Collaborative Action:
A National Symposium for Child Well-being in the Middle Years


How are our children doing right now, and how is this changing over time? The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) tells us so much, but what else is there to learn? Who can we learn it from? How can we be more effective in our goals of enhancing children’s social and emotional well-being? We think the time to answer these questions is now!

This special, two day event is designed to inspire, motivate and strengthen participant’s leadership skills by focusing on child well-being through a systems-thinking lens. We are excited to gather together leaders in the field of child well-being from across Canada to share research and practice, to learn from each other, and to generate new ideas. Join us to enhance your effectiveness as a champion for child well-being and to network with colleagues from across Canada.

Who should attend?

• Professionals and practitioners whose focus is in whole or part on middle childhood and who are dedicated to promoting child well-being;
• Researchers interested in child development, and social-emotional well-being in middle childhood;
• Those with some interest in and/or familiarity with the MDI who may have experience of working with MDI data; or who may have an intention to start using MDI Data in cross-sectoral local decision making.
• Those from various levels of government (municipalities, school boards, provincial ministries concerned with child well-being, etc.) to familiarize themselves with the national landscape of child well-being and current initiatives; and
• Those who come from locations implementing MDI in British Columbia, The Northwest Territories, and MDI National sites, as well as those who have advised us on the MDI National Scale-out Project 2015-2018.


We are excited to gather together leaders in the field of child well-being from across Canada including Dr. Jean Clinton, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behaviourals Neurosciences, McMaster University, Dr. Mark T. Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Penn State, Dr. Michael Ungar, Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, and our own Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl.

We are also excited to share that we have added Author, International Speaker and Consultant Monique Gray Smith, Superintendent of Schools with the Vancouver School District, Suzanne Hoffman, award-winning television producer and interviewer, and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, Maria LeRose, Max Bell Foundation Senior Policy Fellow and Executive Director of the Comox Valley Child Development Association, Joanne Schroeder and Tracy Smyth, owner and consultant with Ready to Raise, to our incredible line up.



Day One is focused on Child Social and Emotional Well-being, generally, providing current research and information about initiatives to promote child well-being, with a particular focus on the middle childhood years.












Day Two - SOLD OUT!
Day Two is a practical, interactive and engaging session. Workshop activities will be interspersed with inspiring stories from Local MDI Champions who will share their experiences, learning and ideas. Our focus is on using data to inform collaborative decision-making.










Please view the Symposium Agenda here (PDF). Please watch for updates to this schedule regularly. 


We are excited to host this event at the University of British Columbia. Day One will take place at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Day Two will take place at the Ponderosa Commons. 


Please Note: Participants may register for just Day One, or for Days One and Two. There is no single Day Two option. 
Please Note: All rates are quoted in CAD. GST (5%) and a credit card processing fee (2%) will be added to your fees at time of registration.


We are pleased to partner with UBC’s Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) who is handling our registration needs. 

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