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Founder of MindWell

Geoffrey Soloway, PhD 

Dr. Geoff Soloway has been working in the area of health promotion, mindfulness and wellbeing for almost 20 years. Geoff completed a PhD on Mindfulness at the University of Toronto, as well as a Master's of Education on Holistic Education. Geoff has worked as an Instructor at University of Toronto and University of British Columbia (UBC) and as a consultant offering mindfulness-based workshops and programs for professionals in the workplace. Geoff received a certificate in Organizational Coaching for UBC.

The History of MindWell

MWU Faculty

MWU has a growing faculty that share their expertise on webinars, research, curriculum development and training.

Constable Jon Carson is a 20 year veteran in policing and Canada's foremost leader in bringing mindfulness to first responders. Jon is the MWU Senior Trainer for First Responders.

Jon Carson

Shauna Shapiro, PhD, is a professor, author, and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and compassion. Dr. Shapiro has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and co-authored the critically acclaimed texts, The Art and Science of Mindfulness, and Mindful Discipline, translated into 9 languages. Her 2017 TEDx talk is rated one of the top 10 TED-talks on Mindfulness and has received almost a million views.

Dr. Shauna Shapiro

Dr. Jamie Gruman is a Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph. His latest book, called Boost: The Science of Recharging Yourself in an Age of Unrelenting Demands, explains how we can most effectively use our leisure time to recover from our daily obligations. He writes for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post and has appeared in numerous media stories around the globe.

Dr. Jamie Gruman

Dr. Chris Bell is an Associate Professor of Organization Studies at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. His current program of research combines these interests in the study of envy in the workplace, and in particular mindfulness as an envy intervention, in collaboration with researchers and practitioners in Canada, China, Europe, Pakistan, and the U.A.E.

Dr. Chris Bell

Dr. Kristin Wilson holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and currently is an Online Learning Consultant and Research Associate at the Centre for Extended Learning at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. In this role Kristin applies cognitive psychological principles of attention, memory, metacognition, and motivation to the design and development effective and engaging online courses. 

Dr. Kristin Wilson

Daniel Skarlicki is the Edgar Kaiser Chair of Organizational Behavior at the Sauder School of Business. He is a professor in Sauder’s Executive MBA in Health Care program as well as in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) at the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Daniel Skarlicki

Dr. Peter Cornish is an Associate Professor and Director of the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The SWCC is an academic and service unit with a focus on interprofessional wellness programming, training and research. Programming includes primary medical care, psychiatric consultation, counselling and a wide range of other mental health supports and programs, healthy campus development activities, academic teaching and training in the faculties of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Peter Cornish

David Vago is research director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and director of the Contemplative Neuroscience and Integrative Medicine (CNIM) Laboratory at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He is an associate professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and department of Psychiatry. He is also a research associate in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. David Vago

Dr. Robert Roeser is the Bennett Pierce Professor of Care, Compassion and Human Development in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University. He has a Ph.D. from the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan (1996) and holds master's degrees in religion and psychology, developmental psychology and clinical social work.

Dr. Robert Roeser

Corey Mackenzie, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a Clinical Psychologist, Professor and Director of Clinical
Training in the Department of Psychology, Adjunct Professor in Psychiatry, and a Research Affiliate
with the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba.  His lab focuses on Mental Health & Aging.

Dr. Corey Mackenzie

Gayle Goldstein has been working in the field of mental health in the workplace for 30 years, and will share insights from her work on front lines assisting supervisors, human resources personnel and employees through challenging workplace events including natural disasters, violence, transitions and complex personnel issues.  

Dr. Gayle Goldstein

Since 2004 Jaisa has practised as a neuro-rehab occupational therapist in Ontario, until 2010 when a motorcycle accident left her with a spinal cord injury (SCI). As a therapist turned patient, Jaisa participated in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program that not only enriched her recovery but also helped her to cope with chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. 
Jaisa has since become a qualified MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and teaches mindfulness to patients, students and clinicians across Canada. 

Jaisa Sulit

Nancy Kriseman is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience and who specializes in working with older people and their families.  Nancy maintains a private practice.  She is a published author of three books. 

Nancy Kriseman

Karen Klockner, PhD. (MHFESA) is a Registered Psychologist currently working as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Queensland in Brisbane, teaching courses in Safety Sciences, Human Factors, OH&S and Accident Forensic. Dr. Klockner researches, publishes and consults in the area of Organizational Resilience, including Individual and Organizational (Collective) Mindfulness as it relates to crisis and emergency management, safety, systems, leadership and organizational behaviour.

Dr. Karen Klockner

Ellen is an organizational social psychologist who trained at the London School of Economics. She completed her doctorate at the Ivey School of Business studying the effects of mindfulness in the workplace. In particular, she studies the efficacy of mindfulness training on creativity, will power, and resilience and provides executive training applying mindfulness concepts to workplace issues.  Ellen has taught and researched mindfulness within corporations, with police recruits, and in health care settings.

Dr. Ellen Choi

Hersh Forman is a senior consumer packaged goods marketing, sales and communications professional, workplace mindfulness trainer and Chair of the Steering Committee of Mindfulness Toronto.

Hersh Forman

Geri Bemister is a behavioral scientist, business owner and formerly the Director of Operations at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. Geri has studied the Criminal Justice System in five different countries, and is currently a faulty member in the department of Criminology at Vancouver Island University. Geri is also a University- College Professor within the Department of Criminology at North Island College. Ms. Bemister’ s career has provided her the opportunity to serve as the primary lead on major health authority research projects concerning mental health, addictions, and criminality. 

Geri Bemister

Dr. Elisabeth Drance is a Geriatric Psychiatrist and UBC Clinical Associate Professor.

Dr. Elisabeth Drance

Dr. Brotto is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia and a Registered Psychologist with the BC College of Psychologists. She is also Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute

Dr. Lori Brotto

Throughout her career in business management and psychology, Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier
has spearheaded a national dialogue on the crucial issue of workplace health. She is a bilingual practicing psychologist with over 15 years of experience in clinical, counselling, and workplace psychology. Marie-Hélène holds a Ph.D. in counselling psychology from UBC and an MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business. With her unique background in both psychology and business, she continues to evolve business and people strategies to critical new areas – most recently to the integration of financial, physical and mental health.

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier

Mary C. Gentile, PhD, is Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values, Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Senior Advisor at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and consultant on management education and leadership development. 

Dr. Mary Gentile

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