2017 MP Breakfast Connections with Dr. Janet Werker

Please join MP Joyce Murray at her November 17, 2017 MP Breakfast Connections with guest speaker Dr. Janet Werker.

Title: The Science of Success: Innovation in Early Child Development.

Decades worth of research have shown that children entering school with poor language skills have greater challenges with reading and writing skills later in life – skills that are increasingly important to succeed in Canada’s knowledge economy. We know that certain kinds of parenting practices in infancy contribute to language skills development – but how and why? Cutting edge new research techniques are helping us answer these questions. Governments need early child development policy and funding to be as effective as possible; and parents, caregivers and educators need to understand how best to help children succeed.

Janet Werker

Janet Werker is internationally known for her research investigating the perceptual foundations of language acquisition and is a University Killam Professor in the Department of Psychology, Director of the Infant Studies Centre, and one of the founders and co-directors of the UBC wide Language Sciences. She is an award-winning Canada Research Chair whose innovative research discoveries were recently highlighted in the book Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier, and Happier by former Governor-General David Johnston and Tom Jenkins.

Dr. Werker is also part of the Early Development Research Group edrg.psych.ubc.ca a consortium of six research centers interested in development of language, learning, and social understanding in infants and children.

Join the conversation with Janet about the new tools, policies and practices for helping children optimize their chance to thrive and succeed.

7:30 am – Registration + Buffet Breakfast
7:50 to 8:45 am – Speaker Q and A

The cost of the breakfast is $20 / $10 for students. (Cash only at the door)

Please RSVP by emailing joyce.murray.c1c@parl.gc.ca or by calling 604-664-9220.