Speakers / Types: CEOs | Business Leaders

Business today can be both challenging and inspiring. Our CEOs and top business leaders draw on their years of real-world experience to help you strengthen your organization and surpass your competition.

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Peter Aceto

Former President and CEO, Tangerine

Peter Aceto is a passionate leader. As the former President and CEO of Tangerine, he stands for more than a simple approach to  leadership: his goal is to change the conversation, and to inspire unconventional thinking and transparency that delivers...

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Lucy Adams

Former HR Director, BBC

Lucy Adams was the BBC’s Human Resources Director during one of its most turbulent periods. Responsible for all aspects of employee relations, reward, training and development, she reduced the BBC management by over 30%, saving the organisation...

Lucy Adams

Paul Alofs

CEO | Bestselling Author of Passion Capital

Have you ever wondered, “What is the world’s most valuable asset?” It’s a provocative question that every individual and every organization interested in sustainable success must answer. Paul Alofs, bestselling author of Passion Capital: The ...

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...

Cameron Bailey

Howard Behar

Former President of Starbucks Coffee

“It’s not about the coffee,” says Howard Behar, the former president of both Starbucks Coffee Company North America and Starbucks Coffee International.  Believing that “if you regard employees and customers as human beings, everything else w...

Howard Behar

Mark Brand

Social Entrepreneur | Restaurateur

“There is nothing more invigorating than understanding how flawed you are and still believing you can do good,” says Mark Brand, one of Vancouver’s most recognized and celebrated entrepreneurs. A restaurateur and retailer, Brand is best known f...

Mark Brand

Leonard Brody

Business and Technology Visionary

Leonard Brody has been called “a controversial leader of the new world order” by BC Business magazine. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author, and a two-time Emmy nominated media visionary who is consistently...

Leonard Brody

Marcus Buckingham

Expert on Outstanding Leadership and Management Practices

In a workplace ruled by efficiency and competency, where do personal strengths fit in? Using his nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, Marcus Buckingham challenges entrenched preconceptions about achievement ...

Marcus Buckingham Leadership Speaker

Ben Casnocha

Entrepreneur | Co-Author of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur and author from Silicon Valley. BusinessWeek named him”one of America’s top young entrepreneurs,” while PoliticsOnline called him one of the “25 most influential people in the worl...

Ben Casnocha

Bob Chapman

Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies

Spend just five minutes with Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, and you’ll discover two things: His optimism is infectious and his passion for providing a fulfilling work environment for his employees is palpable. These two...

Bob Chapman

Donald Cooper

Business Management, Marketing, and Customer Service Expert

Drawing from his unique experience as both a world-class manufacturer and award-winning retailer, Donald Cooper delivers the “straight goods” on how to sell more, manage smarter, grow your bottom line…and have a life. With wisdom, h...

Donald Cooper

Barbara Corcoran

Real Estate Entrepreneur | Branding Expert | Shark Tank “Shark”

Barbara Corcoran’s got straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. But it was her 21st job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country–she borrowed $1,000 and quit her job...

Barbara Corcoran

Bruce Croxon

Digital Innovator | Former "Dragon" on Dragons' Den | Host, The Disruptors

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den, shares his informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s dema...

Bruce Croxon

John DeHart

Co-Founder, Nurse Next Door

John DeHart’s purpose in life is to create systemic change by building companies and building culture. The co-founder of Nurse Next Door Home Care, John helped shape the company into one of Canada’s most successful health care brands, with over 1...

John DeHart

Arlene Dickinson

CEO of Venture Communications, District Ventures and Youinc.com

“The purpose of marketing is to deliver business results,” says Arlene Dickinson, renowned CBC “Dragon” and one of Canada’s most successful communications entrepreneurs. Whether explaining how to leverage marketing in even the toughest of e...

Arlene Dickinson

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

Harley Finkelstein

Chief Operating Officer, Shopify | “Dragon” on Next Gen Den

Harley Finkelstein started from the ground up. To put himself through law school, he sold t-shirts using Shopify—an e-commerce platform that was relatively unknown at the time. That decision in 2005 ultimately led him to become Shopify’s Chief Op...

Harley Finkelstein

Rick George

Former CEO of Suncor Energy

Rick George is both a contrarian and an optimist. One of Canada’s most transformative business figures, during the twenty years he spent as president and chief executive officer of Suncor Energy, it went from being Canada’s “unlucki...

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

Cameron Herold

Author of Double Double | Former COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Cameron Herold is known around the world as “The Business Growth Guru.” He is the mastermind behind hundreds of companies’ exponential growth, helping to guide organizations to double their profit and double their revenue in just thr...

Cameron Herold