Equality means equality for everyone.
The Honourable Roger Gallaway PC: Roger has been a mayor, a police board member, and a Member of Parliament, representing the riding of Sarnia-Lambton for the Liberal Party from 1993 to 2006. In 2003 he was made a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council. From December 2003 to July 2004, he served as parliamentary secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, with special emphasis on democratic reform. A graduate of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law he says his epiphany occurred in 1998 when he became House chair of a joint Senate/Commons committee set up to study custody and access issues in divorce. That committee’s recommendation for shared parenting in its report For the Sake of the Children enjoyed broad public support. A musician, Galloway formed the band “True Grit” with several Liberal MPs, including future Prime Minister jean Chretien. He is working on a publication that will tell the stories of fathers and their children who have been victims of the courts. Married for 41 years he is the father of four and grandfather of six.
Barbara Kay taught English Literature and Composition for many years both at Concordia University and in the Quebec CEGEP system. She is a Woodrow Wilson fellow. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Barbara was a board member of the magazine Cité libre and a frequent contributor to its pages. Barbara has been a National Post columnist since 2003. Barbara is the co-author of Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter’s Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love, published May 2011. Barbara’s latest book, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, A cultural memoir and other essays, was published in 2013 by Freedom Press Canada.
Jackie Orsetto is Course Instructor and Research Co-ordinator, Department of Sociology, Trent University. Her research falls under the vast realm of masculinity studies and health, with particular interest in the dynamic interplay of the social construction of gender and morphological manipulation. Her work began with an exploration of the psychological ‘disorder’ muscle dysmorphia and has reframed this as a sociological exploration of the connection between masculinity and muscularity.
Lionel Tiger, Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and co-Research Director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Warren Farrell has been chosen by the Financial Times as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders. His books are published in 15 languages. They include two award-winning international best-sellers, Why Men Are The Way They Are plus The Myth of Male Power. Dr. Farrell has appeared on more than 1,000 TV shows, from Oprah to Larry King Live and Today show. He has been featured repeatedly in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Warren is currently co-authoring with John Gray a book to be called Boys to Men. He is chair of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men.
Miles Groth, PhD, is co-founding editor of Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies and founding editor of New Male Studies: An International Journal. He is full professor in the Department of Psychology at Wagner College, in New York City, where he has a private practice in psychotherapy. For many years, he has been involved in issues concerned with boys’ and men’s lives. He has spoken on the topic in Australia, Canada and the United States, and is a consultant to numerous organizations working toward the improvement of young men’s lives. Eight years ago he identified college and university centers for men as a crucial element in supporting coming generations of boys and men, sons and fathers. He is the co-editor of Engaging College Males: Discovering What Works and Why. Currently he teaches the only undergraduate course in the United States on the psychology of boys and men, and with colleagues in Canada and Australia is developing curricula for the first graduate programs in male studies.
Fred Litwin speaks and writes frequently on boys issues, suicide and education. He is the Founder and President of the Free Thinking Film Society of Ottawa, an organization that provides an outlet for filmmakers and moviegoers alike who are looking for an alternative to the ‘alternative’. The Free Thinking Film Society celebrates the efforts of risk-taking documentarians whose work espouses the values of limited, democratic government, free market economies, equality of opportunity rather than equality of result, and the dignity of the individual, all underscored by a healthy and patriotic respect for Western culture and traditions. To date, the organization has shown over 60 films, brought in several speakers and has organized two film festivals. Mr. Litwin is also the Founder and President of NorthernBlues Music – a cutting edge blues label which has released over 65 CDs since its start in 2001.
Heidi Nabert co-hosts the Divorced Dad podcast DADcast, is the co-founder and president of the National Shared Parenting Association and Director of Fathers’ Resources International. She has been interviewed by the National Post, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and speaks regularly on families, children and divorce.
Edward Sullivan is a McMaster University Software Engineering and Management student with additional interests in languages and sociology. Since he can remember he’s taken an interest in social issues, with a focus on gender equity. For the last several years he’s been active in debate and advocacy regarding men’s issues, and today his primary projects are his work with CAFE and his own site dedicated towards raising consciousness of these issues.
James Brown, M.A., M.ed, Ed.D., is a parent, an educator, a researcher and a writer. He has five children and nine grandchildren. He has written several books on the history of education. His most recent writings deal with the issue of equality in the education system, including his book “Rescuing our Underachieving Sons: Raising the Aspirations of Underachieving Boys.” He currently serves as an advisor to several school boards in Ontario with the goal of helping underachieving boys to succeed to the maximum of their potential.
Eleanor Levine is Faculty-Field Liaison and former Field Educator at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and Grief Therapist working in downtown Toronto. She worked as a psychiatric social worker at Toronto General Hospital
Rod Keays is the President of the Well Site Retreat Centre for men and boys in Victoria BC, and the author of “The Naturally Good Man and the Ten Thousand Blades of Life.” His book is a history of male purpose and makes clear predictions on the future of the male role. An important goal for Rod is to teach men’s issues and to collaborate with others doing similar work.
William Spotton has over 25 years’ experience in electoral politics and government. He is a trained Mediator. He worked in family Mediation for several years. He has been involved in family law reform for over 7 years. He works and lives in the Northumberland area of Ontario.
Suzanne Venker is an author and Fox News contributor. She tackles a range of social issues surrounding marriage and the family, including the infamous gender wars. Her most recent book is The Two-Income Trap: Why Parents Are Choosing to Stay Home. Suzanne’s previous book, The War on Men, was published on the heels of a Fox article of the same name that went viral in November 2012—landing Suzanne a spot on The View, where she bantered about with Mike Tyson while warding off attacks from Whoopi Goldberg. In late 2013, Suzanne founded Women for Men, a news and opinion website committed to the needs of boys and men. She is also a trustee at Leading Women for Shared Parenting and is part the commission to establish a White House Council on Boys & Men. Suzanne has written for various publications, including the New York Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Parents.com, and The Daily Caller. Her TV credits include STOSSEL, The View, Fox & Friends, ABCNews.com, CNN and C-Span. She has appeared on literally hundreds of radio shows throughout the country. Suzanne and her family live in St. Louis, MO.
Brian Jenkins, M. Math, Director, International Institute for Family Research in Toronto
Rev. Alan Steward for 25 years has specialized in men’s issues and advocacy for men through radio, community functions, small groups, workshops, retreats, writing, as a jail volunteer, and taught “Men’s Studies” at The University of Prince Edward Island for the summers of 2007-9. He is presently the Director of “The Men’s Centre” on PEI and was a facilitator for the first group in Toronto “For Men Who Have Been Abused” for six years (1992-98.) Alan was published on this work in Men Coping with Grief, edited by Dale Lund (1995.) Alan has mentored men in the areas of addictions, grief, gender equality, recovery, coping skills, parenting issues, anger management/resolution, masculinity, re-victimization, misandry, intimacy, shame, and self care. He is a member of the National Anger Management Association (NAMA.) Alan may be reached at: email@example.com or at 902-367-2743.
Joseph Henry is Associate Dean – Student Success at Sheridan College
Walter Fox has long been recognized as a leader in criminal law and an influential authority on the subject. In 1971 he helped found the Criminal Lawyers Association in Ontario. For the past 35 years he has been a media commentator on criminal law, appearing on national and international broadcasts with Peter Gzowski, Don Herron, Helen Hutchinson, Steve Paikin, Paula Todd and Bob Mclean. He has published articles in the Globe and Mail, the National Post and has been quoted across all media. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows answering questions from the public during live programming. Walter Fox has a well earned reputation as an articulate and responsible lawyer with a clear grasp and understanding of how to deal with the media, reporters and TV cameras.
Dr. Paul Sandor MD, FRCPC is a Professor of Psychiatry and Wolf Family Chair in Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Head of Neuropsychiatric Studies at Youthdale Treatment Centers and the Director of Tourette’s Syndrome Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network in Toronto. He provides clinical care and conducts research and supervises graduate students. His work led to over 100 publications in scientific journals. His research interest is focused on Tourette’s syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD, which are much more common among boys than girls.
Sita Kaith is a Social Work graduate from York University. She provides therapy and counselling at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families.
Kush Gupta, Advisory Fellow for the South Asian Community, is a marketing leader & an entrepreneur with 14+ years in leading media houses in India, Middle East and North America. He speaks a few different languages and is a true community person. Kush carries great passion for community engagement and civic participation. He believes strongly in gender equality and men’s issues. He possesses great communication skills and a trust worthy nature which helps people to open up and discuss their issues without any hesitation.
Rob Whitley is the Principal Investigator of the Social Psychiatry Research and Interest Group (SPRING) at the Douglas Hospital Research Center. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He has conducted considerable research on topics including homelessness, substance abuse, suicide, stigma, and media representations of mental illness. He has published over 100 papers in the field of social psychiatry, and he is currently leading research projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Gene C. Colman is a leader in family law in Ontario and throughout Canada. He is a founder of the “Canadian Journal of Family Law,” a highly respected legal author, and a strong advocate of equal parenting and procedural fairness. Clients who face challenges with respect to seeing their kids (including ‘ parental alienation’ situations) have especially sought out his services over the years. He is an equal parenting advocate, works to advance procedural fairness in the courts and to oppose gender bias.
Dean Harvey is CAFE’s Advisor for Northern Canada. He is a family therapist and educator with experience providing counselling to male survivors of sexual abuse, adolescent mental health and trauma treatment. In 1998, he made a life and career change to move to Nunavut/NWT to work for health & social services. He gained experience working with Inuit and Dene First Nations in 27 communities across the north. He now work as an educator and community organizer in Ft. Simpson. He is passionate about creating innovative social programs that heal, grow and educate the children, youth & adults in my northern home community.
Ralph (‘Raif’) Shiell is a physics professor at Trent University. He is a loving parent and an educator who advocates for a society where all are psychologically and physically healthy. He has advised daycares and school boards and was for two years a school council Chair. Most Canadians have or will have a son, and similarly, most have or will have a daughter. All these children deserve a society that embraces rational and empathic thinking, with self-respect and a sense of fairness. As an instructor, Ralph teaches students to consider all consequences – intended and unintended – before proposing solutions to a given problem. He welcomes open and respectful dialogue, where familiar and unfamiliar ideas can be put forward for scrutiny, ensuring meaningful learning and lasting progress. With these principles, Ralph advocates for a sustainable society of wellness and rationality; one where people are equal but not assumed identical, and one where mistakes from the past are corrected without replacing them by mistakes of the future.
Don Neufeld (MSW, RSW) is a social worker with 25 years of practice, the first 18 ½ years in child welfare, and since 2010 in private practice as a therapist. Though serving a broad demographic, his interests have increasingly focused on issues of men and masculinity, and has included co-leading both Caring Dads (parenting group for men) and Partner Assault Response (for men convicted for domestic violence offenses) groups for the past five years.
Adam Jones is Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. His books include Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction (3rd edition, 2016), Gender Inclusive: Essays on Violence, Men, and Feminist International Relations (2009), and Gendercide and Genocide (2004). He was selected as one of Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide for the book of that title. Jones is executive director of Gendercide Watch (www.gendercide.org), a Web-based educational initiative that confronts gender-selective atrocities against men and women worldwide.
Don Dutton, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He co-founded a court mandated treatment program for men convicted of wife assault in 1979, the data from which was incorporated into his research on domestic violence. He has published over 100 papers and five books, including the Domestic Assault of Women (1995), The Batterer: A Psychological Profile (1995), The Abusive Personality (2006), Rethinking Domestic Violence (2006) and The Psychology of Genocide (2007)). He has given talks to the World Bank, the U.S. Army and Department of Defense, the University of Washington Law School and the Senate of Canada. He serves as an expert witness in civil trials involving intimate abuse and in criminal trials involving family violence.
Don Wright, MEd is the founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Male Survivors of Sexual Assault Society and the Vancouver Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, which were consolidated in 1997 to form the British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse. As well as fulfilling his duties as Executive Director, Don travels throughout western Canada providing training to professionals in the sexual abuse field, and consultation to government—both Provincial and Federal—on various projects related to victims of crime and criminal justice. Mr. Wright served on the Board of Directors of the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization for six years. In November 2001, the B.C. Human Rights Coalition awarded Mr. Wright with a human rights medal of honour for his pioneering work in this firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Nathanson, PhD, is a retired researcher in religious studies. He is interested personally and professionally in political ideologies of both the left and the right, such as an influential form of feminism, which function as “secular religions” in general and “secular fundamentalisms” in particular. With Katherine K. Young, he wrote a landmark series of four books from McGill-Queen’s University Press on ideological feminism and its cultivation of misandry for ideological and political purposes: Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture (2001); Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination against Men (2006); Sanctifying Misandry: Goddess Ideology and the Fall of Man (2011); and Replacing Misandry: A Revolution History of Men (2015). What links all four volumes is a moral vision. The ultimate goal is inter-sexual dialogue, a form of interaction that relies on empathy (not competition) and leads to reconciliation (not the victory of one side over the other).
Tonia Nicholls is Associate Professor, Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. She conducts research into intimate partner violence is intended to ensure evidence-informed assessments, management and safety planning for families living with abuse and violence. Her research has focused to some extent on debunking myths about intimate partner abuse, challenging the gender-paradigm and educating professionals about the limits of current intervention approaches. The reality of domestic violence is that it presents a tremendous burden on the physical and mental health and needs to be considered a public health priority.
Dan Bilsker is a Vancouver-based Registered Psychologist, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He received the Scientist-Practitioner Award from the British Columbia Psychological Association and was Chair of the Innovative Methods Working Group, Mental Health Advisory Committee for Veterans Affairs Canada from 2009-2010. He was appointed by the British Columbia government as a spokesperson for their Stop Overdose BC Campaign, which aims to de-stigmatize mental health and addiction.
Dr. Samuel Veissière is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Anthropology and Co-Director of the Culture, Mind, and Brain Program at McGill University. His research on the interaction between cognition, culture, and human evolution spans a range of topics from cultural influences on mental health, social factors in hypnosis and placebo effects, the impact of the internet and mobile technologies on human wellbeing, social polarization, and gendered stigma.
Carey Linde has been practising law for 39 years. In that time, he raised three children to adulthood as a single father parent. He is a member of Vancouver M.E.N., a past member of Seattle M.E.N., and a participant in a men’s group. He obtained his B.A. in psychology and law degree from the University of British Columbia, where he was the acting president of the student body and president of his graduating class in law school. Carey is a strong advocate for consensus over conflict. But he won’t avoid the just fight when reason fails. He is a member of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia and a past member of the American Trial Lawyers’ Association. Carey Linde pioneered the movement for equal-time shared parenting in the courts of Canada. His practice is aimed at ensuring children can keep both parents meaningfully in their lives.