2018 Opportunity Unlocked

Special Events

Networking, Gala and More

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Opening Plenary

Friday, October 26, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Sponsored by

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Welcoming remarks and awards presentation

Begin your conference with the official kick-off at the Opening Plenary! First, hear an overview of ONPHA’s work from our Board President Ami Patel.

Next, help us welcome Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, and Adam Vaughan, MP (Spadina Fort-York) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, to the stage to address attendees.

Then join us in congratulating the recipients of the 2018 Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship and ONPHA’s Award for Excellence! Our scholarship, generously sponsored by Union Gas, is awarded annually to Aboriginal students living in non-profit ousing in Ontario to assist with their post-secondary education. In 2018, ONPHA awarded a $1,000 scholarship to 10 students. The Award for Excellence, sponsored by Prentice, Yates & Clark, Chartered Professional Accountants, honours a nonprofit housing organization that responds to tenant and/ or community needs with imagination and insight.

Opening Keynote

Sandra MooreAs our 2018 opening keynote, we are excited to welcome Sandra Moore, Chief Impact Officer at Advantage Capital.

Ms. Moore has more than three decades of experience in urban planning, economic development and community revitalization. As the Chief Impact Officer at Advantage Capital, she guides the design of their investments and investment strategies to maximize community impact, assists their investment team in growing and sharing community impact results and studies those results to ensure they are reaching their projected goals.

Previously, Ms. Moore was the president of Urban Strategies in St. Louis, leading a team of professionals working in cities across the U.S. to help transform distressed urban core communities into vibrant, safe residential neighborhoods with new housing and good schools. She also served as the CEO of the Missouri Family Investment Trust, and the former Director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, where she served as a member of Governor Mel Carnahan’s cabinet. Early in her career, she was an administrative judge with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


Friday, October 26, 5-6 p.m.

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Forecasting the Next 30 Years

What should our future hold? ONPHA is celebrating 30 years in 2018, and what a journey it has been since ONPHA first became the meeting place for the non-profit housing sector in Ontario. We have certainly seen our fair share of ups and downs, or should we say uploads and download. What will the next 30 years bring us? How can we build on our experiences to prepare for and enrich our sector’s future? Join our panel of housing experts, those who have been with us since 1988 and those who are newer voices in the sector, as we reminisce and explore where our sector is and where it should be, come another 30 years.

Derek Ballantyne, Chair, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Cassie Doyle, Chair, BC Housing
Justin Marchand, Executive Director, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services
Simone Swail, Manager, Government Relations (Ontario Region), Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF)
John Fox, Solicitor, Robins Appleby LLP. Moderator

Opening reception

Friday, October 26, 6-7 p.m.

After an invigorating first day at the conference, catch up and relax with new and old friends while you enjoy complimentary hor d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

This year’s Opening Reception will take place in the Trade Show to offer you more opportunity to browse through the booths and connect with sector suppliers.


Saturday, October 27, 8:30-10 a.m.

The Innovators: Pushing Boundaries

Discover what can happen when great minds come together to turn innovative ideas into reality. Meet the people and learn about the ideas, technology and advances making waves in the housing sector.

Johanna Greenbaum, Director Planning and Development, Sidewalk Labs (US/Canada)
Ladislav Stejskal, CEO and Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, Arkilio Inc.
Graeme Stewart, Principal, ERA Architects
Marlene Coffey, Executive Director, ONPHA

Wellness break

Saturday, October 27, 12:00-1:30 pm

Location: Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by

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With the bustling lives we all lead, it’s vital now more than ever to nourish ourselves. Nourish our body with delicious, energizing nutrients and physical activity that motivates our being. Nourish our minds with experiences that go beyond our everyday and connect with others.

Join us to learn key tips on how to cope with stress in your everyday life. Limited space available. Based on first come first serve.

2018 ONPHA Gala

Saturday, October 27, 6:00-9:30 pm

Sponsored by

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It’s ONPHA’s 30th anniversary this year! Join in on the celebrations at the ONPHA Gala and Reception!

Gala reception | 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Join us for cocktails before the 2018 ONPHA Gala. Enjoy refreshments with your peers in a fun and relaxed environment. Plus, snap a 30th anniversary memory and get your picture taken with friends at the photo booth sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution.

ONPHA Gala | 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Celebrate ONPHA’s 30th anniversary with your peers at the must-attend event of the weekend. This year’s Gala will feature a delicious four-course meal as well as lively entertainment. Also, join us in toasting the 2018 ONPHA award winners who have made an outstanding contribution to the non-profit housing sector. This year, we invite you to seat yourself with colleagues, co-workers and new friends as you arrive for the evening's events.

Closing Keynote

Sunday, October 28, 10-11 a.m.

Mark Bowden Effective communication is key to unlocking and taking advantage of the opportunities in front of us, for both individuals and organizations. This year, we are excited to welcome Mark Bowden, expert in body language, human behavior and communication, as our closing keynote.

Voted the #1 body language professional in the world, Mark is passionate about giving people the most influential and persuasive communication techniques to stand out, win trust, and build credibility every time they speak. Inspiring, energetic, engaging, and entirely entertaining, Mark’s memorable talks not only educate, but have proven life changing for audiences, helping their businesses grow across all industries and sectors.

This presentation will feature one-part humour, one-part kick-in-the-butt, one-part information and one-part inspiration. Mark will discuss why the battle for time has changed the organizational dynamic; why it’s not about words but about actions; how anti-establishment behaviour will inspire you to solve problems, be creative, and be innovative; and more!

Join Mark for his high-octane, interactive keynote Effective Communication: Winning Body Language to Stand Out, Win Trust and Gain Credibility and gain simple yet effective communication techniques – invaluable for life and business – and learn how to stand out from the crowd!