Thank you to Delegates, Speakers and our Sponsor for a Ground-breaking Two Days of Learning and Networking!
  The Canadian Institute’s Canadian Seniors Housing Summit was recently held over two days on November 3 and 4, 2015 at the Hilton on Richmond Street in Toronto. 314R16_ArrowThis conference turned out to be an amazing two days packed with… Presentations and discussions on what we as Canadians need to do to prepare for the coming demographic wave of Baby Boomers who are not going to accept the status quo when it comes to how they live in their later years.  The whole notion of seniors housing is in the midst of being totally re-thought, and even the whole idea of aging.  With people living longer and the coming wave of boomers demanding more luxurious surroundings, developers and builders in this sector have a lot of catching up to do, especially here in Ontario where much of the existing housing for the ‘oldest old’ is out of date. The stage was set by our Sponsor, Peter Thoma from Urban Metrics who started proceedings with a poll of the audience on their attitudes and general knowledge about aging in Canada using Turning Technologies. The results were highly interesting and well-received. The conference featured two Keynote speakers – Simon d’Entremont, Deputy Minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors, and Victor Regnier, Professor of Architecture and Gerontology from the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and was chaired by both Kevin Lee, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, and Laurie Johnston, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Retirement communities Association. A Keynote Roundtable “Navigating the Coming Demand: What is the Best Way Forward in Creating the Housing Options We Need for Seniors?” was also featured on day two which pulled together many of the themes and issues from earlier in the conference.  This interesting and engaging session was moderated by Laurie Johnston and included Thomas G. Wellner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Revera, Paul Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Schlegel Villages, Owen Cartwright, Vice President, Brookfield Financial and Mark Taylor, Deputy Mayor of Ottawa, and Co-Chair, Older Adult Plan Advisory Group. 314R16_ArrowThe discussions over the two days of this event definitely moved the dial on the dialogue regarding… How both the public and private sectors can to move forward, with great presentations and examples of leading-edge ideas from Canada, the Netherlands and elsewhere, including:
  • “The View from 30,000 Feet: What the Canadian Seniors’ Housing Market Looks Like Now and What’s on the Horizon” – Arlene Etchen, Knowledge Transfer Consultant (Ontario), Canada Mortgage and Housing Agency (CMHC) and Steve Hoscox, Senior Director, Valuation and Advisory Services, Senior Housing and Healthcare, CBRE Limited
  • “Defining and Understanding this Complex Market: What Seniors Want, How Boomers Behave, their Priorities and Perceptions of the Housing Options Available” – Dr. Donald Shiner, Department of Business Administration and Tourism and Hospitality Management, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • “Exploring Challenges and Strategies at the Provincial Level for Managing an Appropriate Response to Seniors’ Housing Needs” – Janet Hope, Assistant Deputy Minister, Housing Division, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Don Allen, Assistant Deputy Minister, Housing Programs and Finance, Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services
  • “Through the Developers’ Lens: Challenges Faced by Developers in Building Projects Targeted to Older Canadians” – moderated by Andrew Pariser, Vice President, RESCON with Teresa Fritsch, Senior Vice President, Development, Chartwell Retirement Residences, Greg Christenson, Owner/President, Christenson Group of Companies and Peter Gregor, Director of Development, Nautical Lands Group
  • “Navigating Local Issues and Challenges to Find Solutions at the Municipal Level” – moderated by Peter Thoma, Partner, Urban Metrics with Scott Mackie, Manager, Planning Department, City of Edmonton, Nathan Wukasch, Planner, Town of Wasaga Beach and Sean Gadon, Director, Affordable Housing Office, City of Toronto
  • “Exploring Finance Models and Financial Incentives to Build the Housing Required to Meet Future Needs” – moderated by Kevin French, Seniors Housing Consultant, Altus Group with Michael Flanigan, Vice President, Development & Asset Strategies, BC Housing, Greg Christenson, Owner/President, Christenson Group of Companies, Brian Kimmel, Assistant Vice President, Commercial Financing, First National Financial LP and Doug Shinobu, Managing Director, Greengate Capital Corp.
  See what delegates and speakers had to say: “All topics covered increased my knowledge of current seniors homes and alternatives for the aging population in the future” – Jeanne McIsaac, Re/Max “Very focused topic on seniors’ housing, excellent presentations and speakers” – Michael Flanigan, BC Housing “Good balance of topics discovered, opportunity to network and good facilities” – Lisa Feist, Jayman “Good cross-section of the country`s challenges in seniors housing” – Kevin Proyeon, NLG “Good insight across Canada” – Peter Gregor, Nautical Lands Group “Great Cross-section of delegates – a lot of knowledge and expertise. Interesting speakers with varying relevant topics” – Nathan Wukasch, Planner, Wasaga Beach “Great quality speakers. Fast-moving, thorough. Good questions, good mix of stakeholders” – Beth Crosbee, CREA Having both the public and private sectors represented was definitely appreciated by the delegates, who really enjoyed this conference because of the different perspectives represented, and there was lots of lively, interactive discussion. This is a growing area and one that will receive greater attention under the new Liberal government. And, as one of my co-chairs pointed out in closing– “Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane is now 76. What type of housing environment do you think she will accept?” Definitely one to look forward to next year! – Mary Ellen Chater, Conference Producer, The Canadian Institute