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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.

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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.


Kyle is a Staff Therapist and Registered Psychologist at the Saffron

Centre. He has been with the Saffron Centre for just under 2 years and works both in individual and group therapy; additionally, he splits his time working in private practice.

For over 5 years, he has been working in the mental health field; specializing in trauma treatment, often working with survivors of sexual trauma, Indigenous Peoples in Canada, LGBTQ2S+, first responders and veterans.

Kyle Poon

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Keestin O'Dell

Being Okicitawak: Building the Warriors Fire


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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.


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

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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

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Jesse Lipscombe

Co-founder, #MakeItAwkward Campaign

Actor and Producer


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.

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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

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