About CPPA

Canadian Positive Psychology Association
Helping Canadians flourish

Founded in 2012, the CPPA is the leading Canadian not-for-profit association for the advancement of the science and practice of positive psychology. Positive Psychology is the branch of psychology that focuses on the evidence-based research and application of human flourishing.

The CPPA is a leader in the global positive movement of like-minded individuals interested in the research and application of positive psychology. The CPPA promotes the science and application of positive psychology and its research-based interventions across Canada through its member base and affiliates.  The CPPA is a conduit of everything-positive-psychology in Canada, connecting and supporting academic research programs, strategic alliances, and membership.

Researchers, practitioners, teachers, clinicians, coaches, workplace leaders, professionals, students, and members of the general public who are interested in improving psychological well-being for themselves and their respective audiences/patients/clients/staff.  Members are located across Canada.



The CPPA is connected with prominent positive psychology researchers from around the world to bring CPPA members the latest research in positive psychology and share rigorous, evidence-based interventions. 

Your CPPA membership keeps you on the leading edge of the science and best practices, provides annual conferences and workshops to grow your network, gives you the latest evidence-based techniques, allows you to be part of the future conversation about mental well-being and helps you to build your profile within the positive psychology community.

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In 2020 we began a renewal at the CPPA. Our re-energized team of volunteers and board members are charting an exciting new journey.

-- Louisa Jewell CPPA Founder & President

Our Mission

The CPPA’s mission is to help to nurture a psychologically healthy Canadian society at the organizational and individual level.

  • led and managed by a board of directors and volunteers.
  • provide reliable, evidence-based information about the nature of well-being and the application of positive psychology across all disciplines, through the Internet, expert webinars, publications, conferences, workshops, book clubs and awards
  • introduce and disseminate information about positive psychology research, knowledge and applications to Canada
  • establish a network of academic institutions, positive psychology practitioners, public organizations, private companies, non-profit organizations, health organizations and government with an interest in promoting the psychological well-being of Canadians; 
  • produce a platform for Canadian scientists to advance the knowledge of the science of well-being and explore novel ways to apply their knowledge
  • empower our member community so they can impact their respective clients/patients

Our CPPA Board

The Board of Directors are volunteers devoted to developing the
Canadian Positive Psychology Association and are open to your suggestions.

•CPPA Founder and president
•MAPP, Master of Applied Positive Psychology at UPENN
•Speaker and Workshop facilitator for people around the world
•Host of new Audible podcast series The Awesome Project
•Author: Wire Your Brain for Confidence; the Science of Conquering Self-Doubt
•Faculty: Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology with The Flourishing Center

Louisa Jewell

Director, President / Founder

•Professor and Researcher in Education Sciences, Universitédu Québec àTrois-Rivières;
•Current research concerns the welfare of novice teachers to help them persevere in profession;
•Member of Regroupementquébécoisde psychologiepositive;

Nancy Goyette

Director, French Community Lead​

• Msc. Applied Positive Psychology, Buckinghamshire University, U.K. and Master’s Business Administration, Dalhousie University, Halifax • Runs a successful positive psychology coaching business • Teaches positive psychology, resilience, leadership and somatic coaching in education and professional settings • Professional background in marketing, communications and branding in large and small corporate, entrepreneur and not-for-profit settings

Kimberley Wakefield

Director, Marketing Lead​

•35 years HR experience leading teams in the U.S, Canada, Europe and Asia.
•CEO and President Spirited Robin Consulting Inc. (Toronto); Senior Partner M&A Partners located in Dallas, Texas.
•CAPP, Certification in Applied Positive Psychology; APPC, Applied Positive Psychology Coach Certification.
•Completing Meditation and Mindfulness teacher training

Wendy Parkes

Director, Co-Chair Workplace Well-beings Award

•Bachelors Degree in Psychology, MBA –Innovation
•Certificate in Positive Psychology (in progress)
•Manager of Customer Experience and Innovation at Hamilton Street Railway (HSR)
•Led development of City of Hamilton’s Cultural Plan -media proclaimed the plan a “game changer” for Hamilton

Ali Sabourin

Director, CPPA Treasurer

· B. A. Psychology and Masters of Human Resources Management, York University; certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP, CHRL, CHRE)
Retired Chief People Officer, YMCA of Greater Toronto
· 42 years’ experience in multiple roles as a seasoned human resources strategist
· Development of Human Resources and Employee Well-Being Strategy, ensuring a healthy organization

Melanie Laflamme

Director, Volunteer Engagement​

· B. A. Psychology and Masters of Human Resources Management, York University; certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP, CHRL, CHRE)
Retired Chief People Officer, YMCA of Greater Toronto
· 42 years’ experience in multiple roles as a seasoned human resources strategist
· Development of Human Resources and Employee Well-Being Strategy, ensuring a healthy organization

Melanie Laflamme

Director, Volunteer Engagement

• Msc. Applied Positive Psychology, Buckinghamshire University, U.K. and Master’s Business Administration, Dalhousie University, Halifax • Runs a successful positive psychology coaching business • Teaches positive psychology, resilience, leadership and somatic coaching in education and professional settings • Professional background in marketing, communications and branding in large and small corporate, entrepreneur and not-for-profit settings

Kimberley Wakefield

Director, Marketing Lead

Our Committee Members

Our committee members with their wide array of skills and specializations help the Canadian Positive Psychology Association moving forward.

Wayne Greenway
Volunteer Engagement Manager

Wayne Greenway is currently the Volunteer Engagement Manager for The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA). He has been involved with the CPPA since 2012 and managed the 2nd and 4th Canadian Conferences on Positive Psychology.

Our Honorary Advisors

Honorary Advisors to the Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Dr. Martin Seligman

Honorary Advisor

Dr. James O. Pawelski

Honorary Advisor

Dr. Robert J. Vallerand

Honorary Advisor

Dr. Tayyab Rashid

Honorary Advisor

Dr. Lucie Mandeville

Honorary Advisor

Dr. Veronika Huta

Honorary Advisor

Dr. Tami Kulbatski

Honorary Advisor

Dr. Marie-Hélène Budworth

Honorary Advisor

Our Founding Board

The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) was founded on January 19, 2012
with a vision for developing a psychologically healthy Canadian society
through the research and application of positive psychology across Canada.

Dr. Jamie Gruman

Veronika Huta, Ph.D.

Lisa Sansom

Louisa Jewell, MAPP

Dr. Tayyab Rashid

Our History

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