Speakers / Topics: Motivation | Inspiration

Do you or your staff need someone to encourage you to work better and achieve your goals? Our motivation and inspiration speakers share their experiences overcoming some of life’s most difficult obstacles, and how you can, too.

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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...

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Michael Hyatt

Leadership | Change and Innovation Visionary

Michael Hyatt became a self-made millionaire by building two highly successful tech firms valued in the hundreds of millions. Today, Michael ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, is a celebrated “Dragon” on CBC’s online sensation Ne...

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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...

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Simon Jackson

Movement Builder | Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Simon Jackson, who shot to fame as the founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition when he was just 13 years old — is a storyteller, connector and movement builder committed to improving our public discourse and shaping a better balance between...

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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Mark Jeffries

Strategic Communications | Soft Skills Expert

In highly competitive situations, you need to stand out, get noticed, and be remembered. Strategic communications and “soft skills” expert Mark Jeffries teaches audiences how to make smart moves that bring success. A trusted advisor to global blu...

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Dr. Peter Jensen

Authority on Coaching Leadership and Personal High Performance

With the world of Olympic level sport as a laboratory, Peter Jensen has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader of high performers. Combining fundamental leadership concepts with new ideas and ongoing insights from ...

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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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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Greg Johnson

The Tornado Hunter

What kind of person looks for danger, and then dives headfirst into it? Greg Johnson, star of Tornado Hunters, is known for bravely facing nature’s most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather. One of North America’s top professional stor...

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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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Dewitt Jones

Award Winning Photojournalist | Film Director | Creativity Expert

Where do we find the vision to take our lives to the next level? Perhaps there is no one better to answer this question than acclaimed photojournalist and film director Dewitt Jones. Jones, who had two films nominated for Academy Awards before he was...

Jennifer Jones

Skip of the 2014 Olympic Champion Curling Team

Jennifer Jones is Canada’s most decorated and recognizable female curler. She won an Olympic gold medal as skip of the Canadian team at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, just 18 months after having ACL surgery, and 15 months after becoming a mother ...

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Dr. Ivan Joseph

Award Winning Performance Coach | Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert

Dr. Ivan Joseph leads individuals, teams, and organizations to success. An award-winning coach and educator, Dr. Joseph is a sought after speaker on developing personal and organizational leadership. Dynamic and inspiring, he speaks about self-confid...

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Dr. Shimi Kang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the keys people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace, the classroom, and at home. With over fifteen years of clinical experience and extensiv...

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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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Brian Keating

Celebrated Wildlife Expert and Anthropology Professor

Are you overwhelmed with everyday demands at work and at home? Is the pace of life leaving you breathless? Wondering what you can do to de-stress and re-charge? If so, Brian Keating’s magical presentations allow you to forget your problems and be w...

Doug Keeley

The Mark of a Leader

Doug Keeley is one of North America’s leading communicators and a self-professed “leadership junkie.” After spending more than two decades charting new courses in the marketing and communications industry, Keeley founded The Mark of a Leader to...

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Simon Keith

Inspirational Speaker | Author | Entrepreneur | Athlete | Philanthropist

Simon Keith is not just a former professional soccer player—he’s one of the longest-living organ transplant recipients in the world, having received a heart transplant in 1986 when he was just 21 years old. Remarkably, Simon went on to play compe...

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Sheldon Kennedy

Former NHL Player | Author of Why I Didn't Say Anything

Sheldon Kennedy skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career, but he is likely best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey League coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered while a teenager under his care....

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Michael Kerr

“The Workplace Energizer”

Why choose between humour and content when you can have both? Mike Kerr is one of North America’s leading authorities on fostering innovative and inspiring workplace cultures. His presentations—known for introducing practical ideas that audiences...

Michael Kerr

Craig Kielburger

Activist | Co-Founder of Free the Children | Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Me to We

Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Marc Kielburger, Craig cofounded Free The Chil...

Craig Kielburger Activist Speaker

Marc Kielburger

Activist | Co-Founder of Free the Children | Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Me to We

Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Craig Kielburger, Marc co-founded Free The Childre...

Marc Kielburger Activist Speaker

Bruce Kirkby

Award-Winning Explorer | Writer | Photographer

A wilderness writer and adventure photographer, Bruce Kirkby is recognized for connecting wild places with contemporary issues. With journeys spanning around the world, his accomplishments include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter...

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Jim Knight

Service and Culture Expert

Jim Knight delivers presentations that rock. After cutting his teeth in the hospitality industry, starting out as a restaurant staff-level employee for the Olive Garden and the Hard Rock Café, he eventually became the head of the School of Hard Rock...

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Adam Kreek

Gold Medal Olympic Rower | Journalist, CBC Sports

Adam Kreek is an expert in high performance. An Olympic gold-medal winning rower who was named Athlete Leader of the Year in 2010, Adam seeks to help organizations build stronger teams, create and manage success while overcoming failure, and develop ...

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Dr. Janet Lapp

Thrive During Fast Change | Leading at the Edge

Dr. Janet Lapp delivers a powerful message: change is not a force to be feared but an opportunity to be seized. With humour and finesse, she confronts her audiences with the truth of what they need to do–and how they need to think–to move...

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Loretta LaRoche

The Humor Potential

Loretta LaRoche has helped people deal with everyday stress for over thirty years. Her irreverent humor and innate sense of the absurd, helps people see how needlessly complex and stressful our lives can become. With wit and wisdom, Loretta leaves a...

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Martin Latulippe

The Potential Awakener

Martin Latulippe is a social entrepreneur, award-winning philanthropist and bestselling leadership author who inspires and empowers people to achieve more through building a world-class mindset and stronger relationships to move from potential to per...

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Silken Laumann

Olympic Hero | Mental Health Advocate

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a bestselling author, and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete.  As an elite athlete, writer, and life coach, Silken has made her work reaching her own potential...

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Alvin Law

Motivational Speaker and Bestselling Author

For Alvin Law, having no arms as a child was little more than an obstacle. His family taught him that he could be whatever he wanted to be, and that anything was possible with hard work and a proper attitude. Today, Alvin is one of Canada’s most so...

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Catriona Le May Doan

Olympic Champion Speed Skater | Olympic Broadcaster

Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice, and the first Canadian to defend a gold medal at any Olympic games. Having held the world record in the 500 metre speed skating event for ten years, and still the current holder of the Olympic record...

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Peter Legge

Award-Winning Motivation and Business Speaker

Award-winning motivation and business speaker Peter Legge shows audiences how to take control of even the most challenging situations to rise to the top and achieve success. Famed for his ability to inspire healthy, productive habits and a winning at...

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Patrick Leroux

Motivational Speaker | Bestselling Author | Entrepreneur

Successful entrepreneur, Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame, bestselling author, and bilingual speaker Patrick Leroux believes that any person or organization has an extraordinary potential for success and is RESPONSIBLE for his destiny. He also believ...

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Jenn Lim

CEO & Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness | Consultant at Zappos.com

Science tells us that people are bad at predicting what keeps us happy. It also tells us that focusing on our passions and purpose can create sustainable happiness. Yet, we are a global society of people that are unhappy (or think we could be happier...

Jenn Lim

Trevor Linden

Former NHL All-Star | President of Hockey Operations, Vancouver Canucks

Former NHL All-Star and Olympian Trevor Linden is one of the most celebrated hockey players of all time. Widely respected in both the business and philanthropic worlds, Trevor’s speeches stress the importance of diplomatic leadership, and illus...

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Mike Lipkin

World-Renowned Motivator and Communicator

Mike Lipkin brings out the best in leaders and employees around the world. The founder and president of Environics/Lipkin, a global research and motivation company, and the author of numerous bestselling books, he combines Environics’ trademark...

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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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Dr. Brian Little

Award-Winning Psychology Professor

Described as “a cross between Robin Williams and Einstein,” Dr. Brian Little employs equal doses of humour and intelligence to explain how our personal communication styles influence our experiences with colleagues and clients. A personality psy...

Dr. Brian Little

Warren Macdonald

Shifting Your Perception On Change

Warren Macdonald has climbed over obstacles most people cannot imagine. Having lost both of his legs from a freak accident while he was backpacking off the coast of Australia, Macdonald not only decided that his injuries wouldn’t slow him down―he...

Dr. Joe MacInnis

Renowned Explorer | Leadership and Teamwork Expert

Some people are born leaders. The rest of us find ourselves in positions where leadership is required. Self-described as an “accidental leader,” Dr. Joe MacInnis has led or participated in more than fifty of the world’s most importa...

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Rosie MacLennan

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Trampoline

As a child, Rosie MacLennan often tagged along to her older siblings’ trampoline lessons aching for her chance to shine. And shine she did. Now the current two-time Olympic champion and reigning Pan American Games champion in the individual tram...

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Clint Malarchuk

Former NHL Goaltender | Mental Health Advocate

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating, and as stress-ridden as that of an NHL hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career ne...

Clint Malarchuk

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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Elizabeth Manley

Olympic Figure Skater and World Silver Medalist

Boasting more than 30 years in both amateur and professional figure skating, Elizabeth Manley was the first Canadian female to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition. She has participated in two Olympic Games (where she won...

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James Maskalyk

Medical Doctor | Humanitarian | Author of Six Months in Sudan

Equipped only with his experience as an emergency physician in an urban hospital and a desire to understand the hardest parts of the world, James Maskalyk travelled to Sudan in 2007 to treat casualties―from civilians to soldiers―of the war-torn n...

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Marnie McBean, O.C.

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist | Specialist in Athlete Prep and Mentoring to Olympic Teams

Marnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance. As a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee, McBean prepared athletes emotion...

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Séan McCann

Mental Health Advocate | Acclaimed Solo Musician | Founding Member of Great Big Sea

Séan McCann uses his music to help people find light in the darkness. Best known as a founding member of the massively successful Canadian band Great Big Sea, Séan’s twenty years with the ensemble came to a halt in 2013, when he realised that he ...

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Lanny McDonald

NHL Legend | Chairman of the Board, Hockey Hall of Fame

Lanny McDonald–best known for his outstanding sixteen year hockey career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, and the Calgary Flames–is not only an exceptional athlete, but is also a  community leader, philanthropist, and succ...

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