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The affordability of housing

Housing affordability is a global issue with few easy solutions. There are tools and mechanisms on both the market and non-market sides of the housing system that can influence positive change, with ripple effects across the housing spectrum.

What are the ways in which Canada and the United States have addressed this complex issue? How can we learn from the lessons of each nation?

You are invited to attend the upcoming Brookfield Residential International Speakers Series in Real Estate where esteemed panelists will examine housing affordability from a comparative perspective.

Tickets include: entry to event and gourmet lunch.
Regular admission: $40
Faculty, staff and student: $20

Registration deadline: Thursday, April 13, 2017

About the speakers:

Carol Galante is the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy and the Faculty Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, both at UC Berkeley. As Faculty Director, Galante leads in the advancement of innovative and practical housing solutions in the private and public sector. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Galante served in the Obama Administration for over five years as the Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing programs.

Fatima Barros is the Regional Vice President, Prairie and Territories, for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC offers objective housing research and advice, as well as providing support for Canadians in housing need. Barros has held a number of roles of increasing responsibility within CMHC, including the Portfolio Management Group in St. John’s and the Program Administration and Systems Group at National Office. Barros holds Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified General Accountant designations.

Kim O’Brien (moderator) is Executive Director of Horizon Housing Society in Calgary. O’Brien joined Horizon Housing in 2008 following her role as Vice-President of Investments for Boardwalk Rental Communities in Toronto, where she managed a $1-billion-plus mortgage portfolio. She is passionate about housing affordability and the importance of working collaboratively toward sustainable solutions, making her role at Horizon Housing a perfect marriage of her property management acumen and her passion for community.

Questions? Please contact


April 20, 2017


11:30 am to 1:30 pm


University of Calgary Downtown Campus - 906 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB

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