About Us

The Vervaeke Foundation is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2019 dedicated to responses to The Meaning Crisis, as identified by John Vervaeke, Ph.D.

We are driven by a strong belief in the powerful role of robust scientific research applied to everyday life. As such, the Foundation empowers people by supporting a broad range of research, innovation, and outreach initiatives.

The Foundation is based out of Toronto, Canada, however it has a global scope seeking a better world.

About John Vervaeke

John Vervaeke, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science at the University of Toronto.

He is the Director of the Cognitive Science program, as well as the Consciousness & Wisdom Studies Lab.

Who We Are

The Vervaeke Foundation draws together passionate, dedicated individuals from a diverse variety of professions and backgrounds.

Leadership for the Foundation is provided by the Board Directorate, composed of:

John Vervaeke, Ph.D. – Executive Director

Anderson Todd, M.Ed., R.P. – Chair

Justina Zatzman, M.A., M.S.W., R.S.W.

Jonathan Gabe

Ammar Ijaz