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Grant McCracken

Leading Cultural Anthropologist

Grant McCracken looks at the places where culture and commerce, anthropology and economics meet. Through his highly-customized presentations, he provides audiences with a comprehensive―but incisive―review of contemporary culture, and strategies f...

Grant McCracken

Stuart McLean

Bestselling Author and Host of CBC Radio's The Vinyl Café

Stuart McLean is without a doubt one of Canada’s most popular storytellers. A man possessed with the gift of narrative, a knack for writing relatable characters, and a voice recognized from Victoria to St. Johns’. As the host of The Vinyl Caf...


Ben Mulroney

Co-Host of CTV's Your Morning and eTalk

With more than 16 years of experience in broadcasting, Ben Mulroney is one of Canada’s most respected journalists. As the co-host of both CTV’s new program, Your Morning, and Canada’s number one entertainment show, eTalk, he brings the b...


Steven Page

Iconic Muscian

Steven Page is a natural in front of a crowd. Having shot to international fame as the co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, Page now boasts an impressive solo career, where he continues to showcase his creative genius. A witty, endearing, and searingl...

Steven Page

Lisa Ray

Host of Top Chef Canada | Award-winning Actress | Cancer Survivor

Lisa Ray is, in her own words, a “cancer graduate.” The host of Top Chef Canada and an internationally acclaimed actress, Lisa publicly shared her diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma with the world in 2009. Since then, she has overcome the disease and ...

John Ralston Saul

Award-Winning Essayist and Novelist

Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine, John Ralston Saul is a leading thinker and visionary—known for his astute commentaries on wide-ranging topics, such as civilization, citizenship, human rights, globalization, economics, warfare, and societ...

William Shatner

Legendary Hollywood Actor | Philanthropist

William Shatner is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures, having cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, and recording artist. In 1966, Shatner originated the role of “Captain James...

William Shatner

Tara Slone

Co-Host,Hometown Hockey

Tara Slone’s eclectic resume and unique perspective have made her one of the most recognizable faces in the Canadian entertainment industry. The co-host of Hometown Hockey, Tara speaks about her intriguing career path which saw her transition from ...

Tara Slone

Clint Smith

Award-Winning Teacher | Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet

Clint Smith believes we all share a story, the human story. It’s in the telling, he believes, that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America have ...

Clint Smith

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Co-Founders of Living on One | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are pioneering a new style of documentary film-making, using immersive storytelling to raise awareness ...

Chris Temple & Zach Ingrasci

Alexandre Trudeau

Documentary Filmmaker | Journalist

Documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, Alexandre Trudeau shares his bold views on the political, social, and economic forces of our times. Having gained widespread recognition for his edgy and insightful humanism and for his brave iconoclasm...


David Usher

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Creativity Expert

David Usher is a creative tour de force. As the front man of the internationally acclaimed rock band Moist, and as a solo artist, David has sold more than 1.4 million albums, won countless awards—including five Junos—and performed at sold-out ven...

David Usher

Joshua Walters

Bipolar Comedian | Mental Health Educator and Activist

Joshua Walters is a bipolar comedian whose work explores language, creativity, beat-boxing and madness. His eclectic combination of performance styles, meshed with his message of mental health awareness and advocacy, gives him a unique niche on stage...

Joshua Walters

Eric Whitacre

Grammy-Winning Composer | Conductor | Creator of The Virtual Choir

Eric Whitacre is the most popular choral composer in the world today. The creator of the “Virtual Choir,” a digital project that combines thousands of videos into a single stunning choral performance, the choir transcends geography, class, and ba...

Eric Whitacre

Benjamin Zander

Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic

Benjamin Zander offers a startling new perspective on leadership. Using stories and music, the world famous conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra awakens possibility in others, demonstrating that tapping into innate creativity can help peopl...