May 13, 2017 Summit speakers

We are heading into our second Summit! This Summit focuses on advocating, resiliency, nutrition, stress management and technology. We have live speakers for our event and a video package that offers the live and online speakers that you can enjoy from your home when you purchase your video package!  The great thing is you can have both of these worlds!!  And we get to tap into some amazing speakers but offering both platforms!!  What else is new for this summit -- we will have inspirational speakers that are talking about their learning difference and offering other methods of hope through music and quotes.  We want to offer your child hope through their life messages and you can access these awesome people through our 2017 Video package for May!


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Founder of shift your thinking, CEO of technology & tools for kids, author of bEyond ok from Invisible to invincible


When you become a Mom, nothing can prepare you for the new world you are about to take on.  This Mom world taps into parts of you, you never thought you had.  As a Mom, I have grown more as a person than any other role in my life.  And it's because of this role that I'm here today to help other Moms support their children's learning and more importantly -- maintain their self esteem and allow them to be who they are meant to be.  Mom's have a powerful role to play.  I know we don't always feel powerful but we are still stepping up to this position -- that's why you are invincible!


I worked as an Occupational Therapist in the school setting for 20 years.  I watched and I learned -- I looked at skills and how learning was viewed and what seemed to be missing when it came to supporting kids that were learning differently.  I had the passion which came from my own learning experiences.  My business was born! I stepped out to help parents support their children in a new way so they could see their learning abilities.  I was thrilled but not done yet. I started to support other Occupational Therapist and the next step was to write my book. It was the story about my learning differences and what that looked it to me.  And finally we are here at Shift Your Thinking which is now an extension of this passion to support learning differences!

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sarah rosensweet

Parenting Expert

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. Enjoy your kids again! Find her at or follow her on Facebook.

Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason PhD

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. She is formerly Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  

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 (Dundurn Press) 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.

adrienne Edgar,

We are all called on over and over – in ways big and small – to rise up, to speak our truth, to open, to overcome, to expand. Moving through – feeling our feelings, facing our fears, rising to challenges, overcoming obstacles – these are all navigating with and toward joy. Truth and compassion and kindness and love – these are our compass points. We use them to navigate tough times and move toward joy. We speak our truth, we take care of ourselves, we laugh at ourselves, we fail, we love, we screw up, we have a bad hair day and we move forward. We recognize the beauty today has brought to us and we’re grateful.

I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.   
— Gail Borden
Beth Berry

Beth Berry

Parent expert

Beth Berry is a writer, life coach, adventurer, mother of four daughters, and hopelessly hopeful human. She shows up wholeheartedly (however imperfectly), and speaks the truths from her heart, and contemplates life’s messy, sacred mysteries. 



elias puurunen

Elias Puurunen is a versatile entrepreneur and Chief Futurist at Northern HCI Solutions. He has learned to turn disabilities into competitive advantages. As a speaker he makes controversial topics conversational, and his workshops are, "more than just an excuse to skip a day of work." Today Elias is a consultant and advisor to a number of successful technology firms and government organizations.

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kyleigh campbell

Kyleigh Campbell is an author of the book, "Someone Like Me: "Your Spelling Sucks!" "Oh Whale."

Her book cover says: Are you a student, maybe even an adult, who has a learning difference? Well, this book was written especially for you. Someone Like Me is a series of books written for those with learning differences by those with learning differences. 
Too often, those with learning differences feel alone in their struggles. Reading real life stories of successful people who also have learning differences will help you see that you are not alone and that like them you can live your dreams.

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sperry Bilyea

Founder of shift your thinking, thrive by design

The Mom Story -

I needed help.  I found Susan Schenk and she walked me through a life changing exercise to help my children in her Invincible Mama Program.  I have 3 awesome kids who all have some diagnosis or another either LD, ADHD and GAD (including their mom).  They are creative, quirky, funny,  out of the box thinkers and we love them this way!  They did not fit the school mold.  I saw their self-esteem go down the toilet. I searched for traditional and non traditional medical experts, social workers, nutritionists, meditation.  I found it confusing and overwhelming.  Our family ebbs and flows as all families do - I want to do the best for each child and help them truly thrive in the world.

The Biz Story

My whole career has been in the health and wellness industry in the US and Canada. My company is called Thrive by Design. Thriving By Design’s mission is to CURATE RESEARCH and experiences to help nurture curiosity in living a life that is intentionally focused on health regardless of age or circumstances.  Shift Your Thinking fits into this personal mission perfectly. Our hope is to start this community and give families who are just beginning this journey or are in the middle of it - the support, resources and encouragement that we were searching for in one place.  Shifting peoples thinking about learning differently one mind at a time.


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Ciara Foy

Nutritionist and Mindset Coach

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.

When she’s not working out of her private practice in downtown Toronto—or spending time with her two girls—Ciara provides consultations with women all over the world, from places as far flung as Scotland, Morocco and Africa.

As the author of a popular e-book for, she has served up healthful advice to an online fitness community of millions. She's also appeared on Etalk Canada, Global TV and CTV, been called upon as an expert for National magazines such as Elle, Best Health, Flare and featured in many other media outlets.

Dr. Sue Ball PHD, C. Psych.

Dr. Sue Ball has been with the York Region District School Board for 18 years, where she is currently Chief Psychologist and Co-Chair of the Learning Disabilities Steering Committee. She is also a former Co-ordinator of Psychological Services and a former member of the Resiliency Project Executive Steering Committee for the York Region District School Board. Dr. Ball holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Master of Arts degree in School and Child Clinical Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto as well as a Diploma in Child Study from the Institute of Child Study from the University of Toronto.

Sue is a psychologist with 18 years of experience working in a school board in a variety of capacities, most recently as a Coordinator of Psychological Services and a Chief Psychologist. 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. She was involved in the creation and roll-out of School Mental Health Assist provincial modules on Creating a Mentally Healthy Classroom, Well-being, Anxiety, ADHD, Mood Disorders and Understanding Learning Disabilities. 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 has three children, ages 21, 17 and 12 years old and enjoys most being involved in their lives and activities. 

hanada kardassopoulos

To her consulting role, Hanada brings over 20 years experience working with children and adolescents in the Ontario educational system. For the past 12 years, she has been a principal in many varied communities, both geographically and ability based. Hanada has taught teachers at York University and has represented her district at both Ministry policy development initiatives and international conferences. She has earned an a Honors Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto, a B. Ed. and M.Ed from The Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto , and has certification in Cognitive Coaching, IBI/ABA Therapy, and Facilitation Skill. 

Hanada’s passion for supporting children and adolescents with unique learning and behavioural challenges. 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. 

Hanada continues to personally grow while guiding and inspiring her own daughter through the challenges of adolescence. Together they celebrate their connection as mother and daughter and recognize that they are both educators, mentors, facilitators and students.

Could it be that maybe we are “suppose to learn this way?
— Susan Schenk Beyond Ok from Invisible to Invincible