6th Biennial Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium

New Approaches to Rehabilitation and Correctional Reform

May 7 - 9, 2024 | Edmonton, Alberta

MacEwan University (10700 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Robbins Health Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

A Message from the Conference Coordinator

Thank you for your interest in the Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium!

The Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium is BACK and BIGGER!

After a hiatus of 4 years, we are pleased to announce the return of ACJS to MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta!

Restorative Justice Overview

In addition to the two days of Keynote Speakers, workshops and the closing Panel, there will be an additional all day Pre-Conference event focusing on Restorative Justice. This event is the culmination of a two-year MacEwan project entitled “Alternative Justice: Placing Canada's Use of Restorative Practices in Comparative Context" and will consist of speakers and workshops on Tuesday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium Overview

Although attitudes to, and practices of, criminal justice implementation have improved dramatically over the past century, there remain many aspects of the criminal justice system in the Western world that still require new ways of thinking and implementation.

These include restorative justice, effective rehabilitation, creative correctional practices, and evidence-based approaches and practices that significantly prevent criminological behaviour or reduce recidivism.
This symposium anticipates a diversity of speakers and workshop presentations that will explore current best practices and new approaches to rehabilitation and correctional reform both within Canada and internationally.

Proposed Key Themes


Aging in the Criminal Justice System

Correctional Reform

Prison and Correctional Reform


Homelessness and the Criminal Justice System


Racism and Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Restorative Justice

Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium


Dr. Chris Giacomantonio

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology



Dr. Meghan Novisky

Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Sociology, Cleveland State University


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Benjamin Perrin

Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC



John Reilly

Former Judge, Author, and Speaker


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Dr. Kanika Samuels-Wortley

Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Justice, Ontario Tech University



Howard Sapers

Narrator, Justice Sector Policy Advisor, Visiting Professor, University of Ottawa, Department of Criminology



Justin Tetrault

Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Alberta, Augustana Campus


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Dr. Ivan Zinger

Correctional Investigator of Canada


Selected Confirmed Workshops

Chris Giacomantonio, Ph.D
The future of policing and alternative response model

Kristopher Liber
Therapeutic Living Units: A Joint Partnership Between Correctional Services Division and Recovery Oriented Systems of Care Solutions Group

Mehgan Novisky, Ph.D, William Schultz, Ph.D
Prison violence

Benjamin Perrin, Ph.D
Overcoming Failure: Key Aspects to keeping People Out of the Justice System

Narda Robillard
Reflections and Learnings from a Restorative Justice Practitioner

Aileen Simon
Unlocking Opportunities: Creating Employment Pathways for Job Seekers with Criminal Records

D. Scharie Tavcer, Ph.D
Gladue reports for Indigenous offenders and how they vary by jurisdiction across Canada


Looking for accommodation for the conference? We have secured a special rate at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Edmonton, within walking distance of the conference site. Click the image below to make your booking.

Symposium Sponsors

ACJS 2022 hosts