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The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization that was formed in 1964.

 

SIECCAN works with educators, health professionals, community organizations, governments, and other partners to promote the sexual and reproductive health of Canadians.

 

A core objective of SIECCAN is to increase the capacity of educators and institutions that deliver education and healthcare to Canadians to provide comprehensive sexual health education.

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Our Priorities

Current key priorities for SIECCAN include the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive sexual health education focused on:

  • Marginalized youth including those with disabilities, diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, and ethno-cultural minority youth;

  • The prevention of sexual and gender-based violence;

  • Media literacy and technology;

  • Prevention of sexually transmitted infections.

Currently, the development of high-quality, easily accessible sexual health education materials to assist parents/caregivers and teachers in providing high quality sexual health education is a priority for SIECCAN.

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Our Work

SIECCAN develops and disseminates comprehensive sexual health education resources for educators, health professionals, and the public; conducts research on sexual health; and publishes the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality (CJHS).

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Who We Are

We are an interdisciplinary team of sexual health educators, researchers, and resource developers specializing in policy consultation and the development of evidence-based sexual health education materials.

  • Alex McKay, PhD
    Alex McKay, PhD

    Executive Director

    Alex joined SIECCAN in 1989 as a Research Assistant. Since 2016, he has been Executive Director and Managing Editor of SIECCAN’s Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality.

    (he/him)

    Jocelyn Wentland, PhD
    Jocelyn Wentland, PhD

    Director of Operations

    Jocelyn joined SIECCAN in 2015 as a Research Associate. Jocelyn examined women's sexuality and definitions of casual sex relationships in her graduate research. Jocelyn oversees SIECCAN's various projects. 

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    Jessica Wood, PhD
    Jessica Wood, PhD

    Research and Project Development Lead

    Jessica joined SIECCAN in 2018 as a Research Specialist. Jessica conducts research and develops sexual health education resources for educators and policy makers. Her research has focused on the sexual health of youth, women, LGBTQ+ people, and people in multi-partner relationships.

    (she/her)

    Yi Wen Shao, MPH
    Yi Wen Shao, MPH

    Disability Sexual Health Promotion Specialist

    Yi Wen joined SIECCAN in 2022 as a Project Coordinator. Yi Wen completed her graduate studies in public health with a focus on social and behavioural health sciences (health promotion). She oversees SIECCAN's Enhancing Effective Sexual Health Promotion with Autistic and Disabled Youth project.


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    Ada Madubueze, MSc
    Ada Madubueze, MSc

    Gender-Based Violence Sexual Health Promotion Specialist

    Ada joined SIECCAN in 2022 as a Project Coordinator. She has a graduate degree in epidemiology with a research focus on perinatal, sexual, and reproductive health. She oversees SIECCAN's GBV Prevention within Sexual Health Education Project.

    (she/her)

    Sophia Greene, MA
    Sophia Greene, MA

    Sexual Health Education Coordinator

    Sophia joined SIECCAN in 2022 as a Research Assistant and now works as a Projects Administrator to support all projects across the organization. Sophia is a sex educator and their graduate research focused on embodied resistance to patriarchy and colonialism.

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  • Eugene Nam

    • Patient Engagement Lead, HIV Medical Affairs, Gilead Sciences, Toronto, ON

    Director

    Stephen Holzapfel, MD CCFP FCFP

    • Medical Director, Sexual Medicine Counselling Unit/Department of Family & Community Medicine/Women’s College Hospital

    • Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine and Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

    Chair

    Josephine Pui-Hing Wong, RN, PhD

    • Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services

    • Cross Appointment, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

    • Adjunct, Graduate Program in Environmental Studies, York University

    • The Ryerson Center for Immigration and Settlement, Toronto, ON

    Treasurer

    Ann Barrett

    • Sexual Health Educator (Retired), Toronto Public Health, Toronto, ON

    Director

    Lori A. Brotto, PhD, R Psych

    • Professor, Faculty of Medicine | Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology


    • Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute | Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health/The University of British Columbia | Diamond Health Care Centre, Vancouver, BC

    Director

    E. Sandra Byers, Ph.D., L. Psyc., FRSC

    • Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick

    • Executive Director, Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology

    Director

    William A. Fisher, PhD, FCAHS

    • Distinguished Professor Emeritus/Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychology


    • Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Western University, London, ON

    Director

    Yonah Krakowski, MD, FRCSC

    • Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto


    • Transition Related Surgical Program, Women’s College Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON

    Director

    Rob McEwan

    • Senior Vice President, Argyle Public Relationships, Toronto, ON

    Director

    Uzma Rehman, Ph.D.

    • Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

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Our Expertise

Sexual health education/promotion

Sexual health education/promotion content and resource development for professional, student, and public audiences

Research design, implementation, and results dissemination

Sexual health policy development

Our Partnerships and Collaborations

We are committed to building on existing partnerships and establishing new partnerships and collaborations based on shared objectives.

Our Principles

SIECCAN developed Core Principles of Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (page 22 of the Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education) that reflect our organizational values and inform our work.

 

The Core Principles state that comprehensive sexual health education:

Is accessible to all people inclusive of age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, STI status, geographic location, socio-economic status, cultural or religious background, ability, or housing status.

Read our Anti-Racism Statement

Promotes gender equality and the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.

Promotes human rights including autonomous decision-making and respect for the rights of others.

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