Northern BC Housing Conference

Housing Solutions for Changing Communities

The Community Development Institute (CDI) at UNBC hosted the Northern BC Housing Conference: Housing Solutions for Changing Communities at UNBC on November 18, 2016.

Housing Solutions for Changing Communities focused on identifying housing opportunities in the region and creating a space for new ideas to take shape. The conference was of interest to builders, developers, planners, government, economic development organizations, realtors, lenders, and non-profit organizations.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

CDI Community Speaker Series
Legacies and Possibilities: How Community and Economic Change are Shaping the Housing Landscape

Speaker: Dr. Greg Halseth, Professor -Geography Department, UNBC

During the evening of November 17, CDI Co-Director and UNBC Professor Dr. Greg Halseth spoke about housing's relationship with resource communities in northern BC. This free lecture was part of the CDI Community Speaker Series.

7:00 - 9:00 pm at UNBC in room 6-205/211

Equitable and Just Communities Panel

Prior to Dr. Halseth's lecture, attendees were welcomed to a panel hosted by Inspiring Women Among Us.

Planning decisions shape the form and function of communities, and are thus integral to building equitable and just communities in northern BC. This panel explored unique perspectives, experiences, and stories about working in different communities to promote inclusive places, processes, and communities.

5:00 - 6:00 pm in 6-205/211

Friday, November 18, 2016

Housing Solutions for Changing Communities

To begin the day, the CDI presented the findings of the Northern BC Housing Study, which was funded, in part, by BC Housing.

The Northern BC Housing Study, the first of its kind in the region, profiles housing needs in ten communities throughout northern BC.

This was followed by six concurrent workshops that inspired innovative ways to think about housing opportunities.

Notice for Registered Professional Planners: We are pleased to announce that attending this conference can count towards 5.0 PIBC Credits for Registered Professional Planners.

Workshop Topics

  • Chris Drouillard, Homeowner and Marketing Consultant, Trinity Post and Panel
  • Ken Harper, President and CEO, Trinity Post and Panel
  • Steve Tresierra, Chief, Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band
  • Debra Yip, Affordable Housing Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Armin Amrolia, Executive Director -Development Strategies, BC Housing
  • Danna Locke, Director -Regional Development, BC Housing
  • Shelley Sim, Councillor, District of Clearwater
  • Gwyn Symmons, Principal, CitySpaces
  • Gwyn Symmons, Principal, CitySpaces
  • Elizabeth Tang, Knowledge Transfer Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Lori Ackerman, Mayor, City of Fort St. John
  • Rob Bernhardt, CEO, Passive House Canada
  • Dr. Guido Wimmers, Chair -Master of Engineering Program, UNBC
  • David Block, Director of Development Services, City of Terrace
  • Aileen Prince, Capital, Housing & Lands Manager, Nak'azdli Whut'en

Conference Location

The conference was located in Building 6 at the Prince George campus of the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).

Recommended Accommodations

  1. Coast Inn of the North
    Mention you are attending a conference at UNBC to receive a discount
    Address: 770 Brunswick Street
    Phone: 250-563-0121
  1. Ramada Plaza Prince George
    Address: 444 George Street
    Phone: 1-800-830-8833
  1. Prestige Treasure Cove
    Address: 2005 Highway 97 South
    Phone: 1-877-614-9111


We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors, who recognize that a healthy housing market contributes to the overall wellbeing of northern BC communities.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Northern BC Housing Study Sponsors