The 2018 Annual Best Start Resource Centre Conference took place from Tuesday February 6th to Thursday February 8th at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre. Over the course of the three days, over 500 delegates came together to discuss key issues in maternal and child health, including preconception, speech and language development, gender-inclusivity, Indigenous approaches and breastfeeding. Delegates, including public health nurses, midwives, doulas, physicians, staff from EarlyON centres, breastfeeding supporters, Ontario Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) and Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children (AHBHC) staff, social workers and more, came from all across Canada to participate.
Check our conference-at-a-glance!
Then explore the pages of this website (Overview | February 6 (Pre-Conference) | February 7-8 (Main Conference) | Speakers) to learn more about the topics presented at all three days of the conference!
Highlights from this year's conference include:
- The launch of the Best Start Resource Centre's Ontario Prenatal Education Directory in English and French!
- A fun playdough challenge! Attendees were challenged to illustrate one of the themes of Dr. Zuckerman's keynote ... with playdough.
- A free sampling of Niagara Escarpment mocktails by the LCBO!
- 26 exhibitors!
- 4 concomitant, full-day workshops, including a special day for the Innovative Support for Black Parents Initiative!
Watch the videos of several keynote presentations:
K1 – Preconception Health: Does it Matter? Video 1 Video 2
Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair, Perinatal Community Health; Women’s Health Research Chair, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
K3 – Beyond Information and Advice: How to Help Parents Nurture and Raise Their Children
Barry S. Zuckerman, MD, Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
K4 – The Power of Partnerships to build a better world for women and children
Dr. Helen Scott, of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH).