Opening Keynote:
Justice, Equity, and Love

Michael Redhead Champagne

Michael Redhead Champagne
Community Leader, Helper, Author, Host, Speaker
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Michael Redhead Champagne is working towards a revolution that dismantles harmful systems and builds up new ones based on justice, equity, and love. A community leader from Winnipeg's North End with family roots in Shamattawa First Nation, Michael is host, helper, published author, on-screen personality and sought after public speaker. Michael happily shares his words, wisdom, and welcoming energy across Canada and around the world.

Michael believes Indigenous knowledge will save the world and this can be seen in his commitment to Ininew concepts such as wahkotowin, mino bimadisiwin & sakihitowin. He is actively working on reclaiming his Ininew language and has started a language nest at the St John's Public Library. Whether it's eliminating poverty, ending homelessness or increasing supports for children, youth and families, he is relentless in his pursuit of a more compassionate world. He organizes the annual North End Grad Walk, the North End Historical Society and is a board member for Fearless R2W & the Manitoba Health Coalition.

You can find him speaking out about poverty, politics and reconciliation on podcasts, video projects and in the news. Featured on multiple TEDx Talks, APTN’s Michif Country & First Contact, Michael is also developing a number of storytelling and multimedia projects. He loves family friendly jokes, Tetris, Stevie Wonder music and celebrating the success of others. Michael's first children’s book, We Need Everyone, from HighWater Press is now available everywhere books are sold.

Keynote Panel:
Providing Supportive Systems for Youth Experiencing Addiction

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James X. Wang

James X. Wang MD FRCPC (he/him)
Adolescent Medicine Pediatrician and Addiction Medicine Specialist, BC Children's Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia

James Wang is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine and Addiction Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UBC. He is one of just a few pediatricians specializing in Addiction Medicine in Canada and the only one in Western Canada. He provides youth substance use care at BC Children's Hospital and Foundry youth clinic. He also provides complex youth health care with the clinic's intensive case management team and does outreach to urban Indigenous communities in Vancouver. His academic interests include health care services for youth in government care and co-occurring substance use and eating disorders. Outside of work, he is a husband, published poet, and backcountry hiker.

Sydney Graham

Moderated by: Sydney Graham
Peer Support Manager, Families for Addiction Recovery
Engagement Specialist and Educator, CBT/DBT & Life Coach
Lived Experienced, Mental Illness/Addictions

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Sydney has worked in healthcare for over 30 years. Her expertise is in teaching both providers and patients (and families) how to effectively partner for better quality, safety, improved outcomes, as well as creating better partnerships, enabling families to be co-designers of care. Sydney has worked with hospitals, government agencies, community care, academia, research, non- profits and with patients and families. Her professional work is driven by her years of extensive lived experience.

Sydney is passionate about supporting families with addiction and mental illness. She is a Peer Support Manager for Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR), supporting and teaching skills to empower families. Sydney also assists FAR in addressing the drug policy and health laws, stigma, and accessible, evidence-based, timely care. She is a Counsellor as well as a Cognitive and Dialectical Behaviour Skills Trainer and Life Coach. She is also a member of:

  • Ontario Family Caregiver Advisory Network (Board Member)
  • The Global Patient and Family Advisory Board, The Beryl Institute, U.S.
  • Patient Partner at Ontario MD
  • Children’s Healthcare Canada – Advisor
  • Keynote Panel:
    Supporting the Mental Health of Children and Youth from Newcomer and Refugee Backgrounds

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    Bukola Salami

    Bukola Salami RN MN PhD (she/her)
    Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
    Scientific Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute

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    Professor Bukola Salami is a Registered Nurse, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Black and Racialized People’s Health and a Full Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. She is also the Scientific Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. She previously held the rank of Full Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and was Director of the Intersections of Gender Signature Area in the Office of the Vice President Research, both at the University of Alberta.

    Professor Salami’s research program focuses on the well-being of Black, immigrant, and racialized people. She has been involved in over 90 funded studies totaling over $230 million. She recently received a $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant titled Transforming the Lives of Black Children and Youth in Canada.

    She founded and leads the African Child and Youth Migration Network, a network of 42 scholars from four continents. In 2020, she founded the Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership Program, the first university-based fully interdisciplinary mentorship program for Black youths in Western Canada. This program seeks to socially and economically empower Black high school youths to meaningfully contribute to Canadian society. Her work on Black youth mental health informed the creation of the first mental health clinic for Black Canadians in Western Canada (which was founded by Africa Centre and the Alberta Black Therapist Network). She has presented her work to policy makers (including the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health). She has trained over 100 undergraduate and graduate students, including many (~10) who are now Assistant or Associate Professors.

    Professor Salami is Vice President of the Canadian Nurses Association and board member of Black Opportunity Fund. She is a former Board member of Africa Centre (the largest Black organization in Western Canada), the Alberta College of Social Workers, Black Health Alliance, Edmonton Local Immigrant Partnership, National Association of Nigerian Nurses of North America, International Nursing Interest Group of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, and Project Esperance (a housing unit for women in Toronto). In addition to being an Editor for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, she is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and on the Editorial Board of Nursing Inquiry, Nursing Philosophy, and Qualitative Health Research. She is a board/council member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, an advisory board member of the CIHR Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health, and on the Scientific Advisory Committee on Global Health to the Government of Canada.

    Dr. Salami has received several awards for research excellence and community engagement: 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Emerging Nurse Researcher of the Year Award; College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Award for Nursing Excellence; Rosalind Smith Professional Award from the National Black Coalition of Canada – Edmonton Chapter; Alberta Avenue Edmonton Top 40 under 40; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame; Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing; Killam Accelerator Award (a $225,000 value for research); Top 25 Canadian Immigrants; Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal; Health Research Foundation Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award; and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

    Jaswant Guzder

    Jaswant Guzder MD FRCP (she/her)
    Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Psychiatry
    Professor(ret), McGill University, Division of Child Psychiatry & Division of Social and Cultural Psychiatry
    Consultant, Vancouver Island Counselling Center for Immigrants and Refugees

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    Jaswant Guzder (MD FRCP), is currently a Clinical Professor Psychiatry (UBC) and Professor(ret.), McGill University (continuing teaching in the McGill Division of Child Psychiatry, Division of Social and Cultural Psychiatry from 1979), a family therapist and psychoanalyst living between Victoria BC and Montreal QC. Her current clinical appointments are: consultant psychiatrist (and trainer) for VICCIR (Vancouver Island Counselling Center for Immigrant and Refugee) and community psychiatrist with ICYMH (Indigenous Child and Youth Mental Health) in teams that advocate for mental health.

    Her training was at McGill, and later as staff working at the (McGill teaching hospital) Jewish General Hospital from 1975 with roles as Head of Child Psychiatry , Director of Childhood Disorders Day Hospital (a family therapy based service for complex care of children aged 5 to 12 yr) and Senior Psychiatric Consultant. She was the founding clinical director of the first (family and adult) Cultural Consultation Services providing community consultation for refugee and immigrants in Montreal. She has continued to work on collaborations in research, teaching and global health projects in Jamaica, Ethiopia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India as a consultant.

    She has lived in Mumbai for 5 yrs from 1979 to 1983 but primarily in British Columbia and Quebec. Her maternal roots are third generation South Asian settler (arrived in 1906) from Vancouver Island and a paternal lineage as a second generation settler. She is a visual artist (has exhibited internationally), teaches an art and healing course at McGill and was a training supervisor for art therapists for 25 yrs in Montreal for interns at our Childhood Disorders Day Hospital.

    Keynote Panel:
    Building Effective Systems Collaborations

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    Ryan Voisin

    Ryan Voisin MDes (he/him)
    Managing Director, Inspiring Healthy Futures

    Ryan is the Managing Director of Inspiring Healthy Futures. Before joining IHF, Ryan worked for over a decade as a consultant in healthcare strategy, human-centred research, and government advocacy. He is a strong and passionate community builder who believes in celebrating and incorporating every individual’s unique contributions and achievements. Taking a relationships-based approach, Ryan works every day to create safe and inclusive spaces for productive and transformational dialogue. With strong facilitation and strategic thinking as a foundation, he uses humour, creativity, and insight to help individuals and groups move forward collaboratively.

    Ryan earned a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto.

    Sandra Magalhaes

    Sandra Magalhaes BHSc MSc PhD
    Research Associate, New Brunswick Institute for Research
    Data and Training, Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick


    Dr. Sandra Magalhaes is a Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick affiliated with the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) and Department of Sociology. She held a Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) postdoctoral fellowship at NB-IRDT in 2018, received her PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University in 2017, an MSc in Epidemiology in 2008 and a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Biology in 2005, both from the University of Western Ontario.

    Her research interests are in chronic disease epidemiology across the lifespan, with a focus on prevention, including active research projects focused on both pediatric and aging populations, and conditions of the brain such as dementia and mental health. She utilizes integrated knowledge translation methods to develop research with partners in government, healthcare, and patients across New Brunswick. She actively collaborates with researchers and organizations across Canada including the MSSU, Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration and Aging (CCNA) and InterRAI Canada. She has obtained grant funding from provincial, national, and international funding agencies.

    She is currently leading research funded by ResearchNB and Public Health New Brunswick to examine Early Enrollment in Perinatal Home Visiting Programs and Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in Canada, research that is engaging academic and government partners from across Atlantic Canada, research she is conducting in partnership with Public Health New Brunswick.

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