Keynote Speaker

Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., CCC., RP

Specialist in High-Stress Workplaces
Co-Executive Director, TEND

Françoise Mathieu is the founder of Compassion Fatigue Solutions, and a sought-after speaker and educator in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. With over 20 years of work in the field of mental health, she brings with her extensive experience as a crisis counselor, and nearly a decade of working with Health Canada’s CFMAP (Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program).

Françoise is now Co-Executive Director of TEND, a joint venture with Dr. Pat Fisher and divides her time between public speaking engagements and working with organizations looking to train their teams about burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, high stress workplaces, self care and helper wellness.

Françoise is one of the leaders of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma education in North America. Since 2001, she has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and self-care to tens of thousands of helping professionals in the fields of health care, child welfare, the criminal justice sector, social and human services, emergency response, armed forces, education, addiction treatment and the Immigration and Refugee Board.

She is the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook, which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as the author of several feature articles.

Françoise is also the chair of the CARE4YOU Conference, a popular event which brings together leaders in the field, front line workers and compassion fatigue educators for two days of learning, connection and refueling. This event is held in June every year.

See Françoise in action

Read Françoise’s Beyond Kale and Pedicures

Learn about her work at TEND


Dr. Zelana Montminy

Specialist in Positive Psychology and Resilience
Psychologist, Independent Consultant

A leading figure in Positive Psychology and one of Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, Dr. Zelana Montminy takes mental fitness to another level. She is the author of 21 Days to Resilience (HarperElixir), which was #1 on Amazon in Mental Health and has been published in 5 languages. Internationally-acclaimed speaker, and go-to media wellness expert, Dr. Montminy translates complicated research from positive psychology and the fields of nutrition and neurology, to create a uniquely holistic approach to health.

Dr. Montminy holds masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology with a specialization in health, as well as a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University. She seeks to explore the relationship between resilience, happiness, and healthful lifestyle choices.

 he is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), an active regional board member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), a consultant for the Institute for Applied Positive Research, and on the Program Advisory Board of the Respect Institute.

An Internationally-acclaimed speaker, and go-to media wellness expert, Dr. Montminy speaks around the world and is a go-to authority in the media. She’s had appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. Dr. Montminy also makes regular contributions to the pages of Psychology Today, Mind Body Green, Huffington Post, The Chalkboard, and more.

Learn more about Dr. Z