Introducing Our Speakers:
Minister Judy Darcy
Judy Darcy was appointed British Columbia’s first and Canada’s only Minister of Mental Health and Addictions in July 2017. Minister Darcy has committed her career to building strong and vibrant communities and has earned a reputation as an effective and compassionate leader. As a tireless advocate, she has spent much of her life working to improve health care, seniors’ care, education and child care for British Columbians. She is committed to bringing people together to find innovative solutions to the issues that affect families to improve their lives. As Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, she has taken urgent action to combat the devastating overdose crisis that is affecting families and communities across the province, including increasing the number of overdose prevention and supervised consumption sites and access to naloxone, and expanding treatment and recovery options. She is also forging ahead with her work to create a seamless and coordinated mental health and addictions system in British Columbia, so people can get the help they need, when they need it.
Mr. Sanjeev Gill
As IBM Canada’s National Industry Executive for Research, Sanjeev supports research & innovation initiatives across Canada within Higher Education, Healthcare and other Public Sector entities towards sustainable societal and economic benefits for Canada. He works with leading researchers at universities and colleges across the country in coordination with federal & provincial funding agencies to ensure IBM brings strategic contributions by way of technology enablement and research expertise. As an extension of this role, he also supports the growth of new Canadian businesses via the development of incubators for start-ups and technology collaborations between academia, industry and government.
Ms. Louise Bradley, MS, RN, CHE
Louise Bradley has dedicated her professional life to improving the mental health of Canadians. Ms. Bradley’s own personal experience with recovery has informed a leadership style that is both compassionate and courageous. Ms. Bradley has inspired improved patient care through large-scale hospital administration and pioneered recovery within a forensics and corrections setting. She is currently the President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).
Dr. Ian Hickie
Professor Ian Hickie is Co-Director, Health and Policy at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. He is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow (2013-17), having previously been one of the inaugural NHMRC Australian Fellows (2008-12). Since its inception he has been one of the Commissioners in Australia’s National Mental Health Commission (2012-current) overseeing enhanced accountability for mental health reform and suicide prevention in Australia. He is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, with particular reference to depression and other mood disorders, early intervention, use of new and emerging technologies and suicide prevention. In his role with the National Mental Health Commission, and his independent research, health system and advocacy roles, Professor Hickie has been at the forefront of the move to have mental health and suicide prevention integrated with other aspects of health care (notably chronic disease and ambulatory care management).
Dr. Shane Cross
Dr. Shane Cross is a Clinical Psychologist who has 20 years experience in child, adolescent and young adult mental health across primary, secondary and tertiary service settings. For the last 10 years he has worked in clinical leadership and management roles across 3 headspace services. Here, he undertook a PhD with Prof Ian Hickie on the topic of clinical service re-design using novel clinical staging stepped-care models, with the aim of better personalising care by aligning the needs of the client to the appropriate level of intervention while routinely monitoring clinical and functional outcomes. This model has since been adopted and implemented in a number of services in Australia and internationally. Currently, he is the Director of Clinical and Service Implementation for Project Synergy at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney. Project Synergy is a series of Commonwealth-funded research trials across population groups. Its focus is on developing co-designed technology solutions that enable mental health service reform to improve outcomes for service-users.
Ms. Alicia Raimundo
Mr. Funmilade Taiwo
Funmilade Taiwo is the founder of PsyndUp, an online platform that connects Nigerians to mental health professionals and provides informal peer support through an anonymous online forum. Funmilade has worked with NGOs and private organizations and through his own personal journey, has continued to promote mental health awareness amongst Africans in the diaspora. Funmilade is currently an online peer supporter at Stella’s Place, working to develop and support online platforms for young adults to manage their mental health recovery.
Dr. David Daniel Ebert
Dr. David Daniel Ebert´s work focuses on the development and evaluation of internet and mobile-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of common mental health disorders. He received his PhD with special honors (summa cum laude) in 2013 and was trained at the Philipp’s-University of Marburg, Germany, the Free University Amsterdam and Harvard University Boston. He was formerly head of the division for Health Trainings Online at the Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany, leads now the E-Mental Health unit at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Together with his team he has developed over fifteen different internet- and mobile-based interventions including, among others, interventions for subclinical depression, major depression, depression and comorbid chronic somatic conditions such as diabetes and chronic back pain, relapse prevention, panic disorder, chronic pain, work-related stress, insomnia, hazardous alcohol use, mental health in college-students.
Dr. David Wiljer
Dr. David Wiljer is a member of the community providing groundbreaking perspectives and inspiring contributions to digital health policy, management, education and evaluation. He is the Executive Director of Education, Technology & Innovation at the University Health Network, and former Senior Director of Transformational Education and Academic Advancement at CAMH. David is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. His work focuses on patient and health professions education, specifically patient involvement, digitally enabled education and life-long learning. He has explored the development of large programs, infrastructure, communities, and research initiatives that involve health professionals, patients and families in new approaches to education and care delivery, including patient portals for providing patients with access to their health records and social networking approaches to promote self-management and self-care.
Ms. Jenny Carver
Jenny Carver is the founding Executive Director, passionate leader and program developer behind Stella’s Place, an innovative, community-based young adult mental health organization that has its flagship in Toronto. From a 30-year career in the mental health sector, as a leader in clinical services, program development, participatory research and system planning, Jenny led international research regarding effective young adult services which became the foundation for the Stella’s Place program model. Before joining Stella’s Place, she co-authored the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s policy document, “Taking the Next Step Forward: Building a Responsive Mental Health and Addictions System for Emerging Adults.” Jenny’s commitment to building and implementing co-design practices and co-delivery approaches with young adults is having a powerful impact on access, engagement, evidence-building and outcomes in the mental health system today.
Dr. Patricia Pottie
Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie is co-founder, CEO and President of the Strongest Families Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She obtained her PhD. at Dalhousie University where she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a Scientist at the IWK Health Centre. Patricia has 29 years of pediatric nursing experience with expertise in research methods, scale development and the conduct of randomized clinical trials. The past 17 years have been focused on psychological research, specifically harnessing the advantages of technology to deliver accessible and timely distance, evidence-based interventions to children and families. Her research interests are in distance delivery systems, ehealth, military families, broad system scale-up, lean management using technology, health outcomes, distance therapeutic alliance, distance treatment experience and barriers to care.
Dr. Stéphane Bouchard
Stéphane Bouchard holds the Canada Research Chair in Clinical Cyberpsychology and teaches cyberpsychology and psychotherapy at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. As a scientist-practitioner, his research shows an important preoccupation towards conducting meaningful clinical applications of cyberpsychology and applying rigorous science to treat anxiety and other mental disorders. In his career, he has led several experimental and randomized control trials on the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy, sometimes combining it with various technologies. He has received more than 12 million dollars in infrastructure and research grants, has published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters and delivered hundreds of scientific communications around the world.
Dr. Simon Hatcher
Simon Hatcher is currently a Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa. He moved there from Auckland in May 2012. He trained in psychiatry in the UK and then worked for 18 years in Auckland, New Zealand as a clinical academic running a Liaison Psychiatry in a general hospital and at The Department of Psychological Medicine at The University of Auckland. His main research interests include suicide, self-harm, psychotherapies, psychiatry in the general hospital setting and e-therapies. He has been the principal investigator in several large trials of non-pharmacological interventions in people who present to hospital with intentional self-harm. Currently he is the principal investigator on a cluster randomized trial of blended therapy for suicidal men in Ontario. Clinically he works in the downtown homeless shelters in Ottawa and the Liaison Psychiatry service at The Ottawa General Hospital. He is the Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Fiona Choi, Ph.D.
Fiona received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia with a focus on preclinical models of addiction. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC. Her research explores factors associated with substance use disorders, trauma, and related psychopathology. She is also involved in the development of an integrated mental health web platform for vulnerable youth, utilizing e-health tools to strengthen mental wellbeing.
Dr. Mohammadali Nikoo, MD, PhD Candidate in Experimental Medicine
Mohammadali Nikoo is a medical graduate from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and he is currently a PhD candidate in psychiatry Department at University of British Columbia supervised by professor Michael Krausz. His main research interest is the role of innovative methods in the continuum of care for substance use disorder.