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Please take a few minutes to share your perspective! 
Survey closes April 30th

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

Renewal, Design, Activation

As part of the upcoming Conference a new International Charter will be co-designed to inspire future action around the world on campuses and beyond. The new Okanagan Charter will be developed through networking and critical dialogue prior and during the conference. 
About the Charter

The Charter is intended to guide and inspire action for practice, research and policy. Themes, values, concepts, and action strategies that emerge from the participatory charter development process will shape the Charter document.
Ways to Contribute

Your input is important in the development of the new Okanagan Charter. We invite you to complete the survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes and will be open until April 30th.

Complete the survey now - click here >>       

We are seeking broad local and international input from researchers, academics, administrators, practitioners, policy makers, students, community members and so forth. Please forward this survey to others you think would be interested.

Click here to learn more about Charter development >> 

Early Bird Deadline 
April 30th, 2015

Due to high demand, the early bird registration deadline was extended until April 30th. 

Don’t miss this chance to take advantage of the early bird rate! Register now as space is limited and you don't want to miss this landmark event.  

Charter Development

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Program | Speakers | Sessions | Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities | Get Involved

Conference Overview

The 2015 International Conference /VII International Congress will create a dynamic meeting place for researchers, practitioners, administrators, students, community representatives and policy-makers from around the world to explore pressing issues and identify promising paths. 

The Conference is designed to mobilize the power, identify the responsibility, and highlight the opportunities for Universities and Institutions of Higher Education to:
  • Develop vibrant campus environments where everyone thrives
  • Provide exceptional learning opportunities
  • Advance knowledge and practices that contribute to other campuses and communities locally and globally
Delegates will co-design a new international Charter to inspire and guide future action. Through dialogue, network activity and drawing from the 2005 Edmonton Charter, the new Charter will shape a conference outcome that is meaningful for moving forward in the context of other key developments such as the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Health in All Policies, and initiatives such as Healthy Cities.

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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 above.

We encourage you to check out the list of experts and thought leaders who will be joining us in Kelowna, such as Dr. Mark Dooris, Dr. Trevor Hancock, Dr. Richard Keeling and more! 

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions of paper presentations, panels and talking circles include research studies (new knowledge development, knowledge translation and evaluation), practice innovations (multiple disciplines and organizational sectors) and policy developments related to the Conference themes and intersecting topics.

Over 160 abstracts have been received from 40 countries around the world!


Campuses as Health Promoting Settings and as Communities

(whole organization/system and program/service approaches)
Health and Place
(wellbeing of people and environments)
Population Health, Community Health and Sustainability
(pressing issues and determinants: students, non-students)
Campuses as Educational Institutions, Societal Models and Businesses
(transformative academics, university/college/community collaborations, competing interests)
Development of Knowledge, Policy, Practice and Evaluation
(traditional, innovative, indigenous, creative and critical methods)
Communication Technologies, Networking and Education

(opportunities and impacts)

Click here to browse the list of confirmed concurrent sessions

Can you think of any organizations or companies that may be interested in supporting the International Conference?  Download the sponsorship opportunities leaflet and share.  

Why Sponsor?

The 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Sponsors have an opportunity to:
  • Demonstrate leadership in healthy and sustainable communities, mental health promotion and whole person development
  • Support institutions of higher education to become action-oriented communities that promote the wellbeing of people, environments and economies, thus creating exceptional experiences for campus populations and models for other communities
  • Gain access to influential delegates from Canada and around the world as they share promising developments in research, practice and policy
  • Support the renewal of an International Charter that will inspire and guide future action locally and globally

Newly Released!

Organizations, agencies, companies and institutions are invited to share their work and inspire others with an exhibit. Space is limited so secure your table today!

International Endorsement

This Conference is being Co-Sponsored by:
  • International Union of Health Promotion and Education
  • Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Region of the Americas
  • Red Iberoamericana de Universidades Promotoras de Salud/Ibero-American Network of Health Promoting Universities
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 

Get Involved 

The interactive conference design will support knowledge exchange among a diversity of people interested in the intersections of: human and environmental health and wellbeing, ecosystem sustainability, economic development, and learning and productivity on campuses and beyond. 

We welcome ideas that will make this conference more inclusive and inspiring to everyone working in the field of health promotion and sustainability at institutions of higher education and other settings. Email


The vision of CMHA is “mentally healthy people in a healthy society.” To read the Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses co-host announcement and brief background on the International Conference – click here >>

Learn more about the BC Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Initiative

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