Canadian Critical Incident Stress Congress
Inspire Change
October 18 - 20, 2022  ·  Double Tree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls

This conference is dedicated to front line personnel and professionals who want to elevate their knowledge regarding mental health in first responders, peer support, and the latest mental health and wellness innovations.

Why Attend?

Connect and Re-connect:

Connect and re-connect with colleagues, friends, and like-minded individuals who share a passion and commitment to improving overall mental health and wellness within the first responder and front-line communities.

A Great Lineup of Speakers:

Featuring speakers from across Canada, our speakers are experts in their field, have lived experience and offer new and innovated approaches to supporting our front line. Our speakers will inform, entertain, and inspire you. 

A Chance to Get Away:

In addition to the incredible information sessions and workshops, our conference provides a unique opportunity to visit one of the wonders of the world, and Canada's most beautiful and picturesque locations, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Networking Event:

Included in your registration is an evening of live entertainment, sweet treats and networking at our evening event. 


Agenda
Tuesday, October 18
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
A short welcome to all to get the conference started.
8:50 AM - 9:50 AM
8:50 AM - 9:50 AM
We will be unlocking the power and meaning of story to influence, inspire and save lives.
9:55 AM - 10:55 AM
9:55 AM - 10:55 AM
How physical activity, nutrition and mental wellness are interconnected and the impact it has on our overall health and well-being.
10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
Snacks and refreshments will be available at break.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Mentoring is absolutely a two-way street built of both accepting and offering Leadership. It discusses how being involved in mentoring others gives Leaders the opportunity to start building a legacy, and, ultimately, the chance to change a culture.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch will be available for all conference participants.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
This is a hands-on workshop designed to help people find a sense of peace and comfort during challenging times. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own pathway to healing during this session.
I have found through experience that the most effective first responder manifests from balancing that part of us with stillness and remaining emotionally connected with ourselves and others.
Focusing on the moral injury component of Occupational Stress Injury/PTSD.
An hour long presentation about one of the largest early intervention responses in the history of the RCMP.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Snacks and refreshments will be available for participants.
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
It's important to change our mindset: to change our perceived weaknesses to our previous weaknesses. My lived experience has taught me, hardships change us and these changes can help us in our journey. No one is alone.
Join Mindy & Chris for a yoga practice that goes beyond the typical class as they explain the how and the whys of the practice that changed their lives and helped them heal. This session is interactive.
Come learn how first responders in Ontario and the world over have achieved relief from critical incident stress, better sleep, improved focus, a calm, clear mind, and improved family dynamics from the SKY Resilience Program.
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The networking event will have sweet treats and live music. This is an opportunity to meet and mingle with other attendees of the conference.
Wednesday, October 19
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:50 AM - 9:50 AM
8:50 AM - 9:50 AM
Anchored in decades of experience in the field of peer support, Grenier provides his audiences with pragmatic advice on how first responder organizations develop corporate cultures of open, non-stigmatizing approaches to mental health.
9:55 AM - 10:55 AM
9:55 AM - 10:55 AM
Join Nick in an open, vulnerable and candid discussion of his struggles with Mental Illness and Suicide as he takes you on a journey of resilience and survival and what he has learned from his highs and his lows.
10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
Snacks and refreshments will be available for participants.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Explore frameworks of health, explore the role of values in laying a foundation for us to navigate adversity and how the science of mindfulness offers us an opportunity to focus in a way that serves our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch will be available for all conference participants.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Spend some time sharing resources on exploring frameworks of health and ways to experience better focus using evidence based mindfulness skills.
Jennifer will discuss the 4 key aspects of Holistic Health, Post Traumatic Growth, Language Technologies and how you can engage your Reticular Activating System for sustainable success, healing & growth.
Although more people than ever are talking openly about the need for mental health support, the stigma associated with mental health challenges remains.
This workshop will focus on the intersectionality between traditional CISM and CISD practices and the use of Peer Support.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Snacks and refreshments will be available for participants.
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
My journey from healthy and happy into the depths of PTSD. My presentation shows the changes in the mental health landscape from the 90's to present.
The seminar will focus on the value of connectedness and its impact on our overall health, mental health and well being.
The presentation offers approved methods for assessing and dealing with emotional responses inherent in any human crisis situation. It will provide the necessary theoretical background for understanding crisis situations.
Const Jeff Elvish shares an intimate look at his personal journey, his struggles with addiction and how he found hope and healing.
Thursday, October 20
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:50 AM - 9:50 AM
8:50 AM - 9:50 AM
This talk is about looking at the spouse and extended families role to manage their triggers and healing while the first responder fights their internal battle.
9:55 AM - 10:55 AM
9:55 AM - 10:55 AM
Times of significant change or crisis always reveal the tragic reality that the future is seldom a static point of time.
10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
Snacks and refreshments will be available for participants.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Details coming soon.
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Boxed lunches will be available for pick up on your way out of the conference.
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LivingWorks safeTALK is a 4-hour training that equips people to be more alert to persons thinking of suicide and better able to connect them with further help. This talk is limited to 30 spots email ccisf@live.ca to register
Speakers
CM, MSC, CD, LLD -CEO Mental Health Innovations
CM, MSC, CD, LLD -CEO Mental Health Innovations
Anchored in decades of experience in the field of peer support, Grenier provides his audiences with pragmatic advice on how first responder organizations develop corporate cultures of open, non-stigmatizing approaches to mental health.
The intersection between Peer Support and CISM
Mental Health Innovations
This workshop will focus on the intersectionality between traditional CISM and CISD practices and the use of Peer Support.
The SKY Resilience Program, a powerful tool for OSI, PTSD, and building resilience
VP - International Association for Human Values
The SKY Resilience Program is a customized evidence-based program of The International Association for Human Values (IAHV)
Moral injury in first responders
U.S. Navy combat Veteran, Firefighter
Focusing on the moral injury component of Occupational Stress Injury/PTSD.
Lived experience and recovery - One cops journey from diagnosis of PTSD and addiction.... to recovery"
Constable
Const Jeff Elvish shares an intimate look at his personal journey, his struggles with addiction and how he found hope and healing.
The Connected Warrior - Why the Middle Way is the true path of First Responders
Firefighter, Paramedic, Peer Support Member
I have found through experience that the most effective first responder manifests from balancing that part of us with stillness and remaining emotionally connected with ourselves and others.
Normalizing Mental Health in the Workplace for Frontline Workers & First-Responders
Mental Health Promoter & Resilience Facilitator
Although more people than ever are talking openly about the need for mental health support, the stigma associated with mental health challenges remains.
How Stories Heal
Veteran Fire Captain, Life Coach
We will be unlocking the power and meaning of story to influence, inspire and save lives.
Don't Just Survive, Thrive! A Holistic Approach to Wellbeing at Work & at Home
Lifestyle Architect
Jennifer will discuss the 4 key aspects of Holistic Health, Post Traumatic Growth, Language Technologies and how you can engage your Reticular Activating System for sustainable success, healing & growth.
Emergency Management/Response to Crisis/Critical Incident Stress
Retired Fire Chief
The presentation offers approved methods for assessing and dealing with emotional responses inherent in any human crisis situation. It will provide the necessary theoretical background for understanding crisis situations.
Wellness - Fitness, Nutrition and Mental Well-Being
Founder and CEO of Firefighter Services of Ontario
How physical activity, nutrition and mental wellness are interconnected and the impact it has on our overall health and well-being.
Building Valhalla - Utilizing strong peer support in the management of PTSD and Traumatic Stress
Director - Valhalla Project Niagara
My journey from healthy and happy into the depths of PTSD. My presentation shows the changes in the mental health landscape from the 90's to present.
Stronger Together - Inspiring change is a team effort
Executive Director - Badge of Life Canada
It's important to change our mindset: to change our perceived weaknesses to our previous weaknesses.
The Family Healing Journey Through PTS(D): Integrative Mind Body Medicine Approach
Mind Body Medicine Doctor
This talk is about looking at the spouse and extended families role to manage their triggers and healing while the first responder fights their internal battle.
Hope, Love & Loss: Creating a Pathway to Healing
Best Selling Author and Intuitive Coach
This is a hands-on workshop designed to help people find a sense of peace and comfort during challenging times. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own pathway to healing during this session.
Staying Connected in a Disconnected World
Canadian Programs Manager - ADRA Canada
The seminar will focus on the value of connectedness and its impact on our overall health, mental health and well being.
Better Than Before
Founder Fortlog Services Inc.
Better than before? Anything that is not growing is already dying.
Tools to Balance Mind and Body
Registered Yoga Teachers, Retired Paramedics
Join Chris & Mindy for a yoga practice that goes beyond the typical class as they explain the how and the whys of the practice that changed their lives and helped them heal.
Standing Shoulder to Shoulder: The Wellness Response for Police After Canada's Largest Mass Murder
RCMP
An hour long presentation about one of the largest early intervention responses in the history of the RCMP.
Breaking Down the Stigma - Talking About Mental Illnes
Professor Mohawk College
Join Nick in an open, vulnerable and candid discussion of his struggles with Mental Illness and Suicide as he takes you on a journey of resilience and survival and what he has learned from his highs and his lows.
Shi(f)t Happens - How framing, focus and foundation support wellbeing
CEO & Founder Weallth Management Inc.
We'll explore the role of values in laying a foundation for us to navigate adversity and how the science of mindfulness offers an opportunity to focus in a way that serves our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
No Leader Is An Island - Creating a Legacy of Mentorship For Critical Incident Stress Personnel
Brian Knowler Consulting
Mentoring is absolutely a two-way street built of both accepting and offering Leadership. It discusses how being involved in mentoring others gives Leaders the opportunity to start building a legacy, and, ultimately, the chance to change a culture.

Stéphane Grenier

Anchored in decades of experience in the field of peer support, Grenier provides his audiences with pragmatic advice on how first responder organizations develop corporate cultures of open, non-stigmatizing approaches to mental health.

Nate Stahle

This workshop will focus on the intersectionality between traditional CISM and CISD practices and the use of Peer Support.

Spencer Delisle

The SKY Resilience Program is a customized evidence-based program of The International Association for Human Values (IAHV)

Bruce Lacillade, PhD.

Focusing on the moral injury component of Occupational Stress Injury/PTSD.

Jeff Elvish

Const Jeff Elvish shares an intimate look at his personal journey, his struggles with addiction and how he found hope and healing.

Scott Hewlett

I have found through experience that the most effective first responder manifests from balancing that part of us with stillness and remaining emotionally connected with ourselves and others.

Jill Dennison

Although more people than ever are talking openly about the need for mental health support, the stigma associated with mental health challenges remains.

Shelli Varela

We will be unlocking the power and meaning of story to influence, inspire and save lives.

Jennifer McMaster

Jennifer will discuss the 4 key aspects of Holistic Health, Post Traumatic Growth, Language Technologies and how you can engage your Reticular Activating System for sustainable success, healing & growth.

William J. Timmons

The presentation offers approved methods for assessing and dealing with emotional responses inherent in any human crisis situation. It will provide the necessary theoretical background for understanding crisis situations.

Fern MacLeod

How physical activity, nutrition and mental wellness are interconnected and the impact it has on our overall health and well-being.

Graham Bettes

My journey from healthy and happy into the depths of PTSD. My presentation shows the changes in the mental health landscape from the 90's to present.

Laura Kloosterman

It's important to change our mindset: to change our perceived weaknesses to our previous weaknesses.

Dr. Elizabeth Bolen

This talk is about looking at the spouse and extended families role to manage their triggers and healing while the first responder fights their internal battle.

Melissa Lyons

This is a hands-on workshop designed to help people find a sense of peace and comfort during challenging times. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own pathway to healing during this session.

Daniel Saugh

The seminar will focus on the value of connectedness and its impact on our overall health, mental health and well being.

John Robertson

Better than before? Anything that is not growing is already dying.

Mindy & Chris Piva

Join Chris & Mindy for a yoga practice that goes beyond the typical class as they explain the how and the whys of the practice that changed their lives and helped them heal.

Deepak Prasad

An hour long presentation about one of the largest early intervention responses in the history of the RCMP.

Nick J Petrella

Join Nick in an open, vulnerable and candid discussion of his struggles with Mental Illness and Suicide as he takes you on a journey of resilience and survival and what he has learned from his highs and his lows.

Wendy Lund

We'll explore the role of values in laying a foundation for us to navigate adversity and how the science of mindfulness offers an opportunity to focus in a way that serves our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Brian Knowler

Mentoring is absolutely a two-way street built of both accepting and offering Leadership. It discusses how being involved in mentoring others gives Leaders the opportunity to start building a legacy, and, ultimately, the chance to change a culture.

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Exhibitors

Wellth Management

Wellth Management redefines wealth using evidence-based strategies to help individuals and organizations across all sectors to train and sustain the resilient mind.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

FORTLOG Services

BUSINESS WORKS WHEN PEOPLE THRIVE! Transforming the traditional crisis response through the Run towards the Roar Ethos. Serving leadership [never a position] and Personnel through a values-anchored approach.

IAHV/Sky Resiliance

SKY Resilience is an evidence-based experiential and interactive mind-body resilience-building program for law enforcement officers, first responders, departmental staff, and their families.

Melissa Lyons

Intuitive Life Coach, Best-Selling Author & Founder of The Healing Table, Melissa’s books, courses and coaching have helped tens of thousands find hope and love in the midst of loss.

Bruce Lacillade

"Introduction to Moral Injury, A Spiritual Look for First Responders" WestBow Press 2022.

Badge of Life Canada

Badge of Life Canada offers a confidential, virtual peer support program every Monday evening from 7-9pm ET. It is in a group setting with trained peer supporters and a therapist facilitating.

Camp F.A.C.E.S.

Camp F.A.C.E.S. is an annual camp run by the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation for families of line of duty death, suicide, sudden death and those living with a PTSD diagnosis. Come by the booth to get more information about what we do!

Brian Knowler - Book Signing

Brian has published two books about his experiences with trauma: On the Other Side of Broken – One Cop’s Battle With the Demons of PTSD, and Career Suicide is Overrated.

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Sponsors
Silver Sponsorship
Hotels
LOCATION
Double Tree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls, 6039 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3V6
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Location: Double Tree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls, 6039 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3V6
Optional Thursday Training - LivingWorks safeTALK
Optional Thursday Training - LivingWorks safeTALK

Law enforcement suicides exceed deaths in the line of duty by 2.5 times.  And the age range of service members at the greatest risk of suicide is 41 - 60 years of age.

What can we do?  We're not doctors or clinicians.

At LivingWorks, they believe that everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention and that everyone can learn the skill necessary to keep their brothers, sisters, colleagues, friends, family and the community safe from suicide.  To demonstrate their commitment to 'scratching below the surface' on first responder suicide, LivingWorks has offered to donate a safeTALK workshop.  

It will be conducted post conference on the afternoon of October 20th from 1-5pm, and will teach participants suicide alertness skills to keep first responders safe from suicide.

There is limited attendance, so be sure to sign up soon.  Please contact: ccisf@live.ca, to reserve your spot.  If you need to cancel, please let us know so that we can offer to waitlisted participants.