Please note: speakers are subject to change without notice.
Margaret Barry, PhD
Margaret M. Barry, Ph.D., holds the Established Chair in Health Promotion and Public Health, and is Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at the National University of Ireland Galway. She was re-appointed in 2016 for a second term to the European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (2016-2019). Professor Barry has published widely in mental health promotion and works closely with policymakers and practitioners on the development, implementation and evaluation of mental health promotion interventions and policies at national and international level.
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 of the Order of Canada, 2018. Carol Hopkins has spent more than 20 years in the field of First Nations and addictions and mental health. She holds both a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto and a degree in sacred Indigenous Knowledge, equivalent to a PhD in western based education systems. Carol also holds a sessional faculty position in the school of social work at Kings University College at Western University.
Karen Hetherington is a recently retired faculty lecturer from the McGill University School of Social Work . She continues to teach in the Mental Health certificate program in The Faculty of Continuing Education of the University of Montreal. She has a Masters degree in psycho-education from the University of Montreal and has a rich experience in mental health intervention, management and policy development. Founding president of many community organizations in Quebec, she is presently the director of OPTION MILIEU, an organization that specializes in service planning and training in mental health. For more than 15 years, she was a Senior Consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the area of mental health in Latin America and the Caribbean. President of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Division of Quebec and Montreal Branch, her focus is on mental health prevention and promotion.
Dr. André Delorme
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Ginette Petitpas Taylor has always been one to support and advocate for a fair and just society for all. She was born and raised fluently bilingual in Dieppe as the youngest in a family of 9 children. Later obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Université de Moncton, Ginette carried her wealth of knowledge and dedication to helping others into her career with the Codiac RCMP where for 23 years she served as Victim Service Coordinator, providing services such as; crisis counselling, domestic violence intervention, and domestic violence risk assessment to victims of crime. Always willing to lend a hand, Ginette made time to volunteer for the causes that she holds very near to her heart. She served on the City of Moncton’s Public Safety Advisory Committee, was Chair of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women and was a member of the Coalition for Pay Equity. Both provincially and locally, Ginette has worked closely with several community organizations including the Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Suicide Prevention Program in Moncton. Through all of these experiences, she has gained exceptional knowledge on how to work with all levels of government as well as how to stay informed on the issues that concern her constituents. In Ottawa, Ginette represents her constituency as the Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and also serves as Minister of Health. Photo and bio source: gpetitpastaylor.liberal.ca
Norman Lamb has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk (UK) since 2001. After serving as a minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, he was appointed Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health in September 2012 and served in this position until the end of the Coalition Government in May 2015. As Health Minister, Norman worked to reform the care system and led the drive to integrate health and social care, with a greater focus on preventing ill health. He also challenged the NHS to ensure that mental health was treated with the same priority as physical health, including the introduction of access and waiting standards in mental health for the first time. He was the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson between 2015 and 2017, and was elected Chair of the Science & Technology Select Committee in July 2017.
Dr. Miguel Sabogal
Dr. Miguel Sabogal is the President of the Asociacion Colombiana Para La Salud Mental (the Colombi an Mental Health Association). He is also the head of psychiatry services at the Naval Hospital of Cartagena and the Scientific Director of the Colombian Institute of Applied Neurosciences. He completed is medical studies at the University of Cartagena and specialized in psychiatry at the New Granada Military University in Bogota.
Dr. Jorge Aldas
Dr. Jorge Aldas is the Addictions Services Program Director at Montserrat Clinic in Colombia. He is also the director of the rehabilitation centre Campoalegre for the last 23 years, which runs out of the Montserrat Clinic. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Aldas teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses at El Bosque University.