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UDI Seminar: Implementing the National Housing Strategy

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Name: UDI Seminar: Implementing the National Housing Strategy
Date: June 5, 2018
Time: 7:15 AM - 9:15 AM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:


Canada's first ever National Housing Strategy is a 10-year, $40-billion plan. It is the largest and most ambitious federal housing program in Canadian history and will require the collaboration and commitment from all partners including provinces and territories, municipalities, and the private and non-profit sectors. 

Join our panel of experts who will provide details on both federal and provincial affordable housing project funding opportunities. Project requirements and expected outcomes will be outlined, and details on the application process for accessing project funding will be provided.

Andrew Middleton, Affordable Housing Specialist at CMHC will provide details on the objectives of the National Housing Strategy. He will outline new funding programs, and will provide examples of the types of projects which would have a high potential of obtaining funding through the Strategy.  
Michael Flanigan, Vice-President of Development & Asset Strategies at BC Housing and Armin Amrolia, Associate Vice President, Development Strategies at BC Housing, will provide details on BC Housing's new HousingHub, as well as new funding programs and partnership opportunities.

They will be joined by Lance Jakubec, Affordable Housing Specialist at CMHC who will moderate the session and will highlight some of his recent work with CMHC's Innovation Fund.
Featured panel:
  • Andrew Middleton, Affordable Housing Specialist, CMHC
  • Michael Flanigan, Vice President, Development & Asset Strategies, BC Housing
  • Armin Amrolia, Associate Vice President, Development & Asset Strategies Branch, BC Housing
  • Lance Jakubec, Affordable Housing Specialist, CMHC


Andrew Middleton is an Affordable Housing Specialist with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. He is active in promoting the federal government's role in housing to a wide range of housing stake holders and is currently focused on building partnerships with municipal governments, the non-profit housing sector and private industry to develop affordable housing opportunities across the province.

Andrew has over 20 years of experience in the housing and finance sector and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in Architecture, both from the University of Manitoba. He has also completed certificates in Project Management and Management Excellence from UBC Sauder School of Business. 

Michael joined the British Columbia Housing Management Commission as the Vice President, Development & Asset Strategies in 2013, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in partnering with different levels of government, not-for-profit and private housing partners, as well as the development community to his role of promoting the creation of affordable housing. He is also a Director of the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation.

Michael oversees Development & Asset Strategies for BC Housing and is responsible for managing a team of dedicated professionals who are charged with administering, construction, and delivery of the Province?s new Affordable Housing programs and development  initiatives, providing construction management services for maintenance, renovation, and renewal of BC Housing's rental housing stock, administering non-profit housing partnerships and funding agreements, and responsible for the oversight of BC Housing's Real Estate Services property portfolio. Michael also heads up the Province's newly created "HousingHub"; a centre of excellence within BC Housing that provides development consulting, project management, financing, and development modeling support to BC Housing's non-profit partners, faith based groups, municipalities, and private sector developers to achieve construction of market rental housing and affordable homeownership projects.

Prior to joining BC Housing, Michael was Vice President at Hong Kong-based Henderson Development and then Michael joined the City of Vancouver as Deputy Director of Real Estate Services. Six years later, he was appointed Director of Real Estate Services, assuming responsibility for the strategic planning and financial management of the City's $3-billion Property Endowment Fund. Michael holds a degree in urban land economics and finance from the University of British Columbia.

As the Associate Vice President for the Development & Asset Strategies branch, Armin Amrolia draws on more than 28 years of experience at BC Housing with over 17 years in a senior leadership position.  She has a strong background in stakeholder relations liaising with Health Authorities, private and non profit housing providers, Indigenous groups, resource groups and industry professionals.

Some of Armin's key accomplishments include the delivery of affordable housing across the housing spectrum that results in the completion of over 2200 units annually.  She leads a team that also oversees several key program funded initiatives as well as the Community Partnership Initiative financing program.  One of Armin's new responsibilities is to head up a new division within BC Housing called the HousingHub.  The Hub will work in partnership with the private sector, local government and non profit societies to develop affordable housing targeted to the missing middle.  

Armin holds a degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. 

Lance Jakubec has been with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) since 1999, promoting technical, financial and policy solutions to enhance the sustainability, accessibility, and affordability of housing. He works directly with developers, builders, lenders, municipalities and non-profit housing providers on financing and funding opportunities.

Originally from Kelowna, Lance started with CMHC in Ontario before returning to BC in 2005. He served as the lead on two demonstration projects in the Lower Mainland and Interior, exploring cost-effective approaches to "net zero energy" in residential construction and the resulting policy and construction implications.  As part of an initial program within the National Housing Strategy, Lance was responsible for CMHC's Innovation Fund in BC, Yukon, NWT and Nunavut. This fund invests in projects testing new building techniques and financial models that lower the costs of creating affordable housing.        

Lance has a B.A. from the University of Victoria and an M.Pl (Urban and Regional Planning) from Queen's University.

Event Sponsors:

Regency D
Hyatt Regency

655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
Date/Time Information:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

7:15 AM    Registration and hot breakfast buffet
8:00 AM    Presentations and Q+A
9:15 AM    Conclusion

Member Price: $75.00
Non-member Price: $130.00

Corporate tables of 10 seats. 

72 hours' notice required for cancellations.
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