Jino Distasio, Vice President of Research and Innovation, University of Winnipeg OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For nearly two decades, Dr. Distasio has worked in the areas of mental health, homelessness and housing. He has served on the boards of many agencies including Habitat for Humanity and Westminster Housing Society. He was also the Winnipeg lead for the At Home Chez Soi study of Housing First in Canada, a $110 million dollar project that ended homelessness for more than 1000 Canadians. He teaches in the area of community planning and understands the importance of creating neighbourhoods that are more inclusive.

Session: From NIMBY to YIMBY: Shifting Paradigms in Urban Planning to Promote Inclusive Communities 

Inclusive communities begin with ensuring we have the right tools to better plan and achieve inclusive neighbourhoods that offer all a place to call home. However, community change often brings conflict over uncertainty. Moving from NIMBY to YIMBY is about having municipal tools and good processes to support inclusivity. This session draws on housing and planning practices that have had a positive impact.