The Future of Canadian Mental Health Policy


Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee

The Future of Canadian Mental Health

Few issues have emerged as more important to Canadians than mental health: 1 in 5 young Canadians are affected by mental illness, but only 1 in 4 of those affected ultimately receive essential support and services. The Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee is proud to convene a special two-hour panel of unparalled experts, including four Order of Canada recipients, to discuss the future of Canadian mental health. Moderated by The Honourable Michael Wilson, Canada’s former Minister of Finance and a prominent mental health advocate, this event hopes to be a wide-ranging conversation about youth & Indigeneity, technology & innovation, and policy & legislation in the context of mental health, make sure you don’t miss one of Hart House’s biggest events of the year.

When: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 7-9 pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Register online


Featuring:

Dr. Catherine Zahn, CM | President, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Catherine Zahn was appointed President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in 2009. CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health hospital and the country’s largest academic health science centre focused on mental illness. Prior to this appointment, she held senior executive positions at the University Health Network (UHN) for twelve years. She received her MD (honours) from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T), where she completed her residency training in neurology. She holds an MSc in Health Administration from U of T and has completed the Directors’ Education Program at the U of T Rotman School of Management.

Ms. Louise Bradley | President, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Louise Bradley has dedicated her professional life to improving the mental health of Canadians. In her current role as President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), Ms. Bradley oversaw the development of Canada’s first Mental Health Strategy, undertook the signature Opening Minds anti-stigma initiative, and created a globally recognized Knowledge Exchange Centre. A tireless advocate for workplace mental health, Ms. Bradley has overseen the creation of the world’s first workplace psychological safety standard, which has gained international acclaim.

Dr. Carol Hopkins, OC | Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Carol Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mandate is drawn from the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework and the Honouring Our Strengths: A Renewed Framework to Address Substance Use Issues Among First Nations People In Canada. Carol has spent more than 20 years in the field of First Nations 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.

Dr. David Goldbloom, OC | Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
David Goldbloom is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Born in Montreal, he completed an honours undergraduate degree, majoring in Government, at Harvard University and then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. After training in medicine and psychiatry at McGill University, he became Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief of Staff at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. In 1998, he was appointed inaugural Physician-in-Chief of the newly created Centre for Addiction and Mental Health resulting from the merger of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, the Addiction Research Foundation, Queen Street Mental Health Centre, and the Donwood Institute. Upon completion of his term in 2003, he was appointed Senior Medical Advisor, Education and Public Affairs, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Dr. David Wiljer | Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
David Wiljer is a member of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation community providing groundbreaking perspectives and inspiring contributions in technology and health policy. He serves as the Executive Director, Education, Technology & Innovation at the University Health Network and the Senior Director, Transformational Education and Academic Advancement at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

Introduction by Dr. Andrea Levinson | Psychiatrist-in-Chief, University of Toronto
Moderated by The Honourable Michael Wilson, CC | Former Canadian Minister of Finance and Chancellor, University of Toronto


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