Presenter BIos

Presenter Bios

Caroline Gosling


Caroline Gosling Caroline is an educator with 30+ years experience as a teacher, consultant and principal. She has also worked in Alberta Education supporting welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments, mentoring in schools and the Office of Student Attendance and Re-engagement. Caroline holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership.
For the past 20 years, Caroline has done extensive work in the field of restorative justice, restorative practices in schools, and creating positive school cultures for students and adults. She was trained as a Community Conferencing facilitator and a trainer of facilitators by Transformative Justice Australia. Caroline is currently a director with Engage - RP. She is chair of the Alberta Restorative Justice Association and has served on other boards including the Zebra Child Protection Centre and Alberta Conflict Transformation Society.




Aaron Lyons


Aaron is an experienced and passionate restorative justice specialist with over 15 years’ international experience in supporting individuals, organizations and communities in trauma-informed approaches to justice. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Virginia, including Level 2 Certification in Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR). Aaron is a Co-Founder and Principal with Just Outcomes, and from 2009-2018 facilitated victim offender dialogue in crimes of severe violence with Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives’ Victim Offender Mediation Program. Highlights of Aaron’s work include facilitating family group conferences in the United States, Canada and New Zealand; delivering training seminars and workshops in Bermuda, Brazil, Hong Kong and the Canadian Arctic; leading arts-based dialogue programs among Israeli, Palestinian and Canadian students; and supporting adjudicated young men through conflict and addiction recovery. Aaron is a firm believer in the ability of people to grow and discover their own creative ways through even the most difficult life experiences. A passionate facilitator, he brings an upbeat, thoughtful, and engaging presence to all of his workshops. He lives in Fort Langley, British Columbia, with his wife and two young boys.




Matthew Hartman


Matthew has comprehensive experience as a restorative justice practitioner, including consultation for restorative justice implementation in criminal justice systems, and dialogue facilitation in cases of serious and violent crime. Matthew holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in Virginia. He brings extensive training and education in trauma healing, qualitative evaluation, conflict analysis and theory, human security, and strategic peacebuilding. A Co-Founder and Principal of Just Outcomes, Matthew has extensive facilitation, consultation, strategic planning and project management experience within the non-profit, public and for-profit sectors within Canada and the United States. As the President for the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon, member of the Northwest Justice Forum Planning Committee, and Advisory Committee Member of the Oregon Department of Corrections’ Facilitated Dialogue Program, Matthew is a vital contributor to the restorative justice movement in Oregon. As a trainer, Matthew brings to his work a strong sense of presence and listening combined with skills to move individuals and groups toward their learning goals.




Sue Hopgood


Sue worked for Alberta Conflict Transformation Society for 15 years. In her role there, she was the program coordinator, facilitator and trainer. Sue holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Athabasca University and is currently a director for Engage-Restorative Practices.
Sue has done extensive work in the area of restorative justice and restorative practices in schools, the community and the criminal justice system. She was trained as a Community Conferencing facilitator in 1998 by David Moore and John McDonald from TJA Australia and in 2000, after 2 years of facilitating experience was trained as a trainer by the same organization.

Sue has facilitated over 700 community conferences, ranging from grade one name-calling to fatality situations. She and Caroline have conducted over 75 facilitator trainings.
Sue has been a board member for the Alberta Criminal Justice Association and is a current board member of Family Futures Resource Network (formerly, Millwoods Family Resource Centre).




Jan Moran


Jan was on a Steering Committee in 2006 whose mandate was to form a provincial network of RJ organizations. She served as Chair of ARJA from 2007- 2009 and assumed the role of Administrative Coordinator from Nov. 2009 – Nov. 2012. Jan returned to the Board in Nov. 2012 to the present. Jan has a background in the field of education and has filled the role of High school teacher, school administrator and School Trustee. She was also the Executive Director of the Family Enrichment Centre for five years. Jan is a trained mediator and Restorative Justice facilitator. She has served on many non profit and community boards in Edmonton and St. Albert




Jane Evans


Jane EvansJane Evans is a Senior Researcher with the Department of Justice Canada. She has over 20 years’ experience working in evaluation and research on issues related to restorative justice, Indigenous justice, victims of crime, access to justice, family justice, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and the criminal justice system.




Richard Gill


Richard GillRichard Gill is a partner with the Ottawa consulting firm Alderson-Gill & Associates. As a consultant and in his previous position at Justice Canada he has spent his career conducting research and evaluating government programs and policies with a main focus on justice and Indigenous issues including restorative justice, Indigenous community justice, domestic violence, access to justice, policing (especially in Indigenous communities), comprehensive land claims and Indigenous self-government.




Dr. Dave Gustafson


David Gustafson is Executive Director at CJIBC and one of the agency’s founders. Borrowing from the Kitchener, Ontario and Elkhart, Indiana models, Dave implemented the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) in Langley, BC. That pioneering program helped to establish CJI as the society which administered other community justice and therapeutic programs, such as the programs for sexual offenders and adult survivors of incest and sexual assault at B.C.’s Stave Lake Correctional Centre and the Victim Offender Mediation Program (VOMP) now known as Restorative Opportunities (RO) and in use in Canada’s prisons, coast to coast. A therapist in private practice (Registered Clinical Counsellor) Dave holds a PhD in Criminological Sciences from the Faculty of Law at KU Leuven, Belgium and is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology




Julie Hilt


Julie Hilt is a Restorative Justice Practitioner with a wide range ofexperience. She co-facilitated the first restorative conference with adeath row inmate at San Quentin and facilitated a victim offender groupwith adult lifers for two years.Currently, she runs weekly groups with incarcerated youth and managesa youth diversion program in the community that has maintained an 85%success rate for two years in a row. Julie is the founder of AlternativeRestorative Communities (ARC), and is very proud to say that 30% of hercolleagues are returning citizens (previously incarcerated).Julie is an IIRP licensed trainer (Introduction to Restorative Practicesand Using Circles Effectively), and is currently pursuing accreditationwith the United Kingdom Restorative Justice Council.




Paul Sopcak


Paul Sopcak is Coordinator of the Office of Student Conduct, Community Standards and Values at MacEwan University. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and teaches English literature, comparative literature, and philosophy. His research interests include the empirical study of literature, phenomenology, existential philosophy, and ethics. He is an IIRP certified trainer of Restorative Conference Facilitation




Kevin Hood


Kevin Hood is Associate Professor with and Chair of MacEwan University’s Correctional Services program since 1991, initially as a sessional instructor and as a full-time faculty member since 2007. In his professional career, Kevin worked in a variety of roles, including child abuse investigations and social work with youth involved in high risk behaviours. He managed the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution program for Alberta Children’s Services and was senior manager responsible for Crime Prevention and Restorative Justice with Alberta Solicitor General during his time with the Alberta public service. Kevin is an associate professor with the Correctional Services program and chair of the Public Safety and Justice Studies department.




Celine Lee


Celine became involved with the criminal justice system at the age of 15 after a surviving an early morning house fire that was the result of a break and enter and lead to the deaths of her mother and younger sister.

Over the past 28 years, Celine has provided a victim’s voice to policy, practices and training related to victim engagement within the criminal justice system and restorative justice initiatives.

Celine has spent over 25 years working in various capacities for police victim services and crime prevention programs.

In June 2015, Celine joined the Pacific Region Victim Advisory Council and was elected Chairperson in September 2015.




Mandy Halabi


Mandy has worked in the human services sector for over twenty years and has worked in a variety of programs, contexts and settings. Most of her work has primarily focused on planning and implementing new projects focusing on assisting at-risk families, children and youth in developing, achieving and maintaining goals to help them improve their quality of life, as well as move towards living self-sufficiently and out of harm’s way. Mandy completed an apprenticeship with Kay Pranis to become a peacemaking circle keeper trainer and has continued to implement peacemaking circles in all of her work, as well as facilitate training for numerous RJ practitioners, groups and organizations throughout Canada and New Zealand. Currently, Mandy is a Program Manager at Chimo Youth Retreat Centre and a Director for the Alberta Restorative Justice Association.




Alan Edwards


Alan Edwards Alan Edwards and Jennifer Haslett have been working together and separately in restorative justice for over 20 years. Jointly, they have extensive experience co-facilitating encounters between victims and offenders, mostly in cases involving violence. Since 2004, they have been working exclusively on cases of serious and violent crime, in the Restorative Opportunities Program of Correctional Service Canada. They have co-authored three papers on restorative justice and violence, were contributing co-authors of the recent ARJA publication “Serving Crime Victims Through Restorative Justice: A Resource Guide for Leaders and Practitioners”, and have delivered workshops in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. Jennifer coordinated a non-profit Victim Offender Mediation program in the community for 6 years. She has co-instructed a Critical Issues in Restorative Justice course at the University of Alberta and participated on a national Steering Committee to develop the Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium. Alan has developed and delivered training in restorative justice throughout Canada and in several U.S. states. And, like Jennifer, he has spoken to numerous classes in law, criminology, and social work about restorative justice philosophy and practice. He has co-authored two papers with Susan Sharpe on the topic of RJ and domestic violence. In 2017-18, Alan was a member of the University of Alberta’s Working Group on Restorative Initiatives for Sexual Violence. Together, Alan and Jennifer received the 2010 Outstanding Leadership in Restorative Justice Award from the Edmonton Restorative Justice Network. In 2016, Alan was the recipient of the Ron Wiebe National Restorative Justice Award.




Audrey Turmel


Bio to come...




Augustino Lucano


Augustino Lucano sits as an independent Director on PAACET’s Board. He brings to the Board his vast experience as a South Sudanese, a refugee from war, a student, Social Worker, committed Community worker and President of his own not-for-profit NGO. In 2015 Augustino received his Bachelor of Social Work from Dalhousie University in New Brunswick, Canada. He also has a Social Work Diploma from Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. He currently works as a Multicultural Support Worker in Calgary, connecting students and families of new immigrants with community resources.

Augustino spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before receiving refugee status in 1990 and came to Canada in pursuit of education, employment, and peace. Augustino volunteers with the The Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre at the University of Calgary. He also co-founded The Southern Sudanese Children’s Literacy Foundation (SSCLF) to help children and families in South Sudan.




Brenda Morrison


Brenda Morrison is the Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice and an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. She is a social psychologist with teaching, research and field experience in outdoor education, governance and justice. Internationally, she has presented papers at the House of Lords and UNESCO. Nationally, she is a research partner with PREVNet (Promoting Relationships Eliminating Violence Network), Children’s Rights Academic Network and serves on the Board of Smart Justice Canada. She has also served on justice reform committees for the Ministry of Justice. In British Columbia, she has served on the Ministry of Justice Performance Review Committee, and working groups for a Justice System for the 21st Century. In her home community, she is an active board member for the North Shore Restorative Justice Society.




Tania Arvanitidis


Tania Arvanitidis is a PhD Candidate in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. She obtained her B.A. in Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Guelph in 2009, and her M.A. in Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Tania is the CRJ’s current digital content manager, as well as the Project Lead on an going initiative to build Canada’s largest open-access digital library of restorative justice resources, to be made available through the CRJ’s website (this library may be viewed here). Locally, Tania has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice. Tania research focuses on program evaluation and performance indicators in restorative justice, particularly as related to relational and group dynamics. Her preliminary exam, which focused on the alignment of restorative justice theory and evaluation, has been instrumental in supporting the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, as part of their Enhancing RJ in BC project.




Catherine Bargen


Catherine Bargen has been working within communities toward developing community-responsive justice programs since 1999. She is experienced across Canada and internationally as a consultant, trainer and practitioner in victim-centred services for restorative justice and conflict transformation strategies. Catherine was Provincial Restorative Justice Coordinator within Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division of the government of British Columbia from 2008-2017. In addition to this provincial restorative justice role, she was also a Victim Services Program Manager (2015-2017) within the Division, serving over 50 Victim Services and Anti-Violence groups. Catherine is now working full-time with the agency Just Outcomes, which she founded with two partners. Just Outcomes works nationally and internationally to assist agencies and communities to develop sound restorative justice practice and policies.




Chantell Barker


Chantell is a First Nation woman from Sapotoweyak Cree Nation and her spirit name is Geetchi Nodin Ikwe. Chantell’s educational background is Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution. Chantell is the Director of Justice with Southern Chiefs Organization. Prior to this position, she was employed with Manitoba Justice for ten years as a Probation Officer until she transitioned into program development and facilitation. During her time with Manitoba Justice, she developed the first recognized and court mandated Cultural Appropriate Program which is facilitated in all Correctional and Youth Centres, as well as Probation Offices across Manitoba. Chantell’s work is recognized nationally as an evidence-informed programming. In 2016, Chantell participated in a National Web Cast hosted by Justice Canada regarding Indigenous Programming for Youth in Canada, spoke at the United Nations on Indigenous incarceration, sat in front of the Liberal Senate as an Expert in Restorative Justice, was in witness at the Senates Standing Committee on Human rights regarding corrections. Chantell strives to bring passion and a vision that restores balance and harmony within the First Nation communities she serves.




China Sieger


China Sieger is the Program Coordinator for Peace Regional Restorative Justice in Peace River, Alberta. China and a team of dedicated community volunteers continue to lead the development of PRRJ since its inception in late 2015. She has nine years experience as a facilitator of restorative conferences and holds a Restorative Justice Certificate from Simon Fraser University. China sits on the Alberta Restorative Justice Association Board of Directors and is a certified trainer of restorative conferences through the International Institute of Restorative Practices.




Christianne Paras


Christianne Paras serves as Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives' Training and Education Coordinator. With 20 years' experience in the restorative justice field, she is an accomplished facilitator with expertise in a variety of practice models including victim offender dialogue, family group conferencing and peacemaking circles.

Prior to her role with CJI, Christianne served as Program Manager with North Shore Restorative Justice Society. During this time, she managed the facilitation of various referrals from North Vancouver RCMP, West Vancouver Police, and other community agencies. The types of offenses referred to the program ranged from mischief, theft under, arson, and assaults. She also established a variety of social justice-related community initiatives in the North Shore including the Building Vibrant Communities Workshops, Community Dialogue Series, and Speak Out which provide opportunities for student and youth dialogue on issues such identity, power, violence, and justice.

She is one of the founding directors of the newly established Restorative Justice Association of British Columbia (RJ ABC), and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. Christianne is also a long-time cultural facilitator with the North Shore Multicultural Society, providing anti-oppression and culture, diversity workshops in schools across the Lower Mainland.




Stacey Alderwick


Stacey Alderwick is a Restorative Justice facilitator for Correctional Service Canada in the Restorative Opportunities Program since 2009, supporting people who have been affected by serious and violent crime to work through the impacts, articulate their needs and communicate with others involved in the matter. Principal of Alderwick & Associates, Stacey has been providing training, facilitation and conflict management services to clients in government, academic, non-profit and private sector settings since 2001. As an Adult Educator, Stacey designs learning experiences that enhance the capacity of clients to apply skills and work with principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. An interest-based mediator, Stacey has experience facilitating complex, multi-party conflict interventions and group processes based on the principles and concepts of inclusion, anti-oppression and dialogue. Stacey is the Alternative Dispute Resolution Officer at the University of Guelph, where she facilitates the resolution of human rights and sexual violence cases involving students, staff and faculty In her leisure time, Stacey enjoys horseback riding and motorcycling.




Clivia vonDewitz


I am currently on sabbatical (until May 2020), conducting research around the world and drafting a book on restorative justice and the healing power of forgiveness in a courtroom. Since 2007 I have been working as a judge at first instance courts (local courts) in Germany. In 2018/2019 I offered training sessions to judges, prosecutors and lawyers in restorative justice in Nepal and Brazil. I also trained judges in Tunesia in democracy and human rights in 2014. I worked as a researcher at the Max-Planck- Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany, from 2001 until 2004 on how South Africa dealt with the apartheid-past. Prior to this I interned at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa for 2 months in 1997. I wrote my PhD, published in 2005, on how Germany dealt with Nazi-propaganda after 1945.




Dawn Rossignol


Dawn Rossignol is a Community Program Manager with the Government of Saskatchewan, where she has gained knowledge and experience within the Restorative Justice field for 5 years. She has a passion for building community between Non-profit agencies and Government.Dawn has had a lead role in ongoing development and roll-out of the Saskatchewan RJ Training initiative for new facilitators: 6-day Victim-Offender Mediation training (inception - 1997) and 2-day Victim Engagement Training (implemented in 2018-19). She (as part of a team) has been committed to offering a solid foundation of knowledge and skills-through-training to all new mediators funded by Saskatchewan Government to offer restorative justice services (Alternative Measures/EJS; Restorative School/Peer Mediation) and opportunities. Dawn has had many years of experience in the community corrections field of Saskatchewan, and more recently, completed 7 months of volunteer experience (alongside her husband) at a men’s inpatient addiction centre in New Brunswick.




Robin Freemont


Robin Fremont lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He has more than 30 years of mediation experience in private practice and under contract with the various federal and provincial government agencies. He mediates in a variety fields such as family, civil, farm debt and insurance. He is also a trainer in the subjects of mediation and conflict resolution. He is the lead trainer of Saskatchewan’s standardized Victim/Offender Mediation Training team delivered by the Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Justice’s Dispute Resolution Office. Robin also led the development and delivery of the supplemental Victim Engagement Training offered to RJ practitioners by the province in 2018/19.




Greg Nelson


Greg Nelson lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He is a mediator in the fields of family, civil, workplace and organizational mediation as well as restorative justice. He is also a trainer in the subjects of mediation and conflict resolution He works primarily under contract with The Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Justice’s Dispute Resolution Office. Greg is a member of Saskatchewan’s standardized Victim/Offender Mediation Training team and collaborated in the development and delivery of the supplemental Victim Engagement Training offered to RJ practitioners by the province in 2018/19.




Deborah Fehr


Deborah began volunteering with Youth Justice when St. Albert started their youth justice diversion program over 20 years ago. She has been with North Edmonton YJC for the past 10 years as it replaced the panel process with circles. She has an interesting story to tell about how she became involved, but you'll have to ask her to tell you all about it. She has worked with preschool children and their families for over 40 years and believes that if we could get the first 7 years right, there would be less need for youth justice. Unfortunately, we are far away from accomplishing that dream, and so continues to volunteer in hopes of helping youth find a better way.




Mychaela Risling


Mychaela Risling has been a Board Member (Communications Committee Director, Board Secretary, Board Chair) and active volunteer with EYJCS for over 4 years. She has seen the transition from panel to circle and has been an active participant in this change. Mychaela has a good understanding of the operational challenges presented with the transition from panels to circles at a board level and the results of these changes. Professionally, Mychaela is a community engagement and communications contractor for many community groups across Alberta and is currently approaching the completion of her MBA in Community Economic Development. Mychaela is passionate about the community impacts of youth justice within the City of Edmonton and is so excited to share the journey of EYJCS with the National Restorative Justice Community.




Dr. Alana Abramson


Dr. Alana Abramson has been involved in the field of restorative justice (RJ) as a researcher, practitioner, and trainer since 1999. She has extensive experience implementing RJ in community, prison, and school contexts. She has a passion for community and post-secondary teaching and learning and has organized and participated in numerous conferences on issues related to restorative justice, trauma and mental health, victim/survivors of crime, and prison justice. In 2017, Dr. Abramson was the recipient of the Restorative Justice Award from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Dr. Abramson is currently a full-time Criminology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Coordinator and Facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project, member of the Interior Restorative Justice Hub, Facilitator for Kamloops Restorative Justice, Board Member for BC Bereavement Society and the BC Association for Restorative Justice, and trainer for Community Justice Initiatives and Achieve/Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute.




Jenelle Palfreyman


Jenelle is a 2019 graduate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she completed her degree in Criminology with Honours, minoring in counselling.The title of her honours thesis is A Victim-Centered Perspective of Restorative Justice: Complex and Serious Crime in BC, which aimed to empower the voices of victims of crime and further recognize that justice must be defined by those who have been impacted by crime. Through her education and experience talking with individuals who have been directly impacted by restorative justice, she is passionate about bringing healing and restoration to situations where crime has caused immense harm. Jenelle’s work at a community residential facility and at the provincial courts in British Columbia as a mental health court worker, requires continuous reflection of the understanding and meaning of justice and how the criminal justice system can provide more restorative responses to harm for individuals labelled as victim and offender.




Dr. Celia Passos


Celia Passos, PhD, is a training coordinator, teacher and partner of the Palas Athena Association. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, a Master in Law and Sociology from Fluminense Federal University, a Master in Advanced Studies in Mediation and University Diploma in Mediation by the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch – and an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral and Post MBA from FDC-Kellogg School of Management, Chicago. Celia is a member of the Permanent Forum for Mediation and Restorative Practices of the Court of Justice of Rio de Janeiro and serves as president of the Restorative Justice Commission of OAB-RJ. She is an invited speaker and trainer globally, most recently having been in Guiné-Bissau, Africa.




Dr. Dorothy Vaandering


Dorothy Vaandering, Phd, is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Memorial University, Newfoundland, and Labrador (NL), Canada and Director of the Relationships First: Restorative Justice Research-Resource Consortium of NL. After an extensive career as a Primary-Elementary educator in Alberta and Ontario, she is now a teacher-educator at Memorial University and researcher focused on the implementation and sustainability of restorative justice in education. Her work connecting theory to practice is documented in a variety of academic journal publications, most recently in International Journal of Restorative Justice as well as Contemporary Justice Review. The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education: Fostering Responsibility, Healing and Hope in Schools, co-authored with Katherine Evans is foundational for understanding holistic, whole-school implementation. Her work has been translated into Portuguese and Russian.




Dr. Rosemary Ricciardelli


Rosemary Ricciardelli is a Professor of Sociology, the Coordinator for Criminology, and Co-Coordinator for Police Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a Director of the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT; cipsrt-icrtsp.ca). She is also the Co-Director of Relationships First: Restorative Justice in Education [and Justice] with Dr. Dorothy Vaandering (www.relationshipsfirstnl.com/). Her research is centered on community and institutional corrections, gender, and wellbeing, including evolving understandings of masculinities, vulnerabilities, risk, and experiences and issues within different facets of the criminal justice system. Beyond her work on the realities of penal living and community re-entry for federally incarcerated men in Canada, her current work includes a focus on the experiences of correctional officers and police officers given the potential for compromised psychological, physical, and social health inherent to the occupations.Beyond her role in CIPSRT, Ricciardelli is also an Associate Scientist at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences; an Affiliate Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute; a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Research at Correctional Services Canada; and a Research Fellow with John Howard’s Society of Toronto & Crossroads Day Reporting Centre.She has published five monographs and three edited collections, over 70 journal articles, 28 chapters and over 200 presentations and invited talks. Ricciardelli's work is found in a number of leading academic journals across fields including: British Journal of Criminology, Sex Roles, Punishment & Society; Theoretical Criminology, Journal of Gender Studies, The Journal of Men’s Studies, and the Prison Journal




Dr. Trent Keough


Dr. Trent Keough is the President & CEO of Keyano College. He is a licensed IIRP Restorative Practice Facilitator Trainer. Trent has adapted the IIRP conference model to introduce Settler Canadians to Truth and Reconciliation. He has spoken at more than 50 conferences on such varied topics as intentionalism, communication praxis and theory, diversity awareness and leadership.




Suzie Johnson


Suzie Johnson is the Executive Director Human Resources and alumni of Keyano College. As a long-term Wood Buffalo resident, Suzie lived the significant events the region experienced and has witnessed the impact to family, friends and colleagues. The introduction of Restorative Practice as a way to repair and move forward was a natural fit with Suzie’s Indigenous culture and the historical roots of the College.




Janyce Konkin


Janyce is the Co-founder of Peace Africa Alliance Consulting, Educating and Training Centre (PAACET). Her position within PAACET is to oversee and supervise the organization, implementation and management in collaboration with the Africa Regional Director, Sierra Leone. In addition, fundraising, financial management, project design, implementation and reporting for all program areas.Janyce is an alumnus of the University of Calgary, 2006, obtaining her BA in Communications & Culture with a Major in Development Studies and Minor in Law & Society. In 2010 Janyce received her Master’s Degree in Peace & Conflict Studies from the European University Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (EPU) in Austria. Her thesis was titled “First Do No Harm: A Comparative Analysis of African and Western Methods of Conflict Transformation.”Her main interests lie in the areas of intercultural communication, indigenous methods of conflict transformation, healing & reconciliation, and addressing social justice issues.




Karen Huggins


Karen sits on the Board of PAACET. She holds a B.A. in English from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Calgary; and an M.A. in Peace Education from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Her research interests have included autonomy and transnational advocacy, sustainable development, participatory democracy, and consumerism and peace.

Karen believes that we need to foster a society based on human need, not on rampant extraction of our natural resources, consumerism, and war. As a practitioner of peace who is firmly grounded in peace education theory and practice, she is an avid supporter of peaceful solutions to our seemingly intractable problems and believes that a culture of peace is possible.

Karen is very enthusiastic about building a better world for ALL people, and believes that by working in community we can achieve great things!




Jee Aei (Jamie) Lee


Ms. Jee Aei (Jamie) Lee is a Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer at the Justice Section of United Nations on Office on Drugs and Crime, where she focuses on restorative justice and alternatives to imprisonment. Prior to the United Nations, she represented victims of domestic violence and human trafficking as an attorney at Sanctuary for Families, the largest non-profitorganization in New York City serving such clients. Ms. Lee holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in political science from Rice University.




Marilou Reeve


Marilou has worked with the Department of Justice Canada since 2001, almost exclusively on files related to the systems and barriers that cause some Indigenous people and marginalized populations to be caught in destructive cycles in the youth and adult criminal justice systems. Marilou is the policy lead on RJ for Justice Canada. Marilou was a key organizer of the UN Experts meeting on RJ in Ottawa in 2017 and attended the UN Experts meeting on RJ in Bangkok in June 2019 as Canada’s representative.

Marilou is an active member of the Canadian Federal Provincial Territorial Working Group on Restorative Justice.

Prior to joining the Department, Marilou practiced law privately acting primarily for legally aided clients in criminal and family law proceedings. Marilou is also one of the first restorative justice facilitators of the Collaborative Justice Project, a project that uses a restorative process to respond to matters of serious crime




Jennifer Haslett


Alan Edwards and Jennifer Haslett have been working together and separately in restorative justice for over 20 years. Jointly, they have extensive experience co-facilitating encounters between victims and offenders, mostly in cases involving violence. Since 2004, they have been working exclusively on cases of serious and violent crime, in the Restorative Opportunities Program of Correctional Service Canada. They have co-authored three papers on restorative justice and violence, were contributing co-authors of the recent ARJA publication “Serving Crime Victims Through Restorative Justice: A Resource Guide for Leaders and Practitioners”, and have delivered workshops in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.Jennifer coordinated a non-profit Victim Offender Mediation program in the community for 6 years. She has co-instructed a Critical Issues in Restorative Justice course at the University of Alberta and participated on a national Steering Committee to develop the Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium. Alan has developed and delivered training in restorative justice throughout Canada and in several U.S. states. And, like Jennifer, he has spoken to numerous classes in law, criminology, and social work about restorative justice philosophy and practice. He has co-authored two papers with Susan Sharpe on the topic of RJ and domestic violence. In 2017-18, Alan was a member of the University of Alberta’s Working Group on Restorative Initiatives for Sexual Violence.Together, Alan and Jennifer received the 2010 Outstanding Leadership in Restorative Justice Award from the Edmonton Restorative Justice Network. In 2016, Alan was the recipient of the Ron Wiebe National Restorative Justice Award.




Kelsey Millar


Kelsey is the Executive Director as well as the Justice Coordinator with the Inuvik Justice Committee. Originally from Vancouver area, she has a background working in mental health in both tertiary care and in community. Drawing on her experience of offering support and psycho-social rehabilitation programming to people of diverse backgrounds, her grounding in harm reduction philosophy and belief that breaking the cycle of shame helps her connect with clients, victims, and the community.




Lawrence Aimoe


Bio to come...




Lori St. Onge


Lori St. Onge is the Director of Indigenous Justice for the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI. She has been in this position since 2007. She graduated from the University of PEI with a Master’s in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Public Administration. She also holds a certificate in Human Resource Management, Conflict Resolution and Circle Keeping. She is also a Gladue writer and has been writing reports for the courts since 2014.

Lori is an advocate for restorative justice. A process which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community. She is a proud Mi’kmaq woman and a member of the Lennox Island First Nation. Lori sits on numerous committees and boards including the RCMP Commissioner National Aboriginal Advisory Committee. She was appointed to the PEI Human Rights Commission in 2017 and to the PEI Poverty Reduction Council in 2019.




Marco Lou


Bio to come...




Pamela Buttery


Pamela recently retired after 31 years in education with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. She taught in elementary, high school and adult education and was a special consultant prior to becoming an elementary school principal. Pamela served as a member of the Minister’s Principal Reference Group for a two-year term at the Ministry of Education. As a school administrator, she has gained invaluable experience implementing restorative practices within diverse school communities. Pamela was also a principal mentor who provided professional learning for more than 10 years and served as a member of the Safe Schools Committee.




Patricia Lewis


Pat recently retired from an elementary school principal position with the Peel District School Board (PDSB) after a 25-year career. Her wide range of experiences includes Principal Qualification Program Instructor for the Ontario Principal’s Council and collaborative work on several large-scale implementation initiatives within the PDSB, including the Conflict Prevention and Intervention Institute, Facilitating Problem-Solving and Restorative Practices. Pat currently volunteers for a Youth Justice Committee as a restorative conference facilitator. Pat has been recently named the Associate Director of IIRP Canada.




Renee Cochard


Provincial court judge since October 2015. She sits on MHC in Edmonton and is involved with Domestic Violence Court




Robin Quantick


Robin Quantick is an Assistant Professor at Trent University’s Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies. At Trent he teaches foundations programs with students from across the university: 90% of the students have never heard of the Doctrine of Discovery, the Indian Act of 1876, residential schools or the 60’s scoop before they enrol in INDG 1001. Leading to this work Robin worked as a Correctional Educator and manager under contract to the Correctional Service of Canada. Between 1989 and 2016 he managed Excalibur Learning Resource Centre providing a full range of provincially certified basic/elementary, secondary and vocational education programs to incarcerated men and women in Atlantic, Ontario and Prairie Regions. Most recently Robin has begun a two-year applied research contract with Safety Canada to create and assess Elder Led Healing Circles at the two CSC Ontario Region Community Correctional Centres. This project is the first of its kind in Canada. The project is an effort to assess the impact of Elders on the efforts of Parolee’s of Indigenous Descent seeking to achieve successful community reintegration.




Serge Charbonneau


Bio to come...




Sioned Dyer


Sioned is the Executive Director of North Shore Restorative Justice. She is passionate about authentic youth engagement and inclusive community building. She has had the privilege of developing and facilitating the largest anti-oppression program in the Lower Mainland, Neonology. Sioned has witnessed the incredible transformative experience that can happen when youth are given the opportunity to discuss difficult issues in a safe and supportive space, and she brings this awareness to her daily work. She is continually humbled by the honesty, passion and resiliency of the youth she meets across the Lower Mainland. Sioned is the past Chair of the North Shore Family Court & Youth Justice Committee and has coached Special Olympics for eight years. Sioned has Masters degree in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University that focused on reducing gender disparity on municipal councils, as well as urban Indigenous issues and housing first strategies




Terry Swan


Terry Swan is Cree/Saulteaux/ Métis of the Fish Clan, originally from Alberta. A visionary leader, she brings over 25 years’ experience in family violence prevention and promoting healing initiatives within Indigenous communities. In her current role as Team Lead, Family Information Liaison Unit within the Indigenous Justice Division, Ministry of Attorney General, she led the development of an innovative, trauma informed, family centered approach to delivering services to families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

She holds a Master of Education from York University. Terry has trained in various traditional and western healing modalities and is a certified Master Reiki Practitioner. Having travelled extensively she has had the privilege of being taught by Indigenous Elders from across North America, Peru and Hawaii. In 2015, she received an award of excellence from the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada.




Aleida Tweten


Aleida Tweten is Coordinator of the Indigenous Reintegration and Healing Program at the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI since 2019. She received her Bachelor of Science in 2005 and her Masters of Science in 2011. Aleida is a strong advocate for restorative justice and understands the importance of building relationships with Indigenous communities and justice stakeholders. Aleida is committed to developing a program that supports Indigenous offender’s reintegration back into the community. She has a strong background in collaborative program development that includes program evaluation and assessment. Through her experience working with Indigenous people she understands the importance of using ceremonies for traditional healing. Aleida is a Cree from Alberta and has lived most of her life in PEI where she resides with her husband and six children.




Yvon Dandurand


Yvon Dandurand is a criminologist, Professor Emeritus, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of the Fraser Valley, as well as a Fellow and Senior Associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, a United Nations affiliated research institute. He specializes in comparative criminal justice research and has been extensively involved in justice reform and policy development projects in Canada, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His interests include justice for children, restorative justice, peacekeeping, peace building, and the building of institutions in post-conflict situations. He was one of the co-authors of the 2006 UNODC Handbook on Restorative Justice Programmes.




Krystal Glowatski


Krystal is a PhD student in The School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Her research areas are restorative justice, policing, youthful offenders, mental health, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and methodologies. Her thesis research is examining the experiences of being related to a serious offender and how restorative justice practices can assist in healing for this population. Krystal is co-founder and co-director of Adjust Consulting, where she does extensive policy work on complex cognitive disabilities as it relates across various domains, including decolonization, child welfare, and in on the ground initiatives.





2019 National Restorative Justice Symposium

November 17 - 19th , 2019

Banff Park Lodge, Alberta

HOSTED BY:

Alberta Restorative Justice Association

PO Box 1053, Station Main

Edmonton, AB
info@arja.ca
Tel: 780-628-6801

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