Betty and Bernard S. Shapiro Family Lecture Series

A public lecture series featuring engaging and insightful conversations with today’s top influencers and experts.

In 2018, we featured guest speaker Dr. Jean Twenge.


Dr. Jean Twenge
Connected and Alone
Dr. Jean Twenge, the internationally recognized psychologist and researcher on adolescence and technology, offers up-to-date research and tips that may make a difference in how we interact with our phones and each other. Learn to understand the effects of our smartphones on our families, relationships, and behaviour.


In 2017, we featured guest speakers Dr. Michele Borba, Julie Lythcott-Haims, and Shane Feldman. Watch below our interviews with these top experts and influencers as part our In Conversation video series.


Dr. Michele Borba
The Unselfie Revolution

How does the Selfie Syndrome and our self-absorption epidemic hurt our kids' academic performance, increase bullying and lessen resiliency? An internationally recognized psychologist, Dr. Michele Borba, works to strengthen children's character and confidence, build strong families and create compassionate school cultures. Learn her framework for parenting that will shift the focus from I, me and mine to we, us and ours, leading kids to be kind, moral and courageous. *For more information on this speaker please visit


Julie Lythcott-Haims
How to Raise an Adult

As the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims developed a reputation as a fierce advocate for students and a strong critic of the growing trend of day-to-day parental involvement. She highlights the ways in which overparenting can harm children and add stress for parents. Learn practical strategies that allow children to make their own mistakes and develop the strength, resourcefulness and inner determination necessary for success.


Shane Feldman
Transforming Community Culture

Named one of Canada’s Top 20 under 20, Shane Feldman invites teens and their parents into his world and shows how relationships and connections in high school can have a lifelong impact. Shane overcame social isolation and rejection and has become an inspiration to adolescents everywhere.


Dr. Laurence Steinberg
They Think Different
Lessons from the new science of adolescence

West-Central Montreal Health and Ometz welcomed Dr. Laurence Steinberg world-renowned expert on adolescent development for a groundbreaking lecture on May 16, 2016.