UPDATE: At this point, we can confirm that the CHBA meetings are indeed proceeding.
Roads are open (other than a few in a certain area), and taxis can indeed bring people to the hotel from the airport.
As you are likely aware, there has been a security situation in downtown Ottawa today, particularly around Parliament Hill.
Those coming into Ottawa to attend the CHBA meetings should stay at the Airport until there’s confirmation that the current security situation has been resolved. Downtown Ottawa is in lockdown and currently you cannot get to the Marriott Hotel.
CHBA will advise if the situation demands that meetings be canceled, but we are certainly still planning on going ahead with the expectation that things will be safe soon.
We will keep you posted.
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Forum for Growth meetings on Parliament Hill a huge success
On June 3, CHBA leaders from across the country and at every level of the Association attended over 50 meetings with Ministers, MPs, Senators, ministerial staff and senior government officials during the 2nd annual Forum for Growth. The delegation was officially recognized in the House of Commons prior to Question Period with a Member's Statement from MP Phil McColeman.
CHBA advanced its agenda with meetings that included party leaders and officials from the four national parties, as well as Ministers of State, Parliamentary Secretaries, Committee Chairs and ministerial staff for every government department that has a role in housing.
Consensus was that the Forum was unquestionably a huge success, with members very pleased with the event and their many meetings with key decision-makers in Ottawa. Members can see the day from the perspective of participants by following #CHBAForum2014 on Twitter.
CHBA President Bard Golightly and CEO Kevin Lee thank every member, executive officer and HBA involved in making the 2014 Forum for Growth such a huge success.
Materials brought to MPs during Forum for Growth 2014:
Recommendations on the Federal Role:
April 4, 2014 - WHISTLER, B.C. - Today, CHBA Incoming President Bard Golightly, Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney, and CHBA CEO Kevin Lee addressed members on the state of the industry, CHBA's priorities moving forward and the collaboration of the industry and the federal government in ensuring Canadians remain the best housed people in the world.
The Government of Canada's Press Release on Minister Kenney's address to members can be found here.
Earlier in the day the new President and CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Evan Siddall, addressed members during the Opening Breakfast. His speech can be found here.