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Get the most out of your Conference experience



New programming streams, new session formats, new networking opportunities. In 2016, ONPHA has reimagined our annual Conference and Trade Show to enhance our delegates’ experience and provide even better professional development opportunities for non-profit housing professionals – Let’s Grow Together!

To see the full program and learn about the exciting changes we have introduced in 2016, please visit our website at, or read our online Registration Guide. Registration will close October 17 – so don’t miss out!

Here’s a taste of what you can expect at this year’s

Be inspired
Five session streams – the basics, our assets, our organizations, our communities, and our future – help you choose the conference sessions that are best suited to your needs. Based on your 2015 feedback, this year’s program features hot topics such as:

  • end of operating agreements
  • unit inspections
  • RGI
  • supportive housing
  • hoarding
  • Landlord and Tenant Board
  • governance and finance
  • and so much more!

We’re excited to be hosting more than 100 expert speakers, including fellow housing providers, government representatives (Ministry of Housing, CMHC), community partners (Enbridge, Yardi, Union Gas), ODSP and OW service providers, and more. Our 2016 sessions will cater to a variety of learning styles, including peer-to-peer learning, lecture-style, hands-on learning experiences, and in-depth group discussion.

The Conference will also feature offsite sessions for those interested in seeing Toronto social housing first-hand, with bus, walking and running tours.

Conference keynote speakers Richard C. Gentry and Neil Pasricha


We are also excited to host two keynote speakers! Opening the conference is social housing veteran Richard C. Gentry, CEO and Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), who will share SDHC’s innovations to improve and strengthen their organization.

Bestselling author and happiness expert Neil Pasricha will close the Conference with an inspiring talk on how to increase your happiness, personally and professionally.

After a full day of learning and engaging with your peers, join us at our fun and celebratory networking events so you can relax and mingle with them as well.

Ripley's Aquarium, Second City Toronto and O. Noir restaurant


We’ve organized group activities on Friday, November 4 at discounted rates so you and your housing sector colleagues can enjoy a night out on the town! Visit top Toronto attractions Ripley’s Aquarium, Second City, or O.Noir. We have also organized a young professionals’ event for emerging professionals to connect with their peers in a casual setting. Click here to learn more.

On Saturday, celebrate with us at the ONPHA Gala – the must-attend event of the weekend. It features a delicious four-course meal, lively entertainment, and our award ceremony celebrating those who have made an outstanding contribution to the non-profit housing sector. Tickets are only $80 and can be purchased at time of registration.

Get more out of your conference by signing up for our pre-conference Education Day event, taking place November 3. Education Day features in-depth full and half-day courses that dive deep into social housing issues. Registration for Education Day is separate to the ONPHA Conference.

This is just a taste of what’s happening at this year’s conference. As you can see, you won’t want to miss it! Register online or download our registration form here.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

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