REGISTER NOW for the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

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?

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University of Guelph Hosting #FAM2019 Satellite Event

On March 27 and 28, 2019, the Live Work Well Research Centre at the University of Guelph will be hosting a satellite event for the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

#FAM2019 Sponsor: Family Psychology Section of the CPA

Family Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is a sponsor of the Families in Canada Conference 2019!


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

Lisa Wolff
Director, Policy and Education, UNICEF Canada

Lisa Wolff is Director, Policy and Education at UNICEF Canada. Her mission is to promote public policy and practices in Canada that align with the principles and standards of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. She leverages UNICEF’s global strengths, including data and innovation, and works across sectors with many Canadian partners to advance the rights of Canada’s children. Lisa received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada in 2012.

Dr. Raj Bhatla
Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chief of Staff, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa

Dr. Raj Bhatla joined the Royal Ottawa Hospital in 1992. He currently holds the position of Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chief of Staff of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. Dr. Bhatla is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and a Vice-Chairperson of the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario. In addition to expertise in concurrent disorders, Dr. Bhatla has an interest in psychiatric ethics and is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health.

Jan Kestle
President and CEO, Environics Analytics

President and CEO of Environics Analytics (EA), Jan Kestle has been a leader in the marketing information industry for more than 40 years, helping clients in industries ranging from finance and retail to the not-for-profit sector turn data and analytics into insight, strategy and engagement. Jan is a member of the National Statistics Council, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Marketing Association and the Advisory Board of Ryerson University School of Geography.

Carl Cadogan
CEO, Reception House Waterloo Region

Carl Cadogan is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Reception House Waterloo Region, an organization that welcomes and serves government assisted refugees (GARs) in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region. Carl has a strong multi-disciplinary background obtained in senior roles in the non-for-profit sector and in government. His career spans several areas of professional practice, including community development, human resources, immigrant services, fundraising and government relations.

Lesley A. Tarasoff, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Toronto Scarborough

Lesley A. Tarasoff is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society (University of Toronto Scarborough) and the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). She holds a PhD in Public Health from the University of Toronto. Using qualitative and mixed-methods approaches, her research focuses on the sexual, reproductive, perinatal, and mental health of women with disabilities and sexual minority women.

Performer and Panellist: Maya Basudde (MayaSpoken)
Spoken Word Artist, Author, Keynote Speaker
Founder, Tell ’Em Girl
Program/Workshop Facilitator, Youth Ottawa

Maya Basudde (MayaSpoken) is an award-winning spoken word artist, author, keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and program facilitator. Since winning her first poetry slam in 2015, in which she shared her story of overcoming abuse and racism throughout her years in high school, she has performed spoken word around Ottawa spreading a message of hope and empowerment. Maya is also founder of the Tell ’Em Girl Women’s Spoken Word Showcase and author of Warriors in Broad Daylight. She is recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 RBC Spirit of the Youth Capital Award and the 2018 CBC Ottawa Trailblazer Award in 2018.

More to come – stay tuned!


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 Family Well-Being Index, a Family Researchers Network, a Social Policy Monitor and more!

More information on the Families in Canada Conference 2019, including details on panels and presenters, will be available in the next #FAM2019 eNewsletter.


Published on February 1, 2019