Monday, May 13th, 2019

Dr. Jonathan Douglas, PhD, CPsych


9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Preventing Sanctuary Trauma: Building Resiliency through Compassionate Care

Resiliency is often viewed as the capacity of the individual to withstand stress.  However, the disabled individual inevitably interacts with numerous systems in which they have to prove their disability.  Could these systems be causing the problems they are meant to address?  Could resiliency be enhanced through responsible, compassionate care?

Since 2004, he has been in full time private practice in Barrie, where he has developed a focus on working with trauma-related disorders, particularly in Veterans and First Responders, but also in those traumatized by crime, in other fields of work, or in childhood.  He is fascinated by the potential for technology to enhance psychotherapeutic outcomes.

While his primary focus is on his clinical work, he also serves as an independent examiner for lawyers and insurers; he is committed to fair and impartial assessments, in which he draws upon his clinical acumen and experience to provide an objective opinion.  He also provides pre-employment assessments for police services.

Dr Douglas is a member of the Canadian Association of Psychologists in Disability assessment, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Canadian Society for Clinical Hypnosis.  He is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist.

He has a passion for increasing equitable access to psychological services, and this has led him to serve on the Board of the Ontario Psychological Association for many years, and served as President (2015-2016).

Dr. Douglas currently serves on the Board of Directors of Badge of Life Canada, an organization dedicated to supporting First Responders with occupational stress injuries.

Dr. Bill Howatt

Conference Board of Canada, Globe and Mail Contributer

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity for The Conference Board of Canada, is the former chief research and development officer for workforce productivity, Morneau Shepell, and founder of Howatt HR Consulting. He has over 25 years’ experience in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership.

He is the creator of the online Certificate in Management Essentials (CME) program, a senate-approved leaders program that offers 18 courses through the University of New Brunswick. He is also the creator of Pathway to Coping, an online course at the same university that is grounded in the cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach.

He created the Quality of Work Life (QWL) tool that has been converted into the Morneau Shepell Total Health Index, and was the co-creator of The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell’s Employee Recommended Workplace Award. He is also co-creator of The Globe and Mail Your Life at Work Initiative that touched more 14,000 Canadians.

He has published numerous books and articles, such as The Coping Crisis, Pathway to Coping, the Wiley Series on addictions, The Human Services Counseling Toolbox, and The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference. He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail 9 to 5 and Leadership Lab columns and The Chronicle Herald.

Bill Howatt, is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

The Brainstorm Revolution Troupe

Non-profit organization

9:10 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Brainstorm Revolution Troupe has a mission to raise awareness, educate, and increase understanding of mental health through storytelling of lived experiences. Each presentation uses hand-picked members who are tailored to the audience and topics, picking stories most appropriate from the book Brainstorm Revolution.

Presenters range from everyday folks with extraordinary stories to city councillors to award-winning authors to famous Canadian comedians to TEDx presenters to members of the Order of Canada.

The three founding members and directors of this nonprofit organization are Natalie Harris, former advanced care paramedic, founder of Wings of Change Peer Support, author of Save-My-Life School and Barrie City Councillor, Shelley Hofer, mental health advocate and the engine behind the “Zach Makes Tracks” campaign that raised over $125,000 for youth mental health, and Heather Down, owner of Wintertickle Press, a company specializing in Canadian non-fiction and true mental health stories.

Employee Panel

This moderated employee panel will feature representation from a variety of employment sectors. Each member will bring their unique perspective and experiences with promoting, receiving, and advancing mental health in the workplace. Conference participants will be welcomed to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.


Syd Gravel

Staff Sergeant (ret’d.) Sylvio (SYD) A. Gravel, M.O.M.

Syd Gravel is a former staff sergeant with thirty-one years of experience with the Ottawa Police Service. He is one of the founding fathers of Robin’s Blue Circle, a post-shooting trauma team of peers, established in 1988 and is still actively involved with them.

Syd is a more than thirty-two year PTSD survivor and has been a peer supporter since 1988. In 2007, he was nominated by his peers and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and inducted by the Governor General of Canada for the Order of Merit in Policing, Canada.

Since his retirement, he has devoted all his time and energy to speaking on trauma management and peer support systems. He has had numerous appearances in all forms of media. He has written and published “56 Seconds” and “How to Survive PTSD and Build Peer Support.” And co-authored the book “Walk the Talk with Staff Sergeant (ret’d) Brad McKay.

In 2014, Syd developed a two-day curriculum for the training of peers in Canada, and is currently co-leading the Peer and Trauma Support Systems (P.A.T.S.S.) Team for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. He also volunteered as a peer facilitator for Soldiers Helping Soldiers in Ottawa and presently volunteers with Community Housing Renfrew, Team Rubicon, and the Ottawa Police Peer group.

He has also developed the three-day peer training curriculum for Transition to Communities and developed the content for the twenty hour on-line trauma management course for Simon Fraser University.

Syd is the co-founder of Badge of Life Canada and proudly serves as a senior police advisor for that organization and as the Canadian Representative on the Executive Committee for the Global Mental Health Peer Network out of South Africa.

In 2016 he was nominated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a Canadian Champion of Mental Health.


Lawrence Blake

Manager, Mental Health Works

Lawrence currently manages the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario’s nationwide workplace mental health program, Mental Health Works. As part of his role, he regularly liaises with regulators and governments in order to speak on and about mental health in the workplace. In addition to his role with CMHA, Lawrence has spent ten years in the Canadian Armed Forces in both Ontario and New Brunswick serving as an Infantry Officer, presently as Officer Commanding D Company, 48th Highlanders of Canada, a Primary Reserve Unit in Toronto.


Katherine Hambleton

Healthcare Professional

Katherine is a mother, wife and registered nurse.  She achieved Diplomas of Health Sciences in Nursing and Paramedicine, holding a speciality in emergency nursing and a certificate in critical care.  She is the Program Administrator for Wings of Change – Peer Support.  A support group established for first responders and other community heroes who face some of the toughest situations in their professions.

Through adversities in both her professional and personal life, she has been a dedicated advocate for first responder wellness, working toward breaking down the barriers and stigmas associated with mental health challenges.


John Holman

Fire Fighting

For the last nearly 14 years John has worked as a career Fire Fighter and now Platoon Training Officer and in Cambridge.

At 18, John became a certified cycling coach and has worked to become an innovator in youth cycling programs, across Ontario and Canada.

John attended school and was raised in Cambridge. He is a licensed interprovincial Red-Seal Glazier Metal Mechanic and a 2005 graduate of Conestoga College’s Continuing Education Pre-Service Fire Fighter program with honours.

John continues to serve the community in which he was raised. In November of 2015 John experienced a traumatic incident that set-in motion his journey towards recovery. A fatal collision across the road from his home began the cascade of events to discover his need for recovery, which included over 2 years of treatment and a leave of absence from work for nearly 19 months.

Diagnosed with PTSD from his career, he wants to normalize the dialogue of workplace mental health for the public and those suffering while currently protecting the public.

John believes fire fighting and community involvement are interconnected, and volunteers as a member of the local United Way Campaign Cabinet, and with Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s fire fighter boot toll, youth soccer, and mountain biking groups.

For 6 years John was the Secretary of his local union where he worked to maintain positive profile of firefighters within the community while advocating for his workplace peers. John also is trained in WSIB claims for fire fighters through the Ontario Disability Response Team to the level of Appeals and Dispute Resolution.


Hillary Hagerman

Managing Editor, Yahoo Lifestyle Canada

Hilary Hagerman is the managing editor of Yahoo Lifestyle Canada. She often explores the issues of mental health in the workplace, and recently headed a multi-week series about anxiety, with a focus on anxiety in the workplace.


Rick Young


Rick Young is the Health and Safety Union Representative for The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1006A, a private sector Union representing over 36,000 members in Ontario in a diverse number of workplaces including hotels, retail, restaurants, transit, distribution, and meatpacking. Rick has been a UFCW member since 1998 and came on staff in 2005. As well as having been a member of The UFCW’s National Political Action Committee he currently sits on it’s Workplace Rights committee. He is a certified Health and Safety Instructor as well as a Certified Instructor for Prevention Links Disability Prevention Program. Having studied Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy at The Living Institute based in Toronto he is committed to integrating his passion for political activism, workers rights and mental health in meaningful ways that will benefit, UFCW 1006A’s members, their families, his coworkers, and non-unionized workers.

Employer Panel

This moderated panel will feature leaders from a variety of employment sectors. Panelists will discuss the evolution of mental health supports in the workplace and the role of management and leaders in further advancing phycological health and safety. Conference participants will be welcomed to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.


Camille Quenneville

CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division

Camille Quenneville is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. Before joining CMHA Ontario, Camille channeled her passion for mental health care in senior leadership roles in the educational, governmental and children’s mental health sectors. She served as Director of Policy and Communications at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario, Chief of Staff to Ontario’s first Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Director of Policy at the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. Camille is an alumnus of the University of Windsor and the University of Toronto.


Orlando Da Silva

Senior Crown Counsel, Serious Fraud Office

Orlando Da Silva has been a prominent trial lawyer for 24 years. He started practice at one of Canada’s largest law firms. After 11 years, five years as a partner, Orlando moved to the public sector to lead the Corporate-Commercial Litigation Team at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, where he represented Ontario in critical litigation including Indigenous treaty and land claims.

More recently, Orlando was invited to join the Serious Fraud Office – Prosecution Division (a joint operation of MAG and the OPP), where he serves as a Senior Crown Counsel prosecuting the most serious financial crimes in Ontario including complex fraud, corruption, and bribery.

Orlando is a past president of the Ontario Bar Association, which represents 17,000 lawyers in the province. During his term in 2014-2015, Orlando led the profession across Canada in a mental health anti-stigma campaign by speaking publicly about his own suicide attempt, how he survived, and how, despite his illness, he’s led a successful and rewarding life. His message has reached over 6 million people.

For his efforts, in 2015, Orlando was named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada. In 2016, the Law Society of Ontario honoured Orlando with its highest award, the Law Society Medal. That same year, CBC Metro Morning nominated Orlando as Torontonian of the Year and the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health presented Orlando with its bi-annual Transforming Lives Award. In 2017, the Ontario Bar Association presented Orlando with its highest honour, the Distinguished Service Award. And in 2018, the OBA Public Law Section
recognized Orlando’s distinguished career with the Tom Marshall Award of Excellence for Public Sector Lawyers.


Kimberley Greenwood

Chief of Police, Barrie Police Service

Chief Kimberley Greenwood of the Barrie Police Service is in her 38th year of her policing career and on March 26, 2013 she was appointed the ninth Chief of the Barrie Police Service. She began her career with the Toronto Police Service and served in numerous positions within Divisional Policing, Detective Operations, Human Resources Command and Professional Standards.

She has completed the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, Police Leadership Program and Schulich School of Business, York University, Masters Certificate in Municipal Management. She is a graduate of both the University of Guelph Humber with a Baccalaureate in Applied Arts (Justice Studies) and Humber College Police Foundations-Leadership program. Chief Greenwood is the recipient of the Police Officers Exemplary Service Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Chief Greenwood is the President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, co-chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Crime Prevention, Community Safety and Well-being Committee, the Chair of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network, and Chair of the Coalition of Children, Youth and Family. In addition to these memberships she has chaired many policing committees, working groups and community organizations. Some of her community endeavours include Village of 100, Collaborate Barrie, Telus Community Board, Women’s College Hospital Foundation, Girl Guides of Canada and the Hugh McMillan Centre.


Brian Osler

Director of Legal Services, OMVIC

Brian Osler is the Director of Legal Services for the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC).  OMVIC is the regulatory body for Ontario’s 8,000 motor vehicle dealers and 29,000 salespersons.  OMVIC administers and enforces legislation that governs vehicle sales in the province on behalf of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.  Brian is a graduate of the law school at the University of Toronto and the Schulich School of Business at York University.


Kristine Remedios

Chief Inclusion & Social Impact Officer, KPMG Canada

Kristine Remedios is KPMG’s National Leader of Inclusion and Diversity for KPMG Canada, proudly leading the firm’s vision and strategy. Working closely with the Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity and Co-Chair with the CEO of the Executive Inclusion and Diversity Council for KPMG Canada.

With over 20 years of experience as a Human Resources professional, Kristine has a deep understanding across the HR landscape and for the past 5 years leading the Inclusion and Diversity strategy for the firm. While at KPMG, Kristine has been involved in developing innovative strategies and partnerships focused on Women’s Initiatives, LGBT+ Initiatives, Inclusive Leadership, Unconscious Bias and Mental Health to name a few. Kristine earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, she has served on a not-for profit Board, completed her certification in Leading a Healthy Workplace through Queens University, Get on Board Governance Education program and Inclusive Leadership Training through Catalyst. More recently, Kristine is a committee member of the Chief Inclusion Officer Forum for Ascend Canada and the Inclusion Advisory Committee for TRIEC.


Joe Cressy

City Councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York

Joe is the City Councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York. A City Councillor since 2014, Joe has been a champion for building a better and more liveable city – for affordable housing, public transit, safe cycling infrastructure, new and improved parkland, expanding community services, childcare, arts and culture, and combatting our growing overdose crisis.

Working with local neighbourhoods, Joe built new bike lanes across the downtown. He prioritized equity and affordability, securing dozens of new units of affordable housing and standing up for new Torontonians. He fought to improve transit and public space through the King Street Transit Pilot and John Street Cultural Corridor, saved 401 Richmond and created a new arts and cultural tax class, and secured a partnership for a new YMCA on Richmond Street. He championed the creation of the Syrian Refugee Resettlement program. He built new parks and greenspaces in every neighbourhood across the old Ward 20, and fought hard to implement supervised injection services, that are currently saving the lives of Torontonians across the city.

In his various appointments, including to the Board of Health and Chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel, Community Development and Recreation Committee, Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors, Sub-committee on Climate Change and Adaptation, and previous Toronto Youth Equity Strategy Champion, he is committed to making life fairer, and more liveable for everyone.