2017 Keynote Speakers

In 2017 our conference theme is   Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities, Healthy Future .

Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Stan Kutcher
Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health

Dr. Stan Kutcher, ONS, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and Director World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Mental Health Policy and Training
Dr. Stan Kutcher

Dr. Stan Kutcher is an internationally-renowned expert in adolescent mental health and an international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy and services innovation working at the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University.

Dr. Kutcher first stepped into the role of Sun Life Financial Char in Adolescent Mental Health in the fall of 2006. Prior to accepting the chair, Dr. Kutcher was Dalhousie’s Medical School’s first Associate Dean of International Medical Development and Research. He first joined Dalhousie in the 1990s as professor and Department Head of Psychiatry.

Authoring more than 300 scientific papers and numerous medical textbooks, Dr. Kutcher continues to break new ground in the vital area of mental health. He has received numerous awards and honors locally, nationally and internationally for his work, including the Order of Nova Scotia, Excellence in Education Award (CACAP), Best Doctor in Canada Award, Doctors Nova Scotia Health Promotion Award, Dr. John Savage Memorial Award for outstanding humanitarian contributions to global health, Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacolgy Gold Medal, Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation and the Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Association from the Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada. A distinguished fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Dr. Kutcher has been honoured by the Canadian Psychiatric Association with the JM Cleghorn Award for his contribution to mental health research and the Paul Patterson Award for his innovations in psychiatric education.

Internationally, Dr. Kutcher has been involved in mental health work in over 20 countries. One of his recent projects was leading the development of a national child and youth mental health framework for Canada: Evergreen. Dr. Kutcher’s current focus is on knowledge translation pertaining to improving mental health literacy, mental health care in schools and primary care, and the development, application and evaluation of an electronic personal health record that focuses on youth mental health engagement and self-care. He continues his innovative youth mental health development and research across Canada, and globally in China, South America, Latin America and Africa.

The Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health was established in 2001 and made possible by a $1 million contribution from Sun Life Financial, combined with contributions from a broad group of corporate, foundation, friends and family donors. It is funded in part through the Kathryn Allen Weldon Endowment Fund, entrusted to the DMRF, where $520,000 has been earmarked for this crucial research position.


Closing Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kathryn H. Short
School Mental Health ASSIST, Canada

Dr. Short is a Clinical Child Psychologist with research and practice interests that focus on school mental health promotion, knowledge mobilization, and implementation science. She is the Director for School Mental Health ASSIST, a provincial team designed to help Ontario school boards to support student mental health and well-being.
Dr. Kathy Short

Dr. Short was appointed to the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and is the Chair for the Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Early Intervention Work Group for the Council. She has also recently been invited to serve on the Student Well-Being Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Education.

Dr. Short is a member of the national School-Based Mental Health and Substance Abuse Consortium, and led the Knowledge Translation and Exchange Team for this association of Canadian researchers and school mental health practitioners on a national project for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Dr. Short chairs the newly formed School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE), a network of global leaders focused on key themes in student mental health promotion.



We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Conference July 5 - 7, 2017, Halifax Nova Scotia.

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