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Vancouver hosts international conference on housing affordability

Vancouver says experts attending summit from New York, Australia, the U.K. and elsewhere will help city tackle housing affordability crisis.

Jennifer Gauthier/Metro File

Housing experts from around the world will be in Vancouver later this month as the city grapples with its housing affordability crisis.

The City of Vancouver announced the line-up for its week-long re:address international housing conference on Tuesday, headlined by a keynote address from New York City’s housing commissioner Vicki Been.

Approximately 500 housing experts, both local and international, are expected to attend the event, which starts Oct. 24 and runs to Oct. 29.

In a statement, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said the summit will play a critical role shaping the city’s revised Housing and Homelessness Strategy to address housing unaffordability.

“Vancouver, like many other cities around the world, is facing an unprecedented affordability crisis,” Robertson said. “The re:address summit is an opportunity to learn, share best practices and explore creative solutions from other cities struggling with the same affordability challenged we are.”

A number of public events are also scheduled during the conference, including sessions on housing rights, millennial engagement, global trends and innovative projects.

For more information on the conference and to register for the public events, visit


re:address housing summit speaker lineup:

International speakers:

-Sarah Hill, CEO of the Greater Sydney Commission

-Duncan MacLennan, Professor, University of Glasgow, St. Andrews and RMIT (Melbourne)

-Phil Wihongi, Landscape Architect and planner from Tamiki Makauru, New Zealand

-Kurt Puchinger, Vienna City Administration, Housing Construction and Urban Renewal

-Sharon Chisholm, Director, Shaping Futures: Housing Policies for the 21st Century Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow

-Michael Lennon, Managing Director, Housing Choices Australia

North American speakers:

-Paul Smentanin, President and CEO of the Canadian Center for Economic Analysis

Nathanael Lauster, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UBC

-Paul Kershaw, Founder of Generation Squeeze

-Andy Broderick, Managing Director, New Market Funds

-David Hulchanski, Professor Housing and Community Development, University of Toronto

-Daniel Glenn, Principal at 7 Directions Architects and Planners

-Gary Belkin, Executive Deputy Commissioner at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Source: City of Vancouver

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