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!

SIGN UP for the #FAM2019 e-newsletter for updates and announcements.


#FAM2019 Sponsor: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is a sponsor of the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

The CCPA is a national bilingual association of professionally trained counsellors engaged in the helping professions. CCPA develops and cultivates formal and informal relationships with similar health and mental health organizations in Canada and internationally.


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!

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

Susan Aglukark, OC
Aglukark Entertainment and Arctic Rose Foundation

Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique and most honoured artists, and the first Juno Award-winning Inuk singer–songwriter. She has worked with a variety of non-profit groups over the years focused on Inuit and Indigenous youth, including running art journaling workshops for youth in Attawapiskat. She founded the Arctic Rose Foundation in 2012, which helps communities address diverse challenges affecting youth, such as education, suicide and health.

Dr. Chaya Kulkarni
Director, Infant Mental Health Promotion, The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Chaya Kulkarni is Director of Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Kulkarni leads activities focused on knowledge translation, research, resource development, advocacy and professional education specific to infant mental health and trauma. Dr. Kulkarni brings to this role over 25 years of experience in a number of leadership roles, including front line service delivery, policy analysis, research and curriculum and resource development.

Rachel Margolis, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario

Rachel Margolis, PhD, is a demographer and sociologist whose research addresses how family dynamics shape population change in developed countries. Her current focus is the impact of parental benefits policies on family dynamics and gender equality, how family networks are changing over time and why, and how the thinning of kinship networks affects older adults.

Christian Paradis
Acting Director, Families and Care Division, Social Policy Directorate,
Employment and Social Development Canada

Christian Paradis is the Acting Director of Early Learning and Child Care in the Social Policy Directorate at Employment and Social Development Canada. Christian is responsible for overseeing the bilateral Early Learning and Child Care agreements with provinces and territories as well as the early learning and child care data strategy. Christian has worked in the federal public service for over 20 years and has previously held various positions at Employment and Social Development Canada and Finance Canada.

Bryan Smale, PhD
Professor and Director, Canadian Index of Wellbeing, University of Waterloo

Bryan Smale is Director of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing at the University of Waterloo, and a Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies with a cross-appointment to the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. Bryan sits on Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Social Conditions and is Past President of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies (CALS), Editor in Chief of Leisure/Loisir, and a Fellow in the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, PhD
Professor and Director, Military Family Research Institute, Purdue University

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, where she also directs the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) and the Center for Families (CFF). Her research focuses on relationships between job conditions and family life, with special focus on military families. She has served on federal advisory committees for the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Academy of Medicine, and has testified in Congress regarding military and Veteran families.

Tai Young
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Ambassador, Easter Seals Ontario Ambassador, WE Day Junior Co-Host

Tai Young is an ambassador for multiple agencies, including Holland Bloorview and Easter Seals. An active 15 year old, Tai enjoys wheelchair tennis, mono-skiing and swimming. He also competes in vocal competitions, plays the drums and enjoys musical theatre (he hopes to be on Broadway one day). Tai is not afraid of new experiences (though is proud to host WE Days across Canada for a second time) and has a positive attitude on life. He believes that you can do anything you set your mind to, and encourages youth of all ages to be active and to try new things, with the belief that “fear should not be your disability.”

Performer spotlight: Dandelion Dance

Dandelion Dance Performance Company exists to show that every girl – regardless of background, body type or ability – has a valuable perspective to share with the world. Every year, a group of young women comes together to create and share their own works on the social issues that matter most to them, which often evolve from personal stories and experiences. Dandelion Dance Performance Company challenges traditional notions of who can be a dancer, calls out stereotypes about young women from all walks of life and showcases the power of art as a tool for social change.

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 6, 2019