S11 – Perspectives on Canadian Psychiatry: The Vision of Three Leaders

S11 – Perspectives on Canadian Psychiatry: The Vision of Three Leaders

Le vendredi 20 octobre
10:45 – 11:45 (1 hr)
Salle de réunion : Beluga (3rd floor – B Tower)
Vincenzo Di Nicola*, MD PhD FRCPC FCAHS; Douglas Urness, MD, FRCPC; Gary A. Chaimowitz, MB, ChB, MBA, FRCPC; Hygiea Casiano, MD, FRCPC; Vincenzo Di Nicola, MD PhD FRCPC FCAHS

Rôles CanMEDS :

  1. Leader
  2. Promoteur de la santé
  3. Professionnel

À la conclusion de cette activité, les participants seront en mesure de :  1) Present personal perspectives on the future of Canadian psychiatry; 2) Identify the established strengths and emerging challenges the mental health care system in Canada faces over the next decade; and 3) Discuss the value of resiliency and positive psychiatry techniques for building healthier communities and institutions.

This symposium convenes three leaders from across Canada to discuss their concerns, values and visions for Canadian psychiatry in the next decade.

Douglas Urness considers continuing professional development (CPD), advocacy and collegiality as the starting point for continuity and renewal. Professional and public polarizations now make collegiality crucially important.

Gary Chaimowitz addresses key issues facing psychiatry in the next decade, ranging from critical challenges in health care organization and delivery (access to care, privatization, quality of care, human resources) and Canadian psychiatry’s collegial relationships among ourselves (including work stress and physician burnout) and with others (clinical psychologists, allied professions, interdisciplinary and international collaborations) to social issues (e.g., environmental anxiety) and advocacy (i.e., equality, diversity and inclusiveness).

Hygiea Casiano values resiliency and using positive psychiatry techniques to build healthier institutions and communities. This value orientation is particularly impressive given her role in forensic child and adolescent psychiatry, working with youth confronting trauma and self-harm.

The moderator, Vincenzo Di Nicola, a socially-oriented child and adolescent psychiatrist, offers bridging comments on these perspectives in Canadian psychiatry and animates a discussion with symposium participants.


  1. Canadian Institute for Health Information. Measuring access to priority health services [website]. Toronto (ON): Author [cited 2023 Feb 6]. Available from: https://www.cihi.ca/en
  2. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The crisis is real [website]. Toronto (ON): Author [cited 2023 Feb 6]. Available from: https://www.camh.ca/en/driving-change/the-crisis-is-real