Speakers

We are thrilled to share with you our 2019 speakers, presenters and workshop leaders!
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2019 Mainstage Speakers

Dr. Dan Siegel

Bestselling Author, Mindsight Institute

Daniel J. Siegel M.D. received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.  He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior,…

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Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC

Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC

Valerie Brown is an international retreat leader, writer, speaker, accredited leadership coach, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness and leadership. She transformed her high-pressure, twenty-year career as a lawyer-lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy and authentic connections….

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Michele Milan, MA

Conference Director, A Mindful Society

Michele Milan has spent 20 years in leadership development designing and delivering leadership and governance programs for governments, corporations and organizations around the world.  Michele served on the board of UNICON, the global consortium of University-based Executive Education providers, the Evanta CFO, CIO and CHRO Summits and currently serves on the Advisory Board and as…

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Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Scholar & Bestselling Author

Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., is a former monk and has been educated in classical Tibetan tradition and also holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he also worked as a research fellow. Jinpa has been the principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama for over twenty five years and has translated and edited numerous books…

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2019 Presenters

Jacques Ramphal

Visual Designer, Mindfulness Lead for Myplanet
Creating Space: Empowering the Workplace with Myplanet Mind

Francesca Bahn, PhD

Clinical Psychology Fellow with the San Diego VA's Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center
Mindful Music Appreciation and Community Engagement

Dr. Jamie Banker

Associate Professor in a Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program at California Lutheran University
Mindfulness Practices in the Classroom: Training Clinician's Experiences

Anna Marie Batelaan, MSW, RSW

Social Worker & Mindfulness Facilitator
The Mindful and Compassionate Path: A Way to Build Well-Being, Resilience and Positive Relationships

Barry Boyce

Editor-in-Chief, Mindful Magazine
Is Mindfulness a Movement? If So, What Next?

Kaitlyn Butterfield

Master's student at Wilfrid Laurier University
Listen to the Children: Student Opinions and Perceptions of a Classroom-based Mindfulness Intervention

Kimberly Carrière

Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at McGill University
A Brief Mindful Eating Program for Weight Loss

Mare Chapman, MA

Mindfulness-based Psychotherapist, Mindfulness instructor and Consultant
Transforming Our Internalized Misogyny: Mindfulness For Women

Jill Cressy, MEd

Assistant Manager, Fitness & Instruction, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto
Mindful Moments

Chau Du, MSc, RP

Psychometrist & Psychotherapist
Befriending Your Body Scan Practice, Savoring a Cup of Tea or Coffee Meditation Practice, & Befriending your Body with Mindful Eating

Rachael Frankford, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker
Mindfulness and Stabilization Training for Mental Health

Dr. Cheryl Fraser

Buddhist Psychologist
Mindfulness, Love, and Sex - How to bring Buddha into the Bedroom

Vitor Friary, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, author, MBCT teacher and researcher
Outcomes and Experiences of an MBCT Program for Children in a Psychiatric Hospital in Brazil

Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix

Medical Director and Founder of NeuroNova Centre for Mindful Solutions Inc.
Can Mindfulness Hurt?

Carla Giddings OT Reg. (Ont.)

Occupational Therapist and PhD candidate at the University of Guelph
Belonging and Accessibility in Contemplative Practice settings

Kunal Gupta

CEO, Volunteer
Mindtech

Brian W. Haas, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia
Mindfulness and Well-Being in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Nina Hersher, MSW

Owner and founder of Nourishing Habits™, Chief of Strategy, and co-founder of the Digital Wellness Warriors
Mindfulness, the Epicenter of the Digital Wellness Movement

Gabi Jubran

Founder of HAPPI, Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Digital Wellness Warriors
Mindfulness, the Epicenter of the Digital Wellness Movement

Dr. Anna Lomanowska

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga
Mindfulness, the Epicenter of the Digital Wellness Movement

Craig Mackie, BA (Hons), MA, MSW

Clinicial Social Worker and Mindfulness Teacher
Transformative Mindfulness Methods: A Framework for Healing

Seonaigh MacPherson, PhD

Associate Professor and head of the Department of Adult Education, University of the Fraser Valley
Mindfulness as Learning

Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW

MSW, RSW
How to Hug Your Tears: Mindfulness & Self-Compassion for Kids, Pediatric Hospital Mindful Self-Compassion Parent Group Findings

Gary Meltzer

Meditation instructor, prison volunteer
The Transformative Power of Silence - Mindfulness Without Words

Shelley Murphy, PhD

Teacher Educator, Mindfulness Teacher, Author
Fostering Mindfulness in the Classroom

Gaia Orion

Artist and Creativity Corporate Coach
Creative Mind and Spirit

Dr. Aga Palalas

Assistant Professor in the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University
Mindfulness-based Practices in Online M.Ed. Courses

Susan Reynolds

Educator, mindfulness teacher, speaker, and founding member of the Digital Wellness Collective
Mindfulness, the Epicenter of the Digital Wellness Movement

Greg Rills

Shamanic practitioner/Life Coach/Sound therapist
Preventing and Managing Burnout using Mindfulness - An Evidence-Based Approach

Jacquelyn Rinaldi, PhD

Author, speaker, trainer & coach
Compassion in Everyday Life

Patricia Rockman, MD, CCFP, FCFP

MD, Associate Professor, Director of Education and Clinical Services - Centre for Mindfulness Studies
Mindfulness as Learning

Nitin Ron, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Preventing and Managing Burnout using Mindfulness - An Evidence-Based Approach

Auxi Sanchez

Mental Health Nurse
Mindfulness Training into Trans Latinas Rompiendo Barreras’ Project

Blakie Sahay, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Occupational Therapist, mindfulness teacher, faculty at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies Guelph satelite location
Belonging and Accessibility in Contemplative Practice settings

Dr. Ruth Slater

Psychologist in the areas of clinical and health psychology
Pediatric Hospital Mindful Self-Compassion Parent Group Findings

Kirsten Smith, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Occupational Therapist and PhD candidate in health and rehabilitation sciences at Western University
Mindfulness in Rehabilitation Practice with Children

Dr. Allen Steverman

Assistant Professor at the University of Montreal, Adjunct Professor at McGill University
Can Mindfulness Hurt?

Cassidy Thedorf

Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher
Meditation on Gratitude

David Treleaven, PhD

Writer, educator, and trauma professional
Can Mindfulness Hurt?

Judy Turner, PhD

Registered Psychologist, author, psychoanalyst, mindfulness teacher
Poetry and Metaphor in the MBSR curriculum

Dagmara Urbanowicz, MSW, RSW

Social Worker & Mindfulness Facilitator
The Mindful and Compassionate Path: A Way to Build Well-Being, Resilience and Positive Relationships

Shelley Urlando

International Trainer
Transformative Mindfulness Methods: A Framework For Healing

Dr. Christopher Willard

Psychologist and Educational Consultant
Making The Virtual Virtuous: A Mindful Relationships to Technology

Dr. Susan Wnuk, PhD, C. Psych

Staff Psychologist, University Health Network, Bariatric Surgery Program
Befriending your Body with Mindful Eating, Savoring a Cup of Tea or Coffee Meditation Practice

Brenda Toner, PhD, C.Psych

Professor Emerita, PhD, C.Psych, Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, UofT
Mindful Moments

Airrow Toner

Mindfulness Teacher
Mindful Moments

Jay Vidyarthi

Design Thinking Chair at A Mindful Society

 

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