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Rethinking Housing for Better Outcomes in Northern Ontario | SHARE


Rethinking Housing for Better Outcomes in Northern Ontario

Date: June 12, 2018


The Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association (NOSDA), the Cochrane DSSAB and the Housing Services Corporation (HSC) hosted a special one-day forum with a cross-section of stakeholders, decision makers and community partners to rethink how we can do housing to support better outcomes for Northern Ontario. This event focused on profiling approaches and discussions on financing, asset development and community supports.

Full Forum Program



9:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.  // Registration, warm breakfast and networking //

9:30 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.  //Opening Remarks & Land Acknowledgement //

9:45 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. // Opening Plenary: Transforming One-Time Funding into Permanent Housing Solutions in Northern Ontario // 

Panelists discussed how their organizations have leveraged government funds, generated needed capital sources, built the housing, seized opportunities and utilized partnerships to develop housing solutions for community needs.


  • Emma Stromberg, Policy Analyst, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
  • Justin Marchand, Executive Director, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services
  • Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer, Kenora District Services Board
  • Moderator: Howie Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Housing Services Corporation

10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. // Session 1: Building Housing Capacity for Older Canadians //

This session profiled three approaches to addressing seniors and their housing and health needs: 1) indigenous strategic housing plan; 2) development of a senior living supported facility; and 3) age-in-place model- senior campus.


  • Anne Headrick, Housing Supervisor & Carrie Zeppa, Tenant Relations Office, Garden River First Nation Housing Department (Presentation) 
  • Lee-Ann St Jacques, Area Manager, Cochrane District Social Services Board (Presentation) 
  • Michelle Pauzé, Director Senior Services, Long Term Care and Senior Services, County of Simcoe (Presentation), (Whitepaper), (Video link
  • Moderator: Dan McCormick, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief of Paramedic Services, Rainy River DSSAB

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. // Session 2: Working Together for Housing Solutions // 

Featuring the community housing needs design lab project with first nations commnunities and an innovative youth electrician training program developed by the Sachigo Lake First Nation, speakers shared how they have empowered residents to take ownership of their communities resulting in positive change. 


  • Dean Beardy, Economic Development Officer, Sachigo Lake First Nation (Speaking Notes)
  • Jeffrey Herskovits, Project Manager, Together Design Lab, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University (Presentation)
  • Moderator: Janet Patterson, Chief Administrative Officer, Parry Sound DSSAB

2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Break

2:10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. // Session 3: Service System Management- Housing as Means and End //

A panel of professionals representing education, employment, economic development, and housing spoke about the partnership work with the Cochrane DSSAB in supporting housing options and promoting well-being.

Panel Speakers: 

  • Michelle Leigh, Superintendent of Education District School Board Ontario Northeast
  • Dr. Maggie Matear, PhD, MBA, Director of Community Economic Development, Timmins Economic Development Corporation
  • Julie Jonas, Executive Director, Far Northeast Training Board
  • Moderator: Brian Marks, Chief Administrative Officer, Cochrane District Social Services Board

3:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. // Session 4: Housing with Health Supports- Northern Experience // 

The North East LHIN discussed their approaches, emerging strategies and work with the District Social Services Boards to advance the provision of health care services for individuals living in social housing to support healthy and successful tenancies.


  • Sherry Frizzell, Director, Regional Home and Community Care Planning, North East Local Health Integration Network, Home and Community Care  (Presentation
  • Moderator: Catherine Matheson, General Manager,  Community Development, City of Greater Sudbury

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. // Session 5: Driving Forward // 

Our final session is where representatives of the Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association take the key ideas from the day and provide their feedback about translating learning into practice and action as an association. 

Panel Speakers:

  • William Bradica, Chief Administrative Officer, Thunder Bay DSSAB
  • Fern Dominelli, Chief Administrative Officer, Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board & NOSDA CAO Lead
  • Joseph Bradbury, Chief Administrative Officer, Nipissing DSSAB, NOSDA Housing Lead
  • Moderator: Chris Stewart, Executive Coordinator, NOSDA

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. // Concluding Remarks and Wrap Up // 

This event is co-hosted in partnership with NOSDA, Cochrane DSSAB and Housing Services Corporation.