October 21, 2023

International Day of Courage and Individual Responsibility

Why such a day? Why such an event? Why now?

Courage is the willingness to move forward towards the truth, while facing up to what terrifies us.

Responsibility is the willingness to shoulder burdens and move forward.

Together, courage and responsibility produce strength and meaning.

There are international days for every subject, for every cause, and for countless key moments in our history.

But there is no time when, for one day, we stop to reflect together on the direction we want to take, and determine the next stage of our lives, the meaning of our lives and the actions we want to take.

Yet meaning is the key to psychological survival.

Let’s take a moment to think about it seriously, concretely.

It’s now imperative to stop and think about issues such as how to deal with the pain, suffering and helplessness that affect so many humans?

Why so much confusion, stagnation, avoidance, stress or distress in an age that offers us a world of possibilities?

How and where to start?

That’s why my team and I have decided to create The International Day of Courage and Personal Responsibility, which will be launched as part of an unprecedented event: The Y Event*.

This day will represent the starting point of a new path, a crossroads, a new movement whose mission will be to remind us that courage and individual responsibility are two of the most important markers to a constructive and meaningful life.

*This event will be held in French.

To mark the launch of The International Day of Courage and Personal Responsibility, I’m offering a first-of-its-kind one-day in-person seminar at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, during which I’ll be sharing my best strategies for moving forward to the next chapter of your life, no matter where you come from. The truth is, to get there, we’ll have to agree to aim higher, individually and collectively, because we can. It’s our destiny. So we’re going to dedicate a full day to the factors that predispose us to personal development, and that are fundamental to individual and collective progress.

DOORS OPEN AT
7:30AM (QC)

THE SEMINAR WILL TAKE PLACE from 9:00AM to 4:30PM (QC)

LUNCH BREAK from 11:30AM to 2:00PM (QC)

Master of Ceremonies

Richard Turcotte

The day's programme will cover, among other things:

  • Why do we experience recurring patterns and how can we manage them better?
  • Why are we confused and often feel stagnant (and how to combat these states)?
  • How do we deal with pain, suffering and powerlessness?
  • How does human energy work?
  • How can we reduce confusion, hesitation and devaluation and increase determination, courage and clarity?
  • How can we make a decision bear fruit?
  • How can we avoid being distracted by distractors and remain disciplined and persevering?
  • What’s the starting point for this adventure today?
  • How can we put in place the steps to move forward along the right path?

FAQ

The seats are not numbered and are not reserved or bookable. To ensure a prime seat, we invite you to arrive as early as possible on the day of the event. The doors will open at 7:30 AM, and you can then choose your seat.

The benefits of the VIP section include proximity to the stage for an enhanced experience and a special entrance reserved for VIPs. Please note that no tickets/seats are numbered.

Due to the high number of expected attendees and for technical reasons, there will be no breaks other than the lunch break (11:30 AM to 2:00 PM). However, restrooms will be available at all times. During the lunch break, we kindly ask you to be efficient to ensure you return on time for the start of the afternoon session.
Due to the large number of expected participants and considering the time we will have, it will unfortunately not be possible to have your book signed by Guillaume.

The main entrance of the Palais des Congrès is located at 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle. There are also several secondary entrances. You can get there by car (electric vehicle charging stations available), taxi, public transportation, Bixi (bike-sharing system), or on foot.

Please visit the “Getting Here” section on the Palais des Congrès website for more information: https://congresmtl.com/en/visitors/access/

The nearest metro station is Place-d’Armes (orange line). Once at the station, follow the signs to the Palais des Congrès (approximately 7 minutes on foot).

Click here to access the driving directions.

There are several parking facilities on-site and near the Palais des Congrès, including the indoor parking of Palais des Congrès (1025 rue Chenneville, accessible via Avenue Viger) and the indoor parking of Quartier international de Montréal (249 rue Saint-Antoine Ouest).

Please refer to the “Parking” section on the Palais des Congrès website for more information: https://congresmtl.com/en/visitors/access/

The lunch break is from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. There are numerous restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes near the Palais des Congrès in Montreal. Here are a few options:

  • Steak Frites St-Paul (10 minutes on foot)
  • Café du Parquet (8 minutes on foot)
  • La Fabrique de Bagel Montréal (10 minutes on foot)
  • Toqué! (10 minutes on foot)
  • Boulangerie Ange (7 minutes on foot)
  • Restaurant H3 (7 minutes on foot)
  • gaZette (8 minutes on foot)
  • Neotokyo (8 minutes on foot)
  • Several options in the food court of the World Trade Centre (10 minutes on foot)

Inside the Palais des Congrès complex, there is also a Van Houtte café.
You are welcome to bring your own meal to consume outside the hall.

There are many accommodation options in Montreal. Here are a few options near the Palais des Congrès:
  • Hôtel Monville (7 minutes on foot)
  • Hôtel InterContinental Montreal (10 minutes on foot)
  • Hôtel Le Westin Montreal (8 minutes on foot)
  • Hôtel Courtyard by Marriott Montreal Downtown (9 minutes on foot)
  • Hôtel Holiday Inn Montreal Centreville (8 minutes on foot)
  • Hôtel Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham (10 minutes on foot)

Guillaume Dulude

Doctor of Psychology | Founder of Psycom | Best-selling author | International speaker

Guillaume Dulude, Ph.D., is the founder of Psycom. He specializes in and teaches the psychology of human relationships, interpersonal communication and leadership development. A best-selling author, international speaker, producer and TV host, Guillaume popularizes science and makes psychology accessible to the general public through his books and specialized training courses.
He holds a doctorate in research psychology (PhD) and clinical psychology (Psyd) from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). His thesis research focuses on cognitive processes, attentional systems and consciousness.

Guillaume is as passionate about the theories and foundations of human development as he is about putting them into practice. He stands out not only for his innovative concepts and teachings, but also for his practical demonstration of communication strategies in all environments, types of relationships and socio-cultural contexts. Guillaume works to demonstrate what humans have in common, not what divides them.
He hosts the documentary series Tribal, broadcast on TV5 Monde. This program, which he co-directed, received two nominations at the 35th Gala des Prix Gémeaux (2020) in the categories of Best Documentary Series (Society) and Best Photography Direction (Public Affairs, Documentary Series).

Guillaume appears as a guest specialist on numerous Quebec radio and TV shows (Tout le monde en parle, Demain tout est possible, Dessine-moi un dimanche, etc.). He has appeared every Monday alongside Marie-Claude Barrette on TVA’s Deux filles le matin, then à Marie-Claude. In the summer of 2021, Guillaume will co-host the radio program Ni noir ni blanc on 98.5FM.

Guillaume’s book, Je suis un chercheur d’or, is published in 2020 by Éditions de l’Homme and is a bestseller in Quebec, receiving the Coup de cœur des librairies Renaud-Bray award. The book, which is also available in paperback and audiobook formats, is a guide to the mechanisms of communication and human relations, shedding new light on the meaning of relationships and interpersonal communication.

In 2023, Guillaume Dulude founded the International Day of Courage and Individual Responsibility. For the occasion, he organizes and hosts the first Y Event at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Some 5,000 people attend this large-scale conference, which teaches psychological strategies for, among other things, overcoming stagnation, making the right decisions, moving forward to the next chapter of one’s life and finding meaning in it. With the proceeds from ticket sales, Guillaume raises over $100,000, which he donates to three Quebec high schools to encourage young people to pursue their quest for meaning through individual responsibility.

Anthony KAVANAGH

Humorist | Singer | Actor

For over 30 years, multi-talented Quebec artist Anthony Kavanagh has been performing as a comedian, actor and singer for French-speaking audiences around the world. A true showman in the vein of versatile artists such as Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) – who also started out in comedy – Anthony now aspires to broaden his horizons.

With his first English-language musical project, Let You Go, Anthony Kavanagh officially launched himself into the world of music. With this first track, Anthony cultivates his own style, blending soul, blues rock and electro in a solid pop package.

Anthony has often lent his voice to the heroes of successful animated films (Disney and Dreamworks), such as Mulan, Happy Feet (1 and 2), The Princess and the Frog, Madagascar (1, 2 ,3), Vaiana, and more recently Aladdin, in which he brings the genie of the lamp to life. In France, he is one of the top 25 comedians of the last 50 years, according to an IFOP survey. With over 1,500 performances in 15 countries and 6 French territories, he is considered one of the best French-language comedians of his generation. A popular master of ceremonies and TV host in both Quebec and Europe, he has hosted the NRJ Music Awards, Juste Pour Rire galas, Le Dancing Show (with the Night of the Proms Orchestra), the Fête de la Musique and Quebec City’s Comediha Fest.

Chris HADFIELD

Astronaut | Technology entrepreneur | Best-selling author

Colonel Chris Hadfield is an astronaut, business leader, high-tech entrepreneur, author of five bestsellers and international speaker on leadership, change and life management.

He has commanded the International Space Station and led numerous companies, and has in-depth experience of best practices for guiding teams in extreme and complex circumstances. Formerly NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, Mr. Hadfield spent over thirty years serving the military, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency. Throughout his career, he was a fighter and test pilot, flew three space missions, built two space stations, performed two spacewalks, crewed the Shuttle and Soyuz shuttles, and commanded the International Space Station. His many awards include the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Cross (twice) and the Order of Canada.

Today, Mr. Hadfield is a director and advisor to several technology companies, including SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, Chairman of the Open Lunar Foundation, and is helping King Charles III to establish business practices in space as part of the Sustainable Markets Initiative. Hadfield also co-founded Space Stream within the Creative Destruction Lab technology incubator, which has created $1.6 billion in new business value over the past five years.

Hadfield’s talks have been called “astonishing displays of visual storytelling” by Harvard Business Review, and his TED talk, “What I Learned from Going Blind in Space”, has been viewed over 20 million times. He is frequently quoted in national and international media, has given a masterclass and is the co-creator and host of the internationally acclaimed BBC series, “Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?” and co-host of the National Geographic documentary series One Strange Rock.

Hadfield is the author of five international bestsellers: two non-fiction books, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here; a children’s book, The Darkest Dark, which has been adapted into an award-winning play for young audiences; and two fiction books, The Defector and The Apollo Murders, which are currently under contract to be made into a TV series. As a musician, Hadfield has also released an album entitled Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can. This is the first album recorded in space, and includes the video version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, which has been viewed over 50 million times.

Serena Williams

Former professional tennis player | International sports icon | Philanthropist | Entrepreneur

Serena Williams is much more than a record-breaking tennis champion. Serena has overcome incredible obstacles to win 23 Grand Slams during her career. Her remarkable tennis achievements, combined with her off-court success in business and fashion, make her one of the world’s most recognizable icons and a powerful voice for women and mothers. Serena’s passion for design led her to fashion school, which she attended in between Grand Slams. In 2018, she launched her own clothing line, S by Serena, designed to enable people to look and feel their best. Striving to invest in companies that promote diversity of leadership and opportunity, Serena is evolving the financial investment industry with her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures, which has helped 14 start-up companies achieve unicorn status. Serena has also deployed her star power in the world of media and entertainment with roles in films, series, music videos and more. Her award-winning documentary series, Being Serena, continues to inspire people around the world. Her many philanthropic and world-changing initiatives, including the BirthFUND health initiative, prove Serena’s ability to achieve whatever she sets her mind to.

Serena’s strategic thinking, champion mindset and transformative perseverance are palpable and light up the room. To name just a few of her accolades, Serena has received the NAACP Image Award, the People’s Choice Game Changer Award, the Associated Press’s Female Athlete of the Decade and the Independent’s Woman of the Decade. She has also appeared on TIME’s “Most Influential Women of the Last Century” list, as well as Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women in the World” and “America’s Richest Self-made Women”. Serena has inspired live audiences at LinkedIn, Adobe, Salesforce, and more.

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