Social Media

During the conference, we’ll be using the @theOMSSA Twitter account to provide updates, spark discussion and extend the impact of the conference beyond the conference venue. Delegates can use Twitter to share their ‘a-ha’ moments, engage in conference-wide discussion, and share resources and best practices with OMSSA’s wider online community.

Stay Connected: 

Not on Twitter yet? Not to worry – there are plenty of resources available to help you get started. Visit the Twitter Help Centre for step-by-step instructions on creating an account, a ‘Twitter 101’ primer, to take a tour of the site, to learn what a “hashtag” is, and to read the FAQ for new users.

Can’t access Twitter from your mobile device? Anyone can follow the discussion using the “social media” tab on the conference app, or by following the live Twitter feed that will be posted right on our homepage during the conference.

Who to Follow:

Many of our conference speakers are already active on Twitter – either personally, or via the organizations they lead and work for. For your convenience, we’ve gathered their Twitter handles all in one place:

Keynotes & Plenary Speakers

  • Dr. John Helliwell: Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research: @CIFAR_News.
  • Jennifer Gold: Senior Policy Associate, Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation: @MowatCentre.
  • The Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities: @BradDuguid.
  • The Association of Municipalities of Ontario: @AMOPolicy. AMO speakers at this year's conference include AMO President Russ Powers, AMO Executive Director Pat Vanini, and AMO Policy Director Monika Turner.
  • Ministry of Community and Social Services: @ONSocialService. MCSS speakers at this year's conference include Assistant Deputy Minister David Carter Whitney, former Assistant Deputy Minister Cliodhna McMullin, and Assistant Deputy Minister Richard Steele.
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing: @OntMMAH. MMAH Assistant Deputy Minister Janet Mason and Assistant Deputy Minister Janet Hope will be speaking at this year's conference.
  • Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities: @OntarioTCU. Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid will be speaking at this year's conference. 
  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services: @OntYouth. The Ministry's Melissa Thomson, Project Director, Poverty Reduction Strategy will be speaking at the conference.
  • City of Toronto Employment and Social Services at @TorontoESS. Heather MacVicar, former General Manager at TESS, will be speaking at this year's conference. 

Concurrent Workshop Speakers

Session 1.1: Transforming the Management and Delivery of Benefits Programs

  • Janet Menard: Commissioner of Human Services at the Region of Peel, and OMSSA President: @janet_humserv.

  • The Ontario Ministry of Finance: @OntMinFinance. The Ministry's Elizabeth Doherty, Director, Benefits Transformation Secretariat, will be speaking at this workshop. 

Session 1.2: Building our Future Today

  • The Learning Partnership: @TLPCanada. The Learning Partnership's Director of Policy and Knowledge Mobilization, Gerry Connelly, will be speaking at this workshop.

  • Learning for a Sustainable Future: @LSF_LST. LSF's Chair, Dr. David Bell, will be speaking at this workshop.

  • Eco-Ethonomics: @ecoethonomics. Eco-ethonomic's President, Ryan Turnbull, will be speaking at this workshop.

Session 1.3: Integration German Style

  • Rural Ontario Institute: @ROInstitute. The Institute's Director of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Norman Ragetlie, will be speaking at this workshop.

  • Norfolk County: @NorfolkCountyCA. Norfolk County's Patti Moore, General Manager of Health and Social Services, will be speaking at this workshop.

Session 1.4: Transitions in the Housing Sector

  • Derek Ballantyne: CEO, Community Forward Fund: @DBallant. You can also follow the Community Forward Fund at @CommunityFF.

Session 2.1: Important Ingredients of a Welcoming Community

  • Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership: @OLIP_PLIO. OLIP's Executive Director, Hindia Mohamoud, will be speaking at this workshop.

  • City of London: @CityofLdnOnt. The City's Manager of Employment and Strategic Initiatives, Elisabeth White, will be speaking at this workshop.

  • Don Curry: Executive Director, North Bay and District Multicultural Centre (NBDMC): @DonDoncurry or @NBDMC.

Session 2.2: Outside Government

  • Dave Landers, CAO of Cochrane DSSAB and Immediate Past-President of OMSSA: @davelanders22.

  • Kira Heineck, OMSSA's Executive Director: @KiraHeineck.

  • Housing Services Corporation: @hsc_tweets. HSC's CAO Judy Lightbound will be speaking at this session. 

Session 2.3: A New Municipal Approach to Improving Financial Well-Being

  • Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI): @SEDIorg. SEDI's CEO, Elizabeth Mulholland, will be leading this workshop.

  • Toronto Employment and Social Services: @TorontoESS. TESS' Director of Social Service, Joe Manion, will be speaking at this workshop.

  • Cities for Financial Empowerment: @CFEfund. CFE Program Manager Anne Emig will be speaking at this workshop. 

Session 2.4: Implementing Housing First

  • Abe Oudshoorn, Professor of Nursing, Arthur Labatt School of Nursing: @AbeOudshoorn.

Session 3.2: The Get Out of Jail Card: New Thinking & Approaches in Community Safety

  • University of Ottawa: @uOttawa. The University's Dr. Caroline Andrew, Professor Emeritus, will be speaking at this workshop.

  • Brent Kalinowski, Project Manager, Gateway Community Mobilization: @BrentKal.

Session 3.3: A Recipe for Change, New Ways of Preparing Food Systems

  • York University: @yorkuniversity. The University's Dr. Rod MacRae, Faculty of Environmental Studies, will be speaking at this workshop.

  • Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada: @IanBird_Canada and @CommFdnsCanada.

  • Nick Saul, President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada: @njsaul.

Session 3.4: The Future is Now: The Evolution of Human Services in Ontario

  • The City of Ottawa: @ottawacity. The City's General Manager of Community and Social Services, Aaron Bury, will be speaking at this workshop.

  • Janet Menard: Commissioner of Human Services at the Region of Peel, and OMSSA President: @janet_humserv.