Speaker Bios


Jean_paul.jpgJean-Paul Bedard

Author, Athlete, and Advocate

Jean-Paul Bédard is an author, sponsored elite endurance athlete, and an international advocate for survivors of sexual violence.

Jean-Paul was named one of the “50 Most Influential Canadians” by Huffington Post.  In 2015, Jean-Paul received the "Golden Shoe Award" for being named "Canadian Runner of the Year".  Most recently, Jean-Paul was named one of “The Most Inspiring Canadians" by CTV News in honour of the “Canada 150” celebrations.
Jean-Paul is also a “Featured Contributor” to the Huffington Post (both the American and Canadian edition), and the author behind the popular blog “Breathe Through This”, with over 5 million readers/subscribers.  Known internationally for his humanitarian work as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence, and as a leading spokesperson for mental health awareness, Jean-Paul is a sought-after public speaker, and has a substantial media audience, widely interviewed both nationally and internationally. Jean-Paul passionately believes life is not about "what happens to us", but about "what we do with what happens to us."  His, is a message of hope, strength, and resiliency.   

Nicolas_B_.jpgNicolas Berthelot, PhD
Professor, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Nicolas Berthelot received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Laval University and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Quebec in Montreal and at the Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Quebec. He is now assistant professor in mental health in the department of Nursing at the University du Quebec in Trois-Rivieres (UQTR). He is also regular researcher at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le développement de l’enfant et la famille (CEIDEF) and at the Groupe de recherche et d’intervention en négligence (GRIN) and associate researcher at the Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Québec (CRIUSMQ). His current research interests focus on the developmental mechanisms of risk, resilience and psychopathology in the context of childhood trauma and on the intergenerational impacts of child maltreatment. He practices clinical psychology with children, adolescents and adults and aims to integrate research and clinical practice. Nicolas Berthelot collaborates with colleagues from different disciplines in the conception, implementation and evaluation of personalized clinical interventions with survivors of child abuse or neglect in order to prevent a wide array of psychological and physical health problems in this population.

natalie_clark.jpgNatalie Clark, M.S.W., PhD
Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University

Natalie’s practice, teaching, activism and research over the last 20 years have focused on violence against children, youth and their families and communities and the coping responses to this violence. Natalie’s work is informed and mobilized through her interconnected identities including her metis and settler ancestry; as a solo-parent of three Secwepemc children and part of the Secwepemc community; an academic; activist and sexual abuse counsellor. The work draws on the author’s over 25 years of research and practice in the area of trauma and violence with a focus on healing and resistance to violence and trauma, including the impact of policy and intersecting policies on Indigenous families and communities. In addition to her role as an Associate Professor and Chair at Thompson Rivers University in the School of Social Work, Natalie continues to practice including her ongoing work as a violence counsellor, and Indigenous girls group facilitator.

OlsonCrow.jpgOlson Crow
Community Organizer & Activist

Olson Crow (they/them) is a 2 Spirit Kanien'kehá:ka Organizer from Toronto Ontario. Olson works on issues and topics relating to colonialism, transphobia, child welfare and carceral abolitionism. Olson currently sits as the National 2S and Trans Students Constituency Commissioner representing over 500,000 students nationwide. They have also spoken at various institutions across Canada including Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, and Mount Saint Vincent University. Using their personal experience as well as an anti-oppression theoretical framework they draw connections between colonialism, and the foster/group home to prison pipeline.

Lisa_goodman.jpgLisa Goodman, PhD
Professor , Department of Counselling & Development Psychology, Boston College

Lisa Goodman’s research engages communities to illuminate and transform the lives of intimate partner violence survivors. Her expertise encompasses community-based participatory research, community-based responses to intimate partner violence, domestic violence program evaluation, and social justice teaching.

Since 1999, she has taught in the Lynch School. She’s also a clinical-community psychologist and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Adversity and Resilience and the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology.

Goodman was honored with the 2014 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, which recognizes educators who inspire students to do transformational work in communities. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Boston University. She is co-author of two books and over one hundred journal articles.

She’s also active outside of the academy: Goodman has worked as a consultant for the National Football League Players Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and Futures Without Violence. She sits on the Board of Directors of the National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change and is co-founder and co-coordinator of the Domestic Violence Program Evaluation and Research Collaborative, which comprises 25 domestic violence programs and researchers from multiple colleges and universities.

fae_johnstone.jpgFae Johnstone
Consultant, Educator & Community Organizer

Fae Johnstone (she/they) is a public speaker, consultant, educator and community organizer on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory (Ottawa, ON). Her areas of expertise include LGBTQ+ and trans inclusion, social policy, child and youth mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and anti-oppression. 

Fae holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Carleton University, and has an extensive background in the nonprofit sector, specifically on LGBTQ youth, child and youth mental health, and sexual and reproductive health issues.

All of Fae’s work is driven by her passion to change the realities of LGBTQ+ youth and young people struggling with their mental health. She brings to the table not only a passionate drive for change, but an approach informed by intersectional anti-oppression, structural social work, and lived experience.

Lisa_Lachance.jpgLisa Lachance
President, Wisdom2Action

Lisa has been Executive Director of the W2A Network, the foundation for the new social enterprise, W2A Consulting Limited, since April 2013. Lisa uses her strong cultural competence and collaborative leadership skills to connect people in meaningful ways, so they can solve problems and move forward in their work. Lisa also loves to create positive change within organizations, her own and others. At the W2A Network, Lisa led the creation of W2A’s community engagement series also called Wisdom2Action. These participatory, youth-led and youth-engaged, Art of Hosting events have been held in communities across the country and internationally. 

Lisa started her career in the public sector, working first with the federal government in Ottawa, primarily at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where she led the implementation of Canada’s Action Plan on Child Protection that had a particular focus on child participation. Lisa was the inaugural Director of Policy at the Nova Scotia Department of Finance, where she led initiatives to inspire innovation in the provincial government.

Lisa has consulted for Canadian, international, and United Nations organizations on knowledge translation/mobilization, children’s rights, youth and community engagement, and gender equality. Her areas of expertise include policy development and practical policy implementation strategies, facilitation, performance measurement and  evaluation, and knowledge translation, particularly engaging knowledge producers and users in innovative processes.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced Major) in International Development Studies and a Masters in Public Administration, both from Dalhousie University. She has completed graduate-level studies in evaluation methods, and has completed professional development in evaluation methods and issues at the Canada School of Public Service and with EvalPartners/UNICEF.

RobynMcQuaid.jpgRobyn McQuaid, PhD
Adjunct Research Professor & Scientist, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research

Dr. Robyn McQuaid is a Scientist in the Culture and Gender Research Unit at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), affiliated with the University of Ottawa. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University.

She obtained her BSc in Chemistry (2006) and Honours in Psychology (2009) from the University of Prince Edward Island, and her MSc (2011) and PhD (2015) in Neuroscience from Carleton University.

Dr. McQuaid’s research examines the impacts of stress and trauma on mental health. More specifically, she explores how adverse experiences interact with biological factors, such as genetics and inflammation, to promote or buffer against depression and suicide. A key feature of her research is to take a personalized approach to understanding mental health disorders by considering gender, culture and environmental experiences. One aspect of her research program examines the intergenerational impacts of trauma, such as the residential schools, and current disparities on the mental health and wellness of First Nations peoples in Canada. This work is done together with Dr. Amy Bombay, professor at Dalhousie University; Dr. Kimberly Matheson, Culture and Gender Mental Health Research Chair at the IMHR and Carleton University; and Dr. Hymie Anisman, professor at Carleton University.

Dr. McQuaid is a recipient of the IMHR’s Emerging Research Innovator in Mental Health (eRIMh) incubator program, and is part of a research team that received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant for 2018-2023. As she moves forward in her career, she will continue to take a multi-disciplinary approach to her research that cuts across a number of disciplines including neuroscience, genetics, psychology and social-cultural studies.

leila-monib.jpgLeila Monib, MA
Provincial Lead, Education and Systems, Regional Lead, GTA, SOAHAC

Leila Monib is a settler-Canadian of diverse ancestry (African, Middle Eastern and European). She is currently the Provincial Lead of Education and Systems for the Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program. Previously, Leila was a Health Equity Specialist on Toronto Pubic Health’s Access and Equity Team where she worked with the Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle to develop and implement the Toronto Indigenous Health Strategy. She has also worked as the Youth Program Manager at the Rexdale Community Health Centre. Leila is passionate about exploring the roles/responsibilities of non-Indigenous Canadians in examining implicit bias while honouring treaties and international law to improve health outcomes for diverse Indigenous communities.

nancy_poole.jpgNancy Poole, PhD
Director, Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, Hosted by BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre, Prevention Lead, CanFASD Research Network

Dr. Nancy Poole is the Director of the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Vancouver Canada, and the Prevention Lead for the CanFASD Research Network. Nancy is well known for her collaborative work on FASD-related research, training and policy initiatives with governments and organizations on local, provincial/territorial, national and international levels. She is involved in research teams and knowledge exchange projects on a wide range of women’s health and substance use issues; and has co-edited four books: Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use (2007), Becoming Trauma Informed (2012), Making it Better: Gender Transformative Health Promotion (2014) and Transforming Addiction: Gender, Trauma and Transdisciplinarity (2015). Nancy is also known for leadership in piloting online participatory methods for knowledge generation and exchange on women’s health, including virtual networks and online communities of inquiry.

Jeff-Preston.jpgJeffrey Preston
Assistant Professor, Disability Studies, King’s University College, Western University

Born with a rare neuromuscular myopathy, Jeff has spent his life dedicated to advocating for himself and others with disabilities. With a PhD in Media Studies from Western University, Jeff’s research focuses on the representation of disability in popular and digital culture. Jeff is currently an Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at King’s University College @ Western University in London, ON.

Daniel_Pugh.jpgDaniel Pugh, BSW, MSW, RSW
Daniel Pugh Psychotherapy & Social Work Consulting & Sherbourne Health

Daniel completed his Masters of Social Work (with a health and mental health specialization) from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work through the University of Toronto in the fall of 2015. Daniel has his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work (Renison College) from the University of Waterloo.

Since graduation, Daniel has practiced as a clinical social worker and mental health counsellor at the Sherbourne Health Centre and The 519 Community Centre in downtown Toronto. Throughout his experience, Daniel has worked with youth, adults, couples and families with complex needs – much of this experience has emerged within and amongst various LGBTQ communities across Ontario. 

In addition to building a social work practice that is sex positive, trauma-informed and rooted in harm reduction, Daniel has a solid foundation in community-based HIV research, sexual health promotion, social determinants of health and community development. Most of these skills were developed within a community-based, non-for-profit sector. Employment and volunteer experiences have included positions in frontline programs, research, agency management and board governance.  Daniel was the OASW Student Director from 2014-2017.


Dr. Kaley Roosen, PhD C.Psych. (Supervised Practice)
Toronto Psychology Clinic

Kaley Roosen is a Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice) working at the Toronto Psychology Clinic (www.torontopsychology.com) and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. As a disabled woman, she offers anti-oppressive, disability affirmative psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and couples. Her scholarly work combines traditional clinical health psychology with critical disability approaches to explore the experiences of trauma, social and psychological embodiment and eating disorders in disabled women.

Jillian_Scheer.jpgJillian R. Scheer, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale University School of Public Health

Dr. Jillian Scheer’s research broadly focuses on understanding and addressing the co-occurring epidemics (i.e., syndemics such as physical and sexual violence exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use) facing sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals. Dr. Scheer's interdisciplinary scholarship seeks to: 1) identify the biological, cultural, social, and structural determinants of SGM-related disparities in alcohol misuse and mental health comorbidities and 2) guide intervention development to ameliorate alcohol misuse among at-risk SGM individuals, including those exposed to violence.

Education & Training:

  • PhD, Boston College, Counseling Psychology (2018)
  • MA, Boston College, Mental Health Counseling (2012)
  • BA, Rutgers University, Psychology and Sociology (2009)

Diane_Smylie.jpgDiane Smylie
Provincial Director, Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program, SOHAC

Diane Smylie, MSW is a Red River Métis Cree Mother, Partner, Auntie and Community Member. She currently holds the role of Provincial Director, Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program with the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) and Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC). She has an educational background in both Social Work and Nursing and worked in community based services for many years as a clinician and then manager before becoming more involved in program evaluation, program development, system planning, community engagement and knowledge exchange initiatives in both Ontario and British Columbia. She has held leadership roles in initiatives to support quality improvement and program development in the areas of harm reduction, women’s and children’s substance use/mental health services, trauma informed practice and Indigenous cultural safety. She brings a strong commitment to Indigenous health equity and social justice to all of her work. Diane is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. 

Shannon_Stewart.jpgShannon Stewart, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Training & Registered Psychologist, Western University

Dr. Stewart is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training on the Faculty of Education and Applied Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario Canada. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Division at Schulich School of Medicine at Western University. She is also an Associate Scientist at the Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI), Associate Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute as well as an interRAI Research Fellow.

Dr. Stewart is leading the international development of the interRAI suite of instruments for children and youth with mental health needs within a variety of service sectors (e.g., education, health, youth justice) at different levels of service intensity (e.g., community and inpatient services for primary, secondary and tertiary care). This also includes Applications for the instruments such as: a) Collaborative Action Plans (CAPS) to support evidence-informed care planning; b) outcome measurement to evaluate programs; c) case mix systems to address resource allocation and intensity of services; and d) quality indicators for bench marking to improve outcomes across hospitals, agencies and facilities. An essential part of this process is the facilitation and transfer of evidence to enhance knowledge mobilization to improve capacity building within the child and youth mental health service system.

Other areas of interest include non-suicidal self-injury, suicide risk, aggression, substance use, complex special needs, predictors of re-hospitalization, residential outcomes related to treatment sustainability, continuity of care and transition across service sectors. She holds National and International grants concentrating on improving services for vulnerable children and youth exhibiting mental health struggles.

Jesse_Headshot.jpgJesse Thistle
Assistant Professor, Author, Vanier & Trudeau Scholar

Jesse Thistle is a Métis-Cree-Scot Ph.D. Candidate in the History program at York University in Toronto, he also teaches there as an assistant professor (probationary lecturer) where he is working on theories of intergenerational and historic trauma of the Métis people. This work, which involves reflections on his own previous struggles with addiction and homelessness, has been recognized as having a wide impact on both the scholarly community and the greater public.

Thistle obtained a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies with a Specialized Honours in History from York University in 2015. His undergraduate thesis is entitled: James Bay and Mattawa as an Interconnected Fur Trade Region: Illuminating Lake Timiskaming’s Historic Metis Community and was supervised by York historian Carolyn Prodruchy. He completed a Masters of History at the University of Waterloo in 2016 where his thesis was entitled: The Puzzle of the Morrissette-Arcand Clan: A History of Metis Historic and Intergenerational Trauma and where he worked with Susan Roy. In the fall of 2016 Thistle began work on a PhD in the History Department at York University.

Thistle is a Trudeau Scholar, a prestigious award administered by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a Vanier scholar and was awarded a Governor General's Silver Medal in 2016. He has won numerous other awards, including the Odessa Award in 2014 and the Dr. James Wu prize in 2015 for his paper "We are children of the river: Toronto’s Lost Metis History."

Roberta_timothy.jpgRoberta K. Timothy, PhD, RP
Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioural Health Science, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Dr. Roberta Timothy’s research addresses key areas of concern in anti-colonial, anti-oppression and community-based health promotion, policy, and practice. She take a transnational (global) intersectional human rights approach to social determinants of health affecting African/Black and Indigenous communities. She is currently focusing on two key themes that have emerged from my ongoing work in human rights and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy (AOP):

1) Criminalization and the SDOH in African/Black and Indigenous communities
2) Mobilizing critical intersectionality and AOP in community mental health

She specializes in the areas of intersectionality and ethics in health; health and race; transnational African/Black and Indigenous health; and anti-oppression/anti-colonial approaches to mental health.

With extensive teaching experience in universities, colleges, and in social service organizations and community settings, she has particular expertise in critical health theory and social justice health policy development and implementation.