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We are pleased to present you with the preliminary program and registration for Reimagining the System, the 2019 OARTY Conference.  Please scroll down for the program outline and link to online registration (a manual registration form will be coming soon).

Conference Program Outline - Reimagining the System

For details or for online registration please scroll down.  

Wednesday June 12th

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Registration
Pick up your Conference delegate bag and your name badge.  You can also purchase tickets for the 50/50 draw (3 for $5, or 7 for $10). 

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Session 1
Conscious Care and Support – Developing Emotionally Self-Regulated and Kind Supporters
Peter Marks, CEO, Centre for Conscious Care

On some days, many Supporters/Clinicians and Leaders may wonder, from where will my strength come? “Their needs just don’t wait until I am rested, open and resilient.”

On these days the mind and heart may silently cry out …….

  • “I never dreamed that it would be this hard. I fear that I’m burning-out.”
  • “I want so much to have more patience with him/her. I feel so badly losing it/freaking-out again.”
  • “I want to give him/her so much more, but I just have to tune-out to stop burning-out.”
  • ‚Äč“Oh no, I’ve just spaced-out again and missed much of what she/he just said.”

When these cries happen, competence and caring are often replaced by unconscious indifference or overpowering rigid reactions to ever increasing needs, and insecurities. This training will help you ensure that these ‘cries’ and concerns are minimal and do not lead to even greater suffering for both Supporters and Care Recipients.

The outcomes of this conference workshop will be a measurable enhancement in participants’ insights and skills:

  • to be significantly more emotionally self-regulated (i.e. calm, caring and competent) when personally and professionally stressed and especially in crisis;
  • to learn why you become ‘emotionally hi-jacked’ and how to better regulate your autonomic ‘fight or flight’ nervous system;
  • to significantly improve your understanding of the ‘upstream’ causes of maladaptive behaviour;
  • to teach 4 Essential Awareness Based Calming Skills to youth;
  • to be authentically caring – regardless of feelings.

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Opening Reception
Network with other delegates - create new relationships and building on existing ones.  The 50/50 raffle will be drawn at the end of the reception.

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Opening Dinner

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Opening Dinner Keynote
Details coming soon!

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM - Late Night Networking

Thursday June 12th

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Breakfast

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Trade Show

The tradeshow features products and services that assist residential service providers in the valuable work that they do!

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Session 2 
Details coming soon!

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM - Networking Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Breakout Sessions

Session 3-A 
Great in a Crisis: What to Do When You're in the Media
Warren Weeks, Principal, Weeks Media

Unanswered bad news – whether true or false – can have a devastating impact on your organization and its brand. And by the time a crisis hits, it’s too late to learn how to deal with it. In this session, we’ll cover the steps you need to take BEFORE a crisis hits so you’re prepared to respond in a timely and appropriate manner. We’ll also reveal what needs to be done in those first few critical hours of a crisis, how to establish a crisis communications plan, how to handle the media, how to navigate social media and how to learn from the mistakes and successes of other brands that have been in the trenches.

Session 3-B 
Learning About Your Cyber Risk Exposure and How to Mitigate It
Michael Lough, VP of Specialty Programs & Associations, Frank Cowen Company
Cyber breaches are becoming common place and news stories continue to feature incidents of private information being stolen or lost.  It is imperative that organizations, including residential service providers, learn to assess their cyber exposure and protect the information they hold.  This seminar will discuss the latest trends in cyber breaches and the likely culprits.  Attendees will be provided with up to date information and real-life claims examples of how cyber breaches can happen, and what organizations can do to protect themselves. We will look at internal and external risk controls to help mitigate loss and the steps to take when a breach has occurred. 

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Breakout Sessions

Session 4-A
Trauma-Informed Care
CPRI (Child & Parent Resource Institute)

Full details coming soon!

Session 4-B
Social Media: Stop Pushing and Start Engaging!
Warren Weeks, Principal, Weeks Media
We all have these amazing, free social media tools at our disposal. Yes, in a 2019 world, so many companies and organizations are struggling to take full advantage of these platforms to create awareness and promote their mandates/agendas and engage with their target audiences and stakeholders. In this session, we will revisit the ROI of social media and get tactical very quickly, providing specific tips, hacks, strategies, case studies, Before & After examples and more. After this session, you will view social media and marketing through a whole new lens.  

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM - Networking Break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  - Session 5
Privacy Legislation for Residential Services
Brian Beamish, Commissioner, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario

What does Part X mean for you? This new section of the Child, Youth and Family Service Act comes into effect on January 1, 2020, creating new rules for privacy and access to personal information. In this session, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, discusses the role of his office, privacy rights, and the requirements for service providers under this new legislation.

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Reception, Silent Auction & Dinner
Network around the Silent Auction tables and enjoy great food, company and conversation. Interested in donating an item to the Silent Auction?  Download the Silent Auction Donation Form (pdf) or contact the OARTY Office at by May 30th.

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM - An Evening of Laughter
Details coming soon!

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM - Late Night Networking

Friday June 13th
(Members' Only)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Breakfast

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Session 6
Trends and Youth Victimization Online
Noni Classen, Director of Education,
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) is a national charity working to reduce the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children. The Canadian Centre operates – Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children, which is part of the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. As part of our mandate, we are committed to keeping our educational material up to date using information collected from external sources to identify emerging trends and risks for children and youth. But staying on top of emerging online risks can be a challenge. New apps and sites are always emerging, known sites regularly change their protection features and those looking to harm youth are finding new ways to connect and manipulate children and youth. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has information and resources to help professionals stay on top of trends and engage youth in age appropriate education. This session will focus on emerging trends in online safety for youth, the potential risks they face and proactive strategies to help keep your child/adolescent safe while online.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM - Networking Break

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
OARTY Annual General Meeting

The AGM provides an opportunity for the Board and staff to share important information with members, including the audited financial statements, and to elect the leadership that will govern the Board throughout the next year.

11:15 AM - 1:00 PM - Session 7
OARTY Talks & Roundtable Discussions on Residential Care (Full Members Only)

OARTY Talks is a moderated open dialogue between OARTY members on timely and relevant issues.  The forum will also include roundtable discussions on various topics to allow members to share best practices, explore alternate approaches to issues, and discuss opportunities for improvement with their colleagues.

1:00 PM - Lunch, Closing Remarks, Evaluation

Program and Speakers subject to change.

Conference Refund Policy

Refunds will be provided based on the following schedule:

  • 100% refund for cancellations up to and including March 31st
  • 50% refund for cancellations up to and including April 30th (the Early Bird deadline). 

 No refunds will be provided for cancellations from May 1st onwards.

Conference Registration

Please select the registration rates that apply to you (members must login to access the member only rates), a manual registration form will be posted soon.
A reminder that full members of OARTY can access one complimentary registration as part of their 2019-2020 membership dues.   To access contact the OARTY Office at 
Forgot your login? Need to create a user name and password?  Simply contact - we would be happy to help.

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