Rose LeMay, CFNHM

CEO, The Indigenous Reconciliation Group

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Rose LeMay is Tlingit, her mother is from the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, Crow Clan, and her father was from Carcross/Tagish. Rose received the name Bi’di from Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Oastakalagalis 'Walas 'Namugwis (Peter Knox) from T’asix’s (Fort Rupert) and his wife Mabel Knox.

Rose is an unrelenting champion for the inclusion and well-being of Indigenous peoples. As a facilitator and trainer in cultural competence and antiracism, she has supported thousands of Canadians from coast to coast to coast in deepening their understanding of and capacity for reconciliation. As a keynote speaker she takes people through difficult topics of racism and reconciliation to find common ground and hope for the future. Rose has a regular column in The Hill Times, a news service covering federal politics and government in Canada. Rose has over 20 years of experience in policy and program development in health and mental health in public and non-profit sectors. She was the founding chair of the Wharerātā Group, an international network of Indigenous leaders and their allies working in mental health and addictions. She is a Certified First Nations Health Manager, certified in Prosci Change Management, and a finalist for the 2021 Global Pluralism Award.

Greetings & Welcome Messages

Regional Chief Kluane Adamek

Assembly of First Nations, Yukon Region

Dr. Brendan Hanley

Yukon Member of Parliament


Lisette Dufour, RDH

Senior Oral Health Advisor, Office of the Chief Dental Officer of Canada/Public Health Agency of Canada

Lisette is a registered dental hygienist who graduated in 1985 from Cambrian College in Ontario. She is the senior oral health advisor in the Office of the Chief Dental Officer of Canada. One of her main files is the implementation of the next oral health component of the Statistics Canada Canadian Health Measures Survey 2022–2024. Lisette has been employed by the federal government in its health portfolio for the past 17 years. She held management roles at the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB), where she was given the mandate to implement the National Dental Predetermination Centre from 2012 to 2015. Lisette also took a leading role in the management of the First Nations and Inuit Oral Health Surveys 2008–2010 as well as with the Children's Oral Health Initiative (COHI). Prior to joining the federal public service, Lisette worked in the insurance industry as a dental claims specialist. She also practised clinically for 17 years in Northern Ontario and in the National Capital Region and was a part-time clinician/clinical coordinator in the dental hygiene program at a community college for 10 years while also being involved with the profession on the regulatory and certification fronts.

Sheri McKinstry, BSc, BSc(Dent), DMD, MPH, MDent/DipPD, FRCD(C)

Indigenous Dental Association of Canada

Wabishki mitadim ojichidaa ikwe/ White horse warrior woman is a member of Sagkeeng First Nation, located on Treaty 1 Territory in Manitoba. Her family originates in Manitoba, including Sagkeeng First Nation, Little Black River First Nation, St. Peter's/Peguis First Nation, Fisher River First Nation, and Bad Throat/Manigotagan communities. Sheri is a pediatric dentist and founder of the Indigenous Dental Association of Canada. She completed a Bachelor of Science in 2001, a Bachelor of Science in Dentistry and Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2005, a Master of Public Health in 2017, and Master of Dental Medicine in 2020. She completed her residency in pediatric dentistry in 2020, sat the National Dental Specialty Examination in 2020, and the Royal College of Dentists of Canada Fellowship examination in 2021. Sheri is Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Devika Pandey, MA

Senior Manager of Learning and Knowledge Solutions, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Devika has over nine years of professional experience in recruitment, research, and learning and development. With a background in psychology, human resources, and leadership studies, Devika brings a wealth of knowledge on legislation and leading practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace to her presentations. She has facilitated workshops, panels, and webinars on topics such as building safe & brave spaces, antiracism, unconscious bias, cultural competence, and inclusive leadership.

Rob Tanguay, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPC, CISAM, CCSAM

Chief Medical Officer, The Newly Institute

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Robert, a psychiatrist, is a founder and Chief Medical Officer of The Newly Institute. He has completed two fellowships—one in addiction medicine and one in pain medicine—and is a clinical assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and surgery at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Huw Williams, MBA

President, Impact Public Affairs

Huw is the president of Impact Public Affairs and specializes in government and media relations. With extensive experience in print and broadcast media, he has appeared frequently as a corporate spokesperson on CBC and CTV national news. Huw’s government experience is diverse, having served as acting chief of staff to the deputy prime minister of Canada. He authored A Government Relations Guide for Directors of Non-Profit Organizations, published by the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE). Huw holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts (political science) from the University of Calgary. He has also completed studies at the Université de Tours in France and is bilingual.

Panel Presenters

To be announced