Leading Change Summit 2019

Bold Conversations to end gender-based violence in a changing world
February 19-21st, 2019 -  Edmonton, Alberta 

“Before attending this conference, I thought I knew a significant amount about gender-based violence but I was completely taken back by the level of information, generosity, and vulnerability of those at the conference” – Summit Delegate


Thank you

To all who supported our inaugural primary prevention-focused conference on ending gender-based violence and abuse.  It was our honour and privilege to learn from you, share our outcomes with you and have bold conversations with you for three days in frosty February of 2019.
We have collected and reviewed the data gathered during and after the event about our collective experience.  This information has helped us continue the learnings after the Summit about how to make any future event even better.  We know that many of you are already activating new partnerships and are applying new tools to your work. 


96.7% of Summit evaluation respondents indicated that they “plan to put some of the things they learned into practice.” 


ACWS will be sharing key data points and learnings here over the coming months. To begin with:

Total Summit attendees: 230

Total number of distinct organizations participating: 113

Total number of Summit public session attendees at ECC (Terry Crews event): 1,100





















Kenzie Godan: Power Ups- Using Video Games as Violence Prevention Training Tools 

Kenzie Gordon is a social worker and a PhD student in Media & Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. Her work examines applications of video games as interventions in gender-based violence, and representations of gender-based violence in video games. She is also a game designer and works with non-profit organizations to develop digital games and tools for violence prevention through her company Grey Fox Media. VIEW PRESENTATION


Meital Siva-Jain: Engaging Diverse Communities in Conversations about Sexual Violence and Consent


Meital Siva-Jain has been a working for the Diversity Program with the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) since 2014. Under this role, she advocates for inclusion and equality in services to survivors, that consider factors like ethnicity, heritage, faith, gender, culture, age, social and financial status, ability and sexual orientation.

She has led many collaborations, including creating consent videos for newcomers, meditation and self-care sessions for women who are incarcerated, and resilience workshops for immigrant women. She also co-facilitates dance and movement therapy group for survivors. Meital also sits on a number of committees including Sexual Exploitation Group of Edmonton (SEWG) and Ethno-cultural Family Violence Committee (EFVC). Meital obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tel Aviv and is currently a Social Work student at MacEwan. VIEW PRESENTATION


Debra Tomlinson: #IBelieveYou, Now What? 

For over twenty years, Deb has worked passionately with community and government stakeholders to raise awareness of sexual violence and to increase access to services and support for Albertans affected. Her leadership and social change work has been recognized with awards from the Alberta College of Social Workers as well as the Government of Alberta. Most recently, Deb was named one of 20 Compelling Calgarians for 2018 by the Calgary Herald.

In 2004, Deb and her colleagues fostered a partnership with the provincial government which resulted in government funding for specialized sexual assault services – a first for Alberta. More recently, in response to a historic increase in survivors coming forward for help, Deb and her colleagues were successful in receiving $8.1 M to increase services for sexual assault survivors in Alberta. Deb played an instrumental role in the award winning “I Believe You” public awareness campaign and the creation of Alberta’s first Sexual Violence Action Plan. Deb is serving her second term on Alberta’s Family Violence Death Review Committee and also co-chairs a national organization, Ending Violence Association of Canada and is a member of the Advisory Council on the Federal Strategy to Prevent Gender-based Violence. VIEW PRESENTATION


Kiray Jones-Mollerup & Kayla McLachlan: How do we remove the Burden of Social Education on Survivors

Kayla McLachlan is the Program Coordinator for the Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Violence project at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton. She is passionate about supporting individuals and families affected by sexual violence. Kiray Jones-Mollerup is a trainer with the Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Violence project at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton. She is dedicated to advocacy and social change for people who have experienced sexual violence. VIEW PRESENTATION


Shelter Showcase: Culture-Shifting Work

Presented by Rowan House, Odyssey House, YWCA Banff, Lloydminster Interval Home. VIEW PRESENTATION


Makarand Gulawani: Social Marketing for Raising Awareness of Gender-Based Violence

Makarand is an associate professor at School of Business, MacEwan University. He teaches marketing courses. Makarand has interest in social marketing strategy for dealing with social issues. VIEW PRESENTATION


Michelle Chimenti: Primary Prevention on a Post-Secondary Campus - Are we Stepping Up?

Michelle Chimenti, BSW, graduated from Dalhousie University in 2018, after completing her Social Work Diploma at Mount Royal University in 2016. Michelle is dedicated to the pursuit of strengths-based, anti-oppressive practice and community building through a systemic lens. With experience as a Resident Assistant at Dalhousie University, and as a former member of Enactus Dalhousie, Michelle joined the Stepping Up team this past August as Project Coordinator with a passion for supporting students from a holistic perspective. VIEW PRESENTATION


Emily Matheson: After #Metoo - Shifting the Dialogue

Emily Gerbrandt is a SSHRC graduate scholar and master’s student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. Her research investigates legal and social responses to sexual violence in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Her research brings a feminist, victim-centred approach to questions surrounding social media and its simultaneous use as both a platform for feminist movement, consciousness-raising, and solidarity, as well as for anti-feminist backlash, perpetuating rape myths, and re-enforcing patriarchal relations of power. As a sexual assault survivor herself, Emily relates her personal experiences to this research in other to investigate how blurred cultural definitions of sexual violence and rape culture narratives play out through legal and extra-legal responses to the #MeToo movement. VIEW PRESENTATION


Program Showcase of Culture-Shifting Work

Presented byMen Edmonton, Families First Society, Sonshine, and CAWES. VIEW PRESENTATION


Alisa Tukkimaki: Uncovering the root causes of Human Trafficking and the best practices in prevention and victim response

Alisa Tukkimaki is the Manager of Strategic Engagement at The Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta (ACT Alberta). Alisa has been engaged on the issue of human trafficking in Alberta for more than ten years with ACT Alberta. She has over fifteen years experience as both a front line and community development social worker in Calgary and overseas with a primary focus on social justice and human rights. She holds a Bachelor in Social Work and a Masters in International Community Development from the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. VIEW PRESENTATION 


Lana Wells: Engaging Men in Violence Prevention Learning Collaborative - Successes, Tensions and Next Steps

Lana Wells has over 20 years of experience working with non-profit organizations as well as government bodies as a researcher, planner, strategist, policy analyst, project manager, evaluator, facilitator, and trainer. She is currently the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Canada where she leads Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence; a large scale primary prevention initiative (www.preventdomesticviolence.ca). Her key areas of expertise include: Prevention of family and sexual violence, scaling evidence-based programs and policies, engaging men and boys in violence prevention, social policy and planning, collaborative social change efforts as well as leadership and organizational change within the not for profit sector and government relations. In addition to her role as the Brenda Strafford Chair, Lana is a fellow and a faculty member at the School of Public Policy, where she teaches social policy in Canada and supervises students. VIEW PRESENTATION


Heather Slade & Jessica Doucette: A Rural Community Response - Healthy Communities Coalition in Action



Christie Lavan & Astrid Mitchell: Recruiting Leaders - Learnings from Equipping Organizations and the People who Work in Them to Take Preventative Action




Start Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 08:00 to Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 17:00
Event Location: 
River Cree Resort, Edmonton AB

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