Speakers / Types: CEOs | Business Leaders

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Peter Aceto

President and CEO, Tangerine

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

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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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Ron Buist

Marketing Expert | Inventor of “Roll Up The Rim To Win”

If you’ve ever won a free coffee, a donut, or even a television because you “rolled up the rim to win,” you have Ron Buist to thank. The former marketing director for Tim Hortons for 24 years, Buist helped turn a once little-known donut sho...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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John DeHart

Co-Founder and CEO, Nurse Next Door

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

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Arlene Dickinson

CEO of Venture Communications | “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den | CEO of YouInc.com

“The purpose of marketing is to deliver 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 economic t...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Larry Hochman

European Business Speaker of the Year

Larry Hochman spent ten years as a director of British Airways and Air Miles, and is now one of the most popular speakers in the world. Hochman uses his vast experience to help companies develop a competitive advantage by focusing attention on the ne...

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Glen Hodgson

Senior Fellow & Former Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada

As the Senior Fellow for the Conference Board of Canada, Glen Hodgson brings nearly 35 years of experience in areas such as macro-economics, international trade and finance, and fiscal and tax policy. Supporting the Conference Board’s mandate to ad...

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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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Leonardo Inghilleri

Service and Hospitality Industry Expert | Author of Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit

Leonardo Inghilleri helps organizations create a culture of client service excellence. Sharing the concepts and practices that create bottom-line results and set companies apart from the competition, Inghilleri draws on his vast experience as the for...

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Leila Janah

Social Entrepreneur | Founder of Sama and Laxmi

Leila Janah is a celebrated social entrepreneur who uses technology and lean business methods to promote social and economic justice. Named one of Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” in 2013, Janah is the founder of the Sama ...

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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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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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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...

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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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The Hon. Preston Manning

Founder of the Reform Party of Canada

Preston Manning tirelessly championed the cause of democratic and political reform throughout his impressive career as one of Canada’s great visionaries. His presentations provide a dynamic and substantive discussion of both current issues and an o...

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Kevin O’Leary

“Shark” on ABC's Shark Tank | Journalist and Television Personality | Chairman of O'Leary Funds

He’s opinionated and ruthless, and he hungers for big deals. Yet he made millions helping children learn how to read. Nothing if not a polarizing force, Kevin O’Leary pulls no punches when it comes to the good, the bad, and the ugly as it pertain...

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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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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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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John Stanton

Founder of the Running Room

John Stanton created his first meeting place for runners over 25 years ago out of the back of a shop.  Now, the Running Room boasts 100 stores and 1,300 employees in Canada and the USA, and have helped encourage nearly a million Canadians to get fit...

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Mark C. Thompson

CEO and Co-Founder of the Business Entrepreneurship Hub for Virgin Unite | Author of Success Built To Last

How do you convince your team not only to embrace change, but actually lead the transformation? One of the most successful senior business communication executives of our time, Mark C. Thompson shares his insights from studying the success of world-c...

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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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W. Brett Wilson

CBC TV “Dragon Emeritus” | Celebrated Entrepreneur | Philanthropist

Brett Wilson is a celebrated Canadian entrepreneur, respected philanthropist, and the all-time leading deal maker on CBC’s hit TV show, Dragons’ Den.  Within a penchant for investing in people rather than projects, Wilson is proof that it’s ...

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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...