The Sandbox Project Conference 2016

January 21, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3rd floor, TELUS House (25 York Street), Toronto


In its sixth year, this one-day event will bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, charities, industry, families and young people for updates, networking and solutions-oriented collaboration towards improving the health and wellbeing of children and youth in Canada.



Preliminary agenda:


Registration and breakfast


Welcome: Conference MC Martin Reader, Sandbox Project Board Member, Co-Founder of StriveLife, and 2012 Canadian Beach Volleyball Olympian 

Update from The Sandbox Project:

  • Christine Hampson, President & CEO
  • Paul Brown, Chair of the Board


One-minute updates: Key 2015 milestones from a few of our Collaborating Partners

Note to participants: If you'd like to give a one-minute update on your organization's work in child and youth health and wellbeing, please get in touch.


Update from The Sandbox Project founder, Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, MP


Playing in the Sandbox: Relationship building break


Sandbox working group updates: The leadership of each Working Group will present the progress to date on one priority initiative or project:

  • Environment 
  • Growing Healthy Bodies
  • Injury Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • The Young Canadians Roundtable on Health


Networking Lunch


Afternoon collaborative session led by Eric (Ric) Young, founder of The Social Projects Studio and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Innovation at Ryerson University

Ric Young is recognized as one of Canada’s leading practitioners and thinkers in the field of social change. As a practitioner, he has committed his career over the past 25 years to advancing innovative approaches to social change. He cut his teeth on the early stages of the PARTICIPaction campaign, and was co-founder of Canada’s first dedicated social marketing agency. He left that company in the mid-90s to start The Social Projects Studio – a company focused on transformational social innovation. Working with government, non-government, corporate and community leaders, he has been the architect of numerous initiatives to address some of society’s most complex and pressing challenges. 

As a thought leader, Ric’s personal mission is to “change change” – that is, to foster new mindsets and skill-sets to enable society to tackle the transformational challenges of our time in constructive new ways. He has written and lectured extensively on the nature of change, transformational leadership, civic engagement and the centrality of narrative in the pursuit of 21st century well-being. 


Networking reception

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