Governor General David Johnston at the Families in Canada Conference 2015

On June 10, 2015, His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston launched the Families in Canada Conference 2015 with opening remarks about families and family life in Canada, past, present and future. Their insights provided an inspirational beginning to this historic event.

Watch the full opening remarks in our first Vanier Institute video podcast. Stay tuned – we’ll be posting much more in the weeks ahead!

“What is family? There is no one definition of family. In fact, the interesting thing about family is that it’s constantly evolving, and there is no one particular formula. Whatever their makeup, families remain of great importance to our society.”

– His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

The Vanier Institute of the Family hosted the Families in Canada Conference 2015, a historic national, bilingual event, on June 10 and 11, 2015 in Ottawa, where Canadian leaders from diverse professions, disciplines and backgrounds came together to mobilize research, build knowledge networks, foster connections and inspire minds from across the country.

Through a series of catalytic conversations, speakers, panellists and delegates at this event discussed the stories and statistics behind a wide range of topics related to families and family life in Canada.

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