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ASI 2022 - Together Again: Regenerating the power of connection

The ASI 2022 Forum will take place from August 22-24, 2022! This year’s theme will be “Together Again: Regenerating the power of connection”. ASI 2022 will be a hybrid event, with options for engagement both online and in person.


August 22-24, 2022


Charlottetown, PEI and online!



ASI 2022 Policy Forum

The ASI 2022 Forum will be held has a hybrid event from August 22-24 in Charlottetown, PEI, from the unceded ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Materials in French and simultaneous interpretation were available for many presentations. A Youth Leadership Program will also be offered.  ASI 2022 aims to increase understanding of the importance of infant, child and youth mental health for the whole of society, and foster policy actions to influence upstream investment in support of mental health. After a successful ASI 2021 Forum, we are looking ahead with excitement to ASI 2022. Stay tuned for more information about this summer’s event!

ASI Call to Action

Raising healthy children is a responsibility of all Canadians. Supporting and promoting child and youth mental health is central to enabling them to become life-long, positive contributors to their communities and society. Strengthening policies and programs that support positive mental health for children and youth is vital to creating a sustainable and inclusive Atlantic Canada.

The goal of the ASI Call to Action is to build on existing efforts to create a more sustainable approach to promoting child and youth mental health in Atlantic Canada.

The objectives of the Call to Action are to:

  1. Catalyze concrete, cross-sectoral responses for mental health promotion.
  2. Influence decision making in Atlantic Canada and across the country.
ASI Youth Leadership Program

ASI 2022 will support five youth from each Atlantic province to participate in this year’s online forum. the The Youth Leadership Program provides a space for youth to come together virtually and have a voice in shaping the future agenda for children and youth in Atlantic Canada. ASI has learned from previous events how important it is to foster intergenerational learning; therefore, there was time for youth to both participate in the full ASI 2022 program (details to come) and convene separately to develop long-lasting connections. 

Keynote Speaker

Join us in a conversation with our 2022 keynote speaker, Professor Ilona Kickbusch and former keynote speaker, Dr. Trevor Hancock. 

Ilona Kickbusch is the Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. Before returning to Europe, she was head of the global health programme at Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States of America.

Professor Kickbusch has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization, at both the regional and global levels, and was responsible for the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, a seminal document in public health. She developed the “settings” approach and initiated programmes such as Healthy Cities, health-promoting schools, healthy workplaces, health-promoting hospitals and health in prisons. She also initiated WHO’s Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study. She has contributed significantly to developing the concept of health literacy and most recently has spearheaded the field of global health diplomacy.

Professor Kickbusch has published and advised widely on health in all policies (HIAP) approaches and is considered one of the global leaders in this field. Most recently, she conducted a study on governance for health for WHO/Europe and has been deeply involved in the development of Health 2020, the European health policy framework. She is developing training materials for WHO on HIAP and was engaged in the global HIAP conference in Finland in 2013. She is also a member of a commission that advises on the future health of Portugal and serves on the boards of the Careum Foundation and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND).

She has published widely and is a member of a number of advisory boards in both the academic and the health policy arena. She has received many awards.

“To create mentally healthy communities/societies, “there are in essence two key approaches: First, creating supportive environments that protect people from known risk factors and provide a positive, mentally healthy situation. Second, providing resources and programs that enable people — especially children — to become resilient, with the skills they need to manage life’s ups and downs. In practice, these two approaches interact and need to complement each other.”

Dr. Trevor Hancock

ASI 2018 Keynote Speaker, Professor and Senior Scholar (retired), School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria

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