Rethinking Housing for Better Outcomes in Northern Ontario

Date: June 12, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST.

Location: Grand Ballroom A & B, Senator Hotel & Conference Centre, 14 Mountjoy Street South, Timmins, ON P4N 1S4 (view map). This event is taking place in the same venue as the NOSDA 2018 AGM.

To Book a Room: A block of rooms has been secured at the Senator Hotel & Conference Centre, 14 Mountjoy Street South, Timmins. Please call 1-705-267-6211, ask to speak to the Reservations Manager and reference the NOSDA Conference.

Cost: $95 (plus HST). This event includes warm breakfast, lunch and a site tour (optional).

Site Tour: Housing tour in Timmins (approx. 1 1/2 hour). Tour includes travel by bus with stops at selected locations.  Space is limited to 20 participants for this tour. Pre-registration is required and offered on first come first serve basis. Spaces for this site tour has now been filled. 

Event Contact: Simone Ramtahal; | 416-594-9325 ext 251

Registering: You will be presented with two options when registering for this event, please select one option. Both options include breakfast and lunch. Please note registering for the Session/Presentations only does not automatically register you for the tour.

  • Option 1: Available Sessions/Presentations only is for attending the speaker component of this event only
  • Option 2: Sold out Sessions/Presentations and Site Tour is for attending both the speaker sessions & site tour.

ONLINE REGISTRATION for this event has expired. We will accept onsite registrations.


The Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association (NOSDA), the Cochrane DSSAB and the Housing Services Corporation (HSC) are hosting 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 will focus on profiling approaches and discussions on financing, asset development and community supports.

Join us in this peer-to-peer exchange, explore opportunities, develop partnerships and network with your fellow practitioners. An optional site tour, “Housing in Timmins” is offered with this event.

Site Tour (view map)

This off-site session includes a tour by bus that provides a history of several housing projects and initiatives in Timmins. You will learn about the impacts of the mining economy on housing in Timmins, the development of senior housing (Sterling Apartments),  establishment of the Fairway Village (mobile homes) owned by the mining company Goldcorp and property managed by the Cochrane DSSAB; and the types of supportive housing initiatives available for vulnerable populations (women in crisis, homeless and youth). The tour includes stops at the Timmins Library for a tour of the Timmins mining house and at Living Space.


FORUM PROGRAM AT A GLANCE:  (Full Forum Program is available below)

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 //

  • Event Moderator: Iain Angus, Chair, NOSDA Executive Committee
  • Opening Remarks: William (Bill)  Bradica, Chair of HSC Board
  • Indigenous Opening and Land Acknowledgement: Michael Miller, Director of Housing, Cochrane DSSAB

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

Panelists will discuss 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 will profile 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
  • Lee-Ann St Jacques, Area Manager, Cochrane District Social Services Board
  • Michelle Pauzé, Director Senior Services, Long Term Care and Senior Services, County of Simcoe
  • 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 will share how they have empowered residents to take ownership of their communities resulting in positive change. 


  • Dean Beardy, Economic Development Officer, Sachigo Lake First Nation
  • Jeffrey Herskovits, Project Manager, Together Design Lab, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
  • 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 will speak 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

3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. // Short break// Site Tour (session option) *Participants registered for the site tour to meet in designated area 

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

The North West LHIN and the North East LHIN will discuss 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 
  • Heli Metha, Director of City of Thunder Bay Sub-region at North West LHIN
  • 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 // 


  • Mike Nadeau, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Sault Ste. Marie

Full Forum Program

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