Invitational Speakers


Tuesday, June 19 |  8:00AM

Coles/Gray/Palmer Ballroom

Stepped Care 2.0 and the Student Success Collaborative: Systems for Maximizing Student Well-Being and Academic Excellence


Dr. Peter Cornish is an Associate Professor and Director of the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The SWCC is an academic and service unit with a focus on interprofessional wellness programming, training and research. Programming includes primary medical care, psychiatric consultation, counselling and a wide range of other mental health supports and programs, healthy campus development activities, academic teaching and training in the faculties of Medicine and Science. His clinical and research interests include online mental health, stepped care programming, mental health service innovations, change management, interprofessional team functioning and group dynamics. 


Tom Nault is an experienced administrator and has held increasingly senior registrarial positions in higher education over the past 15 years.  Currently, he serves as the University Registrar at Memorial University of Newfoundland.    Prior to joining Memorial, Tom served in the role of registrar at Centennial College and in the roles of faculty registrar, associate registrar, director of admissions and director of scheduling in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto.  Tom has led major initiatives at several institutions with the focus of improving efficiency and the student experience. 



Wednesday, June 20 |  9:00AM

Coles/Gray/Palmer Ballroom


Sheila COTE-MEEK, Ph.D., is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai. Author of Colonized Classrooms - Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Post-Secondary Education Sheila is a full professor in the School of Rural and Northern Health and holds a cross-appointment to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University where she is also the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs (on sabbatical 2018). As the senior lead on Indigenous initiatives her responsibilities include leading Indigenous academic developments across the disciplines. She has played a lead role in the development of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, the Master of Indigenous Relations program and the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute at Laurentian University. A leader in Indigenous education Dr. Cote-Meek has focused on bringing about systemic changes that impact Indigenous learners in post-secondary education. In 2016 she was nominated as an Indigenous Role Model for the Council of Ontario Universities Future Further Campaign and in 2103 she was the recipient of a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

Dr. Cote-Meek is an active researcher and has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities regionally, nationally as well as internationally on social justice, education and health related issues.

CACUSS Conference 2019