Craig Carter-Edwards

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

About Craig

Bio

Craig has a record of making things happen that spans the public, private and Not-for-Profit sectors.

As Executive Assistant to an MPP at Queen’s Park, he developed an expertise at internally lobbying to secure results for the community he represented. He has developed a strong network of contacts in departments across the Government of Ontario. After five years, his accomplishments included the redevelopment of three hospitals, provincial forgiveness of Cornwall’s downtown revitalization loan, and other strategic municipal funding initiatives, as well as the attraction of new business opportunities to the riding.

Craig also had additional responsibilities for the government. He served as Executive Assistant to the Parliamentary Assistant in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, responsible for public health. He contributed to the strengthening of Ontario’s emergency management preparedness and assisted in the modernization of the health infrastructure process.

At the Ministry of Tourism, Craig worked with the Parliamentary Assistant and Minister on political issues across the province. His responsibilities included priority planning for bicentennial commemorations for the War of 1812 and providing strategic advice in relation to the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.

Craig also served as Coordinator for the Liberal Rural Caucus. Craig developed the stakeholder facilitation process for this crucial sounding board for political issues going before caucus and Cabinet.

Craig has played a role in ten campaigns at the provincial, federal and municipal levels, most recently serving as Communications and Issues Director in the successful re-election of an incumbent MPP.

Craig graduated from Trent University with an H.B.A in Anthropology and Comparative Development. He has travelled to more than 20 countries on five continents, speaks fluent French and Spanish, has an understanding of Italian and German, and is studying Korean and Cantonese.

Languages

English, French, Spanish

An idea worth spreading

Mental health is viewed as poles - you either have a mental health issue, or you don't.

The reality is, we ALL have a state of mental health, same as we have a state of phsyical health. Like cardiac or respiratory health, mental health is part and parcel of our overall well being.

Mental health rests along a spectrum, and like physical health, there are ways to make your mind stronger, to build on your strengths, and to accomodate conditions. An asthmatic or a diabetic can lead a normal life, with the right therapies and accomodations built in - so can a schizophrenic, or someone facing depression/anxiety.

Talk to me about

What does a mentally healthy society look like to you?

What's YOUR personal definition of healthy?

People don't know I'm good at

Korean fencing.

Comments & conversations

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Craig Carter-Edwards
Posted over 4 years ago
Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?
Bang on, Dayle. Humans have a limited capacity to forecast; if we can't predict the weather from one day to the next, or how an election is going to turn out before it starts, do we really think we can predict what phsyical traits will be most advantageous in the future? Beyond that, what we see now as disadvantages to be weeded out aren't necessarily so; a couple of generations ago, left-handedness might have been something people would want to change. Today, maybe it's ADHD, although single-subject attention deficit might be less useful tomorrow than the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, like several conversations on a blackberry, listening to music and writing an essay. We also can't predict the benefits that human innovation will create through the creative accomodation process. The telephone was conceived as a device to help the hard-of-hearing; how many other technologies have evolved from accomodative starts? We have proven remarkably unsuccessful at predicting the weather from one day to the next - to think we can identify and promote the traits that will give us an advantage a thousand years from now is a bit much.
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Craig Carter-Edwards
Posted over 4 years ago
What is the future of social media in healthcare?
The real-time factor is going to be a huge one. There is a stigma around admitting health issues, particularly mental health issues; this is particularly true where youth are concerned. As we saw during the G20, social media tools like Twitter can be used to stay real-time current on events that are happening. This is an idea that would need to be explored, and the pros/cons weighed, but if youth had a Twitter/Facebook hotline that they could use to express concerns about a friend who is displaying health issues that aren't being openly acknowledged, then the operators of that hotline might be able to reach out to the person with the suspected issues and provide support. More directly, hotlines should be incorporated into New Media, where people, and kids in particular, are spending more of their time. This can also include an advertizing component, letting people know what services are available, what to look for in terms of symptoms, and who to reach for more information/support/etc.