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CRDCN 2017 National Conference

The many faces of inequality:
from measurement to policy

In 2017 Canadians across the country are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Confederation by attending special events and happenings, by learning about key historical figures and milestones, and by remembering collective achievements and successes.

While much was achieved during this century and a half which can rightfully be celebrated, there are critical issues that remain unaddressed or not fully addressed, and which, arguably, do not lend themselves to celebration.

This year, the CRDCN annual conference will examine some of these persistent issues by focusing on the many faces of inequality in Canada, including topics such as: Indigenous peoples’ health and well-being, income and poverty, educational opportunities, immigrants’ outcomes, gender disparities, and health gradients.

The annual conference is an opportunity to showcase research based on RDC data and to discuss the policy implications of that research. By focusing on inequality, we aim to provide evidence that will contribute to the adoption of policies ensuring equality of opportunity, if not of outcomes.

Registration fees include: light breakfasts and lunches during the conference, coffee breaks, welcome cocktail, conference dinner, and postconference workshops on the 16th (limited number of seats).

Highlights of the conference include:

  • Keynote address by Miles Corak: Miles is full professor of economics with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is also affiliated with several research institutes and public policy think tanks as a research fellow or advisor and, for 2017, he is the Economist in Residence at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Much of his research involves comparisons across countries, focusing on labour markets and social policy, and is detailed in several books, scientific articles, discussion papers and policy reports he has published over the year on topics dealing with child poverty, access to university education, social and economic mobility, and unemployment. He is currently working on issues dealing with social mobility in Canada and other countries, and also with the meaning and measurement of equality of opportunity. Before joining the University of Ottawa, he was a member of the senior management at Statistics Canada
  • Keynote address by Diana Kuh: Diana is professor at the University College London (UCL) and is internationally recognised for the creation and advancement of the field of life course epidemiology. She is the Director of the Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing and of the National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD). She is also the Principal Investigator of the Healthy Ageing across the Life Course (HALCyon) network and co-Director of the Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Ageing (IALSA). Her research examines how biological, psychological and social factors at different stages of life, independently, cumulatively or interactively affect adult health, ageing and chronic disease risk.She authored or coauthored a broad range of more than 300 publications, including A life course approach to healthy ageing (Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • Working breakfast with Mark Morreale, National Lead for SAS Canada’s Academic Program.
  • Welcome cocktail and book launch on November 13 at McGill's Faculty Club: Combatting Poverty: Quebec’s Pursuit of a Distinctive Welfare State, by Axel Van Den Berg, Charles Plante, Hicham Raïq, Christine Proulx, and Samuel Faustmann (University of Toronto Press, 2017).
  • Conference Dinner on November 14 at the Musée Pointe-à-Callière including a private visit of the Museum.

Postconference workshops on November 16