Founder and Director
Mike has combined his personal and professional experience to create educational and training programs and practices rooted in experiential learning. The teachings are a combination of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, cognitive behavioural therapy, and neuroscience.
Ellen Choi | Ph.D.
Organizational Social Psychologist
Ellen is an organizational social psychologist who trained at the London School of Economics and completed her doctoral degree at the Ivey School of Business. In particular, she studies the efficacy of mindfulness training on performance under pressure, resilience, and will power. Ellen has taught and researched mindfulness with corporate executives, MBA students, elementary school students, police recruits, and in health care settings. Read Ellen’s Research here & Learn about her workplace Mindfulness programs here.
Rn BScN CPMHN(C) | Lead Facilitator and Program Design
Katie is a Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse working at Canada’s largest children’s Hospital. At 13 years old, Katie experienced a traumatic event, which in turn sparked her first glimpse into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Over the last 13 years, she’s had ups and downs but attributes her success and happiness to finally letting her guard down, asking for help, but most importantly her loving and supportive parents and friends.
Asking for help not only allowed Katie to realize she was not alone, but it allowed her to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse in mental health.
David Zarnett | Ph.D.
Director of Strategy & Research
David is the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, from where he received a Ph.D in 2017. His work supports students as they address challenges in school and as they prepare for life after graduation. Through his work on campus, including as a lecturer and teaching assistant, he has witnessed a deteriorating mental health situation. He is passionate about providing students with the support and guidance they need to reach their potential.
He is also one of the last human beings on the planet who isn’t attached to a smart phone and only uses one reluctantly for emergencies and other necessary communication. (not for co-workers) 🙂
Beyond his work at the University of Toronto, he is also the Executive Director of Every Kid Counts, an advocacy organization that is campaigning to strengthen special education policy in Ontario.