Racial Trauma Specialist & International Speaker
Based in Washington, Ashley McGirt is an international speaker, author, and a trauma informed therapist. Aside from being the owner of Ashley McGirt Counseling Services LLC and founder of the Worldwide Wellness tour, she also serves as a hospice clinician for a non-profit organization.
McGirt’s profound interest in life and death, as well as the fascinating field of psychology and hospice, began when she first read the book “Tuesdays with Morrie”, which helped she realize how much the dying can teach us about living. Since then she has been dedicated to helping individuals to not only live well but die well.
When she isn’t busy exploring the world, you can find her spending time with those she loves, giving back to her community and enjoying nature.
Understanding his chaotic upbringing led Andrew Bird to observations of how he had not only overcome these struggles but led to successfully accomplishing his childhood dreams. Discovering these steps and duplicating the results has led Andrew to become interested in spreading this idea to as many people as possible as a talented storyteller.
For those that are ready, this is it.
Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Cold Tea Collective
Throughout her career in marketing, media and education, Natasha has honed her talents specifically in storytelling, leadership development and community building. As a storyteller, Natasha is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Cold Tea Collective, a community for North American Asian millennials navigating their identities. As a career consultant, Natasha helps youth and young professionals align their hustle with their heart - that is, doing work they care about. She is Past-Chair of the Leaders of Tomorrow Program with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and has taught career-life education at the Beedie School of Business, Crofton House School and the Richmond School District. In 2017 she was recognized by the United Global Chinese Womens’ Association of Canada for her work in youth leadership development and entertainment arts. She emceed TEDxSFU in 2016 and is thrilled to take the stage as a speaker in 2019.
Author & Motivational Speaker
Glenda Watson Hyatt
Glenda Watson Hyatt is an author, keynote speaker and a badass agitator. Motivated by her personal experiences and the continual flow of social injustices faced by others living with communication disabilities, Glenda is a formidable voice for this systemically overlooked and devalued segment of our society. Through her various projects and committees, she aims to increase awareness, understanding and inclusion of people who use alternative means of communication. She played a strong advocacy role for the inclusion of communication access in the newly enacted Accessible Canada Act; the first-time speech and language disabilities have been recognized in accessibility legislation.
Emerging Academic, Interdisciplinary Writer & Artist
Rosie is an emerging academic, interdisciplinary writer, and artist. She is working on academic publications, and public engagement before she embarks on her PhD. She also works as part of the support staff at BCIT. Rosie’s background is in art history, contemporary art, and humanities. She is an MA graduate of the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU and has held multiple teaching assistant positions in the SCA, English, and Humanities department. She is interested in exploring the intersection of art and the identity of the Other, how being in the margins is a place that transformed and incited change in her identity. You will find her cycling the city streets, running trails, training in Olympic weightlifting with her wife, and spending time with their big family here in B.C. and A.B.Educator & Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator
Len Pierre is Coast Salish from Katzie First Nation. His background is primarily in the area of Indigenous Education but also includes Child Care Counselling, Television and Radio Broadcast, and more recently Adult Education. Len is the Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator at Fraser Health Authority. His work includes overseeing the regional development of policies, resources, education and training modules to support health care providers in delivering safe and equitable care. Len aims to bring awareness on the impacts of colonialism on communities and also explore the tremendous worth in Indigenous knowledge and values for society. During his free time he enjoys yoga, fitness regimens, playing in his traditional territory, and endless hours deciding what to watch on Netflix.
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Dr. Bal Pawa
One of Canada's leading Integrative physicians and co-founder of the Westcoast Women's Clinic, Dr. Pawa is also an author and speaker. She has been in practice for over 30 years, initially as a Family Physician with special focus in obstetrics and in Integrative medicine. Her unique, combined training as a Pharmacist, Medical Doctor, and Integrative Medicine practitioner was instrumental in recognizing the need for disease prevention. Dr. Pawa obtained certification from Harvard Medical School in Mind-Body Medicine and also completed training under the direction of Dr. Deepak Chopra. She is a certified Menopause Clinician and member of the Institute of Functional Medicine. Going from physician to patient following an accident made her realize the gap in our current medical system: The vital role of the mind-body connection and self-regulation. She has made it her personal mission to empower, educate and inspire people to take charge of their health by cultivating a healthy, proactive mindset and bridging that gap. Dr. Pawa continues to spread her message and instill techniques for self-care. Her educational initiatives and contributions to healthcare have been recognized by the community locally and nationally. Dr. Pawa enjoys writing, hiking, golf, and creative cooking! She lives in Vancouver with her husband of 32 years where they raised their kids.Medical School Student & Researcher
Angela Ji is a seasoned university student, researcher and granddaughter. She first developed an interest in end-of-life care in her first year at medical school. Since then, she has been on a journey through emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and scientific literature at home to learn what it really means to care for loved ones.CEO & Co-Founder of Intuitive AI
Hassan Murad is the CEO & Co-Founder of Intuitive AI where they develop AI to empower a zero-waste world. Driven by the world’s massive waste problem, he began creating solutions with co-founder, Vivek Vyas, to divert waste away from landfills, incineration chambers, third world countries and oceans.
Hassan has won numerous awards recognizing his leadership in innovation and was recently featured on Forbes as the Top 5 Entrepreneurs On The Rise in AI. When he’s not busy changing the world, he enjoys watching people sort their trash, taking photos of garbage bins (interesting hobby), trash talking over coffee and occasionally dumpster diving.