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Sponsors for the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation

Dr. David K. Conn

Dr. David K. Conn, MB, FRCPC, is the vice-president of Education and inaugural director of the Centre for Education and Knowledge Exchange in Aging at Baycrest, and a professor in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is the founding co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, and is chair of the Coalition’s National Guidelines project. As well, he is the medical director of the Mood and Related Disorders Clinic and of Telehealth Services at Baycrest. Dr. Conn is executive co-sponsor of the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care.

His academic interests include nursing home psychiatry, guideline development and late life mood disorders. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and is the co-editor of three textbooks including Practical Psychiatry in the Long-Term Care Home: A Handbook for Staff. He is currently a board member of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and chairs the IPA Task Force on Mental Health services to Long-Term Care Homes.

He has received many awards including the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry Award for Outstanding Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada, Distinguished Service Award from the International Psychogeriatric Association, the Ivan Silver Award for Excellence in Continuing Mental Health Education and the Henry Durost Award for Excellence in Creative Professional Activity in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. In 2010, he was a co-recipient of the CIHR Betty Havens Award for Knowledge Translation in Aging.


Faith Boutcher, BN, MSc, RN

Faith Boutcher is the director of Academic Education and Interprofessional Education, the Centre for Education and Knowledge Exchange in Aging, at Baycrest. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1987 and a Masters of Science, with a specialty in psychiatric/mental health nursing, from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto in 1992. She is also a 2008 Fellow of the EXTRA program, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Faith provides administrative oversight for the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care.

Faith is an experienced advanced practice nurse in mental health and has held administrative positions in professional practice, research and education. She holds appointments with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. Her clinical expertise and scholarly activity is in the areas of clinical research integration, interprofessional education and care and professional practice.

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