Respect Forum promotes collaboration through networking and knowledge sharing to improve mental health services and reduce homelessness for our men and women in uniformed service who run to danger. Headquartered in Montreal, by-invitation-only Respect Forum meetings have been held semi-annually in this city since the fall of 2016, expanding to six other cities in 2018. With support from Veterans Affairs Canada’s Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund, meetings were held in 19 cities across Canada in March and April of 2019 and 22 meetings were held in October 2019. In 2020, 22 meetings were held online Canada-wide in the spring and 23 online meetings were held in the fall.
Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) on 8 August 2016 after 38 years of loyal and dedicated service to Canada, the CAF, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He held a wide range of command and staff appointments within the Army, and at National levels. Upon promotion to Lieutenant-General in 2011, he served as the first Canadian Chairman of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) in Washington, DC. This international organization is an entity of the Organization of American States and is the oldest regional defence cooperation organization in the world. View full biography ▸
In its fight against such phenomena as PTSD and homelessness, Respect Forum meetings are designed to promote collaborative approaches to service delivery, knowledge sharing and knowledge development.
There is no membership in Respect Forum and all participants are the guests of the organizers. Each meeting requires an invitation.
Respect Forum meetings bring together people from health and social services, all levels of government, universities, community organizations, and peer support organizations. Participants have the opportunity to talk about their organizations, the services they provide, the challenges they face, and their research and community engagement activities—paving the way to explore possibilities for collaboration.
Three projects have been, in part, an evolution from the RF in Montreal. These are:
To receive further information regarding the RESPECT Forums, please contact us via our web form or social media. Please include a subject so we can direct your request to the right person. We look forward to hearing from you!
Despite COVID-19, we conducted 23 online meetings nationally!
Despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19, we conducted 22 meetings through videoconferencing with 265 participants nationally! Everyone’s commitment and flexibility was instrumental in providing this essential service. The comments we have received have been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you for your patience, cooperation and support during this difficult and challenging time.
In the fall of 2019, we held Respect Forum meetings in 22 communities across Canada, bringing together 336 individuals representing over 200 organizations, adding Comox BC, Saguenay QC, Saint John NB, and Moncton NB. We are definitely better together!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Respect Forums. In the spring of 2019, we held Respect Forum meetings in 19 communities across Canada, from Victoria, British Columbia to St John’s, Newfoundland. Through these events, we brought together some 464 people from a wide range of military and civilian service organizations and academia.
The Respect Campaign is a Not-for-Profit founded by Doug Bellevue (Task Microelectronics Ltd.). Since their inception to January of 2018, the Forums have been privately funded through donations by IsaiX Technologies Inc. (HCol Steve Gregory) through the 3rd Battery of Montreal Artillery (3BAM). 3BAM is a registered charity that supports veterans and cadets in the Montreal region. Veterans Affairs Canada has supplied a grant under the Veterans and Family Well-Being Fund that will enable the expansion of the Forums across the country in 2019-2020.