Board of Directors

 

 

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Mary Gordon

Founder/President

Mary Gordon is Founder, President, and the inspiration behind Roots of Empathy. She is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. She is a member of the Order of Canada,  the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and the recipient of a number of awards, including a Public Education Advocacy Award from the Canadian Teachers Federation. In 2002 she became an Ashoka Fellow.

 

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Scott Rutherford

Chair

Scott Rutherford is Founding Partner, Rutherford Development Strategies and Principal, Mobius Executive Leadership. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and Lecturer at Rotman’s Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking. His teaching areas include Leadership Development, Business Problem-Solving, Strategic Consulting and offerings of Rotman’s distinctive Self-Development Laboratory.

 

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Mario Nigro

Director

Mario Nigro is a partner in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott and a member of the firm’s M&A/Private Equity Group. His practice focuses on business law, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, dispositions, and reorganizations. He has extensive experience working with private equity and venture capital clients on numerous acquisitions and dispositions.

 

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Lyle Viereck

Director

Lyle Viereck is Founder of Lyle Viereck Consulting Services Inc, a private consulting company offering strategic planning for companies and First Nations and negotiation and development of corporate and First Nations mandates.

He is the former Director, Aboriginal Relations & Negotiations, BC Hydro where for ten years he set new strategic directions for BC Hydro’s aboriginal relations and negotiations. He has extensive experience in overseeing negotiations in the treaty process with Canada and First Nations across the province.

 

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Mary Ito

Director

Until recently, Mary Ito was the host of Fresh Air, a weekly program broadcast on CBC Radio One. Before that, she was host of several programs – CBC’s “Living in Toronto”, TVO’s “More to Life” and “Second Opinion”, and “Health Matters” Global TV’s daily health report.

Mary is active in the community and has volunteered her services for many organizations including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Healthy Minds Canada, the MS Society of Ontario, the Hospital for Sick Children, the Toronto Public Library and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

 

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Chief Ian Campbell

Director

Ian Campbell is the Hereditary Chief of the Squamish First Nation in North Vancouver and the Cultural Ambassador and Negotiator for the Intergovernmental Relations Natural Resources & Revenue Squamish Nation.

A strong advocate for children and youth, Chief Campbell has been speaking publicly since the age of 14, sharing the rich and vibrant culture of his people. He participates on many boards and advisory committees, including the Fraser Basin Council and the North Vancouver Outdoor School Advisory.

 

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William Drayton

Director

 

William (Bill) Drayton is a social entrepreneur and the founder and current chair of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding and fostering social entrepreneurs worldwide.

 

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Mary Gordon

Director

Mary Gordon is Founder, President, and the inspiration behind Roots of Empathy. She is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. She is a member of the Order of Canada,  the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and the recipient of a number of awards, including a Public Education Advocacy Award from the Canadian Teachers Federation. In 2002 she became an Ashoka Fellow.

 

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Mario Nigro

Director

Mario Nigro is a partner in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott and a member of the firm’s M&A/Private Equity Group. His practice focuses on business law, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, dispositions, and reorganizations. He has extensive experience working with private equity and venture capital clients on numerous acquisitions and dispositions.

 

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Ellen Winner

Director

Ellen Winner is Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard University. She is also the author of Gifted Children: Myths and Realities.

 

International Advisory Board

 

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Dr. Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer is an author, journalist, filmmaker, lecturer of international affairs and historian.

 

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Dr. Bruce Perry

Bruce Perry is Senior Fellow, The Child Trauma Academy, Houston and an author, lecturer and researcher.

 

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Professor Sir Albert Aynsley-Green

Sir Albert Aynsley-Green is President, British Medical Association and former Children’s Commissioner of England.

 

Research Advisory Board

 

 

Allan Schore, Ph.D.

Dr. Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is the author of four volumes on affect regulation, including his latest, The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy. Dr. Schore is Editor of the acclaimed Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, and a reviewer or on the editorial staff of 35 journals across a number of scientific and clinical disciplines.

 

 

Dan Batson, Ph.D.

Dan Batson received his Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University in 1972, was a member of the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas from 1972-2008, and is a Professor Emeritus there.  He now has a courtesy appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee. Dan is the author of The Altruism Question:  Toward a Social-Psychological Answer (Erlbaum Associates, 1991), the chapter in The Handbook of Social Psychology (4th ed.) on “Altruism and Prosocial Behavior” (McGraw-Hill, 1998), Altruism in Humans (Oxford University Press, 2011), and What’s Wrong with Morality?  (Oxford  University Press, 2016).

 

 

Susanne Denham, Ph.D.

Susanne Denham is an applied developmental psychologist and Professor of psychology at George Mason University, with M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and Ph.D. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is also a nationally certified school psychologist. She is the author of two books, Emotional Development in Young Children and, with Dr. Rosemary Burton, Social and Emotional Prevention and Intervention Programming for Preschoolers, as well as numerous scholarly articles and presentations.

 

 

Lise Eliot, Ph.D.

Lise Eliot is Professor of Neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. A graduate of Harvard, she received her PhD in Cellular Physiology & Biophysics from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine before turning to public education about brain and gender development. She has published over 60 works, including the books, What’s Going On in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life (Bantam), and Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps – And What We Can Do About It (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

 

 

Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D.

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor in the Human Development, Learning, and Culture area in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. She is also the Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership. She received her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago, her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa, and completed her postdoctoral work as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program in Adolescence at the University of Chicago and the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Schonert-Reichl has over 100 publications in scholarly journals, book chapters, and reports and has edited two books on mindfulness in education, including a co-edited book with Dr. Robert W. Roeser Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Integrating Theory and Research Into Practice (Springer Press, 2016).

 

Our team

 

Our schools

Roots of Empathy is delivered in school classrooms during regular school hours. The program is offered to elementary school children from Kindergarten to Grade 8, using a specialized curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, and Grades 7-8.

Learn more about bringing Roots of Empathy to your school here, or in our School Booklet.

 

Our Instructors

Roots of Empathy is delivered by volunteer trained and certified Instructors from the community.

Learn more about becoming an Instructor here.

 

Our families

Roots of Empathy relies on volunteer families – parents and their infants – to demonstrate the loving attachment relationship, and the empathy, that is central to the parent/infant relationship.

Learn more about volunteering with your baby here, or in our Parent Booklet.