Moving Mountains, Changing Landscapes - June 9-12, 2024, Blue Mountains, Ontario

Keynotes

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

Jessica Holmes is one of Canada’s top comedic talents. She has brought the house down opening for giants like Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. She has also performed at Just For Laughs and The Second City, and starred in the hit comedy series, Royal Canadian Air Farce and The Holmes Show.

Her funny and inspiring book, Depression The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance, takes readers deep into her mental health journey with validation and warmth. Jessica is grateful to help end the stigma around mental illness, and in 2018 was honoured to join the Bell Let’s Talk team as a celebrity ambassador.

Samra Zafar

Leading Expert on Authentic Leadership, DEI, and Mental Health

Samra Zafar is an award-winning, internationally renowned speaker, bestselling author, physician-in-training, and leading corporate consultant who specializes in diversity, equity, and inclusion; mental health and wellness; and authentic leadership.

A four-time TEDx speaker, Samra is currently pursuing a medical degree at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Medicine, specializing in psychiatry. She has been recognized by Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women” and has been named among the “Top 25 Most Inspirational Women” in Canada and the “Top 25 Canadian Immigrants”.

In 2019, Samra released her memoir, A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose. It shares her journey of escaping an abusive child marriage to pursue her education and sheds light on gender-based oppression. She is currently writing her second book, titled Unconditional, which explores science-based strategies to unlearn limiting beliefs and live a fuller, unconditional life.