2022 Child Health and Wellness Research Retreat

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Join us in-person for this special retreat!

ACHRI members, research staff and trainees are invited to share discoveries across Child Health and Wellness programs and Grand Challenge areas.

Thursday, December 15 from 8 am - 9:30 pm
Friday, December 16 from 8:30 am - 1 pm

MacEwan Ballroom and Hall, UCalgary

Retreat registration deadline: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Trainee video/live presentation deadline: Friday, December 2, 2022


Thursday, December 15

8 - 8:30 am: Continental Breakfast, MacEwan Ballroom

8:30 - 8:45 am: Opening Remarks, Drs. Susa BenselerBenedikt Hallgrímsson and François Bernier

8:45 - 9 am: Indigenous Blessing, Elders Reg and Rose Crowshoe

9 - 10 am: Pushing the boundaries of brain and mental health, Dr. Gerry Giesbrecht

10 - 11 am: Better beginnings, Dr. Amy Metcalfe

11 - 11:15 am: Break and networking

11:15 am - 12 pm: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Michael Hart, UCalgary Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)

  • "Indigenous Child Health: Walking Parallel Paths"

12 - 1 pm: Lunch and networking, MacEwan Hall

1 - 2 pm: Ending the diagnostic odyssey, Dr. Myriam Hemberger

2 - 3 pm: Keynote Speaker, Jon Cornish, UCalgary Chancellor

3 - 3:45 pm: Break and networking

3:45 - 4:45 pm: Annual General Meeting (ACHRI members only)

4:45 - 5 pm: ACHRI Education Team Special Presentation

5 - 6:30 pm: Trainee Video and Live Presentations

6:30 - 7:30 pm: Buffet and networking, MacEwan Hall

7:30 - 9:30 pm: Social, MacEwan Hall

Friday, December 16

8:30 - 9 am: Continental Breakfast, MacEwan Ballroom

9 - 9:05 am: Opening Remarks, Dr. Michael Esser

9:05 - 10 am: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bukola Salami, University of Alberta

  • "Mental Health of Black and Racialized Children and Youths in Canada"

10 - 10:45 am: Break and networking

10:45 - 11:45 am: Surviving and thriving, Dr. Greg Guilcher

11:45 am - 12:45 pm: From vulnerable to resilient, Dr. Brent Hagel

  • "Measure what matters – Identifying Key Indicators to Align Policy and Service Delivery with Child Health and Well-Being" - Dr. Jennifer Zwicker and Christiane Roth
  • "Establishing a Community-University Partnership for Child and Youth Advocacy Centres" - Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos and Naomi Parker
  • "Building a Knowledge Exchange Platform for Interrupting Toxic Stress with Indigenous Youth" - Dr. Rita Isabel Henderson and Emma Mortimore

12:45 - 1 pm: Closing Remarks, Dr. Benedikt Hallgrímsson

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Michael Hart

Dr. Michael Hart is a proud citizen of Fisher River Cree Nation in central Turtle Island. In 2018 he moved to the University of Calgary to be the inaugural Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement, and professor in Faculty of Social Work. In September of 2021 he was also appointed as the Associate Vice-President Research, Indigenous Engagement. Previously, he held a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledges and Social Work through the University of Manitoba from 2012 to 2018. He holds a BSW, MSW and PhD in Social Work from the University of Manitoba, as well as a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. While he has always been involved in Cree ways of being through the guidance of his family and Elders, he has been actively learning Indigenous ceremonial practices focused on well-being for nearly four decades.

Jon Cornish

Jon Cornish (they/them) was elected the 15th chancellor of the University of Calgary on July 1, 2022. Cornish is most known for their legendary nine years as a member of the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League where they were selected as the top Canadian player for three years consecutively, Most Outstanding Player in 2013, and led their team to two Grey Cup championships. In recognition of their Kansas University football career, where they still hold numerous records, the Jon Cornish Trophy is awarded annually to the best Canadian NCAA Football player. Cornish works with various non-profits and charities around Calgary, including many events as an emcee for the Alberta Children's Hospital, working directly with at-risk youth for Wood's Homes, and at the Calgary Foundation, where they serve on the Doc Seaman Hockey Fund. 

Dr. Bukola Oladunni Salami

Dr. Bukola Salami is the Director of Intersections of Gender Signature Area at the Office of Vice-President Research and a professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. She has been involved in over 80 funded studies in this area. She founded and leads an African Child and Youth Migration Network, a network of 42 scholars from 4 continent. In 2020, she founded the Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership Program at the University of Alberta. Dr. Salami has received several awards for research excellence and community engagement. In 2020, she became a recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, the highest research award in nursing. In 2021, she became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing. Her research program focuses on policies and practices shaping migrants health as well as Black people's health.