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June 3, 2020 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Duration: 1 hour(s) Price: FREE
Show(s): PM Springfest
Location: South Building
Credits: BOMI 0
Stream(s): Apartment & Condominium Management
Join us as the Presidents of three Ontario Apartment Associations discuss the current state of rental housing in their respective communities. What challenges are they facing? How do they advocate for positive change from their municipal and regional governments? How do regional associations collaborate with FRPO to improve the rental housing industry for operators and tenants? What are some of the hot topics in their respective communities?
President, Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations
President & 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.
President, Waterloo Regional Apartment Management Association
Partner and General Counsel, StrategyCorp
Since 1998, John 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.
President, Hamilton and District Apartment Association
Arun has been a Property Manager for Smar Holdings Ltd. since 1985, managing apartment buildings and townhouses in Hamilton & Burlington. Arun has been an active advocate for the Rental Housing Industry by being a member of the Hamilton & District Apartment Association since 1990 (and has been president since 2013) He was also on the FRPO Board of Directors for over 15 years and is currently on the Board of Directors for CFAA. Served 4 terms on the Halton Housing Advisory Committee. (one term as Chair and one as Vice Chair). He has made presentations to Halton Regional Council suggesting they reduce the multi-residential property tax rates so that tenants would be granted rent reductions. He was a member of the City of Hamilton’s sub-committee studying the issue of multi-residential tax rates and was instrumental in the recommendations to equalize that rate with the residential tax rate. He has made presentations to various Committees of the Ontario Legislature with regards to rental housing issues. In addition to advocating for better legislation for Rental Property Owners he has advocated for improvements to tenant incomes, the assistance offered to them, and any other changes that would help the majority of tenants..