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16th Annual George Brown College Mental Health Conference

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Toronto, ON

CPLS and Student Services logos

Thriving on Campus: Innovative Approaches to Understanding and Fostering Student Well-being"

RBC logoAn educational forum co-hosted by George Brown College's Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies and Academic Services & Student Affairs departments, with sponsorship from RBC Foundation. 

About the conference

This year's Mental Health Conference theme, "Thriving on Campus: Innovative Approaches to Understanding and Fostering Student Well-being" will be presented by Dr. Stuart Shanker and will

  • Highlight innovative research on self-regulation, learning and student success
  • Share promising approaches to support student well-being at post-secondary institutions
  • Feature post-secondary students and staff engaging with Dr. Shanker

Our keynote conference speaker will be Dr. Stuart Shanker, Research Professor of Philosophy, Psychology and Education at York University. Dr. Shanker is an author of multiple books on self-regulation and learning; professional speaker; researcher and thought leader.

Lunch, door prizes, refreshments and a chance to network with colleagues is included!


16th Annual George Brown Mental Health Conference
George Brown College
Financial Services Building, Room 406
290 Adelaide Street East, Toronto

Proposed Agenda

Time Event Description

8 a.m. 

Registration & Continental Breakfast


9 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Georgia Quartaro, PhD – Dean, Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies

Anne Sado – President, George Brown College

Randy Hansuld - Director of Public Sector Markets for the Greater Toronto Region, RBC Royal Bank

9:30 a.m.

Sashbear Foundation 

Presentation by Lynn Courey and Mike Menu to raise awareness around the positive impact of skill-based emotional regulation approaches to help youth cope with the stressors of life.

10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break


10:30 a.m.

Morning Presentation

"Applying Research to Practice in the Field of Self-Regulation"

Dr. Shanker will explain the basics of what exactly "self-regulation" is, why it can be so challenging for some of us and what we can do to enhance our self-regulation.

Sharing recent advances in neuroscience and physiology to help participants understand student anxiety, and the biological, emotional and cognitive factors in self-regulation challenges, Dr. Shanker will present techniques participants can use in their personal and professional lives to achieve the ideal state for learning: "calm, focused and alert".

11:30 a.m.

Morning Panel

Students from George Brown College will engage with Dr. Shanker sharing their questions, as well as their own challenges and experiences, ideas and insights.

12:30 p.m.



1:30 p.m. Panel

College staff who work in the areas of teaching, student success advising, and counseling will engage with Dr. Shanker, asking questions and sharing their experiences and perspectives on the role of self-regulation in college student success.

Dr. Shanker will continue his presentation on self-regulation, with particular emphasis on post-secondary students and the impact of the college environment, the role of the teacher, and the role of peers in enhancing self-regulation in students.

3:45 p.m.

Wrap up and Closing Remarks

George Brown College

Key Presenter Info               

Photo of Dr_ Stuart ShankerDr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy, Psychology and Education at York University. Among his many books are Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation (2012); Human Development in the 21st Century (with Alan Fogel and Barbara King, 2008); Early Years Study II (with J. Fraser Mustard and Margaret McCain, 2007); Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (as a member of the PDM Steering Committee, 2006); and The First Idea (with Stanley Greenspan, 2004).

Over the past decade, Shanker has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the US and in countries around the world. Most recently, he served as the 2012 Thinker in Residence for Western Australia. In Canada, he is currently the CEO of the MEHRIT Centre, Ltd., (, and is assisting in the rolling out of a self-regulation classroom initiative with several Superintendents under the auspices of the Ministry of Education in British Columbia, Yukon, North West Territories and Ontario.

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