2021 Policy Conference

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Save the Date for OMSSA's 2021 Policy Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present difficult challenges for OMSSA members working at the intersection of health and social services. While the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over, the year ahead offers an opportunity to recover and rebuild.

The 2021 Policy Conference brings together human services leaders, policymakers and subject matter experts for strategic conversations about how human services leaders can navigate the realities and pressures of the present while still laying the groundwork for better futures for clients, organizations and communities.

This year’s conference will focus on key issues including: economic recovery through an equity-based lens, human services integration at the provincial level, creating a culture of anti-racism for human services practitioners, and equitable and affordable early childhood education and child care.

Let’s take this opportunity to explore ideas, inspire each other, and think about the post-pandemic Ontario we all want. 

Join us each morning from November 30 to December 2, 2021, as we hear about the challenges and opportunities that will inform human services policy over the next year. 


Registration is now closed. 

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Daily

Thank You to our Planning Committee:

  • (Co-Chair) Jennifer McPhee, OMSSA

  • (Co-Chair) Tod Duncan, OMSSA

  • Sutha Balasingham, Regional Municipality of York

  • Doug Ball, OMSSA

  • Stuart Beumer, County of Wellington

  • Cathy Cousins, Region of Niagara

  • Erinn Daley-Reid, City of Toronto

  • Christie Herrington, OMSSA

  • Michael Jacek, AMO

  • Jacqueline Johnson, Regional Municipality of Peel

  • Rob Kirsic, OMSSA

  • Caitlin Lapena, OMSSA

  • Aaron Ly, Partnerships and Engagement Professional

  • Lisa McIntosh, Regional Municipality of Durham

  • Wanzirai Muruvi, County of Wellington

  • Arran Rowles, Region of Waterloo

  • Polly Smith, Municipality of Chatham-Kent

  • Darryl Wolk, OMSSA