Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Joanne Bezzubetz | MBA, Ph.D.

Dr. Joanne Bezzubetz is the President and CEO of The Royal since 2018. She holds a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, an MBA from Athabasca University, and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives. Dr. Bezzubetz has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare leadership with organizations across Canada hence brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, innovative and evidence-based practices in mental health and addiction. As a triathlete, Joanne is an ardent advocate of physical activity and mental health and the Shoppers Run for Women supporting Women’s Mental Health at The Royal.

Dr. Jim Davies | Ph.D.

Jim Davies is a full time professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University, where he has won awards for his teaching and research. He has degrees in philosophy, computer science, and cognitive psychology. As director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, he explores processes of imagination in humans and machines and specializes in artificial intelligence, analogy, problem-solving, and the psychology of art, religion, and creativity. His work has shown how people use visual thinking to solve problems, and how they visualize imagined situations and worlds. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of cognitive science, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and psychology. He wrote the popular science books Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make us Laugh, Movies Make us Cry, and Religion Makes us Feel One with the Universe and Imagination: The Science of Your Mind’s Greatest Power. He has been asked to speak at three TEDx events, and is co-host of the Minding the Brain podcast. In his spare time, he is a published poet, an internationally-produced playwright, and a professional painter and calligrapher.

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