Speakers & Experts

Each week, the Global Ideas Institute brings specialists in to talk with students about new perspectives, techniques, frameworks, and concerns.

Melanie Barwick Melanie Barwick is a Registered Psychologist and Senior Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program of the SickKids’ Research Institute. She is Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.


Sandra Hanington is a recognized Canadian philanthropist, having previously served on the board of Kids Help Phone and co-founding Jack.org, a national youth-led mental health organization dedicated to changing the way we think and feel about mental health.
Dr. Sean Kidd is a Chief of the Psychology Division at CAMH and a Clinician Scientist in the Complex Care and Recovery Program. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Dilip Soman is a Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Science and Economics, and serves as a Director of the Behavioural Economics in Action Research Centre at Rotman [BEAR]. His research is in the area of behavioural science and its applications to consumer wellbeing, marketing and policy.
Joseph Wong is the founder of the Global Ideas Institute, Vice Provost and Associate Vice-President at the University of Toronto, and the Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at Munk School of Global Affairs. Professor Wong is the author of many academic articles and several books, and created the REACH Project.

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