We All Win:
Safer Communities through Best Practices for Offender Integration

March 12 – 14, 2013
University of Calgary Conference Centre
Downtown Campus, 906 – 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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The John Howard Society of Alberta invites you to attend a 2-day conference – We All Win: Safer Communities through Best Practices in Programming for Offender Integration. This conference highlights current trends and best practices in effective and sustainable rehabilitation and integration of offenders.

Researchers and practitioners have long recognized the crucial importance of programs and services for offenders while they are under community corrections, in custody, or after they are released. While the forum recognizes the influential leadership role of Canadian scholars and practitioners over the years, this event will be an opportunity to learn about initiatives and practices developed and implemented from around the world.

By joining delegates from across Canada and the international community, participants will hear about, share and explore innovative programs and approaches through workshops, plenary sessions and keynote addresses. The forum’s speakers and workshop presenters will help participants to build knowledge and awareness, to share and discover ideas and best practices, and to develop strategies to enhance the safety of their communities.

Plenary Speakers

  • Dr. Farzad Bawani, Psychologist, Edmonton John Howard Society
  • Dr. Astrid Birgden, Consultant Forensic Psychologist, Deakin University, Australia
  • Chris Hay, Executive Director, John Howard Society of Alberta
  • Dr. Gabor Maté, Physician, Public Speaker & Author
  • Dr. Joanne Minaker, Sociology Professor, Grant MacEwan University
  • Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator for Canada

Workshop Leaders

  • Patrick Altimas, Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec (ASRSQ)
  • Judith Barlow, Executive Director, Young Offender Branch, Correctional Services, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
  • James Bonta, Public Safety Canada
  • Clare Carefoot, Buffalo Sage Wellness House
  • Anita Desai, St. Leonard’s Society of Canada
  • Ann Marie Dewhurst, Valerian Consulting
  • Donald Evans, St. Leonard’s Society of Canada
  • Hugo Foss, Correctional Service of Canada
  • Sue Fortune, Pathways to Housing
  • David Henry, Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec (ASRSQ)
  • Jenny Hosking, Sex Offender Management Branch, Melbourne
  • John Hutton, John Howard Society of Manitoba
  • Clarissa Johnson, Edmonton John Howard Society
  • Patti Laboucane–Benson, Native Counseling Services of Alberta
  • Brenda LePage, Correctional Service of Canada
  • Karla Lopez, Forensic Psychologist, University of Melbourne
  • Debra Lussier, Senior Project Manager, Alberta Health Services
  • Nicole Patrie, Instructor, Department of Correctional Education, Norquest College
  • Fiona Rogers, Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, Melbourne
  • Dr. Marilyn Van Dieten, Orbis Partners
  • Elizabeth White, St. Leonard’s Society of Canada
  • Diane Williams, Safer Foundation
  • Shawne Young, Chief Probation Officer, Government of Alberta Solicitor General

Key Workshop Topic Areas:

  • Innovations – outside-the-box best practices
  • Indigenous peoples’ issues
  • How to use and apply research to practices and programs
  • Mental health
  • Addictions
  • Halfway houses in Canada and internationally
  • The role of the community in integration – successful partnerships and collaboration

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