Summit Overview

On April 3rd and 4th, campus stakeholders from across British Columbia will come together to advance collective action in pursuit of campus mental wellness and healthier relationships with substances. 

Summit 2017, Ideas to Action: Strategies for Systemic Change & Measuring Impact, will take place in downtown Vancouver at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue and feature an array of speakers, social learning activities, and networking events aimed to inspire innovation and mobilize action.

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 Keynote Speaker 


Professor Santa J. Ono will be a keynote speaker at the 2017 Summit on Tuesday April 4th! 

Professor Ono is the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, a professor of medicine and biology. He is also the Chief Advisor of the British Columbia Innovation Network.
Before coming to UBC, Professor Ono was the president of the University of Cincinnati, becoming its first Asian-American president. He has also held appointments at Emory University as the Senior Vice Provost and Deputy to the Provost. He was recently recognized by the American Council on Education for demonstrating leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education.
Inside Higher Education also named him America’s most notable university president in 2015. Professor Ono works tirelessly to enhance the student experience, and is a strong advocate of student health and well-being. 

At the 2017 Summit, President Ono will speak to UBC’s adoption of the Okanagan Charter and the importance of sustainable, systemic services and supports across the well-being spectrum.

Plenary Dialogue

During plenary sessions, participants will hear from innovative thought leaders and change-makers who are advancing a vision of mentally healthy campus communities. Plenary sessions will identify current challenges and practical solutions through panel discussions with senior administrators and student leaders, as well as action-oriented keynote speakers. Workshops will focus on developing systemic strategies for change, implementing evaluation measures, and taking stock of success. 

Concurrent Sessions & Pop-up Market

In addition to insightful plenary panels and lively dialogue sessions, delegates will take part in a “Consultancy Café” and have the opportunity for knowledge exchange at the “Pop-up Market for Systemic Change”. The purpose of the Café is to leverage experience and expertise from across the province to develop and refine mental health strategies of select campuses and generate cross-learning. This series of workshops will address the spectrum of strategy development from assessing the readiness of a campus, to drafting a framework, to overcoming obstacles in implementation. 

Additional concurrent sessions will focus on the intersection of food and substance use, Indigenous perspectives, and sexualized violence policies.

During the “Pop-up Market for Systemic Change” delegates will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of promising practices for Changing the Culture of Substance Use and hear from other stakeholders about what has worked well on their campuses.

Networking and Social Events

Summit delegates will be invited to attend an evening film screening, featuring Burnt Pages, a short film that investigates the realities of mental health and substance use among youth. The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a panel discussion. 


Summit Program

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Registration for Summit 2017 has now closed.