Parent Education Worker, LAMP Ontario Early Years Services in Toronto

Brian, the Provincial Coordinator for the Father Involvement Initiative - Ontario Network (FII-ON), focuses on working with fathers and encouraging them to be responsibly involved with their children

Director at Infant Mental Health Promotion, Hospital for Sick Kids

Dr. Chaya Kulkarni is a Parenting and Child Development Expert with more than a decade of experience in the field of children’s services and early childhood education.

Registered Early Childhood Educator

Clarissa Arthur is a mother of two children, 15 and 19 years old and is a Child Development Program Coordinator in Ottawa, Ontario. She is known for her work in early childhood education and child development, early literacy and infant mental health.

Acting Program Manager/Clinician, Assessment Treatment Program at Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention

For the past 5 years, Giselle has conducted trauma assessments for children 4 to 17 years old. She provides individual, family and group trauma treatment for children and their families who have experienced abuse and violence.

Executive Director, The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families

Greg, who has played a key role in developing the Welcome to Parenting Program, has experience as an administrator, clinician and trainer in children’s mental health. He is renowned nationally as an expert on the unique needs of parents and children in military families.

Manager, National Parenting Programs, The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families

Heather is a Registered Nurse with over 18 years' experience working with new parents and young families.

Instructor, Nutrition and Wellness Certification for Canadian Fitness Professionals

Karen, a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Institute of Holistic Nutrition graduate, has designed a series of nutrition workshops for elementary students to address the growing need for health and nutrition literacy.

Registered Nurse

Karon, one of the authors of the Welcome to Parenting program, has over 35 years of experience and is intimately familiar with the needs of expectant and new parents through her work conducting prenatal and parenting classes and working with parents as a public health nurse.

Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Kellie Walden is a member of the senior management team at The Peterborough Family Resource Centre, a comprehensive parent resource centre which is the designated Ontario Early Years Centre for the Peterborough riding and the local site of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition and Support Program and the Community Action Program for Children.

Pediatric and Maternal Child Health Professional

Kelsey Mramor is a Registered Nurse with vast experience in pediatrics and maternal child health. In the hospital, Kelsey worked in trauma and post-operative surgery caring for sick or injured infants and children. Her focus was to stabilize the child and rehabilitate the family using a family-centered approach.

Scientific Advisor, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Dr. Comeau’s work focuses on supporting healthy child development during the first five years of life and on measures that promote mental health in the population and prevent mental disorders.

Assistant Professor, The School of Early Childhood at Ryerson University

Dr. Binder’s expertise involves children aged 3-8 in the areas of literacy and the arts, the creative arts, and family literacy practices. Her expertise is grounded in a holistic education framework.

Alcohol Substance Use Counselor, The Motherisk Program, Hospital for Sick Children

Moumita is a highly skilled clinical researcher with an expertise in Maternal and Fetal Pharmacology. She currently serves as an advisory committee member for several task forces with respect to Alcohol and illicit substance use prevention.

Associate Director and Founder, MindWerx4Kids and Instructor at Ryerson University

Dr. Martyn-Capobianco works clinically with children in private practice conducting play therapy and developing interventions for children in childcare centres and schools

Professor, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College

Dr. Ioannone currently teaches students in the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program and the Early Childhood Leadership Degree Program at George Brown College.


Pediatrician DR.PAUL Roumeliotis is a true health communications pioneer. Over the last two decades, he has educated millions worldwide through his ground-breaking website, audio cassettes, videos, and DVDs. DR.PAUL is also featured regularly on TV and for many years on his radio segments and shows.

Manager of Research Training, Boost Child Abuse Prevention Intervention

Pearl designs and conducts award-winning training for community service providers, children and youth, as well as designing psycho-educational groups for adolescent girls.

Professor, Human Development and Applied Psychology, and Projects Director, Life Span Adaptation Projects, University of Toronto

Dr. Volpe’s research has led to numerous projects and publications on life span development, the prevention of intentional and unintentional injury, and the connection between theory, policy, and practice.

Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute

Dr. Stremler is a nurse scientist whose research is aimed at improving sleep for families. She is also currently a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator.

Clinical Therapist

Sandra Browne-Kealey has over 15 years experience in education and children’s mental health as a teacher and clinical therapist.

Family Physician

Dr. Shaw provides care to families of all ages, but predominantly young families, women and children. Her medical practice encompasses newborn and well child care, prevention, acute care, and chronic disease management.

Registered Nurse

Tina Belanger is a Registered Nurse, and Executive Director of Columbus House in Pembroke, Ontario.

Tina sits on the ‘Ontario Association of Child, Youth, and Young Parent Centres’. She is also a member of Renfrew County’s ‘Best Start’ Advisory group and “The Healthy Communities Partnership’.