Robyne’s writing and speaking interests focus on resiliency and wellness including topics such as the intersections of stress, optimal challenge, navigating change and self-identity, in her own backyard and around the world.  She has worked within post-secondary education in a variety of roles bringing wise practices for professional development, research, learning and authentic change. 

Robyne is committed to finding innovative solutions for creating positive learning relationships and environments for students, teachers, families, and organizations. Robyne would be the first person to tell you she is still navigating her way through all research and literature, talking with people, and exploring, with the intention of developing a deeper understanding of resiliency. Robyne’s refreshing approach looks at resiliency from multiple vantage points with the aim of being fully accessible to everyone. Regardless of your background or prior knowledge, Robyne’s work is relatable, approachable, and rooted in honest personal reflect and humour. She brings you along with the research informed best practices that you can adapt and adopt in your own life. 

She lives in central east Ontario with her husband and three amazing children who remind her each day that she still has a lot to learn about everything! 

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Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe’s Debut Book  ‘Calm Within The Storm: A Pathway to Everyday Resiliency’ Wins Nautilus AwardMay 31, 2022

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Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Robyne’s keynotes provide practical strategies grounded in global research and case studies that help foster resiliency within others and ourselves. Robyne is available for consultation, training and professional development opportunities ranging from one-to-one to company-wide initiatives.