Speakers / Topics: Motivation | Inspiration

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Matthew B. Crawford

Esteemed Philosopher | Bestselling Author of Shop Class as Soulcraft

For those of us who sit in an office, it’s often difficult to say exactly what we do all day. Matthew B. Crawford, the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft, seeks to restore the honour of the manual trades as a life worth choosing. Based o...


Charmaine Crooks

Five Time Olympian

Five-time Olympian and Olympic silver medalist Charmaine Crooks encourages her audiences to “never give up,” and inspires everyone to follow their dreams. Having represented Canada for close to 20 years as one of the country’s top athletes,...


Jessi Cruickshank

Co-Host of CBC TV’s The Goods and Canada’s Smartest Person

Called “the funniest woman on TV today, period”, by The Province, Jessi Cruickshank is currently the host of CBC TV’s Canada’s Smartest Person and the new co-host of the network’s new daytime talk show, The Goods. A ho...

Jessi Cruickshank

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Environmental Activist

At just 12 years old, Severn Cullis-Suzuki gained international attention when she delivered her famous speech at the Rio Earth Summit, pleading for the delegates to preserve the planet. Since then, Severn has gone on to speak to audiences around the...

Science & Technology Speakers

Kate Davis

Humour in the Workplace | Work–Life Balance

Kate Davis has the unique ability to find humour in any situation and offer creative solutions to defuse frustrations in both the workplace and at home. A five-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards who has opened for the likes of Bill Clinto...

Kate Davis

Wade Davis

Anthropologist | Explorer

Wade Davis’s presentations―illustrated by his exquisite photographs―are a wild and moving celebration of the wonder of humanity and the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed through the myriad of cultures he has encountered. An explorer-i...


Jacques Demers

Former NHL Coach | Hockey Commentator | Literacy Advocate

Throughout his storied career, Jacques Demers built a name as one of the most successful coaches in the National Hockey League. After hundreds of on-ice victories across Canada and the United States, Demers went on to a thriving career as a televisio...


Alexandre Despatie

Olympic Medalist | Three-Time World Champion

Alexandre Despatie is a Canadian diving sensation. A two-time Olympic medalist and the only diver to have been world champion in three World Championship categories, he is also the holder of 42 Canadian national titles. But his illustrious career was...

Alexandre Despatie

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

Josh Dueck

Paralympic Gold Medalist and Flag Bearer

Some spirits are simply unbreakable. In 2004, a harrowing freestyle skiing accident left Josh Dueck paralyzed from the waist down. While his spinal cord may have been damaged, his determination to continue in the sport he loved was not. Just five yea...

Josh Dueck

Linda Edgecombe

Bestselling Author | Motivator

Linda Edgecombe is an expert at shifting perspective. A highly sought after speaker who energizes every room as she encourages people to loosen up, lighten the load, and laugh. Encouraging others to understand that they can change their lives at work...

Linda Edgecombe

Terry Evanshen

“The Man Who Lost Himself”

A split second can change the course of an entire life. Football great Terry Evanshen was critically injured in an automobile accident, awaking from a coma two weeks later to find that he had lost 44 years of memories. Today, a truly inspiring speake...


Steve Farber

Extreme Leadership Expert

Steve Farber redefines what it means to lead and make a difference in the business world and beyond. The bestselling author of one of the “100 Best Business Books of All Time” and an accomplished senior level leadership consultant, Farber believe...

Steve Farber

Perdita Felicien

World Champion Hurdler | Two-Time Olympian

Perdita Felicien is a two-time Olympian, 10-time National Champion, two-time World silver medalist, and the only Canadian woman to win a World Championship gold medal in track and field. During her career as a 100-metre hurdler she earned numerous ho...

Perdita Felicien

Sarah Ferguson

The Duchess of York

Internationally recognized for her inspiring story, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is an acclaimed author, humanitarian, broadcaster, and spokesperson who has spent much of her life in the glare of the public spotlight. Speaking candidly about ...

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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...


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...


Michael J. Fox

Parkinson's Activist | Celebrated Actor

Michael J. Fox has one of the best-known faces in Hollywood. In addition to being recognized as a star in dozens of blockbuster films and highly rated television series, Fox is also recognized world-wide as the face of Parkinson’s disease, a condit...

Michael J. Fox

Mellissa Fung

Journalist | Bestselling Author of Under an Afghan Sky

Mellissa Fung is a veteran correspondent and bestselling author. She covered the war in Afghanistan for the CBC, and also produced the award-winning documentaries Canada’s Ugly Secret and No Country for Horses. Her bestselling book, Under an Afghan...


Porter Gale

Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America | Marketing and Networking Expert | Award-Winning Author

Porter Gale has over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising. She was awarded the Changing The Game Award, by The Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), was on AdAge’s Digital Hotlist, iMedia’s Top 25-Digital Marketers list, and named ...

Porter Gale

Sir Bob Geldof

Influential Global Visionary | Pop Icon

Rock musician, songwriter, and political activist, Sir Bob Geldof is the rare combination of musical talent and successful businessman. He created the Live Aid concerts, built a media empire, called urgent attention to the world’s most vulnerab...

Bob Geldof

Leeza Gibbons

Television and Radio Host | Emmy Award Winner

Emmy award-winner Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her remarkable background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza boasts impressive experience in business, entrepreneurship, a...

Lisa Glithero

Environmental Educator | Youth Advocate | Community Innovator

How can we engage today’s youth to effect positive social change?  What does education for sustainability mean? How can we build inter-generational learning communities that mobilize knowledge and solution-oriented ideas? In her captivating talks,...

Science & Technology Speakers

Marshall Goldsmith

Leadership Development Expert

Helping leaders achieve positive, measurable change in behavior for themselves, their people, and their teams is Marshall Goldsmith’s raison d’etre. Listed by Forbes magazine as one of “Five Top Executive Coaches” and by Human Resources m...

Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Karyn Gordon

Leading Relationship Expert | Media Personality

Dr. Karyn Gordon’s mission is to inspire people to dream their best life, learn the tools and do it! A bestselling author and media personality, Dr. Karyn has worked with hundreds of organizations, from Fortune 500 corporations to small non-profits...

Karyn Gordon

Amanda Gore

The Connection Expert

Amanda Gore uses the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, epigenetics, and emotional intelligence to help business leaders create joyful workplaces that incite better performance. Her funny, energizing, and engaging presentations are...


Kit Grant

The Director of Comfort Zone Infiltration

Who do you call when you want to strengthen relationships among your staff, clients, or customers? Kit Grant. For 35 years, Kit has provided audiences with the necessary tools and techniques that improve teamwork and produce greater productivity and ...

Kit Grant

Bob Gray

Memory and the Turbocharged Brain

How often have you bumped into a client or customer, but for the life of you, you can’t remember their name? Socially, this can be embarrassing, but in business, it can be disastrous. Bob Gray teaches audiences the techniques they need to unloc...


Peter Guber

Entrepreneur | #1 NYT Bestselling Author of Tell to Win

Great story telling is more than just entertainment; it is a highly powerful and vastly underutilized professional business tool. Peter Guber, who is among the most successful executives and entrepreneurs in the world of entertainment and communicati...

Peter Guber

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)

“Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, three spaceflights, and 2600 o...

Chris Hadfield Astronaut Speaker

Tim Hague

Winner of The Amazing Race Canada | Parkinson's Activist

Tim Hague Sr. overcame the odds when he went from a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease to—just three years later—becoming the inaugural winner of CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada. Tim’s message of strength and courage leaves audiences motivated ...

Tim Hague

Stacey Hanke

Communication Expert

Today’s fast-paced business environment requires leaders who can create impact and influence others with sound communication practices. Stacey Hanke has trained over 15,000 executives to influence, persuade, sell, or simply effectively communicate ...

Stacey Hanke

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...

Rick Hansen

Poppy Harlow

Anchor, CNN Weekend |CNN Correspondent

As a network correspondent on CNN, Poppy Harlow makes sense of global events, breaking news, business, and economic news for millions viewers throughout North America and around the world. The new anchor of CNN Weekend, a former anchor of CNNMoney....

Poppy Harlow

Mark Heese

Olympic Beach Volleyball Medalist

Mark Heese has travelled the world as a full-time beach volleyball professional, representing Canada at over 200 international tournaments, including three Olympic Games. His unique approach to competition and high performance allowed him to cultivat...


Jennifer Heil

Olympic Champion Freestyle Skier

Jennifer Heil’s vibrant spirit is evident in everything she does, whether speaking in front of a large crowd, or skiing moguls down a mountain. The winner of multiple Olympic medals and Canada’s Bobbie Rosenfeld Female Athlete of the Year (2011),...

Paul Henderson

The Goal of the Century

Paul Henderson became a Canadian sports legend on September 28, 1972. With 34 seconds remaining in Canada’s game against the Soviet Union, Henderson scored the winning goal and lifted Canada to victory in the “Series of the Century.” Today, Hen...


Doc Hendley

Founder and President of Wine To Water

Bartenders aren’t automatically the people most think of as “CNN Heroes,” but that is exactly what Doc Hendley, the founder of Wine To Water, became after he followed his dream to save thousands of lives around the world by providing those in n...


John Herdman

Head Coach of the Canadian Women's Soccer Team | Analyst, CBC Sports: World Cup

As Head Coach of the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team, John Herdman took a group once called a “struggling squad” to one that has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians. Under his leadership, the team won bronze medals at both the 2012 and 2...

John Herdman

General Rick Hillier

Former Chief of the Defence Staff for Canadian Forces

Leadership requirements on the front lines of business are not so different than those on the front lines of combat, says General (Retired) Rick Hillier. Each position requires a strong and sound vision to lead a united and skilled team. Drawing from...

General Rick Hillier

Sally Hogshead

Brand Innovation Consultant | Bestselling Author

Why are you captivated by some people but not by others? Why do you recall some brands yet forget the rest? The answer is “fascination,” and―as Sally Hogshead explains―it’s the most powerful way to influence decision making. More persuasive...

Sally Hogshead

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

Jessica Holmes, a favourite on CBC TV’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious and validating take on life’s challenges hav...

Jessica Holmes

Kelly Hrudey

Hockey Night in Canada Analyst

In the world of professional hockey, what plays out behind closed doors is just as important as what plays out on the ice itself. Former professional goaltender, Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and NHL on Sportnest analyst Kelly Hrudey takes a...

Kelly Hrudey

Clara Hughes

Six-Time Olympic Medalist | Mental Health Advocate

“Being a champion is not just about winning,” says six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes. Believing that actions off the track define us as much as those on it, Hughes inspires people toward success in all areas of their lives. Her candid, perso...

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Tim Hurson

Creative Problem Solving and Productive Thinking

With an energetic blend of insight, humour, and practicality, Tim Hurson teaches audiences around the world the why and how of developing and applying creative intelligence. Whether you’re a manager or an artist, whether you work alone or in a grou...

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Paul Huschilt

Storyteller Extraordinaire

Imagine ending your conference with a hilarious comic summary about all that was said and done—from your early-morning registration to your late-night social events! Paul Huschilt does just that with his trademark “Ultimate Ending” routine, whi...

Paul Huschilt

Michael Hyatt

"Dragon", Next Gen Den | Entrepreneur and Technology Visionary

Michael Hyatt a self-made millionaire, building two highly successful tech firms valued in the hundreds of millions. Today, he ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, was a celebrated “Dragon” on CBC’s online sensation Next Gen Den, an...

Michael Hyatt

Dr. John Izzo

Bestselling Author | Business Visionary

Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up. For over 20 years, Dr. Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee-engagement strategies and brand transformations. He has been a pioneer in employ...

Dr. John Izzo