Our Team

Susan Hopkins

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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dr. Susan Hopkins is a passionate advocate for children, families, schools and communities.

With over two decades of experience in education, Susan has worked across different contexts from Canada to Italy and in multiple different roles. Susan is also the executive director of The MEHRIT Centre. Over 5+ years of Susan’s leadership, The MEHRIT Centre has evolved into a highly respected centre for teaching and learning Self-Reg. Susan has worked tirelessly to run this social enterprise and has produced a number of online courses, blogs, toolkits, graphics, Self-Reg events and has presented on Self-Reg at hundreds of schools, school boards and conferences. Susan also recently co-authored the Self-Reg Schools Handbook for Educators and developed the online resources for the Principal’s edition with Stuart Shanker (Pearson, 2019)

Now Susan wishes to bring that same experience and passion to Self-Reg Global's international movement.

Dr Stuart Shanker

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Founder & Visionary

In a distinguished career in philosophy and psychology spanning over three decades, Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) has always been guided by three fundamental principles:


  1. There is no such thing as a bad, lazy, or stupid child, although they can easily be turned into such

  2. There is no such thing as a child – or adult – who can’t learn new ways to self-regulate in a manner that promotes rather than constricts growth

  3. There is no such thing as a “fixed outcome”: trajectories can always be changed, at any point in the lifespan, if only we have the right knowledge and tools.

These three principles are based on a revolution taking place in the life sciences: principally, neuroscience, physiology, psychology, and clinical theory. The result is Shanker Self-Reg®: a powerful method for managing stress in a manner that enhances growth and resilience in all ages.


Dr. Shanker is the celebrated author of Calm, Alert & Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (And You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life, and most recently Reframed: Self-Reg For A Just Society. These best-selling works have been published in over a dozen languages. 

Dr. Shanker is also the founder and visionary of The MEHRIT Centre. Thousands of parents and educators from across Canada have enrolled in the online courses or joined in discussion groups run by TMC. Self-Reg Global has now been created to meet the demand to establish similar Self-Reg initiatives in the international community.


The goal of Self-Reg Global is to provide parents and educators around the world with the tools needed to raise healthy and vibrant children; and to provide adults and seniors with a powerful method for enhancing their own well being.


In this challenging time in which we are living, Self-Reg inspires what is most desperately needed: a profound sense of hope for the future.

Adam Kemp

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Now working in multiple roles at The MEHRIT Centre and Self-Reg Global, Adam began his career as a research scientist. Adam has worked on numerous research projects for the MEHRIT Centre aimed at bringing Self-Reg to the community in new and exciting ways and now Adam aims to bring that passion for R&D to aid Self-Reg Global's mission to potentiate the potential of every child, every human being.

Project Manager

Aidan Kennedy


Aidan is the co-founder of Two Blue Shirts Productions based in Port Hope, Ontario. Aidan comes from a family of performers and found his creative outlet behind the camera. Aidan studied television and new media production at Loyalist College and uses his skills to produce high quality projects for commercials, radio, web series, short films, as well as online learning resources for both The MEHRIT Centre and Self-Reg Global.


Aaron Peacock


Aaron is also a co-founder of Two Blue Shirts Productions and is a highly skilled videographer and film maker; with his short film projects being shown at film festivals all over North America. Aaron studied film and TV production at Humber college and has produced a number of high quality film, TV, online and radio projects with his business partner Aidan. Aaron also famously took on the role of Detective Bradford Cannon in The MEHRIT Centre's: The Stressed Detective.