Meet the Distinguished Speakers From Around the World
Promising Paths: Research, Practice & Policy for Healthy and Sustainable Campuses
CONNECT with people from around the world 
DISCOVER the latest thinking and research
EXPLORE critical synergies between health promotion and sustainability  
CO-DESIGN a new International Charter

NEW! Conference Bursaries

The 2015 International Conference is bringing together researchers, practitioners, administrators, students, policy-makers and community leaders from around the world and we want to see you there! 

To help support attendance from our valued community of practice members, we are pleased to announce a limited number of conference bursaries. Recipients of conference bursaries will be able to use their award to offset the cost of attendance (e.g. registration, travel and accommodation). 

Bursary amount: $400
Number available: 10

Application deadline: Friday, June 5th at 12 noon 

Online application: Click here to view eligibility criteria and submit your application >> 


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Keynote Speakers and Panelists 

Many distinguished speakers will be involved with the plenaries, panels and Charter development process outlined in the Program-at-a-Glance.  We encourage you to check out the list of experts and thought leaders who will be joining us in Kelowna! Click "View Speakers" to read more bios and learn more about our speakers' work.

Dr. Mark Dooris

Opening keynote, Mark Dooris, is a leader in the field of health promotion and sustainability in higher education and beyond. He co-authored the first WHO report on health promoting universities in 1998. He and his team coordinate the UK Healthy Universities Network and lead a pan-regional prison health and wellbeing program within northwest England.

Joet Garcia

Joet Garcia, community/university partnership keynote, is the incumbent mayor of the City of Balanga in the Philippines. With his university, college and health partners he is transforming Balanga using the Ottawa Charter. This University Town health promotion project has outcome data that indicate significant improvements in health, economics and sustainability.

Dr. Richard Keeling

Richard Keeling, mission and business of higher education keynote, has worked with more than 500 institutions and organizations in North America to improve outcomes in higher education. A former president of the American College Health Association, he now serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). 

Dr. John B. Robinson

John Robinson, sustainability keynote speaker, was the lead author in the 1995, 2001 and 2007 reports of the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was named Canada’s 2012 Environmental Scientist of the Year. As Associate Vice Provost at the University of British Columbia, he leads the University Sustainability Initiative, an integration of academic and operational sustainability. He is committed to ecological wellbeing and use of campuses as living laboratories.

Dr. Thelma Alafia Samuels

Alafia Samuels, global panelist, is a member of the Barbados National Chronic Disease Commission. She conceived of the Healthy 2011 Campus Initiative at University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. She also brings experience as Advisor in Chronic Diseases at PAHO/WHO and her work with the Ministry of Health Jamaica to manage Primary Health Care Services.  

Professor Christiane Stock

Christiane Stock, global panelist, is the co-president of the health promotion section of the European Public Health Association and a founding member of the German network of Health Promoting Universities. Her public health work has focused on healthy settings and policies, drug use, physical activity, and mental and sexual health within the education setting.
Charter Development Survey

A new International Charter will be co-designed to inspire future action around the world on campuses and beyond.  The Charter is intended to guide and inspire action for practice, research and policy. It will embrace a holistic view of health and recognize all campus members as part of healthy campus communities, including students, staff and academics. It will also take a broad, systemic approach to creating healthy and sustainable campus communities where everyone thrives.

Please take a few moments to complete the pre-conference survey that will contribute to Charter development. Thank you to all who responded by April 30th. The survey will remain open until June 19th for further comments. Themes, values, concepts, and action strategies that emerge from the participatory charter development process will shape the Charter document. Learn more >>

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Can you think of any organizations or companies that may be interested in supporting the International Conference and demonstrating their leadership in healthy and sustainable communities, mental health promotion and whole person development?  
Download the sponsorship opportunities leaflet and share.

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