Conference Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Lisa Allgaier, Director General, Aboriginal Initiatives Directorate, Correctional Service Canada
Current Issues and Initiatives with Indigenous Offenders

Lisa Allgaier has been Director General of the Aboriginal Initiatives Directorate since November 2002. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Aboriginal Health in BC and President of the John Howard Society for over five years. Ms. Allgaier is Swampy Cree from northern Manitoba. Her work has involved the development of the Aboriginal Continuum of Care, the Strategic Plan, for Aboriginal Corrections, and the establishment of the National Elders Working Group. She brings extended insights from her work with health, child welfare, social work, justice, and education into the current issues and challenges with Indigenous offenders.

Dr. Nick Carleton, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Regina
Dr. Rose Ricciardelli, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Memorial University
Impacts of Operational and Organizational Stress on Public Safety Personnel

Dr. Nick Carleton is currently the Scientific Director for the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries exploring the fundamental bases of anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Carleton’s interests include the biopsychosocial measurement, assessment, and treatments of trauma, anxiety, and somatic disorders, and he maintains a small private practice for military, first responders, and other public safety personnel who have anxiety and related disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Rose Ricciardelli is an Associate Professor at Memorial University. Her research is centered on social health, corrections, and gender, including evolving understandings of gender, 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.

Their presentation will offer insight into ways in which public safety professionals’ mental health can be supported to prevent mental health injuries and to support their recovery.

Gord Garner, Executive Director, Community Addictions Peer Support Association, and Chair of Recovery Day Ottawa
The Unexpected Journey to a Gentle Considerate Life – A Recovery Story

Mr. Gord Garner will share his powerful and poignant narratives of his lived experience of trauma, Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and recovery to help practitioners understand the challenges of the disorder. He will share strategies he used to overcome these challenges successfully. The presentation will offer insight into the issues inherent in living with chronic SUD from the perspective of lived experience.

Daryl Kroner, Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Southern Illinois University
Toward an Integrated Model of Violence and Mental Health

Dr. Daryl Kroner is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University and brings experience as a correctional psychologist from 1986 to 2008 in maximum, medium, and minimum facilities delivering intervention services to offenders. His current research interests include risk assessment, measurement of intervention outcomes, interventions among offenders with mental illness, and criminal desistance. His presentation will offer insight into the differences between perceptions and the data of violent risk and mental health that will support practitioners’ work with clients and can help to shape policy.

Workshop Speakers

Gregory Brown, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology, Carleton University
Dean Carey, Director of Offender Programs, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice
Brian Danyliw, M.S.W., Director, Addictions Services Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina Area
Bruce Fenske, Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
William Hebert, PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Junior Fellow at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto
Lindsay Houghton, Staff Sergeant, Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia NCO, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC
Natalie Jones, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University
Samantha Lytle, ViCLAS Analyst, Saskatchewan Provincial ViCLAS Centre, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Kevin Nunes, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University
Colleen Quinlan, Director of Health Services and Addictions, Corrections and Policing, Ministry of Justice
Doris Schnell, Executive Director, Offender Services, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice
Natasha Selinger, ViCLAS Analyst, Saskatchewan Provincial ViCLAS Centre Violent Crime, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Keira Stockdale, Clinical Psychologist of Policing, Saskatoon Police Service
Peter Vatic, Director of Strategic Research, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC
John Weekes, Senior Research Manager, Research, National Headquarters, Correctional Service Canada
Catherine M. Wilson, Ph.D., Strategic Research Analyst, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC

V&A 2018 Program at a Glance