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University of Guelph

Guelph Sexuality Conference

ROZANSKI HALL  |  JUNE 20-21, 2019

Robin Wilson-Beattie

Interdependence: Using Disability Justice Framework in Redefining Relationships and Connections
June 20, 2019 |9:00 AM – 10:15 AM | PLENARY RM 103

Robin Wilson-Beattie is a disability and sexuality health educator and writer, teaching the world to embrace and explore your sexuality,  regardless of ability. She is a member of the Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN),  and a certified graduate and member of the San Francisco Sexuality Information Training (SFSI). 

Robin consults with individuals and organizations on issues related to the intersection of disability, sexuality, and reproductive health, and has written articles, and created content and curriculum on this subject.  Robin is a nationally recognized self and systems disability advocate.  She is a deep-fried Southerner, Cookie Baker, mid-century buff, and proud parent of an awesome human.  Follow Robin on Twitter @SexAbled.

Jackie Gerlach

STI STREAM: Syphilis: The Great Pretender
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-1 RM 103

Jackie Gerlach is a nurse practitioner with the Sexual Health Program at Region of Waterloo Public Health since 2012 and ARCH clinic serving HIV patients in Central West Ontario since 2017. She has worked as a nurse practitioner in family practice and sexual health since 2009.  Prior to returning to her first love, clinical practice, Jackie worked in health services research and administration for over 20 years. Her research background and related administrative experience is in health system evaluation, automation of CPGs for health service administration, and knowledge transfer in the clinical setting. 



Dr. William Fisher

STI Stream:  Reducing the Risk: An Information—Motivation—Behavioral Skills Approach to Understanding and Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-1 RM 103

William Fisher is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Western University in London, Ontario, and co-founder of the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Fisher received his BA from Tel Aviv University and his MS and PhD from Purdue; he serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and he has published 250 papers with a focus on the development and testing of approaches to the prediction and promotion of sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Fisher has been a National Health Scientist (AIDS) for Health Canada, he is a Fellow of, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and he has received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr. Fisher is a member of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s STI Advisory Group and his work has been supported by the US National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada over the past four decades. William Fisher and his brother Jeffrey Fisher are co-creators of the Information—Motivation—Behavioral Skills model of health behavior, on which they have worked together across their professional careers.

Jennifer Keeler

THURSDAY LUNCH PRESENTATION: Sexual Assault - One Hospital Based Treatment Centre Approach to Care of the Sexual Assault Survivor (Acute and Follow up)
June 20, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | PETER CLARK HALL, UNIVERSITY CENTRE

Thomas Iglesias Trombetta

Queering Masculinity Among Queer & Trans Guys through STBBI Awareness
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-4 RM 107

Jenna Rose

Improving Our Work with Polyamorous and Consensually Non-Monogamous Clients: Toward Promising Practices in Mental Health Care
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM - 11:40 AM | A-5 RM 106

Jenna Rose is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Marriage & Family Therapist, currently working in private practice in Toronto. She has worked in sexual health education and promotion for over a decade, and has integrated her sex-positive, kink-aware and LGBTQ-inclusive perspectives into her therapeutic work with individuals, partners and families. Her clinical area of interest lies in working with clients in non-traditional, polyamorous and non-monogamous relationships.


Monique Laplante

We thrive, not just survive: Forging healthy relationships in an obscure prairie city
June 20, 2019| 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-7 RM 102

Monique LaPlante (she/her/they/them) is a mixed raced Cree from Manitoba, who identifies as a 2Spirit-non-binary-queer. They have spent their life living within Manitoba: outside of the Roseisle community, on Opaswayak Cree Nation reserve, and are currently residing in the Treayt One Territory in the City of Winnipeg. 

Renu Shonek

We thrive, not just survive: Forging healthy relationships in an obscure prairie city
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-7 RM 102

Renu Shonek is a Queer South Asian living in Winnipeg, Treaty One territory. Renu is founder of the Two Spirit, Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (2sQTBIPOC) library project, organizer of GenderPlay Cabaret and a contributor to local Queer People of Colour (QPOC) initiatives. Renu is a trained paramedic working in Manitoba's health care system while pursuing their bachelors degree for Social Work through the University of Manitoba's Inner City Social Work Program. Although not keen about operating within the confines of an academic system that was not made for them, they intend to use this degree as a means to increase clout for their work in patient advocacy and challenging detrimental institutional policy that mainly affects the most marginalized and ignored peoples.

Jessica Wood

The New Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education: Introduction and Application
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 AM - 4:20 PM | C-3 RM 106

Jessica Wood, PhD, is a research specialist at the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) and has worked on the development of the new Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education. Jessica is also a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at York University and the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph, where she studies factors that impact sexual and relationship satisfaction.


Alex McKay

The New Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education: Introduction and Application
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-3 RM 106

Alex McKay, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) and the Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. He teaches the Social Context of Human Sexuality at the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University and co-authors the Canadian edition of the textbook Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity. Alex was involved in the creation of the original edition of the Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education in 1992 and is co-chair of the working group to develop the new edition of the Guidelines.

Stefan Lewis

Check the Rhime! Using Arts-Based Approaches to Help Guyz be Wise
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-4 RM 107

Stefan Lewis is a DJ, WiseGuyz Facilitator and Radio host. In 2017 he wrote a thesis on how immigrant youth populations utilize hip-hop culture and arts to foster feelings of belonging and inclusion. Today Stefan continues to work with youth in WiseGuyz, a comprehensive healthy relationship program offered to guyz between the ages of 14-17 in school and community settings. WiseGuyz not only provides education, skill development, and support to young men, but also strives to create spaces for them to learn through peer-connection and self-reflection. Today Stefan leads school and community-based programs and utilizes urban arts as a tool for young guyz to cultivate awareness about healthy relationships, sexual education, gender and sexual diversity and human rights.


Hannah Firth

Telling Stories through Body-Mapping
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-7 RM 102

Hannah Frith is a Principal Lecturer in psychology, gender and sexuality at the University of Brighton, UK. She is also a qualified Couple Counsellor and Sex Therapist. Her research explores the intersection of gender, sexuality and embodiment using creative and arts-based methods. Her publications include Orgasmic Bodies: The Orgasm in Contemporary Western Cultures (Palgrave, 2015) Cyberpsychology as Everyday Digital Life Across the Lifespan (with Dave Harley and Julie Morgan, 2018 Palgrave) and an edited collection of work on Research Sex and Sexualities (with Charlotte Morris, Paul Boyce, Andrea Cornwall, Laura Harvey, and Yingying Huang, 2018 Zed Books). 

Heather Elizabeth

Diverse Sexual Behaviours & Experiential Workshops (Kink/BDSM Exploratorium)
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-2 RM 105 AND 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-2 RM 105

Heather is a sexuality educator, counsellor, and rabble-rouser. In addition to completing a Master of Education in Social Justice Education and Sexual Diversity Studies, Heather roots her knowledge in years of fieldwork  with over a decade of engagement in sexuality education, community organization and creating peer support-based spaces for individuals at higher risk of experiencing abuse, consent violations and a lack of power in non-traditional relationship structures. Her research interests stem from their activism and community organizing, centring on the co-creation and co-maintenance of consent, sexuality education and the acceptance of divergent sexualities. Their work is practically focused and aims to start conversations that honour the complexity of the world around them.

Cheryl Opolko

STI Stream: Syphilis: The Great Pretender
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM – 4:20 PM | C-1 RM 103

Cheryl Opolko is a registered nurse who has had a thirty-two-year career in Public Health specializing in the reporting, management and control of STIs in the Region of Waterloo. Farther afield, she was part of the Nashville & Davidson County Rapid Ethnographic Community Assessment Team in 2001, an initiative supported by CDC as part of the U.S. syphilis elimination plan. She is proud to have been a member of the Guelph Sexuality Conference STI Clinical Planning Committee for several years. She is eager to co-present at the Conference this year for the first time. 

Terry Humphreys

Research Brief: Sexting and Sexual Communication
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM – 2:55 PM | B-6 RM 109

Terry Humphreys is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. His academic/research interests focus broadly on diverse forms of sexual communication.  Dr. Humphreys is the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality and a Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (2015-2017) and the Canadian Sex Research Forum (2013).

Connie Stevens

THURSDAY LUNCH PRESENTATION: Sexual Assault - One Hospital Based Treatment Centre Approach to Care of the Sexual Assault Survivor (Acute and Follow up)
June 20, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | PETER CLARK HALL, UNIVERSITY CENTRE

Britt Neron

"It should be as normal as going to the dentist" - Reflections on a National Youth STI Testing Campaign and Meaningful Youth Engagement in Health Promotion Campaigns
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM | A-3 RM 106

Britt Neron (she/her and they/them) is responsible for overseeing Action Canada's 24-hour sexual health line and managing its team of skilled volunteers, developing information products and resources, and identifying engagement opportunities in the domestic context. In her role, she also works as a liaison with local, national, and grassroots organizations on campaigns including Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week and a multi-year campaign to increase STI testing among youth by identifying key barriers to testing at the behavioural and systemic levels. Britt holds a degree in Political Science and a MasterS degree in Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa.

Amy Soberano

Improving Our Work with Polyamorous and Consensually Non-Monogamous Clients: Toward Promising Practices in Mental Health Care
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 PM | A-5 RM 108

Amy Soberano is a Registered Social Worker, and currently works as a Counselor/Therapist on an interdisciplinary community-based health team in Toronto. She is also a part-time college course instructor in the area of trauma and migration, and has been published for her work around the intersections of mental health and immigration policy. Her clinical interests revolve around the complex interplay between societal structures, relationship dynamics, and identity

Ruth Neustifter

Research Brief: Intersectional Definitions of Outness
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 AM – 2:55 PM | B-5 RM 108

Ruth Neustifter, PhD is an assistant professor in the Couple & Family Therapy Program at the University of Guelph. They are openly non-binary, poly, kinky, and queer. Ruthie is proud to serve as a co-chair of the Guelph Sexuality Conference, as well as co-hosting Sexually Charged Radio and co-facilitating the Sexual and Gender Diversity Lab.

Rahim Thawer

Friday Training Session A: Queer Guys & Mental Health - Same Labels, Different Determinants
June 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM | RM 109

Rahim Thawer is a registered social worker, consultant, post-secondary instructor, and psychotherapist. He has worked at multiple HIV/AIDS service organizations and continues to work in direct practice settings with newcomer, racialized, and LGBTQ communities. Rahim is an active community organizer with Salaam Canada, a national LGBTQ Muslim organization, and a co-editor of Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Toronto Book Awards.

Malissa Bryan

Friday Training Session B: Anti-Oppression Training
June 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM | RM 106

Malissa Bryan (Em) comes from a specialized background in sociology with a focus on race, diversity, work, education, youth and political economy. She often takes a feminist intersectional approach when conducting academic research or volunteering within the community. She is currently working on a PhD degree in sociology at the University of Guelph. Outside of academia Malissa facilitates various levels of anti-oppression training using an interactive, intersectional and feminist framework.

Emily Nagoski

Friday Training Session B: Using Motivational Interviewing to Address Sexual Desire Problems
June 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | RM 105

Emily Nagoski is the New York Times bestselling author of Come As You Are: The surprising new science that will transform your sex life, Burnout: The secret to unlocking the stress cycle, and the Come As You Are Workbook. She has a Ph.D. in Health Behavior with a minor in Human Sexuality and a M.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education, both from Indiana University. She worked in college health promotion for over a decade before transitioning to full-time freelance sex educator, training therapists, medical professionals, higher education administrators, and the general public about the science of sexual and overall well-being.

Corinne Diachuk

F4: The Art of Negotiating Desire - A Somatic Exploration for All Bodies
June 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | RM 108

Corinne is a mother, lover, Yoga Therapist, Somatic Sex Educator, erotic adventurer, and survivor. She identifies as queer, femme, cis-gendered, poly, pan, switch, white, and a descendant of settlers who colonized the land of the Plains Cree peoples of what is now Edmonton. Currently located on the un-ceded territory of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations peoples, colonially known as Victoria BC, work/playing in the field of erotic embodiment coaching; offering private sessions to individuals, couples, small group classes, and workshops. She co-created the Canadian Somatic Sex Education Professional Training and is a facilitator-in-training with the School of Consent. She is passionate about creating safe-enough spaces for folks to converse with their bodies about pleasure.

Amanda Walsh

STI Stream: To Doxy or Not to Doxy: LGV is the Question
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM | A-1 RM 103

Amanda Walsh (RN) is a public health nurse in Toronto, Canada. She has worked in a variety of academia and health research positions, formerly with her clinical focus in emergency medicine, and now in HIV nursing & community health. Amanda is the former Chair of the Sexual Health Education and Training Committee at Toronto Public Health and a former member of the OACHA HIV Prevention Working Group. She has presented and provided training on a variety of topics such as HSV & HPV infections, HIV pre & post-test counselling, bacterial STI sequelae, and HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis best practices.

Makeda Zook

"It should be as normal as going to the dentist" - Reflections on a National Youth STI Testing Campaign and Meaningful Youth Engagement in Health Promotion Campaigns
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM | A-3 RM 106

Makeda Zook (she/her) is the Health Promotion and Education Officer at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. In her role, she helps create sexual health content for educators and supports various domestic health promotion campaigns, including a multi-year campaign to increase STI testing among youth. As part of her role supporting this campaign, she coordinates Action Canada’s National Youth Advisory Board comprised of youth from across Canada who guide the content of the STI testing campaign. Makeda holds an MPH in Health Promotion and has previous experience as a community-based researcher in the areas of social movements, LGBTQ+ youth engagement, anti-racism policies, and community resilience.

RJ Jones

Creating Inclusive Spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ Indigenous People
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM | A-4 RM 107

RJ Jones is Saulteaux & Cree, originally from Saskatchewan (Treaty no. 1 & 4) and is currently living on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa. They are a Two Spirit, Non-Binary and Queer artist, educator and full-spectrum doula. They are an advocate for Two Spirit, transgender and queer Indigenous issues, and work from a decolonial, intersectional and accessible lens. RJ is an experienced in public speaker and facilitator has been invited to give workshops and keynotes on indigenous sexual health and decolonizing gender and sexuality across Canada. RJ has been working in sexual health with a variety of groups over the past 3 years and is currently the President of Kind Space and helped found the new 2SLGBTQ+ Unit at The Native Women's Association of Canada where they are the 2SLGBTQ+ Educator. 

Ayan Ali

Implementing best practices in screening for domestic reproductive coercion
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM | A-2 RM 105

Ayan Ali is the Sexual & Reproductive Coercion Project Coordinator at Planned Parenthood Ottawa. They have a dedicated background in anti-gender based violence as a front-line and peer support worker. In their current role, Ayan seeks to bridge the gap between the anti-gender based violence and sexual & reproductive health sectors in Ottawa through knowledge sharing and working to determine a cohesive community response to sexual and reproductive coercion. They continue to be passionate about approaching sexual & reproductive health through an intersectional, trauma-informed and inclusive framework. Ayan is dedicated to working with service providers and Ottawa community members to make sure services reflect everyone's needs.

Adjoa Osei

The Nonexistent Identity: Exploring the Complexity of African Sexuality
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-3 RM 106

Adjoa Osei is a licensed clinical psychologist working in a grant-funded program at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, providing services to individual diagnosed with HIV/AIDS who have a history of substance abuse and mental illness. She also has a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Osei received her doctorate from Long Island University, Post campus in 2014. She has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings with underserved populations diagnosed with a range of mental illnesses and experiencing various stressors. Her clinical and research interests include experiences of minority doctoral students, racial identity development, trauma-informed care, and the LGBT community in Africa.