Conference Overview


6:30 PM Welcome Reception
Registration Opens
Marketplace Opens
7:30 PM Parenting Right from the Start:The Science and Heart of Growing Up Children
Keynote Presentation with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe
9:30 PM Book Signing
with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe
10:00 PM Marketplace Closes

Friday Night Keynote

Parenting Right from the Start: The Science and Heart of Growing Up Children

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

Our children don’t come with a manual. And it turns out that how we parent them has a LOT to do with how life will go for them. In fact, the science of child development has resolutely linked our approach to parenting with how successful our children will be in school, in relationships, in the workforce, and as contributing members of society. Dr. Vanessa has spent 20 years as a psychologist and researcher to pull together all of the key pieces so that parents might have a clearer path to follow as they take on the magnificent task of growing a human. And while it helps to parent right from the start, it is never too late to get started!

A little bit about Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is an author, parenting educator, and registered psychologist who has been supporting families and children for almost 20 years. Dr. Vanessa is a best-selling author of the book Discipline Without Damage: How to Get Your Kids to Behave Without Messing Them Up; a regularly invited media guest and contributor; educator and international speaker; and a consultant to research projects and various organizations promoting emotional health and development. She is known for bringing a sense of nurturing, understanding, and humanity to all of her work. Founder and director of a large private practice with a clinical team of a dozen mental health experts, she also has previous experience in a variety of settings in the public sector including The British Columbia Ministry for Child and Family Development and the school system. As a mother to 2 growing children, Dr. Vanessa strives not only professionally, but also personally, to view the world through the child’s eyes. She believes that if parents, teachers, care providers, and other big people can do the same – see the world through the child’s eyes – we are beautifully positioned to champion children to grow in the best possible way.


8:00 AM Registration Opens
Marketplace Opens
8:30 AM More Children! More Heart!! More Fun!!!
Keynote Presentation with Stuart Ellis-Myers
10:15 AM Morning Break
10:45 AM AM Session Workshops
12:45 PM Lunch Break
1:45 PM PM Session Workshops
Marketplace Closes
3:45 PM Conference Ends

Saturday Morning Keynote

More Children! More Heart!! More Fun!!!

Stuart Ellis-Myers

What would you do if, out of the blue, your life turned upside down? What if you went from being a happy and healthy normal child, and then suddenly became an anxious, depressed, twitchy mess of devastating proportion? This is exactly what happened to Stuart Ellis-Myers. Hold on because Stuart is about to take us on a trip through the life of a man held captive but not broken by his mental health condition and who found the strength and determination to break free by sharing his ‘Unstoppable’ message of true and lasting love.

A little bit about Stuart Ellis-Myers

At the age of eight, Stuart Ellis-Myers began to develop one of the most misunderstood neurological disorders of our time... Tourettes Syndrome. Faced with the prospect of a lifetime of disability, frustration, isolation, and shame – Stuart instead chose to share how everyone can experience a remarkable and ‘Unstoppable’ life. Stuart’s insight and humanity have enabled him to share his own, often painful, experiences in such a way as to offer a real and usable methodology for overcoming the many pitfalls of modern life. The countless physical and psychological manifestations of our high stress lives are made clearer to understand and easier to bear through his simple and effective system of ‘Unstoppable’ and ‘Mental Health to Mental Wealth’ change. From helping you to face the reality of your current situation; to offering guidance to help you seize the constant opportunities that come our way each and every day; to providing easy to learn and easier to perform exercises to gain control over your fears and doubts, Stuart invites you to join him in creating the foundation for your own mental health to mental wealth. If Stuart can overcome the ravages of the rare, incurable and socially bizarre disorder Tourettes Syndrome and all of the disabling mental health realities that so often accompany it while becoming a remarkably successful and published keynote speaker... what is holding any of us back from achieving our dreams?

Registration Information

Child Minding is not available.

No workshop changes are permitted once registration is processed.

We do not maintain waitlists for full workshops - registration is first-come, first-served!

All workshop confirmations will be sent by email; you require an email address to complete your registration. Please add to your email address book to ensure you receive your confirmation.

Certificates of attendance will be provided for the completion of each workshop and keynote presentation attended.

Please note: A $20 fee will be applied to all duplicate receipts and certificates issued.

Duplicate certificates and receipts will only be available for one month after conference close.

Cancellation Policy

Friday only registrations are non-refundable.

Cancellations and participant substitutions for Friday and Saturday, and Saturday only registrations will be accepted until January 11th, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Cancellations will be subject to a $25.00 administration fee, and will not be accepted after this date for any reason.

Returning Registrant

Conference Dates

January 18th & 19th, 2019

Conference Brochure

Registration Fees

Register before
Nov. 30 2018 at 4:00pm

Friday Night Only $20.00
Friday & Saturday $115.00
Saturday Only $100.00

Register after
Nov. 30 2018 at 4:00pm

Friday Night Only $20.00
Friday & Saturday $140.00
Saturday Only $120.00

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