Speakers / Types: Mental Health

Mental Health Speakers

Sharing their personal journeys and expertise, our mental health speakers help to break the stigma surrounding psychological health and addiction. Their talks make a difference — and often change lives.

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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 psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural science can be applied in the workplace to optimize performance, productivity, and innova...

Dr. Lisa Belanger

Dr. Susan Biali Haas

Expert in Burnout Prevention, Stress Management, and Resilience | Mental Health Advocate

An award-winning medical doctor, Dr. Susan Biali Haas’ life passion is to equip people with the knowledge, skills, and tools that will help them to enjoy optimal mental health, avoid burnout, and increase their resilience. Formerly clinically depressed and b...

Dr. Susan Biali-Haas

Jennifer Botterill

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Jennifer Botterill is one of Canada’s most successful athletes. A member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team for 14 years, she is a three-time Olympic champion, CEO of two companies, and an in-demand NHL analyst in both Canada and the US, regularly app...

Jennifer Botterill

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, Breel’s been called one of the “most ...

Kevin Breel

Drew Dudley

Internationally Acclaimed Leadership Speaker | Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Called one of the most inspirational TED speakers in the world, Drew Dudley is on a mission to redefine leadership. With more than five million views, his TED talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” proved that leadership is not a characteristic o...

Drew Dudley

Kellylee Evans

Juno Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter | Motivational Speaker

Internationally acclaimed Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Kellylee Evans has been making waves around the world with her energy-charged performances. She shares her inspirational journey of recovery and showcases the importance of self-care and finding yo...

Kellylee Evans

Swish Goswami

CEO, Surf | Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Swish Goswami has built a multi-hyphenate career at the age of 25. He is currently the CEO of Surf, a tech company providing brands a better way to engage and understand consumers while compensating consumers for their data. His company works with some of the ...

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-Colonel (Retire...

Stephane Grenier

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

Described as one of the most sought-after, engaging, thought-provoking, and truly transformative international speakers and scholars in her field, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resilienc...

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Mark Henick

Mental Health Advocate and Strategist | Top 50 TEDx Speaker

Having been viewed and shared millions of times, Mark Henick’s TEDx talk, “Why We Choose Suicide,” is among the most watched in the world. He has dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change when it comes to mental he...

Mark Henick

Lawrence Hill

Bestselling Author, The Book of Negroes

The 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, Black history ...

Lawrence Hill

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years, and has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious take on life’...

Clara Hughes

Six-Time Olympic Medalist | Mental Health Advocate

After spending half her life striving to be the fastest person in the world, six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes decided to switch gears and “slow down to the pace of a human being.” This led her to hike over 16,000 kilometres, where she discovered the ...

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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, Jivani focuses on issues that impact youth, immigrants, and ...

Jamil Jivani

Dr. Shimi Kang

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

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of adaptability, leadership, and self-motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement. With 20 years of clinical experience and exten...

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. Since the...

Sheldon Kennedy

Chris Koch

Renowned Motivational Speaker

Chris Koch doesn’t let limitations or obstacles stand in his way. Despite being born without arms and legs, Koch grew up like any other small-town kid — playing road hockey, causing mischief at school, and helping out on his family farm. Neither he or his ...

Chris Koch

Michael Landsberg

Mental Health Speaker | Founder of #SickNotWeak

Former Off the Record host Michael Landsberg is a charismatic icon of the Canadian sports community. He’s also one of the country’s most vocal mental health advocates, the founder of the #SickNotWeak non-profit organization, and is dedicated to era...

Michael Landsberg

Silken Laumann

Olympic Hero | Mental Health & Child Advocate

A world champion single sculls rower and a four-time Olympic medallist, Silken Laumann knows what it takes to be the best in the world. She also knows what it means to overcome adversity. While at the peak of her game, a boat crashed into her leg, almost endin...

Silken Laumann

Clint Malarchuk

Former NHL Goaltender | Mental Health Advocate

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating, and stressful as that of an NHL hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering from anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression, and having your career nearly cut short b...

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Anthony McLean

Mental Health | Inclusivity | Education

With a background in theatre, Anthony McLean delivers lively presentations on mental health, diversity and inclusion, and education. He has delivered hundreds of inspiring talks across the world, rocking the stage at conferences, colleges, and corporate events...

Dr. Janet Morrison

Leadership and Transformational Change Expert

Currently the President and Vice Chancellor of a large, multi-disciplinary post-secondary institution renowned globally for an ethos of trailblazing, Dr. Janet Morrison is an educator, thought leader, and change agent. She draws on her 35 years of experience l...

Dr. Janet Morrison

Ben Nemtin

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author | Co-Founder of The Buried Life Movement

As the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and star of MTV’s high rated The Buried Life, Ben Nemtin uses keynote presentations to help empower and motivate groups to make a difference and live courageously. Nemt...

Ben Nemtin

Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa

Physician | Changemaker | Transformative Leadership | Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion

One of Time magazine’s “2021 Next Generational Leaders”, Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a medical trailblazer spearheading change in healthcare and beyond. She is an accomplished physician, spoken word poet, and advocate for racialized and marginalized popula...

Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa

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 searingly honest s...

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 stratosp...

Neil Pasricha

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier

Leadership Resilience and Burnout Expert

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier is an award-winning workplace mental health expert, psychologist, and advisor. Fluently bilingual in both English and French, she’s one of only a handful of work psychologists holding both a PhD and MBA and expertly blends busine...

Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier

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 path toward e...

Cheryl Pounder

Serena Ryder

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Mental Health Advocate

A vocal powerhouse, Serena Ryder is a platinum-selling artist whose raw and earnest songwriting and beautifully electric live performances have made her a favourite amongst fans, peers, and critics alike. She has received numerous accolades, including the pres...

Serena Ryder

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Nike's Former Leadership Development and Talent Strategy Head | Resilience Expert

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal is a leading global authority on leadership, resilience, well-being, and mental health. Previously the head of executive leadership development and talent strategy at Nike, she is now the founder and chief resilience officer of the Res...

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Tanya Talaga

Award-winning Journalist | Author of Seven Fallen Feathers

Tanya Talaga is an award-winning Anishinaabe journalist and author. An acclaimed storyteller, she is the author of the national bestselling book, Seven Fallen Feathers, which introduced us to seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thund...

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 living with bip...

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 — CBC’s wildly popular take on current affairs, which she created and which showcases her dynamic range of hilarious characters. Outsi...

Mary Walsh

Dr. Greg Wells

Expert on Optimizing Performance | Physiologist | Four-Time 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, as a scientist and physiologist, has dedicated his career to making the science of human li...

Dr. Greg Wells

Samra Zafar

Human Rights Activist | Social Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author

After escaping a decade of abuse living as a child bride in Canada, Samra Zafar has became a beacon of hope for many people facing exclusion, abuse, and gender-based violence. Now an award-winning international speaker, bestselling author, and social entrepren...

Samra Zafar