Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Jessie Close, Calen Pick, and Glenn Close
Glenn Close is an award-winning actress who has received six Oscar nominations, three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and three Tony Awards. This year she was awarded the Matrix Award for her exceptional contributions to communications and the arts, as well as the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation's Leadership Award. In 2009 Ms. Close helped to launch Bring Change 2 Mind (, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to confronting, head-on, the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. The idea for this movement evolved out of Ms. Close's realization that her younger sister Jessie, and Jessie's eldest son Calen, were in a life-and-death battle with mental illness. The organization was created with Fountain House, IMHRO International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO) and The Balanced Mind Foundation.

Bring Change 2 Mind's mission is to emerge as one of the world's most effective organizations working to eradicate the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through a variety of widely distributed Public Education Materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness. And to act as a portal to a broad coalition of organizations that provide service, screening, information, support and treatment of mental illness.
Lloyd Robertson Host and Chief Correspondent, W5
As Host and Chief Correspondent for CTV’s investigative news series, W5, Lloyd Robertson is still one of the most trusted faces in television news. He spent 35 years as the Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of country’s most-watched national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON.

One of the most accomplished journalists in North America, Robertson has been broadcasting for more than 50 years. Robertson joined CTV in 1976, and held the title of CTV’s Chief Anchor and Senior Editor from 1983 to 2011. Throughout his illustrious career, Robertson has guided Canadians through some of the most significant events in recent history. In 1998, Robertson became a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2007, was the first journalist inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Widely known for his baritone delivery and for his iconic signoff line, “And that’s the kind of day it’s been,” Robertson announced on July 8, 2010 that he would vacate his anchor chair in 2011 after 35 years at CTV News.

Robertson began his broadcasting career in 1952 at CJCS radio in his hometown of Stratford and then joined CJOY in Guelph in 1953. After moving into television in 1954 with CBC in Windsor, Robertson spent four years (1956-’60) in Winnipeg and two years in Ottawa (1960-’62). He went on to anchor CBC’s national news from 1970 to 1976.
Graham Thornicroft, MA, MSc, PhD, FRC Psych, FacadMed
Professor of Community Psychiatry, Head of the Health Service Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in a community mental health team in South London, and is Director of Research and Development at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He chaired the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Mental Health, a ten-year national mental health plan for England. His areas of expertise include: mental health needs assessment, the development of new outcome scales, cost-effectiveness evaluation of mental health treatments, stigma and discrimination, and the development of community-based mental health services. Professor Thornicroft has authored and edited 24 books and over 245 peer-reviewed papers.
Norman Sartorius, MD, MA, DPN, PhD, FRC Psych
Dr. Norman Sartorius, joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1967 and soon assumed charge of the programme of epidemiology and social psychiatry. He was the principal investigator of several major international studies on schizophrenia, depression and health service delivery. He was responsible for WHO’s work on the classification of mental and neurological disorders. In 1977, he became the first Director of the Division of Mental Health of WHO, a position which he held until mid-1993. In June 1993 Professor Sartorius was elected President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and served as its President until August 1999. Subsequently he became President of the Association of European Psychiatrists (EAP) a position held until December 2001. He is the President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes and a member of the Geneva Prize Foundation having been its President 2004-2008. Dr. Sartorius holds professorial appointments at the Universities of London, Prague and Zagreb and at several other universities in the USA and China. He is a Senior Associate of the Faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Professor Sartorius has published more than 330 articles in scientific journals, authored or co-authored books and edited a number of others. Professor Sartorius is a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine and a honorary member of the Medical Academies of Croatia, Mexico and Peru. He holds honorary doctorates of the Universities of Bath, Copenhagen, Prague and Umea and is a honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, of the American College of Psychiatry and of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Patrick Corrigan, PsyD
Patrick Corrigan is Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to that, Corrigan was Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago. Corrigan is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been principal investigator of federally funded studies on rehabilitation and consumer operated services. Ten years ago, he became principal investigator of the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research, the only NIMH-funded research center examining the stigma of mental illness. More recently, the Chicago Consortium evolved into the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE) also supported by NIMH. Central to NCSE is the Center on Adherence and Self-Determination (CASD) supported as a developing center in services research by NIMH; Corrigan is PI. Located at IIT, CASD includes co-principal investigators from Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple and Rutgers. One recent study supported by NIAAA, NIMH, and The Fogarty Center examined the stigma of mental illness endorsed by employers in Beijing, Chicago, and Hong Kong. Corrigan is a prolific researcher having published eleven books and more than 250 papers. He is editor of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Heather Stuart, MA, PhD
Dr. Heather Stuart received her PhD in epidemiology from The University of Calgary, Alberta. Prior to that, she studied at the University of Western Ontario, where she graduated with a BA(Hon) and an Master of Arts in Sociology She is a Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, with cross appointments to the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queens University. Dr. Stuart’s main research interests are in the areas psychiatric epidemiology and mental health services research. Her main goals have been to undertake applied research with an eye to helping policy makers and planners solve day-to-day problems and make more informed, evidence-informed, decisions. She has worked in both hospital and community based mental health treatment systems and on international projects with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the World Psychiatric Association. Dr. Stuart has been the recipient of research funds from local, national, and international agencies and has made numerous contributions to the mental health literature. Dr. Stuart’s main research and public health work pertains to stigma reduction. She has worked extensively with the World Psychiatric Association’s Global anti-stigma program and is the Chair and co-founder of the World Psychiatric Association’s Scientific Section on Stigma and Mental Disorders. She has been working with the Mental Health Commission with respect to anti-stigma activities and is currently collaborating with Statistics Canada to develop a stigma assessment module that can be incorporated into national health surveys.
Tony Jorm, BA(Hon), MA, PhD, D.Sc
Professor Tony Jorm is a Professorial Fellow at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre at the University of Melbourne and an NHMRC Australia Fellow. His research focuses on public knowledge and beliefs about mental illnesses, and particularly on interventions to improve the public’s helpfulness towards people developing mental illnesses. Prof Jorm is the author of 20 books or monographs, over 400 journal articles and over 30 chapters in edited volumes. He has been awarded a Doctor of Science for his research and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is the chair of the Research Committee of Australian Rotary Health. He is a past President of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research. He has been listed in ISI as one of the most cited researchers in Psychology/Psychiatry of the past 20 years.