About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire and support discovery and curiosity of mind, body, and brain in a way that honours individual differences and shared experiences with an ultimate goal of improving wellbeing for all.

How We Achieve Our Mission

  • We create learning opportunities in-house through our courses

  • We work within other organizations to deliver courses and coaching

  • We work one-on-one as Life Coaches

  • We offer mentorship programs

  • We train people to become Life Coaches by understanding how the mind, body, and brain work

  • We share our own personal experiences and recognize that we are all human and benefit from connecting with each other in an authentic manner

Corporate Philosophy

As a social enterprise, we are a privately owned company that applies commercial strategies to maximize cultural and social wellbeing. In other words, we are a for-profit enterprise that has a social and cultural mission. That being said, our philosophy is of giving back so the income we generate supports a modest income for the people who work for the Centre for Applied Neuroscience. We value gender, ethnic, cultural, religious, and economic diversity and work hard to make our courses and programs accessible to all people. We aim to be allies of our fellow humans and to love and respect everyone. We strive for transparency in our practices and fairness in how we interact with all people. We seek to lead by example as custodians of earth and believe that better minds, bodies, and brains are part of the ecosystem for a healthier planet. 

How We Implement our Corporate Philosophy

  • Part of the revenue we generate returns to the workers of our organization to support their livelihood of dedicated service to others. 

  • The balance of the revenue generated is used to develop and run new programs in order to keep expanding our wellbeing impact. 

  • We engage in real conversations with our clientele and potential clientele and don’t rely on automated email responses. 

  • We use an interview process for all those who take our in-house courses to ensure that our work suits the needs of a potential candidate and to ensure that tolerant, open-minded, and well-intended people with diverse experiences make-up our student body. We do not admit people who we feel would go against our philosophy or mission or those we believe would infringe upon the human rights of others.

  • We only employ CAN-trained Life Coaches who have met all of our ethics and competency standards to work one-on-one with clients

  • We are always expanding our offerings and we are always open to conversations on how we can be more accessible with what we offer.

  • We welcome conversations/concerns by people who have special needs and engage in dialogue about how to accommodate those needs.

  • We offer healthy snacks at our in-house courses, which cater to a variety of diets (e.g., GF, Vegan, DF, Nut-free when necessary etc.) to support good mind, body, and brain health.

  • We buy snacks with low/no packaging including fruits and vegetables (local when possible) and make at home what we can (e.g., dips and biscuits). 

  • We solicit regular feedback from our clients/students about their experiences and how we can better serve their needs

  • We work out of a shared working space (Centre for Social Innovation), which itself is an ambassador of good environmental, cultural, and gender practices).


Our Team

Dr. Mandy Wintink

CEO, Program Director, and Founder of the Centre for Applied Neuroscience.

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She earned a PhD in Neuroscience and Psychology from Dalhousie University in 2005 and completed her Post-Doctoral Training in Molecular Neurobiology in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie. Her research primarily focussed on the neuroplasticity associated with emotions (e.g., anxiety, fear, depression) and learning and memory. She focussed all of her research throughout her training on the differences in the brains and behaviour between males and females. She began coaching and working at holistic health centre while doing her post-doctoral training and then moved to Toronto in 2010 where she formally launched the Centre for Applied Neuroscience. She is also currently part-time faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto. Learn more about Mandy here and follow her podcast Mandyland at www.Mandyland.ca


Allison McDonald

Chief Operations, Information, and Innovation Officer (COIIO), Online Teacher, Mentor, and Coach

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Allison’s unique journey with CAN started as a student in the very first class offered in 2010 in Halifax, NS. She became aware of the program both through the yoga community, and alternative health care clinic where she worked. She has taken the Life Coach Training, has been a coach (both inside and outside the organization), has been a mentor, has been a community manager (supporting both graduates, and learning opportunities for the larger community), and was a teaching associate for Halifax, Toronto, and online from 2011-2018. In 2018, Allison graduated top of her class at Durham College in Contemporary Web Design. As an office manager, self-employed, and a CAN team member she has been assisting with technology, design, and web presence for years, but now has even more skills. She personally set up our learning management system (LMS-Moodle) to improve our online course delivery. She also keeps us organized and on track now that we have so many projects on the go! You can learn more about Allison here.


Vanessa Vella

Associate Director, Mentorship Manager, Toronto & Costa Rica Course Teacher, Mentor, and Coach

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Vanessa is the lead teaching assistant for the Life Coaching Course in Toronto, which includes interviewing applicants, teaching class yoga practices for the Toronto course, facilitating discussions and group sessions, and individually coaching students. Vanessa also works on the Costa Rica Intensive course, and oversees our certification program for Coaches-in-Training.. You can learn more about Vanessa here.


Jeana Conalas 

Online Course Teacher, Mentor, and Coach.

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Jeana graduated from the CAN Life Coaching course in 2016, and there’s been no stopping her since then. She works privately with clients, leads workshops and runs her own blog.  Jeana is an online teaching assistant and student mentor. She lives in Halifax, and represents the East Coast at CAN. Jeana believes believes that living fiercely, authentically, and intentionally is the key to living the good life. You can learn more about Jeana here.


Victoria Bergin

Toronto & Costa Rica Course Teacher, Mentor, and Coach

Victoria is a Teaching Associate for the Toronto and Costa Rica programs at the Centre for Applied Neuroscience. Having graduated from the CAN Life Coaching Certification program in 2017, Victoria is also a Mindful Life Coach. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and has always been interested in human behaviour and self-development. Victoria specializes in coaching children and adults to remain their authentic selves by teaching them how to integrate conscious awareness into life skills such as gratitude, emotional acknowledgment, self-reflection, confidence and resilience. You can learn more about Victoria here.

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Nikki Jameson

Competencies Manager, Online Course Teacher, Mentor, and Coach

Nikki completed the CAN Online Life Coaching course in 2017 and since has been working at establishing the new online course platform, which was released for the October 2018 course. She is also a somatic yoga teacher and practices in Ottawa, Canada.


Annie Bowker 

Toronto Teaching Associate, Coach and Mentor

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Annie finished the CAN Life Coaching course in 2012. Annie works one on one with life coaching clients and is also a registered yoga teacher. Annie has worked as a teaching assistant for the CAN Life Coaching Course in Toronto, and is currently on hiatus from that role as she pursues a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Her role at CAN these days is mentoring current students. Annie is incredibly warm and welcoming, and has the magical ability to form strong connections with everyone she meets. You can learn more about Annie here.


Erin Hancock  

Online Teaching Associate, Mentor, and Coach

Erin completed the CAN Life Coaching course in 2012. In addition to her work as a life coach, Erin is a consultant for nonprofit organizations. She recently moved to Vancouver, but can often be found jetsetting around Canada, and the world on various adventures. Erin is passionate about travel, self care, and learning through direct action. You can learn more about Erin here.


Fani Peker

Assistant Podcaster

Fani completed the CAN Life Coaching course in 2019.


Laurissa Tassielli

Online Teaching Associate, Mentor, and Coach

Laurissa completed the CAN Life Coaching Course in Toronto in 2018 and began working as a teaching associate with CAN for the Online Fall 2019 Course. She also works as a Mindset & Fulfillment Coach through her own business DeeplyLiving. She works with busy women to optimize their mental health through stress management and mindset strategies. She works privately with clients, runs workshops, does public speaking events, and sells mental-health based products. She believes personal development and self-care is the key to having a successful, passionate life. You can learn more about Laurissa here.

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To Meet some CAN Coaches, please visit them online at www.CANCoaches.com.