manages the Courtenay office. Her specialization is First Nations’ on-reserve housing, and she has also worked as a communications professional, leading the development of community-based research with an environmental non-profit in northern Alberta. Recognizing the ability of housing development to improve the wellbeing of communities, she employs a thoughtful and empathetic approach that focuses on housing at the service of community. Lindsay has an MA from the University of Victoria (2013) where she focused on impacts of federal on-reserve housing policy, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours with Distinction from Queen’s University (2006) and has lived and worked in Montreal, Ottawa, northern Alberta, and across BC.

Yuri Artibise

Executive Director of the Vancouver City Planning Commission and Director of Communications of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC

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    Yuri Artibise is the Executive Director of the Vancouver City Planning Commission and Director of Communications of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC. He has spent a large part of his career focusing on various aspects of housing, urban planning, and community engagement in both Canada and the United States. Earlier in his career, Yuri worked in policy coordination positions with various Government of Canada departments in Ottawa, including the Privy Council Office and Treasury Board Secretariat, and as a policy advisor with the Assembly of First Nations. He also spent time as a senior research analyst at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy in Phoenix.

Adam Pantelimon

Director Policy and Innovation, Government of Alberta

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    Visionary Strategist and Futurist, Dr. Adam Pantelimon is the Director of Policy and Innovation with the ministry of Health, at the Government of Alberta. In addition, Adam is the President of the Canadian chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Vice-Chair of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (Edmonton, Alberta). He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a regulated member of seven professional organizations in five countries.

    Previously, Director of Capital Assets at Alberta Seniors and Housing, Adam led the strategic technical and real estate management, by ensuring the quality and value of a portfolio of $7+ billion. Along with Alberta Infrastructure, as Director Facilities, Adam led the Capital Planning and Asset Assessment program of 12,000+ facilities. With the Alberta Land Use Secretariat, he facilitated the implementation of the Land Use Framework under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act. He completed 60+ architectural, urban design and planning projects, five municipal plans and zoning by-laws, as well as a number of policies, frameworks and guidelines, with a view to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He lived in the Canadian Arctic, where he developed a close relationship with the Inuit population and supported the construction of their municipal infrastructure. An expert advisor to the Metropolis International Institute, the voice of local government before the United Nations, Adam provided training courses in Environmentally Friendly Infrastructure, Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development for elected representatives, city managers and public officials of eight countries.

    He holds a Ph.D. “Cum Laude” in Urban History, Masters in Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, and a six years beaux-arts Bachelor in Architecture. In recognition of an outstanding lifetime contribution to professional planning in Canada, Adam received the Canadian Institute of Planners 2016 President’s Award.

Jack Kobayashi

President of Kobayashi + Zedda Architects (KZA)

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    Jack Kobayashi is the President of Kobayashi + Zedda Architects (KZA) based in Whitehorse, Yukon. With 15-20 professional staff, KZA, by virtue of working in Canada’s sparsely populated northern territories, shuns specialization, preferring to cover a wide variety of building types including residential, commercial, correctional, educational, health care and recreational.

    KZA strives to provide design that is regionally appropriate, sustainable, and reflective of First Nations values and maintains a part-time indigenization consultant on staff.

    KZA is the largest, pure architecture firm operating out of Canada’s north. In 2006, the Firm was awarded the $50,000 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture (Canada Council for the Arts). The Firm has also received three British Columbia Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for architecture and a 2012 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. /p>

    Jack is also Vice-President of 360 Design Build, a Yukon-based construction and development firm that designs, builds, and manages a wide variety of residential buildings in the north – including private residential and multi-use residential buildings. It is this hands-on approach that has allowed the firm to maintain a pragmatic understanding of current building methodologies and systems.

    Jack studied urban planning at the University of Waterloo graduating with an Environmental Studies degree. He later enrolled in architecture at the University of Manitoba. After graduating, with a Master of Architecture degree he worked with Toronto-based IBI Group and Winnipeg-based Etienne Gaboury. Kobayashi + Zedda Architects Ltd. (KZA) was originally founded in 1993 by Kobayashi and partner Florian Maurer under the predecessor firm Florian Maurer Architect. Antonio Zedda, joined the firm in 1995.

    The KZA’s approach to design can be described as hands-on and community oriented. In 2007, KZA opened Baked Café & Bakery in the space below their office. The concept was based on the writings of sociologist Ray Oldenburg’s 1989 book “The Great Good Place”. In the book, Oldenburg stressed the importance of everyone having a ‘third place’. In community building, the third place is the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home (first place) and the workplace (second place). The architects helped to create a vibrant community and social hub for the downtown core, which at that time, was often deserted during the weekends.

Vivian Nguyen

Intern Urban Planner, Toronto Community Housing Urban Planner

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    Born and raised in Regent Park, Vivian Nguyen is a recent urban planning graduate from Ryerson University, a visual artist as well as avid soccer player. She is a strong advocate for youth to get engaged with their communities, civicly in their city, and the arts scene where she combines her passion for art and community development with urban planning. Vivian sits on the board of directors for the Regent Park Arts Non-Profit Development Board (RPAD), and is one of the co-founders for the Mentorship Initiative for Indigenous and Planners of Colour (MIIPOC). As a co-founder of MIIPOC she aims to encourage more racialized people, especially those coming from low-income communities interested in planning, to build their capacity through mentorship so that they are further elevated in the profession.

    Vivian has worked an extensive amount of years with Toronto Community Housing Corp. (TCHC) for the ongoing 10+ year revitalization project of Regent Park; one of North America’s largest social housing projects. Her other notable roles have included supporting the refreshed Regent Park Social Development Plan led by the City of Toronto and TCHC, and with Jay Pitter Placemaking Inc. as an urban planner and engagement coordinator for Jay Pitter’s award-winning practice which operates at the nexus of urban design and social equity. Most recently Vivian has worked with SvN Architects + Planners, an integrated design firm, supporting projects ranging from planning approvals and development applications, as well as affordable housing.

Jeremy Jackson

Vice President Marketing at Killam REIT

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    Jeremy Jackson joined Killam in November 2005 as Vice President, Marketing. Jeremy has over 30 years of sales and market management experience. Prior to joining Killam, he spent 10 years with Bell Aliant Telecom in various managerial positions. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and an MBA from St. Mary's University. Jeremy is the current President of the Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia (IPOANS), sits on the board of directors for Shelter Nova Scotia and is a member of the Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission, as well as various regional and national homelessness and affordable housing committees. Jeremy is also the Past President of Basketball Nova Scotia, Past Club President and a current coach for the West End Steelers Youth Basketball Club in Halifax.

Edith Gingras

Governance Specialist and Program Manager in local governance/decentralization

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    Ms. Gingras, is a governance specialist and program manager in local governance/decentralization, gender, housing and economic development issues. She has over 25 years of experience working in local government working in Canadian, African and Asian municipalities on various issues on capacity building, community involvement, participatory decision-making processes, development planning /urban management strategies, and lobbying and advocacy central government towards increasing decentralization of municipal competencies

Yvonne Prusak

Founder and CEO of Northbound Planning Ltd

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    Yvonne is founder and CEO of Northbound Planning Ltd., which is a private firm operating in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Primarily working with municipalities and First Nations, Northbound Planning provides governance support for planning and development, asset management, municipal occupational health and safety, public works administration, and municipal governance administration.

    Yvonne has a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Native American Studies from the University of Lethbridge, and a master’s degree in Geography and Planning from the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in Comprehensive Community Planning in Saskatchewan. Yvonne has been working in the municipal sector for over 10 years, as a planning and development specialist working long-range planning documents, as well as current planning as development officer for multiple municipalities throughout Saskatchewan. Daily implementation through current planning enabled Yvonne to specialize in municipal governance development implementation, which transcends into policy writing for long-range planning and development, and asset management impact implementation. Her specialty is in rural and small-urban communities, and the governance structures that support consistent and strategic implementation.

Challenge details

Key Dates

  • Launch: June 9, 2021
  • Initial Submissions: August 25, 2021, 2pm EST
  • Shortlisted: October 2021
  • Stage 2 Final Submissions: April 2022
  • Funded Solutions Announced: Summer 2022

Funding Allocation

  • Stage 1 – Incubation Funding for prototyping: Up to 30 Shortlisted Applications will receive $75k 
  • Stage 2 – Implementation Funding: Selected solutions will share a pool of $38M 

Who can Apply?

Lead Applicant must be a legal entity:

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Canadian post-secondary institutions
  • Government (Provincial, territorial, municipal, local, and regional)
  • Consulting firms
  • Teams composed of a variety of participants
* All participants must be affiliated with a legally incorporated organization