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Michael H. Wilson

The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, P.C., C.C.,

Chair, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Student Ethics at Indiana University in Bloomington
Michael Wilson is the Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc. Based in Toronto, Mr. Wilson joined the firm on June 14, 2010 and is currently responsible for managing Barclays Capital's client relationships in Canada.

Previously, Mr. Wilson was Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America from March 13, 2006 to October 9, 2009. Prior to taking up his position as Canada's 22nd Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Wilson was Chairman of UBS Canada, an operating division of UBS AG.

Before joining UBS in July 2001, Mr. Wilson was responsible for RBC Financial Group's Institutional Asset Management business. He also served as a Vice Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities, responsible for senior client relationships and advice to both Canadian and international companies and governments. Following his service in government, Mr. Wilson launched Michael Wilson International in 1993 to offer corporate clients advice on international trade and related issues.

Mr. Wilson was elected to the House of Commons in 1979. In September 1984, he was appointed Minister of Finance and remained in that position until May 1991. He then became Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Trade. In this latter position he had responsibility for the NAFTA negotiations. During his tenure as a member of the Cabinet, Mr. Wilson represented Canada at the G-7, IMF, World Bank, OECD, GATT and other international Ministers meetings.

Prior to his career in public life, Mr. Wilson's career was in investment banking with various responsibilities in corporate, government and international finance. He was also Director of a number of companies including BP plc and Manulife Financial.

Mr. Wilson has been active in a number of professional and community organizations, including NeuroScience Canada Partnership, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. He has received a number of awards for his work in these fields, as well as from The Conference Board of Canada, The Public Policy Forum and The Rotman School of Business.

Mr. Wilson is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, York University, Trinity College at the University of Toronto and a Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Military College of Canada.


Michael H. Wilson

Cathy Crowe,

Street Nurse, author, filmmaker, professor

Cathy obtained her diploma in nursing from Toronto General Hospital (1972), her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Nursing from Ryerson (1985) and her Masters of Education (Sociology) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (1992) where she examined the role of gender, class and medicine in the health care system.

Although known as a street nurse, Cathy has worked in a number of areas in community health. Her work has included ‘taking the pulse’ of health issues affecting low-income people including shelter conditions and inadequate housing, the return of tuberculosis and bedbugs, discrimination and a high mortality rate.

She has fostered numerous coalitions and advocacy initiatives that have achieved significant public policy victories including the 1998 Disaster Declaration that resulted in a new federal program to respond to homelessness. In recognition of her work she received the International Human Rights and Nursing award from the International Centre for Nursing Ethics in Amsterdam.

A documentary film on her work titled Street Nurse, directed by Emmy and Gemini winner Shelley Saywell has had a major impact on nursing education.

From 2004-2009 Cathy was the recipient of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation’s Economic Justice Award and worked both locally and nationally on issues related to homelessness. During her fellowship she attended the American Blue Mountain Center where she wrote ‘Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out’ (Between the Lines, 2007). She was also the Executive Producer of Home Safe Calgary and Home Safe Toronto and researcher for Home Safe Hamilton - a national documentary film and community development project on homeless families and children, with filmmaker Laura Sky. Today Cathy is a frequent commentator, writer and guest speaker. In 2013 she was appointed as a part-time Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in the Department of Politics at Ryerson University.


Dr. Lorraine Greaves

Dr. Lorraine Greaves

Principal, Galvanizing Equity Group Inc.

Lorraine Greaves PhD, is a medical sociologist and Senior Investigator and former Executive Director of the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health. She is a well-known researcher and writer on gender and health, substance use, addiction and trauma issues. She is the author or co-author of 9 books, including Becoming Trauma Informed, and Transforming Addiction: gender, trauma and transdisciplinarity. She is Principal of Galvanizing Equity, a consulting company devoted to integrating gender and equity into health and social care services and systems.


Dr. Michaela Hynie

York University
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Associate Director, York Institute for Health Research

Dr. Hynie is a cultural psychologist in the Department of Psychology, the Centre for Refugee Studies and the York Institute for Health Research at York University. Her research explores social inclusion and resilience in situations of social conflict and displacement, and interventions that can strengthen these relationships to improve health and well-being in different cultural, political and physical environments.


Kerrie Kortis

Kerrie Kortis

Clinical Director, Cedar Centre (formerly York Region Abuse Program)

Kerrie Kortis, SSW, BSW, MW, RSW has spent the last decade working as the Clinical Director at Cedar Centre (formerly operating as York Region Abuse Program). She is a Compassion Fatigue Specialist and trauma educator who works with a range of modalities including Trauma-Focused CBT, Somatic Experiencing and EMDR. Kerrie provides consultation, training and clinical supervision to a range of community-based organizations, and is a therapist in private practice. Themes related to tri-phasic trauma education, developing services that are equitable for people of all identities and supporting front-line staff are the focus of her work. She conceptualizes her practice using an anti-racist/anti-oppressive framework that validates an individual’s experiences of oppression (based on their race, ethnicity, social locations, identities, personal traits or choices) as a form of trauma.


Farah Islam

Chair, Hicks Morley Information Management and Privacy Practice Group

Dr. Islam is a course instructor at Islamic Online University, where she teaches the course Psychology of Adolescence. Dr. Islam recently gave birth to a baby boy, Yusuf Malek and is enjoying her maternity leave. In her spare time, Dr. Islam passionately advocates for the distigmatization of mental illness.


Mbalu Lumor,

Manager of Community Engagement, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture

Mbalu Lumor has an H.BA degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She has been working with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) for over a decade as a children/youth Trauma Counselor and currently manages the Community Engagement program at CCVT. Mbalu is passionate about Social Justice, Public Education and Human Rights. She has extensive experience working with diverse groups, providing both settlement and trauma related counseling to refugee and immigrant populations. She also has experience in children and youth advocacy at the Toronto Detention Center, program design, facilitating group programming, evaluation and capacity building trainings.


Alison Peck

Alison Peck

Executive Director, Cedar Centre (formerly York Region Abuse Program)

Alison received her Baccalaureate of Science in Psychology and Exceptionality in Human Learning from the University of Toronto in Ontario and her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia where she pursued her research interests in the area of stress, coping and family functioning in the presence of a disability. Clinically, Ms. Peck has worked extensively with children and youth who have special learning and development needs, providing consultation and psycho-educational support to families around issues of diagnosis, education, social development, behavior, integration and sibling relationships. More recently, Alison has broadened her specialty to include work as a Trauma Therapist and is a certified Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Specialist with the Traumatology Institute (Canada). Much of her current clinical work is focused in the area of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue in front line and professional caregivers. Alison has also been active in helping organizations build trauma-informed cultures and practices. Appointed in 2005, Alison has been the Executive Director of Cedar Centre (formerly operating as York Region Abuse Program) for over 10 years. Cedar Centre specializes in the provision of intensive, trauma-specific therapeutic services for children, youth and adults who have experienced all forms of childhood interpersonal violence (abuse-related trauma). She is an active participant in both regional and municipal community planning and non-profit governance, providing leadership within the Child Abuse, Children’s and Adult Mental Health, and Violence Against Women sectors. Alison brings to her work over 20 years of specialized mental health and developmental sector experience.


Dr. Nancy Poole

Dr. Nancy Poole

Director, British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health

Nancy Poole PhD, is the Director of the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and the Prevention Lead for the CanFASD Research Network. In keeping with her research-to-practice commitment, in the past several years Nancy has co-led a province-wide system change initiative on trauma-informed practice for BC’s mental health and substance use service system; co-edited two books related to trauma and substance use with Dr. Lorraine Greaves; and developed toolkits and guidelines on ‘trauma-informed practice’ for the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, the Nova Scotia Department of Health an Wellness, and the BC Ministry for Children and Family Development.