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November 22-23, 2020

Key Note Address - Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti

Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti is a breast cancer survivor who has practiced polyamory/non-monogamy since the late 1980s. In fact, it was the December 2013 cancer diagnosis that caused her to realize how short life is; this served as the catalyst that caused her to come out, LOUD AND PROUD, as sex-positive, bisexual and polyamorous. She has presented on polyamory and bisexuality, and spoken on panels at high schools/colleges, and has sat in on polyamory/non-monogamy panels, as well as panels of sexperts at the Center for Sex Positive Culture in Seattle. Since 2017, she has been presenting a workshop she created, called "Transcending Shame", as well as "Polyamory 101: FROM THREESOMES TO WE-SOMES!" Gloria identifies as Solo Poly, and she has two partners: one is local, and the other is long distance. You can learn more about Gloria from the following Cosmo UK article: "Life with Two Boyfriends: Inside a Polyamorous Relationship" (https://tinyurl.com/y73fgsow), and you can find Gloria on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GloriaJacksonNefertiti), Twitter (https://twitter.com/gloriajn), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/gloriajacksonnefertiti/).

Mel Cassidy

Mel Cassidy is a relationship coach and sex-positive nerd who guides social misfits and cultural rebels to experiences of joyful, embodied, authentic open relationships. Mel is certified in Counselling for Intimacy and Relationships, Holistic Peer Counselling, and is a ZEGG Forum facilitator. They are a student of the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sexology and pursue studies focused on trauma-informed approaches to the mind-body relationship. Creator of The Monogamy Detox online program, they are dedicated to creating trauma-sensitive spaces where all beings can flourish. With over two decades of experience teaching and facilitating in groups small and large, Mel has a reputation for innovation, novelty, and both thinking and living outside the box. Mel is queer, experiences relationships as a solo polyamorous individual, and  lives, loves, and dances on the traditional and unceded territories of the K'ómoks Nation in British Columbia, Canada. Follow Mel on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @radicalrelating 

www.radicalrelationshipcoaching.ca   

www.monogamydetox.com

 

Author - Jenny Yuen

Jenny Yuen is an award-winning news reporter, who covers a wide variety of local, provincial and national stories, and has written for the Toronto Sun, Now Magazine, Toronto Life and CBC Radio. She is a proud poly partner. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Author - Monica Meneghetti

Monica Meneghetti is a white European settler and child of Italian immigrants, born in the region of Treaty 7 (Calgary, Canada.) Her first book,  What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging (Dagger Editions) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Bi Book Award winner.  The book speaks to an array of open-minded readers, from foodies to relationship anarchists. Nominated for Bi Writer of the Year, Monica defines bisexual as loving her own and other genders. Since bi and gender-diverse identities both challenge binary thinking, she has observed a natural allyship between the two communities. As a manuscript development editor, her clients include emerging trans* writers.

Dr. Ryan G. Witherspoon, Ph.D.

Dr. Ryan G. Witherspoon is a psychotherapist, researcher, educator and speaker.  He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, and holds Masters degrees in clinical and general psychology from CSPP and Pepperdine University, respectively.  As a clinician, he practices psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults and relationships, as well as works with non-traditional relationships and sexualities such as consensual non-monogamy, polyamory, and kink.  Dr. Witherspoon frequently publishes and presents to professional and general audiences, as well as trains clinicians in cultural competence and sex-positivity regarding alternative sexualities and relationships.  His current research focuses on the intersections between consensual non-monogamy, stigma, minority stress, and resilience.  

Dr. Ruth Neustifter, PhD

Ruth Neustifter is an assistant professor and graduate faculty member at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) in the Couples & Family Therapy program. The foci of her research, writing, and outreach include sexual well-being for diverse populations, and survivors of intimate partner violence and other forms of sexual violence. She holds a doctoral degree in Child & Family Development with specializations in Couples and Family Therapy and Qualitative Research. Ruth has a growing list of publications in academic journals as well as in the mainstream press and continues to create original research in her areas of interest.  Her writing can be found throughout the internet and in publications including The Journal of Feminist Family Therapy and The International Journal of Sexual Health.  Author of book chapters in Intimate Violence in our Communities, Making Waves in Sexuality, Feminism & Relationships and author of The Nice Girl's Guide to Talking Dirty. 

C.J. Zigante

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