Speakers / Types: Academics

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Shawn Achor

Harvard Researcher | Bestselling Author of The Happiness Advantage

Is there a connection between happiness and success? Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on the topic. His acclaimed TED Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, has been seen by over ten million people around the world, and his two books, The ...

Shawn Achor Harvard Researcher

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...

Change Management Speaker

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...

Joseph Boyden

Timothy Caulfield

Professor of Health Law and Science Policy | Author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivaled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector—from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine—for the benefit of the public and decision-makers. He is...

Health & Wellness Speaker

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

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

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

Niall Ferguson

Internationally Renowned Historian

Named by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Niall Ferguson’s work impacts industry, finance, government, and academia. Controversial, expansive, and eloquent, Ferguson’s talks explore themes that have urge...

Niall Ferguson

Richard Florida

Renowned Economist | Bestselling Author

Richard Florida is one of the world’s most sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness, and growth. Combining in-depth analysis, a fascinating personal story, and a touch of self-deprecating humor, it’s no wonde...

Richard Florida

Dr David K Foot

World-Renowned Demographer

Author of the number-one bestseller Boom Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift, David Foot is an outspoken and controversial demographics expert—one who can bring demographic statistics to life, and make the aging of soci...

Dr David K Foot Demographer Speaker

Avi Friedman

Housing Guru

Acclaimed by Wallpaper magazine as “one of the top 10 style setters who will most influence the way we live in the next quarter century,” architect and professor Avi Friedman speaks with passion on the future of home and community design as i...

Avi Friedman

Vijay Govindarajan

Strategic Innovation | Globalization | Transformation

We live in an era of constant change, driven by the dynamic forces of technology, globalization, the changing demographics, and shifting customer preferences. What can we do to anticipate and respond to these changes to stay ahead? In his cutting-edg...

Vijay Govindarajan

Joseph Grenny

Business Communication Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author

Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely that a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. After conducting more than thirty years of research, business communications expert Joseph Grenny has confirme...


Alfred Hermida

Media Scholar | Journalism Educator | Online News Pioneer

Alfred Hermida combines academic rigour with a journalist’s sensibility on how to tell a compelling story. An award-winning digital media pioneer at the forefront of research into social media and new forms of storytelling, he is sought after for h...

Alfred Hermida

Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon

Award-Winning Author | Public Intellectual

Bestselling author of The Ingenuity Gap, Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon shows audiences how to adapt and prosper in a world of ever-increasing complexity, speed, and surprise. Called “one of the best-informed and most brilliant writers on global affairs to...

David Keith

Expert in Energy and Environmental Technology

David Keith studies our climate and the many ideas we’ve come up with to fix it. A wildly original thinker, he challenges us to look at climate solutions that may seem daring, sometimes even shocking. Currently a professor at Harvard University...

David Keith

Dr. Lisa Kramer

Expert in Behavioural Finance and Neuroeconomics

Stirring up controversy in financial circles for over a decade with her seminal contributions bridging the gap between rational finance and behavioural finance, Dr. Lisa Kramer is no stranger to the dynamic marketplace of ideas. An expert on behaviou...


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

Vikram Mansharamani

Yale Lecturer | Global Equity Investor | Bestselling Author of Boombustology

Boom-bust cycles. They’re occurring more frequently than ever. The most notorious ones impact financial markets, but they also impact nations, healthcare, food, energy, education, technology and many other areas as well. Vikram Mansharamani, the be...

Vikram Mansharamani

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...

Roger Martin

Dr. Danielle Martin

Acclaimed Physician and Health Care Expert

Dr. Danielle Martin sees the cracks and challenges in our health care system every day. A family doctor and national media commentator on the health issues that hit closest to home for Canadians, Dr. Martin speaks with passion on our national health-...

Dr. Danielle Martin

Grant McCracken

Leading Cultural Anthropologist

Grant McCracken looks at the places where culture and commerce, anthropology and economics meet. Through his highly-customized presentations, he provides audiences with a comprehensive―but incisive―review of contemporary culture, and strategies f...

Grant McCracken

Moshe Arye Milevsky

Leading Financial Strategist

In an era when traditional corporate pensions are disappearing, Social Security’s sustainability is in question, and healthcare costs are skyrocketing, Moshe Milevsky is here to help. Introducing audiences to his powerful framework for managing fin...

Kevin Page

Former Parliamentary Budget Officer | Author of UnAccountable: Truth and Lies on Parliament Hill

In 2008, Kevin Page was appointed by the federal Conservatives to be the country’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer. The move fulfilled a Tory campaign promise to deliver greater government transparency and accountability. But Page was later ...

Kevin Page

Peter Ricchiuti

Wall Street Investment Visionary | Entertaining Finance Speaker

“If the majority of people were right, the majority of people would be rich!” So says Wall Street investment visionary Peter Ricchiuti, who teaches audiences why “follow the herd” mentality rarely delivers long-term success when it comes to t...

Peter Ricchiuti

Rajendra Sisodia

Global Business Expert | Co-founder of Conscious Capitalism Movement

To re-imagine business, we must re-imagine capitalism. Raj Sisodia believes that a new form of capitalism is emerging, one that has the potential for enhancing corporate performance while simultaneously advancing the quality of life for billions of p...

Rajendra Sisodia

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 ...

Clint Smith

Piers Steel

Expert on the Science of Motivation and Procrastination

Don’t put off listening to what Piers Steel has to say. One of the world’s foremost researchers on the science of motivation and procrastination, he explains why professionals in all sectors struggle with “dysfunctional delay,” why this pract...

Piers Steel

Janice Gross Stein

Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, few people have a better understanding of global issues than Professor Janice Gross Stein. Her dynamic presentations provide a unique perspective into what’s re...

Janice Stein

Dr. David Suzuki

Award-Winning Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster

Dr. David Suzuki has made it his life’s work to help humanity understand, appreciate, respect and protect nature. A  scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, he is a gifted interpreter of science and natur...

David Suzuki

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...


Dr. Kit Yarrow

Award-Winning Consumer Psychologist

Dr. Kit Yarrow is the envy of her friends―after all, it’s her job to go shopping. An award-winning consumer research psychologist and a professor of both psychology and marketing, she has taught consumer behaviour to audiences around the worl...