Creating Rural Connections 2017

Creating Rural Connections 2017

Creating Rural Connections

Through Education

PDF version of conference agenda.

Rural Homelessness & Housing Conference 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

8:00 am

Registration & Informal Networking

8:30 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Main Room

Emcee: Jacquie Fenske, Entrepreneurial Strategist & Rural Advocate

9:00 am

Keynote Speaker - Affordable Housing

Main Room

Ending Homelessness and Building Capacity in the Affordable Housing Sector with Wrap Around Services ~  Robin Miiller, CAO and Jaime Rogers, Manager, Homeless and Housing Development ~ Medicine Hat Community Housing Society

10:00 am

Networking Break

10:15 am

Concurrent Session A

Breakout Room #1

Homelessness

Understanding the Interdependence of Rural & Urban Homelessness ~ Jay Freeman, Executive Director, Housing & Homelessness, City of Edmonton

Breakout Room #2

Affordable Housing

Creating Affordable Housing in Rural Alberta, Part A (Overview) ~ Joshua Bénard, Project Manager, Sustainable Housing Initiative, Alberta Rural Development Network

11:15 am

Concurrent Session B

Breakout Room #1

Homelessness

How to Start Addressing Homelessness in Your Rural Community (Panel) ~
Laurel Fitzsimonds, Director of Family & Community Support Services, Leduc County (tentative);
Emily Hickman, Homelessness & Poverty Research Coordinator, Town of Drayton Valley;
Angie O’Connor, FCSS Coordinator, Town of Fort Macleod;

Diahann Polege-Aulotte, Community Programmer, Bonnyville & District FCSS

Breakout Room #2

Affordable Housing

Creating Affordable Housing in Rural Alberta, Part B (Workshop) ~ Joshua Bénard, Project Manager, Sustainable Housing Initiative, Alberta Rural Development Network

12:15 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm

Concurrent Session C

Breakout Room #1

Homelessness

Challenges and Successes for Vulnerable Homeless Populations (Seniors, Women, Youth and Indigenous Peoples) in Rural Alberta (Panel) ~
Cindy Easton, Executive Director, Mountain Rose Women’s Shelter;
Jason Garagan, Safe Coach Program Coordinator, Town of Cochrane
Kristie Gomuwka, Director of Programs and Services, Edson Friendship Centre;

Carla Liepert, Seniors Services Coordinator, FCSS, Leduc County (tentative);

Breakout Room #2

Affordable Housing

Housing Foundations in Rural Alberta ~ Lynn OlenekExecutive Director, Heartland Housing Foundation

2:00 pm

Networking Break

2:15 pm

Concurrent Session D

Breakout Room #1

Homelessness

Is Rural Homelessness Real? How We Measure Homelessness in Rural Alberta ~ Dee Ann Benard, Executive Director, Alberta Rural Development Network

Breakout Room #2

Affordable Housing

Innovative Options for Creating Affordable Housing in Rural Alberta (Panel) ~
Rob Appleyard, Executive Director, Brentwood Family Housing Society;
Louise Gagne, Director of Regional Development, Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta;
Rhys Kane, Director of Business Development, Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems;
Dany Skelling, Innovation Fund Consultant, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC);

Todd Voshell, Senior Architect, Kennedy Architecture

3:15 pm

Keynote Speaker – Homelessness

Main Room

Mental Health, Addictions and Homelessness in Rural Alberta ~ Dr. Peter Silverstone, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Alberta

4:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Main Room

Dr. Trent Keough, Chair of ARDN and President & CEO of Portage College

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