ASI 2021 Forum Session Recordings

For the full ASI 2021 Program in PDF format, click here

Monday, August 23 

Youth Leadership Program

Session 1: 

Session 2: 

Session 3:


Official Opening 

  • Welcome and land acknowledgement
  • Remarks by officials 
  • Highlights from the Atlantic Canadian Showcase 
  • Setting the Context – A Message from Claire Betker
  • Keynote presentation with Paul Born, interviewed by Trevor Hancock
Tuesday, August 24 

Youth Learning Circles 


Morning Welcome – Julie Pellissier-Lush, Traditional Knowledge Keeper for L’nuey, the Mi’Kmaq Rights Initiative and PEI Poet Laureate 


Opening Plenary and Panel

  • Panel moderated by Trevor Hancock, Professor and senior scholar (retired), School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria.
    • Mélissa Généreux, Medical Advisor, Estrie Public Health Department / Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)
    • Hon. Dorothy Shephard, New Brunswick Minister of Health
    • Tyler Simmonds, Filmmaker and Public Speaker
    • Heather Wilson, Executive Director, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada
    • Mark Greenberg, Emeritus Bennett Chair of Prevention Science, Penn State University

Youth Panel – Looking to the Future

  • Panel moderated by Brandon Hey, Research Policy Analyst, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)
    • Claire Bryne, Black Cultural Society of PEI and Black Collective Media
    • Hanely Smith, Youth Project
    • Madina Sutton, Mental Health Commission of Canada
    • Sumaya Muhammed, New Brunswick Multicultural Council
    • Snowden Pijogge, Nain Youth Centre

Round tables – Reconnecting and Building Back Better

  • Facilitated by:
    • Linda Liebenberg, Independed Researcher and Evaluator
    • Brandon Hey, Research Policy Analyst, MHCC
    • Arianne Melara, Manager of Youth Initiatives, Policy Lead and Stakeholder Engagement, New Brunswick Multicultural Council

Concurrent Workshops – Skill Development 

  • Engaging the arts in promoting healthy communities (Special Olympics PEI – Matthew McNally)
  • Steps from a region of Quebec to limit the psychosocial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by promoting population mental health (Édith St-Hilaire and Audrey Lafond) (en français)
  • A Salutogenic Approach to Disaster Recovery (Mélissa Généreux)
  • Resilience and the pandemic: Experiences of 20 diverse projects from the Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (KDE Hub for Child and Youth Mental Health Promotion – Barbara Riley, Eric d’Avernas, Renata Valaitis)
  • The Early Years Starting Strong, Creating Welcoming Spaces to Connect and Belong (Raising the Villages – Jim Mustard, Amanda Knight and Madison Greening)
  • Data: The Great Connector (NB Institute for Research, Data and Training – Ted McDonald, Eva Christensen, Bethany Jones, Jessica Mann, Madeleine Gorman-Asal)
  • Digital Storytelling advancing youth resilience in a post-Covid world (StoryCentre – Rani Sanderson)
    • Tuesday:
  • Grant Writing for Community Impact: Turning Ideas into Action (Rising Youth – Cory Herc and Daniel Ohaegbu)
  • Building Systemic Connections and Support for Social and Emotional Learning in K-12 Education (Harris Centre – Cathy Newhook)
Wednesday, August 25 

Youth Learning Circles


Welcome and announcements 


Opening Plenary and Roundtables – Let’s Talk Policy! An Update on the ASI Policy Brief 

  • Facilitated by:
    • David French, Managing Director, A Way Home Canada 
    • Mary-Jane McKitterick, Community Planning Manager, A Way Home Canada 

Policy in Action – How a Strategic Plan Guides the Development of a Resilient College Community – Sandy MacDonald, President, Holland College


Closing Panel – Upstream Policy Momentum in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and Beyond.

  • Panel moderated by Olivier Bellefleur, Scientific Lead, Centre de collaboration nationale sur les politiques publique et santé/ National Collaborating Centre on Healthy Public Policy (CCNPPS/NCCHPP)
    • Nicole Bernier, Expert Scientific Advisor (CCNPPS/NCCHPP)
    • Vanessa Nevin, Health Director, Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APCFNCS)
    • Lori Wozney, Senior Health Outcomes Scientist, Nova Scotia Health
    • Karen Clarke, Social Worker, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Key Messages of ASI 2021 and Closing