Speakers / Topics: Mental Health

Mental Health Speakers

Sharing their personal journeys and expertise, these mental health speakers help to break the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction—whether it’s asking for help, or helping, their talks make a difference and change lives.

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Jordan Axani

Mental Wellness and Leadership Expert | Focus of World's Most Viral Human-Interest Story

Jordan Axani has a long track-record of bold acts that move and inspire people. Whether becoming one of the youngest people to bike across Canada, or being at the centre of the most viral human-interest story in the internet’s history (the tale of ...

Jordan Axani

Dr. Lisa Bélanger

Behavioural Change Expert | Researcher

An organization’s greatest asset is its people. Award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger shows leaders and teams how insights from behavioural science research can be applied in the workplace to optimize the performance, productivity, and innovation of...

Lisa Belanger

Dr. Susan Biali

Wellness Expert | Life Coach

Dr. Susan Biali’s life passion is to give people the knowledge, tools, and hope to help them create a healthy lifestyle, find happiness, and enjoy a more meaningful life. Formerly clinically depressed, Dr. Biali turned her life around by extensivel...

Dr. Susan Biali

Kevin Breel

Mental Health Activist | TED Sensation

Kevin Breel’s TEDx Talk, “Confessions of a Depressed Comic”, has garnered more than four million views, making it one of the most watched TED talks ever on mental health. In the years since he delivered it, Kevin’s been called one of th...

Kevin Breel

Ron Ellis

Former Toronto Maple Leaf | Mental Health Advocate

Celebrated hockey legend Ron Ellis is dedicated to increasing awareness of mental health issues. After retiring from his 15-year career as a Toronto Maple Leaf, Ellis―one of the most respected individuals to ever wear the “blue and white”―str...

Manu “Swish” Goswami

Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Manu (Swish) Goswami has built a multi-hyphenate career. Just 21 years old, he is already a serial tech entrepreneur as the COO and Co-Founder of Dunk Media; a LinkedIn Youth Editor; a Fortune 500 consultant for Google and American Express; a venture...

Manu "Swish" Goswami

Stéphane Grenier

Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired), Canadian Forces | Mental Health Innovator

In today’s modern workplace, mental health problems have become the leading cause of disability claims, accounting for 70% of workplace disability management costs in Canada. As a former post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer, Lieutenant-Colon...

Stéphane Grenier

Mark Henick

Mental Health Advocate & Strategist | Top 50 TEDx Speaker

With over five million views, Mark Henick’s TEDx talk, “Why We Choose Suicide,” is among the most watched in the world. His story of searching for “the man in the light brown jacket” who saved his life from a teenage suicide attempt...

Mark Henick

Lawrence Hill

Bestselling Author, The Book of Negroes

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner and bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill speaks as well as he writes. With engrossing, poignant talks on diverse topics such as channeling creative energy, censorship, racial identity, mental ...

Lawrence Hill

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

A favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce, Jessica Holmes has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious take on life’s challenges as well as her unique knack fo...

Jessica Holmes

Clara Hughes

Six-Time Olympic Medalist | Mental Health Advocate

“Being a champion is not just about winning,” says six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes. Believing that actions off the track define us as much as those on it, Hughes inspires people toward success in all areas of their lives. Her candid, perso...

Clara Hughes - Photo credit Simon Baker

Jamil Jivani

Award-Winning Activist | Lawyer

Jamil Jivani tackles some of the biggest challenges in the world as a lawyer, community organizer, and teacher. With research and teaching appointments at Yale Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School, Jamil focuses on issues that impact youth, immigra...

Jamil Jivani

Dr. Shimi Kang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on human motivation and neuroscience, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based tools for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, classroom, and at home. With over fifteen years of clin...

Dr. Shimi Kang

Sheldon Kennedy

Former NHL Player | Author of Why I Didn't Say Anything

Sheldon Kennedy skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career, but he is likely best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey League coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered while a teenager under his care....

Sheldon Kennedy

Silken Laumann

Olympic Hero | Mental Health Advocate

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a bestselling author, and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete. As an elite athlete, writer, and life coach, Silken has made her work reaching her own potential a...

Silken Laumann

Amanda Lindhout

New York Times Bestselling Author | Expert on Resilience, Survival, and Optimal Mindset

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout travelled to Somalia — a country often called “the most dangerous place on earth”. Abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road, Amanda was held hostage for 460 days, and survived on her strategy, fortitude, and...

Amanda Lindhout

Tod Maffin

Digital Technology and Marketing Guru

Even at seven o’clock in the morning, Tod Maffin’s upbeat and enlightening presentations on digital technology and marketing bring audiences to their feet. Recognized as a thought leader in online business innovation and strategy, he sheds light ...

Clint Malarchuk

Former NHL Goaltender | Mental Health Advocate

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating, and as stress-ridden as that of an NHL hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career ne...

Clint Malarchuk

Elizabeth Manley

Olympic Figure Skater and World Silver Medalist

Boasting more than 30 years in both amateur and professional figure skating, Elizabeth Manley was the first Canadian female to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition. She has participated in two Olympic Games (where she won...