Beyond the Headlines: Are You Ready for the Media?


Monday, August 19, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Have you ever wished that reporting regarding parole and probation could be more accurate—and that it would include better coverage of advances within our profession and recognition of our productive work? This session will discuss the importance for parole and probation authorities to conduct outreach to influence what is being reported by the media and better inform the public. The Parole Board of Canada will present its effort to become more open and accessible to several outlets (media, universities, police, crown attorneys, victim groups, etc.). Our goal has been to increase awareness and understanding of the Board’s public safety mandate and the research that supports the safe and gradual reintegration of offenders into the community. Come learn about our efforts and our successes.


Mrs. Sylvie Blanchet
Executive Vice-Chairperson, Parole Board of Canada

On January 3, 2018, Sylvie Blanchet was appointed Executive Vice-Chairperson of the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) for a period of five years. Prior to her appointment, she had been the Regional Director General in the PBC's Atlantic Region since June 2015. In this role, she collaborated regularly with stakeholders and federal and provincial/territorial partners in the criminal justice system and provided strategic and operational leadership to regional staff. Ms. Blanchet began her career with PBC in 2008, as Regional Manager for Community Relations and Training in the Atlantic Region. Before joining PBC, Ms. Blanchet worked for Correctional Services Canada (CSC) between 1992 and 2008 in various capacities in both Moncton and Ottawa, including as a Parole Officer, Program Manager and as Assistant Warden at the Westmorland Institution in Dorchester, N.B as well as other managerial roles within the organization. Ms. Blanchet is committed to bringing a regional perspective to her role. She is dedicated to fostering a positive and healthy workplace and to the ongoing implementation of a strong vision for the Board and its mandate.