Keynote speakers

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Allan Kehler is a mental health advocate, international keynote speaker, and best-selling author of four books. His TEDx talk on men and mental health has gained international attention, and he has been featured on several television and radio programs. For nearly a decade, Allan instructed various mental health related courses at the college level while also working as an addiction’s counselor and clinical case manager.

Today, Allan is a highly sought-after speaker on various topics related to mental health and wellness. He has stood on nearly 1,000 stages and is recognized for his engaging style and captivating approach. Having persevered through his own challenges with mental illness and addictions, Allan speaks from a place of experience. His moving stories tug on heartstrings, inspire a new perspective, and allow people to connect with themselves and others at a deeper level. He uses humor and compassion to create a safe space where people feel seen, heard, and supported.

Allan has developed a genuine appreciation and passion for learning and working with Indigenous people and communities. This has played a key role in his own recovery, and these cultural teachings can be found in his presentations. Recently, Allan and his wife, Tanya, launched Born Resilient™ – a clothing line that empowers people to persevere through their challenges. They are proud to donate a percentage of their profits to organizations that promote wellness. Allan currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He shares his life with Tanya, four boys, three dogs, and a tank of fish.


Liz Horvath, B.A.Sc., CRSP,
Manager, Psychological Health and Safety
Opening Minds, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Liz is on a mission to make work a great part of life for as many people as possible. 

She is currently working as Manager, Psychological Health and Safety, in the Opening Minds department of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, where she leads the development and implementation of training and services to support organizations with their psychological health and safety efforts. She is an accomplished consultant and international speaker known for her empathy, interpersonal skills, and expertise in physical and psychological health and safety.

Liz’s expertise has been built through helping organizations design and implement successful health and safety systems, and through consulting in her previous role as Senior Occupational Health and Safety Consultant in the OHS Legal and Consulting Group at Gowlings. Her work has spanned numerous industries, including manufacturing, construction, utilities, mining, education, municipal operations, health care, and emergency response.

Later, as a Program Manager with CSA Group, Liz managed the update of existing occupational health and safety standards as well as the development of several groundbreaking standards, including:

  • Management of Confined Spaces
  • Hazard Identification and Elimination and Risk Assessment and Control
  • Occupational Health and Safety Training
  • Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

She was also previously self-employed as Founder and President of Hale Health and Safety Solutions Ltd., with a focus on building well-being into the way we work.  

Liz holds an honours degree in Environmental Science, specializing in Occupational Health and Safety, plus certifications in Integrating Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Psychologically Safe Conflict Resolution, and numerous other courses.  Liz is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), and a member of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH), Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), and the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).  

She is a dedicated wife and grandmother, loves camping, kayak fishing, and gardening, and actively supports charitable organizations that work to improve the lives of people in desperate need.

Liz (Rankin) Horvath (she/her/hers) | LinkedIn

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