1st Annual Coalition for Canadian Police Reform Conference
Democracy Counts: Toward Systemic Police Reform for Canada
June 14-16, 2022, Virtual Platform

General Information

Presenting the 1st Annual Coalition for Canadian Police Reform Conference – This year’s conference will be a digital-first experience on our customized virtual platform with an immersive look and feel that will engage our delegates from start to finish. The conference will offer a platform for 200-500 participants from across Canada who care deeply about our country and our democracy to discuss important issues on policing in Canada.

Presented by Reboot Communications and the Coalition for Canadian Police Reform, this three-day digital-first conference will provide knowledge about the elements of police training our officers require to be better able to maintain the peace in the 21st Century. We anticipate everyone will be engaged in thoughtful discussion about the possibilities to uplift and support our police officers. The conference will be of interest to the public, police officers/executives, academics and public administrators, with interest in police or criminology topics.

Never before have citizens of Canada met together with police executives and academic professors! This is a unique opportunity whereby the diversity of thought and the mixing of minds could generate transformative perspectives. Your participation is key to the success of the event!

We need to analyze the way forward and plan constructively for how change might happen.  How can police officers be uplifted and supported in their work?

Citizens will be part of a conversation about if, how and why policing should become more professional like accounting, lawyering or doctoring.  Citizens will be able to express their perspectives about the knowledge and skills that should be included in police training.

Police officers will learn the perspectives of citizens and how those match up with their own ideas about the people skills every officer needs to practice “peace-keeping” instead of “peace-making”.

Academics will deliver short addresses that fill in the knowledge of how police learn and work today.

Digital First Virtual Experience

Early Bird*
(until May 18th)
(after May 18th)
Post-Secondary Students**
Virtual Registration $149.00 CAD (plus GST)
$199.00 CAD (plus GST)
$50.00 CAD (plus GST)
Registration Includes:
  • Keynotes, panel discussions & armchair discussions
  • Interactive live streaming Q & A
  • Access to the customized virtual platform (content available on-demand for 30 days after the summit)
  • Networking with other virtual delegates
  • Access to the virtual exhibition hall

*Early bird registration includes a 1-year membership to the Coalition for Canadian Police Reform (valued at $25).
**Discounted registration is available to post-secondary students in an undergraduate degree program. Please register with your student associated email address.

If you are a new immigrant to Canada or are part of a provincial income subsidy program and are unable to pay the full delegate fees, please email us at info@rebootcommunications.com to inquire about the subsidies that are available.

Social Media

Stay connected and engaged in the conversation leading up to and during the conference by following along on Twitter @CoalitionCPR. Use the event hashtag #CCPR and #CCPR22 in your tweets to add to the existing discussions. We would appreciate you sharing your voice with our other followers.


Dr. Taiwo Afolabi

Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Theatre, Director, Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET), University of Regina

Alain Babineau

Racial and Social Profiling Expert, Commissioner Bureau

Dr. Scott Blandford

Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Senator Gwen Boniface

Senate of Canada

Dr. Julie Booke

Associate Professor, Health and Community Studies, Mount Royal University

David Cassels

President, Coalition for Canadian Police Reform

Nicki Casseres

Coordinator of Training and Community Education, Gerstein Crisis Centre

Roger Chaffin

Former Chief of Police, Calgary Police Service

Devon Clunis

Former Inspector General of Policing, Ontario Government; Former Chief of Police, City of Winnipeg

Brad Cotton

PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh

Elder Harley Crowshoe

Director, Indigenous Health Program, Alberta Health Services

Lisa Deveau

Former Constable, Ottawa Police Service

Dr. Anne Eason

Associate Head, Policing, University of the West of England, Bristol

Kerry Eaton

Director, Coalition for Canadian Police Reform

Dr. Kenneth Harris

Deputy CEO, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Jibril Ibrahim

President, The Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton

Dan Jones

Director, Stan Daniels Healing Lodge

Rose LeMay

CEO, Indigenous Reconciliation Group

John Lilley

Founding Member, MD FRCPC; Secretary, C-CPR

Dale McFee

Chief of Police, Edmonton Police Service

Dr. Nancy McNaughton

Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Wally Oppal

Senior Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator, Boughton Law Corporation

Dr. Tam A. Pozzobon

Assistant Professor, Program Head MA Leadership, School of Leadership Studies, Royal Roads University

Allan Rock

President Emeritus and Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair

Professor in Native Studies, University of Manitoba

Dr. Kelly Sundberg

Associate Professor, Mount Royal University

Dr. Tanya Trussler

Associate Professor, Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies, Mount Royal University

Kerry Watkins

Professor, Protection, Security and Investigation, Humber College

Senator Vernon White

Senate of Canada

Dr. Christina Witt

Lecturer, Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies, Mount Royal University
Print Agenda

*Invited Speaker

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June 14, 2022

6:45pm - 6:55pm EST

Call to Conference & Territorial Acknowledgement

6:55pm - 7:00pm EST

Opening Prayer

7:00pm - 7:30pm EST

Session 1 - Motivational Opening Keynote

Wally Oppal will address the recent BC Legislative Assembly study; “Transforming Policing and Community Safety in British Columbia”, discuss the report recommendations and community expectations.

7:30pm - 8:30pm EST

Session 2 - Opening Panel: The Path to Police Professionalization

“The Path to Professionalization” examines the need for policing to transition into a true profession, and how the creation of a College of Policing could contribute to that. It will also examine the UK College of Policing and the potential for Canada to implement a similar model.

June 15, 2022

8:45am - 8:55am EST

Welcome Remarks & Territorial Acknowledgement

8:55am - 9:25am EST

Session 3 - Opening Keynote: Standardization - The Path to Our Policing Future

9:25am - 9:40am EST

Session 4 - Welcome Keynote

Professor Rock will address the important role of police in our changing and diverse 21st century democracy.

9:45am - 11:00am EST

Session 5 - Panel: Is There an Opportunity for Systemic Reform of our Canadian Policing?

Listen to the opinions of three experts and hear them resolve their differences.

11:00am - 11:15am EST

Morning Break (please visit the exhibit booths)

11:15am- 12:00pm EST

Session 6 - Armchair Discussion: Are Police a Pillar of Democracy in the Changing Diversity of Canada?

12:00pm - 12:30pm EST

Lunch Break (please visit the virtual exhibits)

12:30pm - 1:00pm EST

Session 7 - Armchair Discussion: What’s the Lived Experience of Policing?

Hear two BIPOC Canadians chat about their experiences with Police.

1:05pm - 2:05pm EST

Session 8 - Keynote: Theatre as a Medium to Develop Curricular Change

Don’t miss this one! Never before has drama informed policing.

2:05pm - 2:20pm EST

Afternoon Break (please visit the exhibit booths)

2:20pm - 3:35pm EST

Session 9 - Panel: How Can Police Training Reflect Community Expectations?

Diverse perspectives will be shared in conversation with policing and mental health professionals about the changing nature of police response, roles and expectations.

What is the role of police training in preparing officers for effective response to people experiencing mental and emotional crises in the community? What would this entail?

3:40pm - 4:00pm EST

Session 10 - Keynote Address: TBD

4:05pm - 4:30pm EST

Session 11 - Keynote: Trust: What is It? What is it Important for Police?

4:30pm - 4:35pm EST

Closing Remarks

June 16, 2022

9:00am - 9:05am EST

Administrative Announcements

9:05am - 9:30am EST

Session 12 - Keynote: TBD

9:35am - 10:50am EST

Session 13 - Panel: Exploring a Paradigm Shift for Policing in British Columbia

10:55am - 11:15am EST

Session 14 - Keynote: TBD

11:15am - 11:30am EST

Morning Break (please visit the exhibit booths)

11:30am - 12:15pm EST

Session 15 - Armchair Discussion: Does the Model of the Royal College of Physicians Inform a Pathway Towards Achieving True Professional Status for Canadian Policing?

Can police professionalization truly be informed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons model? Listen, Learn and ask Questions.

12:15pm - 1:00pm EST

Lunch Break (please visit the exhibit booths)

1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Session 16 - Panel: Building Trust Between BIPOC Canadians & Police Officers

Hear from three experts! Has colonization destroyed any hope that First Nations people could trust police?

2:00pm - 2:15pm EST

Afternoon Break (please visit the exhibit booths)

2:15pm - 3:15pm EST

Session 17 - Panel: What are the Opportunities and Barriers to Achieving our College of Professional Policing?

Learn from two respected Canadian Senators and a former Police Chief as they discuss the importance national training and education standards guided by a College of Policing.

3:20pm - 3:50pm EST

Session 18 - Closing Keynote Speaker: There Has Been Little Action With Police Reform Despite Decades of Analysis. Is Now the Time for Change?

3:50pm - 4:00pm EST

Closing Remarks & Announcements

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