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Indigenous Housing & Infrastructure

December 4 - 5, 2018  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
Day One Program Agenda: December 4, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Ken Cossey, Principal, KWC Planning Services
9:15 - 10:00
Special Session on Cannabis As A New Revenue Stream at Cowichan Tribes
Melissa Tokarek, Associate Land and Governance Manager, Cowichan Tribes
  • Why should cannabis be considered as a potential revenue stream?
  • What is the return on investment?
  • What is involved in getting started in the cannabis industry?
  • What will be required for success?
  • What are the Jurisdictional issues?
  • What critical regulatory safeguards must be in place to protect young people and do away with the black market?
10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
Creating/ Fine-tuning Your Housing Policy
Erna O’Brien, Housing Manager, Seabird Band
  • Housing policy goals, authority, scope, limitation, amendment procedure
  • Administration – organizational structure, principles of administration
  • Structuring a solid stand alone Housing Department
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Rental Housing
  • Rent-to-own
  • Maintenance
  • Policy for rental units
  • Renovations
  • New construction
  • General policies
  • Complaints and Disputes
  • Application of Laws, By-Laws, Acts, Standards and Codes
  • Important forms and schedules
11:30 - 12:30
The Need for Solid Structural Mechanisms for Good Governance
Chief Gordon Planes, T’souke First Nation
  • Providing an environment that will lead to success in housing
  • Opening the door to investment and economic development with the necessary codes, standards, regulations, policies, permit processes, by laws, compliance and enforcement measures
  • First Nations Housing Strategy
12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:30
The New Contest and Other Funding Sources for Housing on Reserve Land: What’s Available and How Do I Apply?
Michael Sadler, Director, indigenous Relations, B.C. Housing
  • Information on the federal contest for funds
  • BC dollars - $550 million for the Indigenous Housing Fund open to Indigenous organizations and First Nations to build 1,750 units of social housing in Urban, Rural and Northern regions
  • What are the decision-makers looking for?
  • How to prepare a proposal
2:30 - 2:45        Networking Break
2:45 - 3:45
Financing Options and Opportunities
Stewart Anderson, Manager, Aboriginal Bnking, Vancity Credit Union
D. K. (Doug) Bourque, Director, Indigenous Banking, BC Yukon, North American Industry Sectors, Business Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Long term loans
  • Bridge financing
  • Construction Financing
  • Bond offering
  • Mezzanine financing
  • Note Offerings
3:45 - 4:45
Customizing Financial Solutions for Indigenous Communities
Erinn Mah, Chief Operating Officer, EMIC Solutions
  • Finding quicker solutions
  • Tools and techniques for bridge financing
  • Creating momentum to reach your goals
  • Alternative lenders
4:15        End of Day One
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In order to build desperately needed sustainable, affordable and well-maintained housing you need to know about traditional and alternative financing, new ways of accessing capital, new ways of generating revenue and how best practices in building, repair and maintenance lead to long term cost savings. Failure to understand developments in these critical areas can have a devastating effect on your entire community.

INFONEX's Indigenous Housing 2018 will be the ideal forum for finding solutions to problems that keep you awake at night. Our faculty of subject matter experts and indigenous community housing managers will draw upon real-world examples and provide action-oriented solutions that will allow you to begin working on improvements in housing immediately. You will return to your office with the new tools, strategies and information you need to provide better housing opportunities for your residents.

Delegates to this conference will:

  • hear how some communities are developing new cannabis related revenue streams to fund housing development, maintenance and repair
  • learn how strong governance supports a comprehensive housing policy and what makes a housing policy effective
  • see what it takes to establish rent as a new and independent source of revenue
  • learn how to take advantage of innovative alternative funding and financing models
  • see what best practices in building, repair and maintenance look like today and how to comply with the relevant building codes and standards

You will leave with the most up-to-date information anywhere available on kick-starting progressive housing in your community so that you can make a real difference to the lives of your residents.

This is an important and not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear from some of the foremost experts and most innovative bands willing to share their experiences with you. You will leave miles ahead of where you started and armed with crucial information, fresh ideas and extended know-how.   This is an investment of time and money in your own expertise that will leave you feeling inspired, confident and able to really make a difference.

Take a moment to review the agenda and Register today!

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