|Consultant’s Final Report|
Registration for the Mayor’s Housing Summit is now closed. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Communications at 306-777-7499.
Areas of focus:
Measuring housing progress
Addressing affordable housing needs
Formulating housing solutions
- Further the discussion related to strategies of the Comprehensive Housing Strategy, Design Regina: The Official Community Plan and other policy objectives;
- Assess current housing issues, challenges and opportunities for Regina;
- Continue the dialogue among partners including multiple levels of government as well as private, public and non-profit entities; and
- Evaluate the City’s housing incentives in the context of discussions and presentations to assess possible changes.
Jim Nicol, Chief Legislative Officer and City Clerk
|7:30 – 8:15 a.m.||Registration/breakfast
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|8:15 – 8:30 a.m.||Opening Remarks|
|Mayor Michael Fougere|
|Honourable Donna Harpauer, Minister of Social Services
|8:30- 9:15 a.m.||Social and Economic Update for Saskatchewan and Regina – Housing in the Thick of It - Pesentation|
|Diana MacKay, Executive Director, Education, Skills, and Immigration, Saskatchewan Institute/Conference Board of Canada
|9:15 - 10:15 a.m.||Preserving and Growing Affordable Housing: the Fredericton Approach - Presentation|
|Councillor Mike O’Brien, City of Fredericton|
|Tim McCargar, Director, Strategic Planning, Corporate Properties, City of Edmonton
|10:30 - 11:00 a.m.||Vancouver Native Housing Society – Housing, Partnerships and Social Enterprise - Presentation|
|David Eddy, Executive Director, Vancouver Native Housing Society
|11:00 – 12:00 p.m.||Identifying Housing Issues and Potential Solutions - Small Group Discussions
|12:00 – 1:00 p.m.||Break/ Lunch buffet
|1:00 – 1:45 p.m.||Summary of Housing Issues and Successes - Panel Discussion|
|1:45 – 2:15 p.m.||Update on the Comprehensive Housing Strategy - Presentation|
Diana Hawryluk, Acting Executive Director, City Planning & Development, City of Regina
|2:30 – 3:15 p.m.||Discuss City Housing Strategy, Implementation and Priorities - Small Group Discussions
|3:15 – 4:00 p.m.||Share Key Ideas for Housing Strategy
|4:00 – 4:15 p.m.||Wrap Up and Next Steps
|4:15 p.m.||Closing Remarks|
|Mayor Michael Fougere
|4:30 p.m.||Media Scrum
Mayor Michael Fougere was elected as Mayor of Regina on October 24, 2012 after serving for five terms on City Council, representing the residents of Ward 4 located in southeast Regina. Throughout his career in civic politics, Michael has gained valuable experience and knowledge of our community. He has a solid understanding of what needs to be done to continue to enhance and grow our City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from St. Francis Xavier University, and a Masters of Science degree from the London School of Economics. Michael has lived and worked in several provinces, Asia and Europe and his career has focussed on economic development. Mayor Fougere’s priorities include housing, infrastructure, regional economic development and the advancement of the Regina Revitalization Initiative.
Honourable Donna Harpauer Minister of Social Services, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, MLA for Humboldt
Ms. Harpauer was raised on a small farm near Guernsey, Saskatchewan. She completed high school at Lanigan Central High and attended Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon where she received her Medical Laboratory Technologist certificate.
Ms. Harpauer interned at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, and worked full-time in the Microbiology Lab from 1978 to 1983. Later she married and farmed in the LeRoy area and raised three daughters.
First elected to the Legislature representing the former Watrous constituency in 1999, Ms. Harpauer was re-elected in the new Humboldt Constituency in 2003, 2007 and again in the 2011 provincial election. During her time in opposition, she served as the critic for Highways, Agriculture, Investment Saskatchewan, Crown Investments Corporation, SaskPower and SaskEnergy. She was also the deputy critic of Highways and Transportation and a member of the Legislature’s Board of Internal Economy.
Ms. Harpauer served as the Minister of Social Services from November 2007 to June 2010. She then served as the Minister of Education from July 2010 to May 2012. She was appointed Minister of Crown Investments on May 25, 2012. Ms. Harpauer returned to Social Services on June 5, 2014 when she was appointed Minister of Social Services and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and Status of Women.
Ms. Harpauer currently resides in Humboldt.
Jim Nicol, City of Regina, Chief Legislative Officer and City Clerk
Jim is the Executive Director of Strategy and Governance for the City of Regina where he oversees various departments that provide direct support to City Council and the Administration, including the City Clerk’s Office, Communications, Strategy Management and Government Relations.
Prior to joining the City of Regina in June 2007, Jim spent 19 years with the Government of Saskatchewan. He started his career as a budget analyst with Treasury Board and served in a number of senior capacities over 13 years within Executive Council and the Office of the Premier before being appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister of Labour in 2003. He holds degrees in Political Science and Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.
Diana MacKay, Saskatchewan Institute/Conference Board of Canada
Executive Director, Education, Skills, and Immigration
Diana is the Executive Director of the Conference Board's Saskatchewan Institute, and heads up research and programs in education, skills, and immigration. The Saskatchewan Institute works with partners in Saskatchewan to produce research that will help public and private sector leaders sharpen their vision for Saskatchewan's future and find solutions to the challenges they need to address. The Institute has produced reports on financing growth, regional economic development, priority investments, capacity development, trade diversification, immigration, and corporate social responsibility. Diana has expertise in housing as a determinant of individual and community health, and she oversaw a major Conference Board report on the factors supporting the development of affordable housing.
Diana previously spent ten years with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She also worked in Japan for a traditional Japanese manufacturing company where she was the sole foreign woman in a company of 3000 employees. She earned a BA from Wellesley College in Boston, incorporating a year at Tokyo's Waseda University. She has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She holds the designation of a corporate Chartered Director from The Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada.
Councilor Mike O’Brien, City of Fredericton (NB)
Mike O'Brien was first elected to Fredericton City Council in 2001, and is currently serving his fourth consecutive term. He is presently serving as Chair of the Development Committee, with responsibility and oversight for economic development; housing, zoning and tourism.
Mike is a strong advocate for affordable housing in Fredericton, and understands that ready access to safe and affordable housing is a key measure of any great city, large or small. In 2006, in response to the alarming absence of new affordable housing developments, Fredericton created a multi-partner Affordable Housing Committee. Mike has been its chair since inception.
New developments have since multiplied, community opposition to such new developments has waned, and to his great satisfaction, the community has begun to take ownership of the issue.
Mike was recently recruited to chair the Fredericton region’s Homelessness Partnership Strategy (HPS) planning and implementation efforts.
Mike is honored to be a participant in this Housing Summit, and to present Fredericton’s approach to preserving and growing affordable housing.
Tim McCargar Director, Strategic Planning, City of Edmonton
Tim began his service with the City of Edmonton in 1981 after receiving his BA in Geography from the University of Alberta. In 2009, Tim earned his MBA in Public Administration from the University of Alberta. Tim has worked in several Civic departments and is currently Director of Strategic Planning in the Real Estate, Housing & Economic Sustainability branch of the Sustainable Development Department. He represents City land interests in the Joint Use Agreement with local school boards and is leading the change process that arise when school boards declare school sites surplus to their needs. This includes developing Council recommendations for new land use following public engagement activities.
David Eddy, Executive Director, Vancouver Native Housing Society
David Eddy is the Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), a non-profit, off-reserve, aboriginal housing provider in Vancouver, Canada.
Under David’s leadership over the last five years, VNHS has increased its portfolio by nearly one hundred percent and broadened its mandate from strictly housing urban aboriginal families and seniors to providing supportive housing for aboriginal and non-aboriginal homeless and those at risk of homelessness. David is guiding new projects to focus on aboriginal art and culture as a means of revitalizing community pride in Canada’s “poorest postal code”.
David sits on the Board of Directors of Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) and served as its president from 2008 to 2010. He previously served on the Board of the British Columbia Non-Profit Housing Association as a director and as secretary on its executive. He is a founding director of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC) and currently sits on its Housing and Homelessness table. In 2014 Dave was asked to join the Vancouver Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions.
Prior to his work with VNHS, David worked for 16 years in social and affordable housing with a particular focus on marginalized groups and communities on the eastside of Vancouver.
He has a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria BC. A father of a grown son, David enjoys his new role as grandpa to his three young grandchildren.
Praxis is a Saskatchewan-based strategy and research firm bringing together some of Saskatchewan’s top management consulting practitioners. Incorporated in 1999, we have built a reputation for integrity, honest advice and a concern for the success of our clients. With staff in Saskatoon and Regina, Praxis draws on the knowledge, skills and judgment of an unmatched set of seasoned specialists with backgrounds in business, government and institutional sectors.
Valerie Sluth, MBA, FCMC Managing Partner
Valerie Sluth has been providing management advisory services for over 20 years first as a member of an international consulting firm and now as Partner in the Saskatchewan-based Praxis. Val is a trusted advisor who specializes in strategy, organizational effectiveness, evaluation and governance. She has gained a reputation for taking difficult strategic issues, complicated by multiple stakeholders with diverse interests, and enabling the emergence of collaborative solutions. With a background in organizational development, Val understands the impact of culture, leadership and change management and builds this knowledge in her client work. She is a facilitative leader always ensuring that her client has the skills and expertise needed to sustain ongoing success.
Val’s client base includes municipal, provincial and federal government ministries, large NGOs and associations. She has worked extensively with organizations in the human services sector and has adapted many strategy and performance measurement tools to align with the public and social interests of these organizations.
In addition to her work in Canada, Val collaborates around the globe on issues pertaining to the management consulting profession. She displays a commitment to the advancement of the management consulting profession having served as president of the Saskatchewan Institute of Certified Management Consultants, as a past board member of CMC-Canada, and is currently one of four Canadian Trustees appointed to the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.
Pamela Fiske, B. Admin, MSc
Pamela Fiske is a Business, Marketing and Organizational Development professional. She has held a variety of positions in the Crown sector. Pamela has many years of experience developing plans and services for markets and customers as well as managing stakeholders’ expectations.
Pamela has assisted a number of clients with developing strategy, engaging stakeholders and identifying opportunities to grow mutually beneficial relationships. She is a skilled facilitator with experience facilitating large and small groups through a variety of topics such as business planning, organizational strategy, customer needs and product development strategies and employee engagement.
Pamela has been with Praxis consulting since 2012 and has supported a variety of clients with change strategy and management, business strategy development and operationalization, and collaboration with stakeholders. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Certificate in Public Relations, Queen’s Executive Program: Human Resource Management, and a Masters in Behavioural Science: Organizational Psychology.
Mannie Amyotte, Property Manager, Namerind Housing Corporation
Mannie has been Property Manager at Namerind Housing Corporation for the past nine years and is also the Management Member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee. He regularly liaises with government officials, community members, stakeholders and co-workers and represents Namerind on government, community and sector organizations. He has also developed sound policies and procedures to ensure that Namerind achieves a high standard of property management.
Mannie’s previous experience includes nine years with Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation and two years with Saskatchewan New Careers Corporation. His educational background includes Inter-Provincial Journeyperson Carpenter Certification and Project Management Certification from the University of Regina. Mannie also sits on the Boards of the Village Green Condominium Association and the Oxford House Society of Regina.
Diana graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Regional and Urban Development. She started her career working for the Province of Saskatchewan with terms in the Regina and Saskatoon offices of Community Affairs, she moved on to a number of municipalities throughout Saskatchewan where she was in charge of large scale commercial, residential and industrial subdivision developments as well as statutory plan preparation. Diana also worked for the Federal Government where she prepared the Waskesiu Lake town sites Official Community Plan which was passed as legislation in 2001. In 2003 Diana moved to Bermuda to work for the Government of Bermuda to plan the east side of the islands development. In 2006 Diana moved back to Canada and settled in Alberta where she took on the role of Director of Planning for Mountain View County, a municipality with large development pressures due to its location between Calgary and Red Deer along the QEII Highway. During her time in Alberta she undertook preparing the curriculum for a new rural land use planning course for the University of Alberta. In September of 2011 she started her new position as Director of Planning for the City of Regina where she oversees four branches. Diana has been involved with membership committees for CIP for the past 17 years and has been appointed to the CIP Professional Standards Board.
Diana MacKay, Executive Director, Education, Skills, and Immigration, Saskatchewan Institute/Conference Board of Canada
Saskatchewan is well positioned for long-term growth and prosperity but success depends on government leaders developing the best possible public policies and programs. Business leaders need to help achieve transformations in the economy and support innovation. Community leaders need to engage in forward planning and educational institutes must develop talent to undertake research and share expertise. The development of high quality, safe, healthy and affordable housing may be the most important investment in the mix of priorities.\
Councillor Mike O’Brien, City of Fredericton (NB)
Although a smaller sized capital city, Fredericton was not immune to the nationwide need for affordable housing. Developers were disengaged and neighbourhoods were resistant. Councillor Mike O’Brien will present how their city approached these issues, the successes to date, and the challenges that remain.
Tim McCargar, Director, Strategic Planning, Corporate Properties, City of Edmonton
The City of Edmonton is leading efforts to re-purpose surplus school building sites to promote new infill development and utilize existing City infrastructure better. This includes working in partnership with local School Boards to manage site inventory, and with the local communities to create more housing choice in existing communities. The process includes extensive community engagement: both in the design of new homes for first-time home buyers, and in the development of new residential use recommendations for our Council.Back to Agenda
David Eddy, Executive Director, Vancouver Native Housing Society
A presentation of background and case studies on Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) featuring some of VNHS’ work, role of other partners, successes and lessons learned. The presentation on the work of VNHS will to help frame the conversation about potential housing and partnerships for Regina.
Led by: Praxis Research/Strategy
During this interactive session, participants will process the information from the
morning presentations to determine key points that are relevant to Regina. Groups will
be asked to consolidate their discussion into queries to be presented to the panel of
morning presenters. These queries will generate further insight and dialogue regarding
issues/challenges and ideas that should be considered in the Regina context but draw on
the expertise of the conference presenters. Questions to guide group discussion include:
- Reflecting on the presentations, what key points stood out as being most relevant to Regina’s housing market? (economic, social and housing-related) What was interesting about these points?
- Was there anything that wasn’t mentioned but is particularly important for Regina? Why is it important?
- Choose one or two ideas/issues/comments from your small group discussion that you would like to pose to the panel for further insight. Each group will be provided with an opportunity to bring forward a minimum of one point.
Led by: Praxis Research/Strategy
The panel discussion is a continuation of the morning small group discussions. Panelists
will respond to ideas/issues/and challenges posed by the small groups to bring about a
better understanding of how best practices observed in other jurisdictions may be
applied in Regina’s local context. Each group will be provided with an opportunity toapproach the panel for further insight.
Diana Hawryluk, Acting Executive Director, City Planning & Development, City of Regina
In 2012 the City of Regina began work on a Comprehensive Housing Strategy (CHS) to address unprecedented pressure on housing due to significant economic and population growth. Completed in early 2013, the CHS outlines the City’s role in housing, five major housing issues, five goals to address those issues, and more than 30 strategies to positively impact the state of housing in Regina. Since the completion of the CHS, Administration has worked on both short and medium-term strategies. This presentation will provide an overview of the CHS and an update on the implementation of the strategies to date.
Led by: Praxis Research/Strategy
Summit participants will reflect on the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Update
presentation by exploring three key areas:
- Housing Incentives – What strategic priorities should be targeted for housing incentives? Why? How could this be achieved?
- Bylaws and Development Regulations – What bylaws and regulations would support the advancement of the Regina’s Comprehensive Housing Strategy? Why?
- Partnerships for affordable housing – We have all seen examples of beneficial partnerships and heard of many this morning, what partnerships would you recommend to support Regina’s Comprehensive Housing Strategy
Praxis will facilitate this full Summit discussion whereby small groups will be asked to summarize ideas generated through their discussion. The information provided through the feedback will serve to inform the City of Regina on stakeholder perspectives regarding key priorities for implementation of housing strategies.
During this wrap-up, Praxis will present the key themes that were discussed throughout the day and gather input from participants on what stood out for them as important discussion points.
Back to Agenda
In preparation for the Summit, we have prepared a one-page agenda for your convenience and included a floor plan of the venue- the Delta Regina Hotel. Delegates are also encouraged, prior to their arrival, to download a copy of the Housing Update for the presentation by the City of Regina on Housing Strategy Priorities. Praxis Research/Strategy will be leading two facilitated workshop sessions, which questions have been made available in advance of the Summit.
Check back in December for the summary report from the facilitated workshops led by Praxis Research/Strategy
We are pleased to host the 2014 Mayor’s Housing Summit at the Delta Regina Hotel located at 1919 Saskatchewan Drive.
To book a room at the Delta Regina Hotel, please call Reservations at 1-800-209-3555.
You can also make your reservation online.
The following rates are quoted on a per room, per day basis. Please note that applicable taxes and fees are not included:
Monday, October 20 1 Queen $170
Tuesday, October 21 1 Queen $170
Rates are quoted on a per room, per day basis and are net, non-commissionable. Please note that applicable taxes and fees are not included. Single/Double Occupancy. $20.00 per additional person. Deluxe Queen Rooms include a sofa bed. Room types and special requests are not guaranteed, however we will try to accommodate at time of arrival.
The Hotel’s check in time is 3 p.m., and check out is by 11 a.m.
The guestroom block will be held until Friday, October 10, 2014.