Mental Health Symposium

Wednesday, April 14 & Thursday, April 15, 2021
Guest Speakers
Joe Roberts
Vancouver, British Columbia

In 1989, Joe Roberts was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row addict. Through perseverance, determination, and his resilient human spirit, Joe pulled himself out of darkness and despair to become a highly respected business & community leader. Since 1989, Joe has completed two college diplomas and is now the CEO of one of Vancouver's leading multimedia companies. Joe walked 9064KM across Canada to raise awareness about youth homelessness, and is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Push for Change Foundation, a charity advocating for youth homelessness prevention. 

By sharing his personal experience with mental health and addictions, Joe hopes to instigate a ripple effect of positive change by reminding people of their unlimited potential. Joe’s deep resonating “WHY” is to facilitate the experience that empowers people to redefine what’s truly possible for their lives, their business, their family, and their community.

Ed Mantler
Ottawa, Ontario
As Vice-President of Programs & Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ed is dedicated to promoting mental health, recovery, and changing the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and illnesses. A highly motivated visionary and an expert at building partnerships, engaging stakeholders, and inspiring change, Ed has led innovation and improvement in healthcare for over two decades. 
Ed pays particular attention to reducing stigma and increasing awareness, promoting psychologically healthy workplaces and schools, improving access to quality mental health services, preventing suicide, and improving understanding of the impacts of cannabis on mental health. Ed will discuss the mental health needs of health care providers through integrated models of care, as well as possible opportunities that exist for partnership and innovation in both rural & urban health care in Alberta. 
Scott Aylwin
Edmonton, Alberta
Scott is the Senior Director of Addiction and Mental Health at Covenant Health. Scott graduated from the University of Alberta as a Criminologist in 1991 and was a group therapist with a sex offender population for 15 years. Scott obtained a PhD in Psychotherapy Research from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta in 2010. Scott joined Covenant Health in 2017 and is one the organization’s Mental Health First Aid facilitators, promoting a psychologically safe and supportive workplace. Scott will discuss his current research in the use of Ketamine, a pain relief medication, to treat severe depression. 
Covenant Health OHS&W
Edmonton, AB
Difficult circumstances have the potential to impact mental health. Covenant Health Occupational Health, Safety, & Wellness will discuss the 10 resilience factors that scientists have found resilient people share, and participants will discover how to further develop the resilience skill set in their personal and professional lives. OHS&W will provide practical tools and strategies to maintain and enhance personal and team resilience. 
Dr. Hany Shaltout
Camrose, AB

Dr. Hany Shaltout has been practicing psychiatry for 12 years. He is currently the attending psychiatrist for the inpatient Mental Health unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose and provides community support to people with mental illness through his work with the Camrose Addictions and Mental Health Clinic as well as the Camrose Primary Care Network and his private office in the Gemini Medical Center.

Hany completed his training in adult psychiatry followed by a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry. He is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK as well as a Holder of the Arab Board of Medical Specialties Certificate in Psychiatry.

Through his appointment as a clinical lecturer at the University of Alberta, Hany hopes to be part of the team that helps train future psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses. He is fond of improving mental health literacy and has been an active public speaker as well as organizer for mental health events for over 10 years. 

Facilitated Discussions

Covenant Health Organizational Talent will lead Breakout Rooms to answer questions, guide discussions on current mental health tools and resources, and help participants create an action plan for change in our community.  

Revised: January 26, 2021

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