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: Canadian Military Family Magazine

Canadian Military Family Magazine is a sponsor of the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

Canadian Military Family Magazine is Canada’s only military lifestyle magazine – an independent media source not affiliated with the CAF, DND or VAC. The team at CMF Magazine comprises military and Veteran family members dedicated to providing relevant information for their community.

Learn more about #FAM2019 partners and 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!

David L. Albright, PhD
Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health
Director, Office for Military Families and Veterans, University of Alabama

David L. Albright is the Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Director of the Office for Military Families and Veterans at the University of Alabama. His research and scholarship are largely focused on implementation and translation so that it is practically useful for communities, Veterans Service Organizations, health care providers and policy-makers as they work to promote and address health- and well-being-related determinants and outcomes among military personnel, Veterans, and their families and communities.

LCol Suzanne Bailey, MSM, CD, MSW
Senior Social Work Officer, Canadian Armed Forces

Lieutenant Colonel Suzanne Bailey joined the Canadian Forces in 1986. After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1990, she worked as a Military Police Officer for a few years and then completed her MSW in 1996. She was posted to HQ in 2005 after a decade of clinical work, and since 2008, LCol Bailey has led the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) mental health and resilience training program. In 2011, LCol Bailey was appointed National Practice Leader for Social Work in the Department of National Defence, and Military Occupation Advisor for Social Work. (Photo by Johnny Lam)

Vidal “Johnny” Chavannes
Student, Jack Miner Public School

Vidal John Chavannes (a.k.a. Johnny) is a 10-year-old Grade 5 student. Enrolled in the Gifted Program at Jack Miner Public School in Whitby, Ontario, he has a passion for science and math. In 2018, he was the School and Board Winner in the Byron-Germain Math Contest. Johnny also participates in competitive dance at the Durham School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. He specializes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, acro and hip-hop.

Ann Douglas
Author, CBC Radio parenting columnist

Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting and mental health. She is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio and the author of numerous best-selling books about parenting. Ann’s most recent books are Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm.

Naguib Gouda
Principal, Naguib Gouda Consulting

Bridging the public, not-for-profit and private sectors, Naguib Gouda is the former CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada and former Executive Director with the Ontario Medical Association, and he is currently Principal at Naguib Gouda Consulting. He has worked within Canada’s health care system to help patients, caregivers, researchers, academics and health care providers navigate the issues surrounding and affecting our aging population. Naguib is also the primary caregiver to his 88-year-old father.

Anne Hollonds
Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies

As Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Anne Hollonds is responsible for conducting research and providing advice to Australian governments on child and family well-being. The Institute conducts quantitative and qualitative research, and translates findings to improve the effectiveness of policy, systems and services for children and families. A leading voice on child and family well-being, Anne is a psychologist and former CEO with more than 35 years of experience in policy and practice in social services, health and education for children and families.

Yeonjung Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

Yeonjung Lee is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on care, aging in place, social isolation and wealth inequality in later life, and improving quality of life for older adults. Dr. Lee conducts country-specific and cross-national/cultural comparative studies. Her SSHRC-funded project, The Complexity of Caregiving Outcomes: Understanding the Role of Social Statuses and Social Resources, addresses both the positive and negative outcomes of family caregiving for older adults and the moderating factors that affect these relationships.

Artist spotlight: Unequivocally Family (photography exhibit and presentation)

Underpinned by the founders’ lived experience with the subject matter, Unequivocally Family is the visual platform through which the lives of Canadian LGBTQ2 families are brought into mainstream discourse on family dynamics. Through contemplative photography, Unequivocally Family seeks to broaden our understanding of what a LGBTQ2 family “is” and “how it operates” in day-to-day life. (Photo by Louise Lafleur Photography)

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 27, 2019