The Annual Louis L. Odette Lecture



The Annual Louis L. Odette Family Lecture, sponsored by a family of generous philanthropists, was launched in 2015 to raise awareness of the global homelessness crisis, uncover innovative solutions, and bring engaged Canadians together to influence and inspire change.

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2023 The Annual Louis L. Odette Family Lecture


Suzanne Stewart, PhD
Professor, University of Toronto

Suzanne L Stewart, PhD, C.Psych. is the TC Energy Chair in Indigenous Health & Wellbeing and Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and a registered psychologist. She has over 20 years of experience with community-driven research and clinical practice aimed at breaking barriers in mental health and healing for Indigenous youth and families.

Suzanne Stewart


Lynn Lavellee

Lynn Lavallée, PhD

Professor, Toronto Metropolitan University
Born in Sudbury, Lynn Lavallée, PhD is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. At Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) she has focused on advancing Indigenous knowledge in the academy. She is the strategic lead of Indigenous resurgence at the Faculty of Community Services.

Renee Linklater

Renee Linklater, PhD

Senior Director, Shkaabe Makwa-Centre for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness, CAMH
Renee Linklater, PhD is a member of Rainy River First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. She has over 25 years of experience working with Indigenous healing agencies and First Nation communities. She is an author and international speaker on trauma and healing.

Roberta Pike

Roberta Pike, MSW

Director, Indigenous Wellness, Reconciliation and Partnerships, Unity Health Toronto
Roberta Pike, MSW is Anishinabekwe from Henvey Inlet First Nation. Prior to her appointment at Unity Health, she was the Executive Director of the Toronto Birth Centre, an Indigenous - and midwife-led independent healthcare facility, and also served on the Unity Health’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis Community Advisory Panel. She has had a long and successful career in the field of Indigenous health and prior to the shift back into local community, she managed portfolios in Indigenous healing and wellness, violence against women and dedicated supportive housing for the Ontario Public Service.

Wesley Rheaume

Wesley Rheaume

Wesley Rheaume, formally Wesley Landon, was adopted at the age of five. He believes it was because the adoptive father could not walk and needed someone to do manual labour. He experienced abuse in the household and ran away. With support from others while he was growing up, he learned to stay out of trouble, get a job and take care of himself.


Emily Mathieu | Journalist, Writer and Researcher

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