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UDI Capital Region invites you to join us for our May in-person Luncheon & Livestream, Affordable Housing in the Capital Region, featuring a panel discussion highlighting programs and partnership opportunities to assist affordable housing initiatives with the help of BC Housing and CMHC. Our panel includes Byron Chard (Chard Development), John McEown (BC Housing), Marcia Jean-Baptiste (CMHC), and as always, Adam Cooper (Abstract Developments) moderating our discussion. We look forward to learning more about existing and evolving programs, as well as hearing from Chard Development’s President and CEO, Byron Chard, regarding their past successful partnerships to bring together their Haven & Vivid projects.

*In order to best serve our members, UDI Capital Region has opted to move forward with a hybrid process for our monthly luncheons. Should you be unable to join us in person, we invite you to view our luncheon presentation virtually by clicking the Virtual Livestream Registration button below. 

Event Details

Union Club—805 Gordon Street
Tuesday, May 17th, 2022
(Check-in begins at 11:15, lunch is served at 11:45am sharp)
Virtual Livestream 
Platform: Zoom
Tuesday, May 17th, 2022
(Presentations to begin at 12:10pm)
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Byron Chard, Chard Development

As President & CEO of Chard Development, Byron has continued to extend the company’s focus including purpose-built rental, affordable home ownership, strata commercial and hotel development in Victoria, Vancouver and North Vancouver. To date, Chard has delivered almost 1,400 homes with over 1,800 more in the development and/or planning phase in addition to close to half a million square feet of commercial development. Chard continues to expand its vertical integration and strategic partnerships to deliver a diversity of homes and community spaces.

Marcia Jean-Baptiste, CMHC

Marcia has worked with CMHC since 2005 and is currently part of the Outreach & Project Development team.  In her current role, Marcia shares relevant information on the National Housing Strategy, along with other Affordable Housing Solutions in order to contribute to CMHC’s goal, that by 2030 every Canadian will have a home they can afford and that meets their needs.

John McEown, BC Housing

John Brendan McEown has extensive experience in the provision of affordable housing in BC. Having worked on affordable housing projects across the housing continuum and spent over 6 years in a variety of roles at BC Housing, John brings a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the delivery of affordable housing. Currently, John oversees BC Housing’s Development team for the Vancouver Island region. John has Bachelor of Arts and Science with distinction in Urban Planning and Land Economics from Quest University Canada and holds a Master of Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University with a focus on Mixed-Use/Income Development in B.C.

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