Board of Directors

Jewell, MAPP



Louisa Jewell is the Founder and Past-President of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and she is passionate about being the bridge between researchers and practitioners to share the latest knowledge on psychological well-being to improve the mental health of all Canadians. Louisa is a speaker, author and well-being expert who has facilitated thousands of people towards greater flourishing both at work and in their personal lives.

Louisa is a graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania where she was taught by the field’s founder, renowned psychologist, Dr. Martin Seligman. Louisa was an instructor of positive psychology at the University of Toronto, teaches at the University of Texas Dallas and regularly delivers webinars and workshops to educators and practitioners around the world. Louisa is also a facilitator of the Certificate of Applied Positive Psychology program with the Flourishing Center in Canada. She holds her certificate in Solution Focused Brief Coaching from the University of Toronto.

Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, Canadian Living Magazine, Live Happy Magazine, Chatelaine, Psychology Today, Women's Agenda, Toronto Sun, to name a few. She is a contributing author to the European Handbook of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychology at Work and Positive Psychology News Daily.  She is also a contributing author to the #1 Bestselling book Ready Set Live; Empowering Strategies for an Enlightened Life and her latest book Wire Your Brain for Confidence; The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt will be released September, 2017. To find out more visit  

Bill Craig  

Board Chair 

Bill is the current President and Board Chair of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) and is passionate about strengthening wellbeing literacy and developing wellbeing policies and strategies to support human thriving, flourishing and improved wellbeing outcomes for all Canadians and the world. He believes that the Canadian public, researchers, practitioners, governments, businesses, academia, civil-society organizations, the CPPA, and other whole-of-system/society participants need to work collaboratively to develop and promote a new vision of Canadian Wellbeing and Wellbeing Literacy that is strongly based on the tenants, research, and practices of positive psychology. 

For the last six years Bill has been actively involved in the broad based multi-disciplinary assessment of wellbeing, happiness and quality of life at the community, business, municipal, regional levels. Bill’s area of specialty is around how to use wellbeing assessment results and bring about whole system (all stakeholders) changes to policies, programs, services and behaviors to improve human thriving, flourishing, and wellbeing outcomes.   Bill works at the global governance level with a variety of UN bodies, governments, civil society and faith-based organizations related to human thriving. flourishing, wellbeing, and human rights learning.


Bill has two science-related degrees, and has completed the certification in applied positive psychology, and training in appreciative inquiry, and positive change management.


Besides Bill’s focus on wellbeing literacy, policy and strategy, his current interest is in the synergy of positive psychology and organization design, development and operations in building flourishing enterprises with a focus on positive organizations, positive education, positive culture, positive leadership, positive teams/teaming, positive change management and positive innovation.

Leanne Tran, JD, MD


Dr. Leanne Tran is a health lawyer at JD MD Solutions. She previously worked in-house, at a health law boutique and a global law firm. Leanne offers services at the interface of law, medicine, science and research with expertise in contracting, regulatory, IP, commercialization, data security, privacy and risk management matters. She also provides medical and scientific due diligence and consulting in personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability and class action cases.

Leanne is passionate about healthcare, improving patient outcomes and systems, and knowledge translation through legal avenues, education and research. She has published, written and spoken extensively on medical and legal matters, having taught courses and conducted workshops at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals. Leanne has also conducted research at several academic hospitals and at NASA.


  Ali Sabourin


 Ali is a forward-thinking innovator and award winning civil servant with a       passion for making positive change.   Ali led the development of the City of   Hamilton’s city-wide Cultural Plan which spanned three phases, engaged   2,300 stakeholders, received unanimous Council approval and garnered   media attention proclaiming the Cultural Plan was a “game changer” for   Hamilton. The Cultural Plan, also known as “Love Your City” earned two   national awards – one for excellence in cultural planning and another for   creative engagement – in addition to being cited as international “good   practice” from the UN’s United Cities and Local Government Agenda 21 for   Culture Award.

 Ali has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and an MBA in Innovation from McMaster University; as a student, her team’s research paper on Innovation in the Public Sector earned the Best Paper Award from the Management of Innovation and New Technology Institute, and ignited a passion for innovation in public service.  Ali has worked as an analyst, strategic planner, research manager, quality manager, total customer experience manager, internal consultant and senior project manager in the private and public sectors.  She is currently the Manager of Customer Experience and Innovation at Hamilton Street Railway (HSR). Ali strives to build on her passion for positive psychology and ultimately aims to contribute to societal well-being.

 Jennifer Card, MSc.


 Jennifer is a coach and organization development consultant focusing on   positive psychology. Jennifer is also a doctoral student (PsyD) in Leadership Psychology at William James College, Boston.


 Jennifer also holds: a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Applied   Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology from the University of   East London, UK; a BA from Western University (UWO); a Post   Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Wilfred Laurier; and   a certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Beck Institute, USA. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation, and is certified as a StrengthscopeĀ® Practitioner.


 Jennifer was formerly a wellness entrepreneur, marketing consultant,   event manager, and a yoga & fitness instructor.  Here previous   volunteer experience was for the Herbie Fund, part of the Hospital for   Sick Children where she was an elected board member for over 15   years.


Jennifer’s current research predominately focuses on the importance in leadership of: strengths identification; self-affirmation; performance; stress resiliency; mindset, mindfulness; emotional & cultural intelligence; and finding our authentic purpose.