Written by Ellen McGowan
February 14, 2022
I attended the 2021 Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) Conference, which took place virtually from November 10-12. This year’s theme, Opening doors through housing, invited delegates to consider excellence and innovation in the sector and in operational practices.
The ONPHA Conference is one of the largest housing conferences in North America. This year, more than 670 members, partners, and government officials tuned in to 27 sessions on Covid-19, funding, tenant supports, and more.
This blog post will provide a snapshot of some of the highlights and underlying themes that emerged from this year’s conference.
“A lack of diversity means that we leave opportunity on the table.”
Presented By: Mark Breckles, Angela Cooke, Steffan Jones, Dr. Barrington Walker, and Andrew McKenzie (Moderator)
Building a culture of inclusion requires diverse leadership that will inspire, engage, and retain top talent. This plenary session shared best practices, lessons learned, and advice for building a more inclusive organization.
Presented By: Suzanne Le
On Remembrance Day 2021, Suzanne Le from Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) discussed the role of the non-profit housing sector in supporting and honouring veterans.
The themes of Indigenous housing and Reconciliation were woven throughout the conference.
The 2021 ONPHA conference covered a range of topics from Covid-19, to tenant supports, to equity and inclusion and more. It remains an influential event for both new and established members of the non-profit housing sector.
ONPHA’s next conference is scheduled to take place from November 3-5, 2022, in Toronto or online.
Development Project Manager
February 14, 2022