Webinar Series – Military-connected students in Canada

April 1, 2021

You are invited to join ASCN (New Zealand) for the next Webinar in the series that is discussing on the role of Education in enhancing Wellbeing and Life Outcomes for Military Service Members and Veterans.
This Webinar will provide a Canadian perspective of military-connected students in higher education in Canada:

“Military-connected students in Canada: A conceptual framework.

In this presentation Darryl Cathcart will share insights from his research on military-connected student higher education in Canada along with a conceptual framework which aims to harmonize academic and social support for this group of underrepresented students. He will provide overview on the current state of military-connected students in Canada, the benefits of Education, the taxonomy of military-connected students, the academic and social support framework including a Current project in this area.

Presenters:  Darryl Cathcart
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership student
Western University

Date:  Wednesday 21st of April 2021

Time:  New Zealand 9.00 am
Australia 7.00 am Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane
The Netherlands 11.00 pm Amsterdam, Thursday 8th of April 2021
The UK 10.00 pm London, Thursday 8th of April 2021
Canada 5.00 pm Toronto, 2.00 pm Vancouver, Thursday 8th of April 2021
The USA 5.00 pm New York, 2.00 pm Los Angeles, Thursday 8th of April 2021

There will be a one hour presentation followed by a one hour interactive Q&A session that will allow participants to ask the presenters questions about points raised in the presentation or current issues on transition related to their work.


To participate in this Webinar with Darryl Cathcart Register at:


When you have registered you will receive information on how to access the webinar online.


Darryl G. Cathcart

Darryl Cathcart is a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership student at Western University.

He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, the United States Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College, and holds a Master of Education degree from Queen’s University.

Darryl’s research interests include adult education with a focus on military-connected students and Veteran transition to civilian life.

He enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1991 as a Private soldier, commissioned from the ranks as a senior non-commissioned member and retired in 2017 as a senior officer.

During his operational service, Darryl was employed in command and staff positions in the 1st and 3rd Battalions of The Royal Canadian Regiment and the Canadian Special Operations Regiment. He served at the Infantry School and was a member of the directing staff at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College and deployed to Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.


This series of real time education and information sharing webinars has been developed by ASCN an Australian and New Zealand Not For Profit organisation in collaboration with its partners in the each of the 5 Eyes Countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom). In 2021 Open Door: Veteran Transition Integration Wellbeing Research Centre at Flinders University will be partnering with ASCN to develop and present the webinar series.

The Webinars in the series are being presented by International Thought Leaders and Researchers from each of the 5 Eyes Countries and Robert Lippiatt from ASCN is the chair of the series. Robert has had significant international experience chairing and facilitating Defence and Veterans Forums

Each Webinar is intended to share key issues and insights on Military Veteran Transition and post service life gained through research and other ongoing work with military members, veterans and their families in the relevant country and to stimulate ongoing conversations and collaborations.

Watch out for information and registration instructions for further Webinars in the series in 2021.

If you require any additional information on these Webinars or would like to register your interest in participating in the rest of the Webinar series please contact Steve Shamy at the ASCN Secretariat at email ascn.nz@gmail.com.



ASCN (New Zealand) in conjunction with ASCN (Australia) form the Trans Tasman Australasian Services Care Network (ASCN).

This Not for profit Network acts as a neutral and independent hub for discussion and action by Government, Research, Service Providers and Advocacy on health and wellbeing questions and issues that impact military, veterans, public safety officers and their families in both countries.

It is committed to improving the life-long health and wellbeing of current and former members of the Defence Force (Regular and Reserve), Public Safety Organisations and their Families

Open Door

Open Door is an Australasian multi-disciplinary research and diffusion hub based at Flinders University that exists to undertake and disseminate research information to academics, practitioners and veterans interested in research and to contribute to evidence informed discussions on policy and service design and delivery to veterans. first responders and their families.

Its research is multidisciplinary, applied and theoretical and includes amongst other topics:
• key service provision challenges (claims, case work, crisis care)
• key policy challenges (including institutional abuse, veteran suicide or veterans in correction)
• social, cultural and historical research on Defence and Veterans Affairs legislation, policy and service provision
• clinical and cognitive psychological evidence and practice
• new approaches for veterans with transition challenges, traumatic stress injuries and moral injury.

Open Door‘s approach is based on the view that the best source of evidence on veteran issues are veterans. The Centre uses a co-design approach that draws upon the lived experiences of veterans and their families.

The Open Door team is made up of veteran researchers and policy experts drawn from a number of Universities across Australia and New Zealand. Its aim is to bring together the best minds and thinkers to conduct applied and blue-sky research that demonstrates what works for veterans in transition and across the life course.

Like ASCN. Open Door is committed to contributing to enhancing the Wellbeing of veterans. first responders and their families.