22nd Annual Mental Health Conference

Mental Health Conference banner October 2021


Presented by George Brown College’s Division of Student Success and the Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies with generous sponsorship from:

Dr. Dan Andreae and Patricia Hornsby, supporters of student mental health

About the Event

A morning of knowledge-sharing and dialogue on the critical connection between the food we eat and our mental health.

Key speakers were from the fields of food security research, policy, and practice; nutrition and psychiatry; and post-secondary food and community activism.


This year's virtual conference was made possible by the generous support of Dr. Dan Andreae and Patricia Hornsby, supporters of student mental health. 

Special thanks to Cindy Gouveia and Gordon Cressy, GBC Foundation.

Student Support

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to student scholarships. Thank you for your support of GBC students!

Thank you to...

Conference Host: Joshna Maharaj

Conference Speakers: 

  • Dr. Linda Plowright
  • Valerie Tarasuk, PhD
  • Tara Hattangadi
  • Kelly Matheson
  • Jennifer Mitsche

Conference Planning Leads:

Division of Student Success and The Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies

Conference Planning Committees: 


  • Melissa Gallo
  • Yukimi Henry
  • Susan Toews
  • Annie Zurakowsky
  • Cindy Bautista
  • Derek Jensen
  • Marisa Felisa Torres-Hives
  • Megan Stewart


  • Alex Irwin
  • Andrea Gomez
  • Sameer Farjan
  • Susan Heximer
  • Felisha Tucker
  • Alessia Pompilio
  • Erika Ortegon
  • Martin Muhr
  • Suzanne DeFreitas
  • Joyann Callendar
  • Megan Ewing
  • Alexis Goncalves-Jenken
  • Constantine Cabarios
  • Torsten Hamelin
  • Jennifer Mitsche
  • Susan Toews
  • Carmen Cubillan

Virtual Event Planning by Pheedloop Inc:

  • James King
  • Carly Pollock
  • Molly Schaefler

 Prizes donated by:

  • George Brown College Campus Store
  • George Brown College's The Chefs’ House restaurant
  • Joshna Maharaj

View a recording of this years’ conference