Plenary Speakers

J. Paul Nadeau

J. Paul Nadeau

Former police detective, hostage negotiator and international peacekeeper J. Paul Nadeau spent more than 30 years working with victims of crime and perpetrators and learning from top experts in abuse situations, murder investigations, hostage takings, terrorist attacks and human behavior in general. Read More

Dr. Vikram Patel

Dr. Vikram Patel

Vikram Patel is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. His work has focused on the burden of mental disorders, their association with social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment. Read More.

Louis Sorin

Louis Sorin

Louis has been working in the health and social field for more than thirty years. After his Master in Social Work from the University of Manitoba, he received a graduate certificate in Health System Leadership from Royal Roads University. Read More.

Albert McLeod

Albert McLeod

Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. Albert began his Two-Spirit advocacy in Winnipeg in 1986 and became an HIV/AIDS activist in 1987. Read More.

Carol Hopkins

Carol Hopkins

Carol Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation (a division of the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation) and is of the Lenape Nation at Moraviantown, ON. Carol was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Canada, 2018. In 2019, she was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Western University. Read More.

Elana Ludman

Elana Ludman

Elana Ludman is the Vice President, Youth Mental Health, at the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF). In her role, she works with a variety of stakeholders to support Integrated Youth Services across Canada. Read More.

Alyssa Frampton

Alyssa Frampton

As a recent political science graduate of Saint Mary’s University, Alyssa Frampton works at the intersections of youth, policy and health. Alyssa is the co-lead of the ACCESS-Open Minds National Youth Council and is the Atlantic Canada Field Organizer with Democratic Engagement Exchange. Read More.

Rilee Many Bears

Rilee Many Bears

Rilee Many Bears was raised in Siksika Nation, Alberta, on the reserve where he lives with his younger siblings, cousins, and his aunt, who has taken him in as her own. Rilee suffered from depression since the passing of his father, but uses his diagnosis as motivation to continue running. Read More.

Lyra Reid

Lyra Reid

Lyra Reid is a 19-year-old transgender woman living in Saskatchewan. Having dealt with mental illness in the past, she's overcome many challenges and is now studying Early Childhood Education. Read More.

Shayan Yazdanpanah

Shayan Yazdanpanah

Shayan Yazdanpanah grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario and is an Engineering student at Ryerson University. He is passionate about paying forward the help he has received throughout his life by helping others. Read More.

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