Ann Douglas is the author of several bestselling books about pregnancy and parenting, including The Mother of All Books series and Parenting Through the Storm: Handling the Highs, the Lows, and Everything In-Between, a guide to parenting children with mental, neurodevelopmental or behaviour challenges. She also leads workshops and speaks at parenting and mental health conferences on topics ranging from raising a mentally healthy child to mindful parenting.
Dr. David Gardner is a professor with the College of Pharmacy and Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is a researcher and educator with more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, as well as a former member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Initiative. He won the Canadian Pharmacists Association Canadian Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2012 and has received six excellence in teaching awards, locally and nationally, since joining Dalhousie University in 1997.
Dr. David Goldbloom is chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He is also senior medical adviser to Education and Public Affairs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. He has written more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters, and edited Psychiatric Clinical Skills and Psychiatry in Primary Care: A Concise Canadian Pocket Guide.
Dr. David Gratzer is a physician and author. At the Scarborough Hospital, he is an attending psychiatrist, the physician-in-charge of inpatient services serving as medical director for the mental health inpatient unit, and clinical director of the RAPID Assessment Clinic. He is also psychiatrist preceptor and education co-ordinator for the hospital's Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Gratzer has written hundreds of articles on politics, health care and public health. He is the author of Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System and editor of Better Medicine: Reforming Canadian Health Care.
Susan Inman is the author of After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity, a memoir about her family's journey to help her daughter recover from a severe schizoaffective disorder. The book has been recommended by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Mood Disorders Society of Canada and the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society. Susan's articles about mental illness have appeared in various publications, including Huffington Post Canada, National Post, The Tyee and B.C.'s Teacher newsmagazine. She speaks at conferences about the experiences of family caregivers of people with psychotic disorders and their perspectives on mental health policies. She has taught secondary school in Vancouver for more than 20 years.
Colonel Rakesh Jetly is senior psychiatrist with the Canadian Forces, and mental health adviser to the Canadian Forces Surgeon General. He was part of the Canadian humanitarian mission to Rwanda in 1994 and has been deployed twice to Afghanistan as officer commanding the mental health detachment of the Canadian-led Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit. He is an associate professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Queen's University in Kingston and the University of Ottawa. He presents nationally and internationally on such topics as posttraumatic stress disorder and operational psychiatry.
Dr. Lisa Lefebvre is the Medical Lead for Continuing Professional Development at CAMH as well as a staff physician in the Medication and Substance Program. During her tenure as Program Director, CAMH’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship became the first in Canada to achieve accreditation by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Lefebvre is an Associate Medical Director for the Ontario Medical Association Physician Health Program. She has a strong interest in health policy and has served as a Canadian Medical Association Council delegate for the past several years.
Steve Lurie is executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto branch, and an adjunct professor with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. He was recently awarded the Canadian Mental Health Association's C.M. Hincks award for national leadership in mental health.
Dr. Scott Patten is a psychiatrist and epidemiologist at the University of Calgary and a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry. His research focuses on mood disorder epidemiology, especially associations between mood disorders and chronic medical conditions. Dr. Patten is a board member of the Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics.
Myra Piat is an assistant professor with the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, where she teaches a course on mental health services and policy. She is cross-appointed in the School of Social Work. Her research focuses on housing for people with serious mental illness and recovery from serious mental illness. She also works on knowledge translation processes involving clinicians and community health service providers at local community health and social service centres.
Dr. Peter Selby is the chief of Addictions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, where he is also a clinician-scientist. He is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, as well as with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He is the executive director and creator of the TEACH project – a continuing education certificate program in applied counselling for health with a focus on smoking cessation, through the University of Toronto. Dr. Selby's research includes smoking cessation in smokers with comorbid conditions and pregnant smokers.
Dr. Ivan Silver is the vice-president of Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Prior to this, he was the vice-dean of Continuing Education and Professional Development at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and was the inaugural director of the Centre for Faculty Development. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a skilled clinician and health professional educator. He is dedicated to interprofessional collaboration, collaboration with patients/caregivers, work-based learning and linking health professional education to the principles of knowledge translation, quality and patient safety.