Dr. Shimi Kang believes every person has the innate ability to live their highest potential. An award-winning researcher, and leading expert on the neuroscience of innovation, connection, and resilience, Dr. Shimi Kang is the CEO & Founder of Future-ready Minds. Dr. Kang is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia where she researches and teaches on topics of mental health, wellness and motivation.
She is the author of the #1 Best-seller of The Dolphin Parent, the critically acclaimed, Tech Solution: Healthy Habits for a Digital World, and The Self- Motivated Kid - the winner of the US News International Book Award. Dr. Kang has helped countless children, youth and adults move towards the key 21st century skills of CQ – creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and contribution. Dr. Shimi Kang is the Co-Founder of Get Sparky app, & host of the YouTube show, Mental Wealth with Dr. Shimi Kang.
She is the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, WXN Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women Award, the Governor General’s Award for Leadership, and the Jubilee Medal for community service. Dr. Shimi Kang is most proud of being a mom of 3 awesome yet exhausting children.
Jasbir is a Registered Social Worker (BC College of Social Workers) and has a Masters in Social Work (University of Victoria). She obtained her Certificate in Advanced Facilitation & Consultation from the Justice Institute of BC. She specializes in training in the areas of Anti-Racism, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Change Management, and Conflict Resolution.
She has over 15 years of experience working with individuals who have struggled with trauma, complex life transitions, addictions, relationship issues, and mental health concerns. She utilizes an anti-oppressive framework with an emphasis on intersectionality and existentialism. For the past 10 years she has actively engaged in facilitating psycho-educational programs in the areas of intimate partner violence substance use and violence prevention.
“My vision is to guide clients, so they are empowered to make positive decisions in their life. I am committed to fostering a safe, confidential, and trusting therapeutic alliance with clients so they can start on their journey of healing. I strive to honor each client’s story and experience by providing services that are specific to individual needs”.
Dalerina believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness and that educating young minds and families is key to building a solid foundation for a healthy and thriving future. As the Program Director for Future-ready minds, Dalerina oversees planning, coordination and facilitation of various programs such as parenting seminars, in-class “field trips”, professional development workshops, after school programs, and summer camps across several schools and universities in BC.
Dalerina is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition), a Masters of Biochemistry (Mumbai University,India) and a Human Resource Management certificate (Simon Fraser University). She brings over 10 years of experience working with teams and organizations that deliver versatile programs to multiple demographics within the health and wellness realm.
Elyse Cochrane is an education professional with training in social-emotional learning, executive functioning, educational technology and learning design. She seeks to equip children, youth, and teens with a life skills toolkit that sparks resiliency, adaptability, self-awareness and critical thinking. Her work has been instrumental in the conception and development of Future-ready minds and she has been mentored by Dr. Shimi Kang for 7+ years
Elyse is a Masters of Educational Technology & Learning Design (Simon Fraser University),Bachelor of Education and Arts (Brock University), an Executive Functioning Level 1 & 2 coach (Fraser Academy) and brings over 10 years of experience as a K-12 teacher.
Leo is a passionate Future-ready Minds educator and has taught several programs and helped develop some elements of the curriculum as well. He is also part of the on-boarding and training team at FRM. Leo holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto and is working towards a Bachelor's of Education at the University of British Columbia.
Leo is a strong proponent for hands on and outdoor education. He believes in creating experiences and learning through hands-on play is the best way for students to learn and remember. He engages students through his great sense of humor, curiosity, playfulness and energy, creating a lasting impact on young minds.
At the age of 16, Joesh is a powerful voice for his generation. As a professional public speaker, he has tackled topics such as racism, diversity, technology addiction, community building, neurodiversity and learning differences, and mental health issues such as anxiety and ADHD. His audiences have included small groups, large sold-out auditoriums, and thousands of online viewers. As a Tedx Speaker, Public Health Researcher, and Youth Ambassador for The Stigma Free Society, Joesh is an outspoken advocate for more youth-friendly, connected, healthy, and happy communities.
Joesh has represented organizations such as The David Suzuki Foundation, Science World, The Kelty Mental Health Resource Center, Global Civic Public Salon, The University of British Columbia, and The Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Joesh believes in science and the power of personal story. He has used these in combination to provide his audiences with informative, inspiring, and unforgettable presentations.
Lily believes that a positive family relationship is the key to our growth, mental well-being and resilience. Lily and her husband, Simon, have raised three wonderful sons together. With solid hands-on experience, Lily has been offering parenting workshops in schools and educational centres since 2017 and also provides one on one coaching, customized to her clients’ needs.
Lily is an active member of the community as the founder of Arbutus Volunteers Association. Lily and her group of volunteers dedicate their time to build and empower their community through various organized community events that bring people together celebrating festivals and multiculturalism as well as outreach to seniors in the community.
In 2020, Lily received the Vancouver Quadra’s Hidden Hero Award for her outstanding contribution to the community. Lily was an English Instructor at Guangdong University of Industry and Technology in China. She then worked as an Employment Consultant presenting workshops to new immigrants on settlement, job search and life skill topics at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in Vancouver. In 2017, she transitioned to becoming a family relationship and life skills coach. She has been mentored by Dr. Shimi Kang for more than six years.