Anishinabe Nation Elder
John is actively engaged with the Early Psychosis Program at CMHA, working with many first nations in the region through the Enaahtig Mental Health Outreach Program. Through his life’s work, John Rice has been a leader in community wellness for over 30 years. This leadership was honoured in 2016 as the recipient of the CAMH - Chapin A’sin Elder Vern Harper Award for Excellence in the Provision of Culturally-Based Practice.
Best-selling Author, Founder Center for Mindful Living, Psychologist
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is co-founder of The Centre for Mindful Living and the creator of the six-month online program A Course in Mindful Living. His books are available in 12 languages and include Uncovering Happiness, The Now Effect, Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler and A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook with a foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Barry Boyce is founding editor of Mindful, a print and digital magazine focusing on applying mindfulness to everyday life and a mindfulness practitioner and teacher for more than 40 years. He is editor of The Mindfulness Revolution; coauthor of The Rules of Victory, a commentary on Sun Tzu’s Art of War; and development editor for U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan’s book A Mindful Nation.
Diversity & Inclusion
Mabinti Dennis has been studying Buddhism and practicing mindfulness meditation through the Shambhala Meditation tradition for over 30 years. She is a trained Meditation Instructor.
Wisdom Traditions & Contemplative Practice
Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw is the co-director and faculty of the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program at the University of Toronto. Dekyi-Lee developed the Transformative Mindfulness Methods protocol for inquiry and intervention and for 20 years has been training practitioners internationally.
Author, Professor and Co-founder of MBCT
Zindel Segal PhD. is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto – Scarborough. His study of mindfulness meditation and antidepressant medication has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN Health Online and the New York Times.
Contemplative Research & Practice
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.
Co-founder of Centre for Mindfulness Studies
Patricia Rockman is the co-founder of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and an associate professor with the University of Toronto, department of family and community medicine; cross appointed to psychiatry.
International retreat leader, writer, speaker, accredited leadership coach
Valerie Brown JD, MA, PCC, 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.