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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 Haas

Wellness Expert | Life Coach

Dr. Susan Biali Haas’ 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 and burned out, Dr. Biali Haas turned her l...

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 entrepreneur; a LinkedIn Youth Editor; a past Fortune 500 consultant for Google and American Express; a venture capitalist; a UN Youth Ambassador; and ...

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...

Dr. Gabor Maté

Expert In Addiction, Health and Wellness | Bestselling Author

Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, cas...

Gabor Maté

Séan McCann

Mental Health Advocate | Acclaimed Solo Musician | Founding Member of Great Big Sea

Séan McCann uses his music to help people find light in the darkness. Best known as a founding member of the massively successful Canadian band Great Big Sea, Séan’s twenty years with the ensemble came to a halt in 2013, when he realised that he ...

Séan McCann

Steven Page

Iconic Musician

Steven Page is a natural in front of a crowd. Having shot to international fame as the co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, Page now boasts an impressive solo career, where he continues to showcase his creative genius. A witty, endearing, and searingl...

Steven Page - Photo by David Leyes

Neil Pasricha

Happiness Expert | Bestselling Author of The Book of Awesome

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the strat...

Neil Pasricha

Cheryl Pounder

Gold Medal Champion

It’s always about the journey. That’s the message women’s hockey champion Cheryl Pounder seeks to instill in every audience she speaks to. Believing that learning from our successes, as well as our failures, is the key to staying on the pat...

Cheryl Pounder

Valerie Pringle

Award-Winning Television Broadcaster

Valerie Pringle was one of Canada’s most accomplished and popular television hosts. Selected as one of the “Fifty Famous Faces of Fifty Years of Canadian Television,” by the Banff Television Foundation, her astute questions and charming...

Tanya Talaga

Award-winning Journalist | Author of Seven Fallen Feathers

An award-winning journalist and author, and the First Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed storyteller. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers, a national bestseller that introduced us to seven Indigenous high school...

Margaret Trudeau

Celebrated Canadian | Mental Health Advocate

Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to livin...

Margaret Trudeau

Mary Walsh

Comedian | Actress | Mental Health Advocate

Acclaimed comedian Mary Walsh is best known for her multi-Gemini-Award-winning  work on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes — the long-running satiric, current events program she created, and which showcased her dynamic range of hilarious characters....

Mary Walsh

Frank Warren

Creator, The PostSecret Project

As the creator of the PostSecret Project, Frank Warren is one of the most trusted people in the world. An online phenomena where people share their private hopes, desires, and fears, the PostSecret website allows people to confess the secrets they c...

Frank Warren

Dr. Greg Wells

Health & Performance Expert | Physiologist | Bestselling Author

In high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who draws the parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business lea...

Greg Wells