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Spotlight On: Western Canada

Spotlight On: Western Canada

Speakers’ Spotlight is thrilled to represent many of the world’s best speakers—and plenty of them are right in Western Canada’s own backyard! Addressing a wide variety of topics, from pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, to enhancing leadership qualities, health, and more, they inspire and teach, while doing us—and their home provinces—proud.

Push Your Limits with Bruce Kirkby

Bruce Kirkby has been shot at in Borneo, and taken hostage in Ethiopia; he has survived crocodile attacks on the Nile and weathered high-altitude storms in Alaska. His journeys span 80 countries on six continents…and wait until you hear about his latest odyssey! Along with his wife and two young children, Bruce recently completed a six-month, 22,000-mile overland adventure to China, Tibet, Nepal, and the Indian Himalaya (travelling by foot, shipping boats, kayaks…and even rafts!)—all filmed by TravelChannel and set to air as a reality series in June, 2015. Bruce shares the lessons he learned on his epic voyage, including the importance of “clearing your mind for high performance” and the benefits of challenging yourself to get out of comfort zones and take risks that lead to big rewards.

New Speakers

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? That’s the question acclaimed Professor of Health Law and Science Policy Timothy Caulfield asks in his new book that debunks the health myths espoused by celebrities. Marketing Professor and Creativity Crusader Darren Dahl ranks #1 in the world for publications in premier marketing journals, and is one of ten Canadian professors to receive the 3M National Teaching Fellows award—Canada’s most prestigious prize for teaching excellence. He is currently the B.C. Council Innovation Professor at the University of British Columbia. A recognized leader in the exploration of consumer behaviour, he brings his perspectives gained from designing studies for top journals to his thought-provoking and entertaining lectures. What kind of person looks for danger, and then dives headfirst into it? Greg Johnson, star of Tornado Hunters, is known for bravely facing nature’s most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather.

Set Your Goals High! The Athletes

Seven-time Canadian Long Drive Champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk went from being a high-handicap recreational golfer to a professional player who hits farther than most men! Lisa shows others how to determine what drives them, where they want to go, and how to get there. As the Head Coach of the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team, John Herdman took a team once called a “struggling squad” to one that captured the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. In his riveting talks, John explains the role of leaders to inspire trust, confidence, and success. Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan was the first female performance consultant for the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Edmonton Oilers. Her passion for motivating audiences to reach their fullest potential has received praise from the likes of Visa, ING, the NHL, and the NBA.

The Business Visionaries

Mark Brand is one of Vancouver’s most recognized and celebrated entrepreneurs. Best known for resurrecting the Save on Meats enterprise, Mark shares his philosophies when it comes to sustainable business models and using business to build better communities. Business and technology visionary Leonard Brody has been called “a controversial leader of the new world order.” A highly respected entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Leonard shows audiences how to adapt to the rapidly changing business climate. Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up, and has worked with thousands of leaders on employee-engagement and brand transformations. He is known for his hard hitting practical content, his inspirational storytelling, and the lasting impact he has on organizations.

Our "Best-Out-West" Stories

David Chilton, bestselling author of The Wealthy Barber and a “Dragon” on Dragons’ Den, and celebrated comedian Jessica Holmes aren’t based in western Canada, but they love working there (and their audiences are always thrilled, too!). We asked them for their “best-out-west” story, ever:

David Chilton and Jessica Holmes

David: I spoke once in Nanaimo, and had to get back to the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver quickly, so I took a float plane from the island the mainland. The only problem was, there was so much fog, the pilot had to fly just above the water. I wasn’t so much afraid of crashing the ways planes usually crash, I was afraid of hitting a boat! It was probably the only time I have ever been fearful on a plane. But, the pilot was excellent, and I made it to my talk with time to spare—I felt like James Bond (although maybe not quite as good looking).

Jessica: Last year, I emceed a fundraiser in Vancouver for a trendy fashion crowd which was new territory for me. “Oh man, tough sell,” I thought, and took the stage nervously, expecting the beautiful audience to have Kardashian-like frozen faces and a disdain for goofiness. But the audience laughed at absolutely everything I said, to the point that for a moment I looked around and wondered, “Are they laughing at something else?” Even my little ad libs about the sound system or a delay in the program got outrageous laughs. Turns out, they just hadn’t seen live comedy in a long time, and they were letting loose. I stuck around and partied with them till the wee hours because it was such a great crowd. Who knew?!?


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Conference Speakers

The Impact of a Speech Can Last Forever

Speakers' Spotlight represents a talented roster of some of the world's most extraordinary conference speakers. Our conference speakers' experience is as broad as it is deep, and they are all leaders in their fields, which include business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our conference speakers are thought-provoking and action-oriented and leave their audiences, whether speaking to a group of 10, 100, 1000 or more, enlightened and inspired.

Speakers' Spotlight's conference speakers frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our conference speakers arrive on time, and will have conferred with you in advance to ensure they have everything they need in order to deliver an impactful speech. Our conference speakers frequently use well designed visuals, such as photos, slide shows, or video clips to bring other elements of interest into their talks, and our conference speakers frequently build-in time during their talks to allow for an audience Q&A, ensuring your staff has a chance to ask questions of the particular conference speaker they have just heard.

Some of our conference speakers in high demand include David Chilton, Bruce Croxon, General Rick Hillier, Clara Hughes, Ron James, Amanda Lang, Stephen Lewis, Patricia Lovett-Reid, Mark Kielburger, Kevin O'Leary, Jeff Rubin, and Margaret Trudeau.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to serving the diverse needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking conference speakers, and we work hard to find the conference speakers that will best meet and exceed your needs. Whatever you require are when it comes to conference speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the conference speakers that are right for you.

Keynote Speakers

Speakers' Spotlight: The Key Ingredient To Finding Your Perfect Speakers

Speakers' Spotlight represents a vast roster of some of the world's most extraordinary keynote speakers in fields such as business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our keynote speakers run the gauntlet from spoken word poet Sarah Kay, to business guru Simon Sinek; from young athlete Olympic athlete Adam van Koeverden to the wrongly incarcerated former boxer Ruben Carter; from Margaret Trudeau to her son Justin Trudeau. Whatever your needs are for your keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight the keynote speakers that will fill them.

Our keynote speakers can adjust their talks to suit your needs, whether you're looking for an address by keynote speakers of 15, 30, or 45 minutes or more, our keynote speakers will confer with you before your engagement to ensure that their talks meet your needs. Our keynote speakers frequently adjust their speeches to include important talking points your organization or company needs emphasized, and will also often adjust content so it is individually tailored to your audience. For instance, if your audience is primarily those in the auto industry, our keynote speakers will draw on anecdotes from that industry in order to ensure their speech is relatable. Our keynote speakers are usually available in the days and weeks prior to your event to discuss your needs and go over any details (such as audio visual requirements) that arise.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to meeting the different needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking keynote speakers, and we work hard to find the keynote speakers that will provide the best match for your event. Whatever you require are when it comes to keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the keynote speakers that are right for you.

Motivational Speakers

Motivating the world

Speakers' Spotlight represents a wide variety of motivational speakers who present energetic talks that will inspire leaders and employees to take action, be it in their personal lives, their workplace, or both. Speakers' Spotlight's motivational speakers address everything from encouraging audiences to adapt healthy lifestyles to unifying groups to achieve professional goals. Our motivational speakers work with an astonishing range of companies in sectors such as science, technology, finance, advertising, and manufacturing, as well as professional organizations, cultural institutions, and non-profit entities and government, throughout North American and around the world.

Motivational speakers that work with Speakers' Spotlight frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our motivational speakers arrive on time, work with the client in advance to ensure the proper set up of their audio/visual needs so that everything will go smoothly when they hit the stage, and often include Q&A sessions in their talks so that your staff can ask any questions of our motivational speakers that they may wish.

Using Speakers' Spotlight to book your motivational speakers obviously offers many advantages. You reap the benefits of our experience and expertise, as we can help you select the best motivational speakers for your motivational speakers' engagement.

Our motivational speakers include prominent motivational speakers - and many of them household names -- such as Roberta Bondar, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Terry Evanshen, Scott Harrison, John Izzo, Simon Jackson, Craig Kielburger, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Simon Sinek, Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Brett Wilson.

Whatever your needs are when it comes to motivational speakers, Speakers' Spotlight has the motivational speakers that will both meet -- and exceed -- your expectations.

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