REGISTER BELOW: Housing Affordability: Boom or Crisis?
REGISTER BELOW: Housing Affordability: Boom or Crisis?
REGISTER BELOW: Housing Affordability: Boom or Crisis?
REGISTER BELOW: Housing Affordability: Boom or Crisis?
REGISTER BELOW: Housing Affordability: Boom or Crisis?

REGISTER BELOW: Housing Affordability: Boom or Crisis?

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Please join us for our next virtual event! 

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST – 1:00 p.m. EST

Register for the virtual webcast here.

Access to affordable housing is an ongoing discussion in Canada, as the housing market heats up to levels that have never been seen before. Join a panel of industry experts, moderated by Carole Saab, as they dissect the housing affordability issue in Canada.


Carole Saab, CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. 

Carole is a tireless champion for cities and communities, driving an ambitious vision for local government leadership in building a more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive Canada.

Carole is an accomplished strategist with a decade of experience in federal and municipal advocacy. High performing and goal oriented, Carole has been a driving force behind watershed achievements for municipalities, securing unprecedented investment and progress for cities and communities.

Recognized by peers as tenacious, ambitious and a game-changer and consistently voted as one of the Top 100 Lobbyists in Canada. She is a 2020 recipient of “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40”, and the "Women of Influence in Local Government Award" from Municipal World.

Carole’s leadership and effective team-building have positioned FCM as one of the most respected and effective advocacy organizations in Canada.


Kevin Lee, CEO of the Canadian Home Builders' Association. Kevin Lee is a Professional Engineer with a Master’s in Architecture, and has over 30 years of experience in the housing industry.

Since taking the helm at CHBA in 2013, Kevin has worked continually with the Board and CHBA’s over 50 provincial and local constituent associations to strengthen CHBA as the “voice of the residential construction industry”.  CHBA’s national staff, committees and councils are constantly working to address the opportunities and challenges facing Canada’s residential construction industry, which represents over 1.2M jobs and $138B of economic activity.  Under Kevin’s leadership, CHBA is squarely on supporting its 9,000 member companies from coast to coast, and their ability to meet the aspirations of Canadians for housing affordability, quality and choice. Kevin is also Past Chair of the International Housing Association.

Tim Hudak, CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association. Tim Hudak is the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Canada’s largest provincial real estate industry association representing 78,000 REALTORS®.

Tim joined OREA after a distinguished 21 years of public service in the Ontario Legislature – including five years as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Since becoming CEO in December 2016, he and his OREA team have focused on transforming OREA into Ontario’s most effective professional association that delivers high-impact advocacy on behalf of REALTORS® and consumers, and provides quality services to members.

During his first year as OREA CEO, he was named one of the most powerful people in residential real estate by Swanepoel Power 200 2017/18.
He is married to Deb Hutton and together they have two daughters, Miller and Maitland.

Mary W. Rowe, CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute

Mary W. Rowe is a leading urban advocate and civil society trailblazer who has worked in cities and with communities across Canada and the United States. Mary was President of the Canadian platform Ideas That Matter, a convening and publishing program based on the work of renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs, when a mid-career fellowship with the US-based blue moon fund led her to New Orleans. There she worked with national philanthropy, governments and community activists to support rebuilding through micro-investments in neighbourhood projects for seven years in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to joining CUI as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mary lived in New York City and served as Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society (MASNYC), one of America’s oldest civic advocacy organizations focused on the built environment.

Mary is a frequent contributor to national and international city-building programs, including UN Habitat, the Massey City Summit, The Art of City Building and the World Urban Forum. She is a frequent media commentator and writer. Under Mary’s leadership, CUI has expanded its work to include an international network from government, industry, community and city-building professions to advance research and collaborate on solutions to some of our greatest urban challenges. This includes Bring Back Main StreetCOVID SignpostsCityWatch and CityShare, the engagement of several senior fellows to incubate ground-breaking projects in Canada, and the development of CUI x Local, a series of virtual residencies in cities across Canada, to learn from on-the-ground practitioners about what’s working and what’s not, and to share learnings and build opportunities for collaboration between cities. Mary is also the facilitator of BiCEP—an alliance of senior executives leading some of Canada’s most significant urban regions, for which CUI is the secretariat.

Mary is a Senior Fellow with Shorefast, a national charity focussed on building  community economies, and the creator, executive producer and host of CityTalk, a regular virtual discussion featuring a diverse line-up of leading and emerging voices on the most pressing issues of the day.