The Royal launches season two of Conversations at The Royal, presented by TD

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Oct. 22, 2021:  The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health will premiere the second season of Conversations at The Royal, presented by TD, live, on Thursday, October 28th at 7 pm. 

This free virtual broadcast series focused on providing mental health information and resources around a variety of themes, had over 3000 people from across North America watch the series in season one. Guests on the first season of this program included: Nashville Predator Mark Borowiecki, former Gloucester Mayor Claudette Coulas and MOVE 100 anchor Katherine Dines.

Season two of Conversations, kicks off with Hope and Transformation – finding joy and happiness in unexpected places. Hosted by The Athletic’s Ian Mendes with guests from The Royal, Dr. Lau (aka Dr. Happiness), Kerry Moher, Co-Founder LumberJaxe™ Axe Throwing Hall & Apparel, and local resident, Janet Cosier sharing her own family experience. 

“We have all been through so much over the last 18 months, and I am sure there is not one person who can say their mental health has not been affected in some way, to some degree,” says Chris Ide, Royal Ottawa Foundation President. “We were in the midst of a global mental health crisis before the pandemic, and now the effects of the pandemic have only exacerbated this crisis. The Royal is a world-class leader in mental health research and care, and I am so honoured that we have a chance to help people in our community - even a little bit - thanks to Conversations at The Royal, presented by TD.”

"We’re so proud to be the presenting sponsor of Conversations at The Royal,” says Tara-Lynn Hughes, Senior Vice-President, TD Bank Group. “Living through a global pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s emotional well-being. This speaker series is about bringing critical mental health resources, tools and care to people in our community and we look forward to the conversations in season two.” 

Encore presentations of Conversations at The Royal can be watched on Rogers TV, cable 22, on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. or online, any time at

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The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care, teaching and research hospitals. Its mandate is simple: to help more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people living with complex and treatment-resistant mental illness. The Royal includes mental health centres in Ottawa and Brockville, community mental health services at Carlingwood Mall, and four satellite offices.  The Royal’s Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic treats Canadian Forces, veterans and RCMP, and is the only OSI clinic within a specialized academic mental health centre. The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, brings together leading clinicians, scientists and technology to investigate the brain circuitry linked to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation. With the launch of the world’s leading-edge technology in molecular imaging targeted solely to mental health research, The Royal is becoming an innovative powerhouse — putting the nation’s capital at the forefront of unlocking the secrets of the brain — the last frontier. The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises funds that support The Royal’s work. The Royal places a sharp focus on awareness building through the You Know Who I Am campaign and public education initiatives such as Conversations at The Royal and Is It Just Me? Conversations about Youth Mental Health.

About TD: 

The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group ("TD" or the "Bank"). TD is the fifth largest bank in North America by assets and serves more than 26 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in The Charles Schwab Corporation; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with more than 15 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$1.7 trillion in assets on July 31, 2021. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.


To learn more about Conversations at The Royal, interview a guest or have a future Conversation theme suggestion, please contact Andrea MacLean at or 1+ (613) 316-9442.