Eric Windeler

 Founder & Executive Director,

Eric Windeler is a father and full-time advocate for youth mental health. is the legacy of his son Jack Windeler who in March 2010, as a first-year student at Queenʼs University, tragically and unexpectedly died by suicide.

Mr. Windeler started with his wife Sandra Hanington and their closest friends in May 2010. Since then, Eric has put aside his business interests and leads full-time. Mr. Windeler has an instrumental role in all aspects of the project and works tirelessly to inspire discussion about mental health, especially among young people. His efforts extend to fundraising and partnership development with key mental health experts and organizations across the country.

In 2015, Mr. Windeler was honoured by Queen’s University, receiving an honorary degree (LLD) recognizing his work in the field of mental health.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the Champion of Mental Health award from the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and a recipient of the QE Diamond Jubilee Medal, celebrating his outstanding contributions to the field of Canadian mental health. Mr. Windeler also sits on the board of Partners for Mental Health, a national charity.