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MHoP Conference Program 2021


Jordin Tootoo – “Inclusivity Matters”

As an Indigenous trailblazer, Jordin Tootooo understands his responsibility as a role model and has committed his life to reaching Canada’s Indigenous communities through his work with the Team Tootoo Foundation that he founded in honour of his late brother, Terence. Tootoo, who grew up in Nunavut, 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle says “it’s part of Canada that a lot of people struggle with mental health, addiction, and suicide. These issues are a national epidemic. I feel that, at this point in my life, it’s my calling to give back to a lot of these remote communities.” A bestselling author and seasoned speaker, Tootoo brings an uplifting message of creating a culture of inclusivity, telling humorous and authentic stories about his ground-breaking work on and off the ice. Your audience will leave uplifted and inspired, with clear takeaways on bringing NHL-level teamwork skills into any community.

Dr. Michael Ungar – ” Nurturing Resilience Through a Strong Community”

Throughout this fast-paced, story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar will show that resilience is much more than our personal capacity to overcome adversity. It is instead a reflection of how well individuals, families, employers and communities work together to create opportunities for people to navigate their way to the resources they need for well-being while making those resources available in ways that people experience as meaningful. His work around the world suggests the need for a culturally sensitive interpretation of what resilience means to people from diverse backgrounds living in diverse communities. Dr. Ungar will end with ideas for how communities can make resilience-promoting resources more available and accessible to everyone.

World Café Lunch

To further facilitate meaningful involvement and feedback from the diverse audience at the conference and gathering, the final activity of the conference will be a World Café Lunch. A World Café is a process that helps large groups engage in a constructive conversation around critical questions to build relationships, and foster collaborative solutions (Fouche and Light, 2011). The World Café is characterized by evolving rounds of information exchange—where people move from table to table every 25 minutes to explore “questions that matter” (Brown and Isaacs, 2005) and developing collaborative responses.

This program is subject to change.