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!

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#FAM2019 Sponsor: Medavie

Medavie is a sponsor of the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

Medavie is a health solutions partner that integrates benefits management, health management and health care delivery through Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services, and supports initiatives aimed at addressing some of our country’s most pressing physical and mental health care challenges through the Medavie Health Foundation.

#FAM2019 Partner: Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada is a partner of the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

Statistics Canada is the national statistical office. The agency ensures Canadians have the key information on Canada’s economy, society and environment that they require to function effectively as citizens and decision makers.

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!

Deb Benard
Family Caregiver

Deb Benard is a teacher, artist, gardener, hiker and family caregiver living in Kitchener. At the conference, Deb will talk about her journey of care work for and care relationships with older-generation and same-generation family members.


Andrew Brown
Director General, Employment Insurance Policy, Employment and Social Development Canada

Andrew Brown joined Employment and Social Development Canada in August 2014, where he serves as Director General, Employment Insurance Policy. Andrew leads a team responsible for developing changes to the Employment Insurance program and that is focused on responding to the changing nature of work and evolving family dynamics. He has degrees from Queen’s University (Kingston) and the University of Alberta, and lives with his partner in Ottawa.

Nicola Fear
Director and Professor of Epidemiology, King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London

Nicola Fear joined King’s College London in 2004, after having trained as an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford. She has also worked as an epidemiologist within the UK Ministry of Defence. Nicola is the lead epidemiologist on the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) military cohort study and leads several studies examining the impact of military service on families.

Joanne Law
Elder Transgender Activist

Keynote speaker, presenter and media contact Joanne Law has helped diverse organizations in Canada and the United States over the last 30 years to understand the experiences and realities of transgender people. She has served in many roles, including Chair of the Capital Pride Festival in 2007 (the first transgender person to fulfill the role) and a speaker and delegate at a United Nations working conference for LGBTQ2 people in New York City in 2013. Joanne has received numerous awards, including seven lifetime achievement awards, 29 community association certificates of appreciation, and the 2016 Community Service Award from the Ottawa Police Service for her 25 years of volunteer support of an OPS LGBT liaison committee.

Diane Daley, RECE, BA
Director, Development and Programs, Family Day Care Services

Diane Daley works in the Early Learning sector as the Director of Development and Programs at Family Day Care Services and has an extensive repertoire of experience in the field. Diane is a registered Early Childhood Educator with a BA in Sociology, Gender and Family. She also holds an Undergraduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Passionate about access, equity and social inclusion, she integrates this lens to promote inclusive, quality services for children and families.

Bronwyn Ott
North America Wellbeing Manager, Unilever

Bronwyn Ott has over 15 years of experience in leading benefits and well-being programs in many Canadian and global organizations. In her current role at Unilever, Bronwyn is evolving the well-being program – which includes physical, mental, emotional and purposeful well-being – to help employees and leaders build resiliency and thrive in an environment of change and disruption. Through innovative and integrated programs and policies, Bronwyn is creating a culture in which employees can bring their best selves to work.

Rayne Fisher-Quann
CEO/Executive Director, March for Our Education

Rayne Fisher-Quann is a student and activist. She advocates for youth engagement, gender equality and equal access to education in her home province and internationally through her organization March for Our Education. Rayne is best known for leading the largest high school walkout in Canada’s history and was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by Refinery29, as well as a Woman of the Year by Chatelaine magazine.

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 March 13, 2019