Events and Special Programs

Mindfulness and Positivity

Mindfulness has been proven in Positive Psychology research to be an effective strategy to manage anxious thoughts and cultivate positive behaviours. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment; accepting it without judgment or resistance. It's about taking one mindful moment at a time.

Click here to experience each of the four Mindfulness Exercises led by Positive Psychology Coach, Jennifer Kelly. Each session takes about 15 minutes.


Gardiner Centre partners with industry and governments to organize events to disseminate current business acumen to the community. We organize special events and seminars and often arrange guest speakers. Gardiner Centre partners with the Project Management Institute to run the annual Project Management Symposium and works in collaboration with organizations, such as the Harris Centre, to conduct outreach to the broader community through workshops and events around the province.

Gardiner Centre regularly teams up with community partners to present complimentary webinars on various special interest topics.  View our past webinars below:

Immigration Matters | November 23, 2022

Prioritizing Wellness: Putting Yourself First | February 14, 2022

Unpacking Unconscious Biases | May 20, 2021

Professional Resilience | September 25, 2020

Connecting Businesses to Students

Gardiner Centre facilitates the MBA Consulting Program, a collaborative initiative of Gardiner Centre, faculty members, and MBA students. Teams of MBA students (under faculty supervision) are paired with local organizations for a semester to consult on strategic issues facing these organizations. Students are provided with access to Gardiner Centre and faculty mentors during the consulting program. Each student is registered for the MBA Management Consulting Course (Business 9035), as part of their MBA program, which enables each student to earn course credit toward their degree. At the conclusion of the projects, clients receive practical recommendations on how to move their business forward, while students gain insight into the consulting field and apply classroom theory to actual business situations.


• The course operates as a semester-long project, with students playing the role of members of consulting teams who work on projects for local companies.
• The student consulting teams avail of the expertise of senior staff within the Gardiner Centre and draw upon the advice and input of a number of senior faculty members. Gardiner Centre also provides the student consultants with administrative support.
• Students applying to the course usually will have already completed their first year MBA courses or will have significant work experience.
• At the conclusion of each project, consulting teams formally present their solution and provide a written report to the client.
• Projects are carefully selected to challenge students to think of practical business solutions to actual managerial challenges.
• To participate in the program clients pay a fee of $5000 to help defray with administrative cost and expenses.

Do you need a consulting solution for your organization? 

For more information contact:

Dr. Tom Cooper
Phone: 709.864.2302 Email:

Gardiner Centre's network of expert instructors makes finding  keynote speakers for your conference easy!              

Contact to inquire about speaker opportunities for your event.