This year’s theme, Whole Campus, Healthy Communities, looks at campus communities in their entirety. We cannot fully address student mental health without also looking at the ecosystem in which students spend a majority of their time- the campus environment. In order to promote mental well-being for students, we should also take into account the wellbeing of other campus community members, such as staff and faculty. In addition, we are looking at larger ecosystems which students might inhabit before and after their post-secondary education. Issues like transitions from high school to post-secondary and employment prospects after graduation can have an impact on how we help students to thrive.

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Building a Stronger and More Connected Mental Health System for Young People

Preparing for the next wave of post-secondary students requires an understanding of current trends in mental health and wellness, and of the child and youth mental health (CYMH) system. Kim Moran will speak about the landscape of the CYMH system, and current challenges and opportunities facing the sector. This session will challenge participants to think big and adopt a systems approach to mental health services for children and youth. We will think critically about roles and responsibilities of providers, transitions between service providers in the health system, and consider how we can ensure young people have access to all the services they need. We will discuss how, together, all partners – from CYMH agencies to colleges and universities — can collaborate to establish a truly client-centred mental health system for young people.

Kim Moran

CEO, Children’s Mental Health Ontario


Kimberly Moran is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth with a focus on strengthening healthcare policy, systems and patient outcomes in Canada and internationally. She is recognized as a leading and fierce advocate of access to quality and timely child and youth mental health. Her passion for improving the delivery of child and youth mental health treatment runs deep and is rooted in her family’s lived experience with mental health as a mother of a daughter who became seriously ill.

An expert in designing integrated patient-centred systems of care, she is a sought after advisor and speaker on the topic. She has also worked extensively with and advised health system stakeholders at all levels of government in Canada and internationally.

Kim is currently CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario, representing the province’s largest provider of child and youth mental health services, supporting 120,000 children, youth and their families. She serves on the board of CMHA Toronto, and previously contributed to the North York General Hospital and SIM-one Simulation Healthcare Network boards.

Kim brings more than thirty years of senior leadership experience in the private and not-forprofit sectors. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant which underlies her passion for developing effective and affordable healthcare systems.

Prior to CMHO, Kim held positions as Special Advisor to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Acting CEO and Chief Operating Officer at UNICEF Canada, and senior finance positions with TD Bank and Ernst & Young.


How do we help students transition and thrive in the workplace?

While much discussion is taking place on helping students transition into post-secondary institutions, there is also growing pressure to prepare our graduates to enter the workforce. For many, this time can be overwhelming. As they prepare to enter the workforce, uncertainty and anxiety can set in when students encounter new challenges such as, job hunting, interviewing, finding a place to live, budgeting, and balancing personal life with work demands. This panel brings together leaders in this field from the Royal Bank Foundation and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce who will discuss how their programs are preparing and supporting a thriving future workforce.

Louie Di Palma

Vice President of SME Programs


As the Vice President of SME Programs, Louie is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce that are designed to strengthen the business climate of Ontario and support our members by providing them with access to resources. In recent years, he has led the development of the Discoverability portal which helps dispel myths and supports the hiring of persons with disabilities.  During his career with the Government of Ontario, Louie held a number of senior management positions in policy, planning and direct operations with several Ministries including the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services, the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation and the Ministry of Health Promotion.

In his leisure time, Louie can be found supporting youth development through his efforts as a soccer coach in his local community, an activity he has been involved with for the past 25 years.

Emily Wright

Manager, Youth Social Impact, RBC’s Future Launch Initiative


Emily Wright is the Manager of Youth Social Impact for RBC’s Future Launch initiative. She has national responsibility for executing two programmatic areas under, RBC Future Launch, a $500MM investment to ensure that young Canadians are future-ready. Speci cally, she is responsible for donations under two RBC Future Launch strategy areas that work to increase access for young people to practical work experience as well as mental well-being supports and services.

Lawrence Blake

Manager, Mental Health Works


Lawrence currently manages the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario’s nationwide workplace mental health program, Mental Health Works. As part of his role, he regularly liaises with regulators and governments in order to speak on and about mental health in the workplace. In addition to his role with
CMHA, Lawrence has spent ten years in the Canadian Armed Forces in both Ontario and New Brunswick serving as an Infantry Officer, presently as Officer Commanding D Company, 48th Highlanders of Canada, a Primary Reserve Unit in Toronto.

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