Speaker Announcement #3

1)  Keynote: Peter Coleridge is the National Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association, and has over 20 years of experience at the provincial, national and international levels in health promotion/population health, public policy,  public education, educational resource material development and training, planning, change management, and marketing and strategic communications.  He has extensive knowledge of mental health and mental illness, substance use, and a number of other inter-related health and social issues such as cardiovascular disease, and maternal and newborn health.

Peter has held a number of  leadership and senior management positions including: Vice President, Education and Population Health and Senior Advisor, BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, An Agency of the Provincial Health Authority in Vancouver, British Columbia; and  Vice President, Communications, Education and Community Health, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario. He has also served in Director roles with the former Addiction Research Foundation, and the Health Promotion Branch and Substance Abuse Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health. He has a Masters of Health Science (Health Promotion), a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), and formal training in public relations and executive health leadership.

Peter is an Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health and Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, and an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University.  He is also Special Advisor, Global Economic Roundtable on Mental Health and Addiction, a founding member of the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions, and serves as the Chair, National Board of Directors, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange.

2)  Breakout Session:  Practicing Solidarity in Campus Mental Health Promotion: A community of practice approach with Jonny Morris, MA-CYC – Coordinator of Healthy Minds/ Healthy Campuses Project | CMHA-BC Division, Victoria, BC;  Suicide Prevention Researcher & Educator

A community of practice (CoP) approach holds promise for responding to the increasing complexities of mental health, harmful substance use, and suicidal behaviour within campus communities. The Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses Initiative (CMHA-BC & Here to Help) represents a CoP comprised of post-secondary community members from across BC. This presentation will (a) explore how CoPs can support the mission of campus mental health promotion; (b) demonstrate exemplar CoP activities; and (c) provide an overview of our community’s recent successes. Participants will:

* Learn about some of the major theoretical and practical underpinnings of community of practice work;

* Learn about a number of learning activities that can feature in communities of practice;

* Learn about an existing community of practice focused on post-secondary mental health, harmful substance use, and suicide prevention.


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