CECMH 2016

We would like to thank all those who attended and supported our 2nd annual conference.
 – It was a GREAT success!

For Conference Presentations, please click HERE.

CECMH 2016 Featured Speakers


Dr. Ian Manion Dr. Manion is a clinical psychologist and scientist-practitioner who has worked with children, youth and families for over 30 years. He is a clinical professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He is the Executive Director for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. He serves as the Inaugural Co-Chair of the National Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium and the Principal Lead for the National School-Based Mental Health and Substance Use Consortium.

Dr. Manion is actively involved in research on parent/child interactions, mental health promotion, youth depression and suicide. He is a committed advocate for child and youth mental health sitting on local, provincial, national and international boards and committees. Dr. Manion is co-founder of Youth Net/ Réseau Ado, a bilingual community-based mental health promotion program with satellites across Canada as well as in Europe. This program strives to understand the mental health issues facing young men and women, and to better address these issues with sensitivity to gender, age, culture, and geography. 

 Dr. Amy Cheung is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and is on staff at the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Cheung is an adolescent psychiatrist and works clinically with youth with mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Cheung conducts research in the management of mood disorders in adolescents and young adults by primary care providers, and the transition between high school and post-secondary education for youth with mental illness.

Dr. Cheung holds the Bell Canada Chair in Adolescent mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of the Wellesley Institute. He is an international expert on the social causes of mental illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems.

As a physician, psychiatrist, researcher and policy advisor, Dr. McKenzie has worked to identify the causes of mental illness and in cross-cultural health for over two decades. He is an active, funded researcher of social, community, clinical and policy issues and has nearly 200 academic publications including four books.

In addition to joining the Wellesley Institute as CEO in March, 2014, Dr. McKenzie is Medical Director responsible for Dual Diagnosis, Child Youth and Family and Geriatric services and Director Health Equity at CAMH. Dr. Kwame is a full Professor and the Co-Director of the Division of Equity Gender and Population in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. Dr. McKenzie is President of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto, and sits on the Board of the United Way Toronto.

Dr. Charles Tator, C.M., M.D., Ph.D, F.R.C.S. Dr. Charles Tator is a brain surgeon who founded ThinkFirst Canada in 1992, and was President until 2007. In 2012, Dr. Tator joined the Board of Parachute, after its amalgamation with ThinkFirst. He is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the Toronto Western Hospital and University of Toronto, where he has held two research chairs. He is also a neuroscientist with a brain and spinal cord regeneration laboratory, and has a PhD in neuropathology. He has published many articles on injury prevention with a focus on prevention of brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

In 2008, the University of Toronto Press published his edited book “Catastrophic Injuries in Sports and Recreation, Causes and Prevention-a Canadian Study.” In 2009, he reported in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences that spinal cord injuries in hockey have declined as a result of injury prevention programs. In 2000, he received the Order of Canada, and in 2009 he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. In 2010, he received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Canadian Neurosurgical Society and the Canadian Paraplegic Association. In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Spinal Injury Association for contributions to the field of research and patient management in spinal cord injury, and in 2012, he received the USA Hockey Excellence in Safety Award for his work in preventing brain and spinal cord injuries in hockey. Recently, Dr. Tator was awarded a Medal of Honour by the Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies Rx&D Health Research Foundation (HRF) for his work in the field of brain and spinal cord injuries.


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Quotes from honoured guests:


“I feel privileged that I have been able to speak up about mental illness and mental health. In order to add my voice, I needed to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of this health matter that affects one in five Canadians.  Knowledge is best shared and this is what this conference is about, sharing the innovation, best practices and tools from across the country so that educators can apply what they have learned for the benefits of all students. This exchange undoubtedly contributes to a smart and caring nation.”

Her Excellency, Mrs. Sharon Johnston

“The teachers in our country are among the most valuable assets we have, they are the people who will contribute to change for generations to come. When it comes to change, we need to continue to make progress in terms of how we as a society view mental illness, the stigma is omnipresent, remains deeply entrenched and prevents people from getting the help they deserve. The Educators Conference is an excellent opportunity for teachers to come together and acquire the tools they will need to create this change with the youth of today and the leaders of tomorrow.”

Patrick J. Cashman, Lundbeck Canada Inc.


“Seventy percent of Canadians with a mental illness say the onset began in childhood or adolescence. Research tells us that early intervention can make a dramatic difference in a person’s quality of life. Educators are uniquely placed to make a difference by educating yourselves on the tools and resources available to promote mental wellness. It’s my hope this conference will not only change the way you think about mental problems and illnesses – but also inspire you to help us accelerate the change in Canada’s mental health landscape.”

Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada

“Mental illness impacts all areas of our society – directly affecting 1 in 5 Canadians and costing our economy over $51 Billion annually – so mental health should concern each and every one of us. We are all in it together. We are all responsible for improving how we understand and support each other’s mental health.

With 70% of mental health problems having their onset during childhood or adolescence, the Canadian Educators Conference on Mental Health is focused on the latest resources, programs and tools to help educators improve the support available in their communities. Every participant will bring home with them insight into new programs and resources, so I encourage all educators to attend the conference and take advantage of this valuable opportunity.”

Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Mental Health Initiative at Bell Canada

Every day, teachers experience the impact of anxiety, depression, self-harm and other mental illness in the lives and learning of children and youth. Teachers want to be part of the important national conversation about child and youth mental health. As a society, we must work together to raise awareness, provide timely supports, and reduce and ultimately eliminate harmful stigma. This conference provides an opportunity for sharing ideas aimed at assisting teachers and students in the classroom.

Dianne Woloschuk, Chair, CTF President

“This conference is about getting education leaders from across Canada into one room to talk about mental health and ensuring that we are all leaving with implementable resources that will have instant impact on the lives of the students we serve.”

Bill Gartland, Director of Education

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