The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research works to enhance the health and well-being for the diverse population of Canada's military personnel, Veterans, public safety personnel and their families. By engaging academic and government research resources, fostering new research, and promoting knowledge translation, CIMVHR plays a crucial role in addressing this population's unique risks and needs.
Annually, CIMVHR Forum serves as a platform for thought leaders across various sectors to exchange insights, collaborate, and showcase advancements in research and ideas for the betterment of our military personnel, Veterans and their families.
CIMVHR Forum 2024 will take place on October 21-23 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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CIMVHR Forum 2023
CIMVHR Forum 2023 - October 16-18 in Ottawa Gatineau
The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) hosted its 13th annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum in Ottawa-Gatineau. This event featured over 850 attendees that had an opportunity to view over 250 presentations, including current research from over 190 government and academic researchers. Making this our largest Forum to date.
Monday morning opened at CIMVHR Forum with over 200 individuals attending The Families Roundtable entitled Families of military personnel, Veterans, and public safety personnel are the strength beside the uniform, doing their part to ensure the safety and security of Canada, at home and abroad. Following the well-attended roundtable, CIMVHR Forum kicked off with a panel discussion title We stand on guard: Integrating and advancing Veteran and public safety personnel research and care, which was moderated by Dr. Nicole Sadler, Head of Policy and Practice, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. Panelists included: Brent MacIntyre, Ottawa Police Services; LCol (Retd) Alexandra Heber, Chief of Psychiatry, Veterans Affairs Canada; ; Stephanie Priest, Acting Director General, Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Public Health Agency of Canada; Dr. Heidi Cramm, Professor of Occupational Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Research Lead, Families Matter Research Group, Queen’s University, Head of Family Research Strategy, CIMVHR; and Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Regina. The group discussed the important work being done on the evolution and intersections between military and veteran and public safety personnel mental health research, treatment services and policies, and what we have learned over recent years.
The Surgeon General of the Canadian Armed Forces, MGen Marc Bilodeau, introduced the 2022 recipient of the Sir Frederick Banting Award, Chris M. Edwards PhD (Cand). Chris M. Edwards is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa working under the supervision of Dr. Kristi Adamo who delivered a keynote presentation titled Does a History of Childbirth Impact Musculoskeletal Injury in Female Military Members?
Monday evening ended with a special discussion with the Surgeon General and Commander of the Medical Forces Command, Armed Forces Ukraine who highlighted the medical challenges and innovations implemented by the Ukraine medical services over the first 18 months of the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian war.
The second day of CIMVHR Forum began with Col. C. Forestier, OMM, MSC, CD, MD
Director Health Services Strategic Concepts, Canadian Forces Health Services Group introduced Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux to deliver a keynote presentation entitles Building Health System Resilience: Is Canada Ready?. Dr. Bourdeaux is the Research Director, Program in Global Public Policy and Social Change, Co-chair, Berkman Klein Center, Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response, Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
On the final day of CIMVHR Forum, Mr. Nathan Svenson, Research Director at Veteran Affairs Canada, introduced the final keynote speaker Dr. Sumitra Muralidhar who presented on The Million Veteran Program: Advancing Precision Healthcare at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Muralidhar is the Director of Million Veteran Program (MVP); U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
CIMVHR Forum 2022
CIMVHR Forum 2022 – October 17 to 19 in Halifax, NS
The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) co-hosted its 12th annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary's University. The sold-out event returned to an in-person format for the first time since 2019, with 550 people in attendance and over 200 research presentations.
New to CIMVHR Forum, the Monday morning started with over 100 delegates participating in the CIMVHR, and Vanier Institute Family Roundtable entitled What about the families? A partnership to enhance services and supports for families of military, veterans, and public safety personnel. Following the early morning session, Forum kicked off with a panel discussion titled Culture Change: More Than Just a Checklist, which was moderated by Col (Retd) Heather Thorne-Albright, a Veteran who served in the forces for more than 39 years. Panellists included: Chief Warrant Officer Bob McCann, Command Chief Warrant Officer, Professional Conduct and Culture, Canadian Armed Forces; Dr. Maya Eichler, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair, Mount Saint Vincent University; Dr. Karen Davis, Defence Scientist, Director General, Military Personnel Research and Analysis, and Research Lead for the Chief, Professional Conduct and Culture, National Defence Canada; and Vaughn Charlton, Director General, Action Innovation and Modernization, Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Later that day, the Surgeon General of the Canadian Armed Forces, MGen Marc Bilodeau, introduced the 2021 recipient of the Sir Frederick Banting Award, Dr. Stacey Silins. Dr. Silins is a Defence Scientist with the Director Research Personnel and Family Support, Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis, Military Personnel Command in the Department of National Defence, who delivered a keynote presentation titled Making a difference: The value of lived experience research in understanding and responding to sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
On October 18th, the plenary session featured Ms. Seileen Mullen, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs within the U.S. Department of Defense. The keynote focused on Women in the Military: Equity and Health Equity.
On the final day of Forum, Mr. Nathan Svenson, Research Director at Veteran Affairs Canada, introduced the final keynote speaker Dr. Samir Sinha, who presented on Addressing our Coming of Age for Canada’s Veterans. Dr. Sinha is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, the Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health, and the University Health Network Director of Health Policy Research at the National Institute on Ageing.
Virtual Forum 2021
The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) hosted for its 11th annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum in September and October 2021. With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of CIMVHR's stakeholders, the annual event pivoted to an entirely virtual format for the first time.
The Virtual Forum kicked off on September 29 with encouraging remarks from the Surgeon General of the Canadian Armed Forces, MGen Marc Bilodeau. who recognized CIMVHR’s outstanding work over the past decade. Following the Surgeon General’s comments, the 2019 Sir Frederick Banting Award recipient’s keynote presentation was delivered by Dr. Ruth Lanius from Western University. The presentation was titled: Moral Injury Wounds Run Deep: Implications for Treatment. The newly appointed Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada, Paul Ledwell, addressed the delegation and thanked CIMVHR and researchers for their thought and collaboration that will impact our serving members and Veterans. As the kick-off event wrapped up, Dr. David Pedlar took the opportunity to announce the newest CIMVHR Fellow, LCol Andrew Beckett. The Fellows program started in 2016 to recognize the leaders who demonstrate exceptional research advancements within the field of military, Veteran, and family health and well-being. We look forward to working with LCol Beckett in the future.
On October 5, the virtual poster session hosted 64 research presentations. Researchers and attendees communicated through chat boxes to discuss the research.
Throughout CIMVHR Virtual Forum, 64 oral presentations were divided into four population streams, which took place every Thursday throughout October. Each event opened with a keynote presentation pertinent to the topic of the day, followed by two streams of research presentations.
THE UK DEFENCE MEDICAL SERVICES POST COVID-19 RECOVERY, REHABILITATION AND RESEARCH PROGRAMME
Gp Capt Alex Bennett, PhD, Professor of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Research and Clinical Innovation, HQ Joint Medical Group, Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation, DMRC, and
LCol David Holdsworth, MA, DPhil, Consultant Cardiologist and General Physician, Clinical Lead DMS COVID-19 Recovery Service (DCRS)
INNOVATIONS IN THE TREATMENT OF PTSD: FROM PSYCHEDELICS TO VIRTUAL REALITY
Barbara O. Rothbaum, PhD, ABPP, Professor in Psychiatry, Director, Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology, Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research, School of Medicine
CIMVHR Virtual Forum featured over 130 research presentations chosen from 192 abstract submissions. Under the guidance of Drs. Pedlar, Groll and Thompson, Co-Chairs of the CIMVHR Forum Scientific Committee, the agenda was a high-quality and diverse representation of military, Veteran, family and public safety personnel health research happening across Canada and around the world.
The Student and Post-doctoral Engagement Committee (SPEC) hosted their annual networking social in a virtual format this year. This event is designed to allow emerging researchers to network and connect. This year, the SPEC executive committee encouraged the attendees to apply to their open elections throughout October and November.
Annually at Forum, a group of researchers are recognized during the award ceremony. At CIMVHR Virtual Forum 2021, three researchers were recognized:
Awarded annually for military health research and sponsored by the True Patriot Love Foundation. The Banting Award honours Major Sir Frederick Banting- a world renowned physician, Nobel Prize winner and researcher who discovered insulin. The award recognizes high quality Canadian research that addresses military health issues.
- 2021 Recipient:
- Stacey Silins, PhD, for the research Exploring the lived experiences of members impacted by sexual misconduct in the CAF: Impacts and the threat of secondary harm.
MILITARY FAMILY HEALTH RESEARCH AWARD
The Vanier Institute’s Military and Veteran Family Initiative’s Colonel Russell Mann Award recognizes high quality Canadian research that increases our understanding of military and Veteran family health. The award is named after Colonel Russell Mann, a recognized national leader and strong voice for military and Veteran families in Canada and a key supporter of the Military and Veteran Family Initiative.
- 2021 Recipient:
- Lynda Manser, MA, for the research The State of Military Families in Canada: A Scoping Review and for Relocation Experiences: The Experiences of Military Families with Relocations Due to Postings – Survey Results, as well as for her subsequent knowledge mobilization efforts. This research, along with her work on Services for Military and Veteran Families: The 2020+ Strategic Framework.
STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD
Presented to the best student researcher presentation at CIMVHR Virtual Forum 2021.
- 2021 Recipient:
- Massimo Cau, MSc, UBC, for the research Minimally Invasive Delivery of CounterFlow Hemostatic Powder Extends Survivability in a Model of Non-Compressible Truncal Hemorrhage in Swine
JOURNAL OF MILITARY, VETERAN AND FAMILY HEALTH
EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARD
Awarded to a researcher whose poster presentation at the CIMVHR Virtual Forum 2021 made an exceptional contribution to military, Veteran and family health research.
- 2021 Recipient:
- Shawn Rhind, PhD and team, for the research Peripheral blood neurological injury biomarker profiles are elevated in Canadian Special Operations Forces snipers following heavy weapons training.
We are grateful to the researchers who presented, the sponsors who supported, and all the delegates from Canada, the United States, and worldwide – CIMVHR Virtual Forum 2021 helped advance military, Veteran, and family health research. Thank you all for serving those who serve us.
At Forum 2019, four new CIMVHR Fellows were announced. Fellows are recognized for their leadership and demonstrated exceptional research advancements within the field of military, Veteran and family health and well-being. L to R: Dr. Stéphanie Bélanger, CIMVHR; Dr. Homer Tien, Orgne; Dr. Sanela Dursun, DRDC; Col Rakesh Jetly, Canadian Armed Forces; and Dr. David Pedlar, CIMVHR. Absent from photo: Dr. Luc J. Hébert, Université Laval
In October 2019, the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) hosted its 10th Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum. This special year in the history of Forum was held in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and attracted the largest-ever delegation.
Ms. Nora Spinks once again brilliantly kicked off the event by moderating a panel discussion. Dr. Jitender Sareen, Dr. Sanela Dursun and Ms. Lacey Cranston discussed “Investing in Impact: The role of research in the lives of military members, veterans and their families."
The Forum agenda featured over 240 research presentations that were chosen from 325 abstract submissions. Under the guidance of Drs. Heidi Cramm and R. Nicholas Carleton, Co-Chairs of the CIMVHR Forum Scientific Committee, the agenda was a high-quality and diverse representation of military, Veteran and family health research happening across Canada and around the world.
Keynote presenters at Forum 2019 included:
Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD: Integrated Comprehensive Pain Management in the US Military and VA
Rob Riddell, MD: From Far Forward to Far Out: Special operations and deep space health care
An element of CIMVHR Forum is to celebrate emerging scholars in the field with an event hosted by the Student and Post-Doctoral Engagement Committee. This networking event is designed to allow students to meet one another and to connect with stakeholders and leading researchers in the field. The event was supported by Wounded Warriors Canada.
Other student recognition at Forum 2019 included Ashley Williams, Queen’s University, who was awarded the Wounded Warriors Doctoral Scholarship in Military and Veteran Health Research for her research From Canadian Forces Health Services to the Civilian Heath Care System: A Study of Veteran Health Transition. In addition, Kaitlin Sullivan, University of British Columbia, was awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Master’s Scholarship in Veteran Health Research for her research Identifying neuronal subpopulation participation across the stages fear memory.
New this year: Jordana Sommer, University of Manitoba, received the inaugural Dr. Mark Zamorski Award for the research A Longitudinal Population-Based Examination of Comorbid Relationships Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Physical Health Conditions Among Canadian Military Personnel. Honouring the legacy of Dr. Mark Zamorski, the award is presented annually to a postgraduate student to enhance their specialization in epidemiological and mental health problems in military personnel, Veterans and /or their families.
Four CIMVHR Fellows were announced at Forum 2019. The program started in 2016 as a way to recognize the leaders who demonstrate exceptional research advancements within the field of military, Veteran and family health and well-being. The 2019 CIMVHR Fellows are Dr. Sanela Dursun, Dr. Luc J. Hébert, Col Rakesh Jetly and Dr. Homer Tien.
A long-standing tradition at Forum is to announce a series of research awards in the final session. The following awards were presented at Forum 2019:
Sponsored by Homewood Health
Awarded to Robin Campbell, PhD (Cand) Dalhousie University, Health, Occupational Therapy, Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Navy, After the Alarm: Navigating community assets to cope with occupational stress.
The Colonel Russell Mann, Military Family Health Research Award
Sponsored by The Vanier Institute of the Family
Awarded to Valerie Wood, PhD, Queen's University, Reunited, but he’s not Meeting my Needs: Spouses’ attachment anxiety and conflict post-deployment
The Editors’ Choice Award
Sponsored by the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health
Awarded to Stephanie Houle-Johnson, University of Ottawa, Impact of Potentially Morally Injurious Experiences in the Canadian Forces: A multi-method analysis
The Student Research Award
Sponsored by VIA Rail Canada
Awarded to Jennifer Drummelsmith, MA, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Mental Health Needs and Perceptions of Incarcerated Canadian Veterans
The Major Sir Frederick Banting MC, RCAMC Award
Sponsored by True Patriot Love Foundation
Awarded to Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Western University, Alpha Neurofeedback as an Adjunct Treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A randomized controlled trial
We are grateful to the researchers who presented, to the sponsors who supported, and all the delegates from Canada, the United States and around the world – CIMVHR Forum 2019 helped advance military, Veteran and family health research. Thank you all for serving those who serve us. Join us October 19-21, 2020 as we take CIMVHR Forum to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The 9th Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum was held in Regina from October 15-17, 2018. Our co-host, the University of Regina, is home to the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment. Given this collaboration, CIMVHR Forum 2018 featured over 200 research presentations on health research for military, Veterans, public safety personnel and their families.
Our 2018 conference kicked off with a warm welcome from Regina-Wascana MP and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness The Honourable Ralph Goodale as well as an address from Mr. Stephane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. The very first scientific presentation was presented as a Panel on Advanced Analytics moderated by Ms. Nora Spinks and featuring panelists Dr. Lisa Patton, Dr. Alex Singer and Dr. Cathy Boscarino. Over the course of the 3 days, we also heard from remarkable keynote and featured speakers, in order of appearance: RAdm H.C. Edmundson, Dr. Benjamin Dunkley, Dr. James MacKillop and Dr. Andrew Cap.
Our annual Forum is where delegates from all around the world gather to hear top research in the field of military, Veteran and family health. Each year, CIMVHR brings together academia, government, industry, philanthropy, clinicians, and decision-makers to improve the lives of our serving members and their families. Forum also offers workshops designed to engage and develop emerging research fields. CIMVHR Forum is the premier event bringing the latest military, Veteran and family health research to those who develop practices, policies and programs.
CIMVHR Forum 2018 celebrated emerging scholars in the field of military, Veteran and family heath at the 2nd Annual Student and Post-Doctoral Engagement Committee Networking Event sponsored by Wounded Warriors Canada. Two students in particular were highlighted at Forum: Stephanie Houle-Johnson, PhD Cand., University of Ottawa and Mr. Massimo Cau, MA Cand., University of British Columbia. Ms. Houle-Johnson was awarded the Wounded Warriors Doctoral Scholarship in Military and Veteran Health Research and Mr. Cau was awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Master’s Scholarship in Veteran Health Research.
CIMVHR Forum 2018 welcomed a new Board Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Taylor, University of Alberta. The institute also appointed its 8th fellow, Dr. Christian Kastrup, University of British Columbia. Dr. Kastrup, as a fellow, joins a remarkable group of researchers who demonstrate exceptional research advancements within the field of military, Veteran and family health.
To recognize the outstanding research presented over the 3 days, five awards were presented to researchers and their teams for their outstanding presentations at CIMVHR Forum 2018. This year, Robert Hawes, PhD Cand., Canadian Forces Health Services Group (CF H Svcs Gp), received the prestigious Banting Award sponsored by True Patriot Love; Ryan Van Slyke, Syracuse University, received the Via Rail Student Research Award; Lieutenant Colonel Suzanne Bailey, CF H Svcs GP, received the Homewood Mental Health Treatment Award; Dr. Deborah Norris, Mount St. Vincent University, received the Colonel Russell Mann, Military Family Health Research Award sponsored by The Vanier Institute of the Family; and Alina Protopopescu, PhD Cand.,, McMaster University, received the Journal of Military and Veteran and Family Health (JMVFH) Editors' Choice Award.
CIMVHR Forum 2019 will be in Ottawa Gatineau, October 21 to 23. See you next year in the nation’s Capital!
Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton, University of Regina, and Drs. Stéphanie Bélanger, David Pedlar and Heidi Cramm, CIMVHR.
CEO Invictus Games Toronto 2017, Michael Burns; CIMVHR Fellow, Dr. Alice Aiken; CIMVHR Researcher, Dr. Celina Shirazipour; His Highness Prince Harry; Invictus Games Athlete, Leading Seaman (ret) Stéphane Moreau; and CIMVHR Interim Co-Scientific Directors Drs. Heidi Cramm and Stéphanie Bélanger.
The Eighth Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, the official research partner of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, was held in Toronto from September 25 – 27, 2017. This marked CIMVHR’s largest conference to date, this is thanks to the 43 Canadian universities, 8 global affiliates, countless government researchers as well as many industry and philanthropic partners that make up the CIMVHR network.
Over the course of the event, 198 research presentations were delivered by 173 different researchers to over 600 delegates. Research presentation topics included: advances in primary and trauma care; gender differences in health, mental health and rehabilitation; novel health technologies; occupational health; physical health and rehabilitation; social health and wellbeing; and transition from military to civilian life.
Forum 2017 included pre- and post- Forum Research Theme Working Groups. The themes for these working groups included: Cannabis for medical use: exploring risks and possibilities; towards a better understanding of how and when musculoskeletal injuries occur – aiming for more effective preventative strategies; culture and diversity in relation to the mental and physical health of military personnel; transition and the family; and contemporary research with public safety personnel.
CIMVHR Forum 2017 was held in partnership with the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 showcased the power of human spirit in using adaptive sport in the recovery of ill or wounded service members and re-engagement with their families and communities. As the patron of the Invictus Games, His Royal Highness Prince Harry also came to Forum and spoke about his passion to change the lives of service members and their families through sport, and of the importance of research. A recording of his speech is available here.
Other keynote speakers at Forum 2017 included:
- The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence
- MGen Wayne Eyre, Deputy Commander, Military Personnel Command
- Warrant Officer (WO) Mark Jones, Joint Counter Explosive Threat Task Force, Canadian Armed Forces
- Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) The Honorable Roméo Dallaire, author and founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative
- Air Commodore Rich Withnall, Medical Director, UK Defence Medical Services
- Dr. Mark A. Williamson, Director General, Defence Research and Development Canada- Centre for Security Science
- Dr. Christian Kastrup, 2016 Banting Award Winner; Assistant Professor, UBC
- John W. Boerstler – Executive Director, NextOp.
Additional highlights of Forum 2017 included a presentation by Dr. Celina Shirazipour, Dalhousie University, on her research about the impact of adaptive sport on recovery for those wounded both physically and psychologically through military service. Dr. Christian Kastrup, 2016 Banting Award Winner, presented his innovative research on treating severe hemorrhage with self-propelling particles to the delegation at Forum.
Six new CIMVHR Fellows were named during Forum 2017: Dr. Deborah Norris, Mount Saint Vincent University; Dr. Don Richardson, Western University; Dr. Jacqueline Hebert, University of Alberta; Dr. Jitender Sareen, University of Manitoba; Dr. Bradford McFadyen, Laval University; and Dr. Tim Black, University of Victoria.
BGen Andrew Downes, Surgeon General presented the 2017 Banting Award for Military Health Research to Dr. Benjamin Dunkley, The Hospital for Sick Kids & University of Toronto, for his research Perception of Emotional Faces Induces Fear Circuit Hyper Connectivity in Soldiers with PTSD.
Several other research award winners were announced during Forum 2017. They included:
- Mr. Noel Lipana, the Homewood Mental Health Treatment Award for Treating Moral Injury and Posttraumatic Stress: Exploring a Model that Works;
- Dr. Alyson Mahar, the Colonel Russell Mann, Military Family Health Research Award for A Comparison of Mental Health Services use in Older Dependents and Spouses of Service Personnel in the Canadian Armed Forces to Age and Sex Matched Civilian Comparison Cohort;
- Mr. Daniel Cousineau-Short, the Via Rail Student Research Award for Fractures in the Canadian Armed Forces: Operational Impact, Cost and Opportunities for Injury Prevention;
- Dr. Richard M. Gray and Dr. Frank Bourke, the CIMVHR Silver Quill Award for Remediation of intrusive symptoms of PTSD in fewer than five sessions: a 30-person pre-pilot study of the RTM Protocol;
- Dr. Donna Pickering et al, the CIMVHR Editor’s Choice Award for A Qualitative Analysis of Factors Affecting Canadian Army Reservists Wellbeing
Thank you to all Forum delegates for your engaged participation, and to the Forum 2017 sponsors and volunteers for your commitment and generosity. With your continued support, CIMVHR is able to fulfill its mission to enhance the lives of Canadian military personnel, Veterans and their families by harnessing the national capacity for research.
The Seventh Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum was held in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore from 21 to 23 November 2016. Over the course of the three-day event, 175 research papers and posters were presented to a delegation of 600 people from the military, government, industry and academia. Further, 6 Research Theme Working Groups were organized on emerging research fields with the participation of over 250 delegates. Forum delegates also had the opportunity to hear from many distinguished keynote and featured speakers, including The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister for Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence; Lieutenant-General C. Whitecross, Chief of Military Personnel; Colonel Scott A. McLeod, Deputy Surgeon General; Lieutenant General the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Retired); Charles W Hoge, Colonel (retired), Author “Once a Warrior Always a Warrior”; Group Captain Rich Withnall, DACOS Health / Deputy Head RAF Medical Services and Defence Professor of General Practice & Primary Care; William P. Nash, MD, Director of Psychological Health, U.S. Marine Corps; and Dr. Deniz Fikretoglu, DRDC. As gala dinner keynote speakers, Forum 2016 hosted Captain (Retired) Trevor Greene, Journalist and the best-selling author of six books; and Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, BC Leadership Chair in Medical Technologies and Professor of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University.
Some of the Forum highlights include the recognition of exceptional members of the CIMVHR community for their contributions to the enhancement of research capacity on military, Veteran and family health across Canada. During the opening plenary, hosted by the interim co-scientific directors Drs. Stephanie Belanger and Heidi Cramm, Dr. Alice Aiken, Dean, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University and CIMVHR co-founder, was presented with the inaugural Certificate of Fellowship for her visionary leadership to CIMVHR and continued ambassadorship for the Institute. Furthermore, Lieutenant-Colonel Rob Poisson, Canadian Forces Health Services Group, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his visionary guidance and meritorious dedication to CIMVHR.
Annually at Forum, two prestigious scholarships are awarded to help support the next generations of researchers. This year, Ms. Linna Tam-Seto, Queen’s University was awarded the Wounded Warriors Doctoral Scholarship in Military and Veteran Health Research for her research on Enhancing health care providers' capacity to work effectively with Canadian military and Veteran families: A cultural competency model. As well, The Royal Canadian Legion Masters Scholarship in Veteran Health Research was awarded to Mr. Jeremiah Buhler, University of Manitoba, for his research on Efficacy of Online Chronic Pain for Military, RCMP, and Veterans: A Randomized Control Trial.
In addition to the annual Major Sir Frederick Banting Award sponsored by the True Patriot Love Foundation, a prestigious recognition from the Surgeon General for the best research presented on military health, four other awards were presented at Forum 2016: the Via Rail Student Research Award; the Homewood Mental Health Treatment Award; the Colonel Russell Mann, Military Family Health Research Award sponsored by The Vanier Institute of the Family; and the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health (JMVFH) Editors’ Choice Award. Dr. Christian Kastrup, University of British Columbia, received The Major Sir Frederick Banting Award; Alyson Mahar, PhD, Queen’s University/King’s College London, received the JMVFH Editors' Choice Award; Ms. Rachael Gribble, King’s College London, received the Via Rail Student Research Award; Dr. Allison Feduccia, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, received the Homewood Mental Health Treatment Award; and Dr. Heidi Cramm, Queen’s University, received the Colonel Russell Mann, Military Family Health Research Award.
Thank you to all Forum delegates, sponsors and volunteers for their dedication and commitment and for supporting CIMVHR to fulfill its mission, harness the national capacity of research to improve the health of Canada’s military personnel and their families: past, present and future.
Dr. Heidi Cramm; Hon. Judith Guichon, OBC; Dr. Richard Reznick; and Dr. Stéphanie Bélanger.
Dr. Stéphanie Bélanger, Gen (Retd) Walt Natynczyk, Dr. Alice Aiken
The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Forum 2015 was held at the Hilton Quebec in Quebec City from Nov. 23-25 featuring many remarkable keynote speakers: Hon. J. Michel Doyon, Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec; Gen (Retd) Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada; LGen Guy R. Thibault, Vice Chief of Defence Staff; BGen H.C. MacKay, Surgeon General/Commander CFHSG; Dr. Nicola Fear, Kings College London; Dr. Rory Cooper; University of Pittsburgh; and Dr. Stephen L. Fisher, University of Waterloo. Over the three-day event, there were 180 research presentations presented to a delegation of 600 people from the military, government, industry and academia.
During the opening plenary, Drs. Aiken and Bélanger were presented with the United States’ Four Chaplains’ Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion by Dr. Cooper; an award that recognizes exemplary individuals who have gone above and beyond in service to their community and nation.
Two prestigious scholarships are awarded at Forum every year to help fund the next generation of researchers. This year, The Royal Canadian Legion Masters Scholarship in Veteran Health Research was presented to Ms. Ashleigh Forsyth, Queen’s University, and the Wounded Warriors Doctoral Scholarship in Military and Veteran Health Research was presented to Ms. Helena Hawryluk, University of Calgary.
The 2015 recipient of the Major Sir Frederick Banting award, sponsored by the True Patriot Love Foundation was Dr. Deniz Fikretoglu, DRDC. Four additional awards were presented this year: the Student Research Award, sponsored by Via Rail Canada, was presented to Ms. Linna Tam-Seto, Queen’s University; the Mental Health Treatment Award, sponsored by Homewood Health Centre, was presented to Dr. Craig Bryan, University of Utah; the Military Family Health Research Award, sponsored by the Vanier Institute of the Family, was presented to Dr. Alla Skomorovsky, DND; and the Editors’ Choice Award, sponsored by the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, was presented to Ms. Andrea Stelnicki and Dr. Kelly Schwartz, University of Calgary.
To all Forum 2015 delegates, thank you for serving those who served us.
Forum 2014 was held in Toronto, ON and was extremely successful. During the Scientific Poster opening reception, Forum attendees had the honour of listening to an inspirational speech from CBC’s Rex Murphy, host of Cross Country Check Up. Rex spoke about the importance of serving those who serve us through evidence-informed practices, policies and programs.
Forum 2014 hosted many remarkable and memorable keynote speakers such as General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, who discussed how removing stigma around mental health is critical to developing resilience. Other Forum keynotes included, in chronological order of presentation, Françoise Mathieu, Director of Compassion Fatigue Solutions Inc.; Dr. Mark Zamorski, Forum 2013 Banting Award Winner; Dr. Terence M. Keane, from the National Center for PTSD; and The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Each year at Forum, attendees have the privilege of finding out the winners of two very prestigious scholarships offered through CIMVHR. This year, Wounded Warriors Canada announced that Celina Shirazipour, from Queen’s University, was the winner of the Wounded Warriors Doctoral Scholarship in Military and Veteran Health Research, while The Royal Canadian Legion announced former Reservist Brigitte Phinney, Carleton University, as the winner of the Royal Canadian Legion Masters Scholarship in Veteran Health Research. Good luck to both recipients, we look forward to seeing your research at future Forums.
The Forum 2014 delegation had the opportunity to see over 50 poster presentations and listen to over 115 podium presentations that touched on six distinctive themes relating to mental health and rehabilitation; physical health and rehabilitation; social health and wellbeing; occupational health; novel health technologies; and, transitioning from military to civilian life.
Dr. Stéphanie Bélanger, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Dr. Alice Aiken
After three consecutive 'sold out' conferences in Kingston, Ontario, CIMVHR and University of Alberta co-hosted the 4th annual Forum in Edmonton Alberta.
Our goal was to create a Forum for knowledge translation, networking and collaboration that would ultimately improve the health and well-being of our Canadian Military personnel, Veterans and their families – and thanks to the 125 researchers and 430 delegates from military, academia and industry – we believe that we achieved our goal!
A few highlights from Forum 2013 include: The Royal Canadian Legion announcing funding for a Masters Scholarship in Military and Veteran Health Research, Wounded Warriors announcing that Dr. Duncan Shields was awarded its Doctoral Scholarship funding, the release of "Beyond the Line" (McGill-Queen's University Press), CIMVHR's third book, and an impassioned keynote address by The Honourable Donald Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
To our delegates, presenters and sponsors, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your participation in and commitment to the Forum 2013.
In November 2012 the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) hosted its third annual Forum in Kingston, Ontario. The event hosted over 450 participants including international delegates, military personnel, keynote speakers, veterans, industry stakeholders and over 25 universities from across the country.
The event began with a poster session where the Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay, addressed the attendees with an encouraging message that began with his recognition for all of the hard work and dedication that the researchers of CIMVHR have contributed to the well-being of military personnel, Veterans and their families.
Forum 2012 highlights included: Museum of Health Care 1812 Display, the announcement of CIMVHR’s first official Board of Directors, and excellent networking opportunities. The highly interactive Forum featured 14 keynote speakers and top quality research.
As well, CIMVHR took the opportunity to celebrate the launch of their second collective, A New Coalition for a Challenging Battlefield; Military and Veteran Health Research, highlighting the top research presented at Forum 2011 and published by the Canadian Defence Academy Press. CIMVHR was pleased to announce that the 4th Annual Forum was going to be held in Edmonton, Alberta November 25-27, 2013.
Dr. Stéphanie Bélanger, The Honourable Peter MacKay, Dr. Alice Aiken
CIMVHR at the Ambassador Convention Centre on 27 Nov 2012. ©2012 DND-MDN Canada LGen (Ret'd), The Honourable Romeo Dallaire.
November 14th-16th 2011, the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) hosted the second annual Forum in Kingston, Ontario. The Forum hosted 400 researchers, national and international representatives, clinicians, military and civilian personnel, prominent keynote speakers, veterans and major stakeholders.
Highlights of the Forum included an interactive outdoor session by 1 Canadian Field Hospital, a $50 000.00 donation to CIMVHR from the Henderson Foundation, and the Gala dinner. The Forum featured 12 keynote speakers, 31 scientific posters were exhibited and 110 quality research papers were presented, focusing on significant aspects of mental health, operational and environmental health protection, rehabilitation, physical and mental, combat casualty care, transition from military to civilian life, and Health Care Policies and Programs.
CIMVHR is extremely proud to have hosted Forum 2011, but could not have done so without the committed support of the its Sponsors, as well as from the Canadian Forces Health Services Group, Veterans Affairs Canada and Defence Research and Development Canada.
In November 2010, Queen's and RMCC hosted the inaugural Forum. The Forum was designed as a first step in the process of creating a national institute for Military and Veteran Health Research. By all accounts, the gathering was a great success. This first Military and Veteran Health Research Forum sold out and hosted a delegation of 250 researchers, clinicians and others interested in military and Veteran health research. Delegates came from across Canada and abroad to share their research and meet colleagues with an interest in this area. The program was comprised of over 100 oral and poster presentations representing a wide range of research.
At the close of this first Forum, a select group of academic, military, and government advisors held the first official meeting of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR).
The MVHR Forum is thankful for the ongoing and committed support of its Sponsors, as well as from the Canadian Forces Health Services Group, Veterans Affair's Canada and Defence Research and Development Canada.