Dr. Desmond Berghofer and Dr. Geraldine Schwartz sit smiling in front of a bookshelf
Jamie Magrill

Dr. Geraldine Schwartz

Gerri is a psychologist, applied scientist, educator, essayist and poet. As founder and senior psychologist of the Vancouver Learning Centre, she has spent more than 30 years transforming the lives of hundreds of young people faced with learning challenges. She is founder and President of the International Foundation of Learning, a non-profit organization focused on learning for leaders. As co-founder of the Institute for Ethical Leadership, she is a strong voice for leadership grounded in right action. Gerri has had a unique history of success in leading large projects of integrity and good work to successful fruition by working outside the margins of any particular organization to connect, invite and inspire both their leaders and their rank and file to work together on a new transformative enterprise. People join her teams in order to accomplish a common goal. The common thread on this unusual career journey is that each project was based on a new and creative idea that didn’t exist, that pushed other projects and their participants to embrace advances just appearing on the horizons, not as wishful thinking, but as the result of sound science and research so integral to her doctoral training at McGill where she earned an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Psychology and Education under the mentorship of outstanding leaders in the field.

Dr. Desmond Berghofer

A lifetime of experience in teaching, government service and entrepreneurial work in business brought him to Vancouver, Canada, where he now makes his home. As well as being President of Creative Learning International, Desmond is Chairman of the International Foundation of Learning and co-founder of the Institute for Ethical Leadership and the Visioneers International Network. All of these organizations are committed to acting to raise the quality of human interaction towards peace and sustainability. The Visioneers International Network is inspired by and based on Desmond’s book: The Visioneers: A Courage Story about Belief in the Future, which tells a powerful story about world transformation.  It is described on the Our Story page.

The Visioneers International Network is Des and Gerri’s legacy and an answer to the challenge of our times.  They speak about that in two interviews conducted by Barbara Muller on her Peace Podcasts portal:



Jamie Magrill

Jamie Magrill is part of the founding Core Team of the Visioneers International Network. He is currently completing a dual-doctorate MD-PhD at McGill University with a focus on cancer immunotherapy research, and he has co-authored more than 70 scientific journal articles, newspaper articles and conference abstracts, with more than 700 citations. Jamie previously completed an MSc in Biomedical Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2021, and an HonBSc from the University of British Columbia in 2018, with a focus on cancer and diabetes research. He is most interested in creating strong community-based tools and platforms to build connectivity and improve outcomes for folks in the social, philanthropic, and environmental good-work and start-up communities. Jamie is also the CEO of DECAP R&D, a medical device & design company with a mission to make healthcare environments safer for workers around the world by reducing needlestick injuries. With ten years of biomedical research experience, and six years of volunteer leadership in student services, healthcare, adaptive aquatics and STEM teaching and outreach across BC, Jamie comes to the table with a wide variety of experiences and skills that enable him to empower and guide people and projects to achieve their best results; helping the people who help make the world a better place. With connections at organizations and institutions ranging from McGill University to the University of British Columbia, Let's Talk Science Canada and Genome BC, including serving as the organizer for the Curiosities of the Natural World lecture series at the Vancouver Public Library, to local changemaker organizations such as Stanstronge Pool and the Dr. Peter Centre for HIV/AIDS Palliative Care, to international institutions including Nobel Laureates For Education, Jamie is able to draw on a diverse network of changemakers to enact change at the local, national and international levels.