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About the Silver Dinner

The Silver Dinner is Healthy Minds Canada’s annual gala event that raises funds for mental health and addiction research and education. The gala is also an opportunity to build awareness and share motivational success stories of people living with mental health issues.

The Silver Dinner originally started back in 1987 as a smaller day time event called the “President’s Luncheon” and was always held at The Four Seasons in Toronto.  By 2006, the event had become so popular that we moved both the time and the location and hosted our very first Silver Dinner.  But one thing remained constant – the event ALWAYS featured keynote speakers who talked about their personal experiences with mental illness and addiction.

For a full decade, the Silver Dinner regularly sold out, attracting over  600 guests year after year.  To date, the President’s Luncheons and Silver Dinners have raised over $8.5 Million towards mental health research and addictions research and education.

Please do have a look at our photos from previous dinners.


2014 Neil Pasricha


2013 Steven Page


2012 Derek “Turk” Sanderson


2011 Silken Laumann

Silken Laumann Photo(1)

2010 Joe “Pants” Pantoliano


2009 Mark Tewksbury


2008 Rona Maynard

Rona Maynard photo smaller

Healthy Minds Canada Board of Directors:
Michael Howlett (Chair)
Ali Spinner
Birks Bovaird
Benita Hemm
Cynthia C. Wesley-Esquimaux
David B. Feather
Sanjay Cherian
Stephen Griggs
Silver Dinner Committee:
Katie Barrett
Hans Bathija
Duane Brandow
Cynthia Cheng Mintz
Kimanda Fernandes
Michelle Ing
Melissa Jones
Marlene Kalchos
Sarah Lindsay
Joe MacDonald
Alex Motta
Christopher Napier
Lori O’Neill
Karen Santer
Susan Stefura
Richard Therrien
Philip James de Vries (Online Community Manager)
Chelsea Ricchio (Creative Projects and Communications Assistant)
Katie W. Robinette (Executive Director)
About HMC

About Healthy Minds Canada

Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) is a national charity in the mental health and addictions space with a mission to empower Canadians to take charge of their mental health by helping them identify issues early and navigating them to resources to achieve healthy outcomes faster. Since 1980, HMC has funded 400 research projects at 42 universities and teaching hospitals across Canada. HMC has reached over a hundred thousand people through knowledge transfer initiatives such as workshops, symposia, conferences, printed and online resources and hundreds of thousands more through social media.