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Webcast Roundtables: Needs of First Responders After Mass Casualty Incidents, and Rural Communities, Policing and Crime

June 30, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Primary site location:

Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Grafton Street entrance

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  • Roundtable 1: Needs of First Responders After Mass Casualty Incidents
    • Dr. Arija Birze, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners. 
    • Robin Campbell, PhD Candidate at Dalhousie University with research focused on the mental health of volunteer firefighters in rural Nova Scotia. 
    • Dr. Julie MacMillan-Devlin, former Program Evaluation Officer of the Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick and manager of Psychological Services with the Ontario Provincial Police.
    • Mary Fetchet, President and Executive Director of Voices Center for Resilience.
    • Dr. Alexandra Heber, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Dr. Heber has over 35 years' experience working in mental health. 
    • Dr. Megan McElheran, CEO & Chief Clinical Psychologist, Wayfound Mental Health Group. 
    • Dr. Deborah Norris, Professor, Department of Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University. 
  • Roundtable 2: Rural Communities, Policing and Crime
    • Dr. Karen Foster, Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University. 
    • Dr. Jane McMillan, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, St. Francis Xavier University. 
    • Supt. Dan Morrow, Southwest Nova District Policing Officer. 
    • Dr. Anna Souhami, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Head of Criminology at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh. Dr. Souhami is an ethnographer specializing in policing and police/community relations. 
    • Dr. Rosemary Ricciardelli is Professor (PhD, Sociology) in the School of Maritime Studies and Research Chair in Safety, Security, and Wellness, at Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute. 

    • Dr. Rick Ruddell, Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies, University of Regina. 
    • Dr. Signa Daum Shanks, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa. 

Visit the Roundtables webpage to learn more about the core themes of the roundtables and the members participating.


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