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Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle

The Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle is a component of the Military and Veteran Families in Canada Initiative, a partnership between the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Canadian Armed Forces to build awareness, capacity, competency and community regarding military and Veteran families in Canada.


The purpose of the Military and Veteran Families in Canada Initiative is to understand the unique experiences, expectations and perspectives of military and Veteran families, and to ensure military families have equitable access to services and programs in their neighbourhoods. A leadership circle and knowledge network is being established to connect community clinicians, researchers, community organizations and the general public in this innovative five-year collaboration.


The aim of the Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle is to leverage the skills, talents and expertise of key community leaders to ensure the effective development and delivery of services and programs for military families. Areas of focus will include early childhood/preschool, education, physical and mental health, community and social services, rehabilitation and integration, employment and labour.


  • Accenture
  • Autism Speaks Canada (ASC)
  • Calian Group Ltd.
  • Canada Company
  • The Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)
  • Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF)
  • Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC)
  • Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, Queen’s University (CIMVHR)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
  • Canadian Military Family Magazine (CMF Magazine)
  • Caregivers’ Brigade
  • Department of National Defence (DND)
  • Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre
  • Environics Communications
  • Esquimalt MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre)
  • Invictus Games Toronto 2017 (IG2017)
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland – School of Social Work
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)
  • Military Family Services (MFS)
  • Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC)
  • Office of the Veterans Ombudsman
  • Ottawa Public Health (OPH) – Mental Health Team
  • Phoenix Centre for Children and Families
  • RCMP Veterans’ Association
  • The Royal Canadian Legion
  • Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
  • Strongest Families Institute (SFI)
  • TK Financial Group
  • Trenton MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre)
  • True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL)
  • The Vanier Institute of the Family
  • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)
  • Veterans Transition Network (VTN)
  • VETS Canada
  • Voilà Learning