Christopher Canning (he/him) lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. A sociologist by training, he holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the history and sociology of molecular genetics and epigenetics at McGill’s Department of Social Studies of Medicine. Christopher began his career in mental health policy and research at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, where he served in progressively senior roles. Most recently he was Vice President of Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization with Canada’s Centre of Excellence on PTSD. He has contributed to policy development in recovery, child and youth mental health, services and supports for immigrant, refugee, ethnocultural and racialized populations, expanding access to psychotherapies, and building the case for more dedicated mental health care funding in Canada. Christopher is deeply and personally committed to social justice and creating meaningful system transformation that puts people with lived experience at the centre of services and supports.
Wisdom2Action is a national social enterprise and consulting firm specializing in community engagement, creative facilitation, research and evaluation, knowledge mobilization, and EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion). We are based in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia), the traditional and unceded territory of the M’ikmaq people. Settlers and the M’ikmaq have lived in this territory under the provisions of the Peace and Friendship Treaties since 1760 and 1772.