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Pathfinders Program | CIH Canada

Pathfinders Program

The Pathfinders Program is aimed at established and emerging housing leaders.  It is the experiential learning option to our Chartered designation, the highest international standard in our industry.

The Canadian housing sector is in the midst of significant change. The Pathfinders program is focused on current trends and helping participants navigate changing and complex environments.

The program consists of four full days of learning on topics that support leadership development, innovation and business transformation. Participants will also complete a reflective practice assignment and participate in a professional interview to showcase their knowledge and experience.


The program will enhance your strategic and organizational leadership skills with an emphasis on sector transformation. It provides an opportunity for self-reflection and to engage with peers in a learning environment that encourages creativity and innovative thinking.

The Pathfinders program will enable you to:

  • Build a strong network of colleagues from within social housing to share ideas and expertise
  • Work alongside peers to explore and debate current trends and forecast opportunities for transformation within the housing sector
  • Learn new insights to apply within your own organization and teams
  • Be inspired in a supportive learning environment that encourages creativity and innovative thinking


You must showcase an understanding of professional ethics and a commitment to professionalism within your area of housing expertise. There are three components to the program:


Participants will attend two intensive learning seminars (of two days each):

Dates & Location Topic Facilitator
Seminar 1 TBC Business & Sector Transformation Paul Tennant, CEO Orbit UK & CIH Canada, Chair
Seminar 2 TBC Transformation in Practice Greg Dewling, CEO, Capital Region Housing, Edmonton & CIH Canada board member


You are required to submit a 5,000 word report reflecting on your role in facilitating change and transformation within your organization, community and the housing sector.

The written report will include the development of three case studies that demonstrate your professional ability and experience in housing policy, service delivery and management.

You will be required to participate in an interview to assess how your knowledge, experience and understanding of ethical issues meet the qualifications for the Chartered designation.


Participants are selected based on their professional resume, program application and comparative standing in relation to the pool of other applicants, as space in the program is limited.

In order to apply, you need to meet one of the two eligibility criteria below. You must also provide a letter of endorsement from a colleague that explains why you are an ideal candidate for the Pathfinders program.

Criteria 1 You’ve worked in housing or housing-related sectors for five years, three of which are at the management level and You have either: 

A university degree in a related area of study (see below)


Achieved the Certified Housing Professional designation – CertCIH

Criteria 2

You’ve worked in housing or housing-related sectors at the management level for at least three years

 and You’re a fully qualified member of another professional body (see below)

Examples of relevant degrees and professional body membership include:

  • Housing
  • Social Work
  • Public Policy/Administration
  • Business/Management
  • Planning
  • Architecture
  • Building Science/Engineering


All participants have access to a dedicated tutor and online learning resources to help prepare for their reflective practice assignment and professional interview.


  • *$3800 plus applicable taxes
  • CIH Canada membership fee

*Participants may pay in full at the start of the program, or pay in two installments, plus applicable taxes.


Please note that the 2016 Pathfinders program has been delayed until 2017. While interest in the program has been strong, sector feedback has indicated that fall 2016 is not an ideal time for the launch of this program.

Your application package must contain:

  1. Application form, which includes information about your career history and qualifications
  2. Professional resume
  3. Letter of endorsement on why you’re an ideal candidate for the program

Send completed packages to cihcanada_info@cih.org