Keynote Speakers

Kim Olver

“Choosing Me Now – How to create a healthy relationship with yourself

Are you so busy taking care of everyone else in your life you have forgotten about taking care of yourself? Our focus on creating healthy relationships with others sometimes means we neglect ourselves; the importance of who we are and what we want out of life may get lost. How do you create a healthy relationship with yourself?

Having a loving, healthy relationship with yourself is so much more than sleeping enough, eating well, and exercising—it’s about becoming that need-satisfying person to yourself!

Olver will provide a thought-provoking look at perception and how external messages become internal to help the audience discern between who they have been told they are and their authentic selves.

A thorough examination of Choice Theory’s basic needs of survival, love & belonging, power, freedom and fun will provide participants with a blueprint for creating that necessary, yet often overlooked, relationship with self. This blueprint can also be applied by parents to help their children develop healthy self-esteem and by teachers helping students do the same.


BIO – Kim Olver, LCPC, NCC, BCC, has a mission to help people get along better with the important people in their lives, including themselves, at home and at work. Kim is a licensed counselor, certified coach, trainer, speaker and author. In addition, she serves as the Executive Director of the William Glasser Institute-US and William Glasser International. As senior faculty for Glasser, she has taught thousands of people his concepts around the globe.

Kim founded Coaching for Excellence in 2004 and the Academy of Choice in 2010, while developing the process of Choice Coaching, which she employs with her clients and teaches to fellow coach trainees. Kim also developed a 25-hour parenting curriculum for court-mandated parents used in Chicago, California and South Africa.

In addition, Kim is an award-winning, bestselling author of Secrets of Happy Couples and the author of recently released, Choosing Me Now. She co-authored Leveraging Diversity at Work with Sylvester Baugh and wrote a chapter in the book, Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling. She has also contributed to HuffingtonPost.comPsychCentral.comYourTango.comHerCampus.comWhole LivingWomen’s WorldFitness MagazineLaw of Attraction Magazine, Conscious Life Journal and Counseling Today.

Lynn Sumida

From Consumption to Appreciation 

The 21st Century Challenge – Can We Make the Shift?

In our search for happiness and fulfillment we often become caught up in the continual amassing of experiences, objects, belongings, even people via our social media. However, it seems we are never satisfied: we are caught in this world of endless consumption.

The impact of this behaviour on our world is becoming clear to us. How, instead of feeling guilty, do we address the problem and unhook ourselves from this insidious pattern?

Dr Nate Hagens a well-known speaker on big picture issues facing human society suggests that over the next 10 years we will be challenged even more dramatically to “simplify” our lives in terms of energy consumption. What does this really mean and is there a way to get ahead of the curve?

Lynn will address the challenges of the consumption cycle and how it is a double-edged sword. She believes the key for getting out of the grip of consumption is to move towards greater appreciation. So how do we enhance or gain an “appreciation mindset”? What is the role Choice Theory can play in making this shift? How do we as learners, educators and parents nurture an “appreciation mindset” so young people value and see it as exciting, empowering and ultimately satisfying?

“Appreciation without consumption is the pinnacle of honoring all life”

BIO – Lynn Sumida holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and has been working with people for over 40 years. She founded her own Private Practise firm in Manitoba, in 1980 and worked extensively with trauma, abuse, loss, addictions, and health and relationship issues. Lynn started her training in Reality Therapy in 1978, while working as a school counsellor. She became an instructor in 1981 and a Senior Faculty in 1983. She was later invited to assist in the development of the WGI training programs for Practicum Supervisors and Basic Instructors and has supported countries in establishing their own teaching faculty. Lynn is also a trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming and a life-long learner.

In 2002 Lynn moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, and in 2005 founded miruspoint Facilitators Inc. a company devoted to helping individuals and organizations transform at a core level so each person is able to live into their full potential. Lynn continues to spend her time with both direct client work and training and program development. She is the co-developer of Prime Potential, a revolutionary transformative process which she also teaches to other professionals. In 2013 she was invited to contribute to the Amazon bestselling book, The Thought that Changed My Life Forever – How One Inspiration Can Unleash Your True Potential and Transform the World.