At the CRRHH, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of renowned speakers on a variety of engaging topics pertaining to housing and rural homelessness. Due to the complex and intersectional nature of the social, economic and environmental issues relating to these subjects, the ARDN has included speakers with a diverse array of disciplines, fields and areas of expertise. Look forward to picking their brains throughout the conference!
Dr. Alina Turner
Dr. Alina Turner is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results. Her work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities. Her drive and passion for this work is grounded in her lived experience of the social issues she continues to challenge in her professional work. She has also conducted with colleagues some of the only available academic research on rural homelessness and Housing First programs that currently exists in Canada. Alina is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and serves on HomeSpace's Board of Directors as Chair of the Governance Committee. She recently joined the Alberta Rural Development Network Rural Advisory Board on housing and homelessness. She has worked at an executive leadership level at both management and board of directors levels for the past 10 years. During her tenure as VP Strategy at the Calgary Homeless Foundation, Alina led the implementation of Canada’s first Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) and designed Calgary’s Housing First System of Care. She oversaw $35 million in annual investments across 40 programs in Calgary, their performance management and quality assurance. Prior to this, Alina worked at the Poverty Reduction Initiative of the United Way of Calgary & Area, and a variety of front-line immigrant and homeless-serving agencies. She is currently the Provincial Point-in-Time Count Coordinator for Alberta, and is working with the City of Kelowna on
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