Speakers / Topics: Business Management | Strategy

Is your business headed in the right direction? Our business management and strategy speakers draw on a wealth of experience to help you craft your mission and, most importantly, carry it out.

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Michael Abrashoff

Former Navy Commander | Bestselling Author

Captain Michael Abrashoff took command of the worst-performing navy ship and crew in the Pacific Fleet and—within just one year—made it the best in the fleet. The challenges that faced him on the underperforming ship were staggering: low morale, ...

Canadian Motivational Speaker

Peter Aceto

Former President and CEO, Tangerine

Peter Aceto is a passionate leader. As the former President and CEO of Tangerine, he stands for more than a simple approach to  leadership: his goal is to change the conversation, and to inspire unconventional thinking and transparency that delivers...

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Lucy Adams

Former HR Director, BBC

Lucy Adams was the BBC’s Human Resources Director during one of its most turbulent periods. Responsible for all aspects of employee relations, reward, training and development, she reduced the BBC management by over 30%, saving the organisation...

Lucy Adams

Melissa Agnes

Crisis Management Strategist

If crisis were to strike your company tomorrow, would you be ready? Melissa Agnes helps organizations prevent and manage their issues before they become catastrophic, with the aim of never having them become catastrophic at all. Her powerful, customi...

Melissa Agnes

Paul Alofs

CEO | Bestselling Author of Passion Capital

Have you ever wondered, “What is the world’s most valuable asset?” It’s a provocative question that every individual and every organization interested in sustainable success must answer. Paul Alofs, bestselling author of Passion Capital: The ...

Ian Altman

Bestselling Sales Author | Inc. and Forbes Columnist | Strategic B2B Advisor

Organisations call on bestselling sales author and internationally respected business expert Ian Altman to provide guidance and innovative insight on business strategy and sales. Altman’s proven methods help modernise sales and marketing to alig...

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Chitra Anand

Expert on Intrapreneurship, Innovation and Marketing

Chitra Anand is at the forefront of an important new movement in the workplace: intrapreneurship. Intrapreneurs are the people within your organization who possess an entrepreneurial spirit — driving innovation, creative thinking, and new ideas...

Chitra Anand

Rasmus Ankersen

The High Performance Anthropologist

Rasmus Ankersen has trained with the planet’s best athletes to translate their secrets of high performance into usable strategies for leaders and businesses. Known for his bestselling book The Goldmine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performa...

Human Resources Speakers

Tim Arnold

Leadership Development and Teambuilding Expert

Leaders are often in a tug-of-war, facing countless conflicting demands such as planning vs. action, competition vs. collaboration, change vs. stability, and work vs. home. In order to thrive, leaders must wrestle with these competing values and tack...

Tim Arnold

Jay Baer

Marketing and Customer Service Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author

Jay Baer is the world’s most retweeted person among digital marketers. A renowned business strategist, keynote speaker, and the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including Hug Your Haters, Jay shows audiences how to use technology as...

Jay Baer

Chris Bailey

Productivity and Performance Expert | Bestselling Author, The Productivity Project

Called “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” by TED Talks, a “productivity mastermind” by Fast Company, and “a quirky and energetic guide through the productivity thicket” by the Harvard Business Review, Chris Bailey will ...

Chris Bailey

Howard Behar

Former President of Starbucks Coffee

“It’s not about the coffee,” says Howard Behar, the former president of both Starbucks Coffee Company North America and Starbucks Coffee International.  Believing that “if you regard employees and customers as human beings, everything else w...

Howard Behar

Jill Birch

Leadership and Organizational Change Expert

How will we create better leadership for our future? Dr. Jill Birch answers this question – and many more – in her captivating and customized presentations designed to inspire change, build leadership capacity,  and drive competitive advantage. ...

Jill Birch

Lisa Bodell

Global Innovation Expert | Award-winning Author

Lisa Bodell provides a simple approach to the complex topic of innovation. The award-winning founder and CEO of futurethink, an organization which provides  innovation solutions to clients worldwide, she is a globally recognized innovation leader a...

Dr. Nick Bontis

Leading Strategy and Management Expert

The “knowledge era” is here. Do you know how to survive? An internationally recognized intellectual-capital expert, Dr. Nick Bontis helps individuals and organizations accelerate performance by working smarter—with the power of knowledge manage...

Nick Bontis

Jim Bottomley

Future Success Strategies

From Fortune 500s to non-profits, Jim Bottomley has advised organizations across sectors as they set about charting a path for the future. Providing insight into how social, economic, and demographic trends are shaping the years ahead, Bottomley’s ...

Future Trends Speakers

Leonard Brody

Business and Technology Visionary

Leonard Brody has been called “a controversial leader of the new world order” by BC Business magazine. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author, and a two-time Emmy nominated media visionary who is consistently...

Leonard Brody

Todd Buchholz

Global Economic Commentator and Policymaker

The Associated Press has said that Todd Buchholz “lights up economics with a wickedly sparkling wit.” A former associate director for economic policy at The White House and advisor to such investment firms as the Soros Fund, Goldman Sachs...

Marcus Buckingham

Expert on Outstanding Leadership and Management Practices

In a workplace ruled by efficiency and competency, where do personal strengths fit in? Using his nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, Marcus Buckingham challenges entrenched preconceptions about achievement ...

Marcus Buckingham Leadership Speaker

Erin Bury

Technology and Marketing Expert | Start-Up Fanatic

Named one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”, Erin Bury is a marketer, former technology journalist, and startup enthusiast. A monthly columnist for the Financial Post and a tech commentator on CTV News, Erin shares the ins-and-outs of e...

Erin Bury

Susan Cain

Bestselling Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain believes society overvalues the gregariousness of extroverts and dramatically undervalues the talents of introverts. In her bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and in her record-smashi...

Susan Cain

Jim Carroll

Futurist, Trends, and Innovation Expert

Jim Carroll is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading global futurists on trends and innovation. Possessing a massive global blue-chip client list, he helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes....

Jim Carroll Futurist Speaker

Dave Carroll

Singer-Songwriter | Author of United Breaks Guitars

Musician Dave Carroll’s United Airlines flight had just landed when a fellow passenger looked out the aircraft’s window at the baggage handlers and exclaimed, “My god they’re throwing guitars out there!” When nine months of ...

Dave Carroll

Ben Casnocha

Entrepreneur | Co-Author of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur and author from Silicon Valley. BusinessWeek named him”one of America’s top young entrepreneurs,” while PoliticsOnline called him one of the “25 most influential people in the worl...

Ben Casnocha

Bob Chapman

Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies

Spend just five minutes with Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, and you’ll discover two things: His optimism is infectious and his passion for providing a fulfilling work environment for his employees is palpable. These two...

Bob Chapman

Ram Charan

Strategy Execution Expert

Ram Charan is known for his practical, real world perspective on matters such as growth, leadership, governance, and succession. Having worked for more than 35 years behind the scenes at companies such as General Electric, DuPont, and Verizon, Charan...

Ram Charan

Clayton Christensen

Innovation Management Guru | Bestselling Author

Clayton Christensen says outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership, or worse, disappear completely, when launching a new and innovative product. Having spent his career developing his “disruption innovatio...

Clayton Christensen Innovation Speaker

Joel Cohen

Emmy Winning Writer and Co-Producer, The Simpsons

What does it take to stay creative and innovative for 28 straight years? What lessons can be drawn from the process and group dynamics of a hit TV show? How do you fix a leaky water heater? Joel Cohen can answer two of those questions. As the Emmy ...

Joel Cohen

David Coletto

Marketing Research Leader | Expert on Canadian Public Affairs and Millennials

As a founding partner and CEO of Abacus Data, David Coletto and his team deliver strategic advice and research design expertise to many of Canada’s foremost corporations, advocacy groups, and political leaders. A leader in online research methodolo...

David Coletto

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine

Millions of eyes and ears count on―and respect―Geoff Colvin’s insights on the key issues driving change in business, politics, and the economy. The senior editor of Fortune magazine, and named by Directorship magazine as one of the “100 Most ...

Geoff Colvin Fortune Magazine

Tom Connellan

New York Times Bestselling Author | Expert on Building Traction and Momentum with Customers and Teams

Tom Connellan energizes and inspires audiences with actionable ideas that quickly build traction and momentum in teams or with customers. Founded on research and his experience as a CEO, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author, Tom’s p...

Customer Service Speakers

Donald Cooper

Business Management, Marketing, and Customer Service Expert

Drawing from his unique experience as both a world-class manufacturer and award-winning retailer, Donald Cooper delivers the “straight goods” on how to sell more, manage smarter, grow your bottom line…and have a life. With wisdom, h...

Donald Cooper

Barbara Corcoran

Real Estate Entrepreneur | Branding Expert | Shark Tank “Shark”

Barbara Corcoran’s got straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. But it was her 21st job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country–she borrowed $1,000 and quit her job...

Barbara Corcoran

Bruce Croxon

Digital Innovator | Former "Dragon" on Dragons' Den | Host, The Disruptors

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den, shares his informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s dema...

Bruce Croxon

Darren Dahl

Award Winning Marketing Professor & Creativity Crusader

Darren Dahl ranks #1 in the world for publications in premier marketing journals, and has won awards for both his research and his teaching. He was one of ten Canadian professors to receive the 3M National Teaching Fellows award—Canada’s most pre...

Darren Dahl

Liane Davey

Expert on Building Effective Teams, Business Strategy Development and Building Leadership Effectiveness

Liane Davey creates powerful changes in top teams. The bestselling author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done, Liane’s mission is to radically transform the way people communicate, connect, and contribute, so t...

Liane Davey

Tom Deans

Intergenerational Wealth Expert

Over the next 20 years, Canadians will have one trillion dollars passed on to them as inheritance. Award-winning speaker and Globe and Mail bestselling author Dr. Tom Deans explains how this unprecedented wealth transfer will transform lives, culture...

John DeHart

Co-Founder, Nurse Next Door

John DeHart’s purpose in life is to create systemic change by building companies and building culture. The co-founder of Nurse Next Door Home Care, John helped shape the company into one of Canada’s most successful health care brands, with over 1...

John DeHart

Arlene Dickinson

CEO of Venture Communications, District Ventures and Youinc.com

“The purpose of marketing is to deliver business results,” says Arlene Dickinson, renowned CBC “Dragon” and one of Canada’s most successful communications entrepreneurs. Whether explaining how to leverage marketing in even the toughest of e...

Arlene Dickinson

Peter Docker

Leadership and Start With Why Culture Expert

Peter Docker gets up every day to inspire people to be extraordinary in what they do. An Igniter and Implementation Specialist who works on Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” team, Peter helps organizations  harness the power of ...

Leadership & Management Speakers

Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials and Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations, and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, and anyone who hopes for a bright future, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for. Ilona is the Managing Director of the Youth and...

Ilona Dougherty

Mike Dover

Technology and Marketing Thought Leader

Do you want to have meaningful conversations with your customers but don’t know how to do it? Mike Dover, a leading authority on social media, popular culture, and the economic and social impact of technology, as well as the author of Dante’s Inf...

Dr. Linda Duxbury

Human Resources | Work–Life Balance

With Canadian corporations losing over $4 billion a year to absenteeism, the satisfaction and well-being of employees cannot be overlooked. Dr. Linda Duxbury is Canada’s most accomplished researcher, writer, and speaker on work–life balance. She...

Dr. Linda Duxbury

Chester Elton

Bestselling Leadership Author

Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principle ...

Chester Elton

Ryan Estis

Business Performance Expert

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. Known for his ...

Ryan Estis

Keith Ferrazzi

Expert in Business Relationship Development | Bestselling Author

Keith Ferrazzi is one of the world’s most “connected” individuals. Believing that professional relationships are the real keys to success, Ferrazzi has redefined networking as it was once known. Counselling audiences on how to dramatically acce...

Harley Finkelstein

Chief Operating Officer, Shopify | “Dragon” on Next Gen Den

Harley Finkelstein started from the ground up. To put himself through law school, he sold t-shirts using Shopify—an e-commerce platform that was relatively unknown at the time. That decision in 2005 ultimately led him to become Shopify’s Chief Op...

Harley Finkelstein

Molly Fletcher

CEO | Business Author | Former Sports Agent

Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. As president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, she spent two decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents. Hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire...

Molly Fletcher

Tom Flick

Former NFL Quarterback | Authority on Leadership, Leading Change and Accelerating Performance

Dynamic and highly sought-after, leadership expert Tom Flick has delivered over 3,000 presentations to a “who’s-who” list of clients that includes Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Boeing, American Express, Amazon, NASA, Mercedes-Benz a...