9:00 am09:00

Wisdom2Action: From Trauma to Resilience - Ottawa

  • Element High School

Wisdom2Action: From Trauma to Resilience (W2A-TR) is a knowledge mobilization and outreach event that addresses sexual violence experienced by Canadian youth. Hosted by the CYCC Network in collaboration with local and national partners, this event will bring together a diverse group of people who are involved in preventing sexual violence and in supporting young people who experience it. W2A-TR will allow people passionate about improving the mental health and well-being of young people to build their networks and be exposed to best and promising practices.

The event is open to researchers, community service providers, educators, government agencies, youth, and others who work with young people to prevent or respond to sexual violence.

Mar 25

Zoom In On Girls - Edmonton, AB

Zoom In On Girls - Edmonton - Girls Action Foundation

"Zoom In On Girls" is coming to Edmonton

Click here for the French version

What is a Zoom?

Zoom in on Girls is a series of regional gatherings for Girls Action Foundations’ National Network members, organizations and individuals who work with girls and young women.
Focusing on issues related to girls and young women, the Zoom events aim to support and strengthen action strategies, networking, and the exchange of skills and resources on a regional level.

The gatherings will be a space to:

  • Exchange and be inspired by each others’ experiences
  • Network with other programmers in your region
  • Share successes and resources
  • Gain new tools and knowledge
  • Develop strategies to tackle the issues faced by girls and young women
  • Celebrate our work

When and where?

1.    Friday, March 24th for a networking cocktail 5@7
2.   Saturday, March 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Parkdale Cromdale Community League
11385 85 Street
Edmonton, AB
T5B 4S1


To register and submit your workshop / sessions proposals CLICK HERE

Registration deadline for workshops proposals: March 15
Registration deadline for participants: March 21

Need more information? Please contact: 
Alia Hassan-Cournol, Communication Coordinator
Sumaya Ugas, Programs Coordinator

12:45 pm12:45

Healthy Minds Canada Lunch and Learn: Indigenous Youth and Mental Health - Toronto

  • Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto - North Borden Building, Room 219

Whether we recognize them or not, we are all affected by mental health issues. Some maybe more than others - what makes indigenous youth more susceptible to mental health issues compared to non-indigenous youth?

Healthy Minds Canada is hosting a free Lunch and Learn where they will discuss issues such as social determinants of health affecting mental health, living with a family member who is experiencing mental health issues, supporting personal mental health, and how to recognize indicators early enough to avoid onset of mental health issues. Join Healthy Minds Canada for an exciting dialogue with experts in the field and individuals with lived experience.

For more information and to register, visit the Healthy Minds Canada website. 

Apr 15

International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) 2017 - Toronto

IPLC2017 is designed to bring together sport, health, education and recreation experts to advance the knowledge, application and implementation of physical literacy programming across the globe. The conference engages leaders, practitioners and stakeholders of physical literacy from around the world in a truly collaborative environment.

Jun 19

Online Support Sessions: Asthma Pals Mentorship Program

Asthma Pals Mentorship Program: Weekly Online Social Support Meetings

Please note: Eastern Time Zone

Does your child (7-11 years old) have asthma?

Would you like your child to connect with other children with asthma? Would you like your child to learn strategies for managing their asthma and feel more confident?
The Asthma Society of Canada (ASC) is proud to announce the Asthma Pals Mentorship Program. Developed by the University of Alberta in 2008, and following positive feedback, ASC is excited to launch this support service for children with asthma across Canada.

Asthma Society of Canada - Asthma Pals Mentorship Program

Signing Up:
The Spring Session will run every Monday at 7PM EST from April 24 to June 19, 2017 (skipping May 22).

For more information and to register, visit the Asthma Society of Canada website

Apr 28

5th Canadian Obesity Summit - Banff, AB

Dennis Edell of EPODE Canada and Dr. Shazhan Amed of SCOPE will be co-presenting a pre-conference workshop at this year’s Canadian Obesity Summit in Banff on April 25, 2017. The workshop, titled Designing a Successful Community-Based Approach for Preventing Childhood Obesity, is designed for anyone interested in learning what a community-based program can do and the necessary steps to start and sustain a program designed to reduce the prevalence of obese and overweight children. 

11:00 am11:00

Webinar: Supporting Positive Outcomes for Youth Involved with the Law

Webinar: Supporting Positive Outcomes for Youth Involved with the Law

Please note: Eastern Time Zone.

Webinar: Supporting Positive Outcomes for Youth Involved with the Law
March 23, 2017 | 11:00am-12:00pm EST

How can we support positive outcomes for youth involved with the law? What is the impact of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) on particular groups of young people facing barriers?

The YCJA has successfully changed the youth justice system by moving it away from punitive toward more rehabilitative approaches to youth justice, and by reducing the incarcerated rate of youth in general. However, not all youth are benefiting from the changes. The incarcerated rate of Indigenous youth has not decreased and there have been unintended adverse impacts on youth from racialized groups.

This webinar features Dr. Siu-Ming Kwok speaking on youth criminal justice in conversation with youth advocates, Rebecca Weatherstone and Heidi HeavyShield, who have experience working within the corrections system. Our webinar presenters will share a case scenario of a youth navigating the criminal justice system that we will discuss from the perspective of research and practice.

1:00 pm13:00

New guidelines for introducing peanut to babies: what do they mean? - Webinar

Please note: Eastern Time Zone

This free webinar focuses on the new guidelines for the introduction of peanut to babies and what they mean, followed by a Q&A where participants can ask questions. Hosted by Food Allergy Canada and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI), this webinar will be presented by Canadian allergist Dr. Julia Upton. 

1:00 pm13:00

Webinar: Substance Use and Suicide among Youth: Prevention and Intervention Strategies (English only)

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Please note: Eastern Time Zone.

Guest speaker: Dr. Robyn McQuaid, Research and Policy Analyst at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

The MHCC’s webinars on suicide prevention are designed for everyone involved in mental health services, including people living with mental health problems or illnesses and their families. Most of all, the webinars are intended for people who can help make the practical, organizational, and cultural shifts needed to recognize the importance of suicide prevention and how we can all work together to reduce the number of deaths by suicide.
This free webinar will be in English and a recording will be available on the website following the live event in April 2017. The PowerPoint presentation will also be available afterwards in both English and French.

For more information contact:
Samantha Fauteux
Program Coordinator, Suicide Prevention
Prevention and Promotion

11:00 am11:00

Webinar: It’s Play Time! Unexpected reasons why physical activity is so important for kids


Please note: Eastern Time Zone.

Presenter: Dr. Patricia Longmuir

Everyone knows that physical activity is important for physical and mental health, but most think of it in terms of decreasing adult diseases such as heart attack, diabetes or obesity. However, active play is also essential for childhood growth, development, and a good quality of life. Less than 10% of Canadian children achieve recommended levels of physical activity, and children with medical conditions are even less active than their peers. This webinar will review the evidence supporting the importance of childhood physical activity in paediatric healthcare, including it’s potential for treatment as well as primary and secondary prevention. Tips for assessing childhood physical activity and supporting patients to become more active will be provided.

Mar 2

2nd Canadian National Fatherhood Conference - Winnipeg, MB

Side by Side: Strategies for Working with Vulnerable Fathers

The 2nd Canadian National Fatherhood Conference is for anyone interested in engaging fathers in their community with services, programs, or resources. The conference goal is to help you provide fathers with the knowledge and support needed around the healthy development of children.
The 2nd Canadian National Fatherhood Conference will call together workers, clinicians,
practitioners, managers, and researchers from across Canada to present and share their work with fathers. In particular, this year’s focus will encourage discussions about fathers at risk:

  • Young Dads
  • Racialized Dads
  • Dads involved with child welfare
  • Aboriginal Dads
  • Incarcerated Dads
  • Immigrant/newcomer Dads

It will connect people by creating much-needed networking around engaging fathers-at-risk in programs and communities. It will inform people by focusing on practical and researched-based father involvement information. It will mobilize people through ideas and the momentum of conversations about fatherhood.

For more information, visit the event page or contact

11:45 am11:45

Children First Canada at the Economic Club of Canada - Ottawa

  • Château Laurier

Moderator: André Picard, Public Health Reporter, The Globe and Mail

Panelists:  Sara L. Austin, Founder, President & CEO, Children First
   Ashley Whiteman, Prime Minister's Youth Council Member, Government of Canada
                    The Honourable Landon Pearson O.C., Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights, Carleton University

Canada is the 5th most prosperous nation in the world, but Canadian kids aren’t reaping the benefits. We rank 17th globally for the wellbeing of children, and drop to 27th place for child health and safety. We can and must do better: Canada’s future depends on it.

After its initial 2016 launch on the EC platform in Toronto, Children First is proud to bring this important discussion to Ottawa. Join Sara L. Austin, Founder, President and CEO of Children First Canada alongside youth representative Ashley Whiteman and The Honourable Landon Pearson. The Globe and Mail’s André Picard will be serving as moderator.

12:45 pm12:45

Lunch and Learn: Children and Mental Health - Calgary

  • TELUS House 2nd floor, room #002-016

Healthy Minds Canada is hosting a FREE panel discussion in partnership with the University of Calgary’s Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education about children and mental health.  We will hear from experts in the field as well as those with lived experience and have an honest discussion about some of the difficulties, successes, and strategies for faced by parents, teachers, and all those who care about the mental wellbeing of our children.

Visit the Healthy Minds Canada website for full details and panelist announcements. Admission is free, but you must be registered to attend.

11:00 am11:00

Webinar: Primary Health Care Reform - What does it Mean for Canadian Children and Youth


Please note: Eastern Time Zone.

Presenters: Dr. Astrid Guttman, Shelley Callaghan

Primary care reform has been a major policy initiative across a number of Canadian provinces. Little is known about how reform efforts will address the needs of children and youth. At the same time, there are a number of other core healthcare services for children and youth that fall under provincial/territorial jurisdiction. These include access to pharmacare, dental care, and developmental screening including for hearing and vision. This webinar will summarize findings from a CIHR funded investigation of primary health care services for children and youth in Canada using a range of sources including stakeholder questionnaires, national surveys and other health administrative data recently released as part of a new on-line CICH Profile Module focused on Primary Care Services. Topics to be covered include the structure of primary care services, indicators of access and effectiveness, as well as what is known about funding and access to other primary health care services such as dental and developmental screening. Data will presented by province and territory, and some comparative findings with the US will be discussed.

1:00 pm13:00

A Social Justice Approach in Youth Programming: The Guys Can Cook! Program - Webinar

Please note: Eastern Time Zone. 

The Guys Can Cook! program (GCC) is a health promotion initiative focused on nutrition and food skills development among male teenagers. Three years of the GCC project delivery across seven neighbourhoods in West Toronto resulted in the development of a program model that is rooted in a social justice and anti-oppression framework. It offers a youth informed approach to program development and implementation.

During the Guys Can Cook! webinar, an interdisciplinary team will share lessons learned about applying a social justice and anti-oppression framework, enabling youth engagement, and supporting youth participation. The GCC team will also share resources from the Guys Can Cook! program, including the program manual and the Guys Can Cook! cookbook.

This webinar is co-hosted by HC Link and the Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC).

Visit the HC Link website for more information, presenter bios, and registration.


11:00 am11:00

Webinar: How To Succeed with your Ideal for Change - Reflections on Effective Child Health Advocacy

Please note: Eastern Time Zone. 

During this CAPHC Presents webinar,  two leaders in the paediatric health care community will discuss the latest edition of "Are We Doing Enough", the Canadian Paediatric Society’s biennial status report that evaluates public policies affecting children and youth in Canada.

Presenters will highlight changes to the document, review the principles of effective child health advocacy, and apply these principles to two case studies.

Click here for more information and to register.

7:00 pm19:00

Bell Let’s Talk Day Community Event: The Stigma-Free Zone Movement with Andrea Paquette - North Vancouver

  • Parkgate Community Centre (North wing Multi-Purpose Room)

Join the conversation with Andrea Paquette, national spokesperson for the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign and MLA Jane Thornthwaite to talk about mental health and learn about the new and exciting Stigma-Free Zone Movement on the Lower Mainland. The office of MLA Jane Thornthwaite for North-Vancouver Seymour invites you to a free community event that is taking place in the riding. Guest Andrea Paquette, who is also the 2015 Courage To Come Back Recipient in Mental Health, Coast Mental Health, is passionate about educating people, especially youth, on the stigma surrounding mental health. She has been sharing her personal story since 2010 and has reached over 10,000+ youth in schools with her personal message of hope.

Andrea will also share about the Society’s new Stigma-Free Zone Movement and how the Charity is working with community leaders to declare schools, businesses and provincial ridings in BC as stigma-free zones. The Stigma-Free Society is declaring the riding of North-Vancouver Seymour as the first geographical stigma-free zone at the community event on January 25, 2017, Bell Let’s Talk Day. Come and hear about MLA Jane Thornthwaite’s commitments to cultivate the stigma-free zone culture for the riding of North Vancouver-Seymour. 

Please RSVP to the event by e-mailing

Learn more about the Stigma-Free Society at their website,


Jan 26

2017 Sport for Life Canadian Summit - Gatineau, QC

  • Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel

The Sport for Life Canadian Summit brings together leaders who work to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. Sport for Life recognizes that quality sport and physical literacy offer rich benefits to Canadian society through improved health, stronger communities, higher sporting achievement, and stronger national identity. By improving sport, Sport for Life aims to improve the lives of all Canadians.

The 2017 Sport for Life Canadian Summit will take place January 24 - 26 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel, in Gatineau, QC Canada.


Registration - Opens September 1, 2016.

Theme announced: Nurturing Excellence

The term “excellence”, however applied, can be described as achieving outstanding results. Excellence can be realized in any number of ways – through personal achievement, organizational or system effectiveness, or by changing the culture of an entire nation for the better.  

The concept of nurturing excellence suggests that an environment can be created in which excellence can flourish, both in quality and scale, through the intentional actions of an individual or group. 

For more information:

11:00 am11:00

Webinar - Cross-sectoral partnerships for integrating services for children and youth: Reaching for the SSCY

Please note: Eastern Time Zone. 

Take a virtual tour of the amazing and beautiful new Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) Centre, an integrated health and social service centre for children and youth with disabilities, which opened in Winnipeg in July 2016.

Explore the community engagement process that was used to ensure that families, staff and partner voices were brought to the table resulting in features such as a concierge, a waterfall, palm trees, gesturetek systems, 3D printer and carver, disco digital x-ray, water tables, teepees and more. Follow the 20 year journey of families, seven partner agencies and 3 government departments using a change management perspective to identify critical success factors in the movement from a fragmented and confusing service delivery system to a unified and integrated service for clients and families.

Uncover the tools that were used to facilitate the integration process such as the development of a common vision, the use of an inter-sectoral planning group, development of a central intake, shared electronic medical records, use of single case coordinators, co-located inter-agency multidisciplinary teams and shared site management. Conclude your virtual tour with outcomes to date, future evaluation and next steps.

For more information and to register, visit the CAPHC website. 

1:30 pm13:30

Webinar - Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis: Implications for practice and policy

Please note: Eastern Time Zone

To effectively prevent harms related to cannabis use among adolescents it is valuable to understand what youth believe are the effects associated with the drug and what can influence a youth to use or abstain. Youth are best suited to inform researchers about where the gaps exist in current cannabis education and awarenss efforts. Findings from the recent qualitative research study, "Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis", can be used to contribute to the valuable data beginning to accumulate regarding youth perceptions on cannabis and aid policy makers, prevention specialists and researchers in developing effective prevention efforts. With changes in cannabis legislation anticipated in the near future, this is of timely concern.

This two-part webinar series covers the methods, findings and practical implications of the "Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis" study conducted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA). It discusses the methodological challenges of conducting qualitative research with youth in the non-profit setting, and the implications of research findings on prevention, practice and policy.

Part 2 of this webinar series includes:

  • A summary of key points of the study's findings,
  • A discussion about the implications of the findings on cannabis prevention, research and policy,
  • A panel discussion featuring youth-facing practitioners from The Student Commission of Canada (Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement), Sick Kids Hospital and Parent Action on Drugs (PAD), and
  • A review of the study limitations and future directions for research.

In Part 1 of this series, CCSA presenters focused on methods and findings of their study, issues to consider when doing qualitative research in the non-profit setting and benefits of an integrated knowledge translation approach when undertaking research.

This webinar is organized by HC Link and co-hosted by Parent Action on Drugs and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

9:00 am09:00

Watch Online - We Can Do Better: Governor General’s Conference on Concussions in Sport

  • Rideau Hall

Please note: Eastern Time Zone

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston will host a conference on concussions in sport on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Rideau Hall.

Watch it Live

On December 6, at 9 a.m. (EST), watch the conference live and submit your questions to the panellists via Twitter by using #GGCC2016.

Driven by the Governor General’s strong desire for Canadian youth to play safe and continue to get involved in sport and physical activity—the objectives of the one-day conference are to bring together federal, provincial and territorial government representatives and key stakeholders in the sport, recreation, health and education sectors to advance collaboration in the development of a national approach to manage, detect and prevent concussions. The event is presented in partnership with Sport Canada and the Sport Information Resource Centre.

Watch the Governor General’s video message for more information on the conference and its program.

For more information, visit the event page

10:00 am10:00

Webinar - Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis: Research results and lessons learned

Please note: Eastern Time Zone

Canada has one of the world's highest rates of cannabis use among teens. This is concerning given the risks to adolescent development and mental health. Research on what youth think about cannabis and how that relates to their choice to use is critical to informing preventive education, practice implementation and policy to minimize harm. It is especially significant given changes in recreational legalization on the horizon, which may have an impact on further use in this vulnerable population.

This two-part webinar series covers the methods, findings and implications of a recent qualitative research study, "Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis", conducted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA). It discusses the methodological challenges of conducting qualitative research with youth in the non-profit setting, and the implications of research findings on prevention, practice and policy.

In Part 1 of the series, CCSA presenters will focus on:

  • The methods used in their recent study undertaken to better understand youth knowledge, misconceptions and influencing factors regarding cannabis,
  • Challenges to consider when conducting qualitative research,
  • Benefits of an integrated knowledge translation process (researcher-knowledge broker team), and
  • Findings of the study.

Part 2 will concentrate on discussing implications of the research on prevention practice and policy, including a panel discussion of youth prevention practitioners as well as study limitations and future directions for research.

This webinar is organized by HC Link and co-hosted by Parent Action on Drugs and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

1:30 pm13:30

Webinar - Engaging Youth in Policy: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada

Featuring a special message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Please note: Eastern Time Zone

In 2013, the MHCC Youth Council (YC) took on a knowledge exchange project to translate, from a youth perspective, Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada. Realizing the importance of the original document in helping to shape mental health policy in Canada, the YC wanted to ensure that it was accessible to all Canadians, with a particular focus on youth and youth-focused organizations. Through the development of new images, infographics, and revised policy language, the YC was able to take a complex policy document and make it more accessible for anyone without a strong background in mental health policy.
This webinar will take a deeper look at the contents of the document and the process involved in re-writing the Strategy. 

The goals of the webinar are to:  

  • Explore the Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Youth Perspective – what it is, and how it can be useful to you;
  • Describe what authentic youth engagement is, and how organizations can do it meaningfully;
  • Provide key recommendations for organizations and youth alike when implementing a youth-led project;
  • Provide case studies detailing how organizations are implementing the Mental Health Strategy for Canada and how they are engaging youth in their work;
  • Host a Q&A period with MHCC Youth Council members.

This webinar will be presented in English. A recording and PowerPoint presentation will be available on the Commission’s website in December 2016.

The YC will also premiere their whiteboard  animation video created  this year as a supplementary piece to the webinar. 


Members of the MHCC Youth Council:

Amanee Elchehimi

Jack Saddleback

Ally Campbell





8:30 am08:30

Canada's Vision Zero Summit - Toronto

  • Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall

This summit will examine the implementation of Vision Zero in Canada, drawing on international examples of Vision Zero and their application to Canada. Examples will include Sweden, Edmonton and New York City's implementation of Vision Zero road safety initiatives. Speakers will be drawn from Canadian and international road safety leaders and researchers.

Led by Parachute, this not-to-be-missed event will bring together leaders in health, traffic safety and engineering, police enforcement, policy-makers, local government and corporate partners to develop and share winning strategies for implementation of Vision Zero. 

1:00 pm13:00

Webinar - Communicating in Plain Language

Please note: Eastern Time Zone

In today’s innovation- and research-rich world, we need to share complicated messages with a wide range of readers, such as granting agencies, colleagues, stakeholders and the public.
Join independent knowledge transfer professional Sylviane Duval as she shares her insights and advice on how to improve the clarity of your writing style—and ultimately, your message.

AllerGen is pleased to host this professional development webinar as part of the SMRTS (Sharing Multi-network Resources for Trainee Success) Seminars Program, a multi-network training initiative involving nine national and provincial organizations, including AllerGen.

11:30 am11:30

Children First Canada and the Economic Club of Canada - Toronto

  • Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel

Canada is the 5th most prosperous nation in the world, but Canadian kids aren’t reaping the benefits. We rank 17th globally for the well-being of children, and drop to 27th place for child health and safety. We can and must do better: Canada’s future depends on it. The Economic Club of Canada in partnership with Children First Canada, is proud to present a lunch engagement to discuss this important topic. 

1:00 pm13:00

Webinar - Radon and children’s health: What you need to know

A Webinar for Child Care Professionals 

Please note: Eastern Time Zone

You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but radon gas may be putting your health and the health of the children in your care at risk.
 Join the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) and the Canadian Child Care Federation (a CPCHE Partner),  for an informative webinar on radon, its links to lung cancer, how to check the level of radon in your child care facility and what to do if the levels are too high.
 Hear firsthand what child care professionals like you are doing to make a difference, and how you can use your voice to ensure all children are protected.

Kelley Bush, Head, Radon Education and Awareness, Health Canada
Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher, Canadian Environmental Law Association
Don Giesbrecht, President and CEO, Canadian Child Care Federation
The webinar is offered by the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) and the Canadian Child Care Federation (a CPCHE Partner), with financial support from Health Canada.

To register: 

10:00 am10:00

20th Annual Active Living Conference - Scarborough, Ont.

  • Variety Village

Join Variety Village as they host the 20th annual Active Living Conference. This one day event is popular with students, coaches, educators, families, schools, community organizations and groups interested in active living opportunities for people of all abilities.

Registrants will enjoy presentations, interactive sessions and community resources promoting inclusive sport, recreation and participation.

Note: From 1-4 p.m., Variety Village is extending invitations to staff and members of local sport, recreation and rehabilitation organizations to visit the exhibitors showcasing their programs/services – FREE!

There will be more than 25 organizations sharing information about inclusive programming, adapted equipment, technology and opportunities to get involved and get active!

For more information, contact Archie Allison, Director, Access & Awareness at Variety Village.

12:00 am00:00

Knowledge to Action (KtA) Provincial Exchange - Toronto

  • York University

The goal of The Youth. The Work. The System on October 28, 2016 is to bring youth sector stakeholders across Ontario together to share and engage with practice-relevant knowledge from research, youth work practice and lived experience. YouthRex has pulled together a stellar program with many learning opportunities reflecting the three themes of the Exchange.

12:00 pm12:00

Webinar: Exploring the landscape of food and beverage marketing to children in Canada

Please note: Eastern Time Zone
This webinar will review the landscape of food and beverage marketing to children in Canada to explore: (1) where children may be exposed to food marketing (at school, grocery stores, fast food restaurants, and home), and (2) the potential collective impact of multiple exposures to food marketing. New research in public recreation facilities will be discussed using photos to describe the nature and extent of its food and beverage marketing. Actions that can be taken by the public and policy-makers to help reduce children’s exposure to and the impact of unhealthy food and beverage marketing in Canada will be suggested. 

The webinar will be presented by Dr. Kim Raine, RD and Rachel Prowse, RD from the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP)

Oct 25

2016 CAPHC Annual Conference - Halifax, NS

  • Halifax, NS

Our Preliminary Program has been posted to the Conference website and as additional information becomes available, it will be added.

At this time, our four fabulous Keynote Speakers have been confirmed and include:

Professor Tim Caulfield (@CaulfieldTim): Is Popular Culture Screwing Up the Health of Our Children and Families?

There is a ridiculous amount of science-free health and wellness advice floating around in popular culture. And much of this information is conflicting, misleading or just plain crazy. Indeed, these are strange times. Vaccination myths won’t die. Bizarre celebrity diets remain ridiculously popular. There is a growing market for unproven and often dangerous therapies. Inaccurate views about nutrition and fitness seem to dominate the popular press. In this presentation, Professor Caulfield will explore why and how health information gets so twisted, including the increasingly important role of celebrity culture. He will also review why this matters (and it does!) and how it impacts Canadian health and health policy. He will conclude by reviewing what the best available evidence says about how to live a healthy lifestyle.  

Dr. Maureen O'Donnell: Changing the Odds and Finishing First: Harnessing Our Strengths to Improve Children's Health Services in Canada

Across our nation, there are many examples of good practice and health service innovation that improve children’s health. At the same time, while health service quality improvement efforts are frequently focused on bending the cost curve and improving health outcomes for the whole population, children may be at risk of being overlooked. Funding constraints and dramatic changes in health care, including a renewed focus on primary care and integrated home and community care, make it even more important and timely that children’s health services are planned carefully and appropriately. In this presentation, Dr. O’Donnell will explore what’s possible with respect to our understanding of health status of children and youth, the relationship between health status and service delivery models, novel systems thinking and systems approaches as well as the necessary and innovative partnerships that are possible in our Canadian context. Can we harness our strengths, change the odds and become the front-runner in the race to good health for Canada’s children? 

Grace Thompson: My Nightmares Wear White

With a new twist on CAPHC’s 2016 Motivational Symposium, Grace Thompson will perform her one-person play, My Nightmares Wear White. This presentation, written by Ms. Thompson, was inspired by her experiences and challenges with an illness that consumed her life for many years and is told through different characters, stories, dreams, music, and moments. While developing the show, Ms. Thompson was interested in learning and writing about young people who have experienced trauma and the profound impact on these individuals – what it does to their youth as they find themselves in very “adult” situations. Motivated by her experiences and those of others, Ms. Thompson addresses how young people fight through and overcome trauma, how they battle injustices and how they deal with the unfair, the ugly, and most importantly, the grimness of reality.

Ian Brown:The Shared Community: A Place Where Everyone Makes a Difference

What is the value of a disabled life, given that it is so often lived in the shadow of the normal? What can disability teach us and why do we resist its lessons?  How can we create genuine communities for the disabled that let the able-bodied share their gifts?The experience of trying to understand and care for his disabled son, Walker, born with a rare genetic condition known as Cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) syndrome, has left this internationally renowned journalist and author Ian Brown, with these profound questions. In his heartfelt and very personal presentation, Ian will share his dream for Walker and people like him. How can we make it possible for Walker and others with disabilities to live in a community that enables them to thrive and contribute; and for their contributions to be valued and recognized in the community at large so that we can all live in a world where the relationship between both communities is mutually beneficial.Our 2016 Closing Keynote presentation will be a call to action that can impact everyone’s future and an event that you will not want to miss! 


1:30 pm13:30

2016 CCYHC Symposium - Halifax, NS

What role is there for a Canadian Children’s Commissioner? Perspectives and Insights from jurisdiction to opportunity

The annual Canadian Child and Youth Health Coalition symposium will be held on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This year's symposium will focus on “What role is there for a Canadian Children’s Commissioner? Perspectives and insights from jurisdiction to opportunity.” 

Over the past decade, many have promoted the need for a Children’s Commissioner for Canada. But what does this mean amidst the complex and often siloed jurisdictions of federal and provincial governments? Knowing what can be achieved within such a role and what ideals must go renounced is the discussion of supporters and skeptics alike.

We will hear from Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner in the UK on what is being achieved in England for their most vulnerable children. She will passionately share the lessons learned while in this role. The discussion will explore ideas on how to structure an office that is able to make positive change for all children in Canada, but perhaps more importantly those who are most in need of support in such simple areas of their lives such as at home, in class rooms and court rooms. Commissioner Longfield will be joined by David Morley (Unicef Canada); Norman Bosse (Child and Youth Advocate, New Brunswick) and the Honourable Landon Pearson (Carleton University) who will excite and inform with their expertise, opinion and insight. Let us start a truly transformational discussion as we harness a future of hope and enlightenment for Canada’s most vulnerable children.

For more event information, please visit the CCYHC website and the 2016 CAPHC Conference Program agenda.

Oct 23

Play for Tomorrow - Toronto

  • iBoost Zone

Taking place concurrently in Toronto, Kansas City and Palo Alto, Play for Tomorrow will consist of industry speakers, sports and community panelists, a design thinking workshop, a hackathon and opportunities to network with sport organizations such as the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Canadian Football League and many more.