May 6-7, 2021



CSES 2021: Disrupt Demand

The 2021 Canadian Sexual Exploitation Summit is a free online conference happening May 6-7.


CSES brings together more than 50 expert speakers who will present the latest research, innovative strategies, and lessons helpful to leaders from every sector.

Why do we need a Canadian Sexual Exploitation Summit?
To unite organizations and individuals in Canada fighting sexual exploitation.
To create an opportunity for networking and strategizing.
To fuel a movement towards collective action and ground-breaking strategies against sexual exploitation in Canada.

Speaker Applications Now Closed


Besides absorbing knowledge shared through speakers, we want to absorb knowledge shared through the Arts. Watch for some artists in the Whova Agenda.

Assistance if Triggered

Some of the sessions of the Summit could be triggering to those who have experienced trauma in their past. Even for those who have not experienced trauma some sessions cover heavy topics. Knowledge Keepers and Elders will be available for designated hours during the morning, afternoon and evening hours of the Summit on May 6,7. Attendees can use the Meet-up function in the Whova App to reach out and request a meeting should you want to take advantage of their help. Watch the Whova App for details.

Recognizing Joy Smith

Defend Dignity and Sponsors of the Canadian Sexual Exploitation Summit are honouring Joy Smith for her tireless efforts to address human trafficking in Canada. You will find this in your Summit agenda on the Whova App at Noon on May 6, 2021.

Joy Smith holds a Bachelor's Degree (B.Ed.) and a Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in education and was a teacher for 23 years devoted to educating high school students in mathematics and science.

Mrs. Smith is also a best-selling author and a recipient of the Hedley Award for Excellence in Research. She was nominated as Manitoba's Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. She is also a wife and mother of six children.

Joy Smith served as Member of Parliament for Kildonan - St. Paul (2004-2015) and Member of the Manitoba Legislature (MLA) for Fort Garry (1999-2003) and served as critic for Justice, Education, and Intergovernmental (Urban) Affairs. She also led the Manitoba Task Force for Building Sustainable Communities.

Full Bio
Joy Smith


Pre-recorded Sessions will be released on May 6 and May 7. Download the Whova App to see the schedule | Apple | Android. There will be two live panels; one on May 6 and one on May 7. Check the Whova App for details. Due to the high number of sessions, consider upgrading your registration to life-time access.

Learn More


Over 40 pre-recorded sessions will be released on May 6 and May 7. These sessions are listed at the same time each morning, but that simply means they will be available from that time on for the duration of the Summit to watch at your leisure. There will be  live webinars and panels on May 6 and May 7. Click on the button below for the detailed schedule. You can Download Whova Mobile Apps or Access the Web Platform on Desktop to access the sessions. Due to the high number of sessions, consider upgrading your registration to lifetime access.

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Law Enforcement Training

The training will equip law enforcement personnel (attorneys, police officers, judges, lawyers, and law students) with a deeper understanding of the impact of sexual exploitation (prostitution). The training is based on 20 years of experience with the Prostitution Offender Program in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

We will highlight how the justice system together with community agencies needs to respond to sexual exploitation by focussing on the demand side of paid sex. We will explore: the reasons of why men buy sex, the legal provisions in the Criminal Code of Canada about prostitution, enforcement strategies against demand, and the connection between the sex industry and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. We will also share powerful testimonies of women who have lived through sexual exploitation, abuse and trauma and how they are using their voices to educate sex buyers about the harms of this industry.

Cost:  $20 and law students free (register link)
When: Wed, May 5, 2021 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT

Organizing team:

The training is organized through collaboration between the Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services Winnipeg, Manitoba Justice Prosecution Services, Winnipeg Police Services and other community agencies.


Transit, Truck, and Taxi Training

Equipped and empowered industry members are critical in the fight against human trafficking. Learn from Truckers Against Trafficking Training Specialist, Liz Williamson, on how Truckers Against Trafficking is building the largest mobile army of transportation professionals dedicated to discovering and disrupting human trafficking networks, and glean best practice examples of public-private partnerships in this effort.

Cost:  FREE!
When: May 5, 2021 12:30- 1:30 CDT


Hospitality Training

This workshop will empower hoteliers and hotel staff with psycho-education through an interactive workshop on human trafficking. Our workshop helps service providers understand human trafficking, recognize risk factors, red flags, and how to prevent youth from being trafficked. We bring this to life through a survivor sharing her lived experience with the audience. Certificates will be mailed to participants.

Cost:  FREE!
When: May 4, 2021 9:30- 11:30 CDT


Video Contest

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The Details

Training for Law Enforcement

Training for Transit, Trucks and Taxis

Training for Hospitality Industry


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*Life-Time Access INCLUDED in SURVIVOR registration*

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The CSES Code of Conduct

Those attending the CSES understand that they do so in a spirit of open-mindedness, respect and tolerance. Defend Dignity (dD) does not tolerate harassment in any form. Participants agree to respect confidentiality and understand that the atmosphere at the CSES is appropriate for high-level relationship building and strategy development in growing the movement to end sexual exploitation.

dD reserves the right to sanction or expel conference participants who violate these rules.