Dads Can promotes responsible and involved fathering by supporting men's personal development into fatherhood and healthy fathering patterns in society. Dads Can was founded by psychotherapist, Neil Campbell, who developed The Dad Classes, Canada's longest standing educational program for expectant and new fathers.
ProsPère is a Quebec -based network of researchers and practitioners that has promoted father involvement in province of Quebec since 1994. ProsPère also hosted Canada's first national symposium on fathers in 2000, and designed a training program, used in Quebec, France and British Columbia, to help professionals work more effectively with fathers.
The Father Involvement Initiative - Ontario Network (FII-ON) is an Ontario-based coalition whose work has helped professionals in CAPC/CPNP programs, Ontario Early Years Centres, and public health units to work more effectively with fathers. FII-On has also developed numerous social marketing and educational materials to promote and enhance father involvement.
Father Involvement in Educational Institutions Action Group (FI-EI), is a partnership of schools of social work, nursing and education. FI-EI undertook a national survey to determine the extent to which father involvement is covered in social work, education, nursing and psychology courses at the university level. FI-EI also developed a web-based father involvement curriculum for use in graduate and postgraduate courses.
My Daddy Matters Because… www.mydad.ca With funding from the Public Health Agency National Project Fund, My Daddy Matters Because… was a national fathering project that conducted a nationwide survey of community programs for fathers 2002 and 2004, and launched a nationwide social marketing campaign to promote responsible father involvement.
The Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being at the University of Guelph conducts research and outreach to workplaces on work-family conflict, workplace policies, and community supports.
Additional Research Collaborators
Dr. John Beaton (University of Guelph) researches fathers in the context of the dynamics of co-parenting in different kinds of families (he is also a member of the special needs cluster).
Dr. Anna Dienhart (University of Guelph) conducts research on shared parenting and divorced fathers, and evaluates fathering programs.
Dr. Michael Pratt (Wilfred Laurier) researches intergenerational parenting roles and narratives within the family system.
Dr. Andrea Doucet (Carleton University) is conducting an SSHRC study on Canadian fathers as primary caregivers and is serving as a member of the new fathers cluster.
Dr. Donna Lero (University of Guelph) holds the Jarislowsky Chair in Families & Work at the CFWW, is Coordinator of the Expert Panel on Children and Families presently evaluating impacts of Canada's federal extended parental leave and benefits policies, and will serve as the leader for the creation of the policy documents.
Dr. Zenaida Ravanera (University of Western Ontario) has conducted several population studies on men and fathers by using event history and other statistical techniques applied to large data sets. She will lead the analysis of the national data set studies.
Cluster and Dissemination Partners
- The Vanier Institute of the Family
- Alan Mirabelli, Ottawa, Ontario
- Bow Valley College
- Anna Kae Todd, Calgary, Alberta
- Brighter Futures for Children of Young Single Parents
- Chapman J. Uko, Ottawa, Ontario
- City of Ottawa, Community Services Branch
Early Years Health Program
- Brenda MacLean, Ottawa, Ontario
- African Community Association of Calgary
- Michael Embaie, Calgary, Alberta
- Canadian Institute of Child Health
- Miriam Levitt, Ottawa, Ontario
- Research Alliance for Children with Special Needs
Thames Valley Children’s Centre
- Gillian King, London, Ontario
- Catholic Community Services of York Region
- Roger Manning, Richmond Hill, Ontario
- St. Michael’s Hospital
- Dr. W.J. Watson, Toronto, Ontario
- LGBT Parenting Network, Family Service Association of Toronto
- Peter Crosby, Toronto, Ontario
- Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres
- Elaine Orrbine, Ottawa, Ontario
- Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services
- Valerie Elliott Hyman, Toronto, Ontario
- Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre
- Joan Ferguson, Toronto, Ontario
- Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs
- Dr. Julia O’Sullivan, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
- The Hospital For Sick Children
- Cathy Sequin, Toronto, Ontario
- Father Involvement in Educational Institutions
- Jean-Marc Belanger, Universite Laurentienne, Sudbury, Ontario
- Prince George Native Friendship Centre
- Tina Fraser, Prince George, British Columbia
- Prince George Aboriginal Head Start Program
- Prince George, British Columbia
- Pqusnalhcw Child Care Centre, Lil’wat Nation
- Jessica Frank, Mt. Currie, British Columbia
- BC Men’s Resource Centre
- Dr. Jerry Arthur-Wong, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre
- Theo J. Boere, Nanaimo, British Columbia
- Wazdidadilh Aboriginal Infant and Family Development Program, Prince George
- Anita Zakresky, Prince George, British Columbia
- Catholic Family Services of Greater Vancouver
- Roy McIntyre, Vancouver, British Columbia
- University of Guelph (Family Relations, Psychology, and Sociology)
- Guelph, Ontario
- Carleton University (Sociology)
- Ottawa, Ontario
- University of Victoria (School of Child and Youth Care)
- Victoria, British Columbia
- University of British Columbia (School of Social Work and Family Studies)
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- University of Québec in Outaouais (Social Work)
- Gatineau, Quebec
- University of Western Ontario (Population Studies)
- London, Ontario
- Wilfrid Laurier University (Psychology)
- Waterloo, Ontario
- University of Calgary (Social Work)
- Calgary, Alberta
- University of Toronto (Social Work and Family and Community Medicine)
- Toronto, Ontario