James P. Anglin PhD
School of Child and Youth Care
University of Victoria
British Columbia

Professor Anglin began his career as a child and youth care worker in a mental health centre in Vancouver after which he developed a 6-bed group home for adolescents in Victoria. He then pursued graduate studies, worked in social policy in Ottawa and with the Children’s Services Division, Government of Ontario, in Toronto. Returning to B.C. in 1979, he joined the faculty of the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria where he is a full Professor and former Director.

His major research interests have focused on a re-appreciation of residential care for children and youth (e.g. Pain, Normality and the Struggle for Congruence: Reinterpreting Residential Care for Children and Youth, Routledge, 2002). Currently, he is involved in researching and documenting the implementation and impact of a principle-based approach to residential care with colleagues from the Bronfenbrenner Centre for Translational Research at Cornell University.

He has published in North American and international journals and child welfare texts on a variety of child and youth care issues. He is on the editorial boards of Child and Youth Services, International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, and Reclaiming Youth at Risk. He has also visited child and youth care programs and offered keynotes, workshops and seminars in over 40 countries – focusing on extra-familial care with young people, creating theory from qualitative data, and the evolution of CYC as a global profession.

Jo-ann Archibald

Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald

Associate Dean for Indigenous Education,
NITEP Director and Professor in Educational Studies


Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, from the Sto:lo and Xaxli’p First Nations, is Associate Dean for Indigenous Education, the Director for NITEP, the Indigenous Teacher Education Program, and professor in the Educational Studies Department in the  Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia.
Jo-ann received a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from Simon Fraser University.

At UBC, Jo-ann has also held the positions of Director of the First Nations House of Learning for eight years and Director of NITEP for 15 years.  She received a National Aboriginal Achievement/Indspire Award in 2000, an honorary Doctor of Letters from Capilano University and the Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Achievement in 2012. In 2013, she received a distinguished career achievement award from the American Education Research Association, Scholars of Colour.  At the Faculty of Education graduation ceremony on May 21st she was presented with 2015 UBC Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

Jo-ann is the author of the book, Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit published in 2008 by UBC Press.  She has been the annual theme editor of the Canadian Journal of Native Education since.

Senator Anne Cools


Senator Anne Cools

Government of Canada


Senator Anne Cools, a McGill University graduate and the senator for Toronto Centre-York, is Canada’s longest-serving senator. Called to the Senate by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1984, she has had a long and successful
history in social services. In the 1970’s she founded one of Canada’s first battered women’s shelters, Toronto’s Women in Transition. She was also Canada’s front runner in the field of domestic violence. In 1997 her Senate work on the Divorce Act crystallized the creation of the Senate-Commons Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access.  Its 1998 groundbreaking report, For the Sake of the Children, upheld that post-divorce, children need and should have meaningful and continuing involvement with both parents, recommending that the Divorce Act be amended to reflect the notion that “shared parenting” is in the best interests of the child. Senator Cools, well studied in the law and practice of parliament, is a formidable force on the Senate floor. She is one of Canada’s most distinguished parliamentarians, largely because of her central role in the legal and social questions, such as divorce, that touch families so deeply.

Mike DeGagne


Dr. Mike DeGagné

President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University

Dr. Mike DeGagné is President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. Mike served as the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation throughout its duration. He previously held senior positions with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Health Canada. Dr. DeGagné is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Commission of Canada and has served as Chairman of the Child Welfare League of Canada. He is a graduate from the University of Toronto, Central Michigan University and Osgoode Hall and holds a doctorate from Michigan State University. The recipient of various honours he was recently appointed a member of the Order of Canada. He is internationally recognized as an expert on the impact of residential schools on Aboriginal peoples.

Irwin ElmanMr. Irwin Elman

Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth of Ontario
President, Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates


Irwin Elman was appointed Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth of Ontario in 2008, the first independent Child and Youth  Advocate for the province. Prior to becoming the Provincial Advocate, Irwin was the Manager of the Pape Adolescent Resource Centre in Toronto (PARC) for more than 20 years. The award winning organization supports young people as they leave child welfare care. Later, he served as the Director of Client Service at Central Toronto Youth Services, an innovative children’s mental health centre.

For his work, Irwin has been recognized in 2007 with the Outstanding Achievement  Recognition Award from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services; he was named one of 10 Canadian Heroes of 2006, by MacLean’s Magazine; and received the Outstanding Youth Service Award from the Ontario  Association of Children’s Aid Societies in 2003. He also received an Honorary Degree from the University of Guelph-Humber.

Irwin has a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) from Carleton University.

Gilles Julien

Gilles Julien, MD

McGill University, initiator of field of Social Pediatrics in Canada

Dr. Gilles Julien has made it his mission to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop harmoniously and reach their potential. A visionary leader, he has created a preventive approach, community social pediatrics, guaranteeing that each of a child’s fundamental rights as set forth in the Convention on the Rights of the Child will be respected. Over the years, he mobilized the people from Montreal’s underprivileged neighborhoods by founding two social pediatric centers in Hochelaga-Maisonnueve and Cote-des-Neiges. The model of social pediatrics that he initiated has helped shape programs across Canada. He is affiliated with McGill University and the Universite de Montreal.

Chris Loock

Dr. Christine Loock MD, FRCPC, is a developmental paediatrician at Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia, including Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and BC Children’s Hospital where she is medical director of the Cleft Palate/ Craniofacial Program and specialist lead for the Social Paediatrics RICHER Program. A distinguished teacher and clinical researcher, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC). Early in her medical training at Harvard and the University of Washington, she developed an interest in ‘Social Paediatrics’. Her earlier clinical and research work focused on children and youth with congenital conditions and developmental disorders, including Faetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and birth defects prevention. She has been a board member on the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and co-author of the Canadian National Guidelines for Diagnosis of Faetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Over the past decade she has been engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary research and practice partnerships with the UBC School of Nursing to develop innovative and effective RICHER health service delivery models for socially vulnerable children and families in Canada. Dr. Loock is a recipient of the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service awarded by the Governor General of Canada.


Mrs. Hélène Sioui Trudel has a Criminology degree from Simon Fraser University, a law degree from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Quebec bar. She has contributed significantly to major legal cases affecting health and social services in aboriginal communities, pay equity, constitutional rights, territorial claims, the environment and human rights. She is dedicated to the promotion of alternative means of dispute resolution that protect the fundamental rights of children as set out by the Convention of the Rights of the Child. Mrs. Trudel established the Legal Health Alliance of the Dr. Julien Foundation and developed tools of mobilization including the Music Garage and the Child’s Circle, inspired by aboriginal practices. She co‐authored the book, Tous  responsables de nos enfants edited by Bayard Canada in May 2009. Mrs. Trudel received the Prix de la Justice du Québec 2013.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

BC Representative for Children and Youth

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is British Columbia’s first Representative for Children and Youth, an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Her office has a mandate to advocate for children and youth in British Columbia and protect their rights. She has worked as a criminal law judge in youth and adult courts, with an emphasis on developing partnerships to better serve the needs of young people in the justice system, particularly sexually exploited children and youth and those with disabilities. A graduate of Carleton University, York University and Cambridge University, she also holds a doctorate from Harvard Law. Dr. Turpel-Lafond has received numerous honours throughout her career and is widely acknowledged as an expert on the rights of children.

Kimberly Schonert-ReichlDr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

Faculty of Education, UBC

Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl is a Professor in the Human Development, Learning, and Culture program at UBC and the Interim Director of the Human Early Learning. The author of more than 100 articles and two books, Dr. Schonert-Reichl studies the social and emotional development and well-being of children and adolescents, particularly in relation to identifying the mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy and compassion. Her recent research includes a focus on population-level data on children’s social and emotional competence and resiliency, and evaluations of school-based social and emotional learning programs. She is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and winner of several awards, including the Killam Teaching Prize for excellence in teaching, and the Confederation of University Faculty Associations’ (CUFA-BC) Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award for sustained contributions over the course of a career to the nonacademic community through research and scholarly activity. Dr. Schonert-Reichl is also an advisor to the BC Ministry of Education’s new educational curriculum that includes a focus on Personal and Social Competency.