2017 Policy Conference

December 7-8, 2017

Courtyard Marriott, 475 Yonge Street, Toronto

Thank you to everyonoe who attended the 2017 Policy Conference.  The event was a great success with 200 attendees speakers and partner organizations.   

Conference agenda and presentations

Thursday, December 7 - Opening Keynote:  Policy Stories from the Front Line: Social Transformation from Early Years to Awesome Years

Speaker:  Jim Grieve, Executive Director, Retired Teachers of Ontario and former Assistant Deputy Minister of the Early Learning Division for the Ontario Ministry of Education

Concurrent Sessions:

1.1  Presenting Ideas and Gaining Buy-In: Know What to Say & How to Say It 

     -  Establishing & Maintaining Rapport in the Workplace

     - The 10 Most Effective Ice-Breaking Feel-Good Questions

1.2  Examining Refugee Resettlement Outcomes in Ontario

2.1  Minnesota’s Person-Centered Integrated Service Business Model 

2.2  Transformational Changes in Social Assistance: Providing a Clear Path to Support – A Panel Discussion 

Friday, December 8 - Opening Plenary:  Provincial Discussion Panel

Shannon Fuller, Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Years and Child Care Division, Ministry of Education

Erin Hannah, Assistant Deputy Minister, Social Policy Development Division, Ministry Community and Social Services

Janet Hope, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Housing

Jill Vienneau, Executive Lead, Human Services Integration Office, Ministry of Community and Social Services

Concurrent Sessons:

3.1  Promoting Independence for Adults with a Developmental Disability through Innovative Housing Arrangements 

3.2  Data, Analytics and Evaluation Strategy (DAES)  

3.3  Poverty Reduction Strategy and Basic Income Pilot Updates and Information 

4.1  New “EarlyON” Child and Family Centres: Creating an Inclusive Early Childhood System  

4.2  Finding Common Ground:  Working with Ontario’s Aboriginal Housing Providers 

Closing Plenary: Martin Joyce, Partner, National Human & Social Services Leader, KPMG in Canada

During our closing plenary we heard from Martin Joyce about his experiences with new funding models now being implemented across many of the human service areas  and integration of service provision, breaking down the system silos to provide better quality services and outcomes.