Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is pleased to invite you to attend our biennial Research Symposium, “Empathy Towards a More Caring World” on June 20th at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto from 12.30 pm to 4.00 pm or via Live Stream from 1 pm to 3 pm EDT.

Registration is available online at

This is our 10th symposium, where we traditionally invite educators, medical and health practitioners and researchers, academics, parents, school and community partners, funders, and the general public to hear experts discuss a wide range of topics of interest to the broader society.

Our mission at Roots of Empathy is to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. We are an international award- winning children’s charity founded in Canada in 1996 by Mary Gordon.

The theme of our 2023 Research Symposium, “Empathy Towards a More Caring World” resonates today because without an empathic citizenry, you cannot have a caring society. A caring society aspires to leave no one out. When our societies are more empathic, they are more caring, resulting in less aggression, improved mental health, and more equality — whether we are in the classroom or the boardroom. Although humankind might be able to solve global issues, such as climate change, homelessness and hunger, we won’t have the motivation to do so if we don’t care about one another.

Our impressive Research Symposium speakers include:

  •      Dr. James Orbinski, the Inaugural Director of York U’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, medical doctor, humanitarian practitioner, and best-selling author.
  •      Dr. Thupten Jinpa, the founder of the Compassion Institute, professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, and Chairman of the Mind and Life Institute.
  •      Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Ph.D., is a proud member of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation, on Manitoulin Island, the first Aboriginal Trudeau Scholar and a former President of the Ontario Native Women’s Association. She is currently the Director for First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University.
  •      Mary Gordon, is the Founder and President of Roots of Empathy. She is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, best- selling author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy.

We would be honoured to have you join us.

Mary Gordon C.M., O.N.L., O.ON., LL.D., D.Litt.Founder/President, Roots of Empathy

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