Keynote & Special Presentations

Keynote Presenter – DAY 1 (February 15, 2023 at 9:00 am)

Perspective, Growth, and Change: Renewing the Purposes and Promises of Reflection in Health Professions Education

Keynote Speaker: Stella Ng, Ph.D.
Director & Education Scientist

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Convergence Keynote on February 15, 2023 will be delivered by inspiring scientist, educator, practitioner, and leader in the field of Health Professions Education & Practice, Stella Ng, Ph.D. Stella has actively worked to advance critical reflection and transformative education toward more collaborative, compassionate, and ethical health care and health science.

Stella is passionate about preparing those who work in health care and health science to work collaboratively, ethically and with compassion, as acting in these ways creates the foundation for trustworthy and respectful relations within the health sciences and between health sciences and communities. Her tri-council, ministry and foundation-funded research program has shown that critical reflection is crucial to compassionately, collaboratively, and ethically navigating value-conflicted and uncertain aspects of everyday work. Her passion was sparked by challenges she experienced as a pediatric audiologist in the public-school system, which motivated her to launch her research program in reflective practice, critical reflection, and critical pedagogies. She mobilizes this theory and research within her extensive education and leadership work. Stella is the recipient of the Ministry Early Researcher Award, Meridith Marks New Educator Award and an AMS Healthcare Fellowship in Compassion and AI/Digital Technology.

Special Presentation -DAY 2 (February 16, 2023 at 9:00am)

Heart Convergence Sound Bath

Special Presentation: Phil Jacobs, IVT (Integrative Vibrational Therapist),Founder of Toronto Sound Therapy, External Faculty, Michener Institute, Foundations of Psychedelic Psychotherapy

Phil is a Musician, Sound Healer, Integrative Vibrational Therapist, Medical Qi-Gong Practitioner, Plant Medicine Guide and retired (13Yrs Clinical Practice) Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and acupuncturist based in Toronto. Phil is the Founder of Toronto Sound Therapy and has created Canada’s First Accredited Sound Therapy Practitioner Certification program.

Phil has been therapeutically using Vibro-Acoustic therapy (VAT), Sound and Song for many years in his private practice for Mental Health, Addictions and Chronic Illness, offering in person and online virtual Healing, Integrated Breathwork, Embodiment and Meditation sessions.

Integrating multi-disciplinary training from Schools, Institutions, Universities and Life experience throughout UK, Canada, Guatemala, and China, Training includes Intensive Experience in Plant Medicine in Yelapa, Mexico and Toronto, Canada with Dr. Gabor Maté.

Phil combines his University Level Training in Music and Mathematics his first real Love and Relationship is with Music, Sound, and Vibration.

He brings together 40 years love of Music with his intensive training in Integrative Health, Eastern Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Medical Qi-Gong, Mindfulness Meditation & Contemplative Therapy, Relational Psycho-Somatic Therapy and Sound Therapy to create a safe space for you to attain your mind and body connection, and is deeply committed to guiding you to draw from your own inner wisdom to facilitate self-healing. Phil is also External Faculty Member at the Michener Institute for the Foundations for Psychedelic Psychotherapy.

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