Community Land Trusts for Affordable Housing

Full-day professional development course

Are Community Land Trusts the vehicle to retain much needed affordable housing and finance future sustainable and locally guided development on publicly owned land in Metro Vancouver? Learn about community land trusts as a tool for property development, asset management, and stewardship of affordable home ownership, as well as different CLT governance mechanisms to maximize affordability and other community impacts in this full-day professional development opportunity.

This course is geared towards professionals working for municipalities and other related industries such as legal, finance, land development, planning, and economic development as well as non-market housing providers and operators. Participants receive a tax receipt for income tax purposes. Lunch is included.

Currently not available for registration.


This course is organized and sponsored by the False Creek South Neighbourhood Association. It takes place in the Harbour Centre building of SFU's Vancouver campus at 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.


  Registration 8:30–9:00 am
Session 1 Plenary 9:00–10:15 am

Room 1400

Introduction to CLTs for Housing Affordability

Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust, Chief Operating Officer

Establish a solid working definition of the history, concepts and underlying economics of CLTs for the remaining sessions.


Coffee break

Session 2 Plenary 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Room 1400

Opportunities for the BC Non-Profit Housing Sector & Development within a CLT Framework

Tiffany Duzita, Community Land Trust Foundation of BC, Director of Development
Kishone Tony Roy, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, CEO
Jill Atkey, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Director Research & Education
Andy Broderick, Vancity Credit Union, Vice President Impact Market Development
Michael Walker, Miller Thomson Lawyers|Advocats, Partner

Learn how the non-profit and co-op housing sectors have taken the lead in affordable housing by utilizing the community land trust model. Industry experts will guide you through their governance process, provide real project examples and explain how new means of financing have been made available for social purpose enterprise.

  Lunch 12:00–1:15 pm
Session 3 Breakout Sessions 1:15–2:45 pm

Option A
Room 1400

Models for Creating and Administering Affordable Home Ownership

Allison Dunnet, City of Vancouver, Policy and Housing Planner
Tim Wake, Affordable Housing Consultant
Genevieve Bucher, BC Artscape, President

Using the City of Vancouver's draft model for an affordable home ownership pilot program as a test case, participants will explore the challenges and opportunities in different ownership and administration models (including land trusts).


Option B
Room 1430

CLTs as a Tool for Asset Management

Thom Armstrong, Co-op Housing Federation of British Columbia, CEO

Explore how CLTs can be used to effectively manage assets and how municipalities and not-for-profits can benefit from this portfolio approach.


Coffee break

Session 4 Plenary 3:00–4:30 pm

Room 1400

Roundtable Discussion: Land Trusts in the Lower Mainland

Thom Armstrong, Co-op Housing Federation of British Columbia, CEO
Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver, Councillor and Deputy Mayor
Margaret Eberle, Metro Vancouver, Senior Housing Planner
Shayne Ramsay, BC Housing, CEO

A roundtable discussion on the potential of community land trusts to help retain much-needed affordable housing and finance future sustainable and locally guided development on publicly owned land in Metro Vancouver.

Who are the speakers?

  • Thom Armstrong

    Thom Armstrong has more than 30 years of experience in the co-operative housing movement, holding... read more

  • Andy Broderick

    Andy Broderick is VP of impact market development at Vancity after serving five years as head of... read more

  • Genevieve Bucher

    Genevieve Bucher is a leader in the social-purpose real estate sector whose professional aim is to... read more

  • Allison Dunnet

    Allison Dunnet believes building more equitable cities is vital for a resilient future. She is... read more

  • Tiffany Duzita

    Tiffany Duzita is the director of development for the Community Land Trust Foundation of B.C. and... read more

  • Margaret Eberle

    Margaret Eberle is a planner with longstanding interests in housing policy, homelessness and... read more

  • Shayne Ramsay

    Since May 2000, Shayne has been the CEO of BC Housing. He was responsible for setting up the... read more

  • Andrea Reimer

    Andrea Reimer was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008 where she has served as deputy... read more

  • Kishone Tony Roy

    Kishone Tony Roy is CEO of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association. BCNPHA represents about 600... read more

  • Brenda Torpy

    Brenda Torpy, CEO of Champlain Housing Trust, has 34 years of experience in the affordable housing... read more

  • Tim Wake

    Tim Wake has 20 years of experience working in affordable homeownership and rental housing. Trained... read more

  • Michael Walker

    Michael Walker is a partner at Miller Thomson where he practices in the area of commercial real... read more

Textbooks and learning materials

After the course, participants can download copies of speakers' PowerPoint presentations. 

Professional development credits

AIBC, PIBC and BCSLA members may self-report to their associations for continuing-education learning-unit consideration. 


SFU City Program:
Telephone: 778-782-5254 

Project Contact:
Peer-Daniel Krause, RePlan False Creek South
Telephone: 778-706-5201 

Sponsored by:

In Partnership with:



Free Public Lecture

Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust, will also be speaking at a public lecture on September 8, 7 pm, at SFU Harbour Centre. Her lecture "Community Land Trusts: The Solution to Our Affordable Housing Crisis" is free but advance reservations are required. Learn more.