Ann is well respected for her expertise in higher education, alcohol addiction and public policy relating to both. For 14 years, she oversaw two bestselling projects: the Maclean’s university rankings and the Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities. Her Mental Health keynotes look at Mental Health and Addiction and Stigma and Addiction. Ann’s book Drink recently inspired film-maker Phyllis Ellis to create the film Girls’ Night Out, which recently had a broadcast premiere. A deeply personal point-of-view film embedded in the stories of young women engaged in, and in ‘recovery’ from, this toxic epidemic, the film offers an intimate conversation around this very serious issue and explores the story of what’s happening to young women at university campuses across North America with often damaging consequences. Check out the film’s trailer below: Roméo Dallaire’s rescue of thousands in the Rwandan genocide as commander of a UN peacekeeping force, and his heartfelt message of humanity has made him one of the most sought-after speakers in the business and the star of bestselling books and films. He offers keynotes on Leadership, Conflict Resolution in addition to Mental Health Awareness. In his Mental Health specific talks, Dallaire opens up about his personal experience dealing with PTSD. Late last year he spoke with a crowd of paramedics on the issue: Dallaire made news last week by speaking out against the jihadist group ISIS and it’s recruiting and indoctrinating of children. He spoke out on the long-term effects that could be seen within a generation growing up exposed to an extremist-based curriculum from birth.
Séan McCann, widely known as a member of internationally renowned band, Great Big Sea, has spent the last 20 years travelling around the world enamouring audiences from Copenhagen to California. Today his mantra is ‘help your self’, breaking the silence on his past addiction, abuse and using music to change his life for the better. His mental health keynotes discuss Survival, Empowerment and The Healing Powers of Music.
“I know firsthand the value of talking about your problems and facing them and not keeping them inside.” -Séan McCannEarlier this year, Sean became an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk where he had the chance to speak out and sing about mental health and addiction. Nova masterfully weaves the life lessons she has gathered from her interactions with celebrities and the downtrodden alike to deliver instantly relatable presentations. A survivor of depression, abuse, addiction, and assault, Nova’s sincerity and humor are refreshing to audiences looking to be inspired through a Mental Health presentation. Nova recently made another appearance on The Social to discuss the topic of finding love for the things you don’t enjoy.