2017 Summit Speakers

- may 2017-


Susan Schenk and Sperry Bilyea

Co-founders of Shift Your Thinking kicking off the Summit.  Conference Open Remarks and the Importance of having a Village.

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DR. Sue Ball

Dr. Sue Ball is a psychologist with over 18 years experience.  She is most passionate about the school district and province wide work she has been involved in with the Ontario Government Ministry of Education, Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO) and Learning Disabilities Association of York Region (LDAYR) to build the capacity of educators and parents to understand how to support student learning, resiliency and mental health. Sue was integrally involved in the creation of a module and waterfall document that shows how processing affects learning, including a specific focus on attention and executive functioning, and is passionate about helping students understand their individual learning profiles and how to advocate for themselves, both individually and on a system level.  She shares the latest research on resiliency, mattering and self compassion.


slides from 'Promoting Resilience What we do matters'


Susan Schenk 

Susan is passionate about shifting how we view learning differences.  She knows first hand what it's like and wants others to see all the abilities kids have that learn differently.  She starts with her story and how tapping into your child's strengths is so important.  

Susan's book and personal supports can be found at www.beyondok.ca

Susan supports parents as an Occupational Therapist to develop a plan which will allow them to help their child develop the skills they need to feel successful with their learning.  Set up a free 15 minute consultation with her today. 

keynote: accommodations and Modifications

slides for accommodations and Modifications


Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason

Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason Ph.D is an immunologist, cell biologist and nutrition consultant. Her many scientific papers have been published in leading medical and scientific journals. 

Currently Aileen divides her time between her private practice in nutrition and in lecturing to medical and allied health professionals on the evidence based use of diet and supplements in health maintenance and disease prevention. 

Her first book Eat Well, Age Better has become a national best seller, popular with doctors and health care professionals as well as the general public. Her new book The Healthy Brain will be published by HarperCollins in the fall of 2017.


Slides for what kids need to eat and why


Susan Schenk 

Susan talks about why using technology is powerful and not cheating with some practical examples and tools to help your kids. 


SLIDES FROM Why using technology is powerful and not cheating part one (part two will be next summit) 


Hanada Kardassopoulos

Hanada brings over 20 years experience working with children and adolescents in the Ontario educational system. For the past 12 years, she has been and still is a principal in many varied communities, both geographically and ability based. 

She is the founder of Pathways for All Inc. Her mission is to be an advocate and support for any child, adolescent or family as they seek the most suitable pathways to achieve their goal(s). She works in partnership with psychologists, speech and language pathologists, pediatricians, physio and occupational therapists, and IBI/ABA therapists to understand and apply the assessment outcomes to the educational and home settings. Because of her many years of experience, Hanada is able to interpret various forms of assessments (e.g., psychological educational assessments, speech and language assessments, OT/PT reports, Pediatric Developmental Assessments etc.) and use them to set short and long-term goals that help families help their special needs child reach full potential.


slides for 5 step process for uncovering your child's potential


Ciara Foy

Ciara Foy helps overachievers understand their health. By helping them prioritize their internal life and create room for self-care, she gets them on track towards becoming their happiest, healthiest, most efficacious selves.

Regardless of what brings people to her in the first place—whether stress issues or depression or lack of balance—Ciara blends her background in high-pressure, corporate environments with her coaching expertise to offer unapologetic, straightforward methods that appeal to driven, high-achieving movers and shakers.  

This workshop is reviews the how food impacts mood, energy and focus.  You do not have to get into food battles to get your kids to eat healthier.


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Sara Rosensweet

Sarah Rosensweet is a peaceful parenting coach. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three big kids (ages 9, 12, and 16). Sarah helps parents become the parents they want to be- with a non-punitive, connection-based approach that that feels good and works. Sarah is certified by Dr. Laura Markham as an Aha! Peaceful Parenting Coach. 

This workshop is reviews how to emotionally coach your child so they can develop healthy emotional resilience and how to  regulate your own emotions and the 3 parenting practices you need to handle anything.


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adrienne edgar

Founder of May You Know Joy - supported our conference with a grounding meditation in the middle of the day.  This meditation is very helpful to just unwind and breathe.

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