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Our Future is Now: the 2020 ONPHA Conference

ONPHA Conference logo: Our Future is Now. Nov 4, 2020.

This year has brought with it unprecedented challenges and uncertainty and the community housing sector is no exception. Alongside the difficulties our sector has faced in 2020 we’ve seen extraordinary opportunities to put housing at the top of the list of priorities for all levels of government.

The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic have laid bare the necessity of a healthy, sustainable community housing sector. ‘Our Future is Now’ is not just a Conference theme, it’s a statement that the work we do is necessary in creating healthy communities. So, join us online Wednesday, November 4 as we roll up our sleeves and continue our push for sector modernization and sustainability.

Timely and thought-provoking sessions

Our Conference delves into the big issues facing our sector and our society as a whole. Join us for informative and frank discussions on hot-button topics that are critical for the health of our sector.


A view of the stage at the 2019 ONPHA Conference.

Our Keynote Speakers are accomplished and inspiring leaders. Their expertise on leading in times of disruption and addressing racial inequality make our keynote addresses essential for anyone looking to help build the future of community housing in Ontario.

This IS your journey – Demonstrating leadership in times of disruption

Marnie McBean, O.C., OLY, is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance. She is currently the chef de mission of Team Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team. As a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee and Team, McBean prepared athletes emotionally and psychologically to ensure that they performed at the highest level. Drawing on her years of experience with the COC and as a top competitor, she’ll leave the audience with tips and tools for excelling in leadership during times of disruption. 

Our time is NOW – Equity and inclusion in community housing

Join Keynote Speaker Orlando Bowen and ONPHA’s own Andrew McKenzie for a dialogue on race, equality, and justice in community housing. With the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, this session is a must-attend. Get thought-provoking insights into how we can bring about positive change and build inclusivity in our communities. 

Panel discussions

Join us for lively panel discussions that address how we can move our sector forward and reinforce what we know to be true: ‘Our Future is Now’.

What does housing look like in a post COVID world? 
A panel of four people in discussion onstage at the 2019 ONPHA Conference

Join a panel of international housing experts as they discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector. We’ll learn their best practices for and how we can move forward and build the future we want to see. 

Disruption and Innovation – how to leverage opportunities to influence change in your organization

Join our panel of international speakers to hear global perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that our sector faces worldwide. Discover new solutions and mindsets for how we can approach our work, our business models, and our services. Come and find out if you’re ready to lead your organization through times of transition and transformation.

Click here to check out this year’s speakers. 

Join us for Trade Show Day on Tuesday, November 3

This year’s Trade Show will be held in a virtual space that allows you to interact with suppliers who can help you meet your procurement needs.  

The ONPHA Trade Show is available to Conference attendees only and will be open throughout the Conference.

Register now and save with our early bird rate!

Our early bird rate ends on Monday, September 14. Register now and save up to 20% on the Conference. 

Visit our Conference website to learn more about the Conference, including accessibility and how our virtual Conference mimics the feel of an in-person event. 

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