ABOUT US

THE MISSION OF THE MEN’S INITIATIVE IS, “TO ENHANCE THE INTEGRITY AND WELL-BEING OF MEN FOR THE BENEFIT OF FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND THE WORLD.”

The Men’s Initiative was founded to be a catalyst in the global conversation about the state and impact of men in the world. We want to bring people together and use our collective effort and wisdom to enhance the integrity and well-being of men. Together, we are mobilizing men around the world to be a force for equity, compassion, and sustainability in a rapidly changing world.

The Men’s Initiative Values

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ACCOUNTABILITY

Living our values, by focusing on rigour, evidence and evaluation of everything we do, to demonstrate its impact.

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AUTHENTICITY

Relentlessly telling the truth and walking the talk, recognizing that inner work creates outer reality.

EMBRACING DIFFERENCE

Collaborating and putting purpose before ego, valuing diversity and dignity.

COURAGE

Having difficult conversations, ensuring a commitment to dialogue not debate.

CURIOSITY

Exploring with openness, humility and a commitment to learning.

STEWARDSHIP

Tenaciously maintaining a cross-generational orientation for sustainability and legacy.

TRUST

Acting with integrity and embracing the hard, personal work that is essential to earn the confidence of others.

OUR TEAM

Dr. John Izzo, Ph.D

Dr. John Izzo, Ph.D

Founder

John has worked with executives and leaders for over thirty years across 500 companies helping them connect to the legacy they want to leave. He is passionate about the role men must play in creating a more sustainable future and the role that inner work has in that process. He is the bestselling author of six books including Awakening Corporate Soul and Stepping Up. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Outside of work he loves tennis and nature but believes that friends are the most important hobby of all.

 

Duncan Shields, Ph.D RCC

Duncan Shields, Ph.D RCC

Founder

Duncan has been a counsellor and trauma therapist for the last 20 years, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. In his work and research with veterans and first responders he has observed how men have endured and caused suffering, and how they also stand as essential builders of a peaceful, just and compassionate society. “I have been impressed by the men of integrity that I have worked with and how, standing together in courage, they have labored to change their part of the world for good”. When not at work, Duncan is either reading and learning or sailing a traditional sloop built with his wife and daughter.

 

David Kuhl, M.D., Ph.D

David Kuhl, M.D., Ph.D

Founder

David is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and the VGH Mohammad H. Mohseni Chair in Men’s Health, Integrity and Wellbeing. Integrating medicine, psychology and the social sciences is fundamental to his work.  As a clinician/researcher he has been listening to the stories of men for more than 25 years and has developed an understanding of the physical, emotional, and spiritual depth of their suffering.  He has also witnessed their personal growth, deepening relationships, and commitment to justice, peace and collaboration. He is passionate about enhancing the integrity and wellbeing of men. Time with his family and friends, fitness, reading and music are vital to David’s wellbeing.

NICKY DHALIWAL, M.Mgt.

NICKY DHALIWAL, M.Mgt.

Director of Engagement

Nicky is responsible for strategic storytelling and leading major partnerships and gifts for The Men’s Initiative. She operates from a place of values-based leadership and brings a strong sense of her values to all that she does.

MATTHEW QUETTON

MATTHEW QUETTON

Consulting CFO

Mathew leads operations at The Men’s Initiative. He brings 25 years of experience in strategy and finance. Matthew is passionate about startups and really efficient processes.

AYNSLEY WONG

AYNSLEY WONG

Project Coordinator

Aynsley runs the clock and the calculator in daily operations. She gets things done.

EVAN JOLICOEUR     |     JESSE FRENDER     |     DR. HILARY PEARSON     |     KEVIN LUTZ     |     DR. MARK DAVIES 

Program Facilitators

EVAN JOLICOEUR

JESSE FRENDER

DR. HILARY PEARSON

KEVIN LUTZ

DR. MARK DAVIES

 

Program Leads

CHAMPIONS

Our network of supporters and advisors

AFFILIATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

In partnership with 

MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF

 – AND –

LEON JUDAH BLACKMORE

FOUNDATION

BUILDING ALLIANCES WITH

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