Two Day Learning Institute on Intersectionality, Anti-Oppression and Collaborative Leadership in Practice
$370 – $420
Two Day Learning Institute on Intersectionality, Anti-Oppression and Collaborative Leadership in Practice

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On Friday September 30th and Saturday October 1st, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) in partnership with Health Nexus, will be hosting a two day transformative learning event.

As we work with others to influence policies and practices and address the determinants of health, the need to build equitable partnerships and networks is essential. Learning how to incorporate intersectionality and anti-oppression in collaborative leadership practices can promote empowered work environments, dynamic partnerships, allowing us to more effectively support those we serve.


Who can benefit from participating in this Learning Institute?

  • If you work in a leadership role in equity-based or anti-oppression-based non-for profit organizations, human rights, public health, social services, grassroots, or educational sectors. 
  • If you are trying to incorporate an intersectional social change or social justice framework in your organization, community practice, and among your collaborative partnerships and networks.
  • If you want a dynamic training experience that will deepen your knowledge of intersectional anti-oppression frameworks and leadership practices.

 ** Please note that this course is intended for those who already have base knowledge and/or experience of any form of anti-oppression.**

What are the objectives of this Learning Institute?

  1.  To provide a learning environment to explore intersectional anti-oppression and collaborative leadership practices, both successes and challenges.
  2.  To strengthen your leadership skills in this area and to provide sustainability by establishing wider systems of support and networking opportunities.
  3.  To provide learning resources that can be used in your organization, and in community practice that support collaborative leadership development and implementation.

Learn more about Collaborative Leadership in Practice – Leadership collaboratif en pratique here!

Themes: By participating in cohorts of 20-25, learners with supportive vibrant trainers will explore the following areas from an intersectional, health equity, anti-oppression, collaborative leadership lens:

v      Indigeneity, Decolonization, Reviewing the context of “Canadian Leadership”

v      Race, Racialization, and Resisting Racism

v      Women, Gender, and Demystifying Sexism

v      Dis/ability, Ableism and Redefining Accessibility

v      Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Resisting Heterosexism and Transphobia

v      Children, Youth, Seniors, Challenging Ageism through the Lifespan

The Learning Institute will enhance your anti-oppression learning in a reflexive, creative, and interactive manner, augmenting your skills, knowledge, and toolbox to strengthen your understandings and ability to actualize change.

For more information on this project, check our website at: 

Contact: Roberta K. Timothy Ph.D.
OPHA CLiP Coordinator

Le vendredi 30 septembre et le samedi 1er octobre, l’Association pour la santé publique de l’Ontario (OPHA), en partenariat avec Nexus Santé, organisera une activité d’apprentissage transformationnelle d’une durée de deux jours.

La création de partenariats et réseaux équitables est essentielle dans le cadre de notre travail avec d’autres intervenants pour influencer l’élaboration des pratiques et politiques et aborder les déterminants de la santé. L’apprentissage des méthodes visant à intégrer une approche intersectionnelle et anti-oppressive aux pratiques du leadership collaboratif peut favoriser la création de milieux de travail mieux outillés et de partenariats dynamiques, et nous permettre ainsi de mieux soutenir les gens auxquels nous offrons des services.
L’institut d’apprentissage vous en apprendra davantage sur l’approche anti-oppressive dans le cadre d’une démarche réflexive, créative et interactive, vous permettant ainsi d’étoffer vos compétences, vos connaissances et votre trousse d’outils afin de renforcer votre compréhension et votre capacité à apporter des changements.
N’oubliez pas de marquer sur votre calendrier les dates du vendredi 30 septembre et du samedi 1er octobre, de 8 h à 16 h 30, pour participer à cette occasion d’apprentissage unique. Nous réunirons des formateurs et panélistes chevronnés spécialistes des domaines de l’intersectionnalité, de l’anti-oppression et du leadership, et nous espérons que vous pourrez vous joindre à nous.

 Program Description

The Learning Institute will comprise two plenary sessions, a panel discussion and five break-out training sessions over the course of a two-day intensive. Attendees will be assigned to a small group, or learning cohort, of 20-25 participants that will attend three of the break-out training sessions together.  There will be one French speaking cohort and simultaneous translation available for panel and plenary sessions. All participants will be brought back together for the panel discussion and plenary sessions. 


About the plenary, panel discussion and learning sessions

Plenary, panel discussion and learning sessions will focus on a specific topic area through an intersectional lens looking at factors such as indigeneity, race, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, disability/accessibility, socioeconomic status/class, and age among others. Each session will pay special attention to how their specific topic relates to collaborative leadership from an anti-oppression framework.  Specifically, each learning session will address the following:

1.      How does your topic area relate to Intersectionality and Anti-Oppression?
2.      How does this relate to Health Equity and collaborative leadership in the NFP sector?
3.      Utilizing or creating examples specific to your topic area, what does anti-oppression collaborative leadership look like? What can it look like?



Learning Plenary Session 1Indigeneity, Decolonization, and Collaborative Leadership

  • This plenary training session will provide an intersectional analysis of how indigeneity and anti-colonialism can be integrated into collaborative leadership and partnership/network building.

Learning Plenary Session 2Children, Youth and Seniors: Challenging ageism across the Lifespan in Collaborative Leadership

  •  This plenary training session will provide an intersectional analysis of the role of ageism across the life span (Children, Youth, and Seniors) in collaborative leadership and partnership/network building. 

Learning Plenary Session 3Race, Racialization, Resisting Racism, and Collaborative Leadership 

  • This plenary training session will provide an intersectional analysis of the role of race, racialization, racism and anti-Black racism in collaborative leadership and partnership/network building.

PANEL DISCUSSIONIntersectionality, Anti-Oppression and Collaborative Leadership in Practice

A panel of leaders will discuss their understandings of intersectionality and anti-oppression in collaborative leadership, highlighting their lessons learned (including resources or tools utilized).



Training Session # 1: Women, Gender, Sexism and Collaborative Leadership

This session will provide an intersectional analysis of the role of gender and sexism in collaborative leadership and partnership/network building. Special attention will be paid to women’s experiences and resistance to sexism and strategies for change.

Training Session #2: (Dis)ability and Ableism: Redefining Accessibility and Collaborative Leadership

This session will provide an intersectional analysis of the role of (dis)ability/accessibility in collaborative leadership and partnership/network building. Special attention will be paid to experiences and resistance to ableism, including strategies to promote change.

Training Session #3: Sexual orientation and Gender Identity: Resisting Heterosexism and Transphobia in Collaborative Leadership

This session will provide an intersectional analysis of the role of sexual orientation and gender identity in collaborative leadership and partnership/network building. Trainees will examine experiences and resistance to heterosexism and transphobia.



Day 1: Friday, September 30th , 2016

8:00 am – 9:00 pm 


8:00 - 9:00 am 


9:00 am – 10:00 am

Welcome and introduction circles

  • Introduction to intersectionality framework
  • Learning Institute Self Evaluation and Objective Audit: Assessment of personal learning objectives

10:00 am – 10:30 am 

Cohort introductions and groupings

10:30 – 10:45 am 


10:45 am – 12:00 pm 

Learning Plenary Session 1: Indigeneity, Decolonization and Collaborative Leadership

12: 00 pm – 1:00 pm 


1: 00 pm – 2:30 pm 

Cohort workshops & Training Sessions 1, 2, 3 

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm 


2:45 pm – 4:00 pm 

Learning Plenary Session 2 :  Children, Youth and Seniors: Challenging  Ageism across the Lifespan in Collaborative Leadership

 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

Closing Remarks

DAY 2: Saturday, October 1st, 2016

8:00 am – 9:00 am 


9:00 – 9:15 am 


9:15 – 10:30 am 

Learning Panel: Intersectionality, Anti-Oppression and Collaborative Leadership in Practice

10:30 – 10:45 am 


10:45 – 12:00 pm 

Learning Plenary Session 3: Race, Racialization, Resisting Racism, and Collaborative Leadership

12:00 – 1:00 pm 


1:00 – 2:30 pm 

Cohort workshops &Training Sessions 1, 2, 3,4

2:30 – 2:45 pm 


2:45 – 4:15 pm 

Cohort workshops & Training Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4

4:15 – 5:00 pm 

Closing Remarks, integrating learning and evaluations

Trainers' Bios

Ruth Cameron 

Ruth Cameron is the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), and a doctoral student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Community Psychology, where she is studying intersectoral population health initiatives. She is a certified Clinical Research Associate, and formerly worked as a Community-Based Research Facilitator at the Ontario AIDS Network. Ruth’s community development experience has encompassed work with East Mississauga Community Health Centre, The Well, Rainbow Health Ontario, the Strengthening Hamilton Community's Initiative (SHCI), the rape-crisis movement in Hamilton and Peel Region, newcomer settlement and affordable housing. Ruth Cameron is a graduate of McMaster University with a Master’s degree in Sociology focused on Race, Class and Gender Studies. In 2014, she founded the Audre Lorde scholarship for Black LGBTQ youth in Hamilton. She describes her career and praxis as “doing intersectionality”.

Rachel Gorman

Rachel Gorman is Associate Professor in Critical Disability Studies at York University. She employs fine arts, cultural studies, and critical political economy in her research, which focuses on transnational politics and aesthetics of disability and race. Her research projects include: ending violence against people with psychiatric disabilities; disability and workplace ex/inclusion; and social movements, ideology and aesthetics. 

Lee Maracle

Ms. Maracle is the author of a number of critically acclaimed literary works including: Sojourner’s and Sundogs, critically acclaimed novel, Ravensong , Bobbi Lee, Daughters Are Forever, which was named one of the top 10 works of fiction for 2003 by the Globe and mail, Will’s Garden, Bent Box, and Celia’s Song, long listed for Canada Reads and short list for the re-lit award, I Am Woman, First Wives Club, Talking to the Diaspora, Memory Serves and other Oratories, and is the co-editor of the award winning, My Home As I Remember , Telling It: Women and Language across Culture. Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto in the Indigenous Studies program and is the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s.  Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. In 2000, Maracle received the J.T. Stewart award. In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St.  Thomas University.  In 2014 Maracle received the Ontario Premier’s Award for excellence in the Arts.  Maracle also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for promoting writing among Aboriginal youth. She currently teaches at the University of Toronto.

Beverly Bain

Beverly Bain teaches in Women and Gender Studies in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  She has been teaching in the university environment for the past 12 years.   
She currently teaches and researches in the area of diasporic sexualities, black queer diasporic studies, sexual assault and violence against women, gender, colonialism, transnationalism and anti-capitalism. Bain has been an anti-racist anti-violence feminist activist for over 30 years.  She was the Executive Director of the National Action Committee on The Status of Women, Canada’s largest feminist organization between 1992-1997.Her publications include: “Uncovering Conceptual Practices: Bringing into Lived Consciousness Feminists Activities on the Toronto Police Services Sexual Assault Audit”, Canadian Women Studies (2010), “A New Chapter in Feminist Organizing: The Sexual Assault Audit Committee”  Canadian Woman Studies with Jane Doe and Amanda Dale (2010), “Fire Passion and Politics: The Creation of Blockorama as Black Queer  Diasporic Space in the Toronto Pride Festivities”. Forthcoming in edited anthology Activating Resistance: Remembering and Rethinking  Sex/Gender Struggles by Patrizia Gentile, Gary Kinsman and Pauline Rankin.


Denise Bishop-Earle

Denise has lived, worked and volunteered in the Lawrence Heights community for over 30 years. Since May of 2012, she has facilitated both workshops and healing circles in the Lawrence Height, Neptune and Lotherton communities as part of a response and recovery project. Currently, as sole proprietor of the Blue Blanket Healing Connection, Denise is facilitating community sharing circles with a focus on trauma and intergenerational trauma resulting from community violence. In three years, Denise hopes to have a train the trainer program in operation that supports the health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities. Denise is presently a co-chair of LHION (Lawrence Heights Inter-Organizational Network) a coalition of organizations, service providers and residents that work together to deliver programs and services for the Lawrence Heights, Neptune and Lotherton Pathway communities. She first became a member in 2007, co-chairing the LHION Safety Sub-committee until February of 2015.


Kike Ojo

Kike Ojo is currently the Project Manager for the Service to African-Canadian Families initiative, One Vision One Voice:  Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians.  Prior to her secondment to the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Kike spent 9 years at Peel Children’s Aid Society as the Senior Manager of Diversity and Anti-Oppression.  In her time at Peel CAS Kike provided leadership to the agency on the strategy and implementation of the anti-oppression journey, successfully shifting the agency culture towards anti-oppressive practice.  In 2010 under Kike’s leadership, the Board of Peel CAS was awarded the Maytree Foundation’s Diversity in Governance Award, and in 2011 staff surveyed said that the anti-oppression journey was the number one reason for their employment satisfaction.  Prior to her child welfare career, Kike worked within multiple social service sectors, and within the community, in both the US and Canada.  Additionally Kike is a Consultant in the area of Equity, supporting the public and not-for-profit sectors.  Kike’s community work earned her the Lincoln Alexander Award for extraordinary leadership in the elimination of racial discrimination in Ontario.   Kike’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in International Justice and Human Rights from McMaster University, a Master of Arts in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto.  Kike is also a certified alternative dispute resolution mediator. Recently, Kike was named one of the 50 plus 1 Black Canadians who are on the rise in 2015, by, and Kike was named one of the 100 Black Women to Watch in 2016, by the Canadian International Black Woman Event 2016.

J. Roy Gillis

J. ROY GILLIS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has had a long time research and clinical interest in violence prevention research with both men and women and with both heterosexual and lgbtq populations. His research has focused on developing models of the psychological impact of hate crime victimization and same-sex partner abuse. He has also written extensively about the impact of homophobia on society. In addition, he is active in health promotion research, especially HIV prevention research, HIV health literacy, and the prevention of classroom bullying. Professor Gillis has published over 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as many chapters in texts, and is the recipient of a number of federal research grants. He is a past recipient of the Teaching and Education Award from Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues of the American Psychological Association. Active in international gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues, he serves as the representative of the Canadian Psychological Association for the International Network on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Concerns, and Transgender Issues in Psychology. He is also the founding editor of the open-access journal, the Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education.


Joëlle Favreau

Joëlle Favreau is a white queer francophone, living with invisible disabilities.  Working as the community development coordinator at YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Joëlle is constantly reflecting on how to integrate anti-oppressive practices into food security and anti-poverty programming.  In the past four years, this learning has deeply influenced the co-development and co-facilitation of the Nourish Project, a collaborative initiative, seeking to build healthy, inclusive and equitable communities through food.   

Tania Anderson

Tania Anderson is a social services professional with over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector and over 10 years working in women's services.  Trained as a social worker, Tania has both a BSW and MSW from Ryerson University, a program which is strongly focused on anti-oppression practice.  Tania has held a number of front-line service roles including, counsellor, shelter worker, drop-in worker, housing worker and brings substantial practice based knowledge, as well as theoretical knowledge.  Tania is particularly interested in the ways that anti-oppression, anti-racist and harm reduction principles can be brought into every day helping work.


Alana Butler

Alana Butler earned a Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a specialization in Learning, Teaching, and Social Policy in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts (in Adult Education and Counseling Psychology) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is currently a sessional lecturer at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She has also taught as a Contract Lecturer at Ryerson University’s School of Early Childhood Studies and the Chang School of Continuing Education since 2007. In 2011, she was awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada to complete her dissertation study of diversity and inclusion policies in Canada and the U.S. She has taught in a range of settings that include preschool, ESL, adult literacy, and university undergraduate. Her research interests include multicultural education, immigration studies, race and schooling, and diversity and inclusion policies. She is currently a research collaborator on a 2015-2016 SSHRC funded study entitled ‘Can We Talk About Race?’ Confronting Colour-blindness in Early Childhood Education at Ryerson University.


Maureen Owino

Maureen Owino is the Director of Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT), She has been with CAAT since 2007 1st as the program coordinator and for the last 2 years as the program director. Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment is an organization committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV who are facing access barriers related to their status using the tools of education, training, research, service coordination, and advocacy. Under her leadership CAAT has had the honor of being nominated and receiving 3 awards namely: The City of Toronto Access to Equity and Human rights award in 2009, The 2012 Casey award for leadership and capacity building in promoting the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS facing barriers to treatment and services, The 2014 OAN Honour Roll /Award for contribution to advancing the cause of Social Justice in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Seong-gee Um

Dr. Seong-gee Um is a researcher at Wellesley Institute. Before joining Wellesley Institute, Seong-gee completed a postdoctoral fellowship affiliated with the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance at Université de Montréal. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie in the areas of inequality, immigration, and health and social care. Her current work explores social determinants of health and health inequities across diverse population groups. She's leading a project on improving equitable access to care and support for seniors and their family caregivers from diverse ethno-cultural communities in the GTA. She is an author and co-author of numerous publications including States and Markets: Sociology of Public Policy in Canada.

datejie cheko green

datejie is a strategic organizer, educator, researcher, media producer and advocate. She has more than 25 years expertise in critical and anti-oppression praxis across mutilple sectors including communications, labour, mental health, youth, arts and international solidarity. As a Black woman, a lesbian and a gender non-confirming feminist, datejie has always prioritized an embodied, intersectional and strengths-based approach to her work and life projects. She has collaborated with LGBTQTS non-profits and individuals to create safety, supportive and liberating spaces for queer and trans youth, students, newcomers, parents and parents-to-be, athletes, journalists, freelance workers, and people with mental illness. While National Director of Human Rights and Equity at the Canadian Media Guild, datejie organized the first annual union campaign to reach LGBTQ workers at CBC and other broadcasters, and host a pride celebration for them and their loved ones. In 2012 datejie was lead author on the Guidebook for LGBTQ People on Assisted Reproduction and has co-authored a dozen more journal articles, fact sheets, forum theatre interpretations and posters from her contributions to the Re:Searching for LGBTQ Health project at CAMH. datejie is a regular facilitator with SOY's Black Queer Youth and Access Alliance LGBTQ Among Friends program in Toronto. She is currently helping to inform the next generation of LGBTQTS and solutions-based reporters as a Professor of Journalism at the University of Toronto, Scarborough and Western University. Following her appointment as Asper Fellow in Media 2015-16 at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University, datejie is developing as a platform to showcase her intersectional, decolonial knowledge production and collaborative praxis.



King is a long standing gender bender, Queer community member whose pronoun is 'They'. King has been involved in community, grassroots and professional social justice work for 30+ years. King gives workshops, does community programming, runs support groups, for marginalized youth & adults in the community as well as consulting for anti-oppression, diversity training and education.


Angela Robertson

Angela Robertson is the Executive Director of Queen West - Central Toronto Community Health Centre.  Past Director of Equity & Community Development at Women’s College Hospital and Executive Director of Sistering – A Woman’s Place. Activist in the black, women’s and LGBTQ communities, Angela is a past Board member of Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention and Houselink Community Homes and current member of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Board.

Entisar Yusuf

Entisar Yusuf is a member of Steering Committee of City for All Women Initiative (CAWI). She is a CAWI's Health Equity trainer for community organizations. She is currently on the Advisory Committee for CAWI and Federation of Canadian Municipalities to work with five Canadian cities to increase the number of women from diverse communities who are actively informed by, and engaged in, local government decision-making. She volunteered as CAWI's Facilitators' Network coordinator. Entisar has 20 years of experience working in health and social sectors in public, non-profit organizations and UN agencies. She worked as clinical service provider, instructor in academic institutions, Coordination and Management of several health and social programs including Mitigation of Female Genital Mutilation, Child Welfare, Quality Improvement of Health care providers Education and Curriculum Development. Moreover she worked on Income Generating Activities for widowed women and Community Engagement Programs. She worked as a community developer with the SCREEN program at Ottawa Centretown Community Health Centre in 2011.Currently she is working as a Coordinator for Champlain Chronic disease risk assessment program serving high risk and immigrant population to create awareness on importance of screening and organize risk assessment screening session. Working in collaboration with identified high risk and immigrant communities, community leaders, community health and resource centres, chronic disease partners including Champlain diabetes education programs and community-based organizations, she also works with Health care provider in the area of cultural competencies.

Adam Benn

Adam is a black and queer activist, born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He has had the privilege of working with youth in many communities across Toronto, including Malvern, Perth-Randolph, Davenport-Perth, Jane and Finch, Blake-Jones and Regent Park. Currently, works as the Manager of LGBTQ Community Programs at the Sherbourne Health Centre.  As a self-proclaimed "conflict worker", Adam completed his Honours Bachelors of Art at McMaster University in Anthropology and Peace Studies and his Masters of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. His interests include reading, writing, movies, music, meditation and fitness. Adam is also Certified Personal Trainer.


Dr. Suzanne Stewart

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions, University of Toronto. Dr. Stewart is a member of the Yellowknife Dene First Nation. She is a registered psychologist and Associate Professor of Indigenous Healing in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto, where she is Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education and Interim Director of the Indigenous Education Initiative. Research and teaching interests include Indigenous mental health and healing in psychology (homelessness, youth mental health, identity, and work-life development), Indigenous pedagogies in higher education and psychotherapy practice/training. She is Chair of the Aboriginal Section of the Canadian Psychology Association and is committed to advancing Indigenous healing issues through the discipline of psychology.


Nicole Tanguay

Nicole Tanguay is of Cree and French decent –I am also two-spirited. I have been working in social services since the mid-80s. I am also a published poet, musician, and playwright. I have been an advocate for queer rights since the early 80s as well as an advocate for the rights of Aboriginal people. As a playwright, Ms. Tanguay has had her play “Hand to Hand” work shopped at Weesageechak Begins to Dance XIII. She hopes eventually it will be produced as a full-fledged play. While trying to complete her first book manuscript of poetry, she has had her works published in a number of Canadian and U.S. anthologies, including “Yellow Medicine Review” , edited by guest editor Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran,“Whose Streets­ – The Tronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protesters”, edited by Tom Malleson and David Wachsmuth, “Sweet Grass Grows All Around Her”Anthology, edited by: Beth Brant, Sandra Laronde, “Mukwa Geezis”, and a resource Guide to Aboriginal Literature in Canada Published by: Wabanoong Multimedia Publications, ANDPVA to name a few. I was also part of the Library Series readings at University of Toronto Press and have read my work with Simon Ortez, Maria Campbell, and Lee Maracle.


Mercedes Umana

Ph.D. Candidate
Mercedes has over 20 years of experience facilitating personal, community, and organizational development and healing processes locally and transnationally as an educator, therapist, researcher, and consultant. Mercedes areas of interest include Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy™, community mental health, health psychology, trauma, post-traumatic growth, bereavement, HIV, and intersectional research methodologies and knowledge translation. Mercedes holds a Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Psychology, and is currently a Doctoral student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Toronto. Mercedes is Co-Director of Continuing Healing Consultants.  She is of Indigenous and African ancestry.

Roberta K. Timothy
Project Coordinator,
Collaborative Leadership In Practice
Ontario Public Health Association
For over 20 years Roberta has worked utilizing intersectional, anti-oppression, anti-colonial approaches as a therapist, trainer, group facilitator, researcher, community organizer, professor, and clinical supervisor in community and educational settings, and in private practice. Roberta's areas of interest include the practice, research, and knowledge translation of Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy, critical expressive arts therapy, trauma and intersectional and transgenerational violence; work culture and organizational change, Resistance Education, and Creative Resistance. Roberta holds a B.A. in Political Sciences, Sociology and International Justice and Human Rights; two Masters in Political Sciences and Counselling Psychology, and a Doctorate in Adult Education, Community Development, Women and Gender Studies. She recently completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in the Applied Psychology and Human Development department at the University of Toronto focusing on criminalization, HIV, and mental health in racialized communities and is the co-director of Continuing Healing Consultants. 

Biographies des formateurs/formatrices

Ruth Cameron est la directrice générale du AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA) et doctorante à l’Université Wilfrid Laurier en psychologie communautaire où elle étudie les initiatives intersectorielles en santé de la population. Associée agréée en recherche clinique, elle a aussi été animatrice de recherche communautaire pour le compte du Ontario AIDS Network. Mme Cameron a une grande expérience dans le secteur du développement communautaire et a notamment travaillé avec les organismes East Mississauga Community Health Centre, The Well, Santé arc-en-ciel Ontario, Strengthening Hamilton Community's Initiative (SHCI), le mouvement contre le viol dans la région de Hamilton et de Peel, ainsi que dans le domaine de l’établissement des nouveaux arrivants et du logement abordable. Mme  Cameron est titulaire d’une maîtrise en sociologie, spécialisée en études sur la race, les classes sociales et le genre de l’Université McMaster. En 2014, elle a fondé la bourse d’études Audre Lorde pour les jeunes Noirs LGBTQ d’Hamilton. Elle décrit sa carrière et sa pratique comme « mettant de l’avant l’intersectionnalité ».

Rachel Gorman est professeure agrégée en études critiques du handicap à l’Université York. Elle fait appel aux beaux-arts, aux études culturelles, à la critique de l’économie politique dans sa recherche sur les politiques transnationales et l’esthétique des handicaps et de la race. Ses projets de recherche portent entre autres sur l’abolition de la violence faite aux personnes souffrant de handicaps psychiatriques, sur les handicaps et l’ex/inclusion sur le marché du travail, ainsi que sur les mouvements sociaux, l’idéologie et l’esthétique.

Lee Maracle est l’auteure de nombreuses œuvres littéraires reconnues dont : Sojourner’s et Sundogs,  recueil encensé par la critique, Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, Daughters Are Forever, qui a fait partie de la liste des dix meilleures œuvres de fiction en 2003 du Globe and Mail, Will’s Garden, Bent Box, et Celia’s Song, qui a fait partie de la liste préliminaire de l’initiative Canada Reads et a été en nomination pour le prix ReLit, I Am Woman, First Wives Club, Talking to the Diaspora et Memory Serves and other Oratories. Elle a aussi coécrit l’œuvre primée My Home As I Remember ainsi que Telling It: Women and Language across Culture. Lee Maracle enseigne actuellement à l’Université de Toronto dans le cadre du programme d’études autochtones et elle est enseignante initiée aux valeurs traditionnelles pour les Premières Nations.  Elle a aussi été chercheuse invitée distinguée des universités de Toronto, de Waterloo et de Western Washington. En 2000, Mme Maracle a reçu le prix J.T. Stewart et, en 2009, un doctorat honorifique en lettres de l’Université St. Thomas.  En 2014, elle a reçu le Prix de la première ministre pour l'excellence artistique. Elle est aussi été lauréate de la Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la Reine pour la promotion de l’écriture auprès de la jeunesse autochtone. Mme Maracle enseigne actuellement à l’Université de Toronto.

J. Roy Gillis, Ph.D. est professeur agrégé au département de psychologie appliquée et de développement humain de l’Institut des études pédagogiques de l’Ontario à l’Université de Toronto. Il s’intéresse depuis longtemps à la recherche et au travail clinique en prévention de la violence tant chez les hommes que chez les femmes des populations hétérosexuelles et LGBTQ. Ses travaux portent sur l’élaboration de modèles de l’incidence psychologique de la victimisation relative aux crimes motivés par la haine et la violence entre conjoints de même sexe. Il a également beaucoup écrit sur l’impact de l’homophobie sur la société. Ses travaux de recherche portent également sur la promotion de la santé, plus particulièrement la prévention du VIH, les connaissances sur le VIH et la prévention de l’intimidation à l’école. M. Gillis a publié plus de 25 articles dans des revues révisées par des pairs et rédigé autant de chapitres d’ouvrages; il a par ailleurs obtenu de nombreuses bourses de recherche d’organismes fédéraux. Il a reçu le Teaching and Education Award (prix de l’enseignement et de l’éducation) de la Division 44, la société d’études sur les questions touchant les gais, lesbiennes, bisexuels et transgenres de l’American Psychological Association. Intéressé par les questions internationales concernant les gays, lesbiennes, bisexuels et transgenres, il représente la Société canadienne de psychologie au sein de l’International Network on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Concerns, and Transgender Issues in Psychology. Il est rédacteur fondateur de la revue en libre accès Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education.

Joëlle Favreau est une queer francophone blanche vivant avec des handicaps invisibles. Coordonnatrice du développement communautaire au YWCA de Peterborough Haliburton, Joëlle cherche sans cesse des façons d’intégrer des pratiques anti-oppressives aux programmes de sécurité alimentaire et de lutte contre la pauvreté. Au cours des quatre dernières années, ses travaux ont grandement influencé le développement et la mise en œuvre du projet Nourish, une initiative collaborative qui vise à favoriser la création de collectivités en santé, inclusives et équitables grâce à la nourriture.   

Tania Anderson est une professionnelle des services sociaux qui compte plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans le secteur à but non lucratif et plus de 10 ans dans le secteur des services destinés aux femmes. Mme Anderson a obtenu un baccalauréat et une maîtrise en travail social de l’Université Ryerson, dont le programme est très axé sur la pratique anti-oppression. Elle a occupé divers postes de première ligne, en tant que conseillère, travailleuse dans un refuge, employée de centre de jour et agente de logement, et possède de grandes connaissances tant pratiques que théoriques. Elle s’intéresse particulièrement aux façons dont les principes anti-oppression, antiracisme et de réduction des préjudices peuvent être intégrés aux services d’aide au quotidien.

Alana Butler a obtenu en 2015 son doctorat en éducation de l’Université Cornell à Ithaca, dans l’État de New York, avec spécialisation en apprentissage, enseignement et politique sociale. Elle est également titulaire d’un baccalauréat en sciences de l’Université de Toronto et d’une maîtrise ès arts (éducation aux adultes et psychologie de l’orientation) de l’Institut des études pédagogiques de l’Ontario à l’Université de Toronto, où elle est actuellement chargée de cours à temps partiel. Elle est également chargée de cours à la School of Early Childhood Studies et à la Chang School of Continuing Education de l’Université Ryerson depuis 2007. En 2011, elle a obtenu une bourse doctorale du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada (CRSHC) pour préparer son mémoire sur les politiques de diversité et d’inclusion au Canada et aux États-Unis. Elle a enseigné au niveau préscolaire et a été professeure d’ALS, d’alphabétisation pour les adultes et au premier cycle universitaire. Elle oriente ses travaux de recherche sur l’éducation multiculturelle, les études sur l’immigration, la race et la scolarisation, et les politiques de diversité et d’inclusion. Elle est collaboratrice de recherche dans le cadre d’une étude financée par le CRSHC pour l’année 2015-2016 et intitulée Can We Talk About Race? Confronting Colour-blindness in Early Childhood Education à l’Université Ryerson.

Maureen Owino est directrice du Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) depuis deux ans, après avoir débuté comme coordonnatrice de programme au sein du comité en 2007. Le CAAT est voué à la promotion de la santé et du bien-être des personnes vivant avec le VIH qui, de ce fait, font face à des obstacles. À cette fin, il a recours à l’éducation, à la formation, à la recherche, à la coordination des services et à la défense des droits. Sous la direction de Mme Owino, le CAAT a obtenu les trois prix suivants : le prix Access to Equity and Human rights de la Ville de Toronto en 2009, le prix Casey 2012 pour le leadership et le renforcement des capacités en matière de promotion de la santé et du bien-être des gens vivant avec le VIH/sida qui ont de la difficulté à recevoir un traitement et des services, et le OAN Honour Roll Award 2014 pour sa contribution à la promotion de la justice sociale pour les personnes vivant avec le VIH/sida.

Seong-gee Um est chercheuse au Wellesley Institute. Elle a été boursière postdoctorale affiliée à la Chaire de recherche du Canada en citoyenneté et gouvernance à l’Université de Montréal et est titulaire d’un doctorat en travail social de l’Université de Toronto. Ses travaux de recherche portent sur l’inégalité, l’immigration, les soins de santé et les services sociaux. Elle étudie actuellement les déterminants sociaux de la santé et les inégalités en matière de santé au sein de divers groupes de population et dirige un projet sur un accès plus équitable aux soins et à l’aide pour les personnes âgées et leurs proches aidants dans diverses communautés ethnoculturelles de la région de Toronto. Elle est auteure et coauteure de nombreuses publications, dont States and Markets: Sociology of Public Policy in Canada.

Roberta K. Timothy, Ph. D., est coordonnatrice du projet Leadership collaboratif en pratique pour le compte de l’Association pour la santé publique de l’Ontario. Mme Timothy utilise depuis plus de 20 ans les approches intersectorielles, anti-oppressives et anticolonialistes dans son travail de thérapeute, de formatrice, d’animatrice de groupes, de chercheuse, d’organisatrice communautaire, de professeure et de superviseure clinique dans les milieux communautaires et d’enseignement, ainsi que dans sa pratique privée. Elle a plusieurs champs d’intérêt : la pratique, la recherche et l’application des connaissances de la psychothérapie anti-oppressive; l’art-thérapie critique; les traumatismes et la violence intersectorielle et transgénérationnelle; la culture du travail et du changement organisationnel; les programmes d’éducation axés sur la résistance et la résistance créative. Roberta est titulaire d’un baccalauréat ès arts en sciences politiques, en sociologie et en justice internationale et droits de la personne; elle détient aussi deux maîtrises, une en sciences politiques et une en psychologie de l’orientation, ainsi qu’un doctorat en éducation aux adultes, développement communautaire et études sur les femmes et le genre. Elle a récemment été récipiendaire d’une bourse d’études postdoctorales du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines pour un projet du département de psychologie appliquée et de développement humain de l’Université de Toronto portant sur la criminalisation, le VIH et la santé mentale dans les communautés racialisées. Elle est aussi codirectrice de l’organisme Continuing Healing Consultants.


We have student discounts for this event! Email to see if you are eligible to attend this event at a discounted rate of $290.

Nous avons des tarifs réduits pour étudiants à cet événement! Pour voir si vous êtes admissible à vous inscrire avec ce tarif réduit, envoyez un courriel à


We would like to make our Learning Institute as accessible as we can. If you would like to attend but can’t afford to do so, we encourage you to apply for a bursary to cover the registration cost. Complete this form and send it to Roberta Timothy at by September 9th. We will tell you by September 16th whether or not we can grant your request. If we do grant you a bursary, you will need to tell us if you will accept it by September 20th.

Bursaries will depend on financial need, your previous, current or prospective participation in a collaborative initiative, your leadership in your organization or community, as well as on your previous/current/prospective work in relation to intersectionality and antioppression in collaborative leadership.

If you are applying for a bursary, please let us know on the Learning Institute registration form and complete the Bursary Application Form. Registration will be completed until we tell you whether or not we can grant your bursary request.

Renseignements sur l’aide financière

Nous souhaitons faciliter le plus possible la participation à l’Institut d’apprentissage. Les personnes qui en raison de contraintes financières ne pourraient pas participer à cette événement sont encouragées à faire une demande d’aide financière pour couvrir les frais d’inscription.

Veuillez remplir le formulaire de demande financière et le faire parvenir à Roberta Timothy avant le 9 septembre à l’adresse suivante : Nous répondrons à votre demande d'ici le 16 septembre. Les personnes qui recevront de l'aide financière devront nous confirmer leur participation à l’Institut d’apprentissage au plus tard le 20 septembre. 

Les montants versés tiendront compte des besoins financiers, de votre participation antérieure, actuelle ou éventuelle à une initiative de collaboration, de votre niveau de leadership au sein de votre entreprise ou de votre communauté, ainsi que de votre travail antérieur, actuel ou éventuel lié aux pratiques intersectionnelles et anti-oppressives dans les processus de leaderships collaboratifs.

Etudiant(e)s : Nous avons des tarifs réduits pour étudiants à cet événement! Pour voir si vous êtes admissible à vous inscrire avec ce tarif réduit ($290), envoyez un courriel à

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A refund minus a 15% administration fee will be offered until September 20, 2016. After this date, passes may be transfered but no refunds will be available. You may make refund requests to:

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