Millennials and the Housing Market: Ownership, Housing, and Community Design: A Sustainability Perspective

Free and open to the public

Dates: March 16, 2023

Time: 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Venue: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa


This session explores homeownership and community structure from a sustainability perspective, considering the inter-relationship between economic, environmental, and social factors. It offers a critical look into what might be termed a ‘happy city,’ including the interdependencies, opportunities, and challenges of a design that fosters stability and accommodates change.



Keynote: Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies, Toronto

Panelist: Rodney Witts, Partner, Environmental Lawyer, Theia Partners

Panelist: Ross Farris, Senior Development Manager, Windmill Developments

Panelist: Vikram Bhatt, Professor of Architecture, McGill University


Canada’s current housing crisis affects a broad spectrum of the population and engages supply, affordability, tenure, and tenancy. To better explore the issues at play, this series focuses on millennials as a specific demographic group, and on a particular segment of the housing market, namely housing for purchase.


The goal of this series is to explore (and question) the status quo by fostering a dialogue between millennials (those born between the early 1980s and the late ‘90s) and an array of housing experts, including urban historians, developers, real estate professionals, builders, policy makers, financing specialists, environmental experts, and socio-cultural activists.


This dialogue is intended to explore opportunities to broaden the repository of existing housing and homeownership options by identifying limitations and determining what interventions may be necessary and/or feasible given the systems under which the housing market operates in Canada.


The series is jointly sponsored by:

•  Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism

•  Algonquin College, Department of Interior Design

•  The Urban Land Institute, Ottawa Chapter

•  The Canadian Centre for Mindful Habitats

with generous support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council