Canadian Positive Psychology Association
 

Board of Directors



Louisa Jewell, MAPP

Interim-President

 

Louisa Jewell is the Founder and President of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and she is passionate about being the bridge between researchers and practitioners to share the latest knowledge on psychological well-being to improve the mental health of all Canadians. Louisa is a speaker, author and well-being expert who has facilitated thousands of people towards greater flourishing both at work and in their personal lives.


Louisa is a graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania where she was taught by the field’s founder, renowned psychologist, Dr. Martin Seligman. Louisa is an instructor of positive psychology at the University of Toronto and the University of Texas Dallas and regularly delivers webinars and workshops to educators and practitioners around the world. Louisa is also a facilitator of the Certificate of Applied Positive Psychology program in Canada, delivering the program across Canada. She also holds her certificate in Solution Focused Coaching from the University of Toronto.


Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, Canadian Living Magazine, Live Happy Magazine, Chatelaine, Psychology Today, Women's Agenda, Toronto Sun, to name a few. She is a contributing author to the European Handbook of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychology at Work and Positive Psychology News Daily.  She is also a contributing author to the #1 Bestselling book Ready Set Live; Empowering Strategies for an Enlightened Life and her latest book Beyond Self-Doubt with the New Science of Self-Confidence will be released in June 2016.



Dr. Greg EvansGreg Evans, Ph.D. 

Board Chair 

 

Greg Evans earned a PhD from the University of Queensland studying the area of positive psychology; a relatively new field in psychology that focuses primarily on identifying and building what is right with people and societies, rather than simply diagnosing and treating what is wrong. Greg is currently the director of The Happiness Enhancement Group (HEG) which attempts to promote and increase happiness and human flourishing in individuals, couples, families, organizations, schools, and communities through the applied use of evidence-based positive psychology. 


He is the creator of The Applied Positive Psychology Program; A professional evidence-based certification course on the science, philosophy, and experience of happiness. Greg also works with organizations based on a large amount of research suggesting happiness (i.e., human flourishing or a state of maximum human functioning) is the primary precursor to success, rather than just the result or what is known in academic and corporate circles as the happiness advantage.



Irene Nizzero, MA

Director

 

Irene has been a full-time professor of psychology at Cambrian College, in Sudbury Ontario, since 1999. She has taught a number of different subjects within the broader realm of psychology. She is proud of the most recent addition to psychology offerings being Positive Psychology, due in large part to her efforts at developing and introducing the course. For six years of her tenure at Cambrian, Irene worked in the role of faculty developer, supporting new faculty through their transition into teaching, typically from industry.


Irene obtained her MA from the University of Windsor in Social Psychology and completed PhD coursework at OISE, with a focus on special education. She has also taken several coaching courses, with a particular focus on positive psychology and wellness. Her short-term goal is to become certified with the International Coaching Federation as a coach and to promote the role of coaching in post-secondary education.


Irene has presented workshops on topics related to positive psychology to numerous groups within her local community, including educators, health care professionals, athletes, religious groups, to name a few. Her interests include the importance of resilience and grit in post-secondary students, as well as a strengths-based approach to advising and supporting students at risk.


Simon Coulombe, PhD. Candidate

Director 

 

Simon Coulombe is a Ph.D. candidate at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He has been collaborating on applied research in the field of positive psychology since 2007. His research interests stand at the intersection of positive, community, environmental and health psychology. He is involved in action research projects aiming at understanding and promoting the socio-ecological conditions that optimize the well-being of people, especially those from disadvantaged or vulnerable populations. His thesis concerns the well-being that persons with physical disabilities experience in their transactions with their residential environment. In the same vein, he is working on the link between residential environment and well-being of public housing residents, using participatory research methods. He is also studying the positive mental health of people recovering from mental health disorders. At the theoretical level, Simon is passionate about the projects and strengths that give meaning to people’s life.


Simon is connected with the French-speaking community of positive psychology researchers and practitioners in Canada, mainly in Quebec. He was the recipient of a scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
 


Margaret Lumley, PhD.

Director


Dr. Margaret N. Lumley is an Associate Professor in the child clinical psychology program at the University of Guelph and a registered clinical psychologist practicing with children and adolescents. Dr. Lumley’s research has been funded the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Canada Foundation for Innovation and Ministry of Education. She has been recognized for her teaching excellence and recently developed and evaluated a for-credit course to promote positive mental health among University students coping with mental illness. Dr. Lumley’s research on children, youth and young adults examines positive cognitive schemas, positive life events and character strengths as well as positive developmental trajectories following childhood adversities. Her research is aimed at understanding and promoting positive developmental pathways for all youth, including those with mental illness. Her research examines how the natural resilience that youth possess can be bolstered by intervention efforts informed by positive psychological science and has been published in quality journals.


For the past several years, she has been extensively involved in bringing positive psychological approaches to the classroom, working collaboratively with parents, teachers, principals and school board administrators. To highlight some of this work, together with the Wellington Catholic District School Board she co-developed a Strengths in Education website (http://www.strengthsineducation.ca/). She is passionate about contributing to public knowledge of factors that promote positive mental health and well-being, and towards this end has delivered numerous public talks and workshops for a wide variety of audiences.


Lisa Gervais

Director 


Lisa Gervais is the Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Redwing Institute, an organization that delivers experiential learning programs based in nature and grounded in the science of positive psychology. Lisa has developed programs that focus on developing character strengths, creativity & innovative thinking and self-esteem/self-confidence.


Lisa spent the early part of her career in Digital Marketing, working for large national and global brands such as IBM, Rogers Communications and Fidelity Investments as well as several small start-up companies. She is also a serial entrepreneur, which is what led her to the emerging field of positive psychology. She holds a General B.A. from the University of Ottawa and a combined B.A. in Communications and English from York University.


Sajel Bellon, MA
Director and Past Conference Chair 

 

Sajel Bellon is a Doctor of Education Candidate at Western University; exploring, integrating and researching Positive Psychology in Adult Education & Educational Leadership. She possesses a Masters in Management & Leadership from the University of Guelph. Her blended transferable skills across interdisciplinary studies have proven to be a great asset to her students and clients. Based on her vast education and experience stemming over 20 years, her students and clients are confident in her abilities as a leader/scholar in developing and implementing operational and strategic plans/research that meet organizational goals; providing exemplar training and facilitated curriculum through experiential and project-based learning techniques. Sajel has introduced innovative new courses in Positive Psychology and Cross-interdisciplinary studies integrating her specialization of dynamic experiential learning curricula and is the process of bringing forward a Positive Psychology Certification Program designed for delivery at Ontario Colleges.

As the Innovator of Prolific Leadership & Learning: Integrating the science of Transformational Leadership & Positive Psychology to promote personal satisfaction & professional success.She has spent over 20 years working with organizations improving Management and Leadership experiences in the Adult Education, Business and  Social sectors; developing, training and coaching/mentoring employees and colleagues functioning at various levels from diverse backgrounds. Sajel has been recognized for Excellence in Leadership and in Training by her colleagues and community.


As the Founder of Immensus Strategies, an organization dedicated to Enhancing Life, Leadership & Learning by creating strategic solutions, Sajel specializes in designing customized training & development programs to best suit organizational needs & goals; optimizing productivity & performance of every business's greatest asset, its PEOPLE utilizing the foundations and practices of positive psychology. 


Leanne Tran, JD, MD

Director


Dr. Leanne Tran is a health lawyer at JD MD Solutions. She previously worked in-house, at a health law boutique and a global law firm. Leanne offers services at the interface of law, medicine, science and research with expertise in contracting, regulatory, IP, commercialization, data security, privacy and risk management matters. She also provides medical and scientific due diligence and consulting in personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability and class action cases.


Leanne is passionate about healthcare, improving patient outcomes and systems, and knowledge translation through legal avenues, education and research. She has published, written and spoken extensively on medical and legal matters, having taught courses and conducted workshops at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals. Leanne has also conducted research at several academic hospitals and at NASA.


Ionela Bacain

Treasurer


Ionela Bacain is a professional accountant with a huge interest in positive psychology. She has a Ph.D. in Accounting and an extensive international industry accounting experience. Currently, she teaches at Humber College and applies the principles of positive psychology in her teaching philosophy as well as in her day-to-day interactions with family, peers, neighbors, community members, and people that she meets. She is looking at new ways of influencing her students in a positive way and add more value to their learning experience in and outside of the classroom. In her mentoring and coaching role, she applies positive reinforcement and motivational skills to guide her students on their academic and non-academic path. 


She is also passionate about positive psychology and bringing happiness and inspiration into people’s lives. She has a deep curiosity about human relationships as it relates to social interactions and understanding the effects of healthy relationships in the personal and professional life of an individual. She has been involved in Uniterra Programs and served as a Leave for Change volunteer overseas. She hopes to help CPPA towards its mission and vision particularly in the financial needs.




Committee Leaders


Kerri Brock

Community Outreach Lead


Kerri is a social change maker who is happiest when she’s in the middle of chaos and complexity, bringing together diverse groups of people to design programs and systems for social change and wellbeing. She is a creative disruptor, intrapreneur and champion of change wherever she goes. She has a deep curiousity about human behavior as it relates to social change and understanding the effects of anxiety on society and its barrier to creating a shared global consciousness. 

Kerri started Splash Concepts in 2008 to work with corporate clients to design and implement corporate social responsibility, volunteerism, wellbeing and engagement programs and with charities to establish their funding, digital media and volunteer strategies. She was formally drawn to positive psychology in 2010 through her Appreciative Inquiry and Career Coaching Certifications. But has been an experiential learner for 20 years in the practices of wellbeing and flourishing. 


In 2012, she became a member of the Canadian Positive Psychology.   She also began a learning journey in Psychoanalysis and Group Relations to expand the dimensions of her understanding about human thinking and behavior in a social context.  And in 2015 started a practicum with H3Uni in the World Game Systems Model and Three Horizons out of Fife, Scotland to explore the possibility of a shared future consciousness. She gives her time and talents to various youth leadership groups and the Canadian Positive Psychology Association looking after all of the volunteer needs for the CPPA and its workshops and conferences.

She is a mother, a poet, a singer, a lover of the oceans for scuba with her husband, a volunteer and an avid reader. In transit she can be seen using her Duolingo app to learn a bit of Spanish.



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