Families in Canada Satellite Regional Conference

Families in Canada Conference, 2019. A satellite location in Guelph, Ontario is being co-hosted by the Live Work Well Research Centre at the University of Guelph

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Location

Peter Clark Hall, University of Guelph

Details

Families in Canada Conference

On March 27 & 28, 2019, in Ottawa, Ontario, the Vanier Institute of the Family will host a pan-Canadian conference with simultaneous satellite regional conferences. One of these regional conferences is co-hosted by the Live Work Well Research Centre at the University of Guelph.

The Centre will host panel sessions each morning, and will live-stream the keynote and plenary sessions held in Ottawa in the afternoon. The broad theme of this year’s conference is THINK BIG: How can we use “Big Data” to inform and inspire big ideas to have a big impact on family well-being in Canada?

The cost of the event will include a pass to both days of the event, a light breakfast and lunch served at the event, and a reception at the University of Guelph. All activities included are outlined below in the agenda

Registration cost:

  • $125 for a registrant
  • $50 for military or veterans
  • $25 for students/unwaged/retirees

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Browse the tabs below to explore the full agenda and our four key panel discussions:

  • Care + Families
  • Food + Families
  • Work + Families
  • Well-being + Families

 The agenda is detailed below. You can also download it. Note, that times with an asterisk (*) reflect sessions that will be live-streamed from the national conference in Ottawa.

March 27, 2019

Time Details
8:30am

Arrive to Peter Clark Hall, University of Guelph; enjoy coffee, tea, pastries, and fruit

9:00am

Welcome remarks

9:10am

Care & Families Panel

Moderated panel discussion with questions

10:15am

Health break

10:25am

Food & Families Panel

Moderated panel discussion with questions

11:30am

Lunch and health break

12:30pm*

Welcome and greetings from Ottawa

12:40pm*

Opening Remarks Nora Spinks, CEO, Vanier Institute of the Family

1:00pm*

Opening Remarks by The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

1:20pm*

Opening Keynote by Anil Arora, Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada

2:00pm*

Panel – Big Data Through a Family Lens

3:00pm

Reflections and discussions of the day's proceedings

3:15pm

Health break

3:30pm-5:30pm

Reception with light food and beverages; reception to be held in Peter Clark Hall, University of Guelph (adjoining room to Conference location)

Please note that this agenda is subject to change. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

*These sessions will be live-streamed from the Ottawa Conference location.

 

March 28, 2019

Time Details
8:30am

Arrive to Peter Clark Hall, University of Guelph; enjoy coffee, tea, pastries, and fruit

9:00am

Work and Families Panel

Moderated panel discussion with questions

10:30am

Health break

10:40am

Well-being and Families Panel

Moderated panel discussion with questions

12:00pm

Lunch and health break

12:50pm*

Welcome Day 2

1:00pm*

Panel – Little Data Through a Family Lens

1:40pm*

Closing Keynote – Research to Practice: Mobilizing Family Research

2:10pm*

Conference summary and closing remarks

Please note that this agenda is subject to change. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

*These sessions will be live-streamed from the Ottawa Conference location.

Care + Families Panel

Most Canadians provide and/or receive care at some point in their life. Relationships are at the heart of care-providing and receiving. Caring relationships are complex and unique to diverse families. They are affected by regional, social and economic locations, among other often intersecting situations of race, class, family type among others.  These relationships are often left out of or made invisible by policy and decision-makers at all levels of government.

Fitsum AreguyFitsum Areguy (Moderator): Fitsum is an MSc student in Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph. Fitsum’s research interests focus on young carers, identity development and coping, and the intersections of caregiving, culture, and childhood among refugee families. He is the chair of the Young Carers Project, a community collaborative based in Kitchener, Ontario that is dedicated to raising awareness and mobilizing supports for young carers in Canada.

  • More panelists being announced soon!

Food + Families Panel

While food is foundational to physical health, it also nourishes and strengthens bonds within and between families, communities and living environments, contributing to well-being. The recent release of Canada’s food guide highlights that cultures and food traditions are part of healthy eating. Important questions remain when considering the equity of food among and across diverse families such as: how do families and communities eat? what do they eat? when do they eat? and where do they get their food?

Work + Families Panel

​Diverse forms of livelihood, through paid work, providing care, volunteering, community gardening, agriculture, artistry, trading or bartering, and fishing, among other types, provide families and communities with capabilities, assets and activities required to sustain life. Diverse forms of livelihood, and the relationships they often support, also provide important protection against stress and shock during unforeseen social or economic challenges. Livelihood participation depends on the degree to which opportunities are accessible and available to diverse ways of being for individuals and/or families.

Thomas SassoThomas Sasso: Thomas is a PhD candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph. His research is dedicated to understanding and improving the experiences of diverse and marginalized populations in workplaces, with particular emphasis on LGBTQ+ individuals. He co-founded the Sexual and Gender Diversity Research Lab with the goal of improving inclusive and accessible education and research. Thomas has focused his research and consulting on the integration of diverse roles and identities across life domains with the aim of fostering inclusive practices and spaces.

More panelists being announced soon!

Well-being + Families Panel

Community well-being depends on the well-being of its families, but it is not always clear what well-being is, or what it feels and looks like to diverse forms of families. Policies and systems that affect families are often based on statistical data, which can erase and/or hide the unique and diverse experiences of families.

Carol DaudaCarol Dauda (Moderator): My current research is centered on recent attempts to regulate young people's sexuality in liberal democracies comparatively. The study is aimed at understanding the role of the state in moral regulation historically as well as in contemporary politics and the implications for gender identity and equality. The research is focused on the ideational dimension of public policy and more specifically on how powerful symbols of childhood in relation to adulthood (generation) shape and are shaped by the recent legislation on the age of sexual consent in Canada, the UK , the US and Australia in the midst of contentious politics over sexual diversity and child internet abuse, in particular, child pornography. At the heart of this research is the historical role of the family in modernity in governing sexuality.

Leah LevacLeah Levac: I am a mother, a dog-lover, and an outdoor enthusiast. I come from a rural area north of Kingston, ON. I am also a community engaged scholar in the Political Science Department at the University of Guelph. I collaborate across disciplines, sectors, communities and Nations to address complex social problems and highlighting community strength, particularly related to intersections between wellbeing and citizen engagement. My relationships in this work are mostly with Indigenous and northern women and young women. Before coming to Guelph, I was serving as a city councillor in Fredericton, NB.

Ruth CameronRuth Cameron: Ruth Cameron is a PhD student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Community Psychology, and the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA). She is also a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS. Formerly, she worked as a Community-Based Research Facilitator at the Ontario AIDS Network. Ruth’s doctoral studies focus on intersectoral population health initiatives and using intersectionality as framework for interventions supporting equitable outcomes for marginalized communities impacted by HIV and intimate partner violence.