Speakers / Topics: Innovation | Creativity | Disruption

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Creativity: where ideas are spawned. Innovation: where ideas are put into action. Disruption: when ideas change the world as we know it. Our speakers explain how to get creative juices flowing, how to innovate to stay ahead, and prepare you for the disruptive forces at work in your industry and beyond.

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Amanda Lang

Anchor, Bloomberg TV Canada | Bestselling Author, The Power of Why

Amanda Lang has a front-row seat to the world’s daily top stories in business, politics, and economics as an anchor and producer for two weekly shows at Bloomberg Television Canada, called Bloomberg North with Amanda Lang. She has been covering b...

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Claude Legrand

Practical Innovation Expert

Can organizations learn to become not just innovative, but sustainably innovative? Claude Legrand, one of North America’s top authorities on practical innovation, provides a clear road-map to embracing an on-going culture of innovation at every org...

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Greg Lindsay

Expert on Cities, Mobility, Travel, Trade, and the Future of Work

Greg Lindsay is literally a man on the street, reporting from the intersection of global trends and local wisdom. Widely cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology, and transportation, on the design and resiliency of cities, and on how to...

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Josh Linkner

Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Creativity Expert

Josh Linkner is on a mission to make the world more creative. Named the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and as a “President Barack Obama Champion of Change” award recipient, Linkner both inspires and entertains: in speeches and w...

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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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Brennan Loh

Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Shopify

Brennan Loh leads the teams responsible for building and managing the key strategic partnerships for Shopify, Canada’s #1 e-commerce retailing solution.  In his eye-opening presentations, Brennan discusses the inside story about Shopify’s grow...

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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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Tod Maffin

Digital Technology and Marketing Guru

Even at seven o’clock in the morning, Tod Maffin’s upbeat and enlightening presentations on digital technology and marketing bring audiences to their feet. Recognized as a thought leader in online business innovation and strategy, he sheds light ...

Mike Mandel

Expert in Communication, Motivation and Influence

Self-described as “a reasonably normal guy with a really weird job,” Mike Mandel is a uniquely qualified expert in the art and science of influential communication. Simultaneously fascinating and hilarious, he provides audiences with powerful too...

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Roger Martin

Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management

A champion of innovation, cross-disciplinary study, and learning-by-doing, Roger Martin is the leading proponent of Integrative Thinking—a bold new approach to the business problems emerging in the global economy. As the Director of the Martin Pros...

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Amy Jo Martin

Digital Marketing Expert

One of Forbes magazine’s “Five Most-Powerful Women on Twitter” and The New York Times bestselling author of Renegades Write The Rules, Amy Jo Martin travels the world to speak about the latest trends in social media, how to monetize...

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David Mead

Expert Start With Why Facilitator

David Mead believes that every one of us deserves to wake up inspired to go to work, feel safe while we’re there, and come home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work we do. He works with leaders to help them create an environment where pe...

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Nilofer Merchant

Bestselling Author on Innovation and Collaboration

A bestselling author on innovation and collaboration, a TED speaker, and a business leader with 20 years of experience, Nilofer Merchant challenges audiences to do more than just think differently—she helps them to do what it takes to succeed in mo...

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Joseph Michelli

Customer Experience Expert | Bestselling Author

Joseph Michelli helps organizations catapult to pre-eminence by creating engaged employees and exemplary customer service experiences. Boasting globally celebrated clients like Starbucks, Zappos, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Michelli is a reno...

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Jeremy Miller

Brand Builder | Bestselling Author of Sticky Branding

Sticky brands exist in almost every industry. They’re the brands that customers trust and turn to first. So, if your brand isn’t sticky, why not?  Branding expert Jeremy Miller shows organizations of all sizes what it takes to attract consumers ...

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Debbie Millman

Author, Brand Consultant and Host of Design Matters

What makes a brand stand out? Is there some “magic” that makes us ogle over the latest product from Apple or crave a Starbucks? Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is a brand strat...

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Adam Nanjee

FinTech and Innovation Expert

Adam Nanjee is building Canada to be the next global fintech leader. As head of Canada’s largest financial technology innovations vertical at MaRS Discovery District, Nanjee oversees a national network of several hundred startups, global financial ...

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Rob Nickerson

Transformational Collaboration

Your team members will work for the company, but will they create for the company?  Do they help the company solve problems by building on each other’s knowledge, experience and creativity? Or are they just good at their jobs? Widely recognize...

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Terry O’Reilly

Host of CBC Radio's Under the Influence

Terry O’Reilly is the familiar voice behind the hit CBC radio shows O’Reilly on Advertising, The Age of Persuasion, and his current program, Under the Influence, where he explores the business, the craft, and the promise of promotion. In his intr...

Dan Pontefract

Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office | Bestselling Author of Flat Army and The Purpose Effect

Your people are your most valuable asset, and if you want them to excel―and your profits to soar―you need to abandon your traditional management style and adopt a collaborative, open leadership approach—one that engages and empowers your staff....

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Howard Putnam

Former CEO of Southwest Airlines

Workplace cultures that place “people” as their top priority have the greatest long-term impact and success, says Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines. Having led the airline through many turbulent times, Putnam piloted the company to ...

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Sara Roberts

Future Proofing Your Organization

Sara Roberts is a leading authority and hands-on expert on innovation, purpose, and culture. In her insightful, provocative talks, she advises on how to actively leverage culture and purpose to build organizational agility, customer connection, emplo...

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Michele Romanow

"Dragon", CBC Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder, Snap By Groupon

Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The newest (and youngest ever) entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce pla...

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Second City Works

Entertainment | Improv

After hundreds of thousands of years of research, the results are in: people like to laugh. Second City Works, an arm of the world-renown theatre group The Second City, helps create comedic and improv-based social learning at events, ceremonies, fun...

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David Segal

Co-Founder, DAVIDsTEA | Retail Visionary and Branding Expert

David Segal is an entrepreneur and retail thought-leader. He is best known for bringing radical innovation to a 5,000 year product category with the launch of DAVIDsTEA, the company he co-founded in 2008. Segal takes audiences through the entrepreneu...

Peter Sheahan

International Expert on Leveraging Business Trends and New Market Opportunities

Peter Sheahan inspires innovative business thinking and creates lasting behavioral change. A highly successful entrepreneur, he is the founder and CEO of Karrikins Group, a multi-million dollar consulting practice which attracts such clients as App...

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Stephen Shedletzky

Head Engagement Officer, Simon Sinek’s Start With Why

Stephen Shedletzky strives to engage people in meaningful ways. He supports leaders and teams as they create environments where their people feel inspired to go to work (and feel safe and valued while they are there), so they can go on to accom...

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Graham Sherman

Co-Owner, Tool Shed Brewing Company

Graham Sherman is a self-professed “high level geek” who has used his love of technology to help him master the craft of brewing artisan beer. Together with his partner, Graham launched the Tool Shed Brewery four years ago, and has never looked b...

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Simon Sinek

Renowned Leadership Expert | Author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal ...

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Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Futurist | Innovation Strategist

Is your organisation being digitally disrupted? Is your analogue business model ready for the digital future? Do your leaders and teams suffer from change fatigue? Anders Sorman-Nilsson helps organizations convert disruptive questions like these into...

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Steven Spear

Operational Excellence and Innovation Expert

The success of many organizations—from manufacturers to health care providers—increasingly hinges on their ability to manage highly complex processes. Steven Spear, the award-winning academic and consultant, literally wrote the book on how organi...

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Duncan Stewart

Tech, Media and Telecom Trends Expert

Everybody needs to know what’s going to happen next. That’s true across all industries, but the areas of technology, media, and telecom seem to be changing faster than ever before. Duncan Stewart helps you get a head of the trends. A globally rec...

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Nicole Stott

Astronaut | Aquanaut | Artist, First Astronaut to Paint in Space

In awe of the overwhelming beauty of Earth that Nicole Stott experienced while living on the International Space Station, she decided she would dedicate the rest of her life to sharing her spaceflight experience with others. A NASA veteran with 27 ...

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Scott Stratten

Expert in Un-Marketing

For generations, marketing has been hypocritical. We’ve been taught to market to others in ways we hate being marketed to—why do we still keep trying the same stale marketing moves? Scott Stratten—who has over 175,000 people follow his dail...

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The Carrot Guys

Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton’s shared message on employee engagement will change the way you do business. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed, bestselling business books The 24-Carrot Manager, and A Carrot a Day, they are consultants to ...

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The Passing Zone

Keynote Jugglers

The Passing Zone is one of the most successful and sought-after corporate acts working today. This is their story. Owen Morse and Jon Wee met in 1986 at a juggling convention and instantly knew they were destined to be a team. But they decided to gra...

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Dan Thurmon

Peak Performance Coach

Success in life is not determined by circumstances, but by actions. Peak Performance Coach Dan Thurmon’s mission is to help empower people and organizations to achieve success. An action-oriented speaker, Dan incorporates his incredible talents—f...

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Brian Thwaits

Brain Trainer

Brian Thwaits is a learning whiz who first demonstrated his flair for performance as an award-winning educator. He’s now an engaging and entertaining ‘brain trainer’ who shows people how to enhance their thinking, communication, innovation, and...

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Ron Tite

Branding and Creativity Expert

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director f...

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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...

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Steve Uzzell

Renowned Photographer | Creative Problem-Solver

Steve Uzzell inspires audiences to make any venture an adventure. A renowned advertising and corporate photographer, Uzzell uses his work as a jumping off point to talk about possibility and creativity. Believing that opening the door to the imaginat...

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Max Valiquette

Innovation and Trends Expert

Max Valiquette helps companies, organizations, and brands find solutions to their problems by better understanding their employees, customers, and communities. Named one of Canada’s “Most Influential Marketers” by Marketing magazine, he has wor...

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Nicole Verkindt

Founder, OMX | “Dragon”, Next Gen Den | Panellist, CBC News, The Exchange

Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs. The founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and the newest Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, she believes in the role of entrepreneurs to grow the economy and help solve globa...

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Erik Wahl

The Art of Vision

As the landscape for business continues to change, leaders need to stay creative to stay ahead of the game to keep customers interested. Internationally recognized artist Erik Wahl shows how organizations can tap into creativity to achieve superior p...

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Mike Walsh

Futurist and Authority on Digital Trends in Emerging Markets

What does it take to lead a 21st century company? Can we re-imagine the way we do business? Mike Walsh prepares business leaders for what’s next. A leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior, and fast growth m...

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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...

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Dave Wilkin

Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com | Social Entrepreneur | Mentoring Expert

Dave Wilkin turns all kinds of organizations into engagement engines. A celebrated social entrepreneur, he’s the founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service. With deep experience working with prominent br...

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Ken Wong

Marketing and Strategic Planning Expert

Ken Wong is not your typical academic. With work that has earned him the cover of Canadian Business and Strategy magazine and a place in the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends, he is known for his energetic, entertaining and content-rich presentation...

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Steve Wozniak

Co-founder, Apple Computer | Chief Scientist, Fusion-io

Before laptops fit into briefcases, before iPads fit into purses, and before iPhones fit into back pockets, computers were as big as vending machines, and certainly not portable. In 1977, Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple (with Steve Jobs) chang...

Nora Young

Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in social media, big  data, wearable tech and more, while showing them how to bette...

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