The Kids Are Not Alright: The Urgent Need for a National Dialogue to Invest in the Wellbeing of Canada’s Children11:45am-1:30pm | Château Laurier - 1 Rideau St. , Ottawa
Canada is the 5th most prosperous nation in the world, but Canadian kids aren’t reaping the benefits. We rank 17th globally for the wellbeing of children, and drop to 27th place for child health and safety. We can and must do better: Canada’s future depends on it.
After Children First's initial 2016 launch on the EC platform in Toronto, we are proud to bring this important discussion to Ottawa. Join Sara L. Austin, Founder, President and CEO of Children First Canada alongside the Prime Minister's Youth Council Member Ashley Whiteman, The Honourable Landon Pearson O.C., and Ted Woodhead, Senior Vice President, Federal Government and Regulatory Affairs at TELUS. The Globe and Mail’s André Picard will be serving as moderator with special introductory remarks by Alex Munter, President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre.
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Prime Minister's Youth Council Member
Government of Canada
Ashley Whiteman, Prime Minister's Youth Council Ashley is a high school graduate from Edmonton, Alberta, who is passionate about supporting her community. While attending school, she was part of several different programs and committees such as the Jean Forest Leadership Academy, Personalized Self-directed Learning, Student Union and Social Justice. She was involved with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a student facilitator and a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization.
Currently, Ashley supports her community through the Edmonton Police Cadet Corps, sits on youth panels, Subcommittee Health and Wellness of the City of Edmonton Youth Council, RCMP Youth Advisory Board and assists senior citizens in their daily activities. Ashley donates blood regularly and is working towards achieving the bronze level in the Duke of Edinburgh.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Alex Munter is President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre. Since joining CHEO in 2011, he has helped CHEO earn recognition as one of Canada’s most admired corporate cultures and a leader in research, health technology and patient-centred care. CHEO is a world-class centre that provides outstanding family-centred patient care, pioneering research, and training for the health care professionals of the future. In October 2016, CHEO's hospital services and OCTC's community services were unified into one organization in order to better connect care for kids and families.
Previously, Alex was Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) -- the crown agency responsible for planning, integrating and funding health services in the region. Before joining the LHIN, he led Ottawa’s Youth Services Bureau, one of Ontario’s leading child and youth mental health agencies. Alex also taught in French and English at the University of Ottawa as a Visiting Professor in its Faculty of Social Sciences. From 1991 to 2003, he was an elected Councillor in Ottawa, where he also had lead responsibility for public health, long-term care, housing and social services.
Alex has won awards from a wide range of organizations for his contributions to the community, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Institute for Child Health, United Way/Centraide Ottawa, the Federal Business Development Bank, l’Association Canadienne-Française de l’Ontario d’Ottawa, and Leadership Ottawa, among others.
Public Health Reporter
The Globe and Mail
André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. Currently the public health reporter at The Globe & Mail, he has been a staff writer for over 20 years. He is also the author of three books and has received much acclaim for his writing and for his dedication to improving healthcare. In 2010, he was awarded a National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspaper columnist.
Sara L. Austin
Founder, President & CEO
Children First Canada
Sara L. Austin, Founder and President/CEO of Children First Canada is the passionate visionary behind this national organization dedicated to the protection and empowerment of Canada's children. With over 20 years leadership experience in the non-profit/charitable sector, she has helped to change the lives of the world's most vulnerable children. You'll find her name on several "most powerful" lists, including the prestigious Top 25 Women of Influence and as a three-time winner of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women, in recognition of her global and national leadership for children. She has learned multiple languages, and is fluent in the parlance of diplomacy. Her work has taken her into the top circles of power at the United Nations, government corridors and boardrooms around the world.
Her leadership of a global campaign to protect children resulted in the UN General Assembly adopting a ground breaking international law which allows children or their advocates to file complaints against their government for violations of their rights. She drafted the protocol during her graduate studies at the University of Oxford, and her efforts culminated in April 2014, when Sara delivered a speech at the UN Headquarters in New York as the law went into effect. She has also shaped Canadian public policy efforts, including testifying before Senate and Parliamentary Committees on Canada's obligations under international law.
As a regular contributor to mainstream and social media, she also shapes public opinion on issues relating to the protection and empowerment of children. Sara's Opinion Editorials have been published in Canada's leading newspapers and she has been interviewed on major TV and radio networks such as CTV and CBC. Sara also has extensive board governance experience; she is currently a member of Dalhousie University's Board of Governors and the Alumni Association, Imagine Canada's Standards Council, and the Women's Executive Network (WXN) Advisory Council.
Senior Vice President, Federal Government and Regulatory Affairs
TELUS Communications Company
Ted Woodhead is responsible for Federal Government and Regulatory Affairs at TELUS. He provides policy and regulatory advice to TELUS and its subsidiaries, and represents TELUS in proceedings before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and other Federal departments and agencies with respect to broadcasting and telecommunications matters.
In 1992, after two years of private legal practice in Ottawa, Mr. Woodhead joined the CRTC’s Decisions Branch. Over the next seven years, Mr. Woodhead assumed increasing responsibilities including as Director, New Media and International Affairs and finally as Director, Convergence Policy and Infrastructure Access.
In 2000, Mr. Woodhead joined Rogers Wireless as Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs. In 2004, Mr. Woodhead joined TELUS as Director of Regulatory Matters. He assumed the positions of Vice President of Telecom Policy and Regulatory Affairs in 2008 and his current role in 2013.
Mr. Woodhead has participated in a number of regulatory and government proceedings and initiatives. He has appeared before the CRTC in numerous telecommunications and broadcasting proceedings.
Mr. Woodhead holds a BA (Honours) in Political Studies and History from Queen’s University, and an LL.B. from the University of Windsor. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1989.
The Honourable Landon Pearson O.C.
Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights, Carleton University
The Honourable Landon Pearson O.C. is a long-time advocate for the rights and well-being of children. From 1994 to 2005, Landon Pearson served in The Senate of Canada, where she became known as the Children's Senator. She served in several influential roles in international affairs, including as the Personal Representative of the Prime Minister to the United Nations Special Session on Children. She then coordinated Canada's National Plan of Action entitled A Canada Fit for Children.
As the wife of a Canadian diplomat she brought up their five children in five countries and learned first-hand about the challenges confronting the world's children. She also learned to listen to her own. Prior to her appointment to the Senate of Canada, she had extensive experience as a volunteer with a number of local, national and international organizations concerned with children. As Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Commission for the International Year of the Child (1979), she edited the Commission's report, For Canada's Children: National Agenda for Action. From 1984 to 1990, she served as President and then Chair of the Canadian Council on Children and Youth. She was a founding member and Chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children from 1989 until she was summoned to the Senate.
Upon her retirement from the Senate in 2005, Landon Pearson established a Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights at Carleton University. The Landon Pearson Resource Centre is devoted to promoting the rights of children and youth through disseminating knowledge about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, mentoring students, sponsoring youth participation in a variety of settings, organizing lectures and seminars and coordinating a growing network of child rights scholars across Canada.
Landon Pearson's accomplishments in the field of childhood and children's rights are numerous. She has received many awards, including the Canada Volunteer Award and several honourary doctorates. In 2005, she was one among 1000 women worldwide nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of children. In July 2008 Landon Pearson was appointed to the Order of Canada as an Officer.