Sara is a certified teacher in Ontario and has worked in post-secondary education for over 20 years in a variety of roles including teaching, curriculum design, faculty mentorship, and administration. She is also the founder of The EQ Element, a specialized education consultancy focusing on equipping students with the self-awareness skills they need to thrive in all aspects of life. Sara is highly adept at making connections between curriculum and personal opportunities for growth while leveraging innovative technology to maximize educational outcomes. Her greatest satisfaction comes from helping young people recognize and harness their unique skills and abilities. In her spare time she loves to create through collaboration and writing projects.
Kristina has a B.A. in Psychology from Trent University and a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa and is known as a passionate, dedicated and dynamic educator. With two decades of experience in the Canadian public school system as a teacher, school administrator and facilitator she is committed to creating engaged, productive, and psychologically safe learning environments and work cultures. Kristina is the founder of Common Ground Consulting operating in the corporate and education space with a focus on creating cultures of connection and caring using the foundational pillars of trust, empathy and play. As a leader in her field, Kristina leverages her natural warmth, compassion, and vulnerability to connect with and motivate student and adult audiences alike. She is a lifelong learner and believes wholeheartedly in the power of collaboration to address critical challenges around well-being and inclusion and to create positive transformation from students and educators themselves.
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Jeff is the founder of higherunlearning.com, a comprehensive multi-media online space exploring conversations and ideas around healthy masculinity and how limiting ideas of gender impact us all in everyday life. Drawing on over ten years of advocacy, his presentations and workshops inspire accessible and transformative conversations. Jeff is a gifted storyteller and has spoken to tens of thousands of people across North America including delivering two TEDx talks on subjects related to the construction of gender, helpful versus harmful ideas of manhood, race and masculinity, empathy-building, and men helping end gender-based violence. Whether in the boardroom, on campus, or the locker room, Jeff prides himself in creating brave spaces for real discussion and in inspiring self-leadership in men and boys to create a positive impact on the world and to become models of possibility for others. He is also a facilitator with Captains & Poets where he brings a warm and engaging approach to self-exploration and discovery in young people.
Sarah is the founder of The Lodge Project, where she and a national team of facilitators work with healthcare organizations on creating emotional wellness programs for healthcare professionals. She came to this work by spending numerous years in Home Hospice Support for Children and supporting grieving parents, she also experienced the gaps in care for healthcare employees. This work has led to a deep understanding of the caregiver’s heart and the importance of ensuring they have resources and tools available to improve the lives around them. Sarah prides herself on her ability to meet people where they are, her ability to connect in difficult situations and to help groups find a meaningful connection to self and to others.
Charles Sue-Wah-Sing is a certified leadership and whole life coach with the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). He is also a member of CTI’s faculty and is responsible for delivering its core curriculum to future leaders and coaches. Charles holds accreditation with the International Coaches Federation and is also a certified Imago Professional Facilitator and Safe Conversations dialogue coach. He has worked with people in all stages of life and sectors including youth, teams, executives, entrepreneurs, creatives, entertainers, coaches, couples to attain fulfillment as a natural state of being. Charles is most passionate about guiding clients through the rites of passage that lead to greater fulfillment, creativity, connection, love, and productivity. He is also a speaker and facilitator having spoken on life purpose, reframing our life stories, growth in relationships, mental fitness, and diversity and inclusion. Fun facts: Charles is a drummer, DJ, golfer, BBQer, an avid reader, and coach of youth soccer and hockey.
Aubrey is a futurist, facilitator, coach, writer and systems-thinker in service to reimaging education and positive social and system transformations. Aubrey received her PhD in Alternative Futures/Indigenous Politics and is the founder of Our Beloved Future and the Our Beloved Futures Podcast, catalyzing a world where everyone can thrive. She was Network Weaver for Omidyar Fellows program from 2014-2021, facilitating and guiding teams to create scalable impact projects and innovative, collaborative efforts. She currently stewards the Rhizome Fellowship leveraging narrative change methods pioneered at Culture Hack Labs and is the Steward of Living Systems for Project Biome. As an advocate in her school community, she has taken a strong interest in meeting the needs of underserved children, helping to found a National Chapter of After School All Stars, a free after school program for middle school youth. Aubrey is the mother to two young world-changing souls and is passionate about inspiring young people to connect to what is possible individually and collectively.
Nicole has an Honours B.A. in Communications and Political Science from York University and is a facilitator, writer, advocate, and consultant specialized in organizational change and anti-oppression. She is committed to educational reform and community transformation and actively shares her voice, lived experience and leadership by participating on local advisory boards, parent councils, boards of directors and advocacy groups. Nicole is a seasoned professional and strategic leader who is highly skilled at taking a collaborative approach with all stakeholders. Her work centers around helping folks find the language, self-awareness and courage to embrace the intersections of their identity, proactively use their voice and question the boundaries of what is possible. In every piece she writes and each session she facilitates, Nicole aims to make it easier to engage in the awkward, bold and necessary conversations needed to identify, disrupt and challenge systems of oppression.
Nina is a facilitator, coach and meditation teacher whose practice focuses on emotional fitness, stress management and personal development. Nina has been practicing and studying meditation for 45 years with accreditation from the internationally recognized Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto. As a co-founder of Heartache 2 Hope, Nina is a passionate advocate for education on suicide having designed and delivered mindful-based stress reduction and coping strategies programming for those dealing with suicide loss. She also leads Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. But most of all, she is a dedicated mother and community member invested in making a difference in people’s lives.