Conference Schedule

Schedule

Thursday, June 20, 2019

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm WCRI Tour and Q&A with WCRI Representatives 
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Pre-conference Happy Hour Meet-up

Friday, June 21, 2019

9:00 am - 9:45 am Light Breakfast, Small Group Conversations
9:45 am - 11:00 am Introductions
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Course Block 1 
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch (on the town)
2:30 pm - 4:15 pm Course Block 2
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Open Space 1
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Travel to Dinner Together 
7:00 pm Group Dinner

Saturday, June 22, 2019

9:00 am - 9:30 am Light Breakfast, Small Group Conversation
9:30 am - 11:15 am Course Block 3 
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Open Space 2
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch (on the town)
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Course Block 4 
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm Closing Panel
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Closing

Student Track

Thursday

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm WCRI Tour and Q&A with WCRI Representatives

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Pre-conference Mixer Meet-up

Friday

9:00 am - 9:45 am Light Breakfast, Small Group Conversations

9:45 am - 11:00 am Introductions & Networking

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Course Block 1 -  Building Blocks of a Cooperative

Presenter: Brel Hutton-Okpalaeke (NASCO)

This session is the first step on the co-op development track and provides an introduction and overview of the entire development process from initial ideas to buying your home. We will explore the common (and uncommon) ways to create a housing co-op, focusing on the initial steps: creating a collective vision, organizing your development team, and laying out the roadmap to success. Participants will leave the session with a basic understanding of the multiple layers of work involved in organizing the people, money, real estate and development partners.  The session will include presented material, open discussion, and interactive activities.

2:30 pm  - 4:15 pm Course Block 2 Budget & Feasibility

Presenter: Brel Hutton-Okpalaeke (NASCO)

Would you like to feel more empowered to understand and participate in housing co-op development projects? This workshop attempts to demystify the financial aspects of co-op development. Designed for those without much experience, attendees will gain higher levels of comprehension and reduce the feelings of confusion around their co-ops’ development and expansion initiatives. It’s applicable to those in established co-ops that might consider expanding as well as folks looking to start up a cooperative. Build a budget for development with your cooperative goals in mind. Utilizing the tools for finance that may be available to your group including

7:00 pm Group Dinner

Saturday

9:00 am - 9:30 am Joint Breakfast - Coffee and Light Breakfast, Small Group Conversation

9:30 am - 12:00 pm Course Block 3 Student Organizing Guided Discussion

Cooperative organizers face unique problems. Not everyone knows everything but together we know a lot. In an effort to create a positive space for the solicitation of meaningful feedback, moving us from a gathering of peers to a community of practice, NASCO staff will facilitate a conversation to allow participants to collaboratively provide guidance to one another. This space is for students to learn from each other and share their goals. We want students to have space to create plans and next steps for themselves.

9:30 am - 12:00 pm Course Block 3 Leveraging Research and Advocacy to Unlock Public Funding

Presenter: Laurent Levesque (UTILE)

It is fairly hard to access data on student housing conditions, and yet research is a powerful tool to support lobbying and advocacy efforts. With increasing opportunities to access public funding or land for development projects (from cities or universities, but also from the National Housing Strategy in Canada), these efforts can pay off substantially. Based on UTILE's successful efforts to raise money from the City of Montréal (1,6 M$), the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (3 M$) and the Concordia University (150 K$), this workshop will highlight different strategies, including data collection and creative reframing, that can be employed to mobilize various potential partners and access their money!

2:30 pm - 4:15 pm Course Block 4 Montreal's first student housing co-op: the Woodnote

Presenter: Sophie Hough-Martin (Concordia Student Union)

Currently, under construction, the Woodnote is a 90-unit, 144-bed co-op built specifically to provide quality, democratic and affordable options for Concordia students. The Concordia Student Union has been spearheading this project since 2014 and invested 1,8 million $ out of the global 18 M$ project budget. Throughout the project development, this has been a student-led process, and it has been in continuous development despite many challenges, including student turnover but also much more. This presentation will highlight the steps that led to this project actually being built, and some factors that contributed to its success.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Cooperative Panel a Showcase of the Cooperative Movement

  • Woodnote Cooperative 
  • York Affordable Housing Committee
  • WCRI - Board member Kelly Kou
  • CHF Canada - Executive Director Tim Ross

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Closing

Staff Track

Thursday

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm WCRI Tour and Q&A with WCRI Representatives

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Pre-conference Happy Hour Meet-up

Friday

9:00 am - 9:45 am Light Breakfast, Small Group Conversations

9:45 am - 11:00 am Introductions & Networking

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Course Block 1 Finding and Defining the Line Between Staff and Member Responsibilities

Presenter: Liz Anderson (NASCO)

All the work has to get done one way or another in the cooperative. In this workshop, we will explore the different ways cooperatives can divide labor while considering the staff capacity and member capacity. Using visual tools staff will create a flow chart of the division of labor in your cooperative. We will share strategies and go over some tools to build better-defined boundaries for staff labor and member responsibilities.

2:30 pm - 4:15 pm Course Block 2 Identifying Practice Standards for Small to Large Student Housing Co-operatives

Presenter: Chris Bell (WCRI)

Student housing co-operatives are unique organizations. These housing providers exist at the intersection of multiple disciplines, including community development and empowerment, property management, adult education, student affairs, and others. Each of these professions has developed corresponding bodies of knowledge which, while perhaps partially relevant, are not always applicable to student housing co-ops. Join us for an interactive roundtable to identify concrete examples of what student housing co-op management practice standards could look like across multiple domains.

7:00 pm Group Dinner

Saturday

9:00 am - 9:30 am Joint Breakfast - Coffee and Light Breakfast, Small Group Conversation

9:30 am - 12:00 pm Course block 3 Staff Peer Consultancy

Presenter: Brel Hutton-Okpalaeke (NASCO)

Co-op staff have unique jobs and regularly face very unique problems. With so few colleagues and peers, it can be difficult to gain insights into the issues that you encounter. Additionally, giving and receiving feedback can be perilous if not done artfully. In an effort to create a positive space for the solicitation of meaningful feedback, moving us from a gathering of peers to a community of practice, NASCO staff will facilitate Peer Consultancy sessions to allow participants to collaboratively provide guidance to one another.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Course Block 4 LINC: Lessons from Inter-cooperative Investments

Presenter: Brigid Maniates (Qumbya Cooperative & Lots in Common)

While the sixth principle is "Cooperation among Cooperatives," how does that work in everyday life for your co-op? Using Lots in Common as a case study, learn how one housing cooperative has grown through inter-cooperative investments of capital, resources, time, and personnel. The workshop will be a mix of presentations and discussions.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Cooperative Panel: A Showcase of the Cooperative Movement

  • Woodnote Cooperative 
  • York Affordable Housing Committee
  • WCRI - Board member Kelly Kou
  • CHF Canada - Executive Director Tim Ross

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Closing