Nora Spinks

Nora Spinks is CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family. Throughout her career, Nora has been working with progressive organizations, and business, labour, government and community leaders to strengthen families, create productive and supportive work environments, and build healthy communities.

A renowned speaker, author and recognized thought leader, Nora provides insights to organizations across Canada and around the world. Building on her experience, while staying abreast of trends and providing critical analysis and strategic thinking, Nora adds tremendous value to workplaces, communities, committees, executive teams, human resource professionals and practitioners, boards of directors, research organizations and public policy forums.


Sample Media Appearances

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All You Need Is Love?

How much preparation do couples need before they tie the knot? Is love enough, or is more practical planning for the future a better bet? The Agenda discusses what goes into making the decision to legally bind – or not – two lives.


Modern Families

The face of the traditional family in contemporary Canadian society is changing. It’s something to think about as Ontario prepares to celebrate Family Day. On CBC’s Fresh Air, Nora discusses the evolution of families in Canada.

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Maternity Leave and Today’s Workplace

On The Parent Report, Nora discusses maternity leave in the context of modern workplaces, transitions between work and leave, and the role of technology.

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Technology, Work and Sick Children

It’s not always easy to manage work and family responsibilities, but fortunately, families are adaptable and highly resilient. On The Parent Report, Nora discusses the role that technology and workplace flexibility play in making it all happen.

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Stay-at-Home Dads

Fathers are redefining themselves, and they’re much more likely today to be a stay-at-home dad than ever before. On The Parent Report, Nora explores the evolving relationship between modern fathers, work and family.

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Blending Work and Family

As the labour force participation rate of mothers across Canada has significantly increased over the past 50 years, families are juggling family and work responsibilities like never before. On The Parent Report, Nora explains how families today negotiate and navigate both sides of the work–family spectrum.

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Keynotes, Executive Briefings, Presentations 2011–2016 

  • ADP Canada
  • Alberta Caregivers Association
  • Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association
  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Association of Ontario Midwives
  • Association of Social Workers (AGM and Gala – Local Branch of the ON)
  • AstraZeneca Global
  • Attachment Trauma Treatment Centre
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
  • Brampton Civic Hospital
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation Fundraiser
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Nurses (CAETN)
  • Canadian Association of Prior Learning Assessment
  • Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies
  • Canadian Association on Gerontology
  • Canadian Federation of University Women – Nepean Branch
  • Canadian Healthcare Association (HealthCareCAN)
  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
  • Canterbury High School (Ottawa)
  • Caregiving and Work Bilingual Webinar Series
  • Ceridian Canada
  • CIBC Mellon
  • City of Brockville
  • Conference Board of Canada
  • CPA Bermuda
  • Credit Canada
  • Credit Counselling Society
  • Deloitte
  • EAP Association of Toronto
  • Early Childhood Development Association of PEI
  • Early Childhood Development Fall Forum
  • Emery Jamieson LLP
  • Family Day Care Services
  • Far Northeast Training Board
  • Financial Brokers of Canada
  • Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
  • Future Leaders in IBD
  • GoodLife Fitness
  • Gowlings Canada
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit
  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada
  • Home Child Care Association of Ontario
  • Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
  • Human Resources Skills Development Canada
  • Human Resources Social Development Canada Workshop
  • Independent Financial Brokers of Canada
  • Insight EFAP International
  • Janssen-Ortho Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson (Canada)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Global Sales)
  • Justice Canada
  • J. W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Kingston General Hospital
  • Lambton College Leeds and Grenville Interval House
  • Leeds and Grenville Interval House
  • London Children’s Connection
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • McKenzie Lake Lawyers
  • Memorial University
  • Microsoft Canada
  • Ministry of Children & Family Development of British Columbia
  • Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (Ontario MTCU)
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • National Golf Course Owners Association Canada
  • NAV Canada
  • Niagara Region Public Health
  • Ontario Association of Gerontology (OAG)
  • Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers
  • Ontario Clean Water Agency
  • Ontario Construction Secretariat
  • Ontario Court of Justice
  • Ontario Gerontology Association
  • Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities
  • Ontario Nurses Association (ONA)
  • Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA)
  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada
  • Polycultural Immigration and Community Services
  • Private Adoption Professionals of Eastern Ontario
  • Public Safety Canada
  • RBC Financial Group
  • Region of Waterloo
  • Saskatchewan Crown Corporations (SaskTel, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, etc.)
  • Saskatchewan Literacy Network
  • Scotia Bank
  • Seneca College (BCD Program)
  • Seneca College Early Childhood Education Faculty
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Social Justice Tribunals
  • St. David & St. Martin Presbyterian Church
  • Statistics Canada
  • The Conference Board of Canada
  • The Co-operators
  • The Law Office Management Association (TLOMA)
  • The Mediation Centre Inc.
  • The Ministry of Children and Family Development (BC MCFD)
  • The Providence Happiness ProjecT
  • Saskatchewan Literacy Network
  • Today’s Family
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Transport Canada
  • True Patriot Love
  • United Nations Expert Panel on Family Policy
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Guelph – Harshman Lecture
  • University of Ottawa



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