Presenters

Keynotes
Dr. Stuart Shanker
Dr. Stuart Shanker
Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis
Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis
Dr. Andrew Howlett
Dr. Andrew Howlett
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Workshop Presenters
Lisa Barton
A-6: Young Dads Issues
Lisa is the Manager of Family & Community Programs with Families Matter Society of Calgary.
Michael Bautista
A-6: Young Dads Issues
Michael is an Individualized Support Worker with Families Matter Society of Calgary and holds a Degree
in Child Studies.
Rishad Bismullah
C-1: Immigrant Fathers
Family support counsellor and the Men's programs coordinator
at Saskatoon Open Door Society
Kate Bojin
B-4: Engaged Fatherhood/Gender Equity
Kate is the Director of Programs at White Ribbon Canada.
The Movember Foundation
C:3 - Innovative Approaches to Engaging Men
Owen is the Global Lead for Fatherhood for The Movember Foundation.
Deborah da Costa
A-1: Innovative Strategies to Support the Health of Fathers
Dr. Deborah Da Costa, Associate Professor at McGill University.
Her research focuses on maternal and paternal mental health during the
transition to parenthood with a focus on identifying modifiable predictors and developing gender sensitive e-health interventions to optimize psychological adjustment and healthy behaviors
during this critical life stage.
Randy Budd
C-6: Challenges and Supports for Indigenous Fathers
Harley is an Indigenous single father of two daughters.
Ian deGeer
B-4: Engaged Fatherhood/Gender Equity
Ian is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University.
Francine de Montigny
B-2: Helping Fathers in Distress
Professor in the Department of Nursing at the Université du Québec en Outaouais.
Geneviève Desrochers
C-2: Stratégies pratiques pour aider les pères
Elle est use doula postnatale passionnée par le support des familles dans la période du post-partum.
Annie Devault
B-2: Helping Fathers in Distress
Annie is a professor of social work at the Université du Québec en Outaouais.
Layal Dleikan
B-5: How to Serve Those Who Serve
Clinical practitioner in the field of psychology.
Davidson Elder
C-5: Engaging Dads with Parenting Workshops
Public Health Nurse with Ottawa Public Health and a father of two wonderful girls.
Connie Herman
B-6: Nobody's Perfect
Connie is Provincial Coordinator of the Nobody's Perfect Program in Saskatchewan.
Holly Charles
A-6: Young Dads Issues
Director of Operations, Catholic Family Services, Calgary
Louise Leonardi
A-5: Dad HERO Project
Louise is the ED of the Canadian Families and Corrections Network.
Dr. Kevin waskayasiw Lewis
A-2: Traditional Parenting
Kevin is a nêhiyaw (Cree) instructor, researcher and writer that has worked with
higher learning institutions within the Prairie Provinces in the areas of Cree Language Development and
Instructional methodologies.
Carmen Paterson-Payne
B-6: Nobody's Perfect and Dads
Carmen is a Nobody's Perfect Program Master trainer and the Provincial Coordinator for Manitoba.
Chris Pellerin
B-3: Five Things Dads Can Do
Chris is a single father of two teenagers, Pastor, and recent Graduate of Acadia Divinity College
with a Master of Divinity degree, and co-founder of Support for Dads.
Viola Polomeno
B-1 & C-4: La sexualité des hommes/Men's Sexuality
Viola est une infirmière oeuvant en périnatalité/a perinatal nurse
Brian Russell
A-4: This (almost) Changes Everything
Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario and a psychotherapist in the Greater Toronto Area. He is married with three adult daughters.
Cathy Ryan
B-6: Nobody's Perfect and Dads
Cathy is a Policy Analyst with the Division of Children and Youth, Public Health Agency of Canada.
Tanis Shanks
B-6: Nobody's Perfect and Dads
Tanis is the Canadian Action Plan for Children Education & Training Coordinator (Saskatchewan Prevention Institute)
Monica Vaillancourt
A-1: Innovative Strategies
Monica is research assistant at the Research Institute of the McGill University
Health Centre
Raymond Villeneuve
A-3: L'histoire inspirante du RVP
Directeur pour le Regroupment pour la Valorization de la Paternité.
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Other Conference Speakers
Dr. Theresa Tam
Mr. Matt Jeneroux
Ed Gough, Jr
Dr. Kevin Shafer
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