2018 Vibrant Communities Speaker Series

The 2018 Vibrant Communities Speaker Series: Innovation and Design in Affordable Housing

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Join us for the first event in our 2018 Vibrant Communities Speaker Series: Innovation and Design in Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing is fundamental to the well-being of individuals and communities, recognized as one of the key drivers that will help address the issues of poverty and inequality in society.

Urban Systems and Urban Matters are excited to be working in partnership with Roundhouse to host a special panel discussion on Affordable Housing in their newly opened social innovation and enterprise co-working space, as part of their Welcome Week.

“No one actor can ‘solve’ a housing crisis, and rarely can one actor effectively deliver a piece of the solution alone – deep networks in communities across Western Canada, and strong relationships with local governments, non-profits and social serving organizations, and businesses allow us to bring the right parties around the table to move forward.” – Urban Matters

In the spirit of collaboration, a cross-section of individuals working in Affordable Housing, from government, the non-profit sector, private development, and social enterprise, will be speaking to their experiences in innovation and design in affordable housing and how that can contribute to vibrant communities.

When: Wednesday June 6, 2018, doors at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Roundhouse – Allard Hall, MacEwan University, 11110 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB

Our presentation begins at 6:30 PM. Cash bar available with appetizers and discussion afterwards.

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About Our Speakers

Lee Prevost

Urban-Systems-lee_provost-postLee has served as the Supervisor of Planning & Development for the Town of Canmore and Acting Manager of Affordable Housing at the City of Calgary. Lee lead a team in the introduction of a new Affordable Housing Strategy for the City of Calgary, and the design and development of new Affordable Housing units for both the Town of Canmore and City of Calgary. He also introduced a business-centric development approach that focused on place-making, community engagement, built-form and creative architecture designed to improve acceptance of rental housing developments. Prior to joining the Public Service, Lee spent 15 years with his own design/build firm in Calgary. This experience opens up possibilities to identify strategic partnerships with the local development industry. To recognize creative financing opportunities, sustainable approaches, champion design-forward development that is more welcome in existing communities. Recognition that long-term sustainable operations begin and the design stage, and that acceptance requires a transparent process that makes stakeholders partners in the process

Cam McDonald

Urban-Systems-CamMcDonald-PostCam has been the Executive Director of Right at Home Housing Society since 2008. He is proud to be part of meeting a key housing need in our community, and being part of such a successful organization. Cam also participates on the executive of the Alberta Public Housing Administrator’s Association, and the Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies. Previously, he was president of the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, and a member of the Housing Committee on Mayor’s 10 year Plan to end Homelessness. Cam was born and grew up in Edmonton, and graduated from the University of Alberta.

Christel Kjenner

Christel Kjenner has over a decade of experience working in the public sector, including roles on both the administrative and political sides of government. She currently serves as Director, Housing and Homelessness at the City of Edmonton. In addition to her current role, Christel has held numerous roles at the City of Edmonton, including in the Office of the City Manager and the Real Estate Branch.

Prior to her current role, Christel worked as a Senior Consultant at Berlin Communications, where she led public policy, research, public affairs and strategic communication projects and she also served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Health at the Government of Alberta.

Christel began her career at the University of Alberta’s Department of Facilities and Operations, where she developed and implemented strategies for greening the University’s operations.

Our Moderator – Erin Welk

Urban_Systems_Erin_WelkErin finds her passion where people, community, and environment intersect. She has over 11 years of experience working with municipalities to help them improve housing outcomes, adapt to growth or decline, and address climate change. These challenges are often complex, far reaching, and require a diverse set of input from community actors. As a result, Erin’s work centres around convening conversation and catalyzing action.

Erin is also a fellow of the Alberta Energy Futures Lab (EFL),and has previously worked at non-profits including SmartGrowthBC and the Pembina Institute. Erin holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Simon Fraser University.

Erin leads in the development of Urban Matters’ portfolio of civic social innovation initiatives. She helps local governments move towards positive social and community outcomes by using organizational change management, partnership brokering, leadership development, and social enterprise incubation.

She is an avid world traveler, cyclist, and urbanist, and is based in Kelowna BC.

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