A Mindful Society is advancing mindfulness and compassion in society. We work with professionals, organizations and the curious interested in applying mindfulness to work and life.

A Mindful Society began in 2014 as a conference where academics and industry professionals shared ideas that cultivate compassion and community through contemplative practices.

Today, our events and conferences is are a premiere resource for mindfulness integration across the fields of education, healthcare, the workplace, parenting, technology and more. A Mindful Society has grown to become the Canadian gateway into the national and international community fostering mindfulness in all sectors of society.

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Our Mission

We provide an environment for knowledge-exchange, mutual support and synergetic collaboration to inspire motivated individuals to create positive change and to innovate, integrate and cultivate the unfolding of mindfulness and compassion in society.


The Conference

The conference is a space for leaders advancing and integrating mindfulness-based applications in society to connect and learn from one another. The format showcases important ideas and emerging trends in the field, and offers interactive opportunities for participants to explore, connect and inspire ideas to action.


Our Vision

To connect professionals in education, healthcare, workplace, law, technology and life with leading thinkers, current research and mindfulness-based programs to stimulate further education and integration of mindfulness in all sectors of society.


The Model

  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Knowledge to Action


The Conference



A transformative event connecting professionals in education, healthcare, law, technology, workplace and life with leading thinkers, current research and mindfulness-based programs.

A Mindful Society aims to engage further education and integration of mindfulness in all sectors of Canadian society and a leading hub for people and professionals to connect with the research and practices of leading mindfulness-based programs. Each conference hosts a new theme that is influenced by the current challenges associated with mindfulness practice and in bringing mindfulness into healthcare, education, the workplace and law enforcement. This theme forms the selection criteria for conference events, workshops, speakers and more.


Location & Event

Hosted at University of Toronto the conference takes place across the beautiful campus in downtown Toronto – each day is filled with workshops, speakers, lounges to connect with community and more.

Participant have shared in feedback that the conference is a transformative and inspiring experience where people connect with leading speakers, contemplative practices and programs, and a like-minded community of people practicing mindfulness. Each conference provides the opportunity to interact with attendees, discuss and collaborate on current challenges and connect with leaders in mindfulness and compassion research and application.


Cultivating Community

Partner organizations and sponsors which represent the growth of the mindfulness field are an essential part of the conference. By creating a platform to connect with thousands of people interested in mindfulness we help build communities of practice and professional application.

A Mindful Society is based in Toronto, Canada. Our intention is to further advance the field of mindfulness and support the development of communities connected to the conference. Our goal is to become a sustainable hub that can support the accessibility of contemplative practice throughout society.


Organizing Committee & Administration

The direction of A Mindful Society is guided by the highly experienced and dedicated group of Advisory Council members. The Council is comprised of thought leaders who are experienced in advancing mindfulness into healthcare, education, the workplace, government and more.

Organizing Committee & Administration

Founder & Conference Chair
Michael Apollo RP

Conference Director
Michele Milan MA

Design Thinking Chair
Jay Vidyarthi MSc

Business Director
Andrew Wilson

Operations Manager
Marie Masse

Digital Communication & Marketing Manager
Kandis James

Administrative & Website Coordinator
Kristen Sanders

Volunteer Coordinator
Debra Kirbyson

Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator
Janelle & Lizelle Marpa

Advisory Council

Michele Milan MA

Michele Chaban MSW/RSW PhD

Theo Koffler

Family & Parenting
M.Lee Freedman MD

Honorary Advisory Council Members

Contemplative Research & Practice
Thupten Jinpa PhD

Diversity & Inclusion
Mabinti Dennis

Scheherzade van Aarle

Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP

Mental Health
Zindel Segal PhD

Wisdom Traditions & Contemplative Practice
Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw

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