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Cassie Jaye

Filmmaker, The Red Pill
Presentation: Reflections on the Aftermath of The Red Pill Movie

Cassie Jaye started her career in Hollywood as a young actress, but soon realized that wasn’t for her, and instead, she founded the documentary production company Jaye Bird Production in 2008. Her first two feature films focused on issues of gender and sexuality, and both became award-winning films. In 2013, she began work on The Red Pill movie which highlighted the serious issues facing boys and men. Released in 2016, The Red Pill brought her both worldwide fame and infamy – depending on the viewing audience – as well as several more awards. While the film was controversial, it provided an opening for a long overdue conversation about men and their roles and their rights. Since the release of The Red Pill, Cassie Jaye has been interviewed by media throughout the world and has become a much sought-after speaker, especially after her very successful TEDx talk on making The Red Pill


Senator Anne Cools
Longest serving Canadian Senator and the Senate’s champion of boys and men

Longest serving Canadian Senator and the Senate’s champion of boys and men Senator Anne cools is Canada’s first black Senator and was the longest serving Senator upon her retirement on August 12, 2018. She led a joint Senate/House of Commons committee2h7v5qCq$Lm=EsdH, with MP and CAFE Advisory Fellow Roger Gallaway, aimed at including child custody laws. That committee recommended shared parenting in its landmark report For the Sake of the Children. As a social worker, Cools was a pioneer in the protection of women from domestic violence, running one of the first domestic violence shelters in Canada. During her career she came to be an equally enthusiastic – and courageous – voice for boys and men, championing fathers’ rights, shelters for abused men and proper procedures around sexual assault allegations.

During her 34 years in the Senate, Senator Cools traveled across the country and met, and spoke with, Canadians in all regions. Over time she found that public opinion shifted and became more open and favourable to the need to address men’s issues. In this talk Senator Cools will discuss changes that she saw in public opinion regarding men’s issues, policy formation, and recommendations for action that we can take to promote fairness and equality for all in the law.


Karen Vecchio
MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development, Chair of the Status of Women Committee of the House of Commons

Karen was first elected on October 19, 2015 to represent the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London in the 42nd Parliament. Karen is the Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development. She is a Member of the Conservative Party Shadow Cabinet, Chair of the Status of Women Committee, Chair of the Conservative Social Development Advisory Caucus, Member of the Auto Caucus, Seniors Caucus, Anti-Poverty Caucus, Agricultural Caucus, Great Lakes Caucus; and Member of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group. In her role as the Shadow Minister, Karen deals with issues related to housing and homelessness, poverty, childcare, as well as issues related to youth and seniors. Karen’s experience as an Executive Assistant to a former Member of Parliament provided her with a greater understanding of federal government programs and their connection to individuals, not-for-profit organizations and small businesses in the community. In her personal capacity, Karen is married to Mike Vecchio and they have 5 children. She is very proud of her rural roots and strong family core values.


Jamil Jivani
Race and Gender in Efforts to Help Men

Intersectional identity politics has grown in influence over our society, making the nexus of race and gender important to both understand and challenge where helpful. Jamil Jivani will discuss race and gender in efforts to help men, drawing from examples related to education and criminal justice in Canada and the United States.

Jamil Jivani grew up in a mostly immigrant community in Toronto, where he was nearly lost to feelings of hopelessness, anger, and hate. At 16 years old, he was labeled illiterate by the public school system. But, Jamil turned his life around with the support of role models and mentors. He went on to graduate from Yale Law School, teach at Osgoode Hall Law School, and dedicate his career to supporting youth facing challenges like he did growing up. Jamil’s work has taken him all over the world, from Belgium and Egypt, where he studied ways to help young men escape the influence of terrorist groups, to Ohio, where he partnered with JD Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, to help solve America’s opioid crisis. Jamil’s leadership has been recognized with awards from many organizations, including the International Development and Relief Foundation, Yale University, and York University. Most recently, at 31 years old, Jamil survived a fight with stage IV cancer, which gave him even greater insights into how people can overcome adversity. His first book, Why Young Men: The Dangerous Allure of Violent Movements and What We Can Do About It, was published in 2019.


Siobhan Weare
Forced-to-penetrate: Research into Female Sexual Violence Against Men

Dr Siobhan Weare is a Lecturer in Law at Lancaster University Law School in the UK. She researches and lectures in the area of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. She is conducting the first study in the UK on ‘forced-to-penetrate’ cases (where a man is forced to penetrate, with his penis and without his consent, a woman’s vagina, anus, or mouth). These cases are so labelled because under current UK laws they are not recognised as rape. Her research has involved speaking to male survivors about their experiences of this form of sexual violence. She has been awarded funding from the British Academy to support this work. Her research has been published in leading international journals, including the International Journal of Law in Context and Archives of Sexual Behaviour. There has been extensive media coverage of her work in the UK, including by Channel 4 News, You Magazine, BBC Radio FiveLive, LBC Radio, and The Sun. Siobhan has also presented her research at events attended by the police, third sector support services, and policymakers, and has influenced policy and practice related to supporting male survivors of sexual violence.

Dr Siobhan Weare will be sharing findings from her ground-breaking research on men’s experiences of being forced-to-penetrate a woman within the UK. She will explore the contexts within which this form of sexual violence is perpetrated, as well as the impacts that these experiences have on the men who experience them. The extent to which male victims engage with support services and the criminal justice system will also be considered. The voices of male survivors who have participated in her research will feature throughout her presentation.


Andrea Silverstone and Carrie McManus
Andrea Silverstone is the Executive Director and Carrie McManus is Director of Programs, for Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society, an Alberta wide organization dedicated to disrupting the cycle of violence for individuals, organizations and communities.

Presentation: Shift Happens: Sharing narratives on men’s experiences of violence.

Societal narratives about domestic violence have traditionally been very dyadic, women as victims and men as abusers. The impact of this narrative has meant that male victims of domestic violence have not received the support or interventions needed to address and disrupt the violence in their lives. Creating new narratives for the public and the domestic violence serving sector is hard and requires shifts in thinking. Shifts in thinking require courage. Sagesse defines courageousness as the ability to approach a difficult situation with a willingness to engage. This session will explore the tools needed to step into courageousness and support ourselves and other to engage in a new discourse that calls people in to our understanding of domestic violence. Some of the tools we will explore include; practicing curiosity and vulnerability, collaboration, stepping into uncertainty, fierce conversations, and centering ourselves in our work. We will also discuss what is at stake and the harm that can be caused by calling people out or shaming narratives and the implications of not creating a new narrative of men’s experience of domestic violence.

Andrea Silverstone
Andrea Silverstone is the Executive Director of Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society, an organization committed to breaking the cycle of violence for individuals, organizations and communities. She is a highly respected community partner and a collaborative leader. Andrea is a Registered Social Worker and Mediator with a background in Judaic/Talmudic Law, having attended Lindenbaum College in Jerusalem and York University in Toronto. Beginning her career in Calgary at the Awo Taan Native Women’s Shelter, Andrea later transitioned into her role as the Executive Director of Sagesse. Andrea’s achievements include the 2013 Association of Jewish Family and Child Agencies Goodman Award in recognition of her development and implementation of innovative programming that addresses bullying, violence and domestic abuse in the Jewish community, the 2015 Alberta Inspiration Award for leadership in Family Violence Prevention and the 2015 RESOLVE Excellence in Community Service and Research Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to creating homes and communities safe from interpersonal violence and abuse. Andrea believes in innovation, creating program models and structural policy that elevates untold experiences of domestic violence. For example, Andrea has implemented a collective impact initiative to address domestic and sexual violence province-wide, she has developed programming to address the systemic nature of domestic violence in under-studied and under-served communities and strives daily to ensure individuals affected by abuse and gender inequality are made visible and know that they have an ally in her.

Carrie McManus
Carrie McManus is the Director of Programs at Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society and a respected member of the domestic violence sector in Alberta. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University in Halifax and a Diploma of Social Work from Mount Royal University in Calgary. Carrie has worked for over 15 years in strategic and program development, small business management, facilitation and education. Beginning her social work career with Mount Royal University’s Stepping Up program, a peer led domestic violence program in Calgary, Carrie then transition into her role as Director of Programs with Sagesse, an agency focused on empowering individuals, organizations and communities to break the cycle of domestic violence. Carrie has a passion for innovation and exploration and has focused her career on expanding Sagesse programming to meet the diverse needs of those impacted by domestic violence. Supported by Carrie’s leadership, Sagesse programs have grown to support over 50 communities across Alberta addressing the unique needs of rural and remote survivors of domestic violence. Carrie has supported the development of programming to address the capacity of friends and family to positively recognize and respond to individuals experiencing domestic violence in their communities. Carrie has also supported the development of an agency wide evaluation framework and is committed to measuring the individual, organizational and community impact of all Sagesse programs and activities.


Bettina Arndt
Australia’s first sex therapist and champion for men’s issues
Presentation: #MenToo – Enough talk, more action

Surveys show most people believe #MeToo has gone too far. Feminists have overplayed their hand leaving ordinary folk fed up with the constant male-bashing. We need to harness that growing discontent instead of spending our time watching each other’s YouTube videos and tut- tutting over the sorry state of the world.

Bettina Arndt likes to challenge taboos. She started her career as one of Australia’s first sex therapists, raising eyebrows through talking openly about sex, then an unmentionable topic. After a long career as a well-known social commentator, she’s now a full-time men’s advocate, fighting to get men’s issues onto the public agenda. Her new book #MenToo is collected wisdom from decades of her passionate writing defending men. Bettina is a YouTuber, appears regularly in mainstream media, and attracts violent protests at her campus talks on the fake rape crisis. This year she has big plans to enlist ordinary women, particularly mothers of sons, in the fight against feminism.


Marcus Jackson
Manager, Taylor House, a domestic violence shelter for men and children, in Batesville, Arkansas.

Marcus Jackson – Native of Memphis, Tennessee – Served in the US Army of Signal Corp for 7 years, with Honorable Discharge – Bachelors of Science Degree from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa Oklahoma 1999. Worked directly in various at Risk Programs for Youth and adults for over 20 years, in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and now Arkansas.  Worked as a Contract Worker/Manager of an 18 Pre-Release Prison Program within the Arkansas Department of Correction for up to 7 years (2014) – (InnerChange Freedom Initiative and Pathway To Freedom, Inc.). Currently manages a Domestic Violence Shelter for Men & Children (Taylor House) within Family Violence Prevention, Inc. Batesville, Arkansas since Nov. 2015.


Karen Straughan
Leading Canadian blogger and youtube personality GirlWritesWhat

Karen Straughan is a well-known anti-feminist and Men’s Rights activist. She has been creating and posting YouTube videos since 2011, originally under the name Girl Writes What. Self-educated, she has a good grasp of gender issues and history and is able to win debates against other, formally-educated, “experts”. Her YouTube channel has about 200,000 subscribers, and she is popular as a podcast and internet interviewee and as a guest speaker at public events.


Sue-Ann Levy
Toronto Sun Columnist

Sue-Ann Levy is a Canadian journalist who has focussed her 30-year career on investigating the story behind the story, unravelling social justice issues and holding politicians and government agencies to account. She has appeared on radio, TV and is a regular public speaker. Openly gay and married to a wonderful woman, Sue-Ann lived as closeted lesbian for 20 years and was assaulted twice — all chronicled in her cheeky 2016 book, Underdog: Confessions of a Right-Wing Gay Jewish Muckraker. Sue-Ann ran for the provincial Conservatives in a 2009 by-election, the first openly gay married woman to do so. Sue-Ann is also a freelance travel writer, having recently explore the delights of New Zealand and the French Alps. She is an avid runner and is currently training to run her 16th half-marathon in the fall.


Adam Jones (joining remotely)

Professor of Political Science, UBC Okanagan

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.

Professor Jones will explain why the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Girls and Women missed an opportunity by failing to meaningfully include boys and men. Read his report in the National Post: Adam Jones: Aboriginal men are murdered and missing far more than aboriginal women. A proper inquiry would explore both


Tandeep Sidhu
Research Coordinator, CAFE’s first federal government funded research project: Male Homelessness as a Consequence of Domestic Violence

Tandeep Sidhu is an independent researcher who was contracted to complete a quantitative study, funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, to assess the correlations between intimate partner violence victimization and homelessness among individuals who access homeless shelter and drop-in supports in Toronto, Ontario.

The study assessing the correlations between intimate partner violence victimization and homelessness sought to address an existing gap in literature, as this research places a primary emphasis on male-identified individuals. This study is one of the first of its kind in Canada, and developed an exploratory framework that may be used to advise future research on the potential links between male victimization and homelessness. Tandeep’s presentation will address the methodological premise, research findings, and the implications this study presents to service providers and policy makers alike.


Christine Giancarlo
Anthropologist, Mount Royal University, and Author, Parentectomy
Presentation: Deconstructing Parental Alienation from an Evolutionary Perspective

Dr. Giancarlo is author of the recent book, Parentectomy, which tells the stories of 30 capable, loving parents who became alienated from their children’s lives. Parentectomy is based on Christine’s peer-reviewed study, Kids Come Last: The Effect of Family Law Involvement in Parental Alienation. She is also an Anthropology lecturer and researcher at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Dr. Giancarlo’s research sheds light on an urgent and widespread social crisis, currently enabled by our broken family law system. Christine brings three decades of experience with parental alienation through interaction with young adults and her own personal journey. Today, Christine will explore the origins of gender imbalance with parental alienation as one consequence.

Deconstructing Parental Alienation from an Evolutionary Perspective
Until the advent of agriculture approximately 10,000 years ago, all humans were foragers (i.e., hunter-gatherers).They lived egalitarian lives, cooperating to survive in kinship-based bands. Men and women overlapped their roles without strict, gender-based expectations in occupation. Since everyone relied on everyone else, the proverbial village raised the child. As with all other primate species, sociality provided safety and support for each individual. Fathers and mothers were equally important for the social learning and protection of their children. Extended families of both parents added wisdom, perspective, and additional resources. Then farming changed the rules. Land ownership meant defense of that land and the resources within it. Humankind was transformed into a breeding and a killing machine, via control over women’s reproduction in order to produce future warriors and soldiers. Patriarchy was born and an unspoken deal was struck: Leaders would be men, decision-making became men’s work, but men also became disposable. This critical analysis explores the intersectionality of men’s disposability, women’s subjugation and the welfare of children. Parental alienation is one consequence of this global cultural evolution from autonomous band to village to patriarchal state. The resultant gender power imbalance that began 10,000 years ago is currently reinforced by a family law system that perceives fathers as abusers and mothers as helpless victims.


Brian Ludmer
Founder, Lawyers for Shared Parenting

Brian Ludmer is a prominent Toronto family law lawyer and founder of LudmerLaw. He is a Canadian authority on parental alienation. He is one of the drafters of Bill C-560, which would have enshrined equal shared parenting in law. Brian is a founder of Lawyers for Shared Parenting, an advisory board member to the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization and the International Support Network for Alienated Families


David Shackleton
David Shackleton is a thinker and writer on gender and personal growth, and President of the Ottawa chapter of CAFE.
Presentation: “Male Authority: The Missing Ingredient in Identity Politics.”

He is the author of Daughters of Feminism: Women Supporting Men’s EqualityThe 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.”

David will present a new synthesis of ideas to explain the power and psychological appeal of identity politics, grounded in the archetypes of
home/family and society. When these archetypes are applied outside of their relevant domain, great social dysfunction results.


Tanis Moore
YouTube personality The Prim Reaper
Presentation: Effective Advocacy Training

Tanis Moore is an ardent activist for men’s issues and has committed herself to volunteering for several community projects for men, most notably in helping CAFE establish a full-time Centre for Men and Families in Calgary and in the development of an effective advocacy program in helping CAFE to bring further attention to men’s needs. Tanis has worked and volunteered with the Calgary Distress Centre for over four years, helping a wide variety of callers in crisis but also in developing an awareness ofs gaps in services for men in the city of Calgary. Tanis is currently working on her Masters of Counselling degree with a focus in male victims of domestic violence. In her spare time, Tanis runs a small YouTube channel (The Prim Reaper) on which she frequently speaks about men’s issues as well.

To those who have any experience in working with men and men’s issues, it is a well-known problem that it can be challenging to garner support for our cause. Unfortunately, the public opinion of men still reflects a position of power, and as a result it can be challenging to point out areas where men are struggling. This is a serious concern, as it can make it more difficult to build and fund much needed services for men. Furthermore, it can make it more challenging for men to stand up and petition for their rights in government. We wish to create a more even playing field for men to be heard and to have their concerns taken seriously. To help with this goal, CAFE is designing a program called Effective Advocacy to help in teaching invaluable skills in communication amongst different groups, in backing up one’s arguments with a solid foundation of research, and in rallying other people to join the cause and reach out to others. Together we can help to spread the word that men who are struggling deserve the same care and dedication as anyone else!


John Davis
International lawyer and a former Assistant Attorney General, Creator of a video course on Gender Studies for Men
Presentation: ‘To be, or not to be?…’ Men in the Gender Suicide Gap

Men are committing suicide at up to 6 times the rate of women. There are seven steps we must take to close the gap. John Davis was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was educated at Case Western Reserve University (BA) (one of the top ten universities in the United States), Seattle University School of Law (JD), and, New York University School of Law (LL.M post-doctoral) (one of the top ten law schools in the United States). John is fluent in seven languages (including ancient Latin and Greek). He has travelled the world over, many times, and has represented clients, in his thirty five year career, such as the United States Government and the Federation of Russia. He has been a prosecutor three times in his 35 year career. He has held positions such as Assistant Attorney General, United States Speaker, and Assistant District Attorney, Chief Wing JAG, U. S. Air Force Auxilliary, and Supreme Court Law Clerk. For most of his career in civil law, John was a successful international lawyer, practicing in many nations around the world.


Peter Whitehead
Supporting Canadian Veterans with PTSD

Peter Whitehead served in the Canadian Army Reserve as an infanteer. He later joined the regular Royal Canadian Air Force as an airframe technician. He spent 25+ years with the RCAF in a variety of roles. Peter was medically released in 2016 for osteoarthritis in his back and hips. Upon seeking medical and psychiatric care from Veterans Affairs Canada, he was diagnosed with moderately severe OSI (operational stress injury, the military equivalent of PTSD) as a result of his 2009 Afghanistan tour and a very hostile split from a female partner who was an Air Force member. He has been assessed as unfit for employment and is currently staying at home in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Peter is married with no children. His decorations are the GCS-SWA and CD1. He also received a CAF Commendation for aircraft ground safety.


Robert Samery
Chairperson of the Board,
Canadian Association for Equality

Robert has been involved in social advocacy and education since 1998. He has been a leader of several organizations dealing with such diverse issues as organized national real estate boards, public education funding, family law and since 2013 Robert has focused on boys and men’s issues. Robert is a strong team builder.


Victor Maltby
Builder of Men’s Sheds

Victor Maltby is a retired high school science/music teacher. He has been interested in and actively discussed men’s issues since the 1970’s. He became more focused when the men’s shed concept reached North America and became inured with the idea of men having a space in which to form friendships, find support and contribute to the community. He has played a large role since 2016 in starting men’s sheds in eastern Ontario which now number 4. He is currently active in promoting men’s sheds and improving the visibility of the Canadian Men’s Sheds Association.


Zoli Kertesz
Former Special Constable, Toronto Police Service

Zoli Kertesz spent almost 9 years as a Special Constable with the Toronto Police Service. In 2017 he graduated from York University with a Master’s of Public Policy, Administration and Law and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration. An experienced professional with a demonstrated history within the criminal justice sector his interests focus on policy development specifically in relation to male victims of domestic violence.


Justin Trottier
Founder and National Executive Director, Canadian Association for Equality

Justin Trottier is Founder and National Executive Director of the Canadian Association for Equality and the Canadian Centre for Men and Families. Previously he played a leadership role in a variety of humanist, secularist and skeptic organizations, in particular the Centre for Inquiry Canada, where he served as Executive Director for seven years. Justin is also a passionate advocate for public science education and hosts The Star Spot, an astronomy-themed radio show and podcast.


Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson (Presentation by Video Teleconference)
Lead Pscyhologist, Centre for Justice and Safety, University of Regina
Presentation: Stigmatizing Men

Dr. Robertson is a registered doctoral psychologist with competencies in counseling psychology, educational psychology (including ability assessments) and human resource development. In addition to his psychology degree, he has a social work degree which included specializations in lifeskills coaching and community development. He has also published on residential school syndrome, the structure of the aboriginal self, the application of memes to self-understanding, the evolution of spirituality and religion, prior learning assessment and recognition, the treatment of suicide ideation and attention deficit disorder. His private practice includes relationship, family and group counselling, anxiety and trauma work, addictions, and psycho-educational assessment. He is currently Lead Psychologist with the Centre for Justice and Safety, University of Regina.

Although the academic concept of stigma has been used to study conditions faced by various minority populations and women in society, it has not been previously applied to men. This talk reviews a qualitative research project exploring the stigmatic experiences of sixteen Canadian men. Some of these experiences will be highlighted illustrating discrimination that is based on a view that men are imputed to have certain characteristic which, when believed, renders them unfit for particular sorts of social interactions. Mechanisms whereby such stigmatic assumptions are maintained are explored. The results of this research have application to counsellors working in the area of men’s wellness.


Oren Amitay
Registered Psychologist, Instructor at Ryerson University, expert witness in Ontario courts and a media personality on radio and television.
Panel: Divorce and the Kangaroo Courts of Law: Brian Ludmer, Oren Amitay, Christine Giancarlo

Dr. Amitay is a registered psychologist who has been trained in, and uses, eight orientations and therapies. These therapies include: cognitive-behavioural (CBT), psychodynamic, acceptance (and commitment to change), humanistic/client centred, emotion focused, interpersonal (IPT), object-relations, and process experiential. He has worked with a diverse group of clients or patients, ranging from late teens to seniors, in both hospitals and his private clinic. His practice includes individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy, and he conducts psychological, personality, intelligence and parenting capacity assessments. He is recognized as an expert witness in Ontario courts, he has taught at five universities, and he has been sought out for TV, radio, newspaper and internet interviews on a regular basis.

Dr. Amitay will discuss the realities of parental alienation, as well as the do’s and don’ts of parents fighting for parental rights. He will discuss the fact that yes, men do often get screwed over in Family Court; he will allude to some of his cases as a psychologist who has a) helped both male and female patients go through Family Court, b) conducted over 500 Parenting Capacity Assessments and Custody & Access reports, and c) critiqued other Custody & Access reports. He will also explain what men (and women) have done wrong both as participants in the Family Court system, but also as parents of children who are being subjected to the process of separation/divorce. In short, he will implore men to represent themselves as men and fathers to be admired and respected by their children and by society.


Jeiny Ruiz

Jeiny has a background in Engineering and is currently a student of Public Relations at Ryerson University. She has been a volunteer with the Research Committee of CAFE for three years and has taken on the leadership of several key projects.

Jeiny will be presenting findings of a study that aimed to explore how the media’s approach to reporting events, gender-wise, has evolved over time.


Gerardo Betancourt
Sexual health clinician and researcher, University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work
Presentation: Masculinities Health: Being a Real Man is Killing Us

Gerardo has been working as an educator for more than 20 years in several countries. His educational projects have been implemented and evaluated in Chile, Mexico, Colombia and Canada. He has been working in the field of Sexual Health for the past 10 years, and has published in international book chapters edited by universities and numerous peer-reviewed journals. He has developed theories and theoretical frameworks to better understand intersectionalities, sexualities, qualitative methodologies, epistemologies and sexual health practices. Gerardo has presented his research in countries such as Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Australia, and the USA.

The studies of masculinities in Canada connecting gender and health are at a very early stage when compared to those devoted to women’s and LGBTQ’s sociology of health. Cisgender/straight men suffer from different diseases, health conditions, and particular affections. In short, men died in general earlier than their counterparts. Empirical evidence shows the rise of concerns in regards to men’s physical and mental health medical complications due to cultural milieu models. Socially constructed norms imposed pain and stress on men, creating societal issues that not even men want to talk about. For the past 30 years research has shown why being a man in our society is problematic. In societies where individuals are not allowed to fail, cry, or show weaknesses, men live unhappy lives, and even worst, they make others around them unhappy too. Manhood creates a system of domination, in which in the surface, men seem to have benefited from. However, a more critical gender analysis will show that men are oppressed by the same system that marginalized and isolated others (women, LGTBQ individuals)
included men themselves. In a system where nobody can turn to others for help, mental health issues, suicide, heart diseases, addictions, amongst other health consequences, have become more and more commonplace contemporary health problems. Many of the health issues related to masculinities, could be improved, avoid or reduced, by bringing awareness to possible changes in education, media, and policy making in Canada.


Alison Tieman
Founder and President, Honey Badger Brigade (Honey Badger Radio)

Suicide is the biggest health-based killer of young people under the age of 35. The only reason it isn’t also the biggest killer of all people young and old is not because it declines with age, but because other killers become more common. Think about how many times you hear about an epidemic of cancer or even the flu, but almost no one talks about suicide as an epidemic. And the rate at which people are taking their lives is increasing. This epidemic represents a failure of our psychology industry to identify causes correctly and implement non-ideological solutions. Join Alison Tieman as she discusses the two coping strategies for people who’ve overcome depression and suicidal ideation, the triple threat young men face and why young women are killing themselves more now than ever.

Alison Tieman is the founder of Honey Badger Radio, the longest running and most popular podcast with a men’s rights focus. She is also president of Honey Badger Brigade Inc., the largest men’s rights organization in Canada. She has been published at A Voice For Men and the Good Man Project. She has a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary and has a focus on the effect of “toxic environments” on men’s mental health.


Edward Kruk
President, International Council on Shared Parenting
Presentation: Addressing Parental Alienation of Fathers

Edward Kruk is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of British Columbia, and President of the International Council on Shared Parenting. He has been researching father-child relationships and paternal alienation since 1985. He is a passionate advocate of equal parenting and has published extensively on the topics of fatherhood, shared parenting and parental alienation. He is married to Lena and is the father of two boys, Stephan and Liam.


Georganne Burke
Senior Vice-President, PathwayGroup Inc

Georganne Burke is a seasoned veteran of political activities in the United States and Canada. She has spent the past ten years in a variety of roles with the Conservative Party of Canada, and in the offices of ministers and MPs. Her specific area of expertise was in outreach to cultural communities. She spent three years in the office of MP Rob Clarke where she worked on aboriginal outreach and managed the parliamentary process for his private member’s bill on the repealing and replacing the Indian Act. Georganne has also spent a decade in the private sector in marketing both in the publishing and computer industries. She has an MBA in marketing and strategic management. She is responsible for managing relationships with the federal government, utilizing her extensive network on behalf of our clients. Georganne is still very active in politics in the US and Canada, having spent time on presidential politics in 2016 in the US, leadership politics in Canada in 2016-17, and assisting a wide variety of candidates and potential candidates in their efforts to run for office. She is also a political commentator, panelist, and avid social media commentator on Twitter and Facebook, as well as in mainstream and ethnic media.


Juliann Rasanayagam Registered Psychotherapist at Empathic Counselling Centre

Juliann Rasanayagam is a Registered Psychotherapist at Empathic Counselling Centre in Scarborough. She specializes in anger management and intimate partner violence, but also works with clients who are struggling with anxiety and depression. This year, she is proud to celebrate the recent launch of her first published book, DIY Anger Kit: Create your own Anger Management Toolkit. Her experience in working with clients who are involved with the law piqued her interest in exploring unique issues that impact the mental health of men.


Carl Augustsson
A Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Men

Dr. Augustsson was born in 1977 in the US to a mother from the US and a father from Sweden. He is married to a woman from the Republic of Georgia, where he currently teach English and Political Science at two different universities. He has citizenship in all 3 countries. He has lived in 8 different counties, traveled to 99, and has studied over a dozen languages.

Dr. Augustsson will discuss his efforts to pass a global treaty on men’s rights: A Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Men (CEDAM). This would sit alongside, not replace, the existing treaty on women’s rights, CEDAW.


Eric Pierni

Eric Pierni, MA, CSAT, RP opened Men Therapy Toronto | Counselling and Psychotherapy Services for Men with the intention of making psychotherapy accessible to men. Eric is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). In addition to a Masters degree in Psychotherapy Eric also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) degree.