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!

#FAM2019 Sponsor: AGE-WELL

AGE-WELL is a sponsor of the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

AGE-WELL is a pan-Canadian network that brings together researchers, older adults, caregivers, partner organizations and future leaders to accelerate the delivery of technology-based solutions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.

Learn more about #FAM2019 sponsors

#FAM2019 Satellite Events

The list of #FAM2019 satellite events keeps growing! Click on the links below to learn more or to register!

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

Rutha Astravas
Director, Employment Insurance Special Benefits, Employment and Social Development Canada

Rutha Astravas is Director of Employment Insurance Special Benefits at Employment and Social Development Canada. EI special benefits include the new Family Caregiver Benefit, compassionate care, sickness, maternity and parental benefits. She has more than 15 years of experience at the federal level and holds a master’s degree in European Politics and Society from Oxford University, specializing in public policy and comparative federalism.

Heidi Cramm, PhD, OT Reg. (Ontario)
Associate Scientist, Strategic Initiatives, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)

Heidi Cramm is an Associate Scientist, Strategic Initiatives, at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR), where she leads the military and Veteran family health research portfolio. Heidi’s research program focuses on military and veteran family health and health system access, mental health and trauma.

Kieran B. Drachenberg
Student/Activist, Nunavut Arctic College

Kieran B. Drachenberg is an activist for both the mental health and LGBTQ+ communities. He has been heavily involved in activism since before the age of 13, and he now fights for the rights of all people and actively voices and shares his story in his everyday life to empower others.

Emily Glossop
Recreation Therapist, CHEO; Chairperson of the Board, Abilities Centre Ottawa

Emily Glossop is a recreational therapist with CHEO, where she provides therapeutic, educational and support services to children and youth with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Emily advocates for programs and services for people of all abilities to ensure equal opportunities and access. She has received numerous recognitions and awards for her diverse contributions over the years, and she is a 2018 recipient of the Order of Ottawa. Most recently, she was one of 16 women acknowledged for their contributions at CHEO in celebration of International Women’s Day 2018.

Jack Jedwab, PhD
President/CEO, Association for Canadian Studies/Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration

Jack Jedwab is currently President and CEO of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration (CIMI). He is currently the Chair of the Canadian National Metropolis Conference, the country’s largest conference on Immigration and Integration, and the co-chair of the Metropolis North America Migration Policy Forum.

Liping Peng
Mental Health Worker, Hong Fook Mental Health Association

Liping Peng migrated from China over two decades ago, and since arriving in Canada has transitioned from practising law to social services. She has worked with various community-based organizations as a domestic violence counsellor, outreach worker and family conflict mediator, and is currently with the Hong Fook Mental Health Association. Her substantial knowledge on mental health and her interactive presentation style have made her a highly respected and sought-after speaker throughout the Mandarin community. Liping was nominated for the CAMH 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health Award and won the Difference Maker Award in 2018.

Valerie Steeves, PhD
Full Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa

Valerie Steeves is a Full Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Her main area of research is the intersection of human rights and technology. Valerie is the lead researcher of MediaSmarts’ Young Canadians in a Wired World project and the principal investigator of the eQuality Project, both of which explore young people’s experiences and perspectives of networked technologies.

Artist spotlight: CMWC Uplands (part of the Canadian Military Wives Choir)

The CMWC Uplands choir is part of the Canadian Military Wives Choirs (CMWC), a group of women with various connections to the military, with common shared experiences, such as frequent moves, deployment stress and lack of family support. CMWC has choirs in bases across Canada, comprised of women supporting women, all singing from the same songbook regardless of which CMWC they’ve joined – an instant community sharing fun, fellowship and song.

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.


Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program | 

Published on February 20, 2019