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CAFE 2018 National Conference


  • Start Date:2018-06-09
  • End Date:2018-06-09
  • Start Time:08:00
  • End Time:17:00
  • Location:Calgary


  • Organized by:CAFE Calgary
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  • Email:calgary@equalitycanada.com
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CAFE’s 2018 National Conference will take place in Calgary on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Full information and registration options are available at our Conference webpage here.

This year’s theme: Dads, Moms and Kids: Maximizing a Family’s Mental Health and Well-Being

Join us for an all-star packed event!

Master of Ceremonies is Karen Straughan, Canada’s leading men’s issues youtuber and blogger
Click Here to Visit Karen Straughan’s YouTube Channel

Keynote Speaker: Mara Grunau, Executive Director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention
Learn more about Mara Grunau: Meet the Woman Saving Lives While Saving Herself in the Process

Featuring Presentations from a Distinguished Line Up of Speakers/Experts:

David Shackleton, Branch Director of the Canadian Centre for Men & Families – Ottawa. Learn more about David and the CCMF Ottawa

Topic: Opening a Centre for Men and Families – the Ottawa Experience.

Dr. Terry Singh, Registered Psychologist, expert in family counselling, divorce and separation, and family law/forensic psychology. Learn more about Dr. Terry Singh

Topic: How to Predict Divorce: Families do not break up as a result of parents’ arguments–they break up because of how parents argue.

Christine Hart, expert in relationship communications and gender intelligence. Learn more about Christine Hart

Topic: Men and Women: How to bring out the best in each other to maximize the well-being of your family.

Dr. Ganz Ferrance, Registered Psychologist, TV and radio personality, expert in family psychology and men’s counselling. Learn more about Dr. Ganz Ferrance

Topic: 7 Ways to Keep Your Family “Sane” in Crazy Situations

Our Panel DiscussionTheme: The Unique Challenges of Providing Services for Men & Boys

David Shackleton, Branch Director of the Canadian Centre for Men & Families – Ottawa

Dr. Christine Giancarlo, Mount Royal University Professor and AuthorAdvocate for Shared Parenting

Don Zest, CAFE Calgary – Associate Branch Director, Divorce Coach, Relationship Concierge.

Christine Berry, Director of Family Violence Prevention Initiatives at Calgary Counselling Centre

Ticket Rates

General Ticket Early Bird Rate (ACTIVE NOW!): $80.00

General Ticket After Early Bird Expires: $99.00

Student Rate (Must present student card at registration): $65.00

CAFE Member Rate (Must be active member): $65.00
** To check on the status of your membership, email info@equalitycanada.com

CAFE VIP Donors are offered free tickets but are required to register.
** For more information on CAFE’s VIP Donor program please contact jtrottier@equalitycanada.com

About Our Speakers & Panelists

Christine Berry is director of the Family Violence Prevention Initiatives Program at Calgary Counselling Centre. Christine has a Masters in Science in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary and is a Registered Psychologist who has spent over a decade specializing in the area of Family Violence. When she’s not cruising in her convertible through the mountains she is addressing the impact of domestic abuse in the lives of adults and children within our ever-changing community. She plays an active role working with other community agencies to collaboratively stop domestic abuse at its root causes and has won awards for her efforts including the 2008 Selinger Award through Homefront and the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association 2008 Group Therapy Appreciation Award for Creative Programming.

Lyndsay Chaban is a Registered Provisional Psychologist working with clients within Edmonton and the surrounding area and specializing in supporting men and their families. She believe strongly that all individuals have the power to create change in their lives. For several years, she has spent her time working with children, teens, adults and families in a number of community settings. For many of those years, she has= spent my time studying and practicing animal assisted therapy. While not an appropriate approach for everyone, counselling with animals can provide an alternative to traditional talk therapy.

Dr. Ganz Ferrance holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Andrews University in Michigan. He is the former Public Education Coordinator as well as the former Vice-President of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta. Dr. Ganz enjoys sharing how people can get more “mileage” from their lives. He is a frequent guest on CTV News, 630AM CHED radio and other networks.

Dr. Christine Giancarlo is Professor at Mount Royal University and an Author/Advocate for Shared Parenting.

Mara Grunau, BEd, MPA, is Executive Director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention.

Christine Hart has successfully built three of her own businesses. Her first was in Film + Television. Her second was in the event space and after 3 and 6 years respectively, she sold both companies in order to build her third. Her third business was a coaching service for singles and couples, focusing on effective communication. She was the expert for a full season on CosmoTV and developed an online program to train and certify coaches through Hart Coaching Academy. Christine combines her entrepreneurial background with her passion for effective communication and marketing to help businesses reach their growth targets. As a professional speaker, Christine specializes in Gender Intelligence in the Workplace + The Art of Feminine Leadership. Christine has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and is a graduate of the Mastery + Leadership program through PAX Programs (Alison Armstrong).

David Shackleton is a thinker and writer on gender and personal growth, and president of the Ottawa chapter of CAFE. He is the author of Daughters of Feminism: Women Supporting Men’s Equality, The Hand That Rocks the World; An Inquiry Into Truth, Power and Gender, and before that was editor and publisher for 12 years of Canada’s magazine off men’s issues, “Everyman; A Men’s Journal.”

Terry Singh is a Registered Psychologist. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with post-graduate specialization in Child and Family Forensics, and joined Taylor Clark after more than a decade of clinical experience in Canada and the USA. He is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Alberta Family Mediation Society, and the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. Dr. Singh’s primary work involves assisting individuals, couples, and families of divorce and separation during and after the transition. Evaluative intervention services offered include: High-conflict Child Custody Evaluations; Risk Assessments; Independent Psychological Evaluations; Voice of the Child and Triage Interventions, and Litigation Support. Therapeutic intervention services offered include: Parenting Coordination-Arbitration, Mediation, Reunification Therapy, Parenting Counselling, Consultation and Litigation Support. Dr. Singh is also the lead developer and facilitator of the Anger Management program offered at Taylor Clark Psychological Services.

Karen Straughan is a renowned Canadian human rights activist, blogger and broadcaster focusing on gender and sexual politics. Her YouTube channel, girlwriteswhat, has over 180,000 subscribers, and more than 16 million video views, and her work has been presented in high school and university classrooms in the US, Canada and Ireland. A mother of three, Karen speaks out fearlessly on gender and equality with passion and clarity, refusing to back down when intimidated.