10:30 AM10:30

2015 CASWE-ACFTS Conference

Round Table Session sponsored by the Social Policy and Advocacy Committee of CASWE-ACFTS and the Centre for Studies on Poverty & Social Citizenship.

Joint Session
Round table

Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship and the Social Policy and Advocacy Committee – le Centre d'études sur la pauvreté et citoyenneté sociale et le comité sur la politique sociale et de la défense des droits:

James Hughes, Pierre-Marc Daigneault,John Stapleton & Shauna MacKinnon


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to May 28

Making "Bipartisan" Social Welfare Policy: the New Brunswick Experience

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James Hughes is the President of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, a leading private philanthropic organization in the mental health sector.

Previously, Mr. Hughes was New Brunswick’s Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development. The Department of Social Development is responsible for a wide range of programs and services in the province including child protection, early childhood development, income assistance, disability support and senior care. Mr. Hughes played a central role in the development of the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) through a widely acclaimed citizen engagement process (2008-2009).

Prior to joining the New Brunswick civil service, Mr. Hughes served as the Director General of the Old Brewery Mission (OBM), Quebec’s largest centre serving homeless men and women. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (B. Commerce), University of Cambridge (B.A. Law) and McGill University (B.C.L).

His recent publications are A Bipartisan Approach to Aboriginal Affairs (2013), Homelessness: Closing the Gap between Ability and Performance (2012) and Why We Can't Afford Poverty (2012). His first book, entitled Early Intervention: How Canada’s social programs can work better, save lives, and often save money, will be published by Lorimer Canada in the Spring of 2015.

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11:00 AM11:00

Poverty Reduction and Early Intervention

Workshop Leader: James Hughes, Graham Boeckh Foundation

James Hughes, former deputy minister of Social Development for the province of New Brunswick, will discuss the concept of early intervention and how it can apply to the poverty file to benefit both individuals and families as well as lower government costs. His book, Early Intervention, published by Lorimer‎ Canada, will be released on May 1st, 2015. His approach can be summarized as, “it’s never too late to intervene early.” Summit participants from all sectors are invited to join James in this interactive workshop on how provincial, territorial and municipal governments, community organizations and citizens can together or separately address poverty through the lens of early intervention.

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3:30 PM15:30

Speaking on homelessness in Calgary

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The Wealthy Community

Last year Calgary was ranked one of the richest cities in the world, holding its own against cities like Zurich, Paris and San Francisco. And yet, in this prosperity, there are Calgarians who live well below the poverty line, who have trouble meeting basic needs like food and shelter. Having a roof over one’s head is a major determinant of health and success and yet homelessness and lack of affordable housing are all too often seen as chronic problems that are unfixable. How much would we have to invest now to see a substantial rise in safe, stable and secure housing and would it be worth in the long run?

James Hughes, president of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, and former director of the Old Brewery Mission for the homeless joins Philip Mangano, CEO of the American Roundtable to Abolish Homelessness and former executive director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Kevin McNichol, vice president of strategy at the Calgary Homeless Foundation for a conversation on the role housing plays in creating wealthy communities. Steve Gaetz, director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub, moderates.

James Hughes’s and Stephen Gaetz’s research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.




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