Exploring Possibilities: A Restorative Approach to Climate and Culture in Education, Workplaces and Professions

The International Restorative Conference 2016 brings together national and international experts to explore the use of a restorative approach to ensure inclusive and healthy climates and cultures in education, workplaces and professions.

Jurisdictions around the globe including Nova Scotia, Canberra Australia, Leeds and Hull UK, Vermont and Maine USA and New Zealand taking a restorative approach across their social systems and services have formed the Restorative Approach International Learning Community (ILC) to learn from one another, undertake collaborative research and share expertise. The restorative justice process at the Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University last year drew upon the ILC’s research and experience and highlighted the potential of a restorative approach in dealing with specific incidents connected to wider climate and culture concerns. This International Restorative Conference will bring together members of the International Learning Community with other local, national and international experts to share their insights from the Dalhousie process and how they apply more broadly to the communities in which people live, learn and work.

The Conference will feature leading international experts in justice, education, law, criminology, social work, psychology, ethics and professionalism, political science and gender and women’s studies. They will share their research and experience with a restorative approach within education, workplaces and professions dealing with matters from discipline to climate and culture. Day 1 of the conference includes keynote and plenary presentations exploring the possibilities of a restorative approach to climate and culture change in education, workplaces and professions. Day 2 offers a choice of day-long active participatory workshops facilitated by expert teams which will explore in-depth a restorative approach to each of the conference themes: education; workplace and professionalism and; sexual harassment and rape culture.


Registrations: April 1 2016 - June 20, 2016

Full Registration - includes conference dinner ($350.00 + hst)
General Registration ($300.00 + hst)
Conference dinner ($65.00 + hst)

Please note that the conference dinner is open to non-registeres attendees

Registration Now Closed
Conference Delegate Information

Hosted by

Dalhousie University Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry • Dalhousie Schulich School of Law • Nova Scotia Dental Association • Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women • Crime Prevention Unit of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice • Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association • The Restorative Approach International Learning Community

Conference Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors: The Donald R. Sobey Foundation • Wagners Law Firm

Dalhousie University Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law Dalhousie University School of Dentistry NS Advisory Council on The Status of Women
Nova Scotia Department of  Justice NS Criminal Justice Association Wagners Law Firm

Speakers Include

  • Bruce P. Archibald
    Professor at the Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
  • Tod Augusta-Scott
    Writer and speaker on restorative
    approaches and domestic violence
  • Donna Coker
    Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law
  • Karen Crombie
    Professor Emeritus of Social Work
    University of Vermont
  • Gale Burford
    Professor Emeritus of Social Work
    University of Vermont
  • Fania Davis
    Co-founder and Executive Director
    Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
  • Amanda Demsey
    Speaker and writer on Restorative Justice
  • Richard Derible
    School Administration Supervisor with the Halifax Regional School Board
  • Moana Eruera
    Registered Social Worker NZ, MANZASW, Tangata Whenua Social Worker Association
  • Gail Gatchalian
    Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry Chair
  • Leigh Goodmark
    Director, Gender Violence Clinic
    University of Maryland Carey School of Law
  • Danny Graham
    Chief Engagement Officer
    for Engage Nova Scotia
  • Emma Halpern
    Officer of Access and Equity for the Nova Scotia Barristers Society
  • Mary Ivec
    Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)
    Australian National University Canberra
  • David Karp
    Professor of Sociology and Director of the
    Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College
  • Mimi Kim
    Assistant Professor of Social Work at California State University Long Beach
  • Hugh Kirkegaard
    Chaplain for the Atlantic Region of the Correctional Service of Canada
  • Jennifer Llewellyn
    Viscount Bennett Professor of Law
    Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
  • Kristina Llewellyn
    Associate Professor, Social Development Studies
    University of Waterloo
  • Estelle Macdonald
    CEO and Director of Hull Collaborative Academy Trust and Hull Centre for Restorative Practices
  • Jacob MacIsaac
    Community Safety Officer with Dalhousie University Security Services
  • Melissa MacKay
    Associate Director of Student Life at Dalhousie University
  • Christopher Marshall
    Inaugural holder of the Chair in Restorative Justice in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington
  • Debora Matthews
    Professor in the Department of Dental Clinical Sciences
  • Mary McNally
    Academic in the faculties of Dentistry and Medicine at Dalhousie University
  • Kate Morris
    Professor of Social Work
    The University of Sheffield
  • Brenda Morrison
    Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice
    Simon Fraser University
  • Paul Nixon
    Chief Social Worker for Child, Youth and Family
    Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
  • Joan Pennell
    Founding Director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement & Professor of Social Work at North Carolina State University
  • Kevin Reade
    President of the Halifax Association of Black Firefighters
  • Nigel Richardson
    Director of Children’s Services at Leeds City Council, England
  • Kim Stanton
    Legal Director, LEAF
  • Barry Stuart
    Co-founder & Chair
    Smart Justice Network of Canada
  • Saleem Tariq
    Chief Officer, Children's Social Work
    Leeds City Council
  • Senator Vern White
    Parliament of Canada

  • Chief Judge Pamela S. Williams
    Chief Judge of the Provincial and Family Court for the Province of Nova Scotia