CFAA RHC 2018 – What should I expect? The CFAA Rental Housing Conference (RHC) has established itself as being at the forefront of current issues – as well as what is expected for the future – in Canada’s rental housing industry. This annual event brings together rental executives, regional managers, property managers, key rental employees, hands-on landlords, apartment association leaders, and many others involved in the rental housing industry. The conference provides networking opportunities, discussions on key topics from great speakers, information on important issues and insights into new and useful techniques and technologies. 24 | may 2018
CFAA-RHC 2018 takes place on May 14 to 16 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver. Choose among 20 sessions with more than 60 speakers, as well as the Suppliers Council Showcase, Building Innovations Bus 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, the Deputy Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets, is filled with insight and humour. He provides an economic update, with some eye-opening information on the near-term future of interest rates, rental demand, the housing market and the job market. The Executive Roundtable brings together some of the top executives from Canada’s leading landlords to discuss the future of rental housing. Todd Cook of Northview REIT, Brian McCauley of Concert Properties, Philip Fraser of Killam REIT and Anthony Lanni
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of QuadReal will address questions such as: Can the government incentivize or clear the way for new rental housing construction? Does new rental construction make sense? What is the impact of the secondary rental supply, both on the market and on political issues? What challenges face the rental industry? What opportunities are available? During lunch, you can learn how for-profit landlords can play a role in the new National Housing Strategy, as delegates hear from Derek Ballantyne, the new CMHC Chair (who takes office April 29). Follow this up by learning how to build a state-of-the-art operations system, and understanding what key modules can do for you. If you’re into technology, or being pushed to adopt technology, then learn about how to surmount barriers to adopting new tech at the Technology Roundtable, or attend one of three other tech sessions.
For small or medium-sized landlords If you’re a small or medium-sized landlord (with fewer than 1,500 units), you wear multiple hats in your business. At “Virtual and Augmented Reality: leasing made easy.”
Photo: The Skyline Living team celebrating Beatrice Clivet’s win as Off-site Employee of the Year in the 2017 CFAA Rental Housing Awards
learn how to make the leasing process easier, or in another session discover what is new in building science.
For property managers Property managers may be most interested in the Operations Roundtable, where panel members discuss the operational challenges they face, such as staffing and new government regulations, as well as the implementation of technology. Managers should also be interested in “On-line reputation: looking both ways,” which will cover both tenant reviews of landlords and landlords looking at social media to screen tenants.
For rental executives Rental executives may benefit from attending the session on CMHC’s new Rental Construction Financing Initiative, discussing the new direct lending program for mixed-income housing. Later in the afternoon, rental executives can learn about “Affordable Housing Development in BC and across Canada.” Great other choices are any of the five technology sessions.
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EDUCATION DAY 2 For all attendees, large or small With new recreational marijuana legislation coming into effect within the next few months, many attendees will want to attend the session “New marijuana rules in BC and across Canada.” You can learn about the new corporate tax regime as it affects the rental industry. At the session on “Privacy and leasing issues,” Maureen McMahon explains how best to continue to screen tenants in the face of the new guidelines from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
For property managers There are two breakout sessions that will particularly interest property managers. You can either check out “Energy and Water Conservation in 2020,” or you can take in “Employment law update for landlords.”
For rental executives Take in the panel discussion on rental development issues across Canada, which
will cover the demand for new rental housing, the forces which are holding it back, and how developers and municipalities can work to facilitate rental development.
For BC landlords Since the conference is taking place in Vancouver, CFAA is providing the BC Regional Forum, with many sessions of particular interest to BC landlords. The British Columbia Roundtable will include insights and updates on the latest BC issues, brought to you by David Hutniak of LandlordBC, Al Kemp of the MHPOABC, Jason Fawcett of Kelson Group and David Sander of Hollyburn. Later in the afternoon, learn about recent BC Building Sales, hear an update on changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, and the session on “Privacy and leasing issues.”
to offer. Unless you attend with colleagues or family members, you can’t take it all in, but you can maximize your learning experience by choosing the sessions that apply most to you and your interests. 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. Whether or not you attend this year’s RHC, plan to attend CFAA RHC 2019 in Toronto, which takes place next year in May. CFAA will present new topics of importance and interest for 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!
By David Gargaro
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