Registration is now open for the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

On March 27 and 28, 2019, in Ottawa, Ontario, the Vanier Institute of the Family will host the Families in Canada Conference 2019 (#FAM2019) – a national, pan-Canadian conference with simultaneous satellite regional conferences 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? (LEARN MORE)

REGISTER NOW to join us for the national conference in Ottawa! Information on satellite locations at university partners coming soon.


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

Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos is Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, a role he has served in since September 2016. Jean-Yves was the Director of the Department of Economics and a tenured professor at Université Laval. As a well-published author, conference speaker and renowned economics expert, he was often asked to comment on current events in Quebec and Canada.

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Anil Arora
Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada

Canada’s Chief Statistician since September 2016, Anil Arora has led a variety of initiatives throughout his career, with experience and partnerships spanning all three levels of government, the private sector and international organizations, including the United Nations and the OECD. He has led projects on high-profile policy issues and legislative and regulatory reform, and he has overseen large national programs.

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Mary Gordon, CM, ONL
Founder/President, Roots of Empathy
Recipient, 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Award

Mary Gordon is an internationally recognized and award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert. Mary is founder and President of the Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy programs, non-profit, evidence-based programs dedicated to promoting emotional literacy and empathy among children.

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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 January 16, 2019