Speakers / Topics: Diversity

Diversity means respect and appreciation of differences in ethnicity, gender, nationality, physical ability, sexual orientation, religion, and other categories used to define and separate us. Our speakers challenge status quo thinking, encourage acceptance, and embrace equality for all.

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Zahra Al-Harazi

Chatelaine's Top Entrepreneur of the Year (2011)

The road to real leadership is rarely a straight one, and among Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, few have traveled a route with more obstacles overcome than Zahra Al-Harazi. Sharing her no-holds-barred attitude and passion for success, Z...

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Trey Anthony

Award-Winning Canadian Playwright

Trey Anthony was the first Canadian black woman to have her own program on a prime-time Canadian network. Based on her ground-breaking play of the same name, ‘da Kink in My Hair was a television hit and put her on the map as a mentor and role m...

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Cameron Bailey

Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival

Few people understand the importance of the arts and cultural sector better than Cameron Bailey. The artistic director of one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals, Bailey brings a comprehensive wealth of experience to his positi...

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Ben Barry

Ground-breaking Diversity Advocate | Bestselling Author of Fashioning Reality

Dr. Ben Barry is a trailblazer. The founder of the Ben Barry Agency—the world’s first modeling agency dedicated to representing models of all ages, shapes, races and abilities–Ben is also the Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inc...

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Orlando Bowen

Game Changer and Motivational Speaker

When it comes to building teams, creating momentum, and employing winning strategies, Orlando Bowen is the real deal. For the past nine years, Orlando has used storytelling, fitness activities, and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership,...

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Joseph Boyden

Internationally Renowned Novelist

Joseph Boyden is a national and international literary superstar. Shooting to fame with his first novel, the multi-award winning Three Day Road, Boyden has repeated his triumphs in his subsequent novels, Through Black Spruce and The Orenda. Exploring...

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The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark

Former Canadian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister

Canada’s 16th Prime Minister―The Right Honourable Joe Clark―is one of the most widely respected Canadians in history. A leader in fighting apartheid and promoting human rights, and the architect of significant Canadian initiatives in the Mi...

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Mike Downie

Co-Creator, Secret Path | Documentary Filmmaker

When Mike Downie first heard the story of Chanie Wenjack—an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his residential school—it was like an arrow shot through his heart. Haunted, he shared the story with his brother, celebrated musician Gord D...

Rick Hansen

Man In Motion | Champion for Accessibility and Inclusion

Rick Hansen is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all. Best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic two-year circumnavigation around the world in his wheelchair, Rick i...

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Lawrence Hill

Bestselling Author, The Book of Negroes

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner and bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill speaks as well as he writes. With engrossing, poignant talks on diverse topics such as channeling creative energy, censorship, racial identity, mental ...

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Sabrina Jalees

Comedic Star

Sabrina Jalees’s comedy has taken the world by storm. Opening for the likes of Russell Peters and a headliner comic in her own right, Sabrina never fails to draw laughter with her shoot-from-the-hip style. As a keynote speaker, Sabrina tells her pe...

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Jamil Jivani

Founder of Citizen Empowerment Project | Visiting Scholar and Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Jamil Jivani tackles some of the biggest challenges in the world as a lawyer, community organizer, and teacher. A visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, Jamil focuses on issues that impact youth, immigrants, and low-income families. He is als...

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Frans Johansson

Innovation Thought Leader | Bestselling Author

Does your strategy reflect the new normal? We live in unpredictable times where the rules are changing and the formulas for success are disintegrating. Bestselling author and thought leader Frans Johansson shows organizations how to innovate, grow, a...

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Daymond John

Founder of FUBU | Shark on Shark Tank

From humble beginnings to a self-made multimillionaire and a starring role on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, Daymond John sets standards of excellence in fashion, branding, marketing, consulting, entertainment, and beyond. An industry leader, bestselli...

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson

NBA Legend | Hall of Famer | Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has become the most powerful African-American businessman in the world. Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity on the court into the business world as C...

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Sarah Kay

Spoken-Word Poet

Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her famous TED talk–a talk that inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online–she tells the story of h...

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Katty Kay

Lead Anchor, BBC World News America | Co-author, Womenomics and The Confidence Code

Katty Kay is the lead anchor for BBC’s World News America where she covers the full gamut of American and global affairs―reporting on US elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, global economies, and world trouble spots. Kay also frequ...

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Spike Lee

Revolutionary Filmmaker

Spike Lee needs no introduction. In person, the provocateur and media icon is never at a loss for words. As one of the most outspoken African American voices, he talks candidly―and with authority―about issues of race in mainstream media and Holly...

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Doug Lipp

The Magic of Disney

What is the magic of Disney? Join Doug Lipp as he takes you on an insightful and entertaining behind-the-scenes tour to show you the secret of Disney’s success and how it and other organizations have overcome immense challenges. An internationally ...

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Ann-Marie MacDonald

Internationally Renowned Novelist | Playwright and Actress | Television Host

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a novelist, playwright, actor, and broadcaster, whose formal training was as an actor. As such, she is an unusual hybrid among literary figures in that she is as at home on stage engaging a live audience, as she is at her desk....

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Linda Nazareth

Economist and Trends Expert

The world we live in is morphing into a new one as we speak—that’s a scary prospect for many, but after a presentation by Linda Nazareth, you will feel like you have a handle on the future. The Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at...

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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 ...

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Mark Tewksbury

Olympic Gold Medalist | Chef de Mission, 2012 Summer Olympic Game | Humanitarian

Mark Tewksbury is a true icon—recognized for his achievements in sport, public speaking, and humanitarianism.  A sought after personality, Mark has spent decades sharing his life experience with audiences around the world.  He is a charismatic st...

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Trevor Wilson

Human Equity Strategist

Equality is not about ignoring differences and treating people the same. Instead, it is about acknowledging differences and turning them into a competitive advantage. Trevor Wilson, well-known author, global diversity and human equity strategist, off...

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