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April 21, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour
Show(s): PM Springfest
Stream(s): Apartment & Condominium Management
Session Code: A101
The pandemic continues to provide operational and business challenges for rental housing providers across the province. As operators continue to follow legislative changes, this session will highlight the impact on operations, shifts in advocacy and a look ahead to an economic recovery as the vaccines are rolled out throughout the year.
Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs - Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario
Asquith Allen is Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario. Asquith is a public policy and government relations professional and political analyst with a Specialized Honours BA in Political Science from York University. He has served cabinet ministers in the Government of Ontario as a policy and stakeholder relations advisor, and has worked on election campaigns at all levels since 2010. Asquith was born, raised and still lives in the Toronto.
Principal/Legal Counsel - StrategyCorp.
Since 1998, John Matheson has been a Principal at StrategyCorp, which now has roughly 70 employees in Toronto and Ottawa. Prior to joining StrategyCorp, John served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In that capacity, he was deeply involved in the creation of vacancy decontrol, and other key reforms to Ontario’s landlord and tenant legislation that promoted the sustainability of the sector. He has almost twenty years’ experience in representing Ontario landlords on everything from proposed legislative changes to public relations challenges. His practice also includes supporting development proponents on ownership and rental projects. John’s policy expertise is grounded in his legal background. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993 and practiced law in Toronto with a major Bay Street firm. John has served the community on a variety of Boards, including as Chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto’s Power Plant Gallery of Contemporary Art.
Director, Certification - Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario
Ted Whitehead joined the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) as the Director of Certification in April, 2005. His primary responsibilities include the overall leadership, development, management, and implementation of the industry’s accreditation initiative – the "Certified Rental Building Program". Prior to joining FRPO, Ted worked as executive officer and senior management consultant, with WESI, a financial services consulting firm. His career activities also span a number of domestic & international executive and senior management roles over 25 years with a major Canadian Bank. He has penchant for recognizing that the "client is first" and using a well-developed problem solving skill set to implement realistic and pragmatic business solutions.
President and CEO - Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario
Tony Irwin is President & CEO at the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario. Before joining FRPO, Tony was President & CEO with the Canadian Consumer Finance Association as well as was Vice President, North American Government Affairs, with Dollar Financial Group, Inc., where he directed government affairs initiatives across Canada and the United States to influence the public policy environment and enhance the company’s profile and position as an industry leader. Tony served as Chairman of the Canadian Payday Loan Association, and was active with the Community Financial Services Association of America. From March 2009 to July 2012 Tony was Manager of External Affairs & Consumer Relations with Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, where he implemented a national government relations strategy and served as official company spokesperson. Prior to joining Allstate, Tony served as Executive Director of the Justin Eves Foundation, a non-profit organization granting scholarships and bursaries to learning-disabled and disadvantaged young people to assist them to achieve a post-secondary education. Tony has also held key political roles, and was Senior Advisor to an Ontario Premier and Executive Assistant to the Leader of the Official Opposition.