Jeff, Perera, Headshot
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 coach, researcher, consultant, futurist, systems thinker, and passionate advocate for positive social transformation and long-term systems innovation and transformation. Aubrey is engaged as the Network Weaver at the Hawaiʻi Leadership Forum facilitating and guiding teams to create scalable impact projects and innovative collaborative efforts. As a mother and advocate in her school community she has taken a strong interest in seeing the needs of underserved children met, helping to found a national Chapter of After School All Stars, a free after school program for at-risk middle school youth.
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.