Indigenous Housing Solutions
The most up-to-date solutions for On-Reserve housing from finance options, to infrastructure, to asset management.
November 5 - 6, 2019 · Gatineau, Quebec
Featuring These Industry Experts
Marc Boychuk, Metis Housing Tenant Relations Officer, Alberta Health Advisory
Marc Boychuk is a Metis Housing Tenant Relations Officer who is passionate about ending homelessness and identifying programs needed to accomplish this. Marc currently sits on several boards and committees including;
Alberta Health Advisory, Stepping Up (Preventing Domestic Violence Against Women), Aboriginal Interagency, Poverty Reduction and RCMP Advisory committees. Housing First and Sustainable Housing with support are what Marc is advocating for
as a major solution for people living in unsafe and unsanitary situations. Working with the Federal, Provincial and municipal governments and agencies Marc hopes to identify and bring much needed support for rural areas.
Working closely the Alberta Rural Development Network and being involved in the largest coordinated homeless estimation in 2018, gave Marc a firsthand knowledge at what is most needed in his community for those housed and
unsheltered. By being in shelters, soup kitchens, streets, makeshift shelters, supportive living houses and prisons, Marc is continually learning and adapting to the new solutions and issues our vulnerable populations face.
Ian Cullis, Director, Asset Management, BC Non-Profit Housing Association
Ian Cullis is Director of Asset Management for BC Non-Profit Housing Association. His role allows him to develop funding solutions, incentive programs, and curriculum to support building renewal while coaching non-profit
housing providers through retrofit projects. He is driven by a passion for affordable housing, the desire to help others, and a sense of accomplishment when people have access to safer, healthier housing. Outside of work, Ian has a
family of five, whom he enjoys taking outdoors mountain biking, skiing, and hiking.
Bryan Decontie, President, DHN
Bryan is an Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi. He has been working in the First Nation housing policy environment for over 13 years. He started his career by promoting and developing homeownership models in First Nation
communities to later expand his field of expertise to social housing programs, training, and developing comprehensive housing policies tailored to local preferences.
Bryan envisioned and founded a policy and governance group for First Nation governments that aims to put an end to 500 years of economic, social, and political disparities between the rest of Canada and First
Nations’ so that our children may benefit from the same freedom of choice and opportunities within their communities as every other Canadian. Its seeks to do this by providing high end policies in the field of housing to
communities through innovation and setting the bar of excellence on industry practices. His conviction is founded on his desire to provide his son with a better future than the one he inherited from his father, and he, from his own
Colin Doylend, Director, Corporate Relations, NEXII Building Solutions Inc
Over the last fifteen years, Colin has represented the interests of Indigenous communities, industry, and government towards building legacies of economic wealth that foster traditions, culture, and environmental
stewardship. Through his experience with modular constriction during time with Metric Modular (formerly Britco Construction) and as a certified social housing manager (CertCIH), Colin is most proud of his work with the Yale First Nation,
where they developed ten affordable housing units that were built to the Passive House construction standard - the energy efficient homes funded by either INAC or the CHMC for an Indigenous community in Canada. Today, Colin is a part of
a new building technology, start-up called NEXII, patented whole building solution featuring a proprietary, ultra-lightweight high-performance structural layers with an expanded insulating and bonded core. It is fire-safe, waterproof,
critter/insect resistant, mould resistant, earthquake/hurricane resilient, featuring superior sound dampening and surpasses Passive House energy efficiency performance levels, building up to twenty-four stories in 75% less time - all at
the same price of wood-frame construction.
Paul Girard, President, Polar Maxima Inc.
Paul Girard is a Red Seal carpenter with over 30 years of experience in energy efficient construction in Quebec and the Yukon. He is the President of Polar Maxima, a company specializing in the distribution of green
construction products and building homes. Paul worked for 12 years in the Yukon where he mastered the art of reducing energy needs in extreme cold climates by 60 to 90%. While north of 60, he visited many communities in the three
territories and learned firsthand about the ongoing housing problems faced by indigenous populations living in northern and Arctic regions. Determined to make a difference, Paul developed a concept of easy to assemble, durable and energy
efficient DIY kit homes. The kit homes were originally intended to offer a community-oriented housing solution for indigenous people, especially in remote and isolated areas. Part of Paul’s mission today is to empower indigenous
communities to participate in building healthy, sustainable and culturally appropriate housing.
Paul has spoken at the Canada Green Building Council’s annual conference, before the Austrian Research Promotion Council and at ECOSPHERE Canada about sustainable housing in cold climates.
Vince Klyne, National Key Account Manager, Indigenous and Northern Housing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Vince Klyne works for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and is the National Key Account Manager, Indigenous and Northern Housing Solutions. Vince has over 15 years of experience working with Indigenous communities to
support their efforts to take care and control of their housing, build new and improve existing housing, and to further enhance capacity and skills to manage and maintain all aspects of housing. Before this, he was the Regional Manager,
First Nation Housing East (QC & ATL) and Manager, Aboriginal Capacity Development in the Atlantic. Vince also gained experience working with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) as a Housing Advisor and as an Indian Registration
Specialist. Vince was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB and is a proud member of Peguis First Nation.
Denise Smith, Lands Manager & Legislator, Tla'amin Nation
Denise Smith (Kwyem Tomolx) Kwyem Tomolx – Speaks for her people – granted to her by the Tla’amin elders. Denise is from the Tla’amin Nation (formerly known as Sliammon). She has been the first and
only woman Chief in her community and has served on Council for over 25 years. She served as the Senior Negotiator for Treaty Negotiations focusing on Lands and Resource Chapters of the Tla’amin Final Agreement. Upon completion of
the Treaty, she led the development of laws related to Lands and Resources. Tla’amin became a self-governing Nation on April 5, 2016 – one of only 4 modern day treaties completed in British Columbia. Denise is currently a
member of the Legislature and is employed as the Lands/Referrals Manager – overseeing Land grants to its Citizens, which is occurring for the first time in Tla’amin history.
Paula Stewart, Indigenous Housing, Tla'amin Nation
Paula spent the first 15 years of her professional career in the Financial Industry gaining experience at CIBC in various roles all the way from Customer Service Representative to Financial Advisor and Branch Manager and
Compliance officer. Almost six years ago Paula changed paths from a corporate work environment to a role where she could feel better about her day to day role in society, looking to focus on bettering the quality of people’s lives.
She was hired to put the rental program in place and oversee the over 300 homes and the entire Housing Program at Tla’amin Nation. She is responsible for all aspects of Housing, seeking funding and financial options for the Nation
and members to renovate, buy and build homes. This is a very challenging and rewarding position. Paula has spearheaded the creation of the Tla’amin Residential Tenancy Law and is currently assisting in updating the policies that
pertain to housing. She sits on multiple housing related boards and is a member of the selection committee for the new Supportive Housing Unit in the City of Powell River.
Chair, Chief Dan George, BC First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Council
Dan George is Chief of Ts’il Kaz Koh (Burns Lake Band), currently serving his second consecutive term as Chief Councillor for his northern BC community. He is an Indigenous leader who is dedicated to social and
economic development equality for Indigenous people’s and has served as a leader fiercely advocating for change on these issues at local, provincial and national levels. As a founding board member of the Housing & Infrastructure
Council, Dan brings extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in First Nations Housing having been responsible for 15 years of renovation and infrastructure projects throughout BC. He has conducted over 2,500 building inspections
including 13 years teaching courses through Aboriginal Capacity Development, which led to becoming a professional trainer for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
Dan has overseen numerous projects throughout his tenure as Chief/Councillor for his community to create economic development opportunities, such as the recent opening of Key-Oh Lodge, a 42-room hotel situated next to the
Rainbow Gas Bar, both owned and operated by Burns Lake Band. Dan continues to reside in Ts’il Kaz Koh in the home he personally built 20 years ago. As a former Captain of the Burns Lake Fire department for 16 years, Dan recognizes
the importance of building better bridges of understanding between neighbouring cultures and firmly believes that working together allows for the prosperity and success of all involved.