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Please note: Speakers may change and will be added as we get closer to the Policy Conference. Please visit our speakers page to learn more about our invited guests. 

Conference program may change at any time without notice. Some session descriptions include resources members can read in advance of the Conference.

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Public Health Update

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer announced he is strongly recommending masking at indoor events which includes our upcoming 2022 Policy Conference. Masks will be available for attendees of the Conference at the registration desk. Please note that the wearing of a mask is not a requirement of registration or attendance but is encouraged as a public health precaution for the safety of everyone attending from across the Province. As always, OMSSA will continue to monitor public health information as it changes and will update members as more information comes in. 


DECEMBER 7

8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

 BREAKFAST / REGISTRATION  

8:00 to 9:00 a.m. 

Room: Main Foyer

 OPENING REMARKS  

9:00 to 9:10 a.m. 

Room: Grand Ballroom

Land Acknowledgement and Opening Remarks: 

  • Doug Ball, OMSSA Executive Director

  • Cathy Cousins, OMSSA President and Director of Homelessness and Community Engagement, Community Services, Region of Niagara

 PLENARY  

9:10 to 10:40 a.m.

Economic Turbulence, Public Policy Turmoil? Plotting a Course for Human Services Through 2023 and Beyond

Room: Grand Ballroom

 2022 AWARDS PRESENTATION 

10:40 to 10:45 a.m. 

Room: Grand Ballroom

  BREAK    

10:45 to 11:00 a.m.

Room: Main Foyer

 BREAKOUT SESSIONS  

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

 A  Building Partnerships Around Mental Health with Ontario Health Teams

Room: Trinity 4-5


 B  Finding Solutions to Housing Shortages: Discussion on the CMHC 2030 Strategy

Room: York AB


 C  THINK TANK: Decriminalization of Illicit Drugs

Room: Trinity 1-3

 LUNCH   

12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Room: Grand Ballroom

 BREAKOUT SESSIONS  

1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

 D  THINK TANK: Food Insecurity and the Human Services

Room: Trinity 4-5


 E  Breaking Down Barriers and Silos in Human Services Integration

Room: Trinity 1-3


 F  THINK TANK: Children's Services A - Workforce Planning

Room: York AB

 BREAK   

2:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Room: Main Foyer

 PLENARY  

2:45 to 4:15 p.m. 

Moving from Words to Action on Supportive Housing

Room: Grand Ballroom

DECEMBER 8

8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 BREAKFAST / REGISTRATION  

8:00 to 9:00 a.m. 

Room: Main Foyer

 OPENING REMARKS  

9:00 to 9:10 a.m. 

Room: Grand Ballroom

Land Acknowledgement and Opening Remarks: 

  • Doug Ball, OMSSA Executive Director

  • Henry Wall, OMSSA Vice-President and Chief Administrative Officer, Kenora District Services Board

 PLENARY  

9:10 to 10:40 a.m. 

Anti-Indigenous Racism Interventions: Wise Practices for Transformational Change

Room: Grand Ballroom

 2022 AWARDS PRESENTATION 

10:40 to 10:45 a.m. 

Room: Grand Ballroom

  BREAK    

10:45 to 11:00 a.m.

Room: Main Foyer

 BREAKOUT SESSIONS  

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

 A  Employment Services Transformation: Moving Forward with Promising Practices on Integration and Person-Centric Approaches

Room: Trinity 4-5


 B  Assessing Approaches to Encampment Policies: How to Address Needs Sustainably and Develop Effective Partnerships

Room: Trinity 1-3


 C  THINK TANK: Children's Services B - Collecting and Managing Data

Room: York AB

 LUNCH   

12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Room: Grand Ballroom

 KEYNOTE AND CLOSING REMARKS   

1:15 to 2:30 p.m. 

Climate Change and the Human Services

Room: Grand Ballroom