Dr. Karen Blair is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at St. Francis Xavier University and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Acadia University. Dr. Blair’s research focuses on the social determinants of health throughout the lifespan within the context of social relationships. Drawing upon the intersections between social, LGBTQ2S, feminist, and health psychology, Dr. Blair’s research focuses on questions related to how individuals and their social relationships falter or thrive within their broader social networks of friends, family, and society at large. Current research projects include exploring the processes of evaluating other people’s relationships and deciding whether to disclose disapproving opinions; examining public displays of affection and their link to relational and health outcomes; and studying various forms of prejudice that influence the day-to-day lives of LGBTQ individuals, including reactions to same-sex public displays of affection and femmephobia. You can learn more about Dr. Blair at www.KLBResearch.com.
I arrived at the University of Guelph in 1999 determined to study the causes of violent crime. Four years later, I made a U-turn and decided that I wanted to devote my career to studying ‘happier’ aspects of the human condition. I moved my focus from violence and crime to relationships and social support. Despite this conscious attempt to steer my research in a more positive direction, my areas of inquiry have consistently led me back to the study of pain and human suffering. In this talk, I will share with you the many ways that studying and understanding pain have contributed to the development of greater insight into our resiliency, strength, and unwavering appetite for closer human connections.
Ignacio Rivera is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit, Black Boricua Taíno who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they.” Ignacio has spoken at home and abroad on LGBTQI issues, anti-oppression, anti-violence, sexual liberation and more. Ignacio’s work has manifested itself through skits, one-person shows, poetry, lectures, workshops and experimental film. Ignacio is the founder of Poly Patao Productions and the founder and director of The HEAL Project.
Rahim Thawer is a registered social worker who works as a consultant and clinical counselor on a family health team and in private practice. He operates from a harm reduction, sex positive, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approach providing mental health counselling in queer, trans and HIV-affected communities around issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, body image and problem substance use. Rahim has been a post-secondary instructor across two Ontario colleges and has developed curriculum in the area of addiction and mental health. Rahim is also a writer and and co-editor of a local history anthology published by Coach House Books, entitled Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer. He is the co-founder of Ismaili Queers: Advocates for Pluralism and volunteers on the organizing board of Salaam Canada: Queer Muslim Community.
Deanna Clatworthy is a nurse, public speaker and educator. Deanna is the clinic coordinator and nurse at ARCH Clinic in Guelph which cares for individuals who are HIV+ and/or individuals who identify as transgender. Deanna is a nursing graduate of Conestoga College and an Addictions Counsellor graduate of McMaster University. She enjoys teaching and presenting on topics regarding HIV/AIDS, Reducing Stigma in Healthcare, Creating Inclusive Spaces and Transgender Health. Deanna is passionate about healthcare and as a lifelong learner, she is currently enrolled in the BScN degree program at McMaster. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Registered Practical Nursing Association of Ontario (RPNAO) and represents Region 2.
Dr. Troy Grennan is the Physician Lead for the Provincial HIV/STI Program at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Prior to his arrival in BC, he completed training in internal medicine, infectious diseases and medical microbiology, graduate work in clinical epidemiology and a postdoctoral research fellowship at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. Dr. Grennan’s clinical and research interests focus on HIV, STIs, and HPV-associated disease, with a focus on men who have sex with men (MSM). He is currently a co-principal investigator on a large, CIHR-funded team grant examining the management of HPV in MSM, and also works in the anal dysplasia clinic at St Paul’s Hospital.
Jennifer Paterson is a Sexual Health Promoter with a BA and MA in Critical Disability Studies and has worked in disability community and activism for most of her life. Her graduate work focused on disability, sexuality and kink. Jennifer is the Chair and one of the co-creators of the Disability, Accessibility, Sexual Health Information (DASHI) workgroup. Jennifer is passionate about accessible, sex and disability positive sex education.
Nancy McAlary is a Public Health Nurse/ Sexual Health Promoter in Toronto.Nancy works as a sexual health clinic nurse, facilitates youth groups and provides teacher training in the area of Human Development & Sexual Health. Nancy joined the DASHI workgroup to increase her own capacity in working with people with disabilities and recognizes there is always more to learn. Nancy is passionate about comprehensive sex education for everyone."
Kirsten Schultz is a genderqueer writer from Wisconsin. Through her work as a chronic illness and disability activist, she has a reputation for tearing down barriers while mindfully causing constructive trouble. Recently, Kirsten founded Chronic Sex, which openly discusses how illness and disability affect our relationships with ourselves and others including - you guessed it - sex! You can learn more about Kirsten and Chronic Sex at chronicsex.org.
Andrea Renae is a sexuality educator and trainer who has been teaching about health and wellness through a sex positive lens since 2007. Their diverse work experience includes jobs from the public health sphere to consent-based, pleasure-focused, education-driven retail, including nationally recognized adult shops like Passional Boutique and The Pleasure Chest. Andrea works to increase knowledge and skills to facilitate patient-centered, affirming dialogue so that providers are better prepared to discuss sexual health with their patients. Teaching patients to self-advocate, working with health care professionals, and educating medical students are some of their top favorite ways to further sexual education.
Adam Davies is a first year Ph.D. student in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, with collaborative study options at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and the University of Toronto Women & Gender Studies Institute. Adam’s research examines the production and imagination of queer politics within curriculum studies and queer male masculinities, sexualities, and embodiment. Adam’s work has been published in The Canadian Journal of Action Research and The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. Adam has presented at Brock University, Western University, the University of Calgary, as well as the City University of New York.
- The purpose of this presentation is to engage with 'gay shame', gay online applications. and the propagation of gendered/racial discrimination online.
- Attendees will engage with the concept of gay shame, how it relates to whiteness and internalized homophobia/femmephobia, and gay male online surveillance. They will participate in discussions, as well as interactive activities.
- Attendees will leave with information on gay shame, as well as tools/resources regarding queer masculinity.
Janine Cote is passionate about creating safer spaces for LGBTQ+ folks which shows through her work as a Community Educator at Calgary Sexual Health Centre, a role she has held for the past three years. Janine works mainly as an adaptive, non-judgemental, trauma informed facilitator of comprehensive sexual health education programs in schools and community settings. You will also find her supporting the Calgary GSA network, co-facilitating a family support group for parents and guardians of Gender Creative children, and volunteering as an adult mentor for the past four years at Camp Fyrefly, an LGBTQ leadership camp. Her dedication to making Calgary more LGBTQ+ friendly doesn’t end with her job, in 2010 she founded a support and networking group for Queer women which has over 2000 members.
Dane Griffiths is the Manager of Health Promotion at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance where he coordinates the planning, implementation and evaluation of knowledge transfer & exchange (KTE) activities to strengthen gay men’s sexual health programs in AIDS service organizations across Ontario. In his current role he has contributed to the re-development of "The Sex You Want", "Primed- a sexual health guide for gay, bisexual and queer trans men" and the "Cruising Counts guide to sexual health online outreach". Dane is a former mental health crisis counselor, HIV prevention worker, a graduate of Sheridan College, current student at George Brown College and a knowledge user for various research projects.
In this experiential, interactive workshop attendees will explore how to identify what it is to be a trauma informed facilitator, and ways to implement this lens into their own practice. Participants will have fun learning new activities to take home, receive additional resources for further learning and understand that while sex and sexuality hasn’t been a positive experience for everyone, sexual health education can be facilitated in a way that is sensitive to the history of our clients.
Natalie Jacox completed her MA in Sexual Health at Queen’s University in 2011 and went on to complete the Intensive Sex Therapy Training at the University of Guelph in 2014 as well as the Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy. Natalie is the study coordinator for the OASIS (Oncology And Sexuality, Intimacy & Survivorship) program at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Interested in decreasing the stigma associated with illness and sexuality, Natalie has been a part of the Vaginal Health Workshops, The Down Low on the Down There (DLDT), since 2014. Passionate about sexual health, and education for everyone, Natalie also volunteers with the Calgary Sexual Health Centre (CSHC) and with the annual BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day in Calgary (and Medicine Hat).
Ms. Sophie Bourque holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Montreal. As General Manager of GCC LA VIOLENCE!, she developed and implemented an ethnological intervention in a low-cost housing environment and also directed numerous personal and social development workshops. Since 2009,Ms. Sophie Bourque is an educational advisor, coordinating and developing complementary educational services to the Commission scolaire de Montreal where she pilots the issue of sexual education. As part of her mandate, she accompanies and supports 160 elementary and secondary schools in the deployment of sexualeducation. Since 2012, she collaborates on the development of the SexoClic.ca platform, a reference site in sexual education.
Ms. Élizabeth Larouche-Côté holds a bachelor’s degree in Sexology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). During an internship at the Commission scolaire de Montréal, she collaborated in the development of a sexuality education program that could be deployed through every school of the school board. After obtaining her degree, she became a consultant in sexology for the Commission scolaire de Montréal. She is also a pedagogical consultant in prevention and health promotion at the Lester-B.-Pearson School Board, where she works specifically on the issue of sexuality education.
Alicia Rubel is a PhD student in psychology at Brock University in the Niagara region of Canada. Her research examines the psychology of social justice, human sexuality and relationships, purpose in life, and prejudice and discrimination. She has also provided educational workshops on polyamory in a variety of academic and community settings.
Jessica Wood is a doctoral candidate in the Applied Social Psychology program at the University of Guelph, and a sessional instructor at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo. Her research focuses on the factors that impact relationship and sexual satisfaction, and how these factors may differ depending upon one’s relational orientation (e.g., monogamous, open, polyamorous). Additional research interests include sexual health, pleasure, and sexual motivations, with recent studies focusing on pleasure experienced during oral sex and individuals’ motivations for engaging in consensually non-monogamous relationships.
Tyler Burleigh recently graduated with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Guelph. Tyler's research mainly focuses on the psychological bases of prejudice against gender, sexual, and romantic minorities—including individuals who practice consensual nonmonogamy, and individuals who are transgender, non-binary, or gender nonconforming. Tyler also studies categorization, the "Uncanny Valley" and research methods on Amazon Mechanical Turk.
Constable Joy Brown has been a member of the Peel Regional Police Service since 1987. Over the last 2 years, she has been assigned to the Peel Regional Police Community Mobilization Team. The Community Mobilization Team takes a non-enforcement approach in dealing with high risk individuals, families and communities.
Constable Brown is a current Chair of the Human Trafficking Service Providers Committee. The committee has developed a regional protocol to address the needs of victims/survivors of Human Trafficking.
Jennifer Keeler is a primary health care nurse practitioner and has been employed at Trillium Health Partners since 1984. Since 1990 she has worked at Trillium Health Partners - Chantel’s Place, which addresses the physical, emotional and/or forensic needs of sexual assault and/or domestic violence survivors.
Rae Dolman completed an undergraduate degree in psychology from McGill University in 1995 and a Master's degree in psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1998. In 2001, she received a certificate in Couple and Family Therapy through the University of Guelph. She is now a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a clinical member with the Ontario chapter of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (OAMFT), and is a registered sex therapist with the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counseling in Ontario (BESTCO). Rae is currently working at the Mindfulness Clinic in Toronto.
- To provide information about, and discuss, CPP
- Listen to psychosexual education and participate in a discussion
- Information, tools, and resources
Adinne Schwartz has been a Sexual Health Promoter at Toronto Public Health for 9 years. She has a master's degree in Women's Studies and Education from the University of Ottawa. She's passionate about feminist, LGBTQ, sex positive inclusive work and community capacity building. In addition to her role at Public Health, Adinne continues to be involved in community based LGBTQ research, education and advocacy. She also really likes the colour pink.
Leigh Mouck has worked in the sexual health field for 7 years and as a Sexual Health Promoter with Toronto Public Health for 4 years. She is currently working in a bilingual role, providing education and outreach to Toronto's French schools and Francophone community. Leigh received a PhD in Social Psychology at Queen's University, studying romantic rejection and condom use. Leigh's commitment to open and honest sexual health education and to creating safe spaces for learning allows her to live her passions through her work. Leigh's favourite part of her job comes from the honesty and curiosity of the young children and teenagers that she gets to work with.
JoEllen is a writer, speaker, researcher and mental health advocate who has spent the last 3 years exploring the impact of depression on sex and relationships. Since 2012 she has written about sex, mental health, and how none of us are broken on her award-winning site The Redhead Bedhead. JoEllen has led workshops on sexual communication, navigating consent, having casual sex kindly, and dating as an introvert. She has toured sex shops, spoken at length on dildos, and started a sex school but is happiest speaking on behalf of quiet people who have sex. Check out her video series on attending conferences as an introvert and her extensive writing on sex and depression. JoEllen has spoken at Clark College, University of Chicago, Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit, and Playground Conference.
Stephen is a registered psychotherapist with a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from York University. Practicing for over two decades, he works part time in private practice, and full time at a large hospital in Toronto. While his practice is general, his patients are very diverse, spanning many cultures, and sharing a wide variety of sexual expression from individuals who identify as devoutly conservative to those who participate in kink and open relationships. Personally identifying as queer and pansexual, he also draws on his personal experience gathered from a variety of sex positive communities. He has been an invited speaker on topics in sexuality at University of Waterloo and Guelph University and is a member of several professional groups dedicated to promoting sexual health.
Reid Mihalko, a nationally renown sexuality & relationships educator, has appeared on NETFLIX and been a featured speaker at dozens of colleges, conferences, and university Sex Weeks across North America. His work on combining healthy relationship skills and shame-free, LGBTQ inclusive, consent-based sexuality education with comedy and frank talk as a means of reducing sexual assault has made him unique among college presenters. His research and findings on this unique approach have been presented at Planned Parenthood’s National Sex Ed Conference, the Association of American Sexuality Educators and Counselors’ annual conference, as well as several private meetings with college deans and university administrations. Read more about Reid here: http://ReidAboutSex.com/colleges
Ash is a proud, professional pervert. Freshly legal, they joined up with The Pleasure Chest Chicago for four years as a dildo-slinger, social media manager, and purveyor of knowledge. Their resulting educational journey has led them to Twisted Tryst, Dark Odyssey, Chi-Fi, BEDx, and a host of other conventions, schools, munches, groups, and private events focused on holistic health. They’re now thrilled to work with Early to Bed, an independent feminist sex store with strong ties to local communities. Ash also staffs some of Chicago's longest-standing kink & sex-positive spaces, attends school for psychology and disability culture, and (in their spare time) investigates the mysteries of -isms, constructive and harmful.
Stephanie Montgomery-Graham is a former lawyer, currently completing her PhD in clinical psychology at Western University. Her research examines whether the diagnostic language of Hypersexual Disorder (known colloquially as "sex addiction") is helpful and appropriate in assisting individuals presenting clinically with feelings of out-of-control sexual behaviour.
Dr. Taylor Kohut is a postdoctoral scholar at Western University in London Ontario. His research focuses on how we define pornography and the impact of pornography on heterosexual couples using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Jillian Schwandt lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she works as the Executive Director of Saskatoon Sexual Health (SSH). SSH's vision is a society where sexual and reproductive health and rights are celebrated and accessible to all. SSH provides sexual and reproductive health services in Saskatoon and area with an emphasis on safe, inclusive, empowering clinical care and education Jillian completed an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto and a BSW and BA Honours in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Regina. She is interested in reproductive justice, sexual health, social determinants, and developing innovative, exciting projects. In all other work, Jillian strives to to create inclusive and healthy communities through strong partnerships.
Scott Borys is a partner at Territorial - a creative agency that specializes in interactive websites, web applications, and social campaigns. He has worked on over 250 websites and numerous other digital projects with for-purpose organizations over the past seven years (that's fifty years in internet years). His strong interest in social and environmental justice has resulted in partnerships with meaningful impact. He believes in the power of policy, effective grassroots organizing, and positive relationships. Over the past few years, Scott has been extensively involved with Saskatoon Sexual Health by volunteering, growing the organization’s network, and by advising on the board as treasurer. Expect an energetic and engaging experience (where speaker bios and Tinder profiles overlap!).
Natalya Mason is the Education/Outreach Coordinator at Saskatoon Sexual Health. She completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, and a BSW at the University of Regina. She is currently completing an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research addresses social barriers to condom use for adolescent girls. She has worked in classrooms throughout Saskatchewan, and has a collection of eleven wooden demo penises.
Camille Arkell works at CATIE, Canada’s source for up-to-date, unbiased information about HIV and hepatitis C. In her role as CATIE’s Knowledge Specialist, Biomedical Science of Prevention, she translates research evidence on HIV prevention strategies into resources and presentations for frontline service providers. Camille has a Masters of Public Health degree in health promotion, from the University of Toronto, and has been working in HIV education and research since 2010.
Leslie is a Restorative Justice practitioner who is passionate about the promotion of healthy sexuality. Having worked and studied in the sexuality field for over 15 years, Leslie has developed/delivered innovative support services for persons who have been impacted by sexual harm. As the Revive Program Coordinator at Community Justice Initiatives, Leslie oversees programming for sexual trauma survivors, persons who have offend sexually, their respective intimate partners, and facilitated dialogues. Leslie strives to define sexuality comprehensively and holistically, honouring difference/variation while valuing informed consent, knowledge, rights, responsibility, and choice. She contributes to a sexually just society, affirming her and others' healthy sexuality in mind, word, and deed.
RJ Jones is Saulteaux-Cree who is Two Spirit, Queer, and Non-Binary who currently resides on unceded Algonquin territory. RJ is an Indigenous Full Spectrum Doula who is passionate about community bridging and decolonial education around the topics of sexual and reproductive health and sexuality and gender. RJ currently serves as the Vice President at Kind Space’s Board of directors and is a Peer Mentor at the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.
Emily Rees is of mixed Egyptian and English background. She grew up in Hamilton, Ontario on traditional territory of the Haudensaunee and Anishnaabeg. She is currently residing on unceded Coast Salish territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, completing a Master's of Public Health at Simon Fraser University specializing in social inequalities. Emily has experience in planning and facilitating workshops on sexual health, mental health and conflict resolution. Emily enjoys discussing gender, sexuality and social justice.
Amanda Steffler is a fourth year student at the University of Waterloo. She is completing a Joint Honours degree in Philosophy and Sociology – with a Crime and Deviance Specialization. She recently completed a research project for her undergraduate thesis, which focused on women’s engagement in polyamory from a sociological lens. Further, Amanda is a Georgian College graduate – Business Studies Certification, 2010. She has worked in the area of accounting for several years. In the future she plans to pursue graduate studies in the area of Sociology and focus her research on classism, class mobility and socialism.
Dr. Denise Whitehead is an Assistant Professor in Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies at St. Jerome¹s University, at the University of Waterloo (firstname.lastname@example.org) where her teaching focuses on relationship formation and dissolution, including a course on family relations after divorce. Denise is a lawyer and social scientist (M.Sc. & Ph.D., Family Relations & Human Development, University of Guelph). She conducts socio-legal research on practice and policy issues related to separation and divorce that affect all members of the family system. Her research has included the challenges associated with fathering after separation/divorce and in-depth interviews with young adults who spent time in shared custody as children examining their perspectives on fair transitions.
Chantelle Ivanski is completing her Honors Thesis in Social Psychology at Western University. Her research interests involve factors related to sex positivity and attitudes towards sex and sexuality. Recent research projects include exploring definitions of sex positivity and developing a scale of sex positivity. Additionally, she has been working in the SMaRt lab at Western university where she is involved in studying the impacts of novel sexuality on relationship satisfaction, the effects of nudity on the perception of pornography, and the measurement of pornography use in research. Other research interests include factors affecting relationship satisfaction and socialization into specific gender roles.
Daniel Yaw Fiaveh is a sex sociologist/anthropologist with interest in the construction of masculinities, representation of men and boys, sexual cultures, and social cultural determinants of health. His current research focuses on penile discourses and conceptualizations in Africa. Daniel is an alumnus of the University of Ghana, Legon and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
June 23, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | C-7 RM 106
Lauren is a social worker, and academic based in Hamilton, ON. She has a BSW from the University of Calgary, and a MSW from Ryerson University. Her area of interest is sex, sexuality and kink with a specific focus on educating other social workers and service providers about kink and other forms of non-normative sexuality. She is currently enrolled in the Social Work PhD program at McMaster University.
Sameera is the Director of Sexuality Education and Training for HEART Women and Girls. From 2011-2016, Sameera worked in Calgary, Canada to develop and run Islamic sexual health curricula in Islamic schools, mosques, and community settings. This work grew into her passion to build capacity within Muslim communities in the realm of sexual health education and sexual violence prevention. Sameera develops and facilitates curricula and programs with children, youth, families and professionals, and has been honored to previously present at the Guelph Sexuality Conference, as well as the National Sex Ed Conference and the National Sexual Assault Conference in the United States. Sameera currently lives in the Washington, D.C area with her husband and is an avid yogi in her spare time.
Tasniya is an Elementary Montessori teacher who earned her MEd in Elementary Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland. She has published various articles and interviews on her struggle and experience with Vaginismus and how she overcame it. After publishing her Vaginismus work, several women from across the United States and the world have approached her for support and counsel. This fueled her desire to begin her work with HEART as an educator in order to give back to and educate the Muslim community about sexual dysfunction and women's health. Tasniya lives in the Washington DC area with her husband where she enjoys teaching classical Quranic Arabic to children in her local community.
As Communications Officer for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Ani Colekessian provided content support and editing for Beyond the Basics. She has extensive experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally, having worked for the Youth Coalition for Sexual Health and Rights, the Association for Women’s Rights and Development (AWID) and UN-INSTRAW (now UN Women). In 2011, she was awarded the prize for best paper from the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) for her work on comprehensive sexuality education in Armenia. She holds an MA in Gender and Peace Building from the UN mandated University for Peace and a BAH from Queen’s University.
As Health Information Officer for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Frédérique Chabot contributed to and managed the content creation of Beyond the Basics. She has extensive experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights having worked at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa where she focused on advocating for structural change and facilitating a proactive community response to women’s HIV prevention needs. Since 2010, she has been active with POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa – Work Educate and Resist), a community group advocating for the human and labour rights of people in the sex industry in Ottawa, Canada and globally. She is currently POWER’s Sex Work Advocacy Coordinator, working in collaboration with sex workers, academics and legal professionals on sex work law reform.
Marlee Rubel is a Registered Psychotherapist currently working in a trauma and substance use treatment program at The Jean Tweed Centre. She was a co-founder of the Mindful Movement program at Women’s College Hospital, a specialized group for women who have experienced complex trauma in childhood, which is designed to connect women to a safer experience of their bodies. Marlee works with trauma survivors, prisoners, and populations experiencing homelessness. She has taught and practiced psychotherapy in hospitals, shelters, and studios both in Canada and abroad. Marlee’s private practice is based in Toronto, working with adults and couples.
Angie Gunn is a therapist in private practice in Portland, OR, and online through Talkspace, who as a queer, kinky, polyamorous slut, fights to balance personal and professional fulfillment and sexual expression. She serves LGBTQIPA+, kinky, non-monogamous, sexual trauma, and others as an ally, advocate, and resource for connection, change and healing. She also serves as Sex Therapy Expert for Talkspace, more than 1000 therapists. Trained in sexuality, trauma, attachment and family systems, She worked as a therapist and clinical social worker, identifying the barriers to healthy relationships, sexual expression, and overall well-being and assisting in developing resiliency skills. She’s also experienced in training, facilitation as well as mediation across different audiences.
Sexuality agitator. Kink and sexuality educator. Sexuality Empowerment Coach. Heather Elizabeth is all about helping people have the conversations they need to around sexuality, so they get down to having the sex they really want to be having. After a decade of community-based sexual education and organizing, people remain one of Heather’s greatest passions. Her fascination of the what, why and how of their decisions and actions led her to open her private coaching practice. With a focus on authenticity, personal choice and sex neutrality, she helps her clients connect with their sexual selves by overcoming their shame, judgment, and fear. Find out more about what Heather does plus grab links to her blogs, and YouTube by visiting HeatherElizabeth.ca or follow @misshc on Twitter.
Tarik served 18 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and recently retired as a Social Work Officer. He currently maintains a private counselling practicing specializing in trauma therapy. Tarik has extensive knowledge and experience in treating clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, decreased self-esteem/confidence, trauma/PTSD, couples conflict, family issues, substance use, and who are struggling with shame. Tarik has been instrumental in advocating for LGBTQ+ rights in the military and in implementing policies supporting LGBTQ+ individuals. He marched with the military for their first induction into the Toronto Pride Parade in 2008, and has mentored other LGBTQ+ members in uniform. Tarik founded a national registered charity supporting over 300 children in India.
Angela Underhill completed her Master of Science degree in 2016 and is currently a PhD Student in the Family Relations and Human Development program at the University of Guelph. Angela works as a Research Coordinator for the Women and HIV Research Program at Women's College Hospital and a Research Assistant at Project ReVision/REDLAB. She is passionate about sexual and reproductive health, feminist research methods, and how health and intimate relationships intersect.
Anne M. Barringer received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Critical Studies in Sexuality from the University of British Columbia in 2016. She volunteers at the UBC Sexual Psychoneuroendocrinology and Psychophysiology Laboratory and the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory, and plans to pursue a graduate degree in psychology with a focus on human sexuality. Having recently graduated from Options for Sexual Health's Sexual Health Educator Certification program, Anne is currently self-employed as an adult sexual health educator, where she is a passionate advocate for enthusiastic consent, pleasure without shame, sexual exploration including consensual kink, and compassionate communication.
Cara R. Dunkley is currently in the process of completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Working under the supervision of Dr. Lori Brotto and Dr. Boris Gorzalka at the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory and the UBC Sexual Psychoneuroendocrinology and Psychophysiology Laboratory, Cara's research primarily focuses on sexual function.
Clare Nobbs has worked with LGBTQ2SI youth at SOY (Sherbourne Health Centre) since 2002. In 2015, Clare gained a BSW at York University, and in 2016, completed her MSW at Ryerson, for which she received the SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship. Her research explored the impact of culturally connected mentoring on the wellbeing and resilience of LGBTQ2SI youth. She also worked as research assistant to Dr. Dawn Onishenko in a study on the experiences of gender and sexual minority youth within residential youth justice and child welfare. Clare is also a part time faculty in the Transitions to Post-Secondary Education and Social Service Worker programs at George Brown College.
Dr. Michael Graydon is a professor of sociology with an interest lesbian and gay social history, HIV prevention, social movements, sexual identities, masculinities and behaviours.
Cathy Vartuli is a sex-positive Emotional Freedom Coach who helps people transform their traumas into their greatest. She has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, and works in major semiconductor companies doing R&D. On topics around body image, shame reprogramming, and powerful self-expression, Cathy helps clients of all shapes, sizes, ages, and gender expressions break out of old patterns and find their voice. As an all around geek who compulsively studies marketing and consensual influence, she also loves helping heart-centered sex-positive businesses find their unique voice and expand their audience and increase abundance.
Dr. Liz Powell is a psychologist and coach who helps people learn how to tap into their authentic selves to create relationships that make them feel worthy and deserving of love exactly how they are. Dr. Liz has presented at many conferences, including the AASECT Conference, and Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. In addition, she has taught classes on relationship styles and sexual communication at venues such as the San Francisco Armory, home of Kink.com, and Mission Control, the birthplace of Kinky Salon. Dr. Liz is also a decorated veteran with 5 years service as an Army Psychologist and one tour in Afghanistan. Dr. Liz is queer, non-monogamy, and kink-affirming. Most of all, Dr. Liz delights in working with those who consider themselves queerdos, misfits, and badasses.
Michelle Fraser is an orthopaedic and pelvic health physiotherapist, advocate and educator who works with persons of all genders experiencing pelvic floor imbalance or difficulty. She partners with her clients, encouraging them to understand the complexities of their pelvic health. Michelle’s personal and professional experiences have honed her skilful presence and capacity to hold a safe and open space for everyone. Michelle’s mission is to empower people in Canada and internationally to enhance their pelvic health. She has earned her Masters of Education at OISE specializing in global health education, and has taught physiotherapists in Canada and in Nicaragua. She is an Associate Instructor with Pelvic Health Solutions and works clinically in Toronto, Ontario.
Ariane is the Education and Training Coordinator at Planned Parenthood Ottawa, where she develops and implements sexual health education for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students. She’s passionate about creating educational activities that help students to practice sexually healthy behaviors. She also loves helping other educators to incorporate participatory and anti-oppressive teaching methods into their professional practice. When not geeking out over sex facts, she can be found taking care of a giant, dog-shaped ball of fluff named Thunder.
Rosy is a black, queer, working class woman who has lived in Haïti, Montreal, New York and Ottawa. She has a special interest in exposing the ways in which anti-blackness is pervasive in North America. If you want to learn more about her just walk into this workshop.
A passionate community organizer, Jasper established and is the current director and program coordinator for the transgender and gender variant non-profit organization Gender Intersect. An avid independent researcher, Jasper has been dissecting the world of gender, hormones and behaviour through the lens of their own gender transition and of the transition of those around them.
Eva has recently completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in the Integrated Science program at McMaster University. Under the supervision of Dr. Ayesha Khan and Dr. Jennifer Ostovich, she created the Sexual Self-Efficacy and Attitudes Questionnaire (SSEAQ)- a 77 item questionnaire that covers various topics within the field of sexuality. Eva has volunteered as a research assistant in the Relationships and Wellness Lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus under the supervision of Jennifer Stellar, coding couple’s changes in affect when addressing conflict in their relationship.
My name is Michelle Buda and I am in my fourth year at the University of Guelph as an Honours Psychology major with a Family & Child Studies minor. Throughout my academic career, I had the opportunity to explore my interests through research, personal experiences, work, and course credits. I have a strong interest and passion for human sexuality, particularly romantic relationships and attachment, sexual pleasure and kinks, sexual orientation, gender, and feminism. I am currently completing my undergraduate Honours thesis with Dr. Ruth Neustifter on the effect of kink on body image within sexual relationships. I hope to share my research and knowledge with others who have similar passions so that we may learn and work together to broaden this field.