Keynote Speakers


Isabelle Fontaine

Isabelle is bringing her expertise in performance psychology and emotional intelligence to the Mid-Atlantic-Northeast regional conference. As a skilled speaker, Isabelle has given over 1500 presentations throughout Canada, and Europe. She has also taught at the University of Quebec and Polytechnique Montréal. Her session, Emotional Intelligence, will help you to build your skills by learning how to manage your emotional energy, recharge your inner battery, and inspire others in the process. Isabelle states "For the last 20 years, I have been following the latest research in mind technology. Neuroscience proves that we can be infinitely freer and more powerful than we believe ourselves to be. There are tricks and strategies that we can apply to make us psychologically stronger and to access peak psychological states. We can consciously produce the biochemical cocktail of top performance. We can intentionally fuel that on enthusiasm, courage, and personal drive." 


Joe Schwarcz

Dr. Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society.”  He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Professor Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry, interpreting science for the public, and is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD and has appeared on TV Ontario and Global Television, as well as The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC,. Dr. Schwarcz also writes a newspaper column entitled “The Right Chemistry” and has authored over 14 books. Dr. Schwarcz was awarded the 2010 “Montreal Medal” which is the Canadian Chemical Institute’s premier prize recognizing lifetime contributions to chemistry in Canada. In 2015 he was named winner of the Balles Prize for critical thinking by the US based Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. In 2018 he was the recipient of McGill University’s “Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement Through Media.”