Stephen Hurley (moderator)

Founder of VoicED Canada and host of voicED Canada Radio

Tom Bennett

Founder, researchED

Dr. Stan Kutcher

Sun Life Chair in Mental Health, Dalhousie University Medical School, Halifax, NS


Closing Panel – Student Behaviour and Mental Health: Where’s the Crisis?

Two of the leading authorities on student behaviour and teen mental health, Tom Bennett, and Stanley Kutcher, will discuss the critical issues raised by “mental health issues” in our schools. As senior U.K. advisor on Student Behaviour, Tom Bennett writes regularly on the subject for TES and published a U.K. Government report in 2017 entitled “Creating a Culture” and generating much public discussion. Over the past decade, Dr. Stan Kutcher, Dalhousie University’s Sun Life Chair in Mental Health, has researched and developed a research-based approach to addressing teen mental health in the schools. All three panelists will assess the state of student behaviour and explain their various perspectives and approaches.
The Moderator of the Panel is Stephen Hurley, Founder of VoicED Canada and host of voicED Canada Radio.


Stephen Hurley has been working in Canada’s education space for 35 years, serving as a classroom teacher, curriculum consultant and teacher educator. A former teacher with the Peel Catholic District School Board, he has served in many roles through his work with the Canadian Education Association.  He is passionate about supporting and nurturing new conversations about education across the country. Stephen is now the chief catalyst behind voicED Radio—a 24/7 radio station dedicated to deepening the way we talk about education in Canada.  @Stephen_Hurley

Tom Bennett is the founder of researchED, a grass-roots organisation that raises research literacy in education. Since 2013 researchED has visited three continents and six countries, attracting thousands of followers. In 2015 he became the UK government’s school ‘Behaviour Czar’, advising on behaviour policy. He has written four books about teacher training, and in 2015 he was long listed as one of the world’s top teachers in the GEMS Global Teacher Prize. In the same year he made the Huffington Post’s ‘Top Ten Global Bloggers’ list. His online resources have been viewed over 1,200,000 times. He currently lives in London where he keeps bees and solves crimes that Scotland yard can’t crack.

Dr Stan Kutcher is an internationally-renowned expert in adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and services innovation working at the IWK Health Center and Dalhousie University. He has received numerous awards and honors locally, nationally and internationally for his work. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health and is the author of more than 300 scientific papers and the author/co-author of numerous medical textbooks. Currently his focus is on knowledge translation pertaining to improving mental health literacy and mental health care