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.

Wilf Carter

Managing Director in areas such as infrastructure projects and international economic development

Former Senior Advisor to the Yukon Government on Economic Development

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.

Scott Flamand

Scott Flamand

Consultant & Owner

Flamand Management Services

Scott is a consultant who specializes in On-Reserve Housing as well as Financial Management. His services include Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Policy Development, Home Ownership and training, as well as community consultations.  He is a First Nation Member of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island in Ontario.

His extensive experience in housing, finance and accounting allow him to provide a wide range of advice to clients on such topics as CMHC Section 95 management, setting up housing authorities,  financing large housing projects, home ownership and property management. He also provides CMHC workshops on property management and administration, as well as consulting for First Nations Market Housing Fund.

Mr. Flamand resides in Wiikwemikoong with his family and enjoys the outdoors in his spare time.

Phone 705-618-1093
flamandmservices@gmail.com
www.scottflamand.ca

Anne Headrick

Anne Headrick

Executive Director & Housing Manager

Garden River First Nation

Anne Headrick is a member of Garden River First Nation in Ontario.  She is the Executive Director and the Housing Manager for Garden River First Nation.  Anne has worked in the Housing Program for the past 11 years.  Previous to this, Anne worked in her First Nation’s Social Assistance, Education and Health Departments.  In 2015, the Garden River Housing Department received the Recognition Award at this year’s 14th Annual Northern Housing Conference for their work with Rental Collection, Arrears Management, Housing Policy and Strategic Planning.

Anne has a Degree in Sociology from Laurentian University and an Education Degree from Queen’s University.

Anne, her husband Dave and their 5 children live in Garden River First Nation.

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.

Nelson Lepine

Nelson Lepine

Director of Housing and Infrastructure Services

Strategies North

Nelson was born in Uranium City, Saskatchewan; he is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation from Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. He now calls the Yukon his home. Through years of working in construction, Nelson obtained his Journeyman Carpentry Inter-Provincial Trades Certification. Nelson believes in the importance of finding ways to help and work with Indigenous People. This occurred through working with the Carcross/Tagish First Nation Government for 11 years. As former CEO of the Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation, he believes in the importance of putting people first and money second. As a corporation, it’s important to invest in people; after all, that’s where the value is. The money will come, but it will come when the investment in people, moves to that next step. Nelson has been involved with many boards and committees, both as Chair and director. Some of the following organizations over many years include Chair of the Yukon Housing Corporation, in 2018, former Director of Yukon Mine Training Association, current Director of the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce, and former President of the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre. Nelson is known for putting programs together to help train individuals in the trades with an added focus on skills support

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.

David Muriella

David Muriella

Senior Financial Solutions Specialist, Shelter Initiative, Indigenous and Northern Housing Solutions

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

David Muriella joined CMHC in their insurance division in 2016 after a 13 year career at TD Bank. He has been working in what was formerly known as First Nations Housing (FNH) since 2017. Now known as Indigenous and Northern Housing Solutions (INHS), David works as a Senior Financial Solutions Specialist on a team dedicated to working with Indigenous people to end gender based violence through the construction of shelters.

Prior to joining the shelter team in January 2021, David worked closely on-reserve with 16 First Nations across all of Ontario including the remote north to Kenora and Rainy River in the west down to southern Ontario and everything in between. He also worked on affordable housing projects off-reserve with urban indigenous housing providers through CMHC’s National Housing Strategy (NHS) co-investment fund.

He has a degree in finance and administration from Western University and also holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. He is here today to share the details of the various funding options available to Indigenous communities both on and off reserve to build and repair shelters.

Talia Pfefferle

Talia Pfefferle

Mediator / Owner

Red Willow Mediation Services Inc.

Talia is a Métis woman from Treaty 6 Territory & Homeland of the Métis who has over 20 years experience working with Indigenous organizations across multiple sectors. She is co-owner of Red Willow Mediation Services Inc. and is a trained Mediator in alternative dispute resolution with a focus on family and Indigenous mediation practices. Talia is a full member of the ADR Institute of Saskatchewan and the ADR Institute of Canada. Her experience with dispute resolution, multi-sectoral work and Indigenous practices gives her a diverse perspective on holistic approaches.

Katrin Sawatzky

Katrin Sawatzky

Capacity Development Specialist, Indigenous Housing

Garden River First Nation

Katrin (she/her) is an Indigenous ally and settler on Treaty 3 Territory. She partners with Indigenous communities to broaden locally-based exercises and policies that address housing, prosperity, autonomy and well-being — ultimately strengthening community. For Katrin, relationships are at the heart of her practice; her approach honours Indigenous methodologies built on ceremony, reciprocity and meaningful consultation. Areas of work range from: housing (developing locally-based policies and programs that increase the quality, rights and access to housing on-reserve), to addressing food security and its intersection with economic development, environmental stewardship, well-being and cultural reclamation.

Katrin’s funding proposals have resulted in over $10 million, which has led to improved community infrastructure, green energy initiatives, housing policies & programs and capacity building opportunities. Katrin is a lecturer and speaker, and also partners with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as a trainer for Indigenous housing administrative staff. She is a member of CMHC’s Expert Community on Housing and the Indigenous Clean Energy Network.

Visit her website at: www.katrinsawatzky.ca

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.