W.O. McCormick Academic Day

Our largest annual conference

Academic Day is an annual event jointly sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, the Nova Scotia Health Authority Central Zone Addictions and Mental Health Program and Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development. It features multiple speakers focused on a chosen theme. In 2014, for the first time the day was recognized as the W.O. McCormick Academic Day in honour of the late Dr. William Ormsby McCormick who passed away in 2013. Dr. McCormick was a fixture in the Department of Psychiatry and was the mastermind behind Academic Day.

The inaugural Nova Scotia Hospital Academic Day, as it was originally called, took place in 1989 at the Nova Scotia Hospital and was part of Dr. McCormick’s strategy to have all clinical sites active in the academic mission of the department.

Academic Day was popular from the very beginning, but once established the numbers wishing to attend often exceeded capacity and people had to be turned away. Today, not a year goes by that Academic Day, which is open to faculty and the public, is not sold out.

W.O. McCormick Academic Day Conference 2020 - CANCELLED

Theme: Coaching and Behaviour Change
When: CANCELLED - May be rescheduled in future
Where: Westin Nova Scotian Hotel

View the conference agenda [PDF - 192KB]

***An announcement about registration and the upcoming conference will be made the week of March 16.

Registration Rates

Attendee Category Early Bird (March 16-April 17) General (April 18-April 30) **Registration closes 11:59pm April 30 Registration closed (May 1 - May 8)



No change

No at the door registration

Family Members


No change



No change




Mental Health Professionals



Other Professionals





$ 200.00

2020 Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Keri-Leigh Cassidy, MD, FRCPC
‘Principles & relevance of health behaviour change’

Terry Krupa, PhD, FCAOT
‘Goal setting practices that improve goal attainment in mental health service delivery’

Diane LeBlanc, PhD
‘Coaching & supporting each other to enhance organizational change & performance’


Concurrent Session Speakers

Mark Bosma, MD, FRCPC
‘Coaching in Competency by Design:  An overview for resident supervisors’

David Gardner, PHARMD
‘A Coaching Approach to Insomnia’

Scott Janssen, MSW, RSW
‘Motivational Interviewing; a brief glimpse’

Basia Solarz, MAdED
‘Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out’


Accreditation Information

Educationally cosponsored by Dalhousie University Continuing Professional Development

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Continuing Professional Development Office of Dalhousie University for up to 6.0 Mainpro+ credits.

As an accredited provider, Dalhousie University, CPD, designates this continuing professional development activity for up to 6.0 credit hours as an accredited group learning Section 1 activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

In keeping with CMA Guidelines, program content and selection of speakers are the responsibility of the planning committee. Support is directed toward the costs of the course and not to individual speakers through an unrestricted educational grant.