CFAA-RHC 2019 – What should I expect? The CFAA Rental Housing Conference (RHC) is at the forefront of current and future issues in Canada’s rental housing industry. The conference brings together rental executives, regional managers, property managers, landlords, apartment association leaders, rental housing suppliers, and many others involved in the rental housing industry. The Conference provides networking opportunities, discussions on key topics, and insights into new techniques and technologies. CFAA-RHC 2019 takes place May 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Toronto. Choose among 25 sessions with more than 60 speakers, as well as the Suppliers Council Showcase, Building Innovations Tour, Networking Reception and CFAA Awards Dinner. What should YOU attend to get the most out of your conference experience?
EDUCATION DAY 1 For all attendees The morning keynote speech from Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets, is filled with insight and humour. He provides on update on the World and North American economies and how they will impact rental housing in Canada, with information on the likely path of interest rates, rental demand, the housing market and the job market. The Executive Round Table brings together executives from Canada’s leading rental housing providers. Kris Boyce of Greenwin Inc, Todd Cook of Northview REIT, Alfred Hendry of Homestead Land Holdings Limited and Tyler Seaman of Oxford Properties Group will address questions such as: What are the current challenges to buying or selling apartment assets from the perspective of a REIT, institution or private company? What advantages are there to buying new or developing?
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What challenges and opportunities face the rental industry? After lunch, identify your role in the political landscape at “Influencing Government.” Learn how to help your local, provincial and/or federal governments make decisions that help rental housing providers.
For small or medium-sized rental housing providers As a small or medium-sized rental housing provider (fewer than 1,500 units), you wear multiple hats. If you run the operations, check out the Operations Round Table and “Rental market reporting in Canada.” “Energy and Building Retrofits” will teach you about issues to consider in retrofitting your buildings. “Improving the public perception of landlords” will help you learn how to change how people view landlords, and how to make that change work for you.
For property managers Consider “Tornado: One company’s response,” a discussion about the actions that one company took in the wake of a disaster. You may also be interested in “Artificial Intelligence,” “Energy and Building Retrofits” and the Operations Round Table.
For rental housing executives Rental executives may benefit from attending “Artificial Intelligence,” “Improving the public perception of landlords,” “Rental market reporting in Canada” and “Corporate Social Responsibility by rental housing providers.”
EDUCATION DAY 2 For all attendees Steve Clark, Ontario Minister of Housing, will provide an update on the Ontario Housing Action Supply Plan. Attendees will benefit from the knowledge he will bring from his department, and
the government at large, about their positions on rental housing. Murtaza Haider and Stephen Moranis, co-authors of the Haider-Moranis bulletin, are keynote speakers. Don’t miss their session “The economics and politics of rental housing development.” Keynote speaker (and NHL commentator) Greg Millen will take the stage to close out the conference with “Leadership through Courage and Teamwork.”
For small or medium-sized rental housing providers Check out the breakout sessions “Serving the tenants of today,” “Digital Marketing Trends and Analytics” and “CMHC support for Affordable Rental Housing.”
For property managers To help you learn more about your employees, and your own career trajectory, check out the breakout sessions on “Employment law update” and “Steps to Success,” which features rental housing executives who have worked their way up in the industry. To learn more about selecting the right tenants, and helping existing tenants thrive, check out “Modern Tenant Screening Practices” and “Building communities of people within rental communities.”
For rental housing executives Learn more about new construction of rental housing, and the financing available, in sessions such as “Benefits of new purpose-built rentals,” “Planning --- to get rental housing built” and “CMHC support for affordable rental housing.” Other sessions that will interest rental executives are “Developing a Strong Corporate Identity” and “The Internet of Things.”
Conclusion Whatever role you play in the rental housing industry, CFAA-RHC 2019 has great information to offer. You can’t take it all in, but you can maximize your learning experience by choosing sessions that apply most to you. The networking opportunities and Suppliers Council Showcase are also of great value because of the people you can meet and the opportunities to grow your network. CFAA-RHC 2020 takes place next May in Halifax. CFAA will present new topics of interest to rental executives, regional managers, property managers, key rental employees and hands-on landlords. Plan to learn a lot, attend the CFAA Awards Dinner and have a great time!
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