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Our first annual national conference which took place in Ottawa was a success and very well attended with 80 delegates.

To watch the presentations go to the speaker descriptions below and click on their link.
Read the Press Release Here



National Conference 2016



Speaker Presentations:

Keynote Speaker–Karen Straughan–Ogres, Onions and Men’s Issues Advocacy

Karen is an advocate for the equal treatment of men in a culture that erroneously believes they are privileged. She has devoted the last 6 years to developing an understanding of the social, cultural, psychological and biological dynamics behind gender role enforcement and sexual politics. Her YouTube channel, girlwriteswhat, has over 130,000 subscribers, and more than 12 million video views, and her work has been presented in high
school and university classrooms in the US, Canada and Ireland.

Janice Fiamengo: Single-Sex Schools at the Post-Secondary Level: An Idea Whose Time Has Come? Most people support single-sex universities for women, but what about for men? Given feminist insistence that campuses are hotbeds of rape, sexual harassment, and other forms of male violence against women– and given the unpleasant shame-filled environment thus created for male students– why not create male-only universities?

Janice Fiamengo is a teacher at the University of Ottawa and writes The Fiamengo File, a series of videos about feminism, free speech, and campus culture.

Justin Trottier: The Power of Positive Thinking (and other lessons for building your own Men‘s Centre). We know the stakes are incredibly high as we work to make progress on life and death men’s issues. And
yet institutional inertia and organized hostility are ever present realities confronting us. In this environment staying positive may seems like a luxury we can ill afford. Yet committing to a an optimistic, open, inviting and collaborative spirit may be the very key to our success.

CAFE co-founder Justin Trottier shares lessons learned from his efforts to build bridges with policy makers, social service and human rights agencies, student governments and other organizations whose support for our cause may surprise you.

Having established those positive values that have helped CAFE become the national voice for boys and men in Canada, he will then provide a blueprint for building a Canadian Centre for Men and Families in your community.

Bio: Justin Trottier is co-founder and CEO of the Canadian Association for Equality and manages the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, a men’s health and social service facility based in downtown Toronto. Prior to launching CAFE he founded and served as National Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Canada, an educational charity advancing scientific literacy and freedom of thought. Justin ran for office in the 2011 Ontario provincial election as a candidate with one of the four main political parties. He has appeared frequently in the mainstream media discussing human rights, fundamental freedoms and gender equality, and loves to share his passion for science as the host of an astronomy radio show called The Star Spot.

David Shackleton: The Psychosocial Roots of Identity Politics, and the Deep Equality of Men and
Women. Western culture changed massively in the sixties, turning a visionary politics of equality pioneered by
Martin Luther King, Jr. into an ideological blame game, a politics of grievance and moral shaming. Fifty years later, identity politics remains deeply dysfunctional and destructive. What happened, and what can we do about it?

David Shackleton is a thinker and writer on psychosociology and personal growth. He was editor and publisher of Canada’s equalism magazine, Everyman; A Men’s Journal for twelve years, and is the author of The Hand That Rocks the World; An Inquiry Into Truth, Power and Gender. His original models of gender codependence and psychological growth have formed the foundation of numerous self-discovery workshops and events.

Dr. James S. Brown: Systemic discrimination against boys and men in Canada.

Bio: Dr. James S. Brown, M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., is a Canadian parent, grandparent, great grandparent,
teacher and academic who has worked in every job in education, including as a teacher and principal.
Dr. Brown holds six university degrees, including a doctorate in education, and also has diplomas of
advanced studies in curriculum, instructional leadership, counselling and applied psychology . He is the
author of a number of books dealing with the challenges facing boys growing up in our current society.
Dr. Brown is the president of the Canadian Association for Equality.

Kevin Arriola: Moving Beyond the Gender Wars. Starting a men’s issues campus group – the Ryerson experience. Mr. Arriola will discuss what led him to start the group, the group itself, what transpired this year, and finally lessons learned and how to move forward.

Mr. Arriola is a politics and governance student at Ryerson. Hi is involved in his community through volunteering and some activism in the right-to- die (assisted suicide) movement. He would like people to know that he’s also currently a busboy at a seafood restaurant as it shows that pretty much anyone can start a group or make a difference.

Victor Maltby: Men’s Sheds–Helping Men to Continue to be Valued and Productive Members of the Community. Men’s Sheds have become very popular in Australia and elsewhere and are just beginning to form in Canada. They offer men an opportunity to reach out, avoid isolation, find new opportunities and interests, to socialize and work along with other men on activities which give a sense of purpose and value. The primary objective is to advance the health and well-being of the participating men.

Victor is a retired high school teacher who has turned to music to eek out a living. He is involved in several community organizations as a volunteer in order to contribute to fostering a greater sense of fellowship within our society.

Geoff Stone: Relational Aggression, Humour, Truth, and the Path to Progress.

Geoff has studied Psychology, Philosophy, and Economics extensively at University of Toronto

Has Been Known to Sing Karaoke.

Always up for a philosophical discussion.

Regular Host of Sunday Tea with CAFE.

Producer of content for his popular YouTube Channel (St37One)

Volunteer with CAFÉ for 4 years and Board Member for 3 years

Passionate about digging for truth, burying misconceptions, and exposing fraud

Panel Discussion: Personal Visions of a Gender Equal Future, and how to get there.

Panelists:

 

Justin Trottier:

CAFE co-founder Justin Trottier shares lessons learned from his efforts to build bridges with policy makers, social service and human rights agencies, student governments and other organizations whose support for our cause may surprise you.

Having established those positive values that have helped CAFE become the national voice for boys and men in Canada, he will then provide a blueprint for building a Canadian Centre for Men and Families in your community.

Bio: Justin Trottier is co-founder and CEO of the Canadian Association for Equality and manages the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, a men’s health and social service facility based in downtown Toronto. Prior to launching CAFE he founded and served as National Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Canada, an educational charity advancing scientific literacy and freedom of thought. Justin ran for office in the 2011 Ontario provincial election as a candidate with one of the four main political parties. He has appeared frequently in the mainstream media discussing human rights, fundamental freedoms and gender equality, and loves to share his passion for science as the host of an astronomy radio show called The Star Spot.

Janice Fiamengo:

Janice Fiamengo is a teacher at the University of Ottawa and writes The Fiamengo File, a series of videos about feminism, free speech, and campus culture.

Deborah Conners:

Deborah Conners recently completed her PhD in Sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her dissertation examines the nuancing of feminist understandings of men who have used violence in heterosexual relationships.  For this research she interviewed feminist VAW workers and activists, partner abuse response workers and private practitioners. Deborah has been involved in feminist movements for over 20 years and a participant-observer in the men’s movements for over 10 years.

 

Schedule Overview

 

Colonel By Room

9:00am – 9:15 AM Welcome
9:15am – 10:15 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Karen Straughan – Ogres, Onions and Men’s Issues Advocacy

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Justin Trottier – The Power of Positive Thinking (and other lessons for building your own Men’s Centre)
11:15 AM – 11:30 PM *Announcements*
11:30am – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00pm – 1:45 PM Janice Fiamengo – Single-Sex Schools at the Post-Secondary Level: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
2:00pm – 2:45 PM David Shackleton – The Psychosocial Roots of Identity Politics, and the Deep Equality of Men and Women.
3:00pm – 3:45 PM Geoff Stone – Techniques for constructive discourse when discussing men’s issues.
4:00pm – 5:30 PM PANEL DISCUSSION – Personal Visions for a Gender Equal World

Richmond Room

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM *activites in colonol by room*
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM *activities in colonol by room*
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Kevin Arriola – Moving Beyond the Gender Wars: The Ryerson Experience
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM *Announcements*
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Dr. James Brown – Systemic Discrimination against Boys and Men in Canada
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Victor Maltby: Men’s Sheds–Helping Men to Continue to be Valued and Productive Members of the Community.
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Empathic Stories of Men hosted by Mark Austerberry
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PANEL DISCUSSION – Personal Visions for a Gender Equal World, and How to Get There

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