The principal of Lumina Services is Kate Mancer. Kate is well-known throughout Canada as a market analyst and makes frequent presentations at industry events. Kate is also the author of the only Canadian reference book on seniors housing. The book is entitled The Future of Seniors Housing: Planning, Building and Operating Successful Seniors Housing Projects.
Over the last 18 months Kate has presented at several conferences including the 23d Annual John K. Friesen Conference, held at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver on May 28th and 29th, 2014. Sponsored by the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser, the conference was entitled Housing Alternatives for an Aging Population. Kate was a presenter at both the 2013 and 2014 annual conferences of the BC Senior Living Association and will be a panelist at the 2015 conference as well. At the 2013 conference, the Association provided all conference attendees with a copy of Kate’s book. The book is on the curriculum of the Seniors Living Management Certificate program offered by Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. Kate was one of three panelists introducing the annual conference of the Alberta Senior Citizens Housing Association in Edmonton in April 2015 and presented twice at the BC Non-Profit Housing Association annual conference in November, 2015, once on seniors housing and care needs in rural British Columbia and once on life lease housing.
Kate also has a background in service provision. She was one of the founders of a large BC based service provider in the supportive housing, assisted living and long term care industry (inSite Housing, Hospitality and Health Services Inc).
Lumina is one of Canada’s leading experts in life lease housing. Kate has written three major reports on life lease, two for CMHC, and one for the Real Estate Foundation of BC and BC Housing and is currently involved in the development of a number of life lease projects across the province.
Kate has been recognized internationally for her work on seniors housing. In September 2013 she made a presentation in Beijing on seniors housing and health care policies and practices in Canada and the US. For the same project, sponsored by the Asian Development Bank, Lumina produced a lengthy document entitled An international study of best practices in seniors housing and care (February 2014). Kate has also made presentations to Japanese trade missions to Canada.
Kate is a member of the Board of Directors of a non-profit seniors housing project in Cloverdale, Bethshan Gardens.
Kate makes a point of regularly attending conference in the US, whether the NAHB 55+ Housing Council conferences (New Orleans 2008, Denver 2007, Palm Springs 2003) or the Assisted Living Federation of America conferences (Phoenix 2010, Chicago 2005, San Diego 2006) or the Village-to-Village Network annual gatherings (St Louis 2013).