Join us at this inaugural event and help us spark important conversations about mental health in Canadian schools.  This summit aims to bring together educators, mental health professionals, leaders, researchers, and community stakeholders to engage with and gain insights from prominent leaders in the mental health and education community.



Special Guest

Featured Keynote

Special Guest

Kelly Hrudey

Dr. Jean Clinton

Gurdeep Pandher

NHL Analyst on Sportsnet & Hockey Night in Canada. Gemini Award-Winning Broadcaster and Former NHL Goaltender. Mental Health Champion.X (Twitter) @KellyHrudey

McMaster University: Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. Internationally Renowned Speaker, Researcher and Author of Love Builds Brains. Scientific Advisor for MindUP™LinkedIn

Gurdeep Pandher is an internationally known, Yukon-based, Sikh author, teacher, and performer. Gurdeep has and continues to make, extraordinary contributions to society and our collective well-being by sharing bhangra dancing with the world. LinkedIn


Wakefield Brewster

Dr. Sharon Friesen

Dr. Paul Arnold

Professional Poet & Spoken Word Artist. Calgary Poet Laureate 2022-2024. Professional Poetic Interpreter™. Founder and Curator at Page2Stage Productions. Wellness Advocate.LinkedIn

Researcher, Author, and Speaker. Professor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Sharon’s research interests include the ways in which K-12 educational structures, curriculum, and learning need to be reinvented for a knowledge/learning society. LinkedIn

Dr. Arnold is the Academic Director of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education. Dr. Arnold is a Researcher and Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. U of C Website

Chris Smeaton

Dr. Jennifer Turner

Mike Gawliuk

Retired Superintendent of Holy Spirit Catholic Schools. Former Board Member of C21Canada and ERDI, and former adjunct professor for Gonzaga University. Current Education Leader at Nelson Education. LinkedIn

Dr. Turner is the Director of the Centre for Wellbeing in Education at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Dr Turner is a Mental Health Researcher, Speaker, Advocate, and Leader

Mike is the Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Kelowna, British Columbia. Mike is a Mental Health Leader, Advocate, and Community Activist.LinkedIn

Dr. Lisa M. Everitt

Dr. Molly Lawlor

Robert Martellacci

Alberta Teacher’s Association (ATA) Executive Staff Officer. Leader, Researcher, Speaker and Advocate for Teacher Welfare and Women in Leadership. Former Math Teacher.


Professor at the University of British Columbia. Wellness Researcher and Advocate. Principal Scientific Advisor and Researcher at The Goldie Hawn Foundation | MindUP™.LinkedIn

One of EdTech Digest’s Top100 Global Influencer. Founder and President of MindShare Learning Technology, Workspace Startup Founder, MindShareTV Podcaster, and Publisher of CDN EdTech eMag.LinkedIn

Dr. Astrid Kendrick

Dr. Gabrielle Wilcox

Maureen Kelly-Gibson

Academic Director, Outreach and Professional Learning, Centre for Well-Being. Assistant Professor, Werklund School of Education.   Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Research Study; Developer, HEARTcare for Educational Workers .LinkedIn

Associate Professor, School and Applied Child Psychology. Chair.Werklund School of Education.Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI).Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education.Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI).LinkedIn

Recipient of the National Certificate of Excellence from the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching, the highest award given to teachers in Canada. Maureen, an educational leader and mentor to teachers of neurodiverse students, advocates that connections and relationships are the keys to successful learning.X (Twitter)

Dr. Gina Cherkowski

Sophie Bresciani

Charity Helman

Dr. Cherkowski, a Social Justice Researcher & Activist, holds a Double-Cognate PhD in Math Ed and Culture Studies. Dr Cherkowski is the Director of Research and Development at Headwater Learning. Current research areas include Mental Health, Neurodiversity, Identity & Belonging. Conference Chair.LinkedInX (Twitter)

Literacy specialist and classroom educator, Sophie believes in empowering voices that may be unheard. Former acting Chair of the Literacy Educators and Resources Network (LEARN) in Saskatchewan and President of the Saskatchewan School Library Association, Sophie draws from trauma-informed education, the Thinking Classrooms framework, and decolonizing education creating equitable learning opportunities for all students.LinkedIn

University of Saskatchewan graduate, Charity Helman holds a BA in English and a BEd. She is a Google Certified Educator, Innovator, and Trainer, with a Technology Leadership certificate from eCornell. Charity leverages her expertise to support educators in Canada and the US, specializing in innovative learning experiences.LinkedIn

Dana Fulwiler Volk

Raya Singh

Sunil Singh

Co-founder of Teacher Fan Club. Co-author of Teacher, Take Care. Assistant Instructor and graduate of the world-renowned Master of Applied Positive Psychology at University of Pennsylvania. Wellbeing Science Consultant and Speaker. Creator of Life Above Neutral Coaching. Educational Thought Leader, Teacher Champion and Innovator. LinkedIn

Raya, a Grade 10 student in Ontario, has a passion for both mathematics and English. She actively participates in her favourite sports: rugby, badminton, and soccer. Beyond her academic pursuits, Raya’s diverse interests include music, film, travel, astronomy, and food.

Sunil is an author, international speaker, mathematics educator. He is best known in North America for bringing storytelling and history to mathematics, and teaching the subject through lenses that capture its beauty, power, and humanity. LinkedIn

Sam Woods

Dr. Kevin O'Connor

Amber Pavey

A self-proclaimed Brain Nerd, Sam has spent over two decades delving into neuroscience & its application to learning & brain function. Through Kaizen Education Services, Sam equips educators and students with essential strategies for success. Sam & her team are expanding their impact with The Brain Hub Academy, a program empowering educators to address executive functioning needs.LinkedIn

Canadian Association of Teacher Education CATE; Self-Study in Teacher Education Practices SSTEP group; NASA-GLOBE Canada Country Coordinator; Advisory Board member Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy CRISP, NASA-GLOBE International Science Education Group, European Scientific Institute ESI and The Paulo and Nita Freire International Center for Critical Pedagogy.LinkedIn

Founder of Present Possibilities offering mindfulness, yoga & reiki training to kids, teens & adults. Teacher trained, Amber champions mindfulness. She consults and is an author for Mindful Living, a global lifestyle brand of puzzles and games for children and adults. Amber is always thinking about how we can deepen our resilience. LinkedIn

Welcome to the Mental Health Summit: Sparking Conversations about Mental Health in Canadian Schools.

Friday, May 17, 2024
8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

Doors Open: 

Friday, May 17, 2024

7:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Headwater Learning Foundation, this pivotal event will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024, at The James Chaput Centre for Educational Research in Calgary, Alberta.

The James Chaput Centre for Educational Research Applications

1677-93 St SW, Calgary T3H 0R3

The theme of this inaugural Mental Health Summit is "Sparking the Conversation on Mental Health in Schools". During this event, educators, leaders, mental health professionals, and community stakeholders will have an opportunity to learn from and connect with leaders in the mental health community.  

We further extend an open invitation to those within the health and wellness community interested in promoting or sharing their products or services to rent a booth at our summit. Find out more on how you can GET INVOLVED as a vendor.

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With a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains, the James Chaput Centre for Educational Research provides a majestic backdrop for educators, researchers, mental health professionals and community stakeholders to come together and spark the conversation on mental health in Canadian schools.

The purchase of your ticket includes lunch, beverages, complimentary parking and more! Thanks to our generous sponsors, tickets for this inaugural event are $100 for on-site participants and $90 for livestream participants.

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Access to the LIVESTREAM URL will be emailed to registered participants within 24 hours of the event start time.

About the Headwater Learning Foundation

Headwater Learning Foundation (HLF) is a not-for-profit committed to improving and transforming education through research, program development and strategic partnerships.

Sponsors and Community Support

Elevate your brand while helping schools support the rising mental health needs of schools. View the different budgets and sponsor levels available by downloading the sponsorship package below.

Headwater Learning Foundation is grateful for the support it receives from the community. Your sponsorship will help us secure much-needed funds to help support mental health in school programs in our community.

Get Involved

Show your support for youth and family mental health through a number of ways.



Claim your onsite space today for this inaugural event.

Join our awesome squad of volunteers!