Speakers 2016

Daniel Gallant


Daniel GallentDaniel Gallant is a current Juris Doctor (Law) student and is a BC Social Worker with an established practice base within helping fields and research; with a strong understanding of complex policy issues revolving around institutional/cultural discrimination. His research on disengagement from right wing extremism, and the role that institutional racism plays within violent right wing extremism, was partially funded through Public Safety Canada and has since proven to have both academic and practice based applications. Daniel’s international publications include academic journal(s), literary journal(s) and freelance pieces.

Canada was the first country to fund a radicalization prevention initiative, namely Extreme Dialogue, which Daniel has volunteered for as a consultant, steering committee member, coordinator and film subject. As the Director of Exit Canada, a non-profit that assists individuals to leave violent extremism, Daniel has worked with youth in Canada as an interventionist, exit strategist and de-radicalization counsellor. Daniel offers his services to a varying degree within schools, youth corrections and throughout Canada. His work has been facilitated without any funding whatsoever.

Daniel has presented, on a volunteer basis, to national security teams and prominent corporations and government actors in Canada, USA, and UK. Most recently Daniel was invited to UNESCO headquarters in Paris and to present at the Ontario Police College. His strong sense of social justice and protection of vulnerable peoples has led to the establishment of a strong professional voice and reputation as an advocate on issues that most people fear to publicly speak about. Through bridging lived experience with education, research and practice, Daniel Gallant offers a unique perspective on cultural values, social policy and re-considerations to ways of being.

Dr. Cynthia Baxter

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Dr. Cynthia Baxter is a well-known forensic psychiatrist and award-winning teacher. She completed her Medical Degree (with Distinction) in 1999 at the University of Alberta and then her Psychiatry Residency and Forensic Training at the University of Calgary. She is board certified in both Canada and the United States. She has been assessing and managing violent offenders and sex offenders for the criminal justice system, law enforcement, and the health care system since 2002. She has served as an expert witness in court around issues of violence, mental health, risk assessment, personality disorders, and psychiatry (both forensic psychiatry and general psychiatry). Dr. Baxter has been the recipient of numerous awards for teaching medical students, other physicians, and a variety of other professionals.

Rob Cardinal

rob CardinalRob Cardinal is a Research Associate in planetary science at the University of Calgary.  He is dedicated to helping First Nations students achieve their own success, and has recently teamed up with various Non-Profit groups in Calgary to promote a Stay In School Initiative to help Aboriginal youth finish high school and get into post secondary education. Rob is currently founding the First Light Initiative, which will install telescopes in First Nations communities as educational instruments to invigorate Aboriginal youth to succeed.

Rob was adopted off the Siksika Nation Blackfoot reserve in Southern Alberta as an infant, and was raised by a single mother in Edmonton and Rocky Mountain House. Rob was a high school dropout who eventually overcame poverty, substance abuse, and a major depression in his youth allowing him to eventually complete his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria in 2000.  He currently lives in South Calgary with his wife and two sons.

Marni Panas

Marni PanasMarni Panas is married to a wonderful woman, Laurina. Together, Marni & Laurina are proud parents to two special boys. Marni is an Engagement & Patient Experience professional with Alberta Health Services and has dedicated her career to the improvement of experiences for patients their families and staff. She has recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and is currently working towards her graduate degree.

Marni is a transgender woman who has completed her transition socially and professionally on April 8th, 2014. She has been very transparent throughout her journey in the hopes of fostering acceptance through education and respectful dialogue.

Marni has been invited to share her experiences and expertise in community engagement, facilitation, Patient & Family Centred Care, loss, and inclusive health and cultural safety for LGBTQ* patients and their families locally, nationally and internationally. She is a regular lecturer at Edmonton’s universities. She has consulted with the City of Edmonton, City of Red Deer, Edmonton Police Service, MacEwan University, local school boards, community services organizations, health care professional colleges and societies, corrections facilities, corporations, and other institutions on public engagement and development of inclusive spaces and services for our diverse population. She often appears in local print, radio and television media discussing a variety of topics that affect the community in which she lives. She appeared regularly as a member of the CTV Morning Live (Edmonton) political panel and currently appears as a member of the CityTV (Edmonton) Dinner Television parent panel.

As an engaged member of her community, she received the Human Rights award from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, has recently been nominated as an Edmonton YWCA Woman of Distinction and named a Camrose Composite High School Alumnus of Distinction for her commitment to creating a community where diversity is not only accepted, but celebrated. A community that is safe for others to be their authentic selves.

Adrian LaChance

Adrian LaChance

Adrian LaChance is a Plains Cree from James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and has been a helper for 20 years in regards to cultural awareness & healing through song & dance. Mr. LaChance has traveled throughout the world sharing the traditional teachings of the elders to bring people together in a good meaningful way.




Stacey Bourque

Stacey will present on Fentanyl, other opiates, depressants, and stimulants. she will focus on overdose prevention, recognition, and response. She will also speak on the new Take Home Naloxone Program that has been introduced in the province as an attempt to curtail the alarming rate of Fentanyl related overdose deaths in Alberta.


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