Each year M’akola’s team of property and project management professionals along with members of our board of directors from across BC anticipate the annual BCNPHA Conference in Richmond, BC. The conference offers significant training and networking opportunities and is a coveted event for our team.
This year M’akola increased its involvement at the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association annual conference as attendees to gold sponsorship. M’akola Development Services (MDS) sponsored the pre-conference day with Avi Friedman and showcased it’s services and teams to the Membership of BCNPHA at its first ever tradeshow booth.
“Being a sponsor was a rewarding experience for all us at MDS. The pre-conference day was a perfect pairing and gave us an ideal platform to share what we are all about,” said Kaela Schramm, Director of Projects and Planning for MDS.
Members of the MDS team attended the pre-conference event and found it very successful, engaging with other housing professionals interested in developing affordable housing in BC.
For the duration of the conference, Nov. 22-25, the MDS team set up shop in the M’akola tradeshow booth meeting potential clients and other likeminded individuals. Development staff took turns at the booth promoting all the services M’akola has to offer, and attending the conference sessions for professional development and enrichment.
“I am thrilled with the sessions offered this year, they are invaluable for our team and I believe an invaluable resource to our changing sector. There is no other venue that hits all the points we want our team exposed to as the BCNPHA conference,” said M’akola CEO Kevin Albers. “There are sessions tailored for staff working in all aspects of affordable housing spanning from development to property management. This conference reaches the vast scope that is M’akola.”
Junior Planner Chelsea Medd attended sessions which included innovative solutions for creating affordable housing, researching ideas and methods, and watching participants discuss issues to a panel of development experts.
“Seeing the connection between academia and practice was interesting and it reiterated we as planners need to pay attention to creating more affordable housing now,” said Medd. “I enjoyed hearing other researchers talk about their work and methods that are very different from how I personally accomplish things. It was great to learn from other people’s perspectives.”
M’akola Development Services is excited by the opportunities made available by the conference and has already begun discussing its presence at the 2016 BCNPHA Conference. We are also looking at how best to build upon the concepts and affordable housing philosophies shared by Dr. Avi Friedman through our future involvement and contributions to the upcoming RENT’s and next year’s Conference.