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May 07

Caring for Canadians’ Mental Health During the Pandemic

Webinar with Samuel Duboc, the Hon. Michael Tibollo and Dr. Juveria Zaheer

As self-isolation continues and unemployment rises, half of Canadians say their mental health has deteriorated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join our panel of experts from government, business and academia as they address the likely mental effects of quarantine at the population level,  how employers can help their staff cope with the current distancing rules and in the transition back to work, and what the government can do to support Canadians in overcoming mental health battles in this unprecedented situation.


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Samuel Duboc, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, MindBeacon Health

Mr. Duboc’s career is marked by his passion for entrepreneurship, his ingenuity and corporate and community leadership. He is President & CEO of Elkland Capital Inc., a family-owned investment firm with a current portfolio covering a wide range of industries including, but not limited to, health services, clean energy, marketing services and technology. Mr. Duboc is also the Chair & CEO of MindBeacon, behavioral health companies that deliver evidenced based therapy through clinics and a digital platform. As a co-founder, Sam successfully built EdgeStone Capital Partners, one of Canada's leading private equity firms which has managed in excess of $2 billion for institutional and high-net-worth investors since its inception. Prior to this, he was a managing director at CIBC Capital Partners and co-founder of the Loyalty Group Inc. (now called LoyaltyOne), the parent company of the AIR MILES Reward Program.

In 2013, Mr. Duboc served as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist and Special Advisor on Venture Capital for the Department of Finance Canada, leading a team in designing and implementing the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan. Throughout his career, Sam has served on the boards of numerous companies including, but not limited to, Business Development Bank of Canada (Chair, 2014-2018), Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. and Stephenson’s Rental Services Inc. He currently serves on the board of directors of MindBeacon and Avante Logixx Inc. (TSXV: XX).

A dedicated and active member of the community, Mr. Duboc is a co-founder and former chair of Pathways to Education Canada, an internationally recognized and award-winning non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of Canada’s disadvantaged youth and their communities through educational attainment. In addition to his work with Pathways, Sam is the co‐founder of LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact, board member of The Rumie Initiative, former board member of the CAMH Foundation and a member of the World’s President’s Organization (WPO), the Chief Executives Organization (CEO) and Ontario’s Panel on Economic Growth and Prosperity.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University magna cum laude and Tau Beta Pi and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2000, Sam was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and in 2005 was chosen as one of the ten “most influential” alumni of the program. Mr. Duboc is a recipient of an Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter (2013) and Ted Anderson Community Leadership Award from the Canadian Venture Capital Association (2014).


The Hon. Michael A. Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Government of Ontario​

For over 30 years, Michael Tibollo has been a strong advocate for the people of Vaughan-Woodbridge. Among his many accomplishments, Tibollo is a distinguished lawyer with over 30 years of experience. 

Prior to taking office, Minister Tibollo volunteered as a certified addictions counsellor, and advocated for Caritas -  a residential therapeutic community seeking to provide high-quality care for those living with mental health and addictions challenges.

Minister Tibollo proudly serves the people of Ontario in his role as the province’s first Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, and is looking forward to creating a connected system of care with comprehensive wraparound services, so that every Ontarian can be fully supported in their journey towards mental wellness.

An avid sports fan, Tibollo holds a fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of Taekwondo. He has applied his experience while volunteering with the META Centre - an organization that assists physically and developmentally-challenged adults in living better, more enriched lives.

Always eager to pursue his passion for learning, Minister Tibollo is currently pursuing his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Addictions and Concurrent Disorders, through the University of Southern California. Minister Tibollo is also fluent in five languages, including English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

Tibollo has received numerous awards for his community involvement, including:

  • 2018: Masters Certification from the World Taekwondo Federation, Kukkiwon - Seoul, South Korea.
  • 2017: CHIN Radio/TV International, CHIN Radio/TV International Salutes Canada 150 with ethno-cultural honourees who have enriched and helped build a strong and vibrant Canadian society.
  • 2015: Order of the Republic of Italy, Knight.
  • 2013: National Congress of Italian Canadians - Toronto District, Order of Merit Award.
  • 2012: Queen’s Jubilee.
  • 2009: Government of the Province of Foggia, Italy, Humanitarian Award.
  • 2005: Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association, Professional Excellence Award.
  • 1997: Government of Canada 125 Medal, Recipient.


Dr. Juveria Zaheer, Clinician Scientist, The Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Dr. Juveria Zaheer is a Clinician Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, and Education Administrator in the Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department at CAMH. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Zaheer's research focuses on suicide, gender and culture. She is also involved in mixed-methods program evaluation and health services research.


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