IIRP Canada was founded in 2008 as an international affiliate of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, an accredited graduate school based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, to offer training and consulting in restorative practices across Canada. IIRP Canada works with schools, facilities, community programs, workplaces, faith groups and families with a focus on strengthening relationships and repairing harm as a way of building community.
Who We Are
Bruce became the director of IIRP Canada in 2008. He has worked extensively with schools, school boards and districts, workplaces, communities and in various contexts across Canada in restorative practices training, consultation and development. Prior to working with IIRP Canada, Bruce served as the chaplain at Brookside Youth Centre in Cobourg, Ontario, as a policy analyst, and as a coordinator in youth and adult justice. Bruce has been widely involved in restorative work for nearly two decades.
Trainer and Consultant
Ron Cameron is a retired educator from the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board where he spent 17 years as an administrator. While working in a youth justice setting as a secondary principal, he was introduced to restorative practices and incorporated this approach throughout the school. Upon retirement he began working part-time for IIRP Canada. Ron currently volunteers for a Youth Justice Committee as a restorative conference facilitator and has extensive experience doing restorative practices work in schools, workplaces and other settings.
Trainer and Consultant
Alex Larson works as a Restorative Practices Specialist with schools and organizations providing training, facilitation, mediation, restorative conferencing, consultation and coaching. Alex has a B.A. in Communications, a Diploma in Adult Education, and an Associate Certificate in Leadership & Conflict Resolution and is a qualified mediator and circle facilitator. Alex lives in the Vancouver area and works with IIRP Canada across British Columbia.
Centre for Workplace Engagement: This organization supports companies and organizations to rewire workplace relationships using restorative practices.
FaithCARE: Since 2007, this multi-denominational team of veteran Restorative Practice facilitators has collaborated with over 50 churches around Ontario from a variety of denominations.
The International Institute for Restorative Practices: An accredited graduate school based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the IIRP has been an integral part of a large worldwide movement of scholars, policymakers and practitioners advancing the fields of restorative justice and, more broadly, restorative practices.
National Restorative Justice Symposium: Correctional Services of Canada, with local organizations across Canada, hosts an annual conference on restorative practices and restorative justice.
Restorative Practices Consortium: This ad-hoc group of restorative practitioners involved in implementing restorative practices at the systems level in their school districts, organized a major symposium, supported by the Ontario Ministry of Education, for students, teachers and administrators.
Restorative Works: A project of the Restorative Practices Foundation, the learning network helps people become more knowledgeable and proficient in restorative practices.
Shalem Mental Health Network: This Christian charity provides individual, couple and family counselling and equips communities to embrace the needs of people who struggle with emotional distress and/or mental illness.