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Indigenous Housing & Infrastructure

December 4 - 5, 2018  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
Featuring These Industry Experts

Stewart Anderson, Manager, Indigenous Partnerships, Community Business and Investment, Vancity

Stewart grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and attended Dalhousie University, before travelling, doing his Masters degree in International Development and relocating to Vancouver.

He has worked in the financial services sector for the last 25 years, and has a strong background in economic development, project finance, and corporate lending, as well as a keen awareness of the importance of relationship building. His clients have included Entrepreneurs, Aboriginal Social Service agencies, First Nation Governments, Aboriginal and First Nation Development Corporations, and First Nation/Private Sector Joint Ventures.

In his current role as Manager, Indigenous Partnerships, Stewart works to broaden and deepen the Credit Union’s involvement with Aboriginal communities in and beyond the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people where Vancity is located.


D.K. (Doug) Bourque, Director, Aboriginal Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal British Columbia and Yukon

Doug Bourque has worked in the financial services industry for 35 years with the majority being in Commercial Banking; the past 20 years of which have been in the aboriginal market. Doug is responsible for the strategy and business development activities for First Nations and aboriginal entities in the Province of B.C. and Yukon. He also works closely with BMO’s National Office Aboriginal Banking, assisting with the development of National strategies.

Doug, who is Cree was born and raised in Peace River Alberta. He has had a very active volunteer life. He was heavily involved in the Friendship Centre movement early in his adult life being a President of a local Friendship Centre for 5 years, as well as being the National Board Representative for Alberta on the National Association of Friendship Centres for 4 years. Other volunteer commitments include being the Co-Chair of Region 3 Child & Family Services where he completed a service delivery plan for the region. He has been an Authority Board member of both the Calgary Rockyview Child & Family Services Region and the Edmonton Child & Family Services Region. Doug was the Business Committee Chair for Aboriginal Opportunities Committee with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, a Board member of the Calgary Native Awareness Society, as well as a board member of an Aboriginal Capital Corp.

Doug currently sits as a Board Member of Qathen Xwegus Management Corporation which manages all of the economic development for the Klahoose First Nation. Doug also currently chairs the Finance Committee for Williams Lake Indian Band. Doug is currently a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association, Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) and is committed to providing the Aboriginal communities with improved access to financial products and services.


Ken Cossey, Principal, KWC Planning Services

Ken Cossey is a registered community planning professional with a Planning degree, a Site Planning certificate, a Lands and Resource Management certificate and is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of BC. Ken has over thirty years of experience in a variety of planning, policy development functions and senior management positions; for municipalities, regional districts, a regional planning commission and First Nations’ governments, across Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, as both a consultant and an employee.

As a registered community planning professional Ken also volunteers his time to the Planning Institute of BC as an exam marker. In 2005 until 2011, Ken represented the Shawnigan Lake Area on the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board. While on the Board he was a member of various committees; the Transit Committee, the Parks Committee, the Electoral Area Services Committee, the Regional Services Committee and was Chair of the Engineering and Environment Committee.

Today Ken is a board member of the Oak Transit Society Board and the Gerry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team Society. Ken and his wife Annie currently are empty-nesters, who reside in the Shawinigan Lake area, as their two children are grown and off exploring the world. Ken is a strong supporter of the Chelsea Football Club and is still very active on the local soccer scene today as a player.


Melissa Daniels, Regional Manager, Environmental Public Health Services, Vancouver Coastal/Fraser Salish Region, Community Health and Wellness, First Nations Health Authority

I am a Coast Salish Stz’uminus First Nation member working for the First Nations Health Authority. I am currently the Regional Manager for Environmental Public Health Services for the Vancouver Coastal/Fraser Salish Regions working out of offices in Sto:Lo Nation. Previously, I was an Environmental Health Officer for the mid-Vancouver Island Region for 12 years. From there, I received my managerial experience as the Health Manager for my home band of Stz’uminus First Nation for 4 years until my current job was created. In Environmental Health, we aim to help First Nations achieve health and well-being where they work, live, eat and play. We do health inspections at communities housing, facilities (food, daycares, Elder’s center’s etc), and pools, whirlpools, recreational beaches etc.


Erinn Mah, COO, EMIC Solutions

Erinn is currently the Chief Operating Officer of EMIC Solutions, a group of companies that provide innovative financing, housing and consulting solutions for Indigenous groups across Canada. Erinn holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Manitoba, a BA degree in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia, and is a candidate for the Certified Management Consulting designation.

Erinn previously worked for Status of Women Canada and has served on the Board of Directors for the Manitoba Cardiac Institute (Reh-Fit Centre). She is originally from Vancouver and has recently returned to British Columbia to head up EMIC Solutions’ new Vancouver office.


Andrew Moore, Projects, T'Sou-ke Nation

Andrew Moore is an Architect who specializes in community planning and development. He has worked extensively with all levels of government, the private sector and grass roots organizations in the UK, Canada and Africa. He has worked for the T’Sou-ke Nation for the last ten years developing a comprehensive community plan and implementing many of the priority activities. One of these projects is an innovation and demonstration project creating clean renewable energy from the sun. This solar project was twice as large as any other project in BC when installed and assisting T’Sou-ke to become one of the most solar intensive communities in Canada.


Chief Gordon Planes, T’Sou-ke Nation

Chief Planes’ traditional name is Hya quatcha, named after his great grandfather from Scianew, the salmon people. Chief Planes is the elected Chief of the T’Sou-ke nation, a position he has held for the past ten years. Previously, he worked as the Back Country Operations Manager of the West Coast trail for Parks Canada. He is a Coast Salish carver, artist, traditional singer and a captain of T’Sou-ke traditional dug-out canoes for the last two decades.

Chief Planes has previously taken on a three year assignment, working with his community in bringing back their Northern Straits Sencoten language.

He is actively working on projects within the community in the areas of renewable energy, food security, cultural renaissance and economic development, to name a few.

Gordon and his wife Marcella presently reside in the village of Siaosun and have five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


Michael Sadler, Director, Indigenous Relations, BC Housing

Michael Sadler is a Gitksan, from Kispiox First Nation. He is currently the Director of Indigenous Relations for BC Housing. Michael holds a Bachelors [Lethbridge, ‘89] and Masters [Simon Fraser, ‘98} degree in Education. Michael has worked in various capacities in his career focussed on improving the lives of Indigenous peoples, as well as Indigenous communities by leading organizations in education, employment and training, social development, health and housing.


Jean Slick, Associate Professor, Royal Roads University

Jean Slick, Associate Professor, Royal Roads University is an associate professor and head of the Disaster and Emergency Management program at Royal Roads University. She has worked in the field of disaster management for over 30 years, and has significant experience leading disaster recovery activities in both domestic and international contexts. Much of her disaster management experience has focused on issues related to sheltering. Before joining Royal Roads in 2009, Jean held a range of leadership positions with the Canadian Red Cross in her 28 years with the organization, including director of disaster management and international services for Western Canada. Her current research explores social media use in disaster contexts and emergent response to disasters.


Lorna A. Stewart, Housing Manager, Musqueam First Nation

Lorna A. Stewart has been Musqueam’s Housing Manager since August 2008, where she oversees 242 homes, including 81 social housing units, on the Musqueam reserve.

Lorna has developed a dedicated housing team and implemented an asset management program for all the Band’s homes.

Before becoming Musqueam’s Housing Manager, Lorna worked in Human Resources and Finance for the First Nations Employment Society and as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper for the Alliance Tribal Council.

These experiences help her balance the competing tensions of providing community housing and maintaining financial accountability.


Derek Thompson, Health Director, Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre, Cowichan Tribes

Thlaapkeetuup - Derek Thompson is from the Ditidaht First Nation located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. He is the Health Director for the Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre at Cowichan Tribes centrally located in Duncan. Derek has been involved in the arenas of First Nations health and social development for nearly 30 years. He has a keen interest to get back to, to move forward, and to transition to an ideal sense of ourselves as kuu’as - as real living human beings


Melissa Tokarek, Associate Manager, Lulumexun (Lands and Governance Department), Cowichan Tribes

Melissa Tokarek is the Associate Manager of the Lands and Governance Department (Lulumexun) for Cowichan Tribes. One of her portfolio's is overseeing the Bylaw Program within Cowichan Tribes and she has been involved in coordinating the engagement strategy for recreational cannabis, conducting public engagement and liaising with other internal departments as well as external industry and government agencies. Her previous experience includes project management and community engagement on major capital projects for the Department of National Defence and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (Indigenous Services Canada).


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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.

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