Speakers

Zain Abedin

Zain Abedin

Director of Community Development

Rural Development Network

The Rural Development Network (RDN) is a not-for-profit organization that works with rural & remote communities and organizations across Canada to address issues including and not limited to housing, homelessness, addiction, immigration, agriculture, and overall community development.The Sustainable Housing Initiative program within RDN consults and provides capacity to complete pre-development work to access funding to build affordable housing.

Zain Abedin: Zain Abedin is the Director of Community Development at the RDN and leads their Sustainable Housing initiative Program (SHI). He leads the SHI and works on expanding the initiative.

Asad Bhatti

Asad Bhatti

Capital Funding Manager

Rural Development Network

The Rural Development Network (RDN) is a not-for-profit organization that works with rural & remote communities and organizations across Canada to address issues including and not limited to housing, homelessness, addiction, immigration, agriculture, and overall community development.The Sustainable Housing Initiative program within RDN consults and provides capacity to complete pre-development work to access funding to build affordable housing.

Asad, our capital funding manager is our finance expert and supports all the communities we work with by helping them develop their financial model and apply for funding.

Shaun Dyck

Shaun Dyck

Director of Housing

Central Urban Metis Federation Inc.

For the past ten years, Shaun has worked on addressing the need for affordable housing and programs that address homeless in Saskatoon.  His experience in research, development, proposal writing, and government fund management gives him a broad perspective in navigating the complexity of housing development.

Shaun joined Central Urban Métis Federation, Inc. (CUMFI) in 2020 to focus on preserving and improving CUMFI’s existing housing stock, and the development of the Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge, an apartment building for Métis Elders in Saskatoon.

Trevor Horne

Community Development Coordinator

Rural Development Network

The Rural Development Network (RDN) is a not-for-profit organization that works with rural & remote communities and organizations across Canada to address issues including and not limited to housing, homelessness, addiction, immigration, agriculture, and overall community development.The Sustainable Housing Initiative program within RDN consults and provides capacity to complete pre-development work to access funding to build affordable housing.

Trevor is our new hire and works with Zain to consult with communities and help create a plan to achieve their objectives.

Azam Khattak

Research & Data Specialist

Rural Development Network

The Rural Development Network (RDN) is a not-for-profit organization that works with rural & remote communities and organizations across Canada to address issues including and not limited to housing, homelessness, addiction, immigration, agriculture, and overall community development.The Sustainable Housing Initiative program within RDN consults and provides capacity to complete pre-development work to access funding to build affordable housing.

Azam, is our research and data specialist, manages all our data analysis and helps communities develop needs assessments

Daniel Morin

Planning & Community Development Specialist

Rural Development Network

The Rural Development Network (RDN) is a not-for-profit organization that works with rural & remote communities and organizations across Canada to address issues including and not limited to housing, homelessness, addiction, immigration, agriculture, and overall community development.The Sustainable Housing Initiative program within RDN consults and provides capacity to complete pre-development work to access funding to build affordable housing.

Daniel, is our planning and community development specialist who has an urban planning background and does community engagements as an unbiased party on behalf of various rural communities and supports them in developing their business cases and affordable housing strategies.

Kelly Pruden

Kelly Pruden

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Central Urban Metis Federation Inc.

Kelly Pruden has an extensive professional career pursuing Metis economic and social development.  Joining CUMFI in 2017, Kelly has focused on capital projects and business development opportunities which provide long term feasibility and employment opportunities for the Metis.

Kelly has spent the past 25 years advocating for Metis self-reliance and self-determination.  With a focus on building strong communities through social and economic development within Metis organizations Kelly believes in sustainability through wealth creation.  With beliefs grounded in Metis inherent rights and a focus on future generations, Kelly is committed to ensuring CUMFI and its partners are successful in its developments.

Crystal Sedore

Crystal Sedore

Program Coordinator, BC First Nations Housing Mentorship Program

Yale First Nation

Crystal Sedore is the Housing Manager for Yale First Nation in Hope, British Columbia. She has been working for and on behalf of local First Nations for almost 30 years.

Crystal is best known for two innovative housing projects in her community; the first ever “Passive House” multi-family complexes on a First Nation reserve in Canada.   These units have been constructed to meet the rigorous “Passive House” standards, regarded as the most energy efficient standards in the world.

After more than 20 years working in a band office, Crystal has worn many hats and developed expertise in a wide variety of roles.  She has a solid background in construction management, project planning and proposal writing.  Her work has led her to create the BC First Nation Housing Mentorship Program; an initiative that sees Indigenous communities across the nation joining forces to share knowledge, expertise and resources, forming a network that supports and mentors Indigenous housing staff and leaders.

Crystal believes that understanding the processes for administering a housing portfolio on reserve doesn’t need to be a struggle and accessing funds for Housing and Infrastructure is a skill set that all new housing managers should develop. Successfully navigating the system starts with being organized and ensuring you have all the tools you need before you start, tools that other nations have already developed and are usually willing to share with others.

Jesse Tjepkema

Planning & Research Analyst

Rural Development Network

The Rural Development Network (RDN) is a not-for-profit organization that works with rural & remote communities and organizations across Canada to address issues including and not limited to housing, homelessness, addiction, immigration, agriculture, and overall community development.The Sustainable Housing Initiative program within RDN consults and provides capacity to complete pre-development work to access funding to build affordable housing.

Jesse is another new hire and works as a Planning & Research Analyst, working on various documents needed to move projects forward.