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Interrogating Social Work’s Role
in “Nation” Building


Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
May 29 to June 1, 2017

The 2017 Conference of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education will be held at Ryerson University, from May 29th to June 1st, 2017 within the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference will convene participants from across Canada for five days of meetings, sharing, learning and networking opportunities.

In order to register for the association conference, you must first register as a participant of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. All conference attendees, including presenters, panelists and those wishing to attend sessions, must pay both the Congress fee and the CASWE-ACFTS conference fee. Register before March 31st for the Congress early bird rate!


Register for Conference Today… but renew your membership first to get the best pricing!

To receive a reduced rate on our association conference, become a CASWE-ACFTS member or renew your membership before registering for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Association membership runs from April 1st to March 31st of each year and provides you with many benefits, including a reduced rate to attend our conference during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences!

Conference Schedule at a GlancePoster PresentationsConcurrent Sessions Tuesday, May 30th Concurrent Sessions Wednesday, May 31stConcurrent Sessions Thursday, June 1st

 Keynote Speakers

Christina Sharpe is a professor at Tufts University in the department of English and the programs in Africana and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her second book, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, was published by Duke University Press in November 2016 and was named in the Guardian as one of the best books of 2016. Her first book Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects was published in 2010, also by Duke University Press. She is currently working on a critical introduction to the Collected Poems of Dionne Brand (1982-2010) and two monographs: Thinking Juxtapositionally and Refusing Necrotopia. She is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Tufts University Deans’ Research Semester. She has recently contributed an essay (Love is the Message) to the book produced to accompany Arthur Jafa’s first solo exhibition Love is the Message, The Message is Death. She has also published essays recently in The Black Scholar and The New Inquiry.


Kikélola Roche is Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice & Democracy. With a bilingual education and an upbringing that emphasized the value of community engagement, Kikélola Roach has worked as an advocate, community organizer, workshop facilitator, and public speaker.  Kiké completed her undergraduate studies at McGill University before obtaining her Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  She completed her second year of law school at the Université Jean Moulin – Lyon III, in Lyon, France where she received a D.E.U.F. As a lawyer, she has been an advocate for accountability and reform in policing and detention centres for many years.  She has represented families and grassroots organizations on such high-profile cases as the Coroners’ Inquests into the deaths of Kenneth Allen, Jeffrey Reodica, and Duane Christian.  She was counsel for individuals in civil lawsuits against the state for assault and battery, wrongful detention, negligence and breach of Charter Rights.  She has represented clients at all levels of court, including as assistant counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada in the election law case Figueroa v. Canada (AG). Kiké is co-author of the book Politically Speaking (with Judy Rebick), a series of lively conversations on Feminism and Canadian politics.

2017 Conference Planning Committee

  • Susan Silver, Program Chair (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Henry Parada (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Ken Moffatt (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Kristie Wright (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Dawn Onishenko (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Suzana Milosevic (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Samantha Wehbi (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Sheri McConnell (CASWE-ACFTS Board Representative)

See you at Conference!