Connecting Minds 2023Vancouver BC
Previous Keynote Speakers

CM 2008 - Dr. Elliot Aronson

Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Dr. Aronson's keynote address at the inaugural CM 2008 was entitled, "Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts".

CM 2009 - Dr. Sam Gosling

Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, and winner of the APA's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contibutions, Dr. Gosling presented a decade worth of research on what our "stuff" says about us in his 2009 CM keynote address, "A Room with a Clue".

CM 2010 - Dr. Albert Bandura

Winner of the APA's Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, the William James Award of the APS, and the David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Sciences in Psychology at Stanford University, Dr. Bandura is without dispute one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century.  CM 2010 was honoured to hear Dr. Bandura's fascinating keynote address entitled "Going Global with Social Cognitive Theory".

CM 2011 - Dr. Michael Shermer

Founding publisher of Skeptic magazine (, Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University, Dr. Shermer has appeared on television shows such as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Larry King Live, Donahue, Oprah, and Unsolved Mysteries. Dr. Shermer's keynote address to CM 2011 was titled, “The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies: How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths”.

CM 2012 - Dr. Elizabeth Loftus

Dr. Loftus is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Social Behavior, Criminology, Law and Cognitive Sciences. She is a Fellow of The Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California Irvine, and a Fellow of the Committee of Skeptical Inquiry's CSICOP Executive Council. She has presided over the APA and WPA and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours.

Dr. Loftus' keynote address to CM 2012 was titled "Manufacturing Memories."

CM 2014 - Dr. David Buss

 Dr. Buss is best known for his research on evolutionary origins of  mating strategies, conflict between the sexes, status, social  reputation, prestige, and the emotion of jealousy. Further, Dr.  Buss' work also investigates the act of homicide, anti-homicide  defenses, and most recently, stalking. Dr. Buss is the author of  more than 200 scientific articles and has won many awards,  including the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career  Contribution to Psychology and the APA G. Stanley Hall  Lectureship.

Dr. Buss's keynote address for CM 2014 was entitled, "Human Mating Strategies".  

CM 2016 - Dr. Jean Kilbourne
Dr. Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising.  Her films, lectures and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world, and she was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. Dr. Kilbourne is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly film series and was recently inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Her keynote address for CM 2016 revealed "The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women".

CM 2018 - Dr. Adele Diamond

Adele Diamond is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at University of British Columbia. Her discoveries have impacted education worldwide and improved treatment throughout the world for two medical disorders (PKU and ADHD).  She’s been named one of the “2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century” and been recognized as one the 15 most influential neuroscientists in the world today. 

Dr. Diamond's keynote address for CM2018 was entitled, "Insights from Psychology and Neuroscience to Help you Succeed in University and on the Job Market". 

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