Event Agenda

Wednesday is registration day and will be at the Horseshoe Resort hotel foyer (follow the Badge of Life Canada signs) from 16:00 hours to 20:00 hours. If you are unable to register on the 16th, you will be able to register the next day (17th October) from 07: 00 hours to 08:00 hours. Once the opening ceremonies begin at 08:30 hours, you will not be able to get in the room until the ceremonies are completed so you need to register prior.

Thursday 17 October 2024

Opening ceremonies

Featuring Rama Police Service Intra-Tribal Peacekeepers Drum Group.

Keynote Address

Hank Idsinga will be delivering the Keynote Address for this year’s event at the Horseshoe Resort in Ontario. He is a highly respected figure in Canadian law enforcement with a career spanning 34 years in the Toronto Police Service.


Wendy Lund

Coming Soon

Wendy has a MSc in Mindfullness Studies and is an expert in building proactive resiliency. She is the founder of Wellth Management, an organization that supports individuals and organizational resiliency by filling the gap most of us have in our upbringing; how to cultivate wellbeing ~ especially mental wellbeing.

Thomas Walker

Take the Help: Everyone Wins

Tom has a Master’s in Social Work and is a trained Clinical Traumatologist & Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist, associate trainer, board member and consultant through the Traumatology Institute. Tom is also a lead trainer and consultant for the Crisis Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI).

Carmen Theobald

Healing with Horse Power and Grace

Carmen is the Founder and Director of Horse Sense North, where they offer personal growth, leadership & team development, and trauma recovery with some “Horse Sense”. Adding some Horse Sense allows people to develop more clarity, connection and courage in every aspect of life, and finally feel more alive and whole. All programs are offered with a trauma informed lens, and they have a particular focus on serving those who serve others.

Scott Hewlett

A Return to Thriving

Scott is a 26th-year, 2nd-generation Firefighter. He spent the first half of his career at a Technical Rescue station, six years working as a primary-care medic, 3 years as a Fire Training Officer, took part in a one-year Firefighter Exchange Program in Wellington, New Zealand, and had the honour and pleasure of co-leading a Peer Support Team for over a decade. He has been producing and hosting the Multiple Calls Podcast since February 2018 and continues to instruct at Southwest Fire Academy since January 2022. He recently stepped back into a Training Officer role with Central York Fire Services.

Friday 18 October 2024

Renewal and Empowerment: Navigating the Path to Post-Traumatic Growth

For this year’s Event, Badge of Life Canada brings together a distinguished group of professionals dedicated to the mental health and wellbeing of Canadian Public Safety Personnel. Featuring experts from Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), alongside leading psychologists, psychotherapists and occupational therapists (OT), discussion will delve into comprehensive approaches for addressing operational stress injuries including post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideation.

This multifaceted discussion aims to equip leaders of Canadian Public Safety organizations with knowledge, tools, and hope for navigating the challenges of operational stress injuries. Join us for an engaging and insightful day focused on achieving healthy living and post-traumatic growth.


A short description of the various therapist certifications in Ontario.

Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists are required to complete a related Masters and Ph.D. program to practice in the province of Ontario that must be research-based and subsequently have a thesis component. They are governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

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Registered Psychotherapists

Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are registered by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and, like Registered Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists, are permitted to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

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Registered Social Workers

Registered Social Workers (RSW) are helping individuals to enhance their well-being. They are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers.