Bridge to Restorative Justice Conference

Saturday, April 1, 2017

All are welcome to register for the Bridge to Restorative Justice Conference on April 1, 2017 (8:30am to 4:00pm) at Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton (252 James St. N.).  The conference will address the challenges to Restorative Justice in the Greater Hamilton Region and how to create a compassionate and safer community for everyone. There will be presenters taking part addressing many restorative justice issues and educating people on restorative justice practices.

This is not a fundraiser but to meet expenses there will be a nominal fee of $10 per person and a brown bag lunch will be included. This lunch has been generously donated by St. Stephen's United Church in Burlington. 

To purchase your ticket click here.


  • Ex-offenders trying to reintegrate in the Hamilton region
  • Matthew Torigian, Ontario Deputy Minister for Community Safety and Corrections, former Waterloo police chief
  • David Christopherson, currently MP for Hamilton Centre, federal NDP critic for Correctional Services (2015-16) and Ontario Minister for Correctional Services (1992-95)
  • Russ Kelly, Ontario’s first adult offender to be involved in a court-sanctioned restorative justice process
  • Louise Leonardi, Executive Director, Canadian Families and Corrections Network (CFCN)
  • Chris Cowie, Executive Director, Waterloo’s Community Justice Initiatives (CJI)—known world-wide for initiating the first modern Restorative Justice program
  • Brian Sibley, Executive Director at Hamilton East Kiwanis Non-Profit Homes Inc.
  • Lisa Whittingham, Behaviour Consultant, Hamilton-Brant Behaviour Services
  • Tara Mimnagh, Criminal Lawyer
  • Susan Barberstock, Executive Director, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
  • Diane Harrison, MSW, Mediator & Dispute Resolution Expert

Click here for poster.

This event is organized by The Bridge; From Prison to Community