Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly

Lead Organizer, Carleton University

Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly is the organizer of the 2018 conference Coming Up Together: Towards Ending and Preventing Youth Homelessness in Ontario, Canada and Beyond. This conference was convened by a multi-sectoral organizing committee, is hosted by Carleton University, and takes place at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Kennelly’s current research is focusing on the experiences of homeless and marginally housed young people with civic engagement and democratic processes (see for more), as well as the supports needed to help young people transition out of homelessness (see for a community report co-authored by Dr. Kennelly and graduate student Justin Langille, with Kaite Burkholder-Harris of A Way Home Ottawa).


Justin Langille

Research Assistance, Carleton University

Justin Langille is an anthropologist and documentary photographer based in Ottawa with a background in outreach social work. His current research is concerned with the precarious relationship between human and environmental health and emerging social movements to preserve the integrity of water in Canada. His work is currently supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Warren Clarke

Research Assistance, Carleton University

Warren Clarke is an anthropologist and currently is a doctoral student at Carleton University. He has dedicated much his academic and professional career to helping youth overcome social barriers in the likes of schools, and in the Ontario judicial system.  Warren’s research is situated in racialized youth cultures and solidarity.  Specifically, his Master’s research has identified that that marginalized youth are most helped through establishing reciprocal relationships with them.  Warren has strong ties to the community, specifically youth centered organizations, such as Trails Youth Initiatives.


Cora Macdonald

Research Assistance, Carleton University

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cora MacDonald is completing her Master’s degree in the department of Sociology at Carleton University. Cora has worked with youth in various capacities over the years, as a coach, mentor and now researcher. Her current research explores homeless youth’s experiences with police in the city of Ottawa, she hopes to continue this research at the doctoral level next year.


Genevieve Johnston

Research Assistance, Carleton University

Genevieve has lived in 4 different provinces over the past 5 years and now calls Ottawa home. She has worked with youth in a restorative justice pilot program in Nova Scotia, and was the senior counsellor at a residential summer camp in Ontario for several years. She has been involved in anti-poverty activism as well as the rights of humans, animals and the earth. She is currently a PhD student in the Sociology department at Carleton University and is researching the role of agency in shaping the experiences of homeless youth.


Kevin Partridge

Research Assistance, Carleton University

Kevin is a PhD candidate in sociology, a labour activist, and works as a research consultant. His current research focuses on the private security industry and masculinities. He believes very strongly that academic work can and should support organizations and individuals
fighting for social justice and change. Originally from Vancouver, he worked a multitude of jobs in several industries before returning to school.


Alex Bing

Volunteer Coordinator, Carleton University

Alex grew up in Ottawa’s West End, spending most of his time in school. In his graduate studies, Alex devoted his Masters’s research to tracing the history of the Ontario school system in the 20th century, before moving onto a doctoral study devoted the modern sociology of the same school system. He is currently doing his doctoral research at the Carleton sociology department. Alex never got to know his own town as a kid, and has been volunteering for local youth programs in the recent years to make up for lost time. Although he lives really far away from downtown, he prefers the bus.



Dr. Alex Abramovich
Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Independent Research Scientist 

Dr. Alex Abramovich has been addressing the issue of LGBTQ2S youth homelessness for more than 10 years. He is an internationally recognized leader in the area and one of only a few Canadian researchers studying the phenomenon of queer and trans youth homelessness. Over the years, Alex has advocated continuously for policy and practice changes to improve the lives of LGBTQ2S youth.

Alex is an Independent Research Scientist at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). His program of research focuses on LGBTQ2S youth homelessness, access to mental health services and housing programs, trans health, and the ways broader policy issues serve to create oppressive contexts for LGBTQ2S youth.

His research has led to groundbreaking practice and policy reform, including the launch of Canada’s first dedicated transitional housing program for LGBTQ2S youth – YMCA’s Sprott House – and mandatory LGBTQ2S cultural competency training for all City of Toronto shelter staff. Alex has worked closely with municipal and provincial governments to develop strategies that address the needs of LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness. Alex has also been invited to collaborate and consult on numerous international initiatives.

Alex’s research is grounded in the elements of Critical Action Research, Critical Ethnography, and Institutional Ethnography. He is committed to research that successfully and ethically engages the community and situates LGBTQ2S young people experiencing homelessness as knowledge makers and creators. He is interested in youth culture, homelessness and health care, community engagement, and film-based methods.


Corinne Sauvé
Youth Committee Advisor, A Way Home Ottawa
Peer Supporter, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa 

Corinne’s lived experience of homelessness as a youth is what drives her work in this field. She has been working as a Youth Committee Advisor and Peer Researcher for A Way Home Ottawa since 2016, where she had the chance to collaborate on The Opportunity Project: Telling a New Story About Youth Homelessness in Ottawa. In the same year, she was also hired by the Youth Servives Bureau of Ottawa as a Peer Supporter, mainly to advise on the implementation of a housing first model to better serve homeless or precarialy housed youth. In 2017, she collaborated as a Peer Researcher in the Sex work, Safety and Housing study led by the Alliance to End Homelessness.


Tina Slauenwhite
Planning Committee Member, Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition

Tina is Mi’kmaq and a member of the Sipekne’katik band, located in Nova Scotia.
In 2002, Tina moved from Nova Scotia to Ottawa to complete her education, and in 2003 received her certificate as an Addictions Worker. Since that time, with a focus on working with marginalized Aboriginal women and youth in Ottawa, Tina has held various positions from frontline worker to Executive Director of an Aboriginal youth transition house.
In 2014 Tina was appointed by her peers as Chairperson of the Aboriginal Community Advisory Board (ACAB), which is comprised of Aboriginal agencies who work with the homeless Aboriginal population in the city of Ottawa.
In her capacity as ACAB Chairperson, Tina currently participates as an active member on various committees, including “A Way Home Ottawa” Steering Committee, giving voice to the diverse needs of homeless and at risk Aboriginal population in Ottawa


Tiffany Rose
Youth Committee Advisor, Next Up

Tiffany Rose was born in London, ON and moved to Ottawa in 2014 for a fresh start. She is passionate about making a difference in issues regarding homelessness, addiction, mental health, sex work, women’s abuse, and child abuse (specifically, Shaken Baby Syndrome). Currently a community-based researcher, she has plans to work with youth and women on harm reduction and drug use in the future. Her work and passion is motivated by personal lived experiences. When Tiffany isn’t working, you can find her watching Netflix with her partner. She loves the colour purple as well as Greek and Caribbean food, and considers coffee and chips her vices.


Charlotte Smith
Carleton University

Charlotte is a sociology student at Carleton University, who will soon be pursuing her Masters of Sociology. She was a LGBTQ liaison with A Way Home Ottawa and Carleton University. Her past experience as a homeless, crack-addicted sex worker inspires her to help those she had to leave behind. Charlotte brings vivid experiential knowledge around the subject of homelessness. Her future research will investigate stakeholders from the high school education setting and interventions for addressing homelessness from different angles. 


Cathy Malcolm Edwards

Campus Facilitator, Social Innovation (Carleton University)
IBM Visiting Design Practitioner

Cathy is passionate about creating and supporting positive change in the world. With 20+ years of experience in research and academic environments, she has an enthusiastic appreciation for the power that research and education have to improve lives and the world we live in. Using a human-centred design approach, she facilitates open dialogue, promotes collaborative engagements, and supports high-impact stakeholder relationships.




The Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa

Kristen Holinksy

The Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa (ATEH) is a non-partisan, provincially incorporated non-profit organization working in partnership to inspire action, to generate knowledge and to inform a community-wide effort to achieve an end to homelessness in Ottawa.


A Way Home Ottawa

A Way Home Ottawa is a youth-driven, local coalition working to prevent and end youth homelessness in Ottawa.



A Way Home Canada

A Way Home is the outcome of active collaboration between a range of national partners, all of whom bring expertise, resources, national profile and members to support the work of the coalition. As a national coalition, we use a Collective Impact framework to organize, plan and implement strategies. Guided by a small and focused secretariat, coalition partners work together to support communities in planning and implementing solutions and engage government and the general public in supporting A Way Home’s vision to prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada.



The Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS)
The Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS) collaborates in research, evaluation, and training with organizations in the educational, social service, and health sectors to improve social programs and policies for citizens, especially those facing social exclusion.


The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute that is committed to conducting and mobilizing research so as to contribute to solutions to homelessness.  We work together as a group of researchers, service providers, policy and decision makers, people with lived experience of homelessness as well as graduate and undergraduate students from across Canada with a passion for social justice issues and a desire to solve homelessness in our communities.


We’d like to recognize the advice provided by staff of the City of Ottawa Housing Services Branch, the Ontario Ministry of Housing and the Income Security and Social Development Branch of the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada.