What is affordable? Everyone has their own opinion and not everyone is aligned, from online bloggers, to academics, political activists and even different levels of government. Join our expert moderator and panelists who can shed some light on to what their definition of ‘affordable’ housing is, how do we benchmark our success for delivering more ‘affordable’ housing options and how we can all work together to achieve a common goal.
Robyn Adamache - Manager, Multi-Unit Client Relations, CMHC
Dr. Tsur Somerville - Associate Professor, UBC
Brenda Ulmer - VP, Fund Development & Special Events, YWCA Metro Vancouver
Dr. Tsur Somerville is an associate professor and holder of the Real Estate Foundation Professorship in Real Estate Finance at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He served for 15 years as the Director of the UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate, where he is now a Senior Fellow. His research on housing market policies, mortgage and real estate finance, and housing affordability has been published in the leading academic journals in urban and real estate economics. In addition to his academic research, Dr. Somerville has contributed through commentary, lectures, research and writing to the public discourse on how immigration, capital flows, money laundering, and government policies affect housing affordability. Dr. Somerville has served on the editorial boards of the leading journals in urban and real estate economics and has served as an officer of several academic organizations in the field. Dr. Somerville received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and his BA in Economics and East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel). He has been at UBC since 1993.
Brenda is the Vice President of Fund Development & Special Events at YWCA Metro Vancouver, a position she started in January 2002. Brenda has a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC with a major in Urban Land Economics. Her degree has given her the knowledge to play a key role in the development of housing communities for low-income single mothers at YWCA Metro Vancouver. Brenda Ulmer is a Certified Fundraising Professional who has been a fundraiser since 1993. She has worked in the social service, environmental and health care sectors.
Brian McCauley – President & CEO, Concert Properties (Moderator)
Brian has been in the real estate development business for over twenty-five years. Since joining Concert in 1994, Brian has been involved with hands-on development management activities of Concert’s growing residential and income producing property portfolio across Canada. In 2002, Brian guided Concert’s expansion in Ontario leading the development of assured rental housing in Toronto. Marking Concert’s 20th Anniversary, Brian was named President on June 1, 2009. Brian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon specializing in Housing, Urban Redevelopment and Development Economics. He is Past Chair and current board member of the Urban Development Institute (UDI) Pacific Region, and is past Director of the Building Industry and Land Development Association of Toronto (BILD). He is currently a board member for Junior Achievement BC. Brian is often called upon to speak on real estate issues at conferences across Canada.