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Dr. Alex Russell is a clinical psychologist who lives and works in Toronto. He provides assessments and psychotherapy to children and adults, in addition to consulting with schools, teachers, and psychologists. The heart of his message is that children learn through the experience of non-catastrophic, painful failure, and it is through the process of these failures that they mature into resilient, resourceful, and emotionally balanced individuals. Parents need to see failing—whether it’s a test, a course, or a tryout for a team—as a normal part of growing up and not a sign of parental incompetence. In Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored by journalist Tim Falconer) and on stage, he offers a fresh perspective on raising children that is reassuringly familiar and strikingly sensible.  As an education speaker, Dr. Russell has addressed many parent and counselor groups over the years. He is intimately familiar with the culture of the school system and the relationship that parents, teachers, and counselors share with regard to the children we are raising. He has been an active parent in his community and an avid hockey player and coach.

Friday February 9th, 2018
Doors open: 11:00am
Lunch: 11:30am
Dr. Alex Russell: 12:00pm
Location: The Westin - Devonian Room (10135 100 Street NW)
Tickets: $45.00 Buy your ticket here!
Ticket sales start Dec 4 at 7pm and end Feb 4 at 7pm
Tables of 10 people

Lunch Menu: 


  • Salad: Organic Greens and Baby Spinach Garnished with Local Pumpkin Seeds, Dried Cherries, Skotidakis Real Greek Feta Cheese and Red Wine Canola Vinaigrette (V) (G)
  • Main: House Cured Alberta Heritage Braised Beef Medallions, Portabello Mushrooms, Kale and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Red Wine Reduction
  • Dessert: Milk Chocolate Tart with Chantilly Vanilla Cream

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