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Very special AGM guest speakers: Giller-winning novelist Esi Edugyan and land trust CEO Brenda Torpy

Published February 25

An image of Esi Edugyan, a young Black woman, with the cover of her book, Washington Black, and an image of Brenda Torpy, a blonde white woman, with the logo of the Champlain Housing TrustWith thanks to keynote sponsor Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, CHF Canada is thrilled to announce two very accomplished guest speakers as part of this year’s Annual Meeting:

  • Esi Edugyan is a two-time recipient of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (and twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize) for her novels Half-Blood Blues and Washington Black. Sarcee Meadows Housing Co-op in Calgary is very proud that she lived there as a teen and her brother remains a member today. In 2014, Esi published her first book of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.
  • Champlain Housing Trust CEO Brenda Torpy has 34 years of experience in the affordable housing field. CHT is the largest community land trust in the United States, with over 6,000 members, 90 employees and 2,600 affordable homes in northwest Vermont. Under Brenda’s leadership, CHT received the 2008 UN World Habitat Award. Brenda has travelled extensively as a speaker and to assist start-ups of Community Land Trusts in the U.S., Canada and internationally.

We hope you will join us in London, Ontario to hear these unique and inspiring perspectives as we work towards a shared vision of “Co-op Housing for All.”


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