Economist Says Millennials Financial Future Threatened by High House Prices


Scottish professor and economist Duncan McLennan is one member of an international panel coming to Vancouver to speak at the re:address conference.

In a story in the Vancouver Sun today, he says Vancouver high housing prices could have consequences for into the future. Read the story here.

McLennan is a Professor of Public Policy statement at the University of Glasgow and of Strategic City Management at St Andrews. He is one of a 8 confirmed guest-speakers at the re:address conference.  The conference takes place Oct 24-29 in Vancouver.

Organized by the City of Vancouver, the conference

Will bring together 500 thought leaders and experts from around the world to explore ideas and solutions to accelerate housing affordability in cities. The full day of activities will include opening and closing keynotes, mayors’ roundtable, panel discussions and short presentations. Topics of discussion will include Indigenous housing innovation, new global economic models, shifting generational needs and wants and the growth of the non-profit sector.

Other guest speakers include:

  • Vicki Been, Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
  • Sarah Hill, CEO of Greater Sydney Commission and Adjunct Professor at UTS: University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
  • Vancouver based Paul Kershaw, Founder of Generation Squeeze, a campaign driven by the evidence of generational inequality in Canada.
  • Toronto’s  Paul Smetanin, resident and CEO at Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis and developer of the Shelter Consumption Affordability Ratio (SCAR) index.
  • Nathaniel Lauster, Associate Professor of Sociology at UBC. He is a specialist on housing, family formation, population, cultural change, and social inequality.
  • Phil Wihongi from New Zealand. Phile is  roof tiler, landscape architect and planner, recently engaged by Auckland Council as Māori Design Leader within Council’s Auckland Design Office.
  • William Azaroff, VP of Community Investment at VanCity, a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its half-million member-owners and their communities.