Grace is the public education program coordinator for the Saffron Centre. She completed her Police and Investigations Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology at MacEwan University before working at Saffron. Her passion for working with survivors of sexual violence started as an educator with the MacEwan Anti-Violence Education Network where she delivered peer-to-peer presentations and participated in awareness campaigns, such as MacEwan’s Red Flag campaign. She’s been working as a public educator for two years, delivering hundreds of presentations to approximately 10,000 people, and strongly believes in the importance of education in bringing attention to the issue of sexual violence.

Grace Schmuland & Jack Davidge

About the Session

About the Speakers

This session will work to answer an important question: what are the barriers that prevent male survivors from disclosing experiences of sexual abuse? We know that sexual abuse is an issue that can affect anyone, with one out of three men in Alberta having experienced sexual abuse. However, the number of clients in sexual assault services does not match up with the prevalence of male survivors. We hope that by researching the barriers to disclosure, we can learn how to better support and encourage male survivors to come forward as well as how to make our services more accessible to all survivors.

Barriers to Disclosure: How We can Better Support Male Survivors 

Jack is currently a third-year student at the University of Alberta, studying to complete his degree in criminology. He is passionate about sexual violence prevention and is currently a volunteer at the Saffron Centre aiding in our department of Justice, Research and Outreach.

Grace Schmuland

Jack Davidge


David Jones

The Involuntary Celibate Movement: Implications for Practitioners

David Jones is the Manager of Applied Research at the Organization for the

Prevention of Violence in Edmonton, Alberta. In addition to conducting research on the scale and nature of extremism and hate in Alberta, he also works directly with individuals who are working to disengage from extremist and hate groups. David is also a junior research affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security & Society (TSAS). He has presented his research before diverse audiences, including those at Canadian Joint Operations Command, National Headquarters of the Department of National Defence, the Brookings Institution, Oxford University, and the United Nations Safe Cities initiative. His research projects have been supported by the Department of National Defence, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Public Safety Canada, and TSAS. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta.

About the Speaker

About the Session

This presentation will serve to provide attendees with a brief overview of the

involuntary celibate (Incel) phenomenon. Following a spat of violent attacks in

the United States and Canada, the involuntary celibate (Incel) movement has

been receiving significant attention. While misogyny is not a new phenomenon, some

Incels have developed a more structured ideology around this old hatred – and used it to justify violence. In addition to providing an overview of the belief system, the presentation will discuss some implications for human service practitioners.


Edward M. Adams, Psy.D. is a psychologist and Founder of Men Mentoring Men (M3), a not-for-profit organization that supports men in their quest to live happier and deeper lives. Now in its 30th year, M3 has touched hundreds of lives by creating a shame-free space for men to discuss, challenge, and relate to each other about the complexities of life.  Currently, Ed is in private practice in Lambertville, New Jersey specializing in the treatment of men.


In 2013, The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities Division 51 of APA awarded Ed the Practitioner of the Year Award. In 2018, Ed served as President of Division 51and has helped strengthen the Division to become a stronger voice on behalf of the research and applied psychological skills that help men thrive. Ed’s major presidential initiative was to encourage men and women to recognize compassion and self-compassion as masculine traits.


Ed is also an accomplished painter and sculptor. He was commissioned to create a bust of Oscar Schindler that was presented to Steven Spielberg and a 13’ bronze sculpture that honors Raoul Wallenberg. His paintings are in private collections, universities, corporate collections, and museums. In 2017, Ed published a book, Becoming A Happier Man: A Man’s Guide to Living a Full and Meaningful Life. This book couples his paintings with the essential elements that are typically present when a man identifies himself as… HAPPY.


Ed resides with his wife, Marilee, and their two dogs, Abby and Bodhi in Lambertville, New Jersey.


Email: Adams397@comcast.net


For more information on Dr. Ed Adams, click here to visit his website


And click here for more information on Men Mentoring Men

Dr. Edward M. Adams 


About the Session

About the Speaker

Ed will be joining us for an interview about the nature of suicide, it's

connection to mental health, and how this is applied in the context of masculinity. We will also be discussing some tools and strategies for

working on one's mental health, and how we can better support those

who are struggling with mental health and suicidality.



Keestin O'Dell

In this presentation, we will learn about indigenous masculinities and the

effects of colonialism on identity, masculinity and gender roles as well as the

Cree teachings such as the role of the Okicitawak and building of the warriors campfire."

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About the Speaker

Keestin is from Puskiakwenin/Unipouheous (Frog Lake First Nations

#121 & #122), Alberta and is of both nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and Irish descent. Keestin grew up in Frog Lake learning various Indigenous ceremonies, the Cree culture and spent time assisting elders in their ceremonies and culture. Keestin has spent much of his youth on the land, learning history, hunting and gaining respect for the earth. Keestin graduated from MacEwan University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.

Keestin uses his academic and traditional knowledge to provide presentations to Universities, high schools and conferences on topics such as Indigenous masculinity, Indigenous sustainability and traditional Cree teachings. Throughout his degree, Keestin drew from both his traditional knowledge and formal post-secondary training, working on many undergraduate projects focused on identity, media, families and masculinity. In January 2019 Keestin spoke at TEDxMacEwan on his journey to find out what being a warrior, an Okicitaw, meant.

Okicitawak: Worthy Young Person - A presentation on Indigenous Masculinity


Ryan currently works with the Saffron Centre as a Justice, Research,

and Outreach worker. He specializes in the area of healthy masculinity,

developing and facilitating the workshop Saffron offers. Ryan graduated from the University of Alberta in 2020 with a BSc in human ecology, majoring in family science where he served as the Co-President of his student’s association. His past work involves running a youth centre for children of military families. Having grown up the son of a soldier himself, this felt like a good way to give back. Ryan is passionate about helping and working with people, and strongly believes in service above self.

Ryan Corbould & Gillian Robinson

About the Session

About the Speakers

Ryan and Gillian will be discussing the roots of toxic masculinity and its effects, both on an individual and broader societal level. The focus of their talk will be exploring how and why masculinity is such an important factor in community safety. Through their talk, Ryan and Gillian hope to educate and empower individuals about how they can make difference in their lives and communities regarding the socialization of current and future generations. 

How We Socialize Our Boys:

Pathways to Better Community Safety and Care

Gillian Robinson has been a classroom teacher in Junior and Senior High for 14 years. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Alberta in Educational Policy Studies, where her research focuses on queer-inclusive education. She is the mom of two little boys and wants to make sure that they can always live as their authentic selves.

Ryan Corbould

Gillian Robinson


Jesse Lipscombe, Alberta native, is an actor, former athlete, activist and entrepreneur. At age 14, he began his acting career in the film, "Children of the Dust", starring legendary actor, Sidney Poitier. Presently, Jesse continues to act, while also producing many award-winning film and television productions (It’s Not My Fault, I Don’t Care Anyway, Tiny Plastic Men). 


Outside of the arts, Jesse invests in various businesses and runs a consultancy, inspired by the #MakeItAwkward campaign he launched in 2016 to combat racism, misogyny, homophobia and hatred. He works with organizations and leaders to help them understand and address racism. 

Through it all, Jesse makes it his top priority to give back to his community.

To learn more about Jesse and the work he does, click here

About the Session

About the Speaker

Speaking as a man and father to three young boys, Lipscombe will dive

into his lived experiences and offer tools to influence the younger

generations. Helping to break the cycle of what it used to mean to be a

"real man."

Jesse Lipscombe
Actor, Producer & Co-founder of the #MakeItAwkward Campaign 

Emotions, Empathy and Engagement


Jody's talk will be focusing on two main themes : relationships and trauma

Reconnection: Building strength through authentic connection

The significance of connection in this world is important, but the answer lies in our power to reconnect when things get tough. In our families, in our relationships, in our teams, the capacity to reconnect and repair is the foundation to the strongest and most resilient relationships. Now, more than ever, the mission of reconnecting a disconnected world is where our most significant resources should be directed. Then, and only then will we be able to serve those we lead and love. 

Trauma and Understanding

Jody was a Civilian Member with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for two years and then spent 10 years on a locked psychiatric inpatient unit for kids. Trauma is connected significantly to anyone who has experienced marginalization, and Jody makes it clear that it’s never about what happened to you, it’s all about how you make sense of it that matters. Jody has led teams and work cultures through a better understanding of how trauma can impact families and organizations, how to stay connected, and more importantly reconnect when it’s needed the most.

About the Session

About the Speaker

Dr. Jody Carrington

PhD; Clinical Psychologist

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. While she is a child psychologist by trade, Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favourite people to work with include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody works to shift the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do.

Before Jody started her own practice and speaking across the country, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on the inpatient and day treatment units. It is there where she held families with some of the most difficult stories. Working with these families taught her the most important lesson: we are wired to do hard things. We can handle those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection.

To learn more about Jody and the work she does, click here

Reconnection: Building strength through authentic connection & Trauma and Understanding