Public Appearances2018-02-15T12:48:00+00:00

Public Appearances

In addition to engaging with the media, Vanier Institute team members make public appearances and presentations in diverse settings across the country to share insights, information and inspiration about families in Canada. Below you can find a listing of our public appearances, including links to transcripts and video (when available).

For a listing of media appearances, visit our media room.


2018-02-08: Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (Parliament of Canada)

On February 8, 2018, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks and Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle Advisor Col (retd) Russell Mann presented to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs about barriers to transition among military and Veteran families in Canada (listen).


2017-06-22: 2017 Speaker Series – The Canadian Family: Redefining Inclusion (Roots of Empathy)

On June 22, 2017, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks participated in the 2017 Speaker Series – The Canadian Family: Redefining Inclusion. Hosted by Roots of Empathy, this event brought together leaders and educators to discuss diversity, inclusion and modern families in Canada. Watch video.


2017-05-18: Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (Senate of Canada)

On May 18, 2017, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks presented to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology about the extension of parental leave benefits. Watch video.


2017-04-25: The Story of Canada’s Ethnocultural Diversity in Numbers (Statistics Canada)

On April 25, 2017, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks joined a variety of researchers and subject matter experts for the first in Statistics Canada’s 2017 speaker series exploring Canada’s history through research, The Story of Canada’s Ethnocultural Diversity in Numbers.


2017-02-15: Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (Parliament of Canada)

On February 15, 2017, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks and Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle Special Advisor Col (retd) Russell Mann presented to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs about suicide prevention among Veterans in Canada. To read the full transcript, visit the Parliament of Canada website.


2016-11-18: Employment Insurance Special Benefits Consultations – Stakeholder Roundtable (ESDC)

On November 18, 2016, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks presented at a stakeholder roundtable on Employment Insurance (EI) Special Benefits to discuss EI maternity, parental and compassionate care benefits and corresponding leaves under the Canada Labour Code. To learn more, read the summary from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Stakeholder Roundtable Summary: Employment Insurance Special Benefits Consultations.


2016-09-22: Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (Parliament of Canada)

On September 22, 2016, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks and Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle Special Advisor Col (retd) Russell Mann presented to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs about military and Veteran family experiences in Canada, as well as the role of the Leadership Circle in building awareness, capacity, competency and community for these families. To read the full transcript, visit the Parliament of Canada website.


2016-06-23: Consultations on Flexible Work Arrangements (ESDC)

On June 23, 2016, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks presented at a public consultation on emerging legislation about the right to request flexible work arrangements in Canada, where she provided the family lens to this catalytic conversation. To learn more, read the summary report from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Flexible Work Arrangements: What Was Heard.


2016-04-12: Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (Parliament of Canada)

On April 12, 2016, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks and Program Director Sara MacNaull attended a Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, where Nora spoke about family-friendly workplaces and workplace policies. To read the full transcript, visit the Parliament of Canada website.


2016-02-23: 2016 Harshman Lecture (University of Guelph)

On February 23, 2016, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks presented the 2016 Harshman Lecture at the University of Guelph. In her lecture, Families in Canada: Complex, Dynamic and Diverse, Nora explored modern families in Canada through a human rights lens, focusing on evolving family realities and the policies, practices and procedures that currently support Canada’s families.