Professional Development Opportunity


'It Takes a Village: Collaborating Across Sectors for Lasting Change'
Health Promotion Conference
Friday, November 3, 2017
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Rodd Royalty, Charlottetown


Please note: Registration will begin in September when the agenda has been finalized. Watch for further notice.


Keynote Presentation by Todd Leader, RSW, RPsych

Healthy Populations Through Effective Collaboration; An Essential but Elusive Tool


Many of us have been part of inter-agency, inter-sectoral, or inter-departmental committees or organizations. Many of us have experienced frequent frustration when those efforts often fail to achieve significant change, and become focused on information exchange and on trying to maintain or revive attendance at meetings. Sound familiar? Well those days are over. This presentation will discuss some of the reasons that a collaborative approach is not only beneficial, but is in fact essential to achieve improvements in the health of a population. It will also introduce you to 7 key actions/approaches to collaborative partnerships that will reduce frustration, improve attendance at meetings, increase engagement, and most importantly improve effectiveness of your collective efforts.



Todd Leader, an alumnus of Cape Breton University and Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Social Worker. He has spent the last 27 years working as a transformational leader in health services and in health promotion, particularly in the areas of mental health, addictions, and primary health care. He has also been teaching in the Faculty of Science at Saint Mary’s University for the same 27 years. Todd has spent his whole career working as an advocate for client-centered health services, and evidence-based healthy public policy. His most recent accomplishment is that he has written a book called “It’s Not About Us; The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System in Canada”.



Financial and resource support by the Department of Health & Wellness’ Health Promotion Unit of the Chief Public Health Office