Edmonton First Responder & Military Personnel Mental Health & Suicide Awareness Conferences

Edmonton Speakers

Ed Mantler


A highly motivated visionary and an expert at building partnerships, engaging stakeholders, and inspiring change, Ed has led innovation and improvement in healthcare for over two decades.

As Vice President of Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ed is dedicated to promoting mental health and changing the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and illnesses.

By collaborating with stakeholders to improve mental health services and supports, he leads the way for change. Ed pays particular attention to reducing stigma and increasing mental resiliency through innovative measures like Mental Health First Aid, the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, the Mental Health Strategy for Canada, the Knowledge Exchange Centre and Prevention and Promotion activities.

Ed is accustomed to wearing many different hats. He was CEO of the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan and Senior Operating Officer of the University of Alberta Hospital. As an Accreditation Surveyor with Accreditation Canada, he contributes to quality and safety in healthcare across Canada and internationally. Ed is also a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, holds a Master’s of Science Administration, and is a Certified Health Executive.

Mr. Ed Mantler will be presenting:  Psychological Health and Safety for First Responders – Building Comprehensive Strategies

First Responders form a unique and resilient work force that is able to cope with some of society’s most complex and critical situations.  The Mental Health Commission of Canada raises awareness and mobilizes individuals and organizations to promote psychological health and safety, reduce stigma, increase help-seeking behavior, develop mental health literacy, and increase mental readiness.  This session will outline solutions as well as enabling success factors that should be considered for supporting the mental wellbeing of First Responders in Canada.


Don Melnychuk


Dr. Melnychuk has earned the reputation of being a stimulating and entertaining speaker.
Within a dynamic, interactive learning environment, he offers participants a fast paced enjoyable program that provides them with new insights and skills to improve performance.  Some of Don’s keynote sessions include taking control of managing work and personal stress, revitalizing yourself with building stamina and managing fatigue, best practices for fatigue risk management and staying motivated in a changing world.

Don holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Alberta and a M.Ed. in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. He is a Chartered Psychologist with over 21 years experience in the field. Don is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the International Federation for Professional Speakers.

We look forward to Don speaking on fatigue risk management, and then closing motivational comments that is sure to inspire and set the proper tone in a social media driven and continued difficult and escalating mental health crisis within our society. 


david lewry


David has earned the reputation of living life thru unconventional circumstances. He has published 3 novels about addiction/alcoholism and recovery including the “Channel of the Broken Gun” utilized by the University of Calgary about active addiction.

David is a registered social worker,an addictions counselor, volunteers as a chaplain with the Calgary Police Service and has extensive special qualifications with suicide prevention and intervention, non-violent crisis intervention and a unique understanding with addictions.

David’s mediation with child welfare and families, working as a Protective Services Officer with Calgary Transit and his partnership activities with the Calgary Housing Society, Calgary Homeless Foundation and the United Way of Canada, has positioned him to share unique encounters and experiences with the vulnerable of society.

We look forward to David speaking on the impact of mental health on our youth and young adults, especially in a time of economic and social pressures.  



The Edmonton Police Service Employee and Family Assistance Section will be providing insight to a number of topics.  This includes compelling and proven strategies that promotes personal wellness thru the  provision of direct assistance to all members for organizational, operational and personal related stress.

As well, they will discuss how the Employee Assistance Section offers programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to care and build resiliency within the challenging world of police work.



RE-INTEGRATION AFTER OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – Since 2009, the Edmonton Police Service has utilized a re-integration program to help members return to work after an officer involved shooting (OIS). The process uses a gradual exposure plan that helps officers with the psychological and physiological effects of lethal force encounters. The program now assists members who are striving to return to work after a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis or other psychological injury or illness by using peer-driven systematic desensitization.


Stacey Ferland MA (Psych), RPC., Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling with the Canadian Professional Counsellor’s Association (CPCA) and Nationally Board Certified Traumatologist.

As an experienced trauma specialist, working with a variety of skills and clinical experiences in mental health counselling and psychotherapy, Stacey specializes in short and long-term therapy, and more specifically, trauma focused psychotherapy for a full range of issues. Treatments include a number of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, CBT/DBT,mindfulness, person-centered counselling, and creative expressive therapies. Stacey has tremendous insight and experience with the First Responders and Military Personnel.

TOPIC: Trauma & the Impact on Families

SYNOPSIS:  This presentation will begin with a brief overview of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder.  We will explore the effects of trauma & PTSD on families of first responders & develop a better understanding of the impacts that trauma can have on the family system.  Through this presentation we will look at how family members can support their affected loved one while also taking care of themselves.   We will also explore how children respond to a parent dealing with trauma & how the child can be supported.  


What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?

  • Free ample parking is available but be aware of other conferences going on within the building.
  • September 12th 8:00 am to 4:30 pm YEG First Responder/Military Personnel Mental Health/Suicide Awareness Conference – registration opens at 7:15 am – please be in your seats for 7:55 am commencement of opening comments.

Registration Includes

  • Registration includes conference refreshments at morning and mid afternoon breaks, along with lunch.  Guest speaker books and merchandise (if available) will be a seperate purchase at the conference and payment will be handled directly thru the seller.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Payment issues

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Who is this For?

What is the targeted audience and are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

  • This event is open to First Responders, Military, spouses/support persons, retired or serving, and all staff/volunteers of these organizations and health care professions. For any questions – contact event organizers as noted above. Yes, proof of affiliation will be required.  Must be minimally 18 years old.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

  • Yes or use the event brite app – please also have breakfast off site prior to the events.  First coffee break is about 10 am.

Health and Wellness Exhibition:

  • Showcasing resources available to support the health and wellness of our First Responders and Military Personnel. If you would like to participate by setting up a booth, please contact


For our out of town guests the following hotel has been secured and are based on you making and paying for the booking directly with the hotel.  Booking prices on line may vary depending on your personal discount affiliations:

  • Ramada Edmonton Hotel and Conference Centre 11834 Kingsway Ave Edmonton (mention Legacy Place Society).


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THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS & FOR THEIR FINANCIAL SUPPORT – in particular from the proceeds of the 2017 Edmonton First Responders Day and the Elevate Edmonton Committee. 

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