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Healthy Canada: Healthy Brains Across the Lifespan

2016 Event

In the next 15 years, estimates indicate that the number of cases of dementia will near 1.4 million—a 90 per cent increase from 2011. In addition to those numbers, an estimated 4.2 million employed Canadians live with a mental illness. The Conference Board of Canada saw a need to address the way that neurological and mental health conditions affect our health and economy.

This event addressed the challenges by exploring issues across the three buckets of life—children and youth, adulthood, and the aging population. The lifespan approach uncovered neurological and mental health issues and their impact on Canadians. Delegates left with a deeper understanding of the trends within these conditions and the influence they have on the subgroups in our population.

Delegates learned about strategies from across Canada to address the supply and demand for treatments and services, and the opportunities to leverage these in order to foster healthy brains, good mental health, and health system sustainability.

Featured Speakers From the 2016 Event

Dr. Dan Goldowtiz

Dr. Dan Goldowitz
Scientific Director

Dr. Kathleen Pajer

Dr. Kathleen Pajer
Chief, Department of Psychiatry
The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Dr. Jana Davidson

Dr. Jana Davidson
BC Children's Hospital

Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou

Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou
Senior Clinician Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute and
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto

Ed Mantler

Ed Mantler
Vice-President, Programs and Policies
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Olivia Heffernan

Olivia Heffernan
Peer Facilitator
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Dr. David Nicholas

Dr. David Nicholas
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier
Assistant Vice-President, Workplace Mental Health
Sun Life Financial

Dr. Beth Reade

Dr. Beth Reade
Medical Director, Return to Work Services
Homewood Health

Dr. Zul Merali

Dr. Zul Merali
President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Mental Health Research
University of Ottawa, Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Alex Mihailidis

Dr. Alex Mihailidis
Scientific Director, AGE-WELL, Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology, Toronto Rehab Institute and
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Sarah Robichaud

Sarah Robichaud
Founder and Executive Director
Dancing with Parkinson's

Dr. Richard Hughson

Dr. Richard Hughson
Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health
Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute in Aging

André Picard

André Picard
Public Health Reporter
The Globe and Mail


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

McKesson Canada logo

Homewood Health logo

Medtronic Canada logo

Sun Life Financial logo


Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) logo

Marketing Partners


Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists logo

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care logo

Canadian College of Health Leaders logo

Canadian Health Information Management Association logo

Canadian Psychological Association logo

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) logo

Healthy Minds Canada logo

Holland Bloorview Research Institute logo

Gallant HealthWorks & Associates logo

NeuroDevNet logo

Neurological Health Charities Canada logo

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation logo

Special Contributors

Data On The Spot logo

TriFit logo

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