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Keynote Speaker
Sunday, July 9th 2017 at 7:00 pm

Laura Bhoi BA(hon), MBA
"Potential For Change"

Our current system for supporting and treating people with addictions and mental illness has been described as fragmented, marginalized and vastly underfunded. Stigma and exclusion have had a tremendous impact on how addiction and mental health care services have developed in our country, resulting in current national funding levels falling well below the real need, and below levels of other countries.

Despite the many obstacles over the decades, dedicated organizations, professionals and members of our communities, have stood up and advocated for people with these illnesses. Through these efforts, progress has been made, many have been helped, but we still have a long way to go. We are now entering a pivotal time in our history, with mounting evidence and heightened public awareness of the vast impact of addiction and mental illness. This session will discuss current system issues and opportunities, and the potential to create real change for the future.

Laura joined Renascent in the role of Chief Executive Officer in September 2016.  As a passionate leader of addiction and mental health care services, Laura is committed to working with the Renascent team in helping people affected by addictions achieve a life of physical, mental and spiritual health.

Prior to working at Renascent, Laura held senior executive roles at Toronto-based addiction treatment centre, Bellwood Health Services, including the position of President from 2009 until 2015.  Laura’s career also encompasses marketing management in the private sector and working with the hospital sector for the Ontario Ministry of Health.  Laura earned a B.A. in Psychology (Honours) at Queen’s University, an MBA in Health Services Management at McMaster University and a Certificate in Addiction Studies, also at McMaster. She is a member of the Board of Directors, York Region and South Simcoe, Canadian Mental Health Association.