Conference Presentations

The Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition  is pleased to share the 2017 Conference presentations. The theme for the 2017 conference “Towards Well-Being for All” was Ontario’s new well-being approach for education.

2017 Conference Program

Conference Keynote Speaker: Tuesday, April 4th

dr-jean-clintonKeynote Presentation: Connection is key to school health 

Dr. Jean Clinton is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. Dr. Clinton was recently appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play. Dr. Clinton will share her passion as a champion for the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy.


Conference Keynote Speaker: Wednesday, April 5th

Keynote Presentation; What isbruce-ferguson well-being and why is it coming to school 

Dr. Bruce Ferguson is the Co-Chair of the Ministry of Education Wellbeing Advisory Committee, and is a Senior Consultant and the founding Director of the Community Health Systems Resource Group at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The goals of the organization exemplify Dr. Ferguson’s own vision: To promote success in children and youth by considering all factors essential to well-being including health, home life, school, community life and peer relationships.


Panel Presentation

Moderator: Gail McVey, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of Toronto

Cognitive Well-being Domain: Sharon Pyke, Superintendent of Education, Greater Essex County District School Board
Physical Well-being Domain: Dean Kriellaars, UoM, Dept. of Physical Therapy, Health, Leisure and Human Performance Institute
Emotional Well-being Domain: Kathy Short, Director, School Mental Health ASSIST
Social Well-being Domain: Ian Manion, Director, Youth Mental Health Research Unit at the Institute for Mental Health Research
Self and Sprit: Steve Tooshkenig, Youth Advocate, Walpole Island First Nation- Bkejwanong Territory,

Plenary Presentation: Building a Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being

Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being

Don BuchananDon Buchanan is the Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Evidence-Based Education and Services Team (E-BEST), Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, and an Associate Member, Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University.

This presentation outlines a successful proposal for a Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being, as part of the Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research (KNAER). Including details on developing a successful network,  current research in knowledge networks and knowledge mobilization, and outlines the work of the network over the next four years.