Speakers

Bill Dingwall

Bill Dingwall

Mayor

City of Pitt Meadows

Bill Dingwall was elected to the Office of Mayor on October 20, 2018. Mayor Dingwall has enjoyed extensive careers in the public service, including 36 years with the RCMP where he served in a variety of operational roles including four years as the Ridge Meadows Chief of Police. In the last eight years with the RCMP, he held executive leadership roles, rising to the rank of Chief Superintendent. His first term on Pitt Meadows Council began in 2014. Major Dingwall has been actively involved in a variety of volunteer and charitable activities over the years, including Cops for Cancer, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, mission relief renovation work for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, and participating in the walk for Crossroads Hospice Society. He was also referee-in-chief for Ridge Meadows Hockey Association, refereed hockey, was a member of Rotary and coached hockey and competitive fastball.

Mayor Dingwall has a Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University, a Law Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). Mayor Dingwall and his wife Erna attended high school together and have been married 43 years. They first arrived in Pitt Meadows in 1984 and proudly call central Pitt Meadows home. They have two married children (daughter and son) and four grandchildren and are thrilled their families live in Pitt Meadows. His hobbies include “the kids and grandkids”, gardening, camping, golf, carpentry/renovations and enjoying their recently restored 1970 Challenger originally owned in high school.

Chief Dan George

Chief Counsellor

First Nation Housing & Infrastructure Council

Cliff Grant

Indigenous Strategic Initiatives

Aboriginal Housing Management Association

Cliff Grant is responsible for Indigenous Strategic Relations at the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA). In this role Cliff works with 42 Indigenous housing providers province wide to ensure quality and successful management of these housing initiatives. AHMA is the first Indigenous Housing Authority in Canada and was created for the Indigenous community by the Indigenous community. AHMA works In direct partnership with the Province of BC and is the leading voice advocating for the needs of Indigenous Housing Providers and the Indigenous communities they serve. AHMA will manage the operating contracts for the new projects developed under the Indigenous Housing Fund. Cliff holds an EMBA Candidate in Aboriginal Business and Leadership from Simon Fraser University. Throughout his career Cliff has worked at various levels of government, including Provincial and Federal in the areas of policy analysis, capacity development and Indigenous relations. Cliff has been working in housing related roles for over 16 years and is passionate about developing best practice for Non-profit Organizations and Indigenous housing providers. Cliff Is originally from Kitimat. BC and is a proud member of the Haisla nation, he currently resides in Vancouver, BC.

Colin Doylend

Director, Corporate Affairs

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 layer 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.

Dena Kae Beno

Dena Kae Beno

Housing and Homelessness Coordinator, Innovation, Strategic Initiatives and Inter-Governmental Relations Department

City of Abbotsford

Dena Kae Beno is currently the Coordinator of the Housing and Homelessness Unit for the City of Abbotsford.  Her scope of work includes affordable housing, homelessness, mental health and harm reduction. Dena was hired by the City in April 2015 and since that time has been the leader and visionary for the development of the Abbotsford Homelessness Prevention and Response system.  Together with City Council, city staff, service provider staff, provincial and federal representatives she has facilitated the ongoing mobilization of the system with community partners to tackle the very challenging issues of homelessness and poverty. Dena’s has worked in federal, regional and municipal government, private construction and development sector, and with non-profit, Indigenous communities, and faith communities to support the development of housing, community infrastructure and community social development initiatives to respond to housing stability, wellness, and vibrant community.  Dena has an M.A. in Anthropology/Sociology with a focus on sustainable community development and a B.A. in Geography/Extended Minor in Anthropology. Both degrees were granted from Simon Fraser University.

Ian Cullis

Director of 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.

Kluane Adamek

Kluane Adamek

Regional Chief

Assembly of First Nations

Kluane Adamek was sworn in as the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Yukon Regional Chief on June 28, 2018, having held the interim position since January 2018. Regional Chief Adamek is committed to working with Yukon First Nation Leadership and communities in bringing forward their priorities and interests forward on the national level, at their direction. A proud citizen of Kluane First Nation, Regional Chief Adamek belongs to the Dakl’aweidi (Killerwhale) Clan. She comes from a diverse background with Tlingit, Southern Tutchone, German and Irish origins. Regional Chief Adamek is fluent in English and French and continues to learn Southern Tutchone and Tlingit. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies from Carleton University in 2009 (Ottawa, Ontario), she returned home to work with Yukon First Nations and local communities in the areas of education, economic development and governance. In 2019, she completed her Master of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University. 

Throughout her career she has served on a number of boards and committees including the Yukon College Board of Governors, Kluane Dana Shaw Development Corporation, Actua, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and the Aboriginal Sport Circle. She has proven experience in both the private and public sectors, holding various roles with Northwestel and Hon. Pauline Frost, Minister of Health and Social Services, Environment and Housing for the Government of the Yukon. Her professional experience also includes serving as an Advisor to former AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. While pursuing her Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship with the Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation, she led and founded “Our Voices,” a collective of northern Indigenous emerging leaders. Regional Chief Adamek currently holds the AFN National Portfolios for Climate Change and the Environment and the Modern Treaties Implementation and co-chairs the Chiefs Committee on Health. She is incredibly passionate about supporting youth and emerging leaders in the North and beyond. 

Luke Johns

Client Services & Building Coordinator

Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services

Luke holds an Urban & Regional Planning – GIS diploma from Mohawk College and is currently a Certified Planning Technician (CPT) with the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians. Luke is Killdeer (clan of the Lower Cayuga and his Indigenous ancestry includes Mohawk and other Iroquois Nations. For 3 years Luke worked with Tim Welch Consulting Inc. as a Planning Technician, working within the affordable Housing Development Services supporting new affordable housing. Within this field Luke coordinated the activities of various levels of development stages, supporting new affordable housing. Luke was also responsible for the research on initiatives in affordable housing in Ontario/Canada Housing Policies and Research Services. For the last 3 Years Luke worked for Urban Native Home Inc. in Hamilton at Odrohe>kta> Aboriginal Men’s Transitional Housing Program Responsible for day to day facility operations, and developing and implementing programs for the improvement of skills and cultural knowledge for homeless Aboriginal men. Luke is involved extensively within the Hamilton Indigenous Community, as a volunteer and as a cultural consultant.

Luke has volunteered for the past 18 years on and off as a board member for the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre and for the past 20 years has volunteered for Branches of Native Development – cultural arts & event coordinating organization and currently holds a position as Co-Chair. Since graduating from Mohawk College in 2014 Luke has maintained contact with the Aboriginal Education Student Services and currently represents the department as firekeeper and as a cultural consultant as needed. In 2018, Luke joined OAHS as a Client Services and Building Coordinator in Hamilton Ontario, overseeing properties in the Hamilton area.

Marc Boychuk

Metis Housing Tenant Relations Officer, Alberta Health Advisory

Métis Urban Housing Corporation, Alberta Health Services

Marta Keller

Vice President

Polar Maxima Inc.

Marta Keller has worked in the housing industry in the Yukon and Quebec for the last four years. She is the co-founder and vice-president of Polar Maxima, a company specializing in the distribution of green construction products and building energy efficient homes. Prior to working in residential construction, Marta worked in environmental education and as a lawyer. She was active for five years in the field of indigenous reconciliation. Her extensive travels to urban, rural and remote locations in northern and western Canada, introduced her to hundreds of indigenous people and their stories. Marta has a deep understanding and appreciation of indigenous history that guides her work today in providing housing solutions.

Natasha Rumsey

Manager, Housing and Community Outreach Services

Government of Yukon

Natasha Rumsey is a long-time Yukoner and manager of the Housing and Community Outreach Services within the Department of Health and Social Services at Yukon Government.

Rod Hill

Rod Hill

Director

Indigenous Asset Management, BC Housing

Rod Hill is BC Housing’s Director of Indigenous Asset Management.  His responsibilities include ensuring that the established partnerships with First Nations on developing asset management capacity exceed everyone’s expectations.  Prior to joining BC Housing, Rod held positions of increasing responsibility working directly with First Nations with CMHC, BC Hydro and Canada Revenue Agency. Prior to becoming a public servant, Rod worked across North America in the mineral exploration industry. Rod holds a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  He also holds a Masters in Business Administration specializing in Management of Technology from Simon Fraser University. Rod is a proud member of Qalipu First Nation in Newfoundland and Labrador, with mixed ancestry including English, Irish, Mi’Kmaq and French. He resides with his wife and 4 children in Vancouver’s suburbs.