Lunch & Learn Panelists

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ModeratorSteve McAllister

Steve McAllister, Managing Editor – Sports, Yahoo Canada

Steve McAllister has worked in the Canadian sports media/communications industry for the past 35 years, most currently as the Managing Editor of Yahoo’s Canadian sports property ( A native of Prescott, ON, McAllister has held a variety of positions with some of the country’s most prominent media/sports entities, including The Canadian Press, Tennis Canada, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, The Globe and Mail and Yahoo. Among his career highlights is covering the Toronto Blue Jays’ back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993, and coordinating coverage of the last three Olympic Games for Yahoo Canada in Vancouver, London and Sochi, Russia. The father of three children is a former Level V hockey official with Hockey Canada, and has coached both boys and girls hockey in Brampton and Caledon over the past 15 years. @yahoomac

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Madalyn Marcus, PhD, CPsych, Clinical Psychologist, Young Adult Eating Disorders Program, Southlake Regional Health Centre

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Dr. Marcus is a Clinical Psychologist in the Young Adult Eating Disorders Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre. She also works at Broadview Psychology, a private practice clinic in Toronto, Ontario, and is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Psychology at York University. She has extensive experience in psychological assessment and treatment of individuals with diverse clinical concerns including eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, trauma, self-harm behaviour, and interpersonal and adjustment related difficulties. She provides individual and group therapy, as well as comprehensive psychological assessments including cognitive and personality assessments. Her main research involves understanding and improving treatment access and help-seeking for mental health concerns. Her research has been presented at international conferences and published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. @madpsych

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Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychological Trauma Program, Work, Stress & Health Program, CAMH & Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UofT

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Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a Clinical Psychologist at the Work, Stress and Health Program/Psychological Trauma Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She provides evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment for Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and PTSD and on psychological distress/stress/depression and anxiety in the workplace. She provides multidisciplinary education, consultation, and supervision as well as talks/education/workshops to organizations regarding workplace mental health issues. One of her greatest interests is to provide education to the public to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental health in the workplace, and to promote mental health and well-being. She has written numerous articles for various comprehensive public resources and has provided numerous Public Relations / TV Media Work, including launching mental health series, being a former Health Blogger for CTV Health News and currently a Mental Health Blogger for CP24. @DrKatyKamkar

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Mark Allen, Ontario Director, Respect Group, Respect in Sport Program

Mark Allen served with the Ontario Provincial Police for nearly 35 years, retiring as the Inspector responsible for Crime Prevention in Ontario. During Mark’s career he took a strong leadership role through the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, to ensure police and education worked closely, to help keep kids safe and engage police in the lives of young people. Mark lead the Provincial Lockdown Working group, which resulted in Ontario becoming the first province in Canada, to establish mandatory lockdown plans for all schools. Mark worked closely with many school boards in the area of violence threat risk awareness and the importance of a positive school climate. Mark was also involved in issues related to police response to individuals with mental health issues. A key aspect of Mark’s work, focused on abuse prevention, awareness and education, relating to children, adults (both male and female), domestic violence and elder abuse. Mark has been a strong advocate for victims and the prevention of victimization. As a Detachment Commander for fifteen years, Mark worked closely at the grass roots level, with the communities he served. In retirement, Mark has served as a National Trainer for the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response, as the Director of Public Safety for the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, and is currently the Ontario Director for Respect Group Inc., co-founded by Sheldon Kennedy, a former NHL player who was sexually abused by his junior hockey coach. @RespectGroup

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Sarah Gallsworthy, P.A.R.T.Y. Program Coordinator,Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Sarah Gallsworthy has been involved with sport and recreation for more than 20 years. Before moving to Toronto 8 years ago, she worked in recreation for the city of Victoria in her home province of beautiful British Columbia. Sarah also has experience with multi-sport games, sport development, education and youth leadership training. She is a master trainer with High Five, certified to facilitate Strengthening Children’s Mental Health trainings, and a Physical Literacy trainer and champion with Sport for Life. Sarah now works in injury prevention at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where she brings her sport and recreation background to the health care environment. @sgallsworthy 



Jacob Morris

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Jacob Morris, a Toronto-based freelance producer and main subject in the documentary Run to Wellness, a Canada-wide running campaign for mental health. An Instagram enthusiast, loves all things travel, running, food and happens to be living with depression and anxiety. @RuntoWellness

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Darnell Girard, recent graduate of University of Toronto

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Darnell is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto where he participated on both the Varsity Football and Track & Field teams while completing his HBSc with a focus in Human Biology and Molecular Biology. Born and raised in Windsor, ON, Girard has been involved as a mental health advocate in various forms throughout his 5 years in Toronto. He has volunteered with the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative’s (SAMHI) University of Toronto Campus Team and is currently employed at, a Toronto-based registered Canada charity that is dedicated to ending the silence surrounding mental health. A vocal leader at the University of Toronto, Darnell was a scholarship athlete who served as the co-chair of the school’s Varsity Athletics Board among other commitments, and graduated as a 3x CIS Academic All-Canadian and the recipient of the university’s George M. Biggs Trophy, awarded to the graduating student-athlete who has contributed the most to the university athletics from the standpoint of the leadership, sportsmanship, and performance. @mentally_tough

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