Forensics Webinar Presenters Bios

Webinar Session June 10th 2PM – Bios – REGISTER here: https://phsa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gOKEMDrLSaKtpcTIpY7RWQ

Peter Parnell, Director of Access, Transitions and Forensic Clinical Risk

Peter is the Director of Access, Transitions and Forensic Clinical risk at the Forensic psychiatric Hospital. Peter works with specialised teams to provide services to the B.C Review Board, manage and arrange admissions and patient moves around the hospital and improve forensic clinical risk practices which affect patient care and ensure practice standards are identified and maintained.

He obtained a Master’s degree in Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Disorder and has been extensively involved in the education of forensic clinical risk assessment tools and practices throughout PHSA.

Peter is an advocate for quality patient care as well as the development of professional standards of practice within the field of forensic mental health services.

Midhath Mahir, Deputy Supervising Lawyer

Midhath is a lawyer with the Mental Health Law Program (MHLP) at CLAS. He completed his articles at CLAS, working exclusively in MHLP and continues to represent clients before the BC Mental Health Review Board (MHRB) and the BC Review Board (BCRB).  Midhath was called to the Bar in BC in 2019. In the past, he has worked as the Legal Information Counsellor at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital at Colony Farms.

Victoria Maxwell, BFA/BPP: Bachelor of Fine Arts / Bipolar Princes

Victoria is a recognized international keynote speaker who uses her personal story of recovery from mental illness to increase awareness, transform negative beliefs and ignite powerful conversations about mental health. She lives with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health named her a leader in mental health and her theatrical keynote “That’s Just Crazy Talk” has been rated one of the top anti- stigma interventions in the country. Her media appearances include CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Women’s Health UK. She can also be seen in season 2 of CBC TV’s series ‘You Can’t Ask That’. She is also a Lived Experience Strategic Advisor at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services.