James is a cardiothoracic anaesthesiologist, the former President of the BC Anaesthesiologists' Society and is currently the CEO of Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals where he strives to market innovative technologies for some of society’s most prevalent diseases. As the medical voice on the team of co-founders, James brings an invaluable perspective to our product development and long term vision to improve the delivery of specialist care in Canada.
Greg Wolfe possesses over 25 years of experience in leading the operations of enterprise technology companies. At SAP’s Business Objects, he served as their executive vice president and general manager of the Americas branches; he played a critical role in expanding the organization into the world’s number one business intelligence provider with over $1 billion in revenue, millions of licensed users, and more than 5,000 employees. In 2009, he founded Emalex, which is a consulting firm for business-to-business technology companies. He has been an advisor for organizations such as Pulse Energy and LightHaus Logic, in addition to holding executive positions at Crystal Decisions, Xerox, Marketo, and Adobe over the years.
Dr. Matthew Bromwich is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Ottawa and a researcher within the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. In addition to publishing 23 papers and four book chapters on Otolaryngology, Dr. Bromwich is the founder and chief medical officer of Clearwater Clinical (acquired by Sivantos in December 2018), which is a company that creates mobile medical devices and offers the product ShoeBOX, an iPad based audiometer for screening or diagnostic testing. He has four patents in Canada and the US for his inventions, with two more pending. In 2016, he was nominated for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award and won the 2016 Interface Health Challenge alongside his team for their work on mobile hearing testing.
John Helliwell is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of British Columbia, a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Co-Director of the CIFAR Programme on Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-Being, and a Board Director of the International Positive Psychology Association. While his early career involved studying national economies within the international system, his time as a Mackenzie King Chair of Canadian Studies at Harvard in the 1990s lead him to collaborate with Robert Putnam and begin researching subjective well-being as a measurement of effective communities and human progress. He co-authored several books on the importance of thriving, including Well-being and Public Policy in 2009 and International Differences in Well-being in 2010, and has also written numerous academic articles on the relationship between well-being and good governance. He currently serves as a co-editor of the World Happiness Report.
Dr. Carol Diener received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois, and her law degree from the same institution. She is licensed to practice both law and clinical psychology and has worked in fields of forensic psychology such as delinquency and child custody. Dr. Diener’s diverse clinical experience has included veterans, children, and juvenile delinquents. She was a faculty member at the University of Illinois for over two decades, and retired to devote all of her attention on Nobaproject (the Dieners’ free textbook project) and Enhance, their well-being skills course. Dr. Diener’s research has been cited over 7,000 times.
The Dieners have worked to develop ENHANCE, a 12-week course shown to measurably improve one’s well-being.
Dr. Ed Diener, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, the University of Utah, and Senior Scientist for the Gallup Organization is one of the most eminent and highly cited research psychologists in the world. He has over 390 publications and a citation count of over 186,000. Diener was the president of three scientific societies, the editor of three scientific journals, and received major awards in psychology such as the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Awards from the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, as well as honorary doctorates. He was also an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Diener explored both the individual and societal factors that influence people’s life satisfaction and happiness, including income, upbringing, taxation policies, clean air, and income safety-net programs. He was a leader in the movement to use well-being metrics to help guide public policy.
Ed passed away on April 27th, 2021. His life’s work will live on at Thrive through our well-being offerings and the ENHANCE program.
Richard Layard is a British labour economist who is the founder and current programme director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He began his career by researching how to reduce unemployment and societal inequality; he served as the Senior Research Officer for the Robbins Committee on Higher Education, which created a report that lead to the expansion of the UK's university education. In the 1970s, he began writing about the economics of happiness and focused on the effects of non-income variables on well-being. His mental health research, including the 2006 Depression Report, lead to the creation of a program in England called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), which now provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to over 1 million people per year in the UK. Since 2012 he has worked alongside John Helliwell and Jeffrey Sachs to co-edit the World Happiness Report. He collaborated with clinical psychologist David M. Clark in 2014 to publish the book Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, which explores the importance of increasing the availability of modern talking therapies for mental illness prevention.