Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mark Olver, Ph.D., R.D. Psych

Dr. Olver is a Professor and Registered Doctoral Psychologist at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he is involved in program administration, graduate and undergraduate teaching, research, and clinical training. Prior to his academic appointment, Mark worked as a clinical psychologist in various capacities, including providing assessment, treatment, and consultation services to young offenders in the Saskatoon Health Region and with adult federal offenders in the Correctional Service of Canada. He has published over 125 journal articles and book chapters and his research interests include offender risk assessment and treatment, young offenders, psychopathy, and the evaluation of therapeutic change. He is co-developer of the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offene version (VRS-SO) and Violence Risk Scale-Youth Sexual Offense version (VRS-YSO), and he provides training and consultation services internationally in the assessment and treatment of sexual, violent, and psychopathic offenders. 

Dr. Joseph Ferencz, MD, Ph.D., FRCP(C)

Dr. Ferencz assumed the directorship in the Forensic Psychiatry Program at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital in 1993. in 2005 he became the head of the Schizophrenia Service at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and the Assistant Chief of Psychiatry between 2006 and 2011. He was the Interim Psychiatrist-in-Chief at St. Joseph's Healthcare in 2012 until 2014. in addition to his primary areas of practice, Dr. Ferencz worked as a staff psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Emergency Service between 1993 and 2013. He has since returned to the full-time practice of Forensic Psychiatry at the West 5th site of St. Joseph's Healthcare. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University 

Dr. Adelle Forth, Ph.D. 

Dr. Forth is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She worked with Robert Hare to develop the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and is the senior author of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV; Forth, Kosson & Hare, 2003). She is also the co-author of the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth, a risk scale for adolescent violence and has co-authored two textbooks, Forensic Psychology and Criminal Behaviour: A Canadian Perspective. Dr. Forth devotes her time to teaching forensic psychology and research on the assessment of psychopathy, the relationship between emotional and cognitive processes and psychopathy, victims of psychopathy, and violence risk assessment. She has extensive experience training a wide variety of professionals on the administration, scoring, and use of the PCL-R and PCL:YV throughout North America and Europe. Dr. Forth is noted for her organized, engaging and interactive presentational style. 

Dr. Bernice Downey, Ph.D. 

Dr. Downey is a woman of Ojibwe and Celtic heritage, a mother and a grandmother. She is a medical anthropologist with research interests in health, health literacy, and Indigenous Traditional knowledge and health/research system reform for Indigenous populations. Bernice is currently cross-appointed to the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and is the Indigenous Health Lead for the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. Most recently, she was awarded the Heart & Stroke Foundation - Canadian Institute of Health Research - Chair in Indigenous Women's Heart and Brain Health. Bernice's professional experience includes Sole Proprietor of her consulting company; 'Minoayawin - Good Health Consulting; Chief Executive Officer of the National Aboriginal Health Organization, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada. She is one of two Indigenous leads for the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, Canadian Reference group. As well as the Director and Research Associate of the Well Living House - Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. She was a member of the Canadian Institute of Health Research - Institute of Aboriginal Health, Advisory Board for six years. Bernice also successfully led the development of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute. She is an experienced administrator, facilitator, and an organizational and systemic change agent. She is also a life-long advocate in the work towards addressing the serious health inequities among Indigenous populations in Canada.

Dr. Tracy Bear, Ph.D 

Dr. Bear is a rabble-rouser, erotic warrior, Nehiyaw iskwêw (Cree woman) from Montreal Lake First Nation in northern Saskatchewan. She has a PhD in English and Film Studies and her dissertation: "Power In My Blood: Corporeal Sovereignty Through a Praxis of Indigenous Eroticanalysis" won the Governor General Gold Medal award in 2016. She is an Assistant Professor cross appointed with the Faculty of Native Studies and the Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. She is the Academic Lead and Professor of Record of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called ‘Indigenous Canada’ which was the most popular online course in Canada for 2017 and now has over 235,000 students registered. She the co-producer with Kim Tallbear and Kirsten Lindquist of an erotic, sexy storytelling and performance based show and Research-Creation Laboratory series project called Tipi Confessions. Tracy has been volunteering and teaching in prisons on and off since 2010 and has created a Walls to Bridges program that brings post-secondary credited courses to incarcerated Indigenous women at the Edmonton Institute for Women. She also the Director of the Indigenous Women & Youth Research Project.