Kevin Breel is a writer, stand up comic and activist for mental health. As a writer, he’s contributed to The Huffington Post and CNN. As a stand up comic, he’s become one of the youngest performing acts in Canadian history. As a mental health advocate, he’s been seen on media outlets all around the world- including CBC, CTV, MTV and The TODAY Show on NBC. His TEDx talk titled “Confessions of a Depressed Comic” went instantly viral online with more than half a million views in less than 30 days. Now it’s one of the most watched TED talks of all time with nearly 2 million views; along side talks from Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Seth Godin. Bringing warmth and unparalleled in to the topics people tend not to talk about, Kevin has become an in demand speaker at colleges and events throughout North America.
Currently, Kevin has dedicated the entire year to doing an international speaking tour to talk about mental health. The tour stops in more than 15 States and 3 Provinces.
Yale Breslin is a freelance fashion/cultural writer who knows his way around the fashion industry. As the former Digital Director of V Magazine and VMAN Magazine, Breslin has contributed (and continues to contribute) to internationally recognized publications and online endeavors such as: ELLE.com, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Wonderland, Cool Hunting, Ralph Lauren Magazine, Vogue China, Goop and many more. Yale was poached to work for Jay Z's website Life+Times – where he handles all style/culture content. In addition, he works with companies such as Barney's, MR PORTER, and Neiman Marcus producing and writing original content for their digital initiatives. Most recently, Yale signed on to be the Editor in Chief of Industrie Magazine. Yale is extremely excited about being involved in The Dialogue Projects and can’t wait to help it grow into something amazing.
Erin Kleinberg is the Founder and Designer of the clothing brand, erinkleinberg. She is Co-founder and former Creative Director of The Coveteur, a passion project that led to become one of the world’s most recognized fashion blogs with international acclaim and unprecedented access to both style stars and luxury brands worldwide. Her collection, erinkleinberg, is sold in over 80 stores worldwide and debuted at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Lane Crawford, Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew, and Harvey Nichols. Barneys New York was the exclusive vendor to pick up her first season. Her feminine, modern and incredibly versatile designs became instant hits and celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Florence Welch, Karlie Kloss, and Blake Lively who were spotted wearing her embellished tops, slouchy tees, and studded tanks. Fashion-forward tastemakers like Harley Viera-Newton, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Irina Lazareanu, Vanessa Traina and Theodora Richards have been past subjects of her look books, modeling her designs, which are exclusively manufactured in Canada.
Laura Sliwin (MSc. Psychology. Dipl. TCPP) is a child and adolescent psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience. She has completed extensive and specialized training in child and adolescent development and assessment, therapeutic techniques, work with parents, and consultation with teachers and other professionals. Laura runs her own private practice in Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists. Laura has witnessed firsthand how mental health difficulties affect children, youth, and their families and is very excited about being on the Board of Advisors for The Dialogue Projects.