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Scheduled for Saturday, July 30, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

One ticket is included in each All-Inclusive and Regular Package. Each additional ticket is 75 CAD (tax inclusive) and can be purchased online at the registration page.

The Awards Banquet is a special evening of dining, award presentations, and keynote addresses and more.

Awards Presentations

INPM Lifetime Achievement Award

The INPM Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Carol RyffRabbi Michael Lerner and Dr. Shu-Mei (Suemay) Chang.

Wright Foundation Scholarship

Wright FoundationOne of the aims of the Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0) Summit at this year’s conference is to explore the scope and contours of PP2.0 as a new framework for expanding positive psychology research and positive interventions. Thus, this scholarship contest was created to encourage graduate students to get involved in this exciting and ongoing development in positive psychology.

This scholarship is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Wright Foundation.


  1. Lia Naor: Proactively Invoking the Shadow
  2. Holli-Anne Passmore: The Sense and Experience of Being Alive
  3. Arthur Braaten: How Fundamental Worldviews about Life and the World Relate to Eudaimonia, Hedonia, and the Experience of Meaning

Honourable Mentions

Carrina Wong Chan Scholarship


Note that the presidential and keynote addresses are together worth 1.0 CE credit.

Presidential Address

Paul T. P. WongDr. Paul T. P. Wong, PhD, C.Psych is Professor Emeritus of Trent University and Adjunct Professor at Saybrook. He is a Fellow of APA and CPA, and President of the International Network on Personal Meaning ( and the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute. Editor of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, he has also edited two influential volumes on The Human Quest for Meaning. A prolific writer, he is one of the most cited existential and positive psychologists. The originator of Meaning Therapy and International Meaning Conferences, he has been invited to give keynotes and meaning therapy workshops worldwide. He is the recent recipient of Carl Rogers Award from Div.32 of APA and a member of a research group on Virtue, Meaning and Happiness which has just received a major research grant from the Templeton Foundation.

Self-Transcendence: A Paradoxical Way to Become Your Best

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I will present empirical evidence and logical arguments that self-transcendence (ST) is a paradoxical way to achieve one’s very best and become a fully functioning human being. ST is paradoxical and counter-intuitive because, in this competitive society, self-interest always seems front and centre in our consciousness. In contrast, ST is defined as reorienting one’s way of life away from egotistic interests towards caring for others. Instead of advancing oneself, ST advocates the joy of losing oneself in the excitement of serving something greater than the self. I propose that ST is an inevitable part of all of us and it is essential for our survival and flourishing.

Empirical research has demonstrated that ST is (1) a spiritually-oriented personality trait, (2) a transpersonal state of peak experience and awe, (3) a natural aging process of moving towards generality and spirituality, (4) a basic end-value of benevolence and universality, (5) a positive affect from doing good, and (6) an adaptive product of the evolution process.

I will then provide logical arguments based on common sense, Buddhist teaching, and Christian theology. Finally, I’ll introduce Viktor Frankl’s two-factor theory of ST and illustrate how this theory can help us live a virtuous, meaningful, and happy life and, at the same time, become a fully functioning human being.

One important caveat is that ST can be either our crowning achievement or our worst nightmare. Playing god may lead to self-destruction and grandiose delusions. Using ST as an instrument to ask people to sacrifice themselves for self-gain (e.g., Hitler, ISIS) may lead to mass killing. Frankl’s antidote to the dangerous pseudo-ST is to rely on our innate conscience, ethical responsibility, and enduring objective values as a guide for the pursuit of ST.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn

  1. The vital role of ST in our survival and flourishing.
  2. The various definitions of ST as a multifaceted complex construct.
  3. The empirical evidence supporting the benefits of ST.
  4. Logical arguments in favour of ST.
  5. Prevention of the dark side of ST.



Keynote Address

Judith Wright Dr. Judith Wright is co-founder of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential,  a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated to helping individuals bring out their best personally and professionally, as well as co-founder and Professor of Transformational Coaching the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential. Dr. Wright wrote Transformed, There Must Be More Than This, The One Decision,and The Soft Addiction Solution to share her proven personal transformation methodologies with a broader audience. Her new book, The Heart of the Fight, was just released in February 2016. Judith has appeared as a featured lifestyle expert and coach on ABC’s 20/20, Oprah, Good Morning America, the Today show and hundreds of radio and television shows. Called the “world’s ultimate expert,” by Women’s World magazine, her work has appeared in over 100 magazines and newspapers around the globe including Marie Claire, Fitness Magazine, Health, Better Homes and Gardens, Shape, The New York Daily News, The Boston Herald, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Judith has the rare ability to touch groups of all types and sizes, communicating her messages with great passion that inspires audiences.

Special music provided by Steven Tam.