Speaker Biographies





Andrew Wesley, Elder in Residence at University of Toronto and residential school survivor. Elders are vital to the Indigenous community. First Nations House offers students the opportunity to meet with Elders and Traditional Teachers for support, guidance and teachings.

March 28, 6:00 – 6:25 pm: Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Noemi-Torrez.jpgNoemi Torrez V-G. Social work has always seemed beautiful to me. I liked knowing that we all have the ability to bring well-being to people with our actions. In addition, I felt that being blessed with a stable family, health and a clear purpose, gave me a certain responsibility to help others. This is how I started, from 16 years of age, to work in many social activities within my church. One of the activities that attracted me the most was counselling, that is, listening to problems or difficult situations that people had, and trying to provide some solution, within the reach of my possibilities. After graduating from college, I entered Univalle University to study business administration. While I was studying in the university, and even after finishing it, I continued to do counselling, it was what most caught my attention. I did identify strongly with business administration. In the years that followed, and as I got more into counselling (which I always did for free), I realized that I needed to find a way to combine my vocation of community service with a stable means of income. I enrolled in the University of Palermo, in Buenos Aires, to do an MBA in human resources, with a focus on coaching. In college I was taught to do coaching from a more professional point of view. Basically they taught me to say no. In the church, I would tell everyone that I could help, that I could give my time without being paid. The university, however, gave me the tools to handle situations with discipline, establishing priorities, times and limits. After graduating, I returned to Bolivia to do what I had studied.

March 28, 6:30 – 7:00 pm: INTI Pharmaceuticals SA Cares About Domestic Violence: Here's What We Are Doing

March 29, 1:00 – 1:50 pm: Violence against Women and its Economic and Social Impact on Private Enterprise


Nadege Lhariaig is a Gender Equality and Diversity Project Manager at the FACE Foundation . She has been working on corporate social responsibility, gender equality and gender-based violence inside companies and private foundations for 6 years after graduating from the Institute of Political Sciences of Grenoble and the Sorbonne Business School. She supports private companies and public organizations to implement internal and external actions, such as: Kering, L’Oréal, Carrefour, BNP Paribas, Korian, City of Paris, INRA, FDJ, SNCF. Engaged in her personal life to fight violence against women, she is the Secretary General of En Avant Toute(s), a NGO supporting young women victims of domestic violence. She has been a speaker at conferences on gender-based violence for BNP Paribas, Carrefour, CSR Europe, UNIGlobalUnion and the International Labour Organization.

March 28, 7:00 – 7:30 pm: European Update: Involving Companies to Cease Domestic Violence

March 29, 1:00 – 1:50 pm: x Company: Our effort to Address Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Jane-Pillinger.jpgDr Jane Pillinger works as an independent gender expert, researcher and policy advisor on gender based violence in the world of work. She works with employers, governments, unions and international organisations to find policy solutions to preventing violence and harassment at work, including the impact of domestic violence and abuse. She has written several books and high profile policy documents, including a Handbook for UNWomen and ILO on preventing violence and harassment against women at work to be published in March 2019. She has an academic background in social policy and is a former UK government Specialist Advisor. She is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow in Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and a Senior Visiting Researcher in social policy at the Open University in the UK. 

March 28, 7:30 – 8:00 pm: Putting Domestic Violence at Work on the Agenda: The United Nations and the International Labour Organization

hilary.jpgHilary Flett, Director of Harassment and Violence Prevention, Labour Program, has been in the Federal Public Service (FPS) for 15 years working at Department of National Defence, Veterans Affairs, Health Canada and now Employment and Social Development Canada. In her roles, she has been responsible for partnerships between the Canadian Forces Health Services Group and the broader health care community, oversaw the Public Service Occupational Health Program, and was a member of the Joint Mental Health Committee tasked to provide recommendation for how the FPS could align with the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety. Presently she is overseeing the drafting of new Work Place Harassment and Violence Regulations that will support the changes to the Canada Labour Code. Prior to entering the public service Hilary practiced as an occupational therapist and educator in colleges and universities in Canada.

March 29: 9:00 – 9:15 am: New Regulatory Framework to Address Harassment and Violence

Peter-Jaffe.jpgDr. Peter Jaffe is a psychologist and Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University and the Academic Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children.  He has co-authored ten books, 29 chapters and over 80 articles related to domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, homicide prevention and the role of the criminal and family justice systems. Since 1999, he has been on faculty for the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges in the US for judicial education programs entitled “Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases”. He was a founding member of Ontario's Chief Coroner’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. He has also been instrumental in developing violence prevention programs for schools and was a trustee on the Thames Valley District School Board 1980 to 2019. In 2009, he was named an Officer in the Order of Canada by the Governor General for his work preventing domestic violence in the community.

March 29: 9:00 – 10:30 am: From Research to Action: Working with Business & Labour

Derrick-Hynes.jpgDerrick Hynes is currently the President and CEO of FETCO (Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications). In this role, he manages the day-to-day operations of FETCO, an employers’ association comprised of federally regulated firms within the transportation and communications sectors. FETCO companies employ nearly 500,000 Canadian workers. Mr. Hynes has nearly 25 years of professional experience, in both the private and public sectors. He is a skilled communicator, with proven research, writing and facilitation skills. Previous employers include The Conference Board of Canada, NAV CANADA and the Government of Yukon. Mr. Hynes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Memorial University and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. He has been married to Jacqueline for 20 years and is a proud father to Adam and Leah. In his free time, Mr. Hynes is an active cyclist, cross country skier and hockey player. He is also a midget house league coach in the Canterbury Minor Hockey Association.

March 29: 9:00 – 10:30 am: From Research to Action: Working with Business & Labour

hassansquare.jpgHassan Yussuff was re-elected for a second term as President of the Canadian Labour Congress in May 2017. He was first elected to the position in May 2014, becoming the first person of colour to lead Canada’s union movement.  Since his election in 2014, Hassan has led Canada’s unions to a number of significant victories. It was under his leadership, for example, that the CLC launched an unprecedented and innovative digital and community-based campaign that put labour’s issues front and centre in the 2015 federal election, and helped defeat the Conservatives.

At the heart of the CLC’s federal election campaign was the call for a stronger Canada Pension Plan, a struggle that has been Hassan’s passion for almost a decade. After the election, the CLC redoubled its retirement security campaign efforts, while Hassan worked with the new federal government and with provincial and territorial leaders to gain their support. That campaign and lobby work led to victory in November 2016 with the tabling of Bill C-26, legislation that expanded the CPP for the first time in its history.

Making workplaces and public spaces safer has been another key priority for Hassan. He was exposed to asbestos as a mechanic in his early working life, and as a union activist learned that asbestos-related diseases are the number one cause of workplace-related deaths in Canada. As CLC President, Hassan campaigned hard for a comprehensive ban on asbestos, a ban we won in December 2016.

As well as his work in Canada, Hassan is a prominent international activist. In 2016, he was elected for a second term as president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, an organization uniting 56 national organizations representing more than 60 million workers in 23 countries.

Determined to build a better world for future generations, Hassan is committed to the fight against climate change and to ensuring a just and fair transition for the workers and communities affected by the evolution to a green economy.

 March 29: 9:00 – 10:30 am: From Research to Action: Working with Business & Labour

Marylin-Kanee.jpgMarylin Kanee, MSW  has worked in the field of workplace human rights and equity for over 20 years, and has extensive experience educating on and addressing issues related to harassment, discrimination, violence, and domestic violence in health care and  post-secondary education.  Most recently she was the Director of Human Rights and Health Equity at Sinai Health System in Toronto and currently works as an advisor and trainer on human rights and health equity. 

March 29: 10:50 – 11:50 am: See It, Name It, Check It: Responding to Domestic Violence at Work

Margaret-MacPherson.jpgMargaret MacPherson has worked as a freelance public servant since leaving government in 2009. She has been involved with and led anti-violence initiatives and social change projects for over thirty years. Margaret convenes the Southwest Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Table (SWRCC) and the Building A Bigger Wave Ontario Network for VAW Coordinating Committees.  Margaret works closely with CREVAWC on a number of initiatives including the Make It Our Business workplace domestic violence program and the adaptation of Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF) as a national campaign on abuse of older adults called It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults.

March 29: 10:50 – 11:50: See It, Name It, Check It: Responding to Domestic Violence at Work

Judy-Brown.jpgJudy Brown was appointed General Manager, Corporate Relations – Americas in February 2016.  In this role, she leads a team that develops and manages external affairs strategies and issues to support Rio Tinto’s commercial goals in the region.  She also manages engagement with multilateral and financial development institutions.  Prior to this role, Judy was the Chief Adviser, Stakeholder Engagement for the Rio Tinto Group where she led the implementation of an Executive Committee initiative to build capacity across the Group. Judy started her career at Rio Tinto in 2000 as the Director, Federal Government Affairs, in Washington, D.C.  Since then she had roles leading our Corporate Relations work including leading Government Affairs and Communities globally for our industrial minerals group and building capability in Latin America and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining the Rio Tinto group, Ms. Brown worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, with special focus on mineral, forest policy and public land issues.  She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two children. 

March 29: 10:50 – 11:50: DV Workplace policy implementation: hear about the opportunities and challenges from Rio Tinto and World Bank

Elizabeth-Legrain.jpgElizabeth Legrain, Coordinator, Domestic Abuse Prevention Program, Health & Safety Directorate, World Bank Group. Elizabeth serves as the primary spokesperson and advocate for domestic violence issues in her role as the Coordinator of the World Bank Group’s Domestic Abuse Prevention Program.  The program also provides services to the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank. Since 2005, she has been recognized for the expansion and coordination of a comprehensive domestic violence program that has received U.S. and international recognition for its innovative approaches to responding to domestic violence in the workplace. She brings proven leadership strengths, bringing passion, energy, and ethical commitment to significantly increase awareness of the danger and impact of domestic violence and the ability to galvanize others while ensuring abuse victims find a voice and appropriate support within each international organization and community served. Ms. Legrain formerly practiced as a Registered Nurse in the United States and Canada and is a native French speaker. She has undergraduate degrees in Nursing and International Studies and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in international business. She resides in Washington DC with her husband and two children.

 March 29: 10:50 – 11:50: DV Workplace policy implementation: hear about the opportunities and challenges from Rio Tinto and World Bank

Christine-Brendel.jpgChristine Brendel has a Master’s degree in Social Pedagogy and a Doctor Honoris Causa for her investigative work into the cost of violence against women.  She has over 20 years of professional experience in development cooperation with regional experience in Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and the USA and counselling and representation of the BMZ in the international context. She is an experienced political advisor and has expertise in change and organizational development processes. She is a specialist in planning, monitoring, and evaluation methods and an internationally-recognized expert in questions of women's rights and equality. She is experienced in the design and implementation of multi-stakeholder processes and high level communication. She has proven her networking competence and customer orientation.

March 29: 10:50 AM - 11:50 AM Building the business case - The invisible costs of violence against women for enterprises?

March 29: 1 – 1:50 pm: Violence against Women and its Economic and Social Impact on Private Enterprise

Sylvie-Morin.jpgSylvie Morin provides guidance for training. She has been Director of La Bouée Women’s Shelter in Lac Mégantic for eleven years. She helped create the SOS elder abuse kit. She created a documentary about three survivors whose children were killed by their spouse. She has organized three provincial conferences on the issue of domestic violence. She sits on the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee and is involved in the trilogy project I WANT TO LIVE, a conference, a book, a disc to prevent and raise awareness against all forms of violence. She once had to leave her job because of domestic violence.

March 29: 1 – 1:50 pm: Le lieu de travail peut-il être sécuritaire alors que le foyer ne l’est pas? Violence conjugale et lieu de travail
Karine-Gosselin.jpgKarine Gosselin is an educator who specializes in training. She worked with children with learning difficulties in schools for fifteen years. She has been a facilitator and outreach coordinator at La Bouée régionale, a women’s shelter, for six years now. She was a speaker at the conference of the Trilogy project, I WANT TO LIVE, a prevention and awareness initiative that deals with all forms of violence. "No one is safe from being a victim or witnessing violence, whether at school, at home, at work or on the street, whether it's abuse of power, intimidation, sexual assault, abuse, domestic or family violence, or even homicide."

March 29: 1 – 1:50 pm: Le lieu de travail peut-il être sécuritaire alors que le foyer ne l’est pas? Violence conjugale et lieu de travail

Nathalie-Lacroix.jpgNathalie Lacroix was a business woman for 30 years and has seen colleagues in the grip of domestic violence. Now working in a shelter for women victims of domestic violence, one of her great desires is to shed light and raise awareness about this issue with as many people in trade unions and businesses as possible.

March 29: 1 – 1:50 pm: Le lieu de travail peut-il être sécuritaire alors que le foyer ne l’est pas? Violence conjugale et lieu de travail

Josee-Begin.jpgJosée Bégin works as an intervention assistant at La Bouée House for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. She has more than 25 years of experience in business. This background allows her to understand the importance of raising awareness and taking action in companies to prevent women from losing their jobs unfairly.

March 29: 1 – 1:50 pm: Le lieu de travail peut-il être sécuritaire alors que le foyer ne l’est pas? Violence conjugale et lieu de travail

Vicky-Smallman.jpgVicky Smallman is the National Director of Women's and Human Rights for the Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, representing 3.3 million Canadian workers. A long-time activist on women's and equality issues, Vicky spent more than a decade in the academic labour movement, working primarily with contract academic staff before joining the CLC in 2010.  In her capacity at the CLC, Vicky leads a team responsible for policy, campaigns and advocacy on a range of human rights issues impacting women and other equity-seeking groups.  Vicky helped develop the ground-breaking 2014 survey on Domestic Violence in the Workplace and leads the CLC’s advocacy for better legislation and workplace supports for workers experiencing domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work.   

March 29: 1 – 1:50 pm: Labour’s Domestic Violence at Work Initiative

Crystal-G.jpgCrystal Giesbrecht is the Director of Research and Communications at the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS). Crystal is a Registered Social Worker and holds a BA (Hons. in Psychology), BSW, and MSW, and Graduate Certificate in Forensic Practice. She has worked as a Domestic Violence Counsellor (casual) at Regina Transition House and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina. Crystal is a partnership member of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations and a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability.

March 29: 2:15 – 3:05pm: Community-based Experts: How We Can Help to Address Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Jo-Anne-Dusel.jpgJo-Anne Dusel spent 20 years working directly with abused women as a frontline shelter worker. Since December 2014, Jo-Anne has been Executive Director of PATHS, the member association for women's shelters, second stage shelters and counseling services in Saskatchewan. She served as a panel member of Saskatchewan’s pilot Domestic Violence Death Review in 2016/17. Jo-Anne is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. She is a Board Member for Women’s Shelters Canada, a member of the Gender Equality Network of Canada, and, is often consulted by the media on issues related to violence against women.

 Session: March 29: 2:15 – 3:05pm: Community-based Experts: How We Can Help to Address Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Brenda-Grzetic.jpgBrenda Grzetic Over the past twenty years, Brenda has worked in academic, industrial, community and government settings. She holds a Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology and a Masters in Women’s Studies (Memorial University). She has received numerous awards including the Memorial University Medal of Excellence for Research and the Women in Trades and Technology National Network Award of Merit. She is a past recipient of a 3-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Graduate Scholarship (PhD, Dalhousie) where she studied workforce change and labour migration. Brenda is a strong advocate for women working in all occupational areas and is author of the book Women Fishes These Days about women’s experiences working on fishing boats in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is currently Senior Policy Analyst with the St. John's Status of Women Council where she is researching the impacts of domestic violence in NL Workplaces and developing resources to assist both victims of violence and employers.

March 29: 2:15 – 3:05pm: Community-based Experts: How We Can Help to Address Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Adriana-Berlingieri.jpgAdriana Berlingieri (PhD) is an organizational consultant, educator, and researcher. Her extensive professional experience has focused on areas of workplace learning and development within organizations in an array of sectors internationally. Adriana’s primary scholarly and professional interests are centered on bullying and other forms of violence at work (defined broadly to include multiple, interrelated forms). She explores these interests with the main principle that workplace contexts need to be studied as interrelated with broader social contexts. Additional interests include adult education; critical perspectives on organizational development and learning; gendering and racializing organizational processes; organizational research methodologies; and policy analysis and development. Adriana received her PhD from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), where she also received her Master’s degree. She completed her Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) degree at Ryerson University. Adriana teaches at the School of Administrative Studies, York University and the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University.

March 29: 2:15 – 3:05pm: Addressing Domestic Violence at Work: Reviewing the Evience for Best & Promising Practices

Chistine-McCaw.jpgChristine McCaw, MBA, MSc, works full time as a professor at Humber College and teaches part time at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.  Her area of research focuses on workplace supports for individuals and communities affected by Intimate Partner Violence.  She published her first paper on this topic in 2017 https://theconversation.com/its-time-for-companies-to-help-employees-experiencing-domestic-violence-87427 as part of her MSc at the University of Reading in the UK.  Christine’s role as National Training Manger at RBC involved migrating most of the financial services representative training from in-classroom, Face-to-face training, to fully online, synchronous and asynchronous training modules.  This was a very large project, impacting ~ 8,000 front line workers.  Christine sits on the board of http://www.womenatthecentre.com/, the only organization in Canada created by survivors for survivors to help change public perceptions and policy. 

March 29: 2:15 – 3:05pm: Addressing Domestic Violence at Work: Reviewing the Evience for Best & Promising Practices

Katreena-Scott.jpgDr. Katreena Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto and the Canada Research Chair in Family Violence Prevention and Intervention.  She leads an applied research program aimed at reducing violence in family relationships, with specific expertise is addressing violence perpetration in men and fathers. Dr. Scott is recognized internationally for her intervention work with abusive fathers and nationally for her research on effective interventions for intimate partner violence. She has authored over 40 articles and book chapters on the development of violent relationships, the efficacy of service to male batterers, the effect of abuse and trauma on children, and on empirically and ethically sound policies for working with abuse perpetrators. The Caring Dads program that she developed is currently running in many sites across Canada, as well as in the US, UK, Australia, Germany and Sweden. She has conducted research for the Department of Justice Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) on interventions for perpetrators of intimate partner violence and has responded to invitations to present to the MAG, the Domestic Violence Crowns, and to intervention programs for abusive men across the province.  In 2015, she testified as an invited expert witness on the Victoria State Government’s Royal Commission into Family Violence.  Dr. Scott is a co-investigator in the DV@Work Network and a collaborator on the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative for Vulnerable Populations and the Safer Families Centre of Excellence in Australia.

March 29: 2:15 – 3:05pm: Addressing Offenders and Managing Risk in the Workplace

Tracey-Headshot.jpgTracey Marshall is the president of Threat Management Matters Inc.  She has over 20 years of law enforcement experience both with the Toronto Police Service and the Durham Regional Police Service, serving most recently as a Detective in the Threat Assessment Unit.  She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Adult Education, and her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. She has specialized training in the field of Violence Risk and Threat Assessment, having completed a one-year understudy program with the Behavioural Sciences Section of the Ontario Provincial Police.  She has been qualified as an expert witness in the Ontario Court of Justice.

She is currently a member of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals which is part of a world-wide organization of threat assessment professionals.

Tracey is experienced with the analysis of time-sensitive and complex investigations including Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Criminal Harassment, School Violence, Internal Investigations, Workplace Violence, Threatening Correspondence and Threats to Judiciary and Public Officials. 

 March 29: 2:15 – 3:05pm: Addressing Offenders and Managing Risk in the Workplace