BC Housing’s Response to COVID-19
July 30, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
The world has experienced a historic public health emergency, which has highlighted BC Housing’s resiliency and commitment to the people we serve, but also exposed gaps in our housing system. Join CEO Shayne Ramsay for a discussion of BC Housing’s response to COVID-19 and plans for future phases, including the acquisition and conversion of hotels into affordable, social and supportive housing. We’ll reflect on how we can collectively build a stronger housing system going forward.
Shayne Ramsay has more than thirty years’ experience in the affordable housing sector, and is a well-respected leader nationwide for his work in both Ontario and British Columbia. As Chief Executive Officer of BC Housing for the past twenty years, Shayne has been instrumental in the delivery of a wide range of housing and programs, changing the landscape of affordable housing in British Columbia and helping BC Housing to earn its reputation as a leader in innovative and informed social housing solutions, both domestically and internationally.
Shayne also holds a number of external Board positions; he currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Crown Corporation Employers’ Association, an agency that represents human resources issues for the provincial crown corporations, and is Chair of Housing Partnership Canada, a peer group of housing provider CEOs from across Canada committed to innovation in the housing sector. He also provides valuable expertise in his role as the Chair of the International Housing Partnership, a group of housing provider CEOs from the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and Canada created to share innovative strategies for the development, operation and sustainability of social housing.
Shayne has a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining BC Housing, Shayne worked with the BC Homeowner Protection Office, BC Ministry of Housing, Cityhome in Toronto, and the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Real Estate Institute of BC (REIBC) acknowledges the support of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia