On March 27 and 28, 2019, in Ottawa, Ontario, we’re hosting the Families in Canada Conference 2019 (#FAM2019) – a national, pan-Canadian conference with simultaneous satellite events co-hosted by university partners across Canada.

At this unique and inclusive series of events, we’re bringing together diverse leaders from across the country who study, serve and support families in Canada – and people with lived experiences – for two days of knowledge-sharing and catalytic conversation on the conference theme: THINK BIG: How can we use Big Data to inform and inspire big ideas to optimize family well-being in Canada?

REGISTER NOW to join us for the national conference in Ottawa or at one of the satellite events co-hosted by university partners across Canada!

#FAM2019 Sponsor: Dove Men+Care

Dove Men+Care is a sponsor of the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

Dove Men+Care celebrates a new definition of strength: one with care at its centre. Because Dove Men+Care believes that care makes a man stronger.


Learn more about #FAM2019 partners and sponsors

#FAM2019 Satellite Events

The list of #FAM2019 satellite events is now complete  – click on the links below to learn more or to register!

“Think Big” with leaders who study, serve and support families!

Bilan Arte
National Representative for Women and Human Rights, Canadian Labour Congress

Bilan is a Black, Muslim feminist residing on unceded and never surrendered Algonquin Territory. She is an activist with more than a decade of experience in grassroots and youth-led movements, and she is fuelled by her passion for social justice and equity. Today, Bilan is the National Representative for Women and Human Rights at the Canadian Labour Congress. In her volunteer time, she is proud to serve as co-president for the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Ottawa and as a national board member for Oxfam Canada.

Marni Brownell, PhD
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba; Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of Research, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy

Marni Brownell uses administrative health and social services databases to examine child health and well-being, with a spotlight on social influences on health. She currently leads projects focusing on First Nations and Metis child health and development, the health and well-being of children in the child welfare and justice systems, and evaluations of programs designed to improve child development, family functioning and health equity.

Cate Cochran
Producer, CBC Radio

Cate Cochran is an award-winning radio producer. She has worked at Morningside, As It Happens, This Morning, Writers & Company and The Sunday Edition, and is the author of Reconcilable Differences: Marriages End, Families Don’t, which profiles 10 families (including her own) that reconfigured in unusual and inspiring ways. Cate currently lives in a three-generation house with her mother and daughter and two dogs.

JC (Jean-Charles) Lalonde
Youth Justice Worker, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

JC Lalonde, the proud father of a 25-weeker micro-preemie, has been on a roller coaster of joys and challenges since Daphné’s birth in July 2016. His interests are in social justice issues, the criminal justice environment and working toward the greater good of society. JC has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a minor in criminology, and he has 20 years of professional experience in the social services field, mostly working with young offenders. He lives in beautiful Cantley, Quebec with his wife and daughter. His hobbies include riding his motorcycle and golfing.

Matthew Pearson

Matthew Pearson and his partner, Alain Lauzon, co-parent two young children with another queer couple, Karin Galldin and Janette Meyrick. A journalist, Matthew told his family’s story in a recent documentary for CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition.


Katie Christine Wellard, PhDc
Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies

Katie Christine Wellard is currently completing her PhD at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies. Katie’s thesis is on historical and new and emerging definitions of family in Canada, as well as their inclusion in law and policy. She is also the mother of an active toddler and a co-foster parent to her 12-year-old niece and 6-year-old nephew.


More than just a conference!

Through panel discussions with leaders from diverse professions, disciplines and backgrounds, as well as those with lived experiences, we’ll THINK BIG to share and develop BIG IDEAS for learning about families (e.g. new and evolving research methods and data sources) and BIG IDEAS for facilitating family well-being (e.g. creating new ways to measure “family well-being” and the research and knowledge networks necessary to move from research to action).

#FAM2019 isn’t just a conference – organizations and individuals from multiple fields and disciplines will gather to connect to form robust knowledge and resource networks; collaborate to share interdisciplinary research and cross-cultural/cross-sectoral insights on families in Canada; and create and cultivate a Canadian Family Well-Being Index, a Canadian Family Researchers Network, a Social Policy Monitor and more!

  • VISIT the #FAM2019 website
  • CONTACT #FAM2019 Conference Coordination
  • FOLLOW the #FAM2019 LinkedIn Showcase Page


Published on March 20, 2019