Roz Kelsey, University of Regina
Director, Office of Gendered Violence, Prevention Strategies
Roz Kelsey is a tenured faculty member and accomplished curriculum writer in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina. She has served the community as an educator at the post-secondary level for more than 15 years; teaching courses in the area of sport and recreation management with a focus on social justice and critical theory. She is also one of a few female post-secondary educators who has led northern experience outdoor education courses. The focus of Roz’s doctoral research was a study of her role as a critical educator and challenging social norms around areas of gender, orientation, race, ability and socio-economic status. While teaching and pursuing her own education Roz founded the Man Up Against Violence™ movement. This University based initiative challenges the social construction of masculinity and its relationship with violence in our community. In 2016, Roz was awarded the Regina Women of Distinction Award for Education and Mentorship and the University of Regina Alumni Award for faculty for her work in teaching and gendered violence efforts. Most recently, Roz has been appointed the Director of the newly established Office of Gendered Violence Prevention Strategies for the University of Regina.
Marilyn Luscombe, New Brunswick Community College
President and CEO
Marilyn Luscombe was appointed New Brunswick Community College’s first president and CEO effective January 1, 2011. Marilyn has been responsible for leading the College forward from being part of a government department to its current Crown Corporation status with a Board of Governors. Her leadership has also entailed moving NBCC from a six-college structure to a new One College – One Team structure. The College has just concluded its first five-year plan, and through a multi-faceted process engaging over 4300 students, staff and community stakeholders, has developed and launched its second five-year plan, Together We Rise, 2017-2022. NBCC’s major accomplishments during the past five years include the acquisition of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council funding to establish an Industrial Research Chair in Mobile First Technology; the launch of NBCC’s first-ever alumni association which now has over 10,000 members; and the establishment of the Robertson Institute for Community Leadership which involves all students in community leadership learning and voluntarism experiences.
Marilyn is a native of Newfoundland and Labrador and, in addition to her six years at NBCC, has extensive experience in publicly funded community colleges in two other provinces – College of the North Atlantic for fifteen years, and Selkirk College, BC, where she served as President and CEO for over ten years (2000-2010). Her leadership with her colleagues at Selkirk included the establishment of a research centre in GIS; a Research Chair in Rural Economic Development; and increased support for the College’s Mir Centre for Peace. In June 2010, she completed three years as Board Chair of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) within her six-year elected tenure on the Board.
Other experiences have included Chair of the Canadian College Presidents’ Network and the Presidents’ Academy, and Chair of the Committee on Family Violence (NL), for which she was awarded the National Lifestyle Award for Community Voluntarism. She is currently a Board member of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council; an appointed Member of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation; a Board member of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada; an executive member of the Atlantic Chapter of the International Women’s Forum; and Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Community Colleges Consortium.
David McMurray, Wilfrid Laurier University
Vice President, Student Affairs
An accomplished, award winning student affairs and services professional, David McMurray has successfully implemented strategies in a wide variety of student affairs, services, and experiential learning venues achieving high standards of excellence, innovation and recognition. David’s student-centred leadership philosophy focuses on the comprehensive education and development of the whole student with an intentional, outcomes based approach to student development and learning. Working closely with senior academic administration and faculty, David has successfully developed strong academic/student affairs partnerships and the delivery of high impact teaching and learning practices that support the “Integrated and Engaged Learning” theme at Laurier of academic learning, student development and engagement. David has served in the country’s most senior capacities in the field of student affairs and services, particularly as president of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS); president of the Student Affairs and Services Association (SASA) of CACUSS; and Chair of the Ontario Committee on Student Affairs (OCSA). He is the recipient of the CACUSS Award of Honour, CACUSS Award for Service, SASA Award of Recognition and the SASA Award for Service. Nominated by the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (AUCC), David received Her Majesty the Queen’s golden jubilee medal for excellence in higher education, administration and student services. He has presented extensively at conferences, delivered keynotes, conducted strategic planning workshops and been engaged as a consultant for numerous student affairs and services external assessments and reviews. David is Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities Reference Group on Sexual Violence.
Dr. Ginette Lafreniere, Wilfred Laurier University
Associate Professor; Director, Social Innovation Research Group; Director, Manulife Centre for Community Health Research
Dr. Lafreniere is an Associate Professor and Director of the Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG) at the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since her arrival at WLU, she has worked collaboratively with local women’s shelters, counseling agencies and sexual assault centres on issues relative to violence against women. With her students, she has recently worked on enhancing the Sexual Assault Response Team’s Sexual Assault Protocol for the Region of Waterloo. She is currently working on developing a “made at Laurier” bystander training module in collaboration with students in the Women in Science program. She has in the past, explored the tensions and contradictions that exist between special constables and local police services in responses to gendered and sexual violence. She is currently one of three (3) Gendered Violence Faculty Colleagues at WLU.
Elizabeth Grace, Lerners LLP
Elizabeth Grace is a partner of the law firm Lerners LLP, where she has practiced civil litigation since her call to the Ontario bar in 1995. She has a diverse litigation practice that includes plaintiff and defence-side work in the areas of sexual abuse and institutional liability, medical malpractice and health law, professional liability and Aboriginal law. She has represented clients before various levels of court, regulatory and administrative bodies, and in internal dispute resolution processes. She has experience litigating against and on behalf of individuals, corporations, insurers, governments, First Nations, public entities and educational facilities. In the area of sexual abuse, Elizabeth has authored many publications, including the text Civil Liability for Sexual Abuse and Violence in Canada (Butterworths, 2000), is a frequent invited speaker at conferences, and is often consulted by the media. She co-presented a submission to the Ontario Legislature’s Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment in May 2015 entitled “Returning Ontario to the Forefront of the Effort to Eradicate Sexual Violence and Harassment” which advocated for legislative reforms, and she was an invited plenary speaker at the “It’s Never Okay” 2015 Summit on Sexual Violence and Harassment in Toronto sponsored by the Ontario Government.
Dan Michaluk, Hicks Morley LLP
Dan Michaluk regularly acts for colleges and universities on employment, student and privacy matters. His work with colleges and universities on sexual violence prevention and response includes advising on violence policy and procedure, providing counsel and representation regarding student appeals and providing counsel in support of incident response.
Dr. George A. MacLean, University of New Brunswick – Fredericton Campus
Vice President Academic and Professor of Political Science
Dr. MacLean studied at King’s College/Dalhousie, McMaster and Queen’s University. He is a specialist in International Politics, focusing on foreign policy, political economy, and security. Prior to arriving at the University of New Brunswick in 2014, he was a Professor of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he held adjunct appointments in the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, served as Department Head from 2005-2011, and Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, from 2011-2014. He was listed by Maclean’s magazine as one of the top profs at UManitoba. Recipient of multiple awards for teaching and research, MacLean is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books. He has published extensively in Canada and abroad, presented lectures in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, and Asia. He has been contracted with the Canadian Government on matters of foreign and security policy, and has appeared before Senate and House of Commons hearings. His research interests include Canadian foreign policy, human security, non-proliferation initiatives, and multilateralism.
Maggie Forsythe, Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre
Campus Sexual Assault Support Advocate
With a Masters in Counselling and certification from the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association, Maggie Forsythe has worked in the fields of sexual violence counselling and addictions since 2007. Maggie began work at FSAC in 2010 and became part of the FSAC collective in 2013. As the Campus Sexual Assault Support Advocate, Maggie provides therapeutic support and advocacy for individuals on campus who have been impacted by sexual violence. Maggie also co-facilitates the Counselling Survivors of Sexual Violence training and Women’s Support Group. Through these roles, Maggie serves her passion for supporting survivors as well as enhancing the community response and prevention of sexual violence within our communities.
Dr. Shirley Cleave, University of New Brunswick
Acting Assistant Vice-President of Student Services
Dr. Shirley Cleave earned her BA (Hons) and her MA in Physical Education from Western University and began her career at the University of New Brunswick in 1979 as the Campus Recreation Director. She subsequently earned her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois and assumed a faculty position. Over the years she taught a variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate level including leadership, recreation programming, sport and recreation management, delivery systems, and research methods. She also supervised undergraduate students in their internships and senior projects. She still serves as a supervisor and examiner for graduate students. Her research interests include volunteerism, leadership, student development and serious leisure. In addition to her teaching and research, Shirley has held a wide variety of administrative roles, including assistant dean, residence don, Associate VP Academic, Acting Assistant VP Student Services. She has also served as member and/or chair of a wide variety of university and faculty committees Senate, Teaching and Learning Spaces, Accessibility Advisory, Wellness, Community Relations and numerous review and search committees. She has provided leadership for a number of campus and university wide initiatives including the development of a number of policies (Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Harassment; Hazing; Sexual Assault; Student Event Risk Management), the review of Alcohol on Campus, the establishment of a coordinated Academic Advising program; and the restructuring of student services. She is currently on administrative leave, but is serving as the Acting Assistant VP Student Services to cover a medical leave.
Jackie Toner, UNB Student Union Council
Jackie Toner is in her 4th year of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick. She is also in her second year as the LGBTQ+ Councillor for the UNB Student Union. Besides that role she is an active member of Qmunity UNB, which is a campus group that works to unite, support and provide visibility to the LGBTQ+ community. Over her time with the UNBSU she has worked to break down barriers and provide more resources for LGBTQ+ students and encourage inclusion on UNB’s campus. This past summer she got involved with a sexual prevention working group and was very passionate with the work they were doing so much that she is now working as a Prevention Strategist under the campus sexual assault support advocate, Maggie Forsythe. She hopes that as a survivor and as an advocate that she can make a difference at UNB and other neighbouring campuses.
MaryEllen Kingston-Ritchie, New Brunswick Community College
Director, Student Development
Mary Ellen Kingston-Ritchie is the Director of Student Development for NBCC; a role she has had for 2 years. Previous to this, she was the Counsellor at the Miramichi campus of NBCC for 16 years.
Among her many volunteer activities, she was Chair of the Family Violence Prevention Network for Miramichi for 5 years. While in this role, she negotiated a partnership with the Women’s Equality branch to have an Intimate Partner Violence Outreach Worker on campus providing services to the community and students from an office on campus. This position is still in place at the campus and she is working to have similar partnerships at each of the NBCC campuses. She represents NBCC on the Campus Sexual Assault Management Team (CSAMT) which is a unique partnership and collaboration among St. Thomas University, University of New Brunswick and NBCC.
Mary Ellen has a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University and a Masters of Education from the University of New Brunswick. She is a certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and is also a licensed Counselling Therapist with the College of Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick.
Scott Duguay, St. Thomas University
Associate Vice President, Enrolment Management
Scott Duguay’s responsibilities include the oversight of the offices of Admissions, Student Recruitment, Student Services and Residence Life. He holds a Business degree and a Masters Certificate in Project Management, and has led various enrolment management areas in his career such as admissions and recruitment, marketing, retention and student experience, registrar’s office, student services and residence life. He also co-Chairs the national Postsecondary Education Partnership on Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH), has spoken at numerous conferences on student recruitment, retention and marketing, and served as Student Union President during his years as a student. His most recent, and maybe favourite, award is the 2016 STU Tommy Award, awarded by students to a member of the university community who has made a demonstrable commitment to improving quality of life for students. Scott contributed to the development of a new Policy on Sexual Violence at STU, released in September 2015, and played a lead role in the development of a new Policy on Non-Academic Misconduct, released in 2017, designed to satisfy the university’s new approach to sexual violence.
Brock Richardson, St. Thomas University
Director, Student Services and Residence Life
Brock Richardson represented St. Thomas in the development of the Tri-Campus partnership with UNB, NBCC and the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre. He also co-led a revision of the University’s non-academic misconduct policy, which acts as the complaint procedure for sexual violence. He has previously held management positions in Residence Life and the Office of the Dean of Students at the University of Alberta. Brock has a BA in Political Science and an M.Ed in Adult, Community and Higher Education from the University of Alberta.
Dr. Shaheen Shariff, McGill University and Define the Line Projects
Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Studies
Dr. Shaheen Shariff is an Associate Professor at McGill University. Her work is grounded in the intersection of law and education, with a focus on human rights and constitutional issues, diversity, legal pluralism and civil society. She is an Associate Member of the Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill’s Law Faculty and Affiliate Scholar at Stanford University Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. She is best known for her expertise on cyberbullying, sexting and sexual violence on university campuses, and advocates for a balance between free expression, privacy, safety, protection and regulation. Her research and teaching are centered in the study of law as it impacts educational policy, pedagogy and practice.
Professor Shariff served as expert witness at several Canadian House of Commons committees relating to proposed legislation and testified at the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights in 2012. She is currently on an advisory board for Quebec’s Premier Philippe Couillard to develop a provincial strategy on cyberbullying; and was an invited panelist at a conference on cyberhate at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, chaired by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. She also testified at the Nova Scotia Task Force on cyberbullying and was key advisor to the Quebec English School Board Association’s task force. She served on the Board of Directors of Kids’ Help Phone, and provided expert witness testimony that informed a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling on protection of children’s privacy rights.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Quebec Ministry of Education have awarded her several research grants. She is currently the Project Director and Principal Investigator of a $2.6 million Partnership grant awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for a term of 7 years. She also serves on SSHRC grant review committees. She is also one of four recipients globally of Facebook’s Inaugural Digital Citizenship Grant. Her work has culminated in 7 books (translations into Portuguese and Italian); and numerous journal articles and book chapters; resources and videos found at www.mcgill.ca/definetheline,. She also earned the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her public policy contributions to Canada.
Sarah Scanlon, Wilfrid Laurier University
Sexual Violence Support Advocate, Diversity and Equity Office
Sarah Scanlon is a feminist organizer based in Guelph, who has spent over a decade involved in gender based violence struggles within Ontario. As the Sexual Violence Response Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University, Sarah is the touch point on campus for all students who have been impacted by Gender Based Violence. She provides support, advocacy, systems navigation, trauma informed referrals and resources, and safety planning to students and their supporters who have experienced GBV. With a BA in Feminist Research and Psychology from Western University, Sarah is currently working on her MSW at WLU. Having worked across 9 organizations and campaigns focused on bringing awareness to a variety of human rights and social justice issues, she has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced interpersonal, institutional or state violence. Sarah received both the John Robinson Award and the Women Warrior Award for her work helping to transform the social landscape, push boundaries, engender dialogue, and support and advocate alongside marginalized individuals who have experienced gender based violence. She has delivered speaks and workshops to over 23,000 individuals and also currently acts as a freelance consultant and organizational facilitator for many non-profits across Southern Ontario.
Hayley Moody, Sexual Assault Centre of Brant
Sexual Violence Counsellor and Advocate
Since 2015, Hayley Moody has worked at the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant as a Counsellor and Advocate, working exclusively with Laurier Brantford students. Hayley works from a survivor-centred approach when working with students, believing that all survivors are experts in their own individual experiences She also spends a lot of time educating folks about the links between systemic oppression and sexual violence, specifically surrounding the experiences queer and trans people of colour. Hayley is a young, queer woman, with mixed Ojibwa (Marten Clan), English and German ancestry. She holds an MA degree in Social Justice and Community Engagement from Laurier University.
Dr. Rona Jualla van Oudenhoven, Durham College
Director, Student Diversity, Inclusion & Transitions
Dr. Rona Jualla Van Oudenhoven has her academic specializations in sociology, psychology, education, management and international development. Her alma mater includes the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad; the Schulich School of Executive Business and York University, Toronto, Canada; the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands; and National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, India. She was attached to the International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI), in the Netherlands, as an independent consultant and senior program manager, specializing in research, training, program management, monitoring and evaluation from 2007 -2016 before taking on her current position as Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions at Durham College, where she manages the sexual violence portfolio. Prior to that, in Trinidad and Tobago, she has held senior managerial and supervisory positions in human resources, research and policy development; carried the portfolios of teacher-trainer and lecturer and presented at numerous seminars. Rona has published some noteworthy work and her major research works include investigative studies on street persons; exploration of adult education with a focus on teacher-training, teacher-type and corporal punishment; and more recently, the application of a rights-based approach in the understanding and analysis of violence. Over the past years Rona has focused her attention on issues related to violence-tolerance, with an emphasis on gender and children’s rights; systemic and cultural components of violence, such as poverty, racism, sexism; and promoting a rights-based approach in policy and programs internationally. A few of these include:
- International Girl Power Program in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nicaragua
- Family and community empowerment program in Palestine
- ‘Positive Deviance’ in Kenya
- Refugee programs in Thailand and Burma
- World Bank’s work with various regions in Siberia, especially with indigenous Sakha peoples
- Violence against children and women, Jamaica, Palestine, Romania, Suriname
- Rights-based Approaches to Gender Education in the Caribbean
- Inclusive programming for persons with disabilities/exceptionalities in South Africa
- Marginalization of Roma people in Central Europe
- Street children, European Union – Italy, Nicaragua and Trinidad and Tobago
Rona believes that the measure of a person’s, organization’s, society’s or nation’s worth is reflected in how it/he/she treats with the most vulnerable in its midst.
Barb Lotan, Queen’s University
Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Coordinator
Barb Lotan began her career as a municipal police officer with an interest in victims rights in sexual assault and domestic violence cases. She has complimentary experience working in a hospital based sexual assault/domestic violence program and as a Child & Youth Worker in the secondary school system.
In her role at Queen’s, Barb is the central point of contact for students who have been impacted by sexual violence. She provides information about supports and services available, reporting options, accommodations etc., makes referrals and assists students to navigate the paths they choose. Additionally, Barb delivers workshops/presentations for students, staff and faculty on a variety of topics related to sexual violence including how to respond to disclosures, violence prevention, healthy relationships and campus policies.
Danielle Carr, Western University
Sexual Violence Prevention Education Coordinator
Danielle Carr is responsible for the development and facilitation of sexual violence education curricula and programming for staff, faculty and students. Danielle also provides support and resources to students and their supporters who have experienced sexual violence or who are currently experiencing sexual or domestic violence. Danielle currently leads the development of Upstander, a Ministry of the Status of Women funded bystander intervention program, and its implementation across Ontario. In her fourth year, Danielle is PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Education at Western where her current research, Acting out gender: Embodied criticality and performance-based-pedagogies in high school classrooms, expands across many fields and disciplines including critical educational studies, gender & trans theory, and performance studies. Danielle also works as a professor of sociology and psychology at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.