The Families in Canada Conference 2019 will bring together diverse leaders from multiple fields and disciplines who study, serve and support families for two days of knowledge-sharing and catalytic conversation.

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Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos is Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, a role he has served in since September 2016. Jean-Yves was the Director of the Department of Economics and a tenured professor at Université Laval. As a well-published author, conference speaker and renowned economics expert, he was often asked to comment on current events in Quebec and Canada.


Anil Arora

Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada

Canada’s Chief Statistician since September 2016, Anil Arora has led a variety of initiatives throughout his career, with experience and partnerships spanning all three levels of government, the private sector and international organizations, including the United Nations and the OECD. He has led projects on high-profile policy issues and legislative and regulatory reform, and he has overseen large national programs.


Mary Gordon, CM, ONL

Founder/President, Roots of Empathy

Mary Gordon is an internationally recognized and award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert. Mary is founder and President of the Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy programs, non-profit, evidence-based programs dedicated to promoting emotional literacy and empathy among children. Mary is a recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Award.