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Lived Experience
Mike Cameron

Men’s Sheds: Who are Your Elders?

Have you ever felt that you didn’t quite “measure up” as a man? What if you were to step back for just a moment and ask yourself: “How many times today and in what ways did I hear “what men are like”? Think of the billboard advertisements, the social media posts, the meetings and conversations at work, the interactions of people on public transit, the messages above the urinals in public washrooms, the comments around your supper table and the playful joking with your buddies. But have you ever thought that “something just doesn’t seem quite right” about expectations surrounding what it means to be a man?

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Lived Experience
Mike Cameron

How Can Being a Dad Be Good for Your Health?

Have you ever felt that you didn’t quite “measure up” as a man? What if you were to step back for just a moment and ask yourself: “How many times today and in what ways did I hear “what men are like”? Think of the billboard advertisements, the social media posts, the meetings and conversations at work, the interactions of people on public transit, the messages above the urinals in public washrooms, the comments around your supper table and the playful joking with your buddies. But have you ever thought that “something just doesn’t seem quite right” about expectations surrounding what it means to be a man?

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First Responder
Mike Cameron

Building Support: The development of a grass-roots peer program.

OSI-CAN is a community-based peer support initiative, first created in January 2016, in Saskatchewan as a partnership between the Canadian Mental Health Association (SK) and The Royal Canadian Legion (Saskatchewan Command). OSI-CAN is designed to assist our military, first responder and public safety personnel through conscious connections and group support in dealing with Operational and Post Traumatic Stress.

In 2019, the program expanded to include Manitoba and the Alberta A.S.K peer support groups, with OSI-CAN now operating more than 20 groups across three provinces. The OSI-CAN Peer Support Initiative offers community-based peer support groups, family support groups, assistance with service dog acquisition and referrals to equine therapy programs.

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Mike Cameron

Suicide Survivor Stories

Session Description Wesley Jones and Salvi Cammarata are suicide prevention advocates, as well as suicide attempt survivors. In this session they will ask each other

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Camp Life
Mike Cameron

FIFO: Real Stories, Struggles and Victories from Remote Work Camp Life

FIFO work refers to remote camp work where workers are required to fly in and fly out to work and work away from home and their families.

This type of work poses unique challenges to workers and their families. The mental health struggles that can arise from the isolation from family, role transitions from work life to home life, societal stereotypes of masculinity and stigmas creating barriers to seeking help. We unpack all this through storytelling to give you a snapshot of FIFO life and to provide workers and their families with tools to thrive in this lifestyle. We are FIFO4REAL.

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Music
Mike Cameron

Jenesia Music

Music Soothes the Soul We are incredibly grateful to have Jenesia kicking off the 2nd annual Love Letter to Men Summit Between Jenesa’s sultry knockdown

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Mike Cameron

Dr. John Ogrodniczuk

In Conversation with Dr. John Session Description Last year we had lots of questions for Dr. Ogrodniczuk so this year we are going to open

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First Responder
Mike Cameron

Dan Sundahl – Post Traumatic Growth

Post-traumatic growth is more than recovering, it is about reconfiguration and becoming a better person than you were before the injury occurred. My journey from battling my demons to purging my nightmares in artwork is shared through images based on calls I have attended as a paramedic and firefighter. I will share how my job nearly destroyed my life and, although this is my story, you may connect with them through your own experiences and realize you are not alone in how you are feeling.

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Conference Host
Mike Cameron

Conference Host: Mike Cameron

Mike Cameron is a professional speaker who has performed on the TEDx stage twice. He is the author of “Becoming a Better Man”, as well as a serial entrepreneur and leadership coach. As a sales and leadership authority Mike has studied the impact that emotion has on human behavior for over 2 decades. In 2019 Mike sold his business and turned his expertise to lend his voice to help men better connect with themselves and others.

He is an ultramarathoner who loves nothing more than running hundred mile races for 30+ hours through the mountains.

He is the founder of Connect’d Men, an organization designed to create a safe space for men to practice emotional fitness. His 2018 CBC Op-Ed “Dear Men” has been shared over 125,000 times. His 2017 Tedx “The way men think of strong is wrong”, urges society to help redefine what it means to be a badass.

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