Entrepreneurship: Can it Thrive In the Social Housing Sector

Date: Oct 15, 2015

Panel Speakers:

  • Shayne Ramsay, CEO of BC Housing, Canada
  • Ana Bailao, City Councillor, Toronto
  • Derek Ballantyne, DKGI Inc.
  • Paul Tennant, Group CEO, Orbit, UK & CIH Canada Chair
  • Rick Farrell, General Manager, Housing York at York Region

Moderated by: Howie Wong, CEO, Housing Services Corporation

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This event includes dinner.

Location: Housing Services Corporation, 30 Duncan Street, Toronto ON. M5V 2C3

Cost: $45/person (dinner included)

HSC and CIH Canada hosted a unique and interactive event with housing leaders from across Canada. This event featured a panel of housing innovators, social entrepreneurs and risk takers that led a debate and lively discussion on how the sector can embrace entrepreneurship to thrive and support social goals.

The discussion addressed these bold questions:

• How can we foster new ventures, partnerships and risk taking?
• Should we diversify our business and how far should we go?
• What does it take to run our organizations as ‘profit with purpose’?
• How can we encourage creativity & rethink the rules while operating in a system that is historically risk adverse?
• How do we marry entrepreneurship with stewardship of a public asset?
• Will we make small improvements over time, or transform with large-scale change and new ways of doing business?