In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference scheduled for June 5th and 6th in Halifax was cancelled. We’d like to thank the organizers, committee members and sponsors for their work and support of the conference.

Although the traditional conference was cancelled, we were able to partner with the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) and offer a Canadian content stream in their 2020 virtual conference on the theme of “Strengthening integrated care to meet complex needs" (October 7-10, 2020). We’d like to thank the CFHA for this unique opportunity.

We thank the presenters who adapted to the new virtual format and shared Canadian innovations and insights in integrated and collaborative care with an international audience. Knowledge exchange related to the Canadian content in the virtual conference was generously supported by a contribution from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI).

The success of this creative collaboration in 2020 inspired an even more integrated virtual conference in partnership with CFHA in 2021. We are excited to continue to develop opportunities to learn from each other and proudly share our efforts in integrated and collaborative care in Canada. Our joint virtual conference was held October 19-23, 2021 ( 

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Sari Ackerman at

We thank you for continuing to support the conference and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Conference co-chairs:

Drs. Nadiya Sunderji and Maria Patriquin

2020 Conference Committee Members:

Dr. Nick Kates MD.BS FRCPC MCFP(hon)
Chair Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Co-Chair CPA/CFPC Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care in Canada

Dr. Nadiya Sunderji MD MPH FRCPC
Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, cross-appointment Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Associate Scientist, Waypoint Research Institute
Affiliate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Coordinator, Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference and Member, CPA/CFPC Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care in Canada
Co-editor, Families, Systems, & Health

Dr. Maria Patriquin MD CCFP FCFP
Living Well Integrative Health Center, Founder & Director

Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University
Physician Lead Nova Scotia Group Medical Visits & Group Psychotherapy in Family Medicine
CPA/CFPC Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care Member
CFPC Mental Health Committee Atlantic Canada Representative
CPS Strategic Mental Health Task Force Advisor
Editorial Advisory Board, Canadian Family Physician

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley, Ph.D. Registered Psychologist
Director, Behaviour Change Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Adjunct Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary's University

Dr. Tara Sampalli Ph.D.
Senior Scientific Director NSHA
Director of Research and Innovation, Primary Health Care NSHA
Assistant Professor Medical Informatics, Dalhousie University

Dr. Allan Abbass MD FRCPC
Professor and Director
Centre for Emotions and Health
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Canada

Thank you to all the presenters and attendees at the 2020 virtual conference held with our sister organization CFHA on October 7th to 10th.  More information is available here

The committee extends a special thanks to Sascha Patel for designing the 2020 conference logo.