2016 Let's Grow Together

2016 ONPHA
& Trade Show

2015 Conference

Thank you for a wonderful 2016 Conference! Hope to see you in 2017

The ONPHA Conference & Trade Show is the largest social housing conference in Canada attracting non-profit housing staff, board members and tenants from across Ontario. More than 1,100 delegates attend this event for professional development and networking opportunities.

2016's theme is Let’s Grow Together. When we share our experiences, explore innovative thinking and work together, new ideas, solutions, and possibilities emerge. The non-profit housing sector is a strong, invested community and with renewed commitment from the provincial and federal governments, we are in an exciting position to gain momentum. As we plan for the future, it is time to harness our collective knowledge!

In 2016, we are happy to welcome more than 100 speakers who will deliver 60+ conference sessions that cover essential topics for non-profit housing professionals. Have you registered? View the online Onsite Guide to start planning your conference weekend!

New in 2016

Session streams and formats

Our 2016 program features exciting new streams and session formats designed to enhance your conference experience. Sessions cater to a variety of learning styles from lectures (Learn), case studies (Share) and hands-on, interactive sessions (Practice and Explore) to deep-dive think tanks (Imagine).

We've also organized this year's programming into five streams that reflect key areas of non-profit housing management: The Basics (fundamental topics for housing professionals), Our Assets (managing your buildings and operations), Our Communities (working with tenants), Our Organizations (building staff, board and volunteer capacity) and Our Future (with a focus on housing sector modernization).

Review our 2016 sessions here.

Welcoming TWO keynote speakers

We are excited to host two keynote speakers to open and close this year's conference. Richard C. Gentry, president and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), will speak at the Opening Plenary about the future of social housing and lessons he has learned throughout his 44 years of experience and how they can be applied to organizations large and small.

Closing this year's conference is Neil Pasricha happiness expert and bestselling author ofThe Book of Awesome.

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Join us for the ONPHA Gala taking place on the evening of Saturday, November 5. It will be a night of celebration featuring a delicious three-course meal as well as lively entertainment. This is your chance to join your peers for a night of fun and toast the 2016 ONPHA award winners.

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Networking events

Enjoy a night out on the town with your peers! We have organized group activities at discounted rates taking place on the evening of Friday, November 4. Events include a show at Second City; a night with sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium, and more!Start and end times plus costs vary so pick the activity that best fits your schedule and budget. Limited tickets are available so register early.

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Want to win your hotel stay?

Attendees who register online before the early bird deadline (September 16) will be automatically entered for a chance to win a one-night stay for two in a Traditional Room at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. We will draw the prize on September 21, 2016. The prize can be used during the conference weekend, or kept for a future visit to Toronto. This certificate must be used within 8 months of receiving it.

Join our team in 2016

Each year, ONPHA works with a group of volunteers to successfully run our Conference & Trade Show. Volunteers assist with registration, direct traffic, act as session ambassadors and more. As a thank you, volunteers may receive a discount on conference registration. We hope you can join us this year! If you're interested in volunteering, please complete our online survey.

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