Henrietta Southam is a multidisciplinary creative who was born into an art and performance passionate environment. Educated in Europe, Canada and the US, her work has been extensively featured in numerous publications. A champion of Canadian design and art, Henrietta strives to use her platform to shine a spotlight on her birth country’s excellence.
Founder and Principal at Henrietta Southam Design.
Henrietta has also had an influential hand in political image consulting. Currently Director on CCAR (Consul for Canadian and American Relations), Henrietta’s background in the Military and Arts Philanthropy is storied and multigenerational.
Rob is an experienced Sports Medicine Event Planner and Health Care Project Manager. He enjoys working with sports- related organizations that are inspired and want to make a difference.
Rob was the Medical Services Operations Manager for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, responsible for coordinating the Games’ medical services planning and also for managing the daily operations of the Medical Team at Games- time. He was a Medical Services advisor to the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games organizing committees. He was responsible for all host medical services for the 2016 Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, B.C., and the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. Prior to his involvement with Olympic Games planning, he spent over 15 years as a senior planner for various health authorities in the Lower Mainland of B.C. Rob was the Program Development and Planning Lead for Fortius Sport & Health, a state-of-the-art $61 million Athlete Development Centre that opened in Burnaby, BC in 2013.
Rob rowed competitively for 8 years and represented Canada at the 1985 World Rowing Championships in Belgium. He coached university rowing for 10 years.
Member of the Psychiatry Specialty Subcommittee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Lecturer.
Dr. Jeanne Talbot recently ended her tenure as Program Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Ottawa. Prior to that she was the Psychotherapy Director and the head of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training Program. Jeanne cofounded the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Jeanne’s doctoral studies in neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute led to a seminal study using neuroimaging techniques which examined pain processing in the brain. Her more recent research focuses on the use of ketamine to treat chronic depression; particularly the addition of behavior therapy approaches to augment the effect of ketamine. She is also committed to furthering her research on the use of psilocybin in chronic depression.
Dr. Talbot completed her psychiatry training at University of Toronto and McGill University. She is a member of the Psychiatry Specialty Subcommittee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has lectured in Canada and around the world about the importance of achieving mental wellness through behavioral change. She has long modeled her teaching by staying physically, mentally and spiritually healthy by enjoying a wide range of outdoor activities – cycling, skiing, hiking, paddling - with like-minded friends.
Chilliwack City Councillor
Sam grew up in Chilliwack, BC with adventurous parents and his two siblings who spent as much time as possible playing in the local mountains before embarking on a multi-year trip across the world on their 33 foot sailboat. His childhood kickstarted Sam’s unquenchable desire for adventure which now continuously takes him to the wilderness for Paragliding, Ultra marathon Running, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Scuba Diving, Spear Fishing, Surfing, Sailing, Paddle Boarding, Whitewater Kayaking / Packrafting, Backcountry Skiing and Mountain Biking. His 20’s were spent in Northern BC and Alberta tree planting in the summer, followed by extended trips around the world taking him to over 50 countries on 6 continents. In university Sam studied international development, conflict studies, business, and leadership and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Leadership Program at Royal Roads University.
In 2012 Sam opened his outdoor retail store and guiding company, Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors in Chilliwack. His business’ mission was to connect the community of Chilliwack to the mountains and build in its clients a passion for the world that surrounds them. In 2014 Sam successfully ran for Chilliwack City Council where he served a 4 year term in office, both at the City and the Fraser Valley Regional District. He was also elected to the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities where he represented BC in that capacity for 2 terms. Recently he co-founded the Fraser Valley Trails Alliance, The Fraser Valley Climbing Society, and a new guiding venture, Ascent Fraser Valley Guides and Mountain School.
Dr. Darren Warburton is a Professor and the co-Director of the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit (UBC). He is the inaugural Scholar within the Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology program, and the founder of the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory and the Indigenous Physical Activity and Health program at UBC. He was also the director of the Sport Cardiology and Musculoskeletal Assessment Research Team (SMART 2010) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
An expert in conducting surveys on health and fitness matters, his research spans the spectrum of Indigenous health and wellness, elite athletic performance, childhood health, and the treatment of patients with chronic disease and/or disability.
Greg Weston one of Canada’s leading communicators and a trusted expert in media and communications. As a principal at the Earnscliffe Strategy Group, he serves as a valued strategic advisor to senior executives in a variety of corporations, public agencies and other organizations, bringing to clients a rare combination of experience in media, public affairs and business spanning four decades.
Greg is also a successful entrepreneur, best-selling author, award-winning journalist, and an influential commentator on CTV television and radio affiliates. He is the recipient of the coveted Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism, the profession’s highest honor; the Queen’s Medal for outstanding public service; and the prestigious Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard University. He is an Honourary Life Member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and has been named one of the 100 most influential people in Canadian politics and national affairs.
Jake is a political science student athlete in Third Year at the University of BritishColumbia, Vancouver. As an endurance athlete competing at the varsity-collegiate level, he understands the importance of the maintenance of good physical and mental health. Jake is fluent in both English and French, as well as proficient in Mandarin Chinese. He has studied Mandarin in Taichung, Taiwan and Changchun. In addition to maintaining a full course load and training and competing at the varsity level, Jake manages to find time to ski, swim, and kayak.
As a Freshman at Harvard and a member of its Varsity cross country and track teams, Meimei has devoted much of her life to sports activities and has been a continuing student of health, fitness, nutrition and related matters. In addition to running, she has been involved in competitive soccer, basketball, cross country skiing and field hockey. She was honoured to be named MVP of several sports teams and Female Athlete of the Year at Glebe Collegiate High School. As a senior at Glebe, she founded the Health and Fitness Club, inspired by the National Health and Fitness Foundation. She is devoted to the vision of the National Health and Fitness Institute and look forward to its future endeavours.
Health and fitness have always been overarching themes throughout Shane’s life. He is a Third Year economics student at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario who has studied and worked in Ottawa, Vancouver, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. He speaks English and French fluently and has Mandarin conversational ability. For five years, on a part-time or seasonal basis, he has worked to serve marginalized men at Ottawa’s Mission and has observed firsthand the importance of physical, mental, and spiritual health.
He is excited to be part of something that will have a positive impact on Canadians’ lives.
Jeffrey Wilson has worked at the interface of economic, environmental and wellbeing research and policy for over 17 years. Jeff specializes in economic and sustainability research, natural capital accounting, wellbeing research, indicator development, ecosystem goods and services valuation, and strategy and policy development for sustainability transitions. Jeff is an assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise & Development, University of Waterloo, Canada and director of Terrametrics Research Lab, a thinktank that brings together academics and practitioners to advance low carbon pathways. He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals, grey literature, and several book chapters.
Inga Zane is an accomplished entrepreneur and technology executive with over 30 years of experience innovating and growing businesses.
A creative thinker, her passion lies in leveraging leading-edge technologies to help businesses connect, understand, and engage with customers. Her work has enabled a range of companies from bespoke small businesses to international giants such as Walmart to strategically expand their reach through customer insights and targeted marketing programs.
Leveraging her honed entrepreneurial skills, Inga has also been instrumental in growing multiple companies to successful exits including GIGA Information Group and Wishpond Technologies. Demonstrating flexibility under pressure, she most recently pivoted her expertise to Catalocity Group where she helped expedite pandemic response technology solutions.
Passionate about the positive impact of physical movement on mental and physical well-being, Inga looks forward to bringing this expertise to reach, inspire and guide Canadians to become the fittest nation by 2030.
When she is not working on inspiring projects, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time in the B.C. outdoors with her family and friends.
President, Arundell Solutions INC.
With leadership experience in consulting firms including his own established in 2003 and a keen understanding of success in both the public and private sectors, Ed Arundell brings to his clients his 40 years of experience.
Ed is motivated to work at the borders of the public, private, and community sectors. He applies his expertise in communications, management, and government to help organizations increase their mutual understanding, improve their organizational effectiveness, and achieve better outcomes.
In the private sector Ed has directed integrated communications and public affairs campaigns domestically and globally. He Was Executive Vice President of Hill and Knowlton Canada and managed the Toronto office of this multi-million-dollar communications and government relations firm. He has held senior executive positions in some of Canada’s largest multinational firms (Noranda Mines, Abitibi Price and Massey Ferguson) and had many more leading international corporations as clients. Ed also established the Canadian office of Technology Assessment Group, a US-based, health-outcomes research firm and contributed to several health outcomes studies.
Ed also has senior experience in the public sector, at both the federal and provincial levels. He was Chief of Staff to Hon. Benoit Bouchard, Canada’s Minister of Health and Welfare and Industry Science and Technology (1990-1993); Director of Communications for Ontario Premier Mike Harris (1996) and Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Health, Tony Clement (2002-2003). In the latter position, he helped steer Ontario’s response to the SARS epidemic (2002-2003) and push forward health technology assessment within the Ministry. One study that emerged was a meta-analysis of factors that promote healthy ageing; physical activity far outweighed all other lifestyle and medical factors in promoting long term health.
He received a B.A. (Honours) in political science from Trent University in 1974 and was chosen as one of ten Parliamentary Interns in Ottawa upon graduation. As a Commonwealth Scholar (1975-1980), he pursued graduate studies and worked as a lecturer in political science at the University of Western Australia and in 1994 as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business he completed a master’s degree in business.
Ed has been active as a political volunteer, involved in all aspects of campaign management at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.
He has volunteered for a number of community agencies and Boards including the Ontario Advisory Council on Women’s Issues, The Earlscourt Child and Family Centre, The Developing Countries Farm Radio Network, The Canadian Council on Smoking and Health, and The Fort York Foundation. He was the founding president of the Public Affairs Association of Canada and currently is Vice-Chair of the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation and the volunteer Director of Strategic Communication for the Canadian Health and Fitness Institute.
Ed is married with two sons and two grandchildren, enjoys fly fishing, wine collecting and tennis. A younger passion for rugby union has turned from an active pursuit to a more passive reverence.
Melody is an Emergency Medicine physician based in Toronto. In her line of work, she is reminded on a daily basis of how valuable health is and what happens when it is taken away. She feels honoured to be in a profession where she is able to help others in their critical moments.
She has a parallel interest in Integrative Medicine and Health Optimization, where she believes in adopting a proactive and holistic approach to one’s health. Whether it be through regular exercise, nutritional optimization, or other supportive treatment modalities, she is passionate about helping patients achieve optimal health.
Melody's goals are naturally aligned with those of CHFI. She has always led an active lifestyle herself, and is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle not just within her own patients, but on a broader scale amongst Canadians.
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her young children and encouraging them to be active!