Maria LeRose is an award-winning television producer and interviewer, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She received her Masters of Education from the University of British Columbia in the Department of Education and Counseling Psychology - with an emphasis on social and emotional development.
Fiona has a very diverse background and her experience includes careers as a Gaming Investigator, Stay-at-home Mom, Sales & Marketing professional, and Non-Profit CEO. Her most recent roles have been as CEO of the Minerva Foundation from 2011 – 2013, Acting Director of Fund Development at YWCA Metro Vancouver, and prior to that, as the Director of Membership Marketing Vancouver Board of Trade.
Victor Chan has known the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and in 2005, they co-founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. The Dalai Lama and Victor Chan also co-authored the Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights (Riverhead, January 2013).
Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D., is an author, award-winning teacher, researcher and professor at the University of British Columbia. For more than 20 years, Kim’s research has focused on the social and emotional learning (SEL) and development of children and adolescents. She is current Interim Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC.
Dr. Duncan is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Kelowna, BC where he serves as Clinical Director of the BC Interior ADHD Clinic. He is passionate about the needs of kids struggling with emotional and behavior-related skill deficits.
Jeff Calbick is a Director of Strategic Priorities with United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Community Impact and Investment Department and a former Director of Community Development with United Way of the Fraser Valley.
Lisa Pedrini is the Manager for Social Responsibility and Diversity with the Vancouver School District, a position she has held since 1998. Some of her responsibilities include safe and caring schools, supporting and encouraging Social Emotional Learning (including the MindUP Program), and providing training and coordination for other prevention programs.
Mary-Ann has served as a trustee with the West Vancouver Board of Education since 2005. She became chair in April of 2008. Prior to joining the board, she practiced law for almost 20 years, holding positions as a civil litigator, law lecturer, provincial crown prosecutor, and in-house counsel.
Maureen is currently Assistant Superintendent in the Coquitlam School District. She is a conference speaker, workshop leader and staff development planner and facilitator. Maureen also worked as an independent staff development consultant with teachers and administrators throughout North America.