Stories from the field: Knowledge for change

This session kicked off the second day of the symposium and grounded the days’ sessions in the theme of developing and using knowledge to create and maintain momentum. Concurrent breakout rooms provided participants with an opportunity to hear how mental health promotion and illness prevention projects from across Canada are actively creating and mobilizing evidence to influence change.

Presentation descriptions

An overview of project presentations can be found here.


Opening remarks:

    • Vivek Goel (opening remarks), President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

Project speakers:

    • Amy Craig-Neil, Research Manager, and Ripudaman S. Minhas, Developmental Pediatrician and Director of research, St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto
    • Candice Lys, Executive Director, Fostering Open eXpression among Youth
    • Claire Checkland, Executive Director, and David Conn, Founding Co-Chair, Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health
    • Claire Crooks, Director, Centre for School Mental Health, Western University
    • Emily Jenkins, Associate Professor, and Liza McGuinness, Research Manager, University of British Columbia
    • Gwen Healey Akearok, Executive and Scientific Director, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre
    • Joey Jalal, Project Lead, Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative
    • Marcella Pruden, Mai Berger, Berkley Baker, and Chip Honāzē, Visionary Youth Peers for Equity & Revitalization (VYPER), Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society
    • Patricia Lingley-Pottie, President and CEO, Strongest Families Institute
    • Russell Kueber, Director of Programs and Amy Bilodeau, Program Manager Youth and Mental Health, Community Health and Social Services Network

Resources related to this session

March 1, 2023