Indigenous Housing Solutions
The most up-to-date solutions for On-Reserve housing from finance options, to infrastructure, to asset management.
November 5 - 6, 2019 · Gatineau, Quebec
Featuring These Industry Experts
Bryan Decontie, President, DHN
Bryan is an Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi. He has been working in the First Nation housing policy environment for over 13 years. He started his career by promoting and developing homeownership models in First Nation
communities to later expand his field of expertise to social housing programs, training, and developing comprehensive housing policies tailored to local preferences.
Bryan envisioned and founded a policy and governance group for First Nation governments that aims to put an end to 500 years of economic, social, and political disparities between the rest of Canada and First
Nations’ so that our children may benefit from the same freedom of choice and opportunities within their communities as every other Canadian. Its seeks to do this by providing high end policies in the field of housing to
communities through innovation and setting the bar of excellence on industry practices. His conviction is founded on his desire to provide his son with a better future than the one he inherited from his father, and he, from his own
Dainius Zaldokas, Owner, Tamarack Construction Services
Dainius is a professional builder with over 40 years of construction experience including over a decade designing, cost estimating, and project managing residential and commercial construction. He has worked with several
First Nations in the Yukon managing construction projects and recently worked as Director of Property Services for Champagne & Aishihik First Nations. He is currently on contract as the Capital Projects Manager for Vuntut Gwitchin First
Paula Stewart, Indigenous Housing, Tla'amin Nation
Paula spent the first 15 years of her professional career in the Financial Industry gaining experience at CIBC in various roles all the way from Customer Service Representative to Financial Advisor and Branch Manager and
Compliance officer. Almost six years ago Paula changed paths from a corporate work environment to a role where she could feel better about her day to day role in society, looking to focus on bettering the quality of people’s lives.
She was hired to put the rental program in place and oversee the over 300 homes and the entire Housing Program at Tla’amin Nation. She is responsible for all aspects of Housing, seeking funding and financial options for the Nation
and members to renovate, buy and build homes. This is a very challenging and rewarding position. Paula has spearheaded the creation of the Tla’amin Residential Tenancy Law and is currently assisting in updating the policies that
pertain to housing. She sits on multiple housing related boards and is a member of the selection committee for the new Supportive Housing Unit in the City of Powell River.
Denise Smith, Lands Manager & Legislator, Tla'amin Nation
Denise Smith (Kwyem Tomolx) Kwyem Tomolx – Speaks for her people – granted to her by the Tla’amin elders. Denise is from the Tla’amin Nation (formerly known as Sliammon). She has been the first and
only woman Chief in her community and has served on Council for over 25 years. She served as the Senior Negotiator for Treaty Negotiations focusing on Lands and Resource Chapters of the Tla’amin Final Agreement. Upon completion of
the Treaty, she led the development of laws related to Lands and Resources. Tla’amin became a self-governing Nation on April 5, 2016 – one of only 4 modern day treaties completed in British Columbia. Denise is currently a
member of the Legislature and is employed as the Lands/Referrals Manager – overseeing Land grants to its Citizens, which is occurring for the first time in Tla’amin history.
Ed Champion, Former Chief of Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation Government, Yukon Territories
Ed Champion is a former Chief of Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation Government located in the Yukon territories. Prior to becoming Chief he had an extensive background in the real estate industry in British Columbia and
Washington state as an owner and developer. His expertise began as a red-seal carpenter building condos in Big White ski resort and spans across the whole real estate spectrum of financing, mortgages, marketing, and sales with further
education from Douglas College in business/construction management and the University of British Columbia in Urban Land Economics.
In 2017, Ed was a winner of the Canada Global Impact Challenge which led to an extensive 9-week Global Solutions Program at Singularity University located at the NASA air force base in Silicon Valley, California. This was
a cohort of 90 scientists, engineers, and innovators from around the world brought together with a focus on helping to solve climate change. This was Ed’s opportunity to learn and develop the resources to pursue 3D printing as a
solution for Indigenous housing and community needs with meaningful impacts that support thriving Indigenous people and their communities. All good things take time – and here we are.
Vince Kylne, National Key Account Manager, Canada Mortgage Housing Solutions
Vince Klyne works for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and is the National Key Account Manager, Indigenous and Northern Housing Solutions. Vince has over 15 years of experience working with Indigenous communities to
support their efforts to take care and control of their housing, build new and improve existing housing, and to further enhance capacity and skills to manage and maintain all aspects of housing. Before this, he was the Regional Manager,
First Nation Housing East (QC & ATL) and Manager, Aboriginal Capacity Development in the Atlantic. Vince also gained experience working with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) as a Housing Advisor and as an Indian Registration
Specialist. Vince was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB and is a proud member of Peguis First Nation.
Marc Boychuk, Metis Housing Tenant Relations Officer, Alberta Health Advisory
Marc Boychuk is a Metis Housing Tenant Relations Officer who is passionate about ending homelessness and identifying programs needed to accomplish this. Marc currently sits on several boards and committees including;
Alberta Health Advisory, Stepping Up (Preventing Domestic Violence Against Women), Aboriginal Interagency, Poverty Reduction and RCMP Advisory committees. Housing First and Sustainable Housing with support are what Marc is advocating for
as a major solution for people living in unsafe and unsanitary situations. Working with the Federal, Provincial and municipal governments and agencies Marc hopes to identify and bring much needed support for rural areas.
Working closely the Alberta Rural Development Network and being involved in the largest coordinated homeless estimation in 2018, gave Marc a firsthand knowledge at what is most needed in his community for those housed and
unsheltered. By being in shelters, soup kitchens, streets, makeshift shelters, supportive living houses and prisons, Marc is continually learning and adapting to the new solutions and issues our vulnerable populations face.
Colin Doylend, Director, Corporate Relations, NEXII Building Solutions Inc
Over the last fifteen years, Colin has represented the interests of Indigenous communities, industry, and government towards building legacies of economic wealth that foster traditions, culture, and environmental
stewardship. Through his experience with modular constriction during time with Metric Modular (formerly Britco Construction) and as a certified social housing manager (CertCIH), Colin is most proud of his work with the Yale First Nation,
where they developed ten affordable housing units that were built to the Passive House construction standard - the energy efficient homes funded by either INAC or the CHMC for an Indigenous community in Canada. Today, Colin is a part of
a new building technology, start-up called NEXII, patented whole building solution featuring a proprietary, ultra-lightweight high-performance structural layers with an expanded insulating and bonded core. It is fire-safe, waterproof,
critter/insect resistant, mould resistant, earthquake/hurricane resilient, featuring superior sound dampening and surpasses Passive House energy efficiency performance levels, building up to twenty-four stories in 75% less time - all at
the same price of wood-frame construction.
Paul Girard, President, Polar Maxima Inc.
Paul Girard is a Red Seal carpenter with over 30 years of experience in energy efficient construction in Quebec and the Yukon. He is the President of Polar Maxima, a company specializing in the distribution of green
construction products and building homes. Paul worked for 12 years in the Yukon where he mastered the art of reducing energy needs in extreme cold climates by 60 to 90%. While north of 60, he visited many communities in the three
territories and learned firsthand about the ongoing housing problems faced by indigenous populations living in northern and Arctic regions. Determined to make a difference, Paul developed a concept of easy to assemble, durable and energy
efficient DIY kit homes. The kit homes were originally intended to offer a community-oriented housing solution for indigenous people, especially in remote and isolated areas. Part of Paul’s mission today is to empower indigenous
communities to participate in building healthy, sustainable and culturally appropriate housing.
Paul has spoken at the Canada Green Building Council’s annual conference, before the Austrian Research Promotion Council and at ECOSPHERE Canada about sustainable housing in cold climates.