Luncheon Keynote: Housing Affordability

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Luncheon Keynote: Housing Affordability

Luncheon Keynote: Housing Affordability

About the speakers
  • Brad Bradford
    Brad Bradford
    City Councillor, Ward 19– Beaches-East York at City of Toronto
    Brad Bradford was first elected in 2018 as one of the youngest members of Council, and represents Ward 19 (Beaches-East York) at Toronto City Hall. At City Hall, Brad serves as Vice-Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee, Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Committee, and as a member of the CreateTO Board and the Toronto Arts Council. With experience as an urban planner, he has a passion for addressing local issues and working with local leaders to support community-led change. His priorities are to increase affordability and access to housing, make our streets safer, and revitalize Toronto’s main streets.
  • Jeff Thomas
    Jeff Thomas
    Group Head, Development at KingSett Capital
    Jeff leads KingSett’s development group and is responsible for the visioning and execution of KingSett’s development business. Prior to KingSett, Jeff was the Managing Partner of Ashlar Urban, a commercial real estate brokerage firm which was sold to Cushman & Wakefield in 2017.Jeff holds a BA in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Western Ontario and an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Jeff is a member of YPO and actively involved with several charitable organizations.
  • Mathieu Laberge
    Mathieu Laberge
    Senior Vice-President, Housing Economics and Insights at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Mathieu Laberge leads a team of experts in housing economics and insights whose work informs Canada’s efforts to address key housing issues including housing affordability. Mathieu joins CMHC after working at senior executive levels for global consulting firms, advising federal, provincial, Indigenous and municipal governments on economic analysis and modeling, macroeconomic forecasting and social policymaking. Prior to consulting, Mathieu served as a senior executive in a Canadian cabinet minister’s office, where he provided strategic advice on housing and social policy development. Before that, he worked at CMHC, in the former Market Analysis Centre, and in the Insurance sector, where he oversaw econometric and financial model development and the publication of market analysis studies and reports. Mathieu also worked at the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations where he focused on housing, public finance (health and education), infrastructure and natural resources. Through the years, Mathieu has regularly commented on housing, economic and social policy topics in the media, as a spokesperson for various organizations including CMHC, and as a columnist for La Presse. Until recently, he was a member of the Québec Minister of Social Solidarity’s Comité Consultatif sur la Lutte contre la Pauvreté et l’Exclusion Sociale. Mathieu is a graduate of the University of Nottingham with a Master of Science in Econometrics and International Economics. He also holds an MBA from Cornell University and Queen’s University and a B.Sc. Economics from the University of Montreal.

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