Peter Mortifee

Co-Creation Team Advisor at The Wellbeing Project

Vancouver, BC,

Peter is a co-founder of the Somerset Foundation and has been its Chair since its inception in 2001. He engages in various capacities with social purpose initiatives where his input and interest relates primarily to governance, structure, strategy, tactics, policy and financial sustainability. He has been involved with the The Wellbeing Project as an advisor to its Co-Creation Team since 2014. He is a member of the global Ashoka Support Network and has engaged with several Ashoka Fellows. He is a member of Outward Bound International’s Global Ambassador Network and is a co-founder & Chair of the Chute Creek Stewardship Society which seeks to regenerate salmon spawning habitat.

He spent twenty five years training, practicing and teaching as a medical doctor. Following a medical degree at the University of British Columbia and a multi-year Internship in New Zealand, he became a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2008, he relinquished his Clinical Assistant Professorship with the Department of Medicine at U.B.C. and retired completely from his medical practice in order to explore new ways of engaging. He is a keen photographer and explores wellbeing photographically through his social media channels and his photographic website – ReflectionsOnWellbeing.photo He also loves music and travelling. He and his wife Nancy live in Vancouver, Canada and between them they have four wonderful adult children, two delightful grandkids and at least one walking adventure every year.

What does inner wellbeing mean to you?

It’s a fundamental personal priority.

How would you define wellbeing in one word?


Are there any rituals or practices you use to enhance your wellbeing?

Finding quiet time daily for self care.

Why is it important that we prioritise individual and collective wellbeing?

Our future depends on it and will be shaped by it.

Do you have any favourite books, podcasts, or articles that you believe support, promote, or educate on wellbeing and related themes? 

Anam Cara by John O’Donohue.

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