The Future of Housing Conference 2019: Presenters

Jeroen Atteveld, heren 5 architects, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jeroen Atteveld of heren 5 architectsis a committed architect who builds his designs around a strong idea. The basis of his work is anchored in design research on urban user groups. With his open and inquisitive attitude, he searches for new opportunities in his projects that contribute to a sustainable, inclusive and innovative living environment. Jeroen has over 15 years experience in designing social housing complexes for housing associations in the Netherlands and is always looking for that bit of extra that adds value to the social housing project. heren 5 architectshave extensive experience with the design ofliving environments that people identify with; the team is driven by a mission to make neighborhoods more beautiful, better and healthier. Their award-winning projects address issues related to mobility, inclusiveness, energy saving and climate change making complexity manageable in a design with the human dimension as a reference point. 


Christelle Avenier, Partner Avenier Cornejo Architects, Paris, France

Avenier is a partner in AVENIER CORNEJO Architects in Paris, France and a graduate of the École Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris. The firm has many accomplishments in the field of social housing since 2007. It was awarded the 2014 "Europe 40 under 40" prize, the French prize "Équerre d'Argent" as well as the Mies van der Rohe prize. Their very diverse architecture has been featured in many publications and exhibitions, notably the Annuel Optimiste d'architecture, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal in Paris, the Architectural Review, and Wallpaper magazine, which named Avenier Cornejo among its top 20 young architectural talents of 2013.


Abigail Bond, Managing Director of Homelessness Services & Affordable Housing Programs, City of Vancouver, Canada

Abigail Bond is the Managing Director of Homelessness Services & Affordable Housing Programs at the City of Vancouver since 2011. She has worked in affordable housing for 20 years, starting out in the not-for profit housing sector in the UK, working for Manchester City Council to regenerate housing and communities in east Manchester. She moved to Canada in 2007, and worked on affordable housing policy and delivery at the City of Calgary. She took her current position in 2011 and is responsible for leading a team of experts delivering affordable housing in the city in partnerships with a wide range of non-profit and private sector agencies.


Marc Boutin, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Planning & landscape, University of Calgary, Canada

Marc Boutinstudied architecture and architectural history at the University of Manitoba, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Calgary. He complimented these studies with sculpture studios at the Ontario College of Art and the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. During 1994-96, he continued his studies and professional work in Barcelona. In 1997 he joined the University of Calgary and was the Director of the Architecture Program and Associate Dean from 2006-2010. His research and critical practice has focused on a density of meaning that is achieved through the synthesis of art, architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture. Marc was the recipient of the Prix de Rome and his firm The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative has been recognised by national and international awards. Marc is a Fellow in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.


Stéphane Dauphin, Chief Executive Officer, Paris Habitat, Paris, France

StephaneDAUPHIN, has BA degree in History & Postgraduate degree in urbanism and city planning, both from the University of Paris Sorbonne. He worked as an urban planner for local authorities in Paris and in 2002 he joined the President of the Nantes Metropolitan area as chief of staff. For 5 years, from 2011 to 2016, he was Deputy-CEO then CEO of Nantes Habitat, the public social housing company. Following his appointment as a CEO of Paris Habitat in 2016, Mr Dauphin leads the largest public utility social housing company in Paris that manages 125.000 social flats, has 3.000 employees and a turnover of 1 bln Euros per year.  He is also actively involved in regional social housing activities as Vice-President of AORIF, the umbrella regional organization for social housing companies and as Chair of GPIS, an organization maintaining security within the Parisian social housing real estate.


Sean Gadon, Director of the Affordable Housing Office, Toronto, Canada

Sean Gadon is a recognized leader in urban and housing affairs in Canada. For more than 30 years he has been committed to the cause of providing decent and affordable housing to Canadians. He is currently Director of the City of Toronto's Affordable Housing Office, previously serving as President of Raising the Roof for 10 years. Sean oversees the delivery of federal, provincial, and municipal funding for a range of housing initiatives, including affordable housing construction and renovation programs.  In 2017, he led the delivery of Mayor Tory's new Open-Door Initiative aimed at scaling up efforts to create affordable housing.


David Hulchanski, Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr David Hulchanski is a professor of housing and community development at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, where he holds the Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing. His PhD is in urban planning. His research and teaching focus on housing, neighbourhoods, and community development and has published extensively on these issues. He is the principal investigator of the SSHRC funded Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, focused on neighbourhoods and socio-spatial change in Canadian cities with international comparisons. See:


Martina Jileckova, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Housing Society, Calgary, Canada

As CEO of Horizon Housing Society, Martina Jileckovahas worked extensively to provide individuals and families an affordable place to call home in welcoming, inclusive communities. She has 20 years of experience in the real estate sector, and a strong record of driving meaningful growth. Through leadership roles with the Calgary Homeless Foundation and HomeSpace Society, she spearheaded one of the fastest expansions of an affordable housing operator in Alberta, growing from 11 units to 500 in just eight years. With an ambitious strategic plan and continued focus on responsible growth and community advocacy, Horizon Housing continues to implement innovative solutions. Martina is a Co-Chair of the Community Housing Affordability Collective (CHAC), a member of The City of Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) and the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership Council (CLIP). Martina holds a Masters of Environmental Design, Planning from the University o Calgary, and a Certificate of Advanced Real Estate Development Economics from Simon Fraser University.


Mark Joseph, PhD, Associate Professor of Community Development, Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Dr Mark Joseph is the Leona Bevis and Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor of Community Development at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is also the Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities. His current research focuses on mixed-income development as an anti-poverty strategy, with attention to transforming public housing developments. He is the co-author of Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation. Dr. Joseph received his PhD in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.


Paul Karakusevic, Partner, Paul Karakusevic Architects, London, United Kingdom

Partner Paul Karakusevic founded the practice with the sole intent to raise standards in housing design and public buildings in the UK after 40 years of neglect. The design firm has extensive experience in mixed income, mixed use redevelopment in London by successfully navigating planning, policy and national design standards to create exemplary housing that reflects a unique sense of place and responds to local character and heritage. The projects have won numerous RIBA, Housing Design, New London Architecture and Civic Trust Awards and the practice has been named 'Housing Architect of the Year' in 2012 and 2014. Paul is the lead author of "Social Housing in Europe" and has taught extensively, but professional practice has been a paramount focus of his creative work. He maintains a hands-on role and is actively involved in all projects.


Christel Kjenner, Director, Housing and Homelessness, City of Edmonton, Canada

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 different 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.


Jaydan Tait, President of Attainable Homes Calgary, Canada

Jaydan Taitis President and CEO of Attainable Homes Calgary, a City of Calgary corporation that provides help to prospective homeowners through down payment mortgage assistance and other programs to low and middle income Calgarians who want to own a home. Since 2003, Jaydan has worked in the development industry acquiring land, designing projects and moving great people into a variety of multifamily and mixed use projects across Calgary. He is a registered professional planner in Alberta and has a master's degree from the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.


Vincent Tong, Chief Development Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Toronto, Canada

Vincent Tong is Chief Development Officer at Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), the largest social housing provider in Canada, overseeing the real estate development and commercial assets portfolio, currently valued at $10 billion spread across 2,200 buildings in 350 communities across Toronto. Vincent is currently overseeing a $650 million revitalization program that is transforming 1960's era social housing developments into mixed-use, mixed-tenure developments that are re-integrating large parts of the City with the surrounding neighbourhoods. Over the next 15 years, approximately 5,000 social housing units will be rebuilt through innovative partnerships with the private sector. In addition, 13,500 new market units will be developed. Prior to joining Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Vincent was a planning and urban design consultant working on a broad spectrum of projects in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.


Sasha Tsenkova, Professor of Planning and International Development, University of Calgary, Canada

Dr Sasha Tsenkova holds a Ph.D. in Architecture (Prague) and a Ph.D. in Geography (Toronto). She is a registered planner in Canada and specialises in urban planning, housing policy and comparative urban development. Her research and professional activities in these areas for the World Bank, Council of Europe and the United Nations include a range of housing and urban projects in more than 20 countries in Europe, Latin America and Central Asia. She is the author of 25 books and research monographs and over 50 articles on urban policy, regeneration, urban sustainability and housing policy. Her scholarship is recognised by a number of prestigious awards for international scholars, such as Killam Fellowship, Urban Studies Fellowship, Sasakawa Scholarship, International Peace Scholarship, and British Council Award. She is Director of Cities, Policy & Planning Lab www.ucalgary/cities.


Esther de Vos, Director of Policy, Research and Education at Capital Region Housing, Edmonton, Canada 

Esther brings her experience in program oversight, including developing and monitoring performance measures, as well as improving service delivery. Esther is passionate about policy development, research and analysis, and using a systems thinking approach to address and resolve complex issues and identify process improvements. Prior to joining CRH, Esther worked for the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General, the Maintenance Enforcement Program and Legal Aid Alberta. Esther has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta. She obtained her Certified Housing Practitioner from the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada in 2016. Esther is currently working towards her Doctorate of Social Sciences at Royal Roads University, with a research focus on well-being and social housing.


Sarah Woodgate, Director of Calgary Housing and President of Calgary Housing Company, Calgary, Canada

Sarah Woodgate has over 20 years of experience in affordable housing, urban planning, real estate, land development, and community development. Sarah was appointed the President of Calgary Housing Company (CHC) and Director of Calgary Housing for The City of Calgary in March 2015. Sarah has led the development of Strategic plans for both organizations. She holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership, is a Chartered Institute of Housing Chartered Member, a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and is a Professional Accredited Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.


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