The 35th biennial Canadian Congress on Criminal Justice September 30 - October 2, 2015

News Release Release Date: September 30, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Participants from across Canada are gathering in Regina at the Delta Regina Hotel on September 30 - October 2, 2015 to discuss “Justice at the Crossroads: The Challenges Facing the Justice System in a Rapidly Changing Environment".

“The Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA) and University of Regina’s Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety (CCJS) are excited to present this year’s biennial Canadian Congress on Criminal Justice,” says Hirsch Greenberg, practicum coordinator with the U of R’s Justice Studies, and President-Elect of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association.  “The Congress brings together all elements of the criminal justice community to promote informed debate on the Canadian criminal justice system.”

The conference launches with an all day workshop on post-traumatic stress disorder on Wednesday, September 30th. The PTSD: First Responders and Community Workers Forum is intended for frontline workers in community-based agencies, justice agencies and other organizations, as well as first responders such as police, fire fighters and paramedics.

On October 1st and 2nd, keynote speakers such as criminologist Anthony Doob; economist Paul Kershaw; Paul Gillespie, President of the Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance; and many other presenters will discuss the following conference sub-themes:

  • Violence, trauma and recovery;
  • The impact of technology on justice, crime and society;
  • Community wellness and change; and
  • The promise ahead (innovation, promising practices and the future of the justice system.)

Award-winning Canadian journalist Patrick White, will address the banquet on Thursday, October 1.  Mr. White has worked for Newsweek, The New York Post, The Walrus, and currently serves as National Correspondent for The Globe and Mail. In 2004 he published Mountie in Mukluks, an irreverent look at the work of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the Canadian Arctic during the 1930s, and in 2007 he received a National Magazine Awards Gold Medal for his feature "Red Rush" in The Walrus. In 2009 White served as an embedded journalist with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan. He won the 2011 National Newspaper Award (NNA) for best Long Feature for an anniversary piece on the founding of Nunavut, followed in 2015 by another NNA award for his expose of Canada's overuse of solitary confinement, "Who Killed Eddie Snowshoe?"

The CCJA, formed in 1917, is an independent national voluntary organization working for an improved criminal justice system in Canada. The CCJS provides leading-edge research and technology advancement opportunities, as well as specialized education in the fields of justice, safety and first response.

To view a detailed program visit the CCJA website at:

For more information contact Hirsch Greenberg, Department of Justice Studies, at ph: (306) 585-4038, cell: (306) 530-6465 or email:


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