This year’s panel members are prominent on the local, provincial, national and international stage discussing issues related to family, community, vulnerability, loss, resiliency, recovery capital and impact.
Anne and Scott Oake - Gemini Award-winning Canadian sportscaster for CBC Sports, Sportsnet, and Hockey Night in Canada and his wife who lost their eldest son Bruce in 2011 to an accidental heroin poisoning and founded the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre in Winnipeg.
Joy Pavelich - Executive Lead, National Stakeholder Engagement, CMHA who lost her son Eric in 2013 when he took his own life at the age of 20.
Steffanie and Jan Gryckiewicz - Owners of a large earthwork, paving and concrete company in Calgary who lost their eldest son Michael in 2015 to accidental opioid poisoning.
Marshall Smith - Chief of Staff, Minister of Addiction & Mental Health, Government of Alberta speaking of firsthand recovery experience.
Stacey Petersen – Executive Director, Fresh Start, Moderator and host