Thanks to the thought leaders below who have supported The GenWell Project and the messages that we have built around the movement. With their support and others as we move forward, we look forward to making the world a happier and healthier place one face to face conversation at a time. Gratitude.


Associate Professor Sociology, University of Toronto

Markus Schafer is an associate professor of sociology and a faculty associate of the Institute For Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto. Schafer completed his PhD in sociology and in gerontology at Purdue University in 2011. His research lies mainly in the area of health and aging. Some of the topics that interest him include adult health problems associated with childhood adversity, the influence of health on social networks among older adults, and the role of the physical environment in shaping older adults’ social connectedness and health. Schafer’s work on networks and health is funded by the Province of Ontario’s Early Research Award program and by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He currently serves on the editorial board of six multi-disciplinary social science journals related to aging and related topics, including Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences and The Gerontologist.


Assistant Professor, Surgery, and Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Andrew is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and received his education and training at McGill University and the University of Toronto. He is a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and co-Lead of the Genito-Urinary Survivorship Program. In all, he has over 20 years of experience working as a clinician and researcher in conducting psychological treatment. Andrew’s treatment encompasses ‘meaning-of-life’ and the importance of interpersonal relationships in the emotional wellbeing of individuals confronting serious illness (e.g. cancer). His current research and clinical focus is on medical treatment decision-making, optimal survivorship, sexual rehabilitation, couple’s intimacy, relationship enhancement, and quality of life.


Social Worker & Interprofessional Educator

Sharon is a social worker and interprofessional educator with nearly 15 years of experience working in adolescent mental health. Her clinical interests lie in the social determinants of health, the long-term impact of childhood adversity and trauma-informed care. In her current role, Sharon educates health care providers on the interplay of physical and mental health, encouraging an integrated approach to the care of children and youth. Although she is an educator, she continues to learn from the youth she works with who have taught her that relationships are the key to change.


Professor at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia

Founder and lead investigator of UBC’s Men’s Health Research program, his work focuses on masculinities as it influences men’s health behaviors and illness management, and its impact on partners, families and overall quality of life. His research provides key insights to guide clinicians and researchers advance men’s health promotion practices.


Founder of Personal Best Coaching.

Karen founded Personal Best Coaching twenty years ago and is fascinated with helping people break through to new levels of actualization in both their personal and professional lives. Drawing from her psychotherapeutic/energy work/meditation background, she takes a wholelistic approach, catalysing people to becoming their ‘Best Selves’. Everyone is unique. 705-645-8371


Founder of DRM Scientific Consulting.

Don McCreary is the owner of DRM Scientific Consulting, an international, Toronto-based consultancy specializing in four main areas: men’s health; workplace stress, health, and resilience; research methods and evaluation; and human research ethics review. Don has extensive experience working in or with the public sector, including the healthcare, public security, and not-for-profit environments. He provides strategic research and advice to assist organizations achieve their goals to improve the health and well-being of their target audiences. Read more on his Linkedin profile.

Dr. Mike Leatch

Managing Partner at MJL Consulting Group.

As a psychologist, certified teacher and qualified school principal Mike brings over 25 years working in education. Extensive experience in both the public and independent school systems ensures parents and students have a seasoned advocate to help navigate possible options. Assessment, school consideration, interest/aptitude, elite athlete opportunities, speaking, institutional consultation.

MJL Consulting Group provides assessment and consultation services to individuals and families throughout Ontario. International consultation services to Universities, NGOs, Schools and Boards of Education comprise a further mandate of the MJL Consulting Group with the goal of improving educational and mental health offerings for students globally.

Dr. Heather Palmer

National Director, Cognitive Well-Being, Amica Mature Lifestyles

Heather is currently the National Director, Cognitive Well-Being for Amica Senior Lifestyles and the Founder and Director of Cognitive Rehabilitation for Maximum Capacity Inc. After completing her PhD in Neuropsychology from the University of New South Wales Australia, she carried out a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre and then went on to become the Research Director for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. With over 30 years of scientific and clinical experience in the area of brain-behaviour relationships. Heather has many publications and speaks internationally on the top of neurocognitive rehabilitation for seniors and cancer survivors. She designs and teachers techniques and strategies to help people ‘re-wire’ their brain so they can think, feel and function their best. Currently she provides supportive, educational and innovative cognitive well-being programs for all communities managed by Amica Senior Lifestyles, with a primary focus on the Memory Care and Assisted Living neighbourhoods.