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What took shape: 2017 ONPHA Conference and Trade Show

Brilliant, inspiring, engaging – thank you to all who attended the 2017 ONPHA Conference and Trade Show and made this year’s event one of our best yet!

We were happy to welcome more than 1,100 non-profit housing professionals to Niagara Falls to join us in Shaping our Future! This year’s event built on the momentum of 2017, which brought game-changing announcements and exciting new challenges and opportunities to our sector. Attendees were given the opportunity to engage with world thought leaders and expert speakers on key topics and issues facing non-profit housing providers today, plus the chance to network with peers, sector suppliers and partners, as well as government officials.

2017 Highlights

“We all do something that helps people’s lives to be better.” David Orr, chief Executive from England’s National Housing Federation wowed the crowd with his inspiring talk on how England’s social housing organizations reinvigorated their sector by embracing change and owning their future.
“Organization’s don’t change. People do.” Business innovator and creativity expert Ron Tite encouraged delegates to “disrupt themselves” to inspire change and become the leaders in their communities.
Covering key topics, including end of operating agreements, aging in place, community initiatives and partnerships, supporting vulnerable tenants and more.

See the full 2017 program here.

A night of celebration, honouring our 2017 ONPHA Award winners with dinner and live entertainment.

Learn more about our 2017 winners.

Hosting more than 80 exhibitors, the 2017 ONPHA Trade Show was buzzing with activity all day.

See who exhibited in 2017.


In 2018, ONPHA is celebrating 30 years! And we have already started planning the celebrations to take place at next year’s ONPHA Conference and Trade Show. We look forward to seeing you all again next year October 26-28, with Education Day on October 25, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

Thank you again to all of our sponsors, whose generous support helps us continue to produce and improve our annual event. Our 2017 platinum sponsors included Enbridge Gas Distribution, Union Gas, Yardi Canada and Prentice, Yates & Clark, Chartered Professional Accountants. Learn more about our 2017 sponsors here.

Here’s what attendees had to say about the 2017 event:

“I was proud to share this experience with one of our new staff, she was in awe of the whole conference.”

“It’s a great way to learn what other organizations are doing across the province. There were some great opportunities to look beyond and think creatively.”

“The information and networking was priceless!”

“The ONPHA Gala is always very good, nice to see the awards and achievements of housing provider boards and staff.”

“The conference programming was up to date and relevant to current housing issues.”


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