Gala MC

Keynote Speakers

Margaret Trudeau, Celebrated Canadian | Mental Health Advocate

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Margaret TrudeauMargaret Trudeau Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret tirelessly shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.

Margaret is the author of four books, including her bestselling title, Changing My Mind, which charts her life’s ups and downs, and her latest title, The Time of Your Life, which offers women an inspirational and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure and satisfying future.

Margaret sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute as a community advocate, and she is the Honorary President of WaterAid, a charitable Canadian non-governmental agency that is dedicated to helping poor communities in developing countries build sustainable water-supply and sanitation services. She is also the proud mother to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Sue Matthews, CEO, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Session Title: Around the World in 80 Days: What Can Ontario Learn From the Use of Practical Nurses in Other Countries

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The use and sustainability of practical nursing in Ontario will be shaped by a range of factors and forces. This presentation provides profiles of nursing education, regulation and utilization in various countries, and relates them to best practise in the use of practical nursing. It describes a global snapshot of regulation and representation of Practical/Enrolled nurses in a number of countries to allow us to better understand the models for professionalism for Practical/Enrolled nursing.


Sue is an experienced health service leader and manager with more than 20 years of senior operational and strategic leadership in hospitals, community care and government. She has held a variety of positions from Staff Nurse, Educator, Manager, Director, and Provincial Chief Nursing Officer for Ontario.

She is a Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health and the Victorian Healthcare Association of which she is deputy chair. She sits on a number of advisory committees including the Victorian Family Violence Steering Committee and the Victorian Clinical Council.

Sue holds an R.N Diploma, a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies, a Master’s of Health Science Nursing, and a Doctorate in Public Health. She is also a Fellow of the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is appointed as Adjunct Professor at Trent University.

Sue has won numerous awards including One of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and the Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award.

Sue has extensive research experience having been a Principal Investigator, co-Principal investigator or Decision Maker Partner on over 30 research projects or programs. She has also been primary or co-author of 13 publications.

Jann Arden, Renowned Musician | Bestselling Author

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Jann ArdenJann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles, through her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and affecting stories, Arden’s wisdom and wit shine in everything she does.

Arden catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993, with the release of her debut album, Time For Mercy. To date, she has released 13 albums, boasts 19 top-10 singles, and has received eight Juno Awards, including “Female Artist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year.” She has also been recognized with 10 SOCAN Awards, four Western Canadian Music Awards, a Much Music Video Award, three Prairie Music Awards, and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award. And the list goes on: she has been honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Of course, never one to settle on a single discipline, Arden was the host of Being Jann on CBC Radio; she has been a judge on television’s Canada Sings, and has appeared on CBC TV’s Rick Mercer Report and in several sitcoms; she is also a returning co-host of CTV’s The Social; on stage, she was part of the cast for the Canadian tour of The Vagina Monologues. Her most recent album of original material is Everything Almost, released in the spring of 2014 which was followed in 2015 by her first seasonal album titled A Jann Arden Christmas.

Arden is the author of four books, including If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You?; I'll Tell You One Damn Thing and That’s All I Know; and Falling Backwards, the widely praised memoir of her life in rural Canada.

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