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Each conference features keynote speakers whose presentations will educate, inspire and help members in their practice. These sessions are our headliners and are the special features of each conference.
You don’t want to miss them!

Scroll to the bottom for information on our new lived experience speaker added to our roster this year
and bringing a client’s perspecive to the table!

“Photo by Richard Clyborne of Music Strive

Miyomâmitoneyihcikan, sohkemâmitoneyihcikan – “A Good Mind, a Strong Mind: Understanding the Indigenous Health Care System”
Friday May 14, 2021 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am EST

Brought to you by BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd. (BMS Group)

In this talk, Dr. Makokis will provide an overview of the Nehiyô health system and what contributes to building and creating resiliency within individuals. The Nehiyô health system is based heavily in cultural and ceremonial activities that provide for both health prevention and intervention processes. The health system is also reflected in land formations and visual representations in ceremonial activities. Participants will gain an understanding and appreciation of these and how vital it is to incorporate into all aspects of care for Indigenous Peoples.

James’ biography

The Generations and the Secondary Effects of COV19 on Careers
Saturday, May 15, 2021 – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST
(French Keynote – Simultaneously Translated)

COVID-19 has made us rethink the way we work, particularly with respect to issues pertaining to the different generations, as well as the importance of interacting with them and helping them find new ways of doing things, accompanied by different habits. This program profiles the Silent Generation (1901-1944), the Baby Boomers (1945-1963), Generation X (1964-1978), Generation Y (1979-1994), and Generation Z (1995-2010), so we can help them understand the tensions that arise between them and possible solutions for it. Apart from the “Traditional Generation,” these generations share the following characteristics: an emphasis on appearances, a sense that everything is urgent, a need for instant gratification, a cult of celebrity and a focus on “now.” Beyond such social phenomena, these generations coexist through changing relationships marked by alternating conflict and cooperation.

The generations make strange migrations through the space of human cultures, their trajectories paying little attention to our rules. These generations manage to reconcile the forces that command with those that renew, showcasing the complexity of today’s world. We are all looking forward to forging new relationships among coworkers and with the entire team. Since the start of the pandemic, our values have come into serious question. Now we know how crucial it is to work together—and never again alone.

Carol’s biography

Lori Gill Picture

Intersections: Attachment, Adversity, and Health Outcomes and Integrative Healing to Promote Repair
Monday, May 17 2021 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Brought to you by Sunshine Coast Health Centre | Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

Participants learn the essentials of neurobiological information regarding the impact of attachment and adversity that they can present to clients in a simple meaningful way to promote awareness and bring about change. Implications for learning, memory, and later life health outcomes will be reviewed. Strategies to broaden the window of tolerance and promote affect regulation and build competencies will be introduced along with an introduction to integrative healing strategies to promote repair.

Lori’s biography

Lived Experience Speaker

This speaker will present on their lived experience with mental illness and tell their personal story of hope and recovery. It is our hope that their story informs and inspires delegates and contributes to our collective work in reducing stigma and improving access to care.

“Photo by Richard Clyborne of Music Strive

Inspire – Chris’ Story 
Friday, May 7th, 2021 – 3:00pm EST

Brought to you by EHN Canada

Through pure honesty and passion, Chris Cull describes how losing his father to suicide sent him down a spiral of drug abuse with a 8 year addiction to opioids and shares his story of overcoming trauma and addiction to cycling across Canada twice through developing an unstoppable mindset. Chris’ speaks to how to develop this mindset and the lessons used to work his way up from active drug user to advising at the highest levels.

Chris’ biography