Keynote Speakers

Heather StuartProfessor Heather Stuart
Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair

Heather Stuart, MA (Sociology, University of Western Ontario), PhD (Epidemiology, University of Calgary) is a Full Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences, Psychiatry, and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University. She also holds the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair at Queen’s. Dr. Stuart is also the Senior Consultant to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Opening Minds, Anti-stigma initiative and the past Chair of the World Psychiatric Association’s Stigma and Mental Health Scientific Section. Dr. Stuart’s research focuses on mental health services evaluation with a specific focus on the destigmatization of mental illnesses. She has contributed to the peer reviewed scientific literature in the areas of mental health needs assessments; suicide and suicide prevention; stigma and stigma reduction; and workplace mental health and is the co-author of several books. Her most recent books deal with anti-stigma programming and human rights legislation.



Mayor Dan CarterDan Carter
Mayor, City of Oshawa 

Mayor Dan Carter, Elected in 2018, Mayor Dan Carter is serving his first term as Mayor of Oshawa after serving as a City and Regional Councilor from 2014 -2018. The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all City Standing Committees. At the Region of Durham, he currently serves as a member of the Health and Social Services Committee and President of the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation.
Active in community development initiatives Mayor Carter lends his time to many philanthropic endeavours and has a deep commitment to making a difference to those in need.