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2018: Courage, Faith, and Meaning: Existential Positive Psychology’s Response to Adversity

August 2-5, 2018 | Vancouver, Canada

Celebration Banquet


During the 2018 Meaning Conference, members of the INPM set aside time to celebrate not only the 20th anniversary of the INPM, but also Dr. Wong’s 80th birthday. Friends and family members came forward to express their gratitude for someone they considered as a “mentor” and their “inspiration”.

At the end of all the wonderful presentations and speeches, a banner was brought forward with the signatures of all the attendees of the conference. It was a gift for Paul and a testimonial to all his hard work, relationship building and people he has positively affected.

 2018 was certainly a milestone for Dr. Wong, the INPM and Positive Psychology 2.0.


Thanks for a wonderful conference experience… I was totally impressed by the way that attitudes have changed, as reflected in the kinds of ideas that were being expressed at the conference.

Bruce Alexander, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor, Simon Fraser University

Thank you for organizing and leading the last conference in Toronto; after a few weeks of coming back home in Mexico, I have been able to savor all of the great knowledge you and your team were able to add in order to produce a simple but highly effective event. No doubt all of the learnings will be very well used in our University. Luis Antonio Gutierrez Aladro, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor, Universidad TecMilenio

Thank you so much for another wonderful conference. I know that it was a lot of work for both of you [Paul and Lilian], and I would like you to know that I am extremely grateful for all that you have done to make it happen. Thank you!

Joan Ewasiw

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Alberta

Thank you very much for the wonderful conference.

Claude-Hélène Mayer, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, European University in Frankfurt

Thank you for an awesome conference.

Zvi Bellin, Ph.D., L.P.C.C.

Assistant Professor, John F. Kennedy University

What a marvelous and powerful conference!

Diana Gomez de Molina

Chaplain, National Institutes of Health

The conference went great. It was a wonderful collection of people, working on and sharing ideas around the awakening of personal meaning.

Jim Rough, M.B.A., M.S.E.E.

Director and Founder, Center for Wise Democracy

Thank you for a wonderful conference! I learned so much from all the sessions I attended and greatly enjoyed interacting with the other participants. Much of what I learned will be of great help to me in my ongoing work with attorneys and judges. I also was very gratified by the positive response to my own interactive workshop on Immunity to Change. We had a full room and all the participants were deeply engaged. My only regret is that there were so many wonderful speakers and intriguing topics that I didn’t have time to attend everything I was interested in seeing. Too many blessings!

Kathy Story, M.A., J.D.

Owner, Story Consulting and Coaching

It was a privilege and a pleasure to come all the over from Israel to Vancouver to join your “tent.” I have been following the INPM for a couple of years but finally had the opportunity to come. It has felt like home from first sight. Specifically, the talk you gave of living with cancer was inspiring.

Dana Pereg, Ph.D.

Head of M.A. Program in Organizational Behavior and Development, IDC Herzliya

Thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful conference. As a Master’s student of psychology in Hong Kong researching meaning in life, the conference broadened my horizon and inspired me a lot. It is also very warm to gather together a group of researchers with similar research interests to build networks. I can’t exaggerate how much the conference meant to me.

Steven Chu, B.A.

Student, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Thank you so much for the hospitality, and the great conference!

Yukun Zhao, Ph.D. Candidate

Administrative Director, Positive Psychology Research Center in Tsinghua University

2018 is here

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