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Dr. Shimi Kang - Keynote Speaker   @drshimikang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership, and motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, classroom, and at home. With almost 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind optimizing human intelligence, Kang provides practical tools to cultivate the key 21st century skills of resilience, connection, creativity, and more.


Kang is the former medical director of child and youth mental health for Vancouver and currently a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia. She is also the founder of Dolphin KIDS: Future-ready Leaders, an organization that offers positive mindset and social-emotional life skills programs to students, teachers, and parents around the world. 


As a thought leader, Kang’s work has been featured in major media outlets around the world, including BBC World News, NPR, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, CBC, and Washington Post. Her featured blogs have also appeared in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, US News & Report, and TIME magazine. 


Kang is also the author of two books — The Self-Motivated Kid and the critically acclaimed The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids, which was a #1 Canadian bestseller and won the 2015 US News International Book Award. Her upcoming book, The Tech Solution, will provide neuroscience-based strategies to optimize technology’s incredible benefits while minimizing its many drawbacks.


An entertaining and experienced speaker, Kang has presented at events ranging from the world’s largest conferences to customized workshops for small groups. She has shared the stage with cutting edge scientists, movie stars, CEOs, professional athletes, and global leaders. Her TEDx presentation on the power of adaptability has been viewed more than a million times.


Kang has been honored with five national awards in mental health and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Health. She is also the proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service.

October 10th

9:15am - 10:30am (Keynote - Shuswap/Pennask/Skeena Room)

Navigating opposing realities: 21st Century Stress & Future-ready intelligence ( or adaptability) 


The 21st century is the “Conceptual Era” — the era of ideas, innovation, & execution through social collaboration. At the same time, the World Health Organization (WHO) names stress the No. 1 health epidemic of our modern world. Stress directly impedes the generation of ideas, collaboration, and achievement. Each day, we face the challenge of navigating these two opposing realities. How can we best develop the key future-ready skills required for success in our rapidly changing, fast-paced, highly connected, and ultracompetitive modern world? In this session, Harvard trained psychiatrist, neuroscience researcher, and best-selling author, Dr. Shimi K. Kang illuminates the latest research-based methods for developing the new future-ready intelligence of Consciousness Quotient (CQ) which encompasses communication, collaboration, critical thinking, contribution, and creativity.


11:00am - 12:15pm (Breakout Session 4 - Shuswap/Pennask/Skeena Room)

Navigating opposing realities: 21st Century Stress & Future-ready intelligence ( or adaptability)  - A deeper dive

Dive deeper into understanding, practicing, & applying the new future-ready intelligence of innovation, leadership, and resilience through 3 interactive activities that involve downtime, social connection, & play!  Learning objectives include:


1.      Develop a better understanding of the key future-ready skills needed for 21st century success.

2.      Learn the most effective interpersonal style that leads to self-motivation, adaptability, and CQ. 

3.      Discover effective activities that lead to future-ready CQ of innovation, leadership, and wellness.