Featured Speakers

Welcome Keynote
Anthony Housefather, MP, will offer a welcome address during the opening session of the conference. Mr. Housefather is Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights for the Canadian House of Commons and represents Mount Royal, Montreal, QC.
Some Challenges in Sustaining Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System
Tim Chapman, Chair, European Forum for Restorative Justice and Lecturer, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK
An Evidence-Based, Indigenous Model of Restorative Practice
Dr. Patti LaBoucane-Benson, Director of Research, Training & Communication, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
The Times They Are A Changin’: Restorative Practice and the Workplace
Anne Martin, Ph.D., Director of Restorative Practice Services, Shalem Mental Health Network, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Transforming Corrections in Ontario
Howard Sapers, Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform, Government of Ontario, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Nurturing Wisdom, Courage and the Heart for Change
Alice G. Thompson, CEO, Black Family Development, Inc., Detroit, Michigan, USA
Restorative Practices in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
Joseph Tompkins, Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Peterborough, ON, Canada
Teaching Leadership to Aboriginal Youth
Bryan Trottier, Leadership Teacher to Aboriginal Youth, Hockey Hall of Fame and NHL Top 100

FaithCARE – 10 Years In: What We’ve Learned, Challenges We’ve Faced
Mark Vander Vennen, Executive Director, Shalem Mental Health Network in Hamilton, ON, Canada
Featured Panels
We are featuring the following panels as breakout sessions:

Leading Change Through Restorative Justice Approaches

  • Moderator: Bruce Schenk, Director, IIRP Canada, Port Hope, ON, Canada
  • Tim Chapman, Chair, European Forum for Restorative Justice and Lecturer, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Selena Guildford, Casework Manager, Community Justice Society, Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Kelly Adamson, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Community Justice Society, Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Howard Sapers, Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform, Government of Ontario, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Additional panelist to be announced soon

Connecting Restorative Practices With Key Education Goals

  • Moderator: Bruce Schenk, Director, IIRP Canada, Port Hope, ON, Canada
  • Ruth Bell, Safe Schools Administrator, Toronto District School Board, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Joseph Tompkins, Superintendent of Education, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Peterborough, ON, Canada
  • Kelly Krug, Climate for Learning and Working Coordinator, Peel District School Board, Mississauga, ON, Canada
  • Stijn Deprez, Training and Development Coordinator, Ligand, Kortrijk, Belgium

Indigenous Communities Engaging in Restorative Action to Promote Reconciliation

  • Moderator: Gayle Desmeules, Regional Representative for Western Canada, IIRP Canada, St. Paul, AB, Canada
  • Dr. Patti LaBoucane-Benson, Director of Research, Training & Communication, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Donald Nicholls, Director, Department of Justice and Correctional Services, Cree Nation Government, Mistissini, QC, Canada
  • Losty Mamianskum, Corrections Coordinator, Department of Justice and Correctional Services, Cree Nation Government, Mistissini, QC, Canada
  • Bryan Trottier, Leadership Teacher to Aboriginal Youth, Hockey Hall of Fame and NHL Top 100

Taking Restorative Practice into the Workplace: Learnings and Challenges

  • Moderator: Anne Martin, Ph.D., Director of Restorative Practice Services, Shalem Mental Health Network, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Moderator: Mark Vander Vennen, Executive Director, Shalem Mental Health Network in Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Terry O’Connell, Director, Real Justice Australia, Springwood, NSW, Australia
  • Leslie H. Macleod, LL.B., LL.M. (ADR), Co-Director, LL.M. Program in Conflict Resolution, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Additional panelist to be announced soon