Keynote Speakers

Robin Grille


Robin Grille is a father, psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated in Australia and around the world. Robin’s first book: ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World’ has received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA, UK and New Zealand. His second book, ‘Heart to Heart Parenting’, was first published in Australia and is now available in an updated USA edition. Robin’s work is animated by his belief that humanity’s future is largely dependent on the way we collectively relate to our children.

Born in Uruguay, South America, into a multicultural family, Robin is fluent in Spanish and English, and haltingly conversant in French and Romanian. He feels a strong affinity for a broad span of cultures, across the universal human family. 

Robin’s experiential, skills-based and informational parenting courses have helped many people to embrace parenting as a transformative, personal growth journey. Drawing from 25 years’ clinical experience and from leading-edge neuropsychological research, Robin’s seminars and courses focus on healthy emotional development for children as well as parents; while building supportive, co-operative parenting communities.   

To find out more about Robin Grille’s work, his books, articles and seminars visit:  and 

Conference Speakers

Gary Anaka


Gary Anaka is a Special Education Teacher, Author, Brain-Based Learning Facilitator, Advocate for Health and Wellness, and an inspirational Public Speaker. He is married and lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Gary is the top Brain-Based Learning facilitator in British Columbia today. He has been a certified facilitator since 1997, receiving on-going training from the Jensen Learning Corporation, a world leader in teacher training in the new field of Applied Educational Neuroscience.

Gary has over 32 years of classroom experience in Learning Assistance, Peer Tutoring, Gifted/Enrichment and Study Skills, at the high school level in Canada and Australia.  He has presented Professional Development workshops to tens of thousands of teachers, support staff, students and parents in over 50 BC school districts as well as other provinces.  He is the author of Your Magical Brain: How It Learns Best(2nd Edition - 2012)

Since 2006, his presentations have expanded into the new exciting field of Brain Health and Wellness. He believes in wellness through education. In addition to recently presenting in other provinces of Canada, in September 2011, he completed a tour of Denmark. He is the author of a valuable, well received publication entitled Brain Wellness The Secrets For Longevity.Gary is a dynamic public speaker, famous for his audience engagement, energetic and lively sessions. His presentations are always filled with humour and optimism to support everyone, from babies to seniors, to become life long learners, and to maintain a healthy brain throughout one's life.  His practical suggestions, whether about how the brain learns or how to stay healthy, can be applied immediately in any work or life situation.

He is a motivational speaker and teacher, from the classroom to the conference keynote level, whose sessions have been called, both professionally and personally, life changing.

Jennifer Gibson


Jennifer Gibson MA, the Coordinator of Community Education Services with ISHS, is a professional sexual health educator whose knowledge, sense of humour, enthusiasm, and comfort level give her the unique ability to make sexual health education accessible and easy to relate to.

Most often referred to as “The Sex Lady” by youth participants, Jennifer believes in making sexual health education relevant, accessible, and fun for all participants. She also believes that effective sexual health education combines factual information with humour and pop culture. Jennifer is passionate about creating space for every person to become comfortable with and knowledgeable about sexual health. These principles form the foundation for all of her workshops.

Monique Gray-Smith


"Monique Gray Smith, the Founder of Little Drum Consulting has an exceptional capacity to walk in many lands. As an Aboriginal woman she sensitively interprets First Nation sensibilities and gives us context specific information.  Her experience working with governments and in the field of early childhood development make her an exceptional communicator between not for profits and government. She is well trusted and respected by the business community, the Aboriginal community, government and not for profits such as Roots of Empathy. Monique’s history of heading up  Aboriginal Head Start in BC, her leadership position on Boards, her long history of community development and her reputation for building peace bridges is well known."

Mary Gordon —
Founder and President
Roots of Empathy

Sydney Massy



Brenda Whittam-Neary


Brenda Whittam-Neary has a Masters degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology (MSPA) and has been a Self-Regulation Interventionist for over 25 years. She has worked from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and the Northwest Territories. She follows a tiered approach to self-regulated learning where the focus is on building strong Tier One Universal Self-Regulated Learning Strategies first at the whole school and in the classroom. She believes strongly in a strength-based capacity building model.

Dr. Stanwick


Dr. Stanwick is a specialist in pediatrics, public health and preventive medicine. Formerly a University professor, he is the Chief Medical Health Officer for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Dr. Stanwick has contributed to the fields of injury control and smoking prevention as well as promoting healthy public policy at the local, provincial and national levels.


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