Put yourself in the shoes of three local non-profit or faith-based organizations as they share their experiences of successfully pursuing redevelopment projects in Metro Vancouver.
The 1st, Brightside Community Homes Foundation, is an experienced housing operator with a large portfolio of below-market rental housing in the region. The 2nd, the Oakridge Lutheran Church, is a faith-based group that was grappling with an aging building and a desire to maintain stewardship of their land. The 3rd, More Than a Roof, is a local non-profit organization with a large portfolio that ranges from family and seniors to transitional housing.
Each of these three groups pursued a different delivery model to achieve their objective of redevelopment while contributing to affordable housing solutions - either partnering with a market developer, partnering with a non-profit developer, or hiring a fee for service development consultant. Learn about the challenges and opportunities these three organizations faced when undertaking redevelopment including navigating the financing and partnerships necessary to make these projects viable.
Early experiences with his father in Montreal’s construction and real estate development industry motivated Paul Becker's education and career in architecture and engineering from 1967 to 1995. After relocating to Vancouver with his family, he worked with two highly regarded firms before establishing his own consulting practice. Since 1997, he has provided the advisory and management service of BecDev Projects Ltd., as owner’s representative and project director in over twenty-five development, new construction, repair and renovation projects, almost all of which have been in the not-for-profit realm.
Lilian is the Director of Community Real Estate at Brightside Community Homes Foundation, leading the organization’s strategic development and acquisitions of affordable rental housing for seniors, families and people with disabilities in Metro Vancouver. She is a Registered Professional Planner with extensive experience in community planning, public engagement, and social purpose real estate development. Lilian has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology, and a Master of Arts from the School of Community and Regional Planning, both from the University of British Columbia.
Casey retired from his career senior executive position with an international lumber company to pursue a passionate call to give back after receiving so much. Challenged by risk management and strategy execution he joined More Than a Roof in 2018 as COO to participate and help lead an aggressive expansive strategy to provide affordable housing to a province that so desperately needs it. MTR currently has 12 sites across the province , 1200 units , 1800 tenants and 75+ employees. In his spare time he volunteers and helps lead Westside Church in downtown Vancouver ; loves being with his amazing wife MaryAnne and their three kids and spouses ; and just welcomed his /their 6th grandchild into this world.