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Webinar | Cleveringa Dallaire critical conversation series

The pathway forward

Date
Wednesday 10 November 2021
Time
Explanation
11:30 MST • 13:30 EST • 14:30 AST
Address
Online

In honour of Remembrance Day / Veterans’ Day (November 11), this conversation is an opportunity to hear Lieutenant-General (ret’d) Roméo Dallaire’s parting message and reflect on lessons learned over the past eight sessions. How can the past inform the path forward? What has been our global response to the issue of moral injury, and what else can be done at the individual and organizational levels to enact systemic change?

This webinar is part of the Cleveringa Dallaire critical conversation series Moral courage: Leading in times of conflict and crisis

Please register for this webinar via the registration form at the bottom of this page.

Livestream

Hosts

Director, Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC)

Suzette Brémault-Phillips is an occupational therapist and associate professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, and director of the Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC), a provincial hub for research, teaching and service for military, Veteran, public safety personnel and their families. An experienced clinician-scientist who holds a PhD in spirituality, she has been sought out for her subject matter expertise in resilience, moral injury and PTSD by the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada.

Clinical Psychiatrist and Professor, Leiden University

Eric Vermetten is a clinical psychiatrist and Colonel working with veterans and other uniformed officers as strategic advisor of research at the Military Mental Health Service with the Dutch Ministry of Defence and ARQ National Psychotrauma Center. He holds professorship in psychiatry at Leiden University and is on adjunct faculty of New York University. Vermetten’s research is in the field of stress, trauma, complex PTSD and neuroscience. His research has special focus on combining biological-based interventions in psychotraumatology with novel technology and novel drug developments, in particular MDMA, psilocybin, ketamine and medical cannabis. He is a subject matter expert on resilience, PTSD and moral injury.

Moderators

Director, Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC)

Suzette Brémault-Phillips is an occupational therapist and associate professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, and director of the Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC), a provincial hub for research, teaching and service for military, Veteran, public safety personnel and their families. An experienced clinician-scientist who holds a PhD in spirituality, she has been sought out for her subject matter expertise in resilience, moral injury and PTSD by the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada.

Executive Director, Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security

Shelly Whitman is executive director of the Dallaire Institute, where she leads an international team based in Canada, Rwanda and South Sudan. Previously she worked as head of research on the inter-Congolese dialogue under the direction of former Botswana president, Sir Ketumile Masire, and as a research consultant at UNICEF in New York where she worked under on the OAU Rwanda Genocide Report. Whitman has also taught international development studies and political science at Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University and the University of Botswana.

Speakers

More information will follow soon

Image of Roméo Dallaire

Former Canadian Senator and Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire holds the 2020-21 Cleveringa Chair at Leiden University. Throughout his distinguished military career, General Dallaire served most notably as Force Commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. General Dallaire provided the UN with information about the planned massacre, which ultimately took more than 800,000 lives in less than 100 days; yet, permission to intervene was denied and the UN withdrew its peacekeeping forces. General Dallaire disobeyed the command to withdraw and remained in Rwanda to fulfill his ethical obligation to protect those who sought refuge with the UN forces.General Dallaire’s revelation that he suffered from PTSD and moral injury as a direct result of his mission paved the way for destigmatizing this potentially lethal operational stress injury among military veterans.

UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights, Leiden University

Ton Liefaard is vice-dean and UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at Leiden Law School. He teaches children’s rights, child law and juvenile justice from an international perspective and has published widely on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and related international and regional instruments for the position of children at the national level. He regularly works as a consultant for international organizations, including agencies of the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union on issues related to children’s rights, juvenile justice, child-friendly justice, child protection, alternative care and violence against children.

Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University

James Orbinski is a physician, humanitarian activist, author and leading scholar in global health. He has worked providing medical humanitarian relief with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and was elected International President of MSF from 1998-2001. He is now professor and inaugural director of the Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research at York University in Toronto. He was recognized as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his advocacy for those who have been silenced by war, genocide and mass starvation.

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Heroes in Mind, Advocacy and Research Consortium at the University of Alberta
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The Dallaire Institute at Dalhousie University
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