2019 CAPDHHE Conference Speakers Announced

CAPDHHE is delighted to announce the current speaker line-up for the 2019 CAPDHHE National Conference at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. (More speakers to be announced soon!)

Since 1984, the annual CAPDHHE conference has offered the latest updates and workshops on human rights and equity issues from activists, administrators, faculty members, staff, lawyers, artists and students, who work with campus communities at Canadian colleges and universities.

This year’s CAPDHHE conference features a group of groundbreaking speakers who understand the challenges in higher education and who will provoke cutting-edge approaches to our work.

 

Keynote Speakers:

 

MICHAEL GOTTHEIL, Chief of the Alberta Human Rights Commission and Tribunals

Bio: Michael Gottheil was appointed Chief of the Commission and Tribunals of the Alberta Human Rights Commission and began his term in August 2018. Mr. Gottheil brings many years of leadership experience in the Administrative Justice sector, having previously served as Chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and Executive Chair of both the Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario and the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario. Mr. Gottheil is a firm believer in justice, as a means and an end, and has worked to foster collaboration among those in the legal community, as well as civil society more broadly. Throughout his career, he has worked on initiatives that seek to make justice more accessible, efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of the public. He is particularly interested in how organizational capacity and community partnerships can help build an effective and equitable justice system. Through his professional work, personal journeys and as a person with a disability, Mr. Gottheil continues to embrace the values of empathy and fairness as well as the richness of our diversity and inclusion as a basis for our shared humanity.

 

JENY MATHEWS-THUSOO, Program Lead with the Resilience Team at City of Calgary

Topic: “Building Trust with Diversity Communities Using a Future-Focused Approach”

Bio: Jeny Mathews-Thusoo Program Lead with the Resilience team at The City of Calgary. Jeny has worked in social change and public policy for over 18 years with a vision that the future of cities belongs to those who believe in the power of dreams. She is advancing this vision in her current role where they are looking at how Calgary will respond to the challenges of the 21st century. In collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, Jeny is building and implementing a city-wide strategy that (1) strengthens meaningful relationships between diverse communities with government and other institutions; and (2) re-imagines leadership that values multiple leadership worldviews that is representative of Calgary's demographics.

 

JANE NGOBIA, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the President, Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Communities, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario

Bio: Before being appointed at Sheridan College as the Senior Advisor to the President on Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Communities, Jane was the AVP of Diversity and Human Rights at the University of Guelph. She brings unique leadership insights after having served in top EDI posts in the colleges and universities sector. Jane was previously the Director of Diversity and Equity at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) where she developed, implemented and assessed diversity and equity initiatives. Prior to that, she was a Diversity and Leadership Officer at the University of Toronto. She has also been a Dean of Students, lecturer and Deputy Department Head at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Jane earned a PhD in higher education and a Master’s degree at the University of Toronto.

 

ENA CHADHA, Chair, Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Bio: Ena Chadha is an experienced human rights lawyer, advocate and mediator. Ena Chadha was as Vice-Chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario from 2007 to 2015. In this capacity, she sat as an Adjudicator and Mediator. Prior to her Tribunal appointment, Ena was the Director of Litigation with ARCH Disability Law Centre, a test case clinic specializing in disability and equality rights issues. In February 2018, Ena was appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.

 

Pre-Conference Workshop (Wednesday, June 12; 1:00 to 4:00 pm):

TERRI SUNTJENS and ROXANNE TOOTOOSIS, MacEwan University

Topic: “Indigenous Resurgence in Post-Secondary Education: Practical Tools for Indigenizing the Academy”

 

Plenary Sessions:

IRFAN CHAUDHRY, Director, Office of Human Rights, Diversity & Equity, MacEwan University

Topic: “Speaking of Freedom of Speech in the Era of Legislated Discourse”

 

CODY NIELSON, Founder and Executive Director, Convergence on Campus Inc.

Topic: “Religious, Secular and Spiritual Accessibility on Your Campus: Basic Policies & Practices”

 

HÉLÈNE FROHARD-DOURLENT, Ph. D., Educational Strategist, Student Diversity Initiative, University of British Columbia

Topic: “Changing University Systems Toward More Gender Diversity: Opportunities and Challenges”

 

KHAULA BHUTTA and ROSELLE GONSALVES, Mount Royal University

Topic: “Serving the Many-Faced God: Roles that Require Varied Skills, Face Multiple Challenges, and Require Unique Solutions”

 

CAPDHHE National Awards of Excellence Gala (Wednesday, June 13; 6:00 to 9:00 pm):

Keynote Speaker: TBA

 

Other Popular Panels:

LEGAL PANEL ON ACADEMIC LAW

Topic: “Developments and Trends in Canadian Academic Law – Six Minute Updates”

The ever-popular CAPDHHE legal panel brings together a group of prominent legal experts who will provide updates on the latest developments in Canadian academic law. Using a six-minute format, each lawyer will discuss new case law and legal developments on a variety of topics and will be required to adhere to a rotating six-minute timeframe. (Followed by Q&A)

 

STUDENT ACTIVISM PANEL

The student activism panel brings together students who are making a difference in promoting equity and inclusion at colleges and universities. This popular panel provides an important perspective on student organizing and how student activists can be seen as allies in the work of human rights and equity offices (and vice versa).

 

GROUP BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

  • Freedom of Speech v. Academic Freedom v. Hate Speech
  • Practical challenges of our work – under-resourcing, increasing caseloads, legalistic nature of the work, formal investigations, case management tracking, recording of conversations etc.
  • Implementation of Sexual Violence Policies/Legislation
  • Global to Local Movements Affecting our Campuses: Indigenization of the Curriculum, Truth and Reconciliation Commission - Calls to Action, Anti-Black Racism issues, #MeToo Movement, Fighting Against White Supremacy and Islamophobia, Cannabis Legalization, etc.,
  • Social Media impact on our work

 

There’s still time to register! Just click on our Eventbrite page for registration options:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2019-capdhhe-national-conference-colloque-national-acpdhmes-2019-tickets-59534329783

(Or we can send you an invoice if you want to pay by cheque. Just ask!)

2019 CAPDHHE National Conference

The Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education (CAPDHHE) is pleased to present information about its 2019 CAPDHHE National Conference.

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER!  Standing Up for Human Rights and Equity Values

Dates: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 to Friday, June 14, 2019

Location: MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta

June 12, 2019 is a pre-conference day, which will be of interest to CAPDHHE members with an opening reception and guest speaker in the evening. Please save the date and stay tuned for details!
June 13 & 14, 2019 are devoted to the main conference sessions and will focus on the challenges of human rights and equity work in the post-secondary sector.

Themes:

  • Freedom of Speech v. Academic Freedom v. Hate Speech
  • Practical challenges of our work – under-resourcing, increasing caseloads, legalistic nature of the work, formal investigations, case management tracking, recording of conversations etc.
  • Implementation of Sexual Violence Policies/Legislation
  • Global to Local Movements Affecting our Campuses: Indigenization of the Curriculum, Truth and Reconciliation Commission – Calls to Action, Anti-Black Racism issues, #metoo Campaign, Fighting Against White Supremacy and Islamophobia, Cannabis Legalization, etc.
  • Social Media impact on our work.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact: Milé Komlen or Toni De Mello .

2019 CAPDHHE Conference Chair

Conference Chair

We’re pleased to welcome our 2019 CAPDHHE Conference Chair:

Irfan Chaudhry, Director, Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity, MacEwan University

 

Irfan Chaudhry became the first director of MacEwan University’s Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity, which was created in 2016 to ensure that members of the campus community had access to an impartial office in dealing with discrimination and harassment issues. For the last eight years, Irfan has taught sociology and criminology at MacEwan. Beyond his teaching accomplishments, Irfan holds a master’s degree in criminal justice, and has worked on human rights policies for the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Police Service, while also sitting on the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee. Irfan was also honoured as the recipient of the Emerging Leadership Award during the 2018 CAPDHHE National Awards of Excellence.

Registration is Now Open!

There are two choices for registration:

  • 3 days CAPDHHE Conference - June 12-19, 2019 (with pre-conference workshopand opening reception on June 12), including taxes: $595.00
  • Single-day Registration for CAPDHHE Conference - June 13 or 14, 2019 (if you're only planning to attend one of the conference days), including taxes: $295.00

Just click on our Eventbrite page (or request an invoice by email) to make your purchase :

Conference Accomodations

MacEwan University Residences is offering special room rates for CAPDHHE Conference attendees as follows:

  • 5 x Queen Hotel Room @ $89.10/night + tax (I.E. $97.12/night)
  • 2 x Double Queen Hotel Room @ $98.10/night + tax (I.E. $106.93/night)
  • 1 x One Bedroom and Den Deluxe Suite @ $116.10/night + tax (I.E. $126.55/night)
  • 1 x Two Bedroom Deluxe Suite @ $116.10/night + tax (I.E. $126.55/night)
  • 15 x Bachelor Summer Suite – Dorm Room @ $71.10/night + tax (I.E. $77.50/night)
  • 50+ x Two Bedroom Summer Suite – Dorm Room @ $98.10/night + tax (I.E. $106.93/night)
  • 10 x Four Bedroom Summer Suite – Dorm Room @ $215.10/night + tax (I.E. $234.46/night)

Visit the website for a photo gallery of accommodation options: http://bit.ly/MacEwanGuestRooms.

 

Other Downtown Hotel Options:

Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton:

https://www.suttonplace.com/hotels/sutton-place-hotel-edmonton-edm

Delta Hotels - Edmonton Central Suites:

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yegec-delta-hotels-edmonton-centre-suites/