Program

The program will include an opening and closing plenary session and a variety of 50-minute and 100-minute breakout sessions throughout the three days of the conference, focusing on fostering restorative communities, organizations and systems. Featured panels will explore the theme of “Leading & Sustaining Change” as it relates to education, criminal justice and youth justice, indigenous communities and workplaces.

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.

Featured Speakers

Featured speakers will include:

  • Tim Chapman, Chair, European Forum for Restorative Justice and Lecturer, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Dr. Patti LaBoucane-Benson, Director of Research, Training & Communication, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Anne Martin, Ph.D., Director of Restorative Practice Services, Shalem Mental Health Network, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Howard Sapers, Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform, Government of Ontario, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Alice G. Thompson, CEO, Black Family Development, Inc., Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • Joseph Tompkins, Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Peterborough, ON, Canada
  • Mark Vander Vennen, Executive Director, Shalem Mental Health Network in Hamilton, ON, Canada

Featured Panels

We are also 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
  • Additional panelist to be announced soon

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
  • Additional panelists to be announced soon
Continue Your Journey

Supplement your conference experience with online academic instruction in the hybrid graduate course RP 541 IIRP World Conference.

Interested attendees will have an opportunity to meet with the IIRP Graduate School faculty at the conference to learn more about pursuing a Master of Science degree or Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices.