Our Keynote Speaker
His book Lost Connections was a powerful re-evaluation of depression, which Sir Elton John called an “amazing book that will change your life.” Johann has also written for the New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and Slate.
He was twice named National Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International. He was Gay Journalist of the Year at the Stonewall Awards, and was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Political Writing. johannhari.com
Our In-Person Host
In the future, The Cognitive Corner seeks to provide accessible and affordable mental health services to racialized communities, due to the current lack of resources. Simone specializes in the treatment of early childhood trauma, racial trauma, and attachment-based issues, using a mixture of somatic-based modalities and critical theory to address societal/structural inequities. In addition, she is a mental health creator and advocate on Instagram and TikTok, where she aims to normalize mental health struggles and provide accessible psychoeducation.
Our Virtual Host
As a daughter of immigrants, Lourdes’ parents instilled in her a passion for taking care of her community. This teaching has been a driving force behind her tireless work to solve problems including creating two non-profit organizations. One organization addresses dignified food access and the second is a newly founded a tech company to redirect food surplus. Lourdes’ community advocacy is vast and also includes serving on numerous local and national boards related to urban planning and design, development appeals, affordable housing, impact investment and business leadership.
As CEO and Founder of Fresh Routes, Lourdes is very aware of how food insecurity contributes to higher rates of anxiety, depression, and poor mental health outcomes, impacting the lives of our friends and neighbours. These challenges go hand in hand and that’s why it’s so important, as someone who has spent so much time working on food insecurity, to support initiatives like the Mental Health Foundation’s Annual Breakfast.