Speakers

at the 2024 Congress

Steve Siddals

Research lead, King’s College London

Steve Siddals

Research lead, King’s College London

Steve is a psychology researcher and technology executive, with an academic background in computer science, mathematics and the psychology and neuroscience of mental health, and 25 years of experience leading technology transformation for multinationals.

Steve recently led a qualitative study to explore real-life experiences of using generative AI chatbots, such as ChatGPT, for mental health. He is passionate about leveraging technology to address the global mental health crisis, and looking forward to connecting with so many experts, leaders and innovators in this exciting space.

Justine Dol

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded postdoctoral fellow at IWK Health, Canada

Justine Dol

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded postdoctoral fellow at IWK Health, Canada

Dr. Justine Dol is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded postdoctoral fellow at IWK Health (Nova Scotia Canada) working with Dr. Christine Chambers. Her research program is focused on using digital health technology to empower parents by equipping them with the information, support, and confidence they need during the perinatal period, in their parenting journey, and in the context of pain management to improve health and well-being for the whole family.

Dr. Dol has published over 75 peer reviewed journal articles and has worked on several Canadian and global health initiatives. She developed the Essential Coaching for Every Mother postpartum text message program and is leading other research projects to expand the use of text messaging to empower parents.

Aislin Mushquash

Associate Professor at Lakehead University & Clinical Psychologist, Ontario, Canada

Aislin Mushquash

Associate Professor at Lakehead University & Clinical Psychologist, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Aislin Mushquash is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University and a Clinical Psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care in Northwestern Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Mushquash is working to improve access to mental health support for youth in underserved areas through technology. She is leading research with the JoyPopTM digital mental health app with the goal to better understand how the app can best support youth, and be integrated into systems as a: (a) mental health promotion tool; (b) a waitlist tool; and (c) an add-on to therapy.

Florence Khoriaty

Congress MC | Artist, radio host at CBC and Radio-Canada and Ph.D candidate in Psychology

Florence Khoriaty

Congress MC | Artist, radio host at CBC and Radio-Canada and Ph.D candidate in Psychology

Florence Khoriaty, stage name Florence K, has always thrived on music and writing. She has led a successful career as a pianist and singer for over twenty years and has received numerous artistic distinctions, including two Félix Awards (ADISQ) and multiple Juno Award nominations for one or another of her ten albums. In 2015 her book Buena Vida, the story of her own depression, became a bestseller highlighting society’s need to talk openly about mental health. This was followed by Nueva Vida: Dancing with Bipolar Disorder (Libre Expression, 2021).

Florence K is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology and research at UQAM, where she is interested in the links between mood variability, creativity and well-being among performing artists. She conducts her research under the supervision of Arielle Bonneville-Roussy, Ph.D, and Pier-Luc de Chantal, Ph.D. She is also a lecturer in psychopathology at Université Téluq. Throughout the course of her studies, she has received the Great Graduate Award from TÉLUQ University, an Honorary Graduate Award from the Communication Department of the University of Montreal, a research grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec, a perseverance scholarship and an engagement scholarship from the University of Montreal, along with an excellence scholarship from the University of Quebec Funds. She is the recent recipient of the ACFAS New Generation of Researchers Award and a research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

She dedicates a significant portion of her time to the destigmatization of mental health and ease of accessibility to psychological care. Her conferences are highly sought after in community, educational, corporate, and health sectors. Florence also hosts the weekly radio show C’est Formidable! on CBC Radio and CBC Music and has a weekly psychology segment on the show Dessine-moi un matin on Ici Radio-Canada Première. Her new album, Brésil mon amour, is a tribute to Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim.

Prof. Simon Hatcher

Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa, Canada

Prof. Simon Hatcher

Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Simon Hatcher is a Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa, Canada. He moved to Ottawa from the Department of Psychological Medicine in Auckland, New Zealand in May 2012. His main research interests include suicide, self-harm, psychotherapies, clinical trials and e-therapies. He has been the principal investigator in several large trials of non-pharmacological interventions in people who present to hospital with intentional self-harm. Currently he is the principal investigator on a randomized controlled trial of blended therapy for suicidal men in Ontario. The OHRI research lab he heads Hatching Ideas Hub focuses on clinical trials in underserved populations such as suicidal men, the homeless and first responders. Clinically he works in the downtown homeless shelters in Ottawa and the Liaison Psychiatry service at The Ottawa General Hospital. He is the Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

Email: shatcher@toh.ca
Website: https://www.hatchingideashub.com
Twitter: @HatchingHub or @shatchernz

Victoria Hornby (OBE)

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

Victoria Hornby (OBE)

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

Before founding MHI in 2017, Victoria was Director of Programmes at The Royal Foundation, building a portfolio of projects including the Invictus Games, Coach Core, and Heads Together.

She is Chair of the Bridges Impact Foundation, a trustee of the Westminster Foundation and adviser to the Charles Dunstone Charitable Trust.

Prof Robert JT Morris

Chief Technology Strategist, Ministry of Health Transformation (MOHT), Singapore

Prof Robert JT Morris

Chief Technology Strategist, Ministry of Health Transformation (MOHT), Singapore

Professor Robert JT Morris is the Chief Technology Strategist for the Ministry of Health Transformation (MOHT) Singapore and a Professor at the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He advises the National Research Foundation in the Prime Minister’s Office, focusing on applying computer and information sciences, including AI, to healthcare transformation. Morris led IBM Research’s Global Laboratories from 2011-2017 and was named the “Smartest Scientist in Technology” by Fortune and Money Magazine in 2010.

During his tenure at IBM, Morris held several key positions, including VP of Services Research at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center and VP & Director of the IBM Almaden Research Center, where he contributed to pioneering technologies such as relational databases and the Deep Blue chess machine. He also served as Chairman of the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium (BASIC) from 2001-2005. Originally from Australia, he began his career at Bell Labs and has lived and worked in Asia since 2011. Morris has published over 90 scientific articles, holds 11 patents, and has received numerous accolades, including Fellow IEEE, the Australian-American Fulbright Fellowship, and the PICMET Leadership in Technology Management Award. He has also been an editor for IEEE Transactions on Computers and served on many boards.

Margaret Meagher

Chief Impact Officer at Crisis Text Line, USA

Margaret Meagher

Chief Impact Officer at Crisis Text Line, USA

Margaret Meagher is the Chief Impact Officer at Crisis Text Line, leading data science efforts to explore over 9 million conversations about mental health crises, leverage AI/Machine Learning to contribute solution-oriented insights to the ongoing mental health epidemic, and measure the effectiveness and impact of Crisis Text Line’s service for texters, volunteers, and broader society. A senior leader and systems thinker, she brings 20+ years of experience leading complex, large-scale portfolios and collective impact networks to improve equity and wellbeing of diverse populations around the world.

She has technical expertise in mixed methods research, developmental evaluation, and impact assessment, grounded in a MA in Comparative International Development and Education, and PhD(ABD) in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development with supporting emphases in public health and evaluation. She has led and scaled innovative social impact portfolios (>$250M, 25+ countries) in senior roles with mission-driven organizations such as Mastercard Foundation, American Institutes for Research, African Leadership Academy, and Care International, and served as advisor and collaborator with a host of governments and organizations such as UNGEI, UNESCO, and the Brookings Institution.

Lucita Lazo

President of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Philippines

Lucita Lazo

President of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Philippines

Lucita Lazo is the President of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Philippines. She is the principal investigator in Defining the Mental Health Research Agenda of the Philippines (2015-2019) and currently serves as the Team Leader in the ongoing Development of the Mental Health Information System under the auspices of the National Center for Mental Health.

She was the first woman Director General, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). She has worked with the UN System throughout the years for various gender equality, labour, employment & social development projects in her capacity as Chief Technical Adviser of the ILO Regional Project on Rural Women Homeworkers and in her stint as Regional Program Director of UNIFEM Southeast Asia in Bangkok, Thailand

Katherine (Kathy) Hay

President & CEO, Kids Help Phone, Canada

Katherine (Kathy) Hay

President & CEO, Kids Help Phone, Canada

As President and CEO of Kids Help Phone, Katherine Hay provides strategic leadership and drives innovation, to make Kids Help Phone the most accessible and effective e-mental health service for young people across Canada.

As a passionate change-maker and the leader of a 35-year-old organization recognized as a founder of virtual care, Kathy is deeply committed to ensuring the organization will always be open, providing a safe and trusted place for all young people to Feel Out Loud in any moment of crisis or need. Kathy has impacted change and growth throughout her more than 20 years of exceptional service in senior leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector.

Connect with Kathy on LinkedIn: @Katherine (Kathy) Hay ICD.D

Dr. Romulo de Castro (Jong)

Director of the Center for Informatics (CFI), University of San Agustin, Philippines

Dr. Romulo de Castro (Jong)

Director of the Center for Informatics (CFI), University of San Agustin, Philippines

Dr. Romulo de Castro (Jong) is the Director of the Center for Informatics (CFI) at the University of San Agustin (in Iloilo City, Philippines), a consultant of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Medicine Diagnostic Imaging (NMDI) Section and Project Lead for the ATIPAN telehealth project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) – eAsia Knowledge Partnership Fund (EAKPF, South Korea), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada) via York University’s Global South AI4PEP Network. He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry & Genetics from the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston) and conducted his postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology (Neuroscience) and The Burnham Institute (Developmental Neurobiology).

His current occupation took him off laboratory research to pursue Informatics via the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, Autism Speaks, Pathway Genomics, 3R Biosystems and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (where he focused his work on Minority Health and Health Disparities). His current work in Mental Health includes the planning and development of the Philippines’ Mental Health Information System (MHIS), the Negros Occidental Mental Health Information Resource (NOMHIR), requirements analysis for dementia care in the Philippines, addressing the mental healthcare needs of underserved Indigenous and rural communities, and using AI on voice data to develop diagnostic tools for depression and dementia among Filipino patients.

Dr Allan Donsky

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary

Dr Allan Donsky

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary

Dr Allan Donsky, child and adolescent psychiatrist for 29 years and former pediatrician, is currently a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. As an active educator who specializes in fostering wellbeing, he has purposefully dedicated himself to community outreach and capacity building, regularly facilitating workshops in academic settings, in not-for-profit agencies, and leading community groups. As an educator on transdisciplinary teams, he mentors residents and runs workshops and seminars. His current research interests are situated at the intersection of psychiatry, contemplative practice, and spirituality.

Allan is also a Consultant & Board Chair for the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine.

Ian Power

CEO, Spunout, Ireland

Ian Power

CEO, Spunout, Ireland

Ian is CEO of spunout, Ireland’s youth information and support platform and Adjunct Associate Professor at UCD School of Psychology. He a member of the National Implementation Monitoring Committee of Ireland’s national mental health policy, and was a member of the Irish Government’s National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health. Ian is a former President of the National Youth Council of Ireland and holds an advanced diploma in juvenile justice from the King’s Inn, along with a US State Department professional fellowship in youth justice from Boston College.

Dr Vincent Agyapong

Professor of Psychiatry and Global Mental Health, and the Head, Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

Dr Vincent Agyapong

Professor of Psychiatry and Global Mental Health, and the Head, Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

Dr. Agyapong, Professor of Psychiatry and Global Mental Health at Dalhousie University, heads the Psychiatry Department and serves as Clinical Chief for Psychiatry at Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Central Zone. He’s a Clinical Professor at University of Alberta, where he previously directed the Division of Community Psychiatry and served as Clinical Section Chief for Community Mental Health. Additionally, he chairs the Global Psychological eHealth Foundation.

Dr. Agyapong holds two Doctorate degrees from the University of Dublin Trinity College and has received multiple Fellowships. With over 150 publications and 65 presentations globally, his research focuses on innovative mental health care. His e-mental health interventions, including text messages, have reached over 100,000 subscribers, supported by over $8 million in research grants. He’s won various awards, including recognition from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and his Text4Mood program has been acknowledged by the Mental Health Innovations Network.

Paulus van der Kolk

Product Lead at ReachOut, Australia

Paulus van der Kolk

Product Lead at ReachOut, Australia

Paulus drives ReachOut Australia’s transformation and program of dynamic digital service personalisation. As Product Lead, he led development of ReachOut’s innovative new PeerChat peer support product which saw us win recognition as the Not-for-profit Tech Innovator of the Year in 2023. With a focus on learning and growth, he eagerly seeks insights from industry peers to enhance his leadership in balancing product management, team coaching, and future innovations.

Alisa Simon

Executive Vice President, E-mental Health Transformation and Chief Youth Officer, Kids Help Phone, Canada

Alisa Simon

Executive Vice President, E-mental Health Transformation and Chief Youth Officer, Kids Help Phone, Canada

Alisa Simon brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in health-care access and non-profit management to her role as Executive Vice President, E-mental Health Transformation and Chief Youth Officer at Kids Help Phone. As a champion of innovation, Alisa is integral to the organization’s development of virtual health solutions for youth. Using comprehensive data and research, Alisa drives improvements in e-mental health services and strategies that respond to evolving technologies and the changing needs of young people. Under Alisa’s leadership, Kids Help Phone has evolved from a phone-based helpline to a comprehensive solution that fully integrates a growing number of access points, programs and resources. In her role, Alisa oversees Kids Help Phone’s 24/7 clinical services as well as the organization’s knowledge translation, quality assurance and equity programs.

Alisa holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and was named the Digital Health Canada 2021 Digital Health Executive of the Year. Alisa volunteers on many national boards and committees.

Dr Janagan Alagarajah

Technical Lead, YLabs, Rwanda and Tanzania

Dr Janagan Alagarajah

Technical Lead, YLabs, Rwanda and Tanzania

Dr Janagan Alagarajah is Technical Lead at YLabs, a non-profit organization that designs, implements, and evaluates digital and in-person youth-friendly projects in low and middle-income countries. He has over eight years of experience as a public health physician, with a background in psychiatry and sexual health, and a Master of Public Health degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

His core competencies include leading multidisciplinary teams, conducting data analysis, and applying human-centred design principles to create impactful and innovative solutions for mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and nutrition. He has designed digital tools for marginalized youth, such as HIV positive, young mothers, and unemployed, in Rwanda and Tanzania, using a data-driven and participatory approach. His mission is to improve the health and well-being of young people around the world through digital technology and evidence-based interventions.

Sandy Little, MSW, RSW

Territorial Manager, Mental Health and Community Wellness Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada

Sandy Little, MSW, RSW

Territorial Manager, Mental Health and Community Wellness Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada

Sandy has been a social worker for more than 35 years with the privilege of practicing social work in the Northwest Territories for the past 29 years. Her career has included medical social work, children’s mental health, NGO crisis work, suicide prevention, mental health systems development, and social work education.

Her current job is Territorial Manager, Mental Health and Community Wellness, for the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority. In 2023, Sandy was part of planning and implementing responses for multiple wildfire evacuations in the NWT and brings experience with virtual mental health resources from both a management and personal perspective.

Nelson Sanz-Cadena

Director (Interim) Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Service, Canadian Red Cross

Nelson Sanz-Cadena

Director (Interim) Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Service, Canadian Red Cross

Nelson joined Canadian Red Cross (CRC) in January 2019 and holds the role of Director (interim) Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Service since December 2023.

Previously to joining CRC, Nelson held a range of leadership roles in the field of emergency management and community health services with the Australian Red Cross and Search for Common Grounds (Australia and Timor-Leste). Nelson has also contributed to peacebuilding endeavors in South-East Asia during the earlier stages of his professional journey. Engaging in consultancy work for various not-for-profit organizations, he focused on empowering youth-at risk through impactful peacebuilding projects.

Nelson has a M.A. in Business, M.A. in Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and is currently completing his green belt Lean Six Sigma certification. Residing with his partner, two children and a lovable puppy on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Anishinaabe Algonquin nation (also known as Ottawa-Gatineau).

Bob Gold

Chief Clinical Behavioral Technologist and Founder, GoMo Health

Bob Gold

Chief Clinical Behavioral Technologist and Founder, GoMo Health

Bob Gold is a leading behavioral technologist with over 20 years of expertise in applied research and development within the behavioral and cognitive sciences. He specializes in crafting clinical care plans and digital therapeutics that seamlessly integrate psycho-social factors and personal determinants, particularly focusing on chronic and complex population health management, with a strong emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Bob’s primary focus is on transforming clinical care plans and medication therapies into behaviorally-driven digital therapy programs, aiming to establish sustainable population health business models. His methods mitigate adverse events such as unnecessary emergency department visits and readmissions while harnessing valuable electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePROs), yielding tangible improvements in patient satisfaction and adherence, especially within complex health conditions and difficult patient health journeys.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Bob has a rich background, including founding and leading three prior companies, each leaving a significant mark in its respective industry. Furthermore, his personal interests and accomplishments, such as winning TV Emmy Awards with his entertainment company, preserving farmland in New Jersey, and simplifying financial data for better consumer understanding, reflect his multifaceted talents and commitment to making a positive impact in various spheres of life.

Kristofer Vernmark

Researcher at Linköping University and Founder of the National association for Digital psychologists, Sweden

Kristofer Vernmark

Researcher at Linköping University and Founder of the National association for Digital psychologists, Sweden

Kristofer Vernmark holds a MSc and PhD in psychology. He is currently doing research at Linköping University on the dissemination and implementation of internet-based treatment for refugees and migrants. Kristofer has worked for almost two decades as a psychologist, manager, consultant, and researcher in digital psychology and digital mental health, and has had a leading role in making internet-based treatment available in the Swedish health care system.

His PhD-thesis investigated different digital treatment modalities and the role of alliance in internet-based treatment. Kristofer is the founder of the network for Digital Psychologists in Sweden and was awarded the 2022 eMHIC award for Leadership excellence in eMental health implementation. He is also the co-chairman of the Global network for mental health, a board member of the Swedish psychology association and the creator of the global acceleration program Build for Earth aimed at helping innovative sustainability solutions become reality.

Louise Birkedal Glenthøj

Associate Professor., Dept of Psychology UCPH; Head of VIRTU Research Group, Denmark

Louise Birkedal Glenthøj

Associate Professor., Dept of Psychology UCPH; Head of VIRTU Research Group, Denmark

Louise has a master’s degree in psychology from University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Institute of Psychology, and a PhD and DMSc degree from Department of Clinical Medicine, UCPH. She has a clinical specialization in adult psychiatry and psychotherapy and has been working as a clinical psychologist in in- and outpatient facilities in Denmark.

She is an associate professor at Department of Psychology UCPH, and head of VIRTU Research Group that has the overarching research focus on utilizing new technologies, primarily virtual reality, in advancing the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders. She is PI/co-PI on 8 ongoing large-scale clinical trials evaluating virtual reality-based interventions in mental health disorders comprising psychosis, anxiety, eating disorders, and autism.

Marie Paldam Folker

Director of the Centre for Digital Psychiatry, Denmark

Marie Paldam Folker

Director of the Centre for Digital Psychiatry, Denmark

Marie Paldam Folker is Director of the Centre for Digital Psychiatry, Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark.  Marie is an expert digital mental health innovator and practitioner and has worked in the digital healthcare field for over 15 years specialising in digital mental health. Originally trained as an anthropologist, Marie is passionate about making a difference to people with mental illness and involving people with lived experience to inform and shape the development of digital mental health services.

At the Centre for Digital Psychiatry Marie is responsible for the development and implementation of digital mental health interventions with regional and national uptake. Her role is to identify and facilitate strategic partnerships at regional, national and international levels to ensure that digital mental health services are developed and deployed in a way that maximises benefits for end-users – both patients, relatives and mental health care providers.

Venkat Bhat MD MSc FRCPC DABPN

Staff Psychiatrist at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Venkat Bhat MD MSc FRCPC DABPN

Staff Psychiatrist at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Bhat is a staff psychiatrist at St. Michael’s Hospital and at the University Health Network. He envisioned and developed the Interventional Psychiatry Program at St. Michael’s Hospital, an interdisciplinary program which offers emerging interventions for neuropsychiatric disorders.

He is the founding lead for the multi-institutional Digital Interventions & Intelligence Group (DiiG), leads the Health Care AI/Analytics pillar within the Institute for Biomedical Science, Engineering & Technology, is a member within Faculties of Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, and within the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Science and Technology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Maria Silvina Sosa

PhD Researcher and Co-Chair, Digital Mental Health Commission at RECAINSA

Dr. Maria Silvina Sosa

PhD Researcher and Co-Chair, Digital Mental Health Commission at RECAINSA

Maria graduated in Psychology at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1998. She also holds a PhD in Health Sciences from Barceló University; Specialist in Health and Social Security Systems from ISALUD University and International Diploma in Mental Health, Legislation and Human Rights from the Indian Law Society (in collaboration and support of the World Health Organization). In 2023 she graduated from the Women Leaders in Digital Health Programme (Universidad del Bosque-Colombia). She has experience as a clinical psychologist, undergraduate and postgraduate university lecturer, as well as in coordination and implementation of training and research processes in the field of mental health, public health and digital health.

She currently works at the National Directorate of Digital Health of the Ministry of Health of Argentina and is coordinator (Co chair) of the commission of digital mental health in RECAINSA. She has developed activities in the field of Education and Public Health, as well as consultancies in United Nations Agencies such as the Pan American Health Organization and UNDP.

Prof. Ian Hickie

Professor of Psychiatry, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, Australia

Prof. Ian Hickie

Professor of Psychiatry, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Hickie is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Co-Director of Health and Policy, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney. He has led major public health and health services developments in Australia, particularly focusing on early intervention for young people with depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviours and complex mood disorders.

He is active in the development through codesign, implementation and continuous evaluation of new health information and personal monitoring technologies to drive highly-personalized and measurement-based care.

Sue Baker OBE

Director, Changing Minds Globally

Sue Baker OBE

Director, Changing Minds Globally

Sue has worked to de-stigmatise mental health for almost 30years in the UK, New Zealand, and globally. She set up the Time to Change campaign in England in 2007 that has led to a “sea change” in public attitudes and reductions in discrimination in England but has worked on shifting stigma since joining Mind (the UK’s largest mental health NGO) in 1995. She co-founded the Global Anti Stigma Alliance twelve years ago to share strategies, tools and facilitate mutual learning to build capacity in many regions and contexts. She then founded Time to Change Global in 2018 working with partners and people with lived experience in Africa and India to tackle mental health stigma across a range of cultures and contexts.

She now advises international bodies, Governments, NGOs, funders, and networks of people with lived experience on social change programmes aimed at improving public attitudes, reducing discrimination, and empowering people with lived experience to lead change. She runs an independent consultancy called ‘Changing Minds Globally’ and is currently working on stigma projects in Kenya, the Caribbean, Lithuania and across Europe as well as supporting the development of global mental health leadership and workplace packages. Sue was one of the sub Authors of The Lancet Commission on ending stigma and discrimination in mental health – The Lancet published on World Mental Health Day 2022. She was awarded an OBE for services to mental health in 2016.

For inquiries, contact Sue via email at suebaker@changingmindsglobally.com or visit her website at www.changingmindsglobally.com. For updates, follow her on LinkedIn (@SueBakerOBE) or Twitter (@suebakerTTC).

Dr AnnMarie Churchill

President of Stepped Care Solutions, Canada

Dr AnnMarie Churchill

President of Stepped Care Solutions, Canada

AnnMarie Churchill, President of Stepped Care Solutions and Research Fellow at Memorial University, has over 30 years of direct clinical practice, with a PhD in experimental psychology, post-doctoral certification in anxiety and trauma treatment, and master’s in clinical social work. Since the inception of Wellness Together Canada, AnnMarie has been leading Stepped Care Solutions in the development and delivery of this first national digital mental health service funded by the Government of Canada for all people across Canada.

At Stepped Care Solutions, AnnMarie continues to lead on-going development of the Stepped Care 2.0 model and numerous implementations in jurisdictions and organizations across Canada. AnnMarie is a registered social worker in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and co-author of Person-Centered Diagnosis and Treatment in Mental Health: A model for empowering clients (Ladd & Churchill, 2012) and has personal and professional interest in resilience development and post traumatic growth.

Dr Alan Woodward

Policy Director for Lifeline International

Dr Alan Woodward

Policy Director for Lifeline International

Dr Alan Woodward has worked in mental health, crisis support and suicide prevention for more than 20 years. 

He is an expert on crisis lines and community crisis support services. He established the Lifeline Research Foundation. His personal research interests have been on the experiences of those who call crisis lines.

Dr Woodward is an advocate for policy development for suicide prevention. He is the Policy Director for Lifeline International. He is the Chair of the Advisory Board to the Australian National Suicide Prevention Office. He served as a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission and as an elected Board Director with Suicide Prevention Australia. 

Dr Woodward holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, a Masters Degree in Social Science and Policy (UNSW), a Business Degree in Public Administration (CSU) and a Diploma in Arts/Communication. He is a Fellow of the Australian Evaluation Society. In 2022 he received the National Mental Health Prize and in 2021 received a LIFE Award for Leadership in Suicide Prevention.

Dr. M Tasdik Hasan

PhD Researcher (Digital Mental Health), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. M Tasdik Hasan

PhD Researcher (Digital Mental Health), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Tasdik is a medical doctor, a PhD Researcher (Digital Mental Health) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and a Research Scientist at Moner Bondhu [Friends of Mind] in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Tasdik co-designed a set of digital mental health interventions for vulnerable communities in Bangladesh as his PhD project at Monash University, Australia, as a FIT Scholar. He holds notable accolades, including the Chancellor’s Award from the President of Bangladesh for academic excellence in his Masters in Public Health course, a Commonwealth Scholarship for his MSc in Global Mental Health from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & King’s College London, Vice-Chancellor’s Gold medal and Summa cum laude from American International University-Bangladesh, and global recognitions such as the New Voices in Global Health Award from the World Health Summit, Berlin, the Lancet Prize from the Lancet Psychiatry & University of Oxford, UK, and the Fukuoka Student Award from the World Social Science Forum, Japan.

Tasdik’s expertise includes managing large-scale clinical trials, formative research, mixed-method research, and medical leadership. He significantly contributed to the development of Bangladesh’s National Mental Health Strategic Plan 2020-2030. With a postgraduate diploma in Disaster Management, he authored the action toolkit for community engagement during public health emergencies like COVID-19. As Chair of the Trainee Advisory Committee of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, he played a crucial role. Currently, Tasdik serves as an Assistant Professor at the State University of Bangladesh and as a Research Scientist at Moner Bondhu [Friends of Mind, one of the leading mental health organizations in Bangladesh]. He recently completed an Honorary Research Associate position at the University of Liverpool and joined the faculty at the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Academy hosted by ESMT, Berlin, in 2022.

Michel Rodrigue

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Michel Rodrigue

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Michel, who joined the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in 2015, brought a wealth of management experience and a unique mix of expertise in performance management, stakeholder relations, finance, accounting, and communications. As the former Vice President of Organizational Performance and Public Affairs at MHCC, he played a crucial role in shaping the organization’s new 10-year strategic plan, Answering the Call.

Driven by his commitment to the principle of mental health for all, Michel advocates for equitable access to recovery-oriented, evidence-based, culturally adapted mental health care. Prior to his role at the Commission, he had a diverse career in management consulting and public affairs, holding positions such as CIO of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, Press Secretary to the Premier of Ontario, and president of independent firms.

A lifelong learner, Michel holds an Executive MBA from the Université du Québec in Montréal, a CPA, CMA designation (Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified Management Accountant), a graduate diploma in financial accounting and management accounting from the Université du Québec in Outaouais, and a Bachelor of Arts (History) from Laurentian University.

Nicholas Watters

Director of Access to Quality Mental Health Services, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Nicholas Watters

Director of Access to Quality Mental Health Services, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Nicholas leads multiple MHCC portfolios aimed at ensuring that those living in Canada have access to equitable, culturally safe, appropriate, stigma free, and recovery-oriented mental health services and supports — when, where, and how they choose. 

He is also part of the eMHIC (eMental Health International Collaborative) Global Leadership Council and a member of Health Canada’s Digital Health Equity working group. In 2022, Nicholas received eMHIC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for e-mental health development, implementation, and forward-thinking leadership. Prior to joining the MHCC in 2011, he was the Senior Advisor or Knowledge Transfer and Communications at the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada. 

Nicholas holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of Windsor, a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business, and a Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

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