Paul Tukey – Filmmaker, Author, American Journalist and Activist
Paul Tukey is an American journalist, author, filmmaker and motivational public speaker, who has a particular expertise in environmental issues related to landscape management and water quality. Paul produced the award-winning documentary film, A Chemical Reaction, that is centered around the first town in North America — Hudson, Quebec — to ban lawn and garden chemicals. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of this watershed ruling.
Paul has been featured in thousands of media outlets from Good Morning America in the U.S., to the CBC in Canada, as well as National Geographic, Readers Digest and the New York Times, which called him “The godfather of the natural lawn care movement.” Read Full Bio
Ted Carter – Award Winning Landscape Designer, American Author and Earth Steward
Ted Carter is the co-author of Reunion: How we heal our broken connection to the earth. Land and landscape have been at the center of his creative life, but the past decade has called him to see his work through a powerful spiritual lens. His work as an Earth Steward includes using the traditions of dowsing, ceremony, and prayer with clients as well as providing guidance on the wisdom and healing that comes from responsible ecological and sustainable landscape practices. Ted’s work has been featured in a variety of local and national publications and he has received numerous awards for his creative work in the field of horticulture. Read Full Bio
Ellen Gunter – American Journalist, Spiritual Director and Author
Ellen Gunter is a journalist, spiritual director and co-author of Reunion: How we heal our broken connection to the earth. An advocate of ecological concerns since reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as a teen, her deep concern about the health of the earth has remained a constant in her political and social life. Reunion explores the interconnectedness of the environment with our mental, physical and spiritual health and details how each of us can begin to rediscover our connection to our planet through meaningful exercises and a willingness to look more deeply at what surrounds and calls to us. Read Full Bio
Stéphane Bensoussan, B.SC., M.A - Holistic Health & Educational Psychologist, Author, Director of Clinique Psy-Santé
Stéphane Bensoussan is a holistic health and educational psychologist, speaker, director of the Clinique Psy-Santé and author of Mieux vivre avec le cancer: Les solutions naturelles pour atténuer les symptoms, a book designed to help people deal with cancer and its side effects. His holistic approach encompasses cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, intuitive, and spiritual psychotherapy. He specializes in greeting individuals on their journey toward the integration of mind-body and spirit.
After completing graduate and post-graduate work in Educational Psychology and Counselling at McGill University, Stephane has developed extensive professional training in the areas of behavioral therapy, behavioral medicine, child development and parenting, psycho-oncology, psychoneuroimmunology, complementary medicine, spiritual psychotherapy, and mindfulness meditation. Stéphane will discuss how to Awaken the Healer within. According to him, “Our bodies possess a unique source of wisdom. This source is what we can call the inner healer. This pearl of wisdom is present within all of us. Learning to first access, then trust our inner healer is a wonderful experience that anybody can learn to do in therapy.” Read Full Bio
Martine Irman - Corporate Executive, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40TM, Philanthropist
Martine Irman is a senior executive at TD Bank Group, philanthropist, leader, mentor, inspirational speaker and was honoured as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40TM. Over the past 20 years, Martine has held several executive positions with TD Securities. Martine values community involvement and is also known as a strong leader and mentor for women in the investment industry. Her current activities include acting as a Board Member for YMCA of Greater Toronto, Advisory Council Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto and Campaign Cabinet Member and Co-Chair of Women Gaining Ground for United Way Toronto.
Martine is a member of Women in Capital Markets and is part of TD’s Expanding Leadership Opportunities for Women Committee. She was a recipient of the 2005 WCM Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship for enrolment in the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Judy Project, a forum for executive women. Read Full Bio
Stephen Schettini - Author, Mindfulness Meditation Expert and Ex-Buddhist Monk
Stephen Schettini is not your typical spiritual teacher. After eight years as a Buddhist monk, translator, interpreter and teacher in the Tibetan tradition, and another thirty as an editor, typographer, graphic designer and web developer, Stephen uses his unique communication skills to reinterpret Buddhist mindfulness and philosophy as mindful reflection™ — a path to daily freedom in everyday life. He is founder and director of Quiet Mind Seminars and has taught public workshops since 2003. Stephen is the author of It Begins with Silence, A Practical Guide to Meditation and his memoir The Novice: Why I Became a Buddhist Monk, Why I Quit and What I Learned. Read Full Bio