From a physical and talent perspective, Angus Reid had no business playing professional football for 13 seasons, earning multiple all-stars and winning two Grey Cup Championships. Today, Angus travels North America speaking with companies, schools, and teams about what it really takes to make it and win. His successful TEDx talks, “Why We Need High School Football” and “Mastering the Skill of Trust” as well as his best selling book, "Thank You, Coach" have garnered him both praise and respect.
Here Unsinkable contributors weigh in on the hot topics that affect, and matter to, the mental and physical health of all Canadians.
Bif Naked is an International Recording Artist, Poet, Writer, Troublemaker, Nice Girl, Dishwasher, MartialArtist, Ballerina, StraightEdger, TreeHugger, Bare-Knuckle Fighter, Canadian Citizen and Middle Daughter. Her storied career has taken her around the world on tour - from Russia to Central America, from India to all over the U.K., Europe and North America - and into your homes via The Tonight Show, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and feature films, as well as added numerous accolades to her name.
Brett Sunku is a Bachelor of Pharmacy, an MBA candidate, and an evangelist of medical ethics in evidence-based medicine. In his professional practice, he holds humanity and integrity to be the most sacred virtues in pharmacy.
Born to Ray and Kathy Hawrysh in Brandon, Manitoba. Cassie went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Regina - School of Journalism in 2007 with her BA in Journalism. Athletically, Cassie is a former varsity volleyball and track and field athlete – but is most recognized as a Team Canada World Cup Skeleton Racer, with numerous podium finishes, the 2013/14 Canadian Championship title, two World Cup medals and the honour of being named as the 2014 Canadian Olympic-Alternate.
A staple of Canadian comedy. One of the many ways to describe Colin Mochrie's 40 year comedy career. From Second City theatre to Whose Line Is It Anyway, on screen to on stage and everywhere in between, Colin has never failed to leave his audience in stitches. Even when fully immersed in the comedy world, Colin relentlessly works advocating to break down barriers and end the stigma surrounding the LGBTQ community alongside his wife, Debra McGrath and daughter, Kinley.
Derick Fage is the electric personality that brightens mornings as the Co-Host of Breakfast Television Montreal. With over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Derick has been charming audiences both on and off camera, starring in a number of independent films and live theatre performances. Derick is also a proud ambassador for the Canadian Continence Foundation and has received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his continuous work in the community.
Désirée Jones graduated with a BSc (hons) in Psychology at the University of Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Bangor University. Her work in the area of self-harm has been published in both English and Welsh. Desiree is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario and specializes in mindfulness approaches. She currently works as a Clinical Supervisor in the GTA and is a dedicated distance runner and competes often in major road races.
Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. Dr. Kamkar provides ongoing education and workshops to various organizations (local, national and international) in areas such as mental health promotion and well-being, workplace mental health, stress/anxiety management, work/life balance and building resiliency.
Erin is a professional athlete, playing soccer for top European teams and closing in on two decades as the goalkeeper for the Canadian Women’s National Team. She was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2019. Outside of her professional career, Erin is a motivational speaker and outspoken advocate for human rights, women’s empowerment, and LGBTQ+ rights. Erin is also an avid artist, musician, and tattoo designer.
With a degree in Kinesiology and over 20 years of health coaching experience, Gillian’s personalized lifestyle strategies have helped hundreds of clients redefine what fitness means to them, and get lasting results free from diets, programs, systems, pills and products. From hating her body at the age of 5, it took more than 20 years, an eating disorder, an Ironman, and becoming a mom to finally uncover the kinder, more compassionate approach to health and fitness that she teaches today.
Jacqueline Schoemaker Holmes, PhD is a recovering academic living in the postpartum haze called Motherhood. A survivor of both postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, she is a UBC-trained Sociologist who specializes in the study and practice of empowerment at both the individual and the community level. Jacqueline is the creator of the Eating Her Young Blog (www.eatingheryoung.com) and founder of the Mummy Voices Facebook Group, a supportive, non-judgmental platform for moms, by moms.
Jann Arden is a, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author. The much celebrated multi-platinum award-winning artist catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993 with the release of her debut album “Time For Mercy.” In her career to date, Jann has received 8 Juno Awards including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Whether captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit or sharing her written word Jann Arden is a Canadian original.
Jean-Paul is a best-selling author, featured Huffington Post contributor, sponsored elite endurance athlete, and an advocate for survivors of sexual violence. Jean-Peal is a sought-after public speaker known internationally for his humanitarian work as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence and mental health awareness. Among his accolades, Jean-Paul has been named one of the “50 Most Influential Canadians,” “The Most Inspiring Canadian," and the "2015 Canadian Runner of the Year."
Kim is a naturopathic physician who works with Olympic athletes on their nutrition programs to help them reach their optimal performance levels. A former captain and coxswain of University of Victoria’s rowing team, Kim developed an understanding of the value of nutrition to high performance sport at a young age. In 2012, Kim co-developed and launched a successful beverage, Rumble Supershake. Kim runs a naturopathic clinic in Victoria, BC helping patients with their overall health and wellbeing.
Kyle Conahan is a personal trainer at GoodLife Fitness and massage therapist. He focuses on injury recovery and prevention as well as helping with the mind body connection. Through the use of meditation, mindfulness and movement Kyle works to help people understand their mind and body and how they work together and to help them reach their fitness and physical rehabilitation goals. Outside of work, Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife doing anything outdoors or adventurous and playing sports.
Hi! I’m Lauren, a mom to two young boys, marketing manager, as well as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and yoga instructor. Like most people, my life is busy, but I realized the importance of self-care and that I can’t be an effective me if I’m not taking care of myself. I now get up every day at 5:30am to exercise, pray, meditate and mentally prepare me to head into my days grateful, energetic and positive. When I’m not working, I love to be outside something active, travelling and cooking.
Ms. Spadorcia serves as the Vice President, Communications and Partnerships at CAMH. Her portfolio includes community engagement, public affairs, public policy, strategic planning and the Provincial Systems Support Program. In addition to her role at CAMH, Ms. Spadorcia also serves on the national boards of Research Canada and the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions. A strong believer in investing in girls and women, she also serves as a board member of the global initiative G(irls)20.
Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret tirelessly shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.
Mark Tewksbury was first known as an Olympic swimming gold medalist but is defined by his numerous achievements, leadership, and contributions to society. In 1998, he made headlines when he came out as one of the first openly gay Olympic champions. He was an honoured guest when the first Declaration to decriminalize homosexuality was introduced at the UN in 2008. Since 2009, Mark has sat on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Canada.
I’m Michelle McVittie also known as Mom the Manager I am family and corporate consultant, a child life specialist, speaker, mental health professional, and author. I have worked with children, youth, families and professionals for over twenty years. I’ve worked in daycares, hospitals, with young offenders, in pediatric mental health and as a community educator. I am the proud mother of two children; 14 and 11 yrs old and yes, we still love each other!
Mike Haddow has been a Personal Trainer for over 20 years. He specializes in cooking, nutrition, lifestyle coaching and working with special needs children. He has worked with Goodlife fitness for the last ten years. Mike is the creator and one of the main nutritional content providers for The GoodLife Kitchen and is the personal trainer for Silken Laumann and David Patchell-Evans. Mike enjoys weight training, cooking, camping, biking, swimming, trail running and travelling.
Nicholle was born to be an educator. Being a competitive cheerleading coach and working for the NCA fuelled her love for children, inspiring her to be an elementary school teacher. After being diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in 2016, she began educating through her StickbyNik blog and being appointed the first Hockey Fights Cancer Ambassador for the NHL. Her new mission is educating the importance of safer products as a consultant with Beautycounter while substitute teaching as well.
I am a Private Practice Services offering 20+ years of Experienced Personalized Counselling for various age groups. I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers since 2002. I have 3 Undergraduate Degrees in Sociology and Social Work and I have successfully obtained my Masters of Science in Psychology (MSP) from University Of Phoenix.
Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is an educator, speaker, author, and consultant. As a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor, with over 13 years of teaching and research at Trent University, Robyne uses narrative pedagogy to engage and inspire. Her work connects researched informed practices with everyday applications that are realistic, universal and sustainable. Her interests focus on resiliency and wellness including stress, optimal challenge, goal-setting and personal alignment.
Following her intuition, staking a claim on who she really is and going after what her heart desires is the essence of how Sarah lives her life. While forging ahead with a cuppa tea to her right, a journal and favourite pen in hand, and a good book to get lost in she seeks inspiration and beauty in the world around her. Sarah now walks the walk of a solopreneur as a writer, marketer and sometimes coach for folks who feel the need to make changes in their lives but are not sure how to do it.
Sarah Roberts battled alcohol addiction for over a decade and got sober at the age of 29. She went on a personal journey towards wellness and now shares what she’s learned with others in order to help them create a lifestyle they love. She is a wellness entrepreneur and the host of the television talk show, REALTalk With Sarah. She is also the founder of the sobriety podcast, Sobriety Starts HERE, author of The 28 Day Kick The Sugar Challenge and founder of the popular blog SarahTalksFood.com
Dr. Skye Fitzpatrick completed her PhD in 2018 at Ryerson University. Her research at Ryerson focused on the nature and treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD), with a specific focus on dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Dr. Fitzpatrick continued to pursue training in both BPD and PTSD treatment research during her postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University. Her current research interests focus on the examination of emotion processes in the treatment of BPD and PTSD.
Dr. Treyvaud is an adult and adolescent psychiatrist, providing psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation training. He practices and teaches an integrative approach to medicine, mental health and spirituality.
As an award-winning Registered Dietitian and chef’s daughter, Sue has a natural passion for delicious, wholesome food. She is a nutrition entrepreneur and Founder/Co-Founder of 3 consulting firms specializing in communications and training: Nutrition Solutions Inc., Nutrition for NON-Nutritionists, and Media Training Boot Camp. Sue charms audiences with her inspiring nutrition advice and has appeared in hundreds of TV interviews. She is a go-to dietitian for CBC, CTV Your Morning and BT Toronto.
Suzanne Wiseman is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto and a Trauma Provider with Morneau Shepell. She specializes in trauma, using Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), neurofeedback, and mindlfulness along with talk therapy. She has worked with children, teens, and adults for over ten years as a teacher, trauma and EMDR-trained therapist, drawing upon her teaching and life experiences.