20th Symposium on Violence & Aggression

The Biennial Symposium on Violence & Aggression has been a collaborative effort of Correctional Service Canada, the University of Saskatchewan, and other government, public, and academic contributors since 1986.  Targeted to frontline workers, as well as clinicians and other professionals and administrators in criminal justice and forensic mental health, the Symposium translates research and theory into practice and provides an opportunity to highlight excellence and innovation within a variety of correctional and criminal justice environments.


The 20th offering will focus on “Current Trends in Violence” and will feature 4 plenary speakers and up to 12 concurrent sessions, involving more than 16 local, national and international presenters. Presenters will share their knowledge and experience on an array of topics including:

  • Gangs
  • Human Trafficking
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Post-Covid Trends in Violence



Keynote Speakers

Monday, May 27, 2024

More than a Voyeur: Engagement with Indigenous Peoples in Street Lifestyles - Dr. Robert Henry, University of Saskatchewan

Human Trafficking and Implications for Policy and Practice (tentative topic) - Dr. Manuela Valle-Castro, University of Saskatchewan

 Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Interactions with Conspiracy Theorists and Resulting Real-World Violence - Dr. Christine Sarteschi, Chatham University

Domestic violence risk assessment risk management: The importance of researcher-practitioner partnerships - Dr. N. Zoe Hilton, Research Chair in Forensic Mental Health at the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.


Concurrent Sessions

Monday, May 27, 2024

  • The Journey to Becoming an Indigenous Gang Member - Stan Tu’Inukuafe, STR8 UP 10’000 Little Steps to Healing, Inc.
  • Intimate Partner Violence: Current Evidence from Research and Future Directions - Crystal Giesbrecht, University of Regina
  • Pawsitive Connections: Exploring the Role of Animals in High-Risk Policing and Human Health and Wellbeing - Dr. Colleen Dell, University of Saskatchewan, & Dr. Roberta Sinclair, Carleton University and the RCMP 
  • 'New-Age' Gangs - Dr. Cathy Prowse,University of Calgary and Mount Royal University
  • Human Trafficking In Canada -Sgt. Greg Smith, NCO i/c Saskatchewan Trafficking Response Team (STRT)
  • Living in the Shadow of Mass Shooting: Facing the Complexity of Community Recovery -Dr. Jack Rozdilsky, York University

   Tuesday, May 28, 2024

  • Current Trends, Structure, and Violence Within Saskatoon Street Gangs - Detective Constable Kevin Adrian, & Detective Constable Derrick Harvey, Guns & Gangs Unit, Saskatoon Police Service

  • Overvalued Beliefs and Conspiracy Theories (tentative topic) - Dr. Gary Chaimowitz, McMaster University
  • Responding to Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence in Rural Municipalities Across the Prairies - Dr. Masha Kardashevskaya, University of Manitoba

  •  Human Trafficking in the Prairies - Joeline Magill, Hope Restored Canada
  • Working with Unhoused Persons in Saskatoon - Yvonne Raymer, Saskatoon Fire Department
  • Men as IPV Victims (tentative topic) - Dr. Elizabeth Bates, University of Cumbria


 Banquet Speaker

First Nations Policing and Public Safety - Matthew Mirasty, First Nations and Indigenous Policing, Government of Saskatchewan


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Register Now !

Registration is now open for the 2024 offering of the Violence & Aggression Symposium. Please visit:

Registration Fees - all fees are plus Taxes

Early Bird Fees - until April 15, 2024

  • $530.00 Registration
  • $225.00 Student

Regular Conference Registration - after April 15, 2024

  • $585.00 Registration
  • $250.00 Student


Poster Competition

Call for abstracts – in-person poster session open to all (monetary prize for ‘best student poster’). Abstract submission deadline  - April 15th, 2024.



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