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RIA - One Day Conference: Merging health, wellness & creativity together

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Saturday, 23 September 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (MDT)

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Canvas is Me presents

RIA (Reflect. Integrate. Act) is a 1-day conference experience designed for health and human services and creative professionals. Individuals working in related fields, who seek to incoporate wellness and creativity into their lives or workplace. This fall Listen, learn and interact with professionals merging arts and wellness. 



Sessions  include a mix of listening, learning, interaction & partcipation inlcuding topics on mental health, neuroscience, community, music, client care & a live band session.  

Mental Health Today - Carissa Muth, BSW, MA, Registered Psychologist
What is mental health and its place in the future. Building interpersonal relationships within the community. 

Artist, Warrior, Healer - Nathan Joel Lenet
The responsibility we all share in being a part of the solution. 

Get Connected
Networking & community market. Meet session speakers, community vendors and professional services. 

Collaborative Jam Sessions - Connie Jakab, Chris Maric, Timothonius Alai, Rubix, Robson Maurice, Joshua Jones 
Experience a highly unique and collaborative music workshop with Method Sessions, focusing on navigating one's relationship with the surrounding world.

The ESSENCE of Adolescence - Shelby Leiding, BA Psych
Exploring the relationship between the arts and healthy adolescent brain development.

Created to Create - Krizia Carlos, BN RN
Shifting the thought process on what it means to be an artist and a creator. 



EARLY BIRD: $65 | Opens July 28th
REGULAR: $75 |

*Light snacks & lunch is included
*Free underground parking


Nathan Joel Lenet

Carissa Muth, BSW, MA, Registered Psychologist
Wholehearted Counselling

Carissa Muth began her educational journey after personally experiencing the effects and pain caused by trauma and suffering and walking through the healing process. Her passion is seeing healing and wholeness in the lives of all her clients, who include couples, children, adolescents, and adults. Carissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary and a Master’s of Arts in Counselling from Providence Theological Seminary.Carissa is now a Registered Psychologist running her own practice in NE Calgary. Carissa’s first publication considered attachment and neuroscience and this theme continued in her research considering addiction from a perspective of desire and attachment . She considers herself incredibly blessed to take her pain and find meaning in it by helping walk other people through their pain and struggles.

Nathan Joel Lenet (Pleaseant), Emcee, BA Cultural & Social Anthropology; Minor Psychology
Freed Artist Society & ReFreshed Crew, Executive Director and founder
Refreshed Crew - We Are From Here 

Nathan, Executive Director and Founder of The Freed Artist Society and ReFreshed, comes from an arts and performance background and has been an artist since he was a toddler. In his pre-teens, Lenet was drawn to the culture of Hip-Hop, one of the major art forms now pivotal to the ReFreshed project. Rap music was a way for him to find his voice and he began performing and writing in his teens. He has continued practicing his art as a Hip-Hop emcee and spoken-word artist, locally and internationally for two decades.

His devotion to supporting positive change in Canada’s Indigenous population began when he was 20 years old, working in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. He learned first-hand about Indigenous life and culture, and the social issues communities like Cape Dorset face in Canada. Through hosting a local radio show and building friendships, he shared his love of the Hip-Hop art form and culture with the community. Upon his return home to Calgary, Nathan lost many friends to suicide, addiction and death. Sadly, these tragedies were not isolated to Cape Dorset.

Unable to sit by and watch these injustices unfold, Lenet made the decision to dedicate himself to making a difference in the lives of marginalized and Indigenous peoples. He pursued formal education in Cultural Anthropology and Psychology at the University of Calgary. Upon graduation, he spent a summer in Cape Town, South Africa, mentoring young artists at a school for at-risk youth.

While in South Africa, Lenet became aware that the same social divides existed in Canada among Indigenous and marginalized youth as they did for younger South Africans. The South African approach to social change through the arts sparked Lenet’s vision for the The Freed Artist Society– a not-for-profit organization that positively impacted the lives of marginalized youth through arts based empowerment programs.


Shelby Leiding, BA Phsyc.

Shelby Leiding,  BA Psych

Shelby first began her foray into the performing arts as a classically trained singer. Growing up in Calgary’s theatre community she participated in numerous different musicals and after high school was accepted into Oklahoma City University’s music program for a degree in Vocal Performance. Her pursuit of opera was to be short-lived however, as she soon realized that her passion was not to become a performing artist herself, but rather to use the performing arts to help others. This revelation set her on a new path, and she returned to Calgary to complete her undergraduate degree in psychology. Music continues to be a part of her life however, and along with community performances, she has also worked as a singing and dance teacher for the past 5 years. Currently she is a youth care counsellor at Hull Services and is completing her M.A. in Counselling Psychology through Athabasca University.

Kriza Carlos
Krizia Carlos
Canvas Is Me & RIA YYC, Founder

Krizia is a woman of passion dedicated in empowering and equipping individuals and communities with tools that will allow them to be the best version of themselves. She is passionate about  personal development & leadership and is an avid advocate for arts & holistic preventative health. A graduate from Mount Royal University with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing, she earned achievements such as, “Mount Royal University’s Presidential Scholarship” in 2009 and the “SAMRU Experiential Award” in 2011. She is also a recipient of the “Alberta Foundation for the Arts Professional Development Grant” in 2015, which opened doors allowing her to further expand artistic and leadership opportunities both nationally and internationally.

Although immersed in a leadership environment throughout her adolescent life, the process of personal awareness and growth launched into fruition back in January 2015 after the launch of 'Canvas Is Me'. By connecting the dots between leadership, health & wellness and innovation; it was then that Krizia was able to raise her own level of conscious awareness towards her leadership potential. Following an exciting path on exponential growth, this journey then led her towards John Maxwell and ultimately, The John Maxwell Group.

On January 2017, Krizia became an official member of a world class leadership group, which have trained about 6 million leaders world wide, "The John Maxwell Team". As a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker and Trainer, Krizia is passionate about working with both individuals and companies who value personal growth, leadership, and holistic success. Her passion revolves around transformational and systematic leadership by strengthening and amplifying the impact of social enterprises by equipping, developing, and multiplying leaders.

Chris Maric
Chris Maric
Method Sessions

Chris Maric is a multi-instrumentalist known for passionate and skilled musical style. As a performer, composer and teacher, he has demonstrated his unique talent to a wide variety of audiences, across a broad range of musical styles and projects.

 He is creating waves in the city with his project One Big JAM, which is a highly-inclusive music event that collaborates diverse musicians, poets, and dancers to spontaneously perform together with unexpected and incredible results. His newest project, Method Sessions, builds from this to create high-quality, interactive, and engaging music workshops that are easily accessible to the public.

 “The Method Sessions we hosted on Family Day at the National Music Centre was an incredible experience for our audience. Upwards of 200 guests had a chance to watch and hear a performance that explained musical collaboration by top-notch musicians in a way that everyone could understand. Members of the audience were brought on stage and immediately felt as though they were making music and experiencing what it’s like to perform on a world class stage with other musicians.”
~ Jason Valleau, Programs Manager, National Music Centre

Joining Method Sessions:  

Ryan Rubix de Guzman, Emcee
RIA - Conference Host 

Rubix started working with youth in 2012. His main work as a facilitator revolves around teaching the art of rap. A couple years later he started teaching breakin' fundamentals and foundations. He has taught in many schools through organizations such as Global Fest, The Autism And Aspergers Friendship Society, Socialogic, and is currently the lead of residency programs with Mpact Movement. His passion for teaching and learning about human behavior combined with his skills developed within the Hip Hop community has molded him into a great role model who is focused on spreading strong positive messages and building community. Although, his favorite age range to teach is 8-16 years old, he strongly enjoys working with all ages including adults.

Timothonius Alai, Keys
Haven Collective

 is a music producer, pianist, band leader, as well as the founder of the HAVEN Collective. His musical aesthetic is a blend of jazz, gospel, neo-soul, hip-hop, and deep house. As a student at Berklee College of Music, Tim currently studies Electronic Production, Classical Composition, and Music Business. His current goal is for HAVEN to eventually reach as many people as possible on a global scale.

"First you dream the painting. Then you paint the dream." - Vincent VanGough

Joshua Jones, Bass
Joshua has been a musician for 12 years. He has played in various venues all over the city of Calgary for concerts, festivals, bars and clubs. His style is dynamic, clear and always fun with respect to the overall sound.Joshua play many different genres of music including R&B, Hip hop, Gospel, Neo-soul, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Pop and Funk. His focus is the bass guitar, but also plays the drums, keyboard and has knowledge in those instruments. He has performed at the annual Black history month concert, opening act for Fred Hammond and in bands such as GMT, Heart and Soul and Skin Tight.

Robson Maurice, Drums

Robson Maurice also known as Roby Mister Drums,was born to Haitian parents in Montreal Quebec and 2 to a family of 10 kids. He was born in a musical family where both his parents were singers in Christian choirs. As a child Robson use to play the drums to the horror of his siblings. His first real introduction to drumming was when he was 16 at a church musical school where he honed his gift as a drummer and was able to play in different well known church in Montreal and traveled in New York and Boston where he played for choirs before moving to Calgary. A very ambitious dreamer and plans to make his dreams a reality. Robson sees his gift as healing even spiritually and envisions himself following different artistic paths in the future making a strong impact on those who needs inspirations the most is the driving course in his pursuit of his vision. 


RIA is a new bi-annual conference consisting of collaborative community partnerships, which aims to enhance connection and build momentum for individuals and organizations focused on leadership, health, wellness and innovation.

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Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
111 12 Avenue Southeast
Calgary, AB T2G 0Z9

Saturday, 23 September 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (MDT)

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