Louisa Jewell

Louisa Jewell

Louisa Jewell,
Founder and President of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association


The Science of Well-being and Happiness

October 2nd, 1:00-3:00 pm

Louisa Jewell, President and Founder of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, will introduce you to the fascinating topic of positive psychology: The scientific study of psychological well-being and human flourishing. Did you know that happiness actually leads to greater success in many domains in life? But how do you stay happy and positive when you are overwhelmed with work and feeling stressed out? As we face greater challenges in our lives it is important that we maintain a positive and optimistic mindset to stay strong and improve our confidence. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of happiness and human flourishing that explores what is best in people. It is grounded in the scientific evidence that optimism, resilience, engagement and meaning are crucial to everyday performance and improved well-being. Louisa Jewell will discuss the five pillars of happiness and well-being and how you can put these into practice to truly flourish in your life. You will walk away from this talk walking taller, inspired and more resilient than when you walked in.

Ann Dowsett Johnston

Ann Dowsett Johnston

Ann Dowsett Johnston, Award-winning journalist and author



Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

October 23rd, 1:00-3:00 pm

Until the publication of Ann Dowsett Johnston’s Drink, the huge rise in risky drinking among women and girls has gone largely unreported. Johnston’s ground-breaking examination reveals a gender gap that affects - and imperils -- all of us.

Read more about her book at www.harpercollins.ca

Tanjina Mirza

Dr. Tanjina Mirza

Dr. Tanjina Mirza,
Vice President, International Programs, Plan Canada


Buying clothes-what should we know and consider?
The plight of women and girls working in the garment industry.

November 13th, 1:00-3:00 pm

Globalization has created increasing competition in almost all of the manufacturing sectors as large companies are drawn to relocate in countries with inexpensive labour and an absence of unions, rules and regulations protecting workers. Nowhere is this more evident than the garment industry which employs millions of women in countries like China, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam producing clothing for the insatiable demand of consumers in the developed world. The recent factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed hundreds of women demonstrates the risks of exploitation of women and young girls. In her presentation, Dr. Mirza will focus on the garment industry and how it has changed the lives of women forever in Bangladesh. Dr. Mirza is a Bangladesh born Muslim, a medical doctor as well as a Phd in Demography. She is passionate about her topic.

Mike Evans

Dr. Mike Evans

Dr. Mike Evans,
Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Walk, Tweak, and Re-Frame: What does science
say about a better, healthier life?

December 4th, 1:00-3:00 pm

Profiled in 2013 as one of the top 10 innovators in health care
by the Canadian Medical Association.

Known internationally for innovation in how we engage and educate patients, Dr. Mike Evans focuses on bringing together creative interdisciplinary teams to redesign primary care and make innovated health messaging. Creator of two original videos, 23 and ½ hours: What is the single most important thing you can do for your health and 90:10: The single most important thing you can do for stress, Dr. Evans better informs and engages Canadians about health.