Keynote Speakers


Dr. Martin Brokenleg

Dr. Martin Brokenleg is co-author of the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk:  Our Hope for the Future and co-developer of the Circle of Courage model and provides training worldwide for individuals who work with youth at risk.  He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Anglican Divinity School.  He is a retired professor and was most recently Director of Native Ministries and Professor of First Nations Theology at the Vancouver School of Theology.  For thirty years, Dr. Brokenleg was Professor of Native American studies at Augustana University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  He has also been a director of The Neighborhood Youth Corps, chaplain in a correctional setting, and has extensive experience as an alcohol counselor.  Dr. Brokenleg has consulted and led training programs throughout North America, New Zealand, Europe, Australia, and South Africa.  He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.


Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D.

a trauma-specialty psychotherapist, trainer and consultant in private practice, was a clinician, researcher, clinical supervisor, and national trainer for the Trauma Center for over 18 years, including 12 as its Executive Director. Dr. Spinazzola is an Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University, a member of the Forensic Panel, and Executive Director of the Foundation Trust. A recognized leader in the area of complex traumatic stress, Dr. Spinazzola founded the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and  served as a co-author for both the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ expert guidelines for the treatment of Complex PTSD as well as the forthcoming joint guidelines for the treatment of Complex PTSD from Division 56 (Trauma) of the American Psychological Association and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Spinazzola also served as Co-Principal Investigator of the Developmental Trauma Disorder National Field Trials. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults. Dr. Spinazzola is a lead national trainer in the ARC model as well as the lead developer of Trauma Drama, an intervention utilizing improvisational theater, cooperative play and transformative action to reset developmental trajectories for youth and young adults impacted by maltreatment, neglect, exploitation, discrimination and other forms of life adversity. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Reaching Across the Abyss: Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect scheduled to be released in summer 2018 through The Guilford Press.


Stephen "Buddha" Leafloor

BluePrintForLife and Blueprint Pathways founder and Executive Director, Stephen Leafloor ,has a Masters in Social Work (MSW degree) and over 30 years’ experience in areas such as probation, wilderness programs, street work with at-risk youth, residential group homes, child protection and community outreach.Stephen has also been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences on social work and how to engage youth. Ashoka, one of the world’s most prestigious organizations for international outreach, appointed Stephe nan Ashoka Fellow for Canada. He has also been made a Making More Health Fellow for an international working group on health issues.In 2011, Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, presented Stephen with an award for his outreach service, and in 2016 he received the Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General, David Johnston.

Zoomer Magazine named Stephen one of Canada’s Top “45 Over 45” in 2012.

In addition to his community work, Stephen continues to be an active participant in HipHop culture as a dancer. He has performed for James Brown, rapper Ice-T, Grandmaster Flash, Black Eyed Peas, Public Enemy and George Clinton. His dancing has been featured in assorted music videos on Much Music, and in a number of documentaries. He has performed privately for the Kirov Ballet of Russia, and opened for La La La Human Steps at Canada’s National Arts Centre.Stephen has also acted as a consultant and trainer for Cirque du Soleil.