2013 Conference

Conference Speakers

Jane Elliott (live from Iowa)

Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors. And if you think this does not apply to you. . . you are in for a rude awakening.

In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. over thirty years ago, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling, "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise. This, now famous, exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority. Everyone who is exposed to Jane Elliott's work, be it through a lecture, workshop, or video, is dramatically affected by it.



Dr. Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté M.D. is a physician and bestselling author whose books have been published in nearly twenty languages worldwide. Dr. Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, from addiction and attention deficit disorder (ADD) to mind-body wellness, adolescent mental health, and parenting. A renowned thinker and public speaker, he addresses audiences all over North America, including professional and academic groups like nurses’ organizations, psychiatry departments, and corporate conventions, as well as presentations and seminars for local community groups and the general public. As a writer and speaker, he is widely known for the power, insight, clarity, candour, compassion, humor, and warmth of his presentations.

Common to all of Dr. Maté’s work is a focus on understanding the broader context in which human disease and disorders arise, from cancer to autoimmune conditions like MS, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, or fibromyalgia; childhood behavioral disorders like ADD, oppositionality, or bullying; or addiction, from substance abuse to obsessive gambling, shopping, or even workaholism.

Rather than offering facile, quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them. His approach is holistic and kaleidoscopic – linking everything from neurophysiology, immunology, and developmental psychology to economic and social policy – and even touches on the spiritual dimensions of disease and healing.


Gary Anaka

Gary Anaka

Gary is a dynamic public speaker, famous for his audience engagement, energetic and lively sessions. His presentations are always filled with humour and optimism to support everyone, from babies to seniors, to become life long learners, and to maintain a healthy brain throughout one's life. His practical suggestions, whether about how the brain learns or how to stay healthy, can be applied immediately in any work or life situation.

Brain Coach - http://www.braincoach.ca


Raj Dhasi

Raj Dhasi

Raj Dhasi is a senior Conflict Resolution Consultant with Turning Point Resolutions Inc. She works with families, schools and organizations across Canada to resolve conflicts effectively. Raj holds a M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Management and is currently studying neuroscience. More importantly Raj is a mom, bringing to you her own parenting experiences.


Kimberley Hopwood

Kimberly Hopwood

Entertaining.  Compelling.  Inspiring. Kimberley Hopwood, B.Sc., H.Hons., Psych, is an award-winning researcher, writer, and educator, with over 20 years of experience in teaching relationship skills.   She has been a Master Facilitator for The Virtues Project, working with parents and teachers since 1992. 

Parenting isn't easy -- kids don't come with a manual!  Find out why Oprah Winfrey said of Linda Kavelin Popov's  The Family Virtues Guide: "How to instill 'do the right thing' virtues in your children -  parents are always saying children don't come with a guidebook.  This is one!  This helps you get them on the right track of leading a good life." 

 Kimberley's dynamic presentations based on five simple strategies  leave you energized and inspired, with powerful take-away tools to transform your family and your life. www.virtuesproject.com  http://kimbly4.wix.com/alchemy