David is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See? (Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award), Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story (listed In The Margins), and the YA trilogy The Reckoner (Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction, McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People). David educates as well as entertains through his writings about Indigenous Peoples in Canada, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.

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Dr. Tracie Afifi is a Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and a Research Scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She is also an Associate Editor of Child Abuse & Neglect. Dr. Afifi’s primary research interests are in the areas of child maltreatment and mental health with a focus on resilience, intervention and prevention. She has published 113 peer-reviewed journal publications and has 132 conference presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Afifi is an inducted college member of the Royal Society of Canada and was the 2018 recipient of the Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research.

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Dr. Joan Durrant is a Professor of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine, at the University of Manitoba, Canada. For 30 years, she has focused her research on understanding the drivers and impacts of punitive violence against children. She co-authored the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth, which has been endorsed by more than 600 professional organizations in Canada. She was a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children and has published many academic articles on corporal punishment and its prohibition. She co-edited Eliminating Corporal Punishment: The Way Forward to Constructive Discipline (UNESCO) and Global Pathways to Abolishing Physical Punishment: Realizing Children’s Rights (Routledge). Currently, she is co-editing Putting Children in Their Place: Corporal Punishment, Theology and Reconciliation. In collaboration with Save the Children Sweden, Joan created Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting, a violence prevention program founded on children’s rights to protection and participation. This program is being implemented by community agencies in more than 40 countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Canada, Ethiopia, Gaza, Indonesia, Kosovo, Japan, Mongolia, and Peru.

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Dr. Bynkoski completed a nursing degree before entering medical school at the University of Manitoba. She completed her pediatric residency training and child maltreatment training at the University of Manitoba. Stacey joined the Child Protection Centre as a staff pediatrician full-time in 2019.

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Dr. Cunnington completed a nursing degree before entering medical school at the University of Manitoba. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Saskatchewan and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency medicine at the University of Manitoba. She completed child maltreatment training at the University of Manitoba. Lindsey works part-time at the Child Protection Centre as a staff pediatrician.

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Lindsay Lobb is the Policing Relations Liaison at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre). Lindsay has been with the Canadian Centre since 2008, previously working as the Supervisor of Case Management in the Child Safety and Family Advocacy Division. In addition to providing support to families of missing and exploited children, Lindsay has spent many years building relationships with law enforcement, Canadian Border Services, and the Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade. Lindsay has also presented to victim services, child welfare and other organizations that work with children at risk. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba and has a background working as a child protection worker both in Ontario and Manitoba prior to joining the Centre.

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Ashley is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse.  Ashley received a Masters of Nursing degree with a focus on Forensic Nursing.  She has been a sexual assault nurse examiner since 2008 and holds dual certification as a SANE-A & SANE-P.  Ashley currently coordinates the Winnipeg Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program and teaches in the Masters of Nursing Program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Dean R. Kropp received his Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University, in 1989.  He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1990, and the Ontario Bar in 1994.  His areas of practice include child protection prosecutions and general counsel, family law, and labour and employment law.

Mr. Kropp is a partner in the law firm of Tapper Cuddy.  He acts as General Counsel to Child and Family Services agencies.  He has extensive experience in child protection prosecutions for several Child and Family Services agencies, including providing representations to these agencies in the Manitoba Provincial Court, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench and Manitoba Court of Appeal.  He acts as counsel for employers, employees, and trade unions at numerous boards of arbitration and administrative tribunals, including those before the Manitoba Labour Board, the Human Rights Commissions, and arbitrators appointed under collective agreements

Mr. Kropp is Involved in the musical theatre co-productions of the Manitoba Bar Association and the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.


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Mr. Sychuk was called to the bar in Manitoba in 2000.  He initIally worked as a private bar lawyer with a focus on family law and child protection files from 2000-02.  He then worked for Legal Aid Child Protection office from 2002-06 before joining the Crown’s office.  He has since worked with a focus on domestic violence, child abuse, child pornography, and homicides. He was promoted to Supervisor of DV or DV ICAP in 2015.

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Raymond Wyant was appointed a Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba in May 1998, and appointed for a seven year term as Chief Judge on July 10, 2002. Judge Wyant is also a Deputy Judge of Yukon Territory.

Prior to his appointment in 1998, Judge Wyant practied as both a criminal defense lawyer and as a Crown Attorney, and was Deputy Director of Prosecutions at the time of his appointment to the Bench.

Judge Wyant was a Trustee for nine years and past Chair of the Fort Garry School Division. He coached youth sports for over 20 years and participated on several community boards. Judge Wyant is a past Chair of the Community Notification Advisory Committee and is also a past Chair of the Board of Regents at the University of Winnipeg. Judge Wyant has been a member of the National Committee on Justice Efficiencies and Access to the Justice System since 2003 and presently Chairs that Committee. He is the past Chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Judges and presently serves as its Executive Director.  He presently Chairs the Steering Committee for the National Symposium on Criminal Justice Reform. Judge Wyant is also a member of the Ontario/Saskatchewan Expert Advisory Council.

As Chief Judge, Judge Wyant led the successful Provincial Court Domestic Violence Front End Project which won the 2005 Gold Award for Innovation from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and received international recognition when the Front End Project won a 2006 United Nations Public Service Award.  

Judge Wyant has been actively involved in continuing legal education across Canada including the Law Society of Manitoba, The University of Manitoba, and the National Judicial Institute.  He has spoken and consulted across Canada and internationally on such issues as judicial ethics, justice reform, domestic violence, change management, and other topics.  Judge Wyant is a Fellow of The University of Winnipeg.

In 2014, Judge Wyant elected to become a Senior Judge of the Manitoba Court. Since that time he has participated in a number of projects including a contract with the United Nations revising and reforming the Judicial Code of Ethics and Discipline Procedure for Judges in Ethiopia as well as developing a Judicial Ethics Curriculum for the Ethiopian Judiciary. He completed a report for the Province of Ontario on Bail and Remand and a review of bail reports in Saskatchewan and teaches both Ethics and Advocacy at the University of Manitoba Law School. He is currently working on a justice project in Ethiopia with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.


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Dr. Frasier graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed a residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Child Abuse at University of Washington/Children’s Hospital of Seattle.  She completed a fellowship in Child Abuse at University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center. She has been on the faculties of the University of Missouri/Columbia, the University of Iowa, and the University of Utah. Dr. Frasier is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Frasier has served as the chair of the section on Child Abuse and Neglect of the AAP, was on the first sub-board for child abuse pediatrics at the American Board of Pediatrics, where she served as chair of the sub-board, and immediate past chair. She has been on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and is currently a member and past chair of the Governing Board of the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome. Dr. Frasier is Vice President/President Elect of the Ray E. Helfer Society. She is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at Penn State Milton Hershey Children’s Hospital and Division Chief of Child Abuse Pediatrics. She is the medical director of the Pinnacle Health Children’s Resource Center, an NCA accredited Children’s Advocacy Center in Harrisburg, PA. She works with rural communities on Telehealth applications for extension of medical resources and expertise into those communities. Dr. Frasier has lectured extensively nationally, and internationally, and published many chapters and papers on the subject of child abuse.

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