Speakers / Types: Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Speakers

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Zahra Al-Harazi

Chatelaine's Top Entrepreneur of the Year (2011)

The road to real leadership is rarely a straight one, and among Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, few have traveled a route with more obstacles overcome than Zahra Al-Harazi. Sharing her no-holds-barred attitude and passion for success, Z...

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Ian Altman

Bestselling Sales Author | Inc. and Forbes Columnist | Strategic B2B Advisor

Organisations call on bestselling sales author and internationally respected business expert Ian Altman to provide guidance and innovative insight on business strategy and sales. Altman’s proven methods help modernise sales and marketing to alig...

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Jordan Axani

Focus of World's Most Viral Human Interest Story | Mental Health and Belonging Researcher

Jordan Axani is a social researcher that helps employees and students share their unspoken fears, struggles and hopes with their peers – driving performance, engagement and happiness at work and school. He calls this building “cultures of belongi...

Jordan Axani

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...

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Ben Barry

Ground-breaking Diversity Advocate | Bestselling Author of Fashioning Reality

Dr. Ben Barry is a trailblazer. The founder of the Ben Barry Agency—the world’s first modeling agency dedicated to representing models of all ages, shapes, races and abilities–Ben is also the Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inc...

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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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Zane Caplansky

Deli King, Caplansky’s Deli | Food Television Personality

Zane Caplansky was born to own a deli. Now one of Canada’s most successful and well-known restaurateurs, Zane’s path to smoked-meat success was a haphazard one. With jobs along the way that included acting as a political assistant, becoming a bus...

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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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David Chilton

Former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den | Bestselling Author of The Wealthy Barber

Whether it’s helping millions of Canadians achieve personal financial success or investing in low-fat cookbooks, David Chilton has always had a knack for recognizing great ventures, a skill he leveraged as a “dragon” on CBC television’s #1 hi...

David Chilton Finance Speaker

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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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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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...

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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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Evan Hadfield

Digital Media Strategist

As head of Toronto digital creative agency launch*pad, Evan Hadfield has built a name for himself from the ground up. The mastermind behind Colonel Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” YouTube sensation, as well as dozens of other videos...

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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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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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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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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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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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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...

Josh Linkner

Brennan Loh

Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Shopify

Brennan Loh leads the teams responsible for building and managing the key strategic partnerships for Shopify, Canada’s #1 e-commerce retailing solution.  In his eye-opening presentations, Brennan discusses the inside story about Shopify’s grow...

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Amy Jo Martin

Digital Marketing Expert

One of Forbes magazine’s “Five Most-Powerful Women on Twitter” and The New York Times bestselling author of Renegades Write The Rules, Amy Jo Martin travels the world to speak about the latest trends in social media, how to monetize...

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Scott McGillivray

Celebrity Host, Income Property | Real Estate Investor

One part savvy real estate investor, one part skilled contractor, and one part accomplished entrepreneur, HGTV’s Income Property host Scott McGillivray is a triple threat. With a passion that lies in educating people to make smart renovation ...

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Dennis Moseley-Williams

Experience Economy Specialist

What inspires companies, and what makes them inspiring? Dennis Moseley-Williams shows organizations how to create transformative experiences for clients, customers and employees. Captivating audiences with his passion, humour and vivid examples of st...

Frank O’Dea

Innovative Entrepreneur | Humanitarian

Frank O’Dea’s story of triumph over adversity in business and in his personal life inspires audiences around the world. Against all odds, O’Dea went from being a homeless panhandler to a successful entrepreneur and a founder of The Second Cup c...

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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...

Janet Podleski

Bestselling Author | Award-Winning Entrepreneur | TV Host Eat, Shrink & Be Merry

How did two sisters with no formal culinary training, no publishing track record, no food industry experience and—most importantly—no money, end up writing and publishing one of Canada’s bestselling cookbooks of all time? Janet Podleski’s cap...

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Sara Roberts

Future Proofing Your Organization

Sara Roberts is a leading authority and hands-on expert on innovation, purpose, and culture. In her insightful, provocative talks, she advises on how to actively leverage culture and purpose to build organizational agility, customer connection, emplo...

Sara Roberts

David Rocco

Celebrity Chef | Hit Television Host | Bestselling Author

Celebrity chef David Rocco brings his passion for food and healthy cooking to millions of kitchens every day through his worldwide hit television programs David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway, and his newest program, David Rocco...

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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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Graham Sherman

Co-Owner, Tool Shed Brewing Company

Graham Sherman is a self-professed “high level geek” who has used his love of technology to help him master the craft of brewing artisan beer. Together with his partner, Graham launched the Tool Shed Brewery four years ago, and has never looked b...

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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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Barbara Stegemann

Top Game Changer CBC's Dragons' Den | CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues

Barbara Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend—a soldier—was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was a key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created T...

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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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John Warrillow

Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Advisor

John Warrillow is the founder of five companies, and the bestselling author of  Built To Sell: Creating A Business That Can Thrive Without You, which was recognized by both Fortune and Inc magazines as one of the best books of 2011, and his new book...

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Dave Wilkin

Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com | Social Entrepreneur | Mentoring Expert

Dave Wilkin turns all kinds of organizations into engagement engines. A celebrated social entrepreneur, he’s the founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service. With deep experience working with prominent br...

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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...