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Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador

October 6-9, 2017


Detailed Program

Keynote Speaker



Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Ottawa, Ontario


ITK is the national voice of Canada’s 60,000 Inuit. President Obed is originally from Nain, the northernmost community in Labrador’s Nunatsiavut region, and now lives in Ottawa. For 10 years he lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut where he worked as the Director of Social and Cultural Development for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the organization that represents the rights of Nunavut Inuit. President Obed has devoted his career to working with Inuit representational organizations to improve the well-being of Inuit in Canada.

Plenary Speakers

Innu care approach: What the Innu are doing different under social welfare


Social Health Director

Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation

Sheshatshiu, Newfoundland and Labrador


Jack was raised in the Innu community of Sheshatshiu, where he was exposed to the traditional way of life on the land. He is highly experienced in the field of First Nations health and has worked as a community development officer and consultant to the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch with Health Canada and also was the manager of Child Youth and Family Services of the Labrador region. He received a Bachelor of Social Work from the University Of Regina, having previously obtained a counseling and program development certificate and administration and management addiction worker certificate from the Nechi Institute in Edmonton. Jack’s current responsibilities include supervision, management and administration of mental health and addictions and community development. Jack is married with three children and two grandchildren.

The use of Remote Presence Robotic Technology to provide access to primary and specialized health care in remote locations

Dr. Ivar Mendez

Fred H. Wigmore Professor and Unified Head of Surgery

University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


Dr. Mendez is an internationally recognized expert and pioneer in cell restoration procedures for brain repair and the use of remote presence robots for health care. Dr. Mendez has focused on, and significantly advanced, the use of remote-presence robots for medical care in neurosurgery and primary health care. In 2002, Dr. Mendez and his team performed the first long distance telementoring neurosurgery in the world. In 2010, his team established the first remote presence robotic program in the Canadian North to provide access to primary and specialized medical care to underserviced First Nations communities. At present, Dr. Mendez is leading the implementation of remote presence robotic technology for healthcare delivery to rural and remote communities in the Province of Saskatchewan. For his pioneering work in the use of remote presence devices to deliver health care to underserviced populations, Dr. Mendez received the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award in 2010 and in 2011 the Health Canada Award for Contribution to the Improvement of the Health of Canadians. In 2016, he received the Government of Canada Public Service Award of Excellence for the use of remote presence robotic technology to improve healthcare in the North.

Dr. Mendez's presentation will focus on the use of Remote Presence Robotic Technology to provide access to primary and specialized health care in remote locations. Particular emphasis will be given to the use of advance diagnostic point of care technologies. Our experience in providing pediatric care to acutely ill children in northern Saskatchewan will also be presented. Finally, we will explore the barriers and future of remote presence robotic technology in northern locations.

When two worlds collide: ‘Doing the right thing’ for Indigenous Peoples’ Health

Julie Bull

Research Methods Specialist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Sessional Professor, University of Toronto

PhD Student, University of New Brunswick


Julie Bull is an award-wining Inuk researcher and educator from Happy Valley-Goose Bay and is a member of NunatuKavut, Labrador, with more than 15 years of experience in community-based research and education involving Indigenous communities. She is a Vanier Scholar, and is active in both academic and grassroots research ethics initiatives including the committee for education and outreach with the Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research, and the NunatuKavut Community Council Research Review Committee. Julie is a mentor in the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership at the Coady International Institute and an international council member with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).

Go to where men are

Craig Martin

Global Director, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Movember Foundation

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Craig started his career as a nurse, with a Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) and worked in a range of clinical, program management and management roles in service delivery of clinical Mental Health services and programs. Craig subsequently gained a Post-graduate Diploma in Mental Health, Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) and is currently enrolled in an Executive MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management.


Craig’s most recent role was as the NSW Mental Health Network Manager at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation where he was responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of innovative programs and models of care and overseeing large scale change in service delivery in the state of NSW, Australia. Further this role involved bringing together key stakeholders from across government, non-government and primary care towards more innovative and effective programs in Mental Health. In previous roles, he led a variety of large health services teams as part of a NSW Health District. Across these roles, prevention and early intervention has been a key area of focus, and Men’s Health, promotion prevention and early intervention in mental health and suicide prevention are his key areas of interest as well as innovation and business management. In 2013 he was awarded the NSW Minister for Mental Health Award for Excellence and is an Accredited Practitioner in Accelerated Implementation Methodologies. Craig has a strong passion in harnessing and scaling evidence based innovations and mobilizing knowledge to improve men’s mental health on a global scale.

Dr. Mendez
Julie Bull
Craig Martin

This conference is a collaboration between the following organizations:

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