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?

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!

Memorial University of Newfoundland hosting #FAM2019 satellite event

On March 27 and 28, 2019, Memorial University of Newfoundland will be hosting a satellite event for the Families in Canada Conference 2019!


University of Prince Edward Island hosting #FAM2019 satellite event

On March 27 and 28, 2019, the University of Prince Edward Island will be hosting a satellite event for the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

Learn more about #FAM2019 satellite events 

#FAM2019 Sponsor: Military Family Services

Military Family Services (MFS) is a sponsor of the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

MFS manages the Military Family Services Program (MFSP) on behalf of the Department of National Defence. The MFSP contributes to the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) by strengthening CAF families and communities.

Learn more about #FAM2019 sponsors

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

Simona Bignami, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Demography, Université de Montréal

Simona Bignami is an Associate Professor in the Department of Demography at Université de Montréal. She is currently the director of the Groupe d’étude sur la démographie autochtone (GEDA) (research group on Aboriginal demography), which brings together staff and students who are interested in the population dynamics of Indigenous peoples at Université de Montréal, McGill University, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. In her current work, Simona uses new tools to improve our understanding of Indigenous families, their evolution over time and their well-being.

Alisha Bowie
Aging Out Program Manager, Adoption Council of Canada
Recipient, North American Council on Adoptable Children Youth Advocate of the Year Award (2013)

A former Ontario Crown ward, Alisha Bowie has been an advocate for children and youth in the child welfare system since aging out of that system at 18 without a permanent connection. Her current focus is on economic insecurity among young women and gender diverse populations who have “aged out” (transitioned out) of the child welfare system without a permanent connection or attachment to a figure in the community. In 2017, she launched Journey Home, a bus tour that simulates what it is like for a child or youth to enter or age out of the child welfare system.

Todd Nicholson, MSc
Five-Time Paralympian
Abilities Centre Ottawa

Todd Nicholson is Previous Chef de Mission for the 2018 Canadian Paralympic team, a five-time Paralympian and Sledge Hockey Gold medallist at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Games. Now retired from competition, Todd is one of the most influential voices for the rights of all athletes internationally and nationally. Todd currently is the Chairperson for Own the Podium and Board member for the Abilities Centre Ottawa and Abilities Centre Durham.

Rachael Pettigrew, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of General Management and Human Resources,
Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University

Rachael Pettigrew is an Assistant Professor in Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University. Rachael’s primary research focus is organizational culture and policies surrounding employees’ work-life responsibilities, focused on gender. Recent projects have explored fathers’ parental leave use and employer adaptation to the extended parental leave legislation. Her secondary research stream investigates workplace diversity and inclusion, specifically recent immigrants.

Parminder Raina, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University

Parminder Raina is a Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University. Specializing in the epidemiology of aging, he holds a Canada Research Chair in Geroscience and the Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Research and Knowledge Application for Optimal Aging. He is also the Scientific Director of the McMaster Research Institute for Research on Aging and at the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging. Parminder is the lead investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, and in 2018 was appointed to the National Seniors Council.

Farhat Rehman, MSM
Mothers Offering Mutual Support (MOMS)
Ottawa Chapter, Canadian Council of Muslim Women

Farhat Rehman is a mother, grandmother and co-founder of Mothers Offering Mutual Support (MOMS), a support group for women who have a close relative in Canada’s correctional system. Farhat is also the Ottawa Chapter lead for Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW), a national organization focused on women’s equality and gender justice. She is a recipient of a Women Who Inspire Award (2016) and she received a Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada in 2017.

Hadi Wess
Founder/President, Syrian Youth Council of Ottawa

Originally from Syria, Hadi Wess arrived in Canada with his family in 2011. He attended the University of Ottawa, where he served as President of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa in addition to being a Community Producer and TV/Radio Host. Hadi currently sits on the National Executive of the Canadian Arab Federation and the Board of the Syrian Arab Association of Canada. He is the proud Founder and current President of the Syrian Youth Council of Ottawa.

Live performance: OrKidstra

OrKidstra is an Ottawa-based social development program that gives children from underserved areas the opportunity to learn life skills – such as teamwork, commitment and responsibility – through the joys and challenges of singing and playing music together. The program began in 2007 with 27 children and the passionate belief in the transformative power of music. It has since grown to include over 700 children, ages 5 to 18, from 42 cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and has become a world-class example of why music is called the universal language.

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 13, 2019