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The Canadian Human Rights Commission’s 2017 symposium will challenge our thinking, our behaviour and the labels we use for each other and ourselves, setting the foundation for discussions about human rights over the next 40 years.

Join human rights advocates, academics, employers, lawyers, and engaged citizens from across the country as we explore the future of human rights beyond labels as it relates to technology, our institutions, our workplaces, and our public spaces.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Morning

8:00 a.m. Registration opens

8:15 a.m. Refreshments and networking

8:30 a.m. Overview of the Symposium

Daniel Normandeau

8:45 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Algonquin Territory Leader

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E. Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission

9:15 a.m. Keynote Speakers – Living Beyond Labels

Tiq Milan and Kim Katrin Milan

10:15 a.m. Health Break and Networking

10:45 a.m. Panel – Moving Beyond Labels

Moderator: Peggy Warolin, Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission


Bernie Farber, Executive Director, Mosaic Institute
Donna Jodhan, Founder and Chair, Barrier Free Canada
Caitlin Tolley, Student, University of Ottawa

12:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch and Networking

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Afternoon

1:00 pm. Concurrent Workshops

Workshop A Blanket Exercise (KAIROS)

Moderator: Ed Bianchi, Program Manager, KAIROS

Workshop B Social Condition and Remote Communities

Moderator: Danika Billie Littlechild, Vice-President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO



Workshop C Beyond Accommodation

Moderator: Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director, DisAbled Women’s Network Canada



Workshop D Engaging and Empowering Youth – Tools and Resources

Moderator: Ian Hamilton, Executive Director, Equitas


Max FineDay, Canadian Roots Exchange
Jennifer Reddy, Embrace Immigrant Youth, Vancouver School Board
Sarah Gaham, Girls Action Foundation
Hon. Landon Pearson, Founder and Chair, Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights

2:30 p.m. Health Break and Networking

3:00 p.m. Mental Health Commission of Canada

Louise Bradley, President and CEO Mental Health Commission of Canada

3:10 p.m. Panel Discussion – Mental Health

Moderator: Nitika Rewari, Manager, Research, Evaluation & Knowledge Translation, Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada


Heather Stuart, Professor, University of Guelph
Dr. Rebecca Gewurtz, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University
Lyne Wilson, Talent Acquisition and Organizational Health, NAV Canada
Employee Representative, NAV Canada

4:30 p.m. End of Day 1

5:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Thursday, September 28, 2017 Morning

8:15 a.m. Refreshments and Networking

8:45 a.m. Overview of Day 2

Daniel Normandeau

9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

9:30 a.m. Entertainment

Dandelion Dance Performance

10:00 a.m. Health Break and Networking

10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion – Conflicting Rights

Moderator: John Packer, Professor, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa


Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada
Farida Deif, Director, Canada, Human Rights Watch
Shahina Siddiqui, President, Islamic Social Services Association
Shaheen Azmi, Director of Policy, Education, Monitoring & Outreach, Ontario Human Rights Commission

12:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch and Networking


Thursday, September 28, 2017 Afternoon

1:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops

Workshop E Gender Identity and Gender Expression

Moderator: Samuel Singer, Lawyer – charity and non-profit law business law and LGBTQ law


Françoise Susset, Institute for Sexual Minority Health
Quinn Bennett, Director, PeerNet BC
Nicole Nussbaum, Lawyer, Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health
Marcella Daye, Senior Policy Advisor, Canadian Human Rights Commission

Workshop F Families in Canada

Moderator: Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer, Vanier Institute of the Family


Sheila Osborne-Brown, Senior Counsel, Canadian Human Rights Commission
Lynda Collins, Co-Mama
Todd Nicholson, 2018 Chef de Mission for Paralympic games
Farhat Rehman, Mother and advocate
Kelly J. Lendsay, President and CEO, Indigenous Works

Workshop G Human Rights – The Next Generation

Moderator: Renée Vaugeois, Executive Director, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights


Odélie Joly, Administrator, Amnistie internationale
Raffi Cavoukian, Founder, Centre for Child Honouring

Workshop H The State of the Rule of Law in Canada’s 150th Anniversary Year

Moderator: Errol Mendes, President, International Commission of Jurists (Canadian Section)


Hon. Michele Rivet, Board Member of ICJ Canada and Commissioner of ICJ Geneva
Janine Lespérance, Executive Director, ICJ Canada

2:30 p.m. Refreshments and Networking

3:00 p.m. Plenary Discussion – Beyond 2017

Ian Fine, Executive Director, Canadian Human Rights Commission
Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development
Ihsaan Gardee, Executive Director, National Council for Canadian Muslims

4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E., Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission

5:00 p.m. End of Symposium

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