CIMVHR Forum 2019 will have 5 workshops available to all registered Forum attendees. Each workshop will provide an excellent setting for collaboration and discussion with researchers across science, policy and practice who are interested in exploring the art of the possible. Subject matter experts, with relevant insight and experience in the theme areas, will help prompt engaged stakeholders to explore key issues relevant to the CIMVHR Network.


Workshops are offered to registered Forum 2019 delegates.

Registration fee per attendee per workshop: $30 (separate from Forum registration fee).

Registration for the morning workshops is now closed.
Each workshop has been registered to capacity. To be added to the waitlist, please email

Out of the Shadows: Living with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is highly stigmatized, especially among CAF Veterans and Public Safety Personnel, who are socialized to be tough, not to complain, and to “fight through” the pain. Developing chronic pain for which they need help, can feel like an ultimate failure. This workshop will present information on: the epidemiology of chronic pain in the Veteran population, a biopsychosocial approach to chronic pain management, a description of a Canadian network of Chronic Pain specialists who are working hard to help those who suffer, and first-person perspectives of what it’s like to live with chronic pain from the Veteran and family perspectives. The objectives of this workshop will be: to bring together a community of those living with chronic pain and those caring for them; to examine the experience of chronic pain; and to explore ways to live well with chronic pain.

Workshop Hosts:

Dr. Alexandra Heber, Veterans Affairs Canada
Dr. Jim Thompson, Queen's University

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (7:30AM-8:45AM)

Location: Salon du Jardin

Families in Transition: Integrating Research, Theory, and Policy

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss current understandings of how families transition from military to civilian life. Issues affecting the transition and gaps in research, theory, and policies focusing on veteran families will be identified. Outcomes of the workshop will increase awareness of the transition process as experienced by families and build capacity within the sectors engaged in supporting them.

Workshop Host:

Dr. Deborah Norris, Mount Saint Vincent University

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (7:30-8:45AM)

Location: Krieghoff

Unraveling challenges in mental health research using big data

The open registration for this workshop is now closed. However, if you feel you must attend, please contact Madelaine Meehan for more information.

CIMVHR and IBM are hosting this workshop to bring together academia, government, industry, and philanthropic partners who are engaged or interested in leveraging advanced analytics to improve the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions for Canadian military personnel, Veterans, and their families.

The workshop will present an opportunity to engage with CIMVHR researchers who are leading cutting-edge research using advanced analytics in the area of military, Veteran, and family health research. Attendees will also have the opportunity to collaborate and knowledge share with like-minded researchers and partners.

Workshop Host:

Mr. John Whitnall, IBM Canada Ltd.

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (7:30AM-8:45AM)

Location: Salon Royal

Work as Wellness; Purpose as Policy

Re-establishment to meaningful career, home, and community has been identified as a critical factor to historical successful veterans’ transition and, in particular, mental and physical wellness because it provides self-reliant purpose and self-worth. This workshop will explore the evidence supporting this thesis, how “re-establishment” not “compensation” was the focus of the Veteran’s Charter, whether that focus has been carried forward to today, and critically, workshop how government and the private sector can collaborate to effectively re-establish veterans to meaningful work in a 21st century context.

Workshop Host:

Mr. Joel Watson, University of New Brunswick and True Patriot Love Foundation

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (7:30-8:45AM)

Location: Krieghoff

Psychological Consequences of Exposure to Sexual Trauma During Military Service in Female-Identifying Canadian Military Members and Veterans

Exposure to sexual trauma during military service has been associated with increased rates of depression, substance use, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While it is well known that exposure to sexual trauma increases the risk of a host of negative disease courses and well-being factors in other populations, there is a lack of understanding regarding how exposure to sexual trauma affects Canadian female-identified military members and veterans alike. This workshop will engage interested participants to discuss the psychological consequences of exposure to sexual trauma during military service among Canadian service women and female-identified veterans, and will mobilize Canadian scholars, clinicians, and policy makers around this issue.

Workshop Hosts:

Dr. Margaret McKinnon, McMaster University
LCol (Ret'd) Alexandra Heber, Veterans Affairs Canada
Dr. Ruth Lanius, Western University
LCdr (Ret'd) Rosemary Park, Servicewomen’s Salute
LCol Suzanne Bailey, Canadian Forces Health Services Group

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (7:30AM-8:45AM)

Location: Salon du Jardin