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Motivational Speaker

Speakers' Spotlight represents a talented roster of some of the world's most extraordinary Motivational Speakers.

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Michael Abrashoff

Former Navy Commander | Bestselling Author

Captain Michael Abrashoff took command of the worst-performing navy ship and crew in the Pacific Fleet and—within just one year—made it the best in the fleet. The challenges that faced him on the underperforming ship were staggering: low morale, ...

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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 ...

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Jeff Adams

Paralympian and World Champion

For Jeff Adams, a wheelchair is a vehicle for success. This five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion in wheelchair sports is living proof that focus, determination, and spirit are the keys to achieving “gold medal” dreams. Combining his ...

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Patch Adams

Director of Gesundheit Institute

Dr. Patch Adams has dedicated his life to the belief that “healing should be a loving human interchange, not a business transaction.” A warm, witty, medicine man who is simultaneously a healer, teacher, clown, and entertainer, his dynamic...

Health & Wellness Speaker

Afterburner Inc.

Flawless Execution Experts

Who better than a team of elite military professionals to help companies create a high-performance, results-focused culture? Afterburner Incorporated’s team of fighter pilots teach top organizations how to perform flawlessly in today’s rapidl...

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Susan Aglukark, O.C., LL.B

Award-Winning Inuk Singer/Songwriter

Award-winning Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists, who blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. Agluk...

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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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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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Ian Altman

Bestselling Sales Author | Forbes Contributor | Strategic B2B Advisor

Innovation. Collaboration. Growth. These words describe bestselling sales author and internationally respected business expert Ian Altman, who draws on his experience as a former CEO of two decades to help people and organizations achieve their busin...

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan

Performance Consultant to Olympians, the NHL, and the NBA

Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan lives her philosophy of embracing challenges and pushing boundaries to achieve more. She was the first female performance consultant for the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Edmonto...

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Colin Angus

Adventurer | Author | Filmmaker

Colin Angus was the first person to circle the world exclusively by human power. A leading adventurer, filmmaker, bestselling author, and named by Outside magazine as one of the “World’s Top 25 Bold Visionaries,” Colin shares his strategies...

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Julie Angus

Explorer | Scientist | Bestselling Author

Julie Angus was the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland. She has also cycled across continents, rowed thousands of kilometers of coastlines and rivers, and organized an expedition that sailed the ancient Phoenician ...

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Rasmus Ankersen

The High Performance Anthropologist

Rasmus Ankersen has trained with the planet’s best athletes to translate their secrets of high performance into usable strategies for leaders and businesses. Known for his bestselling book The Goldmine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performa...

Human Resources Speakers

Trey Anthony

Award-Winning Canadian Playwright

Trey Anthony was the first Canadian black woman to have her own program on a prime-time Canadian network. Based on her ground-breaking play of the same name, ‘da Kink in My Hair was a television hit and put her on the map as a mentor and role m...

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Jann Arden

Renowned Musician | Bestselling Author

Jann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles, through her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and aff...

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Sally Armstrong

Human Rights Activist | Journalist | Author

Sally Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Congo and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her the Amnesty International Media Award three times over, as well as acclaim all over ...

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Jordan Axani

Focus of World's Most Viral Human Interest Story | Wellness Entrepreneur and Advocate

Jordan Axani is an advocate for humility in the digital age – and he became this in the most accidental of ways. A few years ago, on a dare, Jordan  posted a message online, offering anyone who shared the same name as his previous girlfriend a ...

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Simon T. Bailey

Inspiring Brilliant Action

Simon T. Bailey doesn’t take people where they want to go–he guides them to where they need to go. As an executive advisor and career mentor, he teaches people how to improve themselves and change the world as they do it. Inspiring audiences ...

Sales & Service Speakers

Ben Barry

Ground-breaking Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author of Refashioning Models

Hailed as a “Hero to real women everywhere” by The Boston Globe, Dr. Ben Barry is dedicated to changing the way people think about women, beauty, and body image in business and marketing. Having founded the Ben Barry Agency―the first agency in ...

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Leslie Beck

Leading Nutritionist

Leslie Beck helps people improve their diet, manage their weight, boost their energy levels, and prevent disease. A recognized authority on nutrition and food issues, Beck provides keynote speeches and workshops that are tailored to meet the goals of...

Health & Wellness Speaker

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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Lorraine Behnan

Change Management and Communications Expert

Lorraine Behnan believes that times of change should be looked at as an opportunity to excel. An expert in career evolution, Behnan gives leaders and employees the confidence and communication strategies to achieve their workplace and professional go...

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David Ben

Creativity Expert | Master Magician

Magician David Ben inspires people to strike the word “impossible” from their vocabulary. A former tax lawyer, with a law degree from the London School of Economics, David now thrills audiences using his unique gift of magic to demonstrate creati...

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer | Bestselling Author

Robyn Benincasa accepts full blame for inspiring ordinary people to do extraordinary things -like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, or start their own businesses. A world champion adventure r...

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Cheryl Bernard

Canadian Olympic Curler

At the age of 23, Cheryl Bernard started an insurance brokerage and propelled the agency to six million dollars in sales in just eleven years. At the age of 43, she helped Canada win a silver medal in curling at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Pass...

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Dr. Susan Biali

Wellness Expert | Life Coach

Dr. Susan Biali’s life passion is to give people the knowledge, tools, and hope to help them create a healthy lifestyle, find happiness, and enjoy a more meaningful life. Formerly clinically depressed, Dr. Biali turned her life around by extensivel...

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Alexandre Bilodeau

Two Time Gold Olympic Medalist, Freestyle Skiing

Alexandre Bilodeau wrote a page in Canadian history by becoming the first Olympian to win a gold medal on Canadian soil, and repeated his gold medal performance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. A model of perseverance and a source of inspir...

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Eric Boles

Teamwork and Leadership Authority

What better way to learn the principles of leading change, team dynamics, fearless leadership, and peak performance than as a player with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers? Eric Boles draws on his experiences with the National Football League t...

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Dr. Roberta Bondar

Astronaut | Physician | Scientist | Photographer

Dr. Roberta Bondar was the first Canadian woman to fly in space. An astronaut, physician, and photographer, Dr. Bondar expanded the horizons of millions when she joined the space shuttle Discovery for its 1992 mission. Dr. Bondar’s highly motivatio...

Science & Technology Speakers

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

Mark Bowden

Communication Expert | Performance Trainer

Today’s executives need to do more than simply succeed: they need to stand out. Communications expert Mark Bowden explains how to use persuasive communication skills to set yourself apart, win trust, and generate profit. His trademark techniques ar...

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Orlando Bowen

Game Changer and Motivational Speaker

When it comes to building teams, creating momentum, and employing winning strategies, Orlando Bowen is the real deal. For the past nine years, Orlando has used storytelling, fitness activities, and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership,...

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Dr. Gary Bradt

Change and Leadership Expert

“Adapt, ignite, and win,” is Dr. Gary Bradt’s rallying cry for success in a world that moves fast and doesn’t wait for stragglers. Bradt increases the capacity of people and organizations to rise to the challenge of change by deliveri...

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Guy Cabana

Negotiation and Communication Expert

Today’s business world demands that employees at all levels know how to negotiate effectively. For over 30 years, communications expert Guy Cabana has been teaching the art of negotiation―in both English and French― in a captivating, humor...

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Cassie Campbell-Pascall

Former Captain of the Canadian Women's Hockey Team

Cassie Campbell-Pascall laced up her first pair of skates when she was five years old. Today, she is a heroine of Canadian sport. A passionate and dynamic speaker, Campbell-Pascall draws on her accomplishments as the captain of the gold-medal winnin...

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Lorne Cardinal

Gemini-Winning Actor and Director

Lorne Cardinal is undeniably one of the funniest men on the stage and in the small screen. As an entertainer, speaker, or event host, Cardinal effortlessly taps into his gift for comedic timing and his quick wit to ensure that audiences roll in the a...

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Candace Carnahan

Workplace Safety Advocate | Culture Change Agent | Inspirational Speaker

Lauded as one of the “Faces of the Future” by Maclean’s magazine, Candace Carnahan uses her unique life lessons to inspire us to dismantle the roadblocks that hinder efficiency, while celebrating the attitudes and behaviors that promote success...

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Bill Carr

Communication Expert | Award-Winning Humourist

For over thirty years, Bill Carr has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and offers his audiences a fresh perspective on what they fa...

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Dave Carroll

Singer-Songwriter | Author of United Breaks Guitars

Musician Dave Carroll’s United Airlines flight had just landed when a fellow passenger looked out the aircraft’s window at the baggage handlers and exclaimed, “My god they’re throwing guitars out there!” When nine months of ...

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Michelle Cederberg

Health and Productivity Expert

Michelle Cederberg galvanizes people to blaze their own path and live a bigger life. An author, health expert, and life coach, she transports delighted audiences on a journey to optimal health and energy habits, to find better work-life balance, and ...

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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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Michel Chikwanine

Former Child Soldier | Inspirational Speaker on the Ability to Create Change

Michel Chikwanine has overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel grew up amid the terror of the Great War of Africa. He witnessed the torture of his father, the rape of his mother, and endured torture o...

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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...

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Scott Christopher

Co-Author of The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up

Scott Christopher travels the world entertaining and motivating thousands of people through his laugh-a-minute lectures, sharing how levity, humor, and becoming more of a “people person” can help you excel in business and at home. Practis...

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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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Cheryl Cran

Leadership and Change Expert

Cheryl Cran helps leaders and their teams to build future workplaces, today. Her research into the future of work, technology, innovation, and generations impact provides data and strategies to help drive transformation in a fast paced world. Thousa...

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Charmaine Crooks

Five Time Olympian

Five-time Olympian and Olympic silver medalist Charmaine Crooks encourages her audiences to “never give up,” and inspires everyone to follow their dreams. Having represented Canada for close to 20 years as one of the country’s top athletes,...

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