Speakers / Types: Women of Influence

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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

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...

Susan Aglukark

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...

Zahra Al-Harazi

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...

Trey Anthony

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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Maude Barlow

Social Justice Advocate | Author

Maude Barlow is a leading voice in Canada and around the world for social, environmental, and economic justice. A political activist, policy critic, and author, Barlow serves as the national volunteer chairperson for The Council of Canadians, a non-p...

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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

Jeanne Beker

Iconic Fashion Journalist

Jeanne Beker is one of the most influential and fabulous women in the fashion industry—in Canada and around the world. A long-time celebrity, Jeanne speaks on how she rose to the top of arts and culture media as the iconic host of TV’s Fashion Te...

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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. 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

Measha Brueggergosman

Celebrated Soprano

Soprano Measha Brueggergosman is one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities in the world. With more than 3.2 billion people witnessing her mesmerizing performance in the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paral...

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Susan Cain

Bestselling Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain believes society overvalues the gregariousness of extroverts and dramatically undervalues the talents of introverts. In her bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and in her record-smashi...

Susan Cain

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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Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Dubbed the “megawatt celebrity economist” by Report on Business magazine, Dr. Sherry Cooper rose to international prominence because of her uncanny ability to shed light on the oft-murky waters of global economics and personal finance. Making eve...

Dr. Sherry 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

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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Jessi Cruickshank

Host of CBC TV’s The Goods and Canada’s Smartest Person

Called “the funniest woman on TV today, period”, by The Province, Jessi Cruickshank is currently the host of CBC TV’s Canada’s Smartest Person and the upcoming host of the network’s new daytime talk show, The Goods. A ...

Jessi Cruickshank

Liane Davey

Expert on Building Effective Teams, Business Strategy Development and Building Leadership Effectiveness

Liane Davey creates powerful changes in top teams. The bestselling author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done, Liane’s mission is to radically transform the way people communicate, connect, and contribute, so t...

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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...

Arlene Dickinson Communications Speaker

Ilona Dougherty

Youth Engagement Expert | Co-founder of Apathy is Boring

For businesses looking to innovate, organizations hoping to creatively address society’s problems, and parents worried about their adult children’s success, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for. The co-founder of...

Ilona Dougherty

Sarah Ferguson

The Duchess of York

Internationally recognized for her inspiring story, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is an acclaimed author, humanitarian, broadcaster, and spokesperson who has spent much of her life in the glare of the public spotlight. Speaking candidly about ...

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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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Mellissa Fung

Journalist | Bestselling Author of Under an Afghan Sky

Mellissa Fung is a veteran correspondent and bestselling author. She covered the war in Afghanistan for the CBC, and also produced the award-winning documentaries Canada’s Ugly Secret and No Country for Horses. Her bestselling book, Under an Afghan...

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Lisa Glithero

Environmental Educator | Youth Advocate | Community Innovator

How can we engage today’s youth to effect positive social change?  What does education for sustainability mean? How can we build inter-generational learning communities that mobilize knowledge and solution-oriented ideas? In her captivating talks,...

Science & Technology Speakers

Stacey Hanke

Communication Expert

Today’s fast-paced business environment requires leaders who can create impact and influence others with sound communication practices. Stacey Hanke has trained over 15,000 executives to influence, persuade, sell, or simply effectively communicate ...

Stacey Hanke

Poppy Harlow

Anchor, CNN Weekend |CNN Correspondent

As a network correspondent on CNN, Poppy Harlow makes sense of global events, breaking news, business, and economic news for millions viewers throughout North America and around the world. The new anchor of CNN Weekend, a former anchor of CNNMoney....

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Sally Hogshead

Brand Innovation Consultant | Bestselling Author

Why are you captivated by some people but not by others? Why do you recall some brands yet forget the rest? The answer is “fascination,” and―as Sally Hogshead explains―it’s the most powerful way to influence decision making. More persuasive...

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Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

Jessica Holmes, a favourite on CBC TV’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious and validating take on life’s challenges hav...

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Clara Hughes

Six-Time Olympic Medalist | Mental Health Advocate

“Being a champion is not just about winning,” says six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes. Believing that actions off the track define us as much as those on it, Hughes inspires people toward success in all areas of their lives. Her candid, perso...

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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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Jennifer Jones

Skip of the 2014 Olympic Champion Curling Team

Jennifer Jones is Canada’s most decorated and recognizable female curler. She won an Olympic gold medal as skip of the Canadian team at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, just 18 months after having ACL surgery, and 15 months after becoming a mother ...

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Dr. Shimi Kang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Author of #1 National Bestseller, The Dolphin Way

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the keys people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace, the classroom, and at home. With over fifteen years of clinical experience and extensiv...

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Sarah Kay

Spoken-Word Poet

Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her famous TED talk–a talk that inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online–she tells the story of h...

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Katty Kay

Lead Anchor, BBC World News America | Co-author, Womenomics and The Confidence Code

Katty Kay is the lead anchor for BBC’s World News America where she covers the full gamut of American and global affairs―reporting on US elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, global economies, and world trouble spots. Kay also frequ...

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Tasha Kheiriddin

Political Commentator

There are few people in a better position to talk politics and current affairs than Tasha Kheiriddin. Fluently bilingual, she writes weekly columns for both The National Post and iPolitics.ca about federal and Quebec politics, as well as a wide va...

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Polly LaBarre

Co-Author, Mavericks at Work | Founding Member, Fast Company Magazine

For nearly 20 years, Polly LaBarre has worked to embolden and equip leaders in every realm to help make their organizations more resilient, innovative, inspiring, and accountable. A rigorous thinker, energetic storyteller, and tireless explorer of th...

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Amanda Lang

Anchor, Bloomberg TV Canada | Bestselling Author, The Power of Why

Amanda Lang has a front-row seat to the world’s daily top stories in business, politics, and economics as an anchor and producer for two weekly shows at Bloomberg Television Canada, called Bloomberg North with Amanda Lang. She has been covering b...

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Loretta LaRoche

The Humor Potential

Loretta LaRoche has helped people deal with everyday stress for over thirty years. Her irreverent humor and innate sense of the absurd, helps people see how needlessly complex and stressful our lives can become. With wit and wisdom, Loretta leaves a...

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Silken Laumann

Olympic Hero | Mental Health Advocate

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a bestselling author, and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete.  As an elite athlete, writer, and life coach, Silken has made her work reaching her own potential...

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Catriona Le May Doan

Olympic Champion Speed Skater | Olympic Broadcaster

Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice, and the first Canadian to defend a gold medal at any Olympic games. Having held the world record in the 500 metre speed skating event for ten years, and still the current holder of the Olympic record...

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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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Ann-Marie MacDonald

Internationally Renowned Novelist | Playwright and Actress | Television Host

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a novelist, playwright, actor, and broadcaster, whose formal training was as an actor. As such, she is an unusual hybrid among literary figures in that she is as at home on stage engaging a live audience, as she is at her desk....

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Rosie MacLennan

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Trampoline

As a child, Rosie MacLennan often tagged along to her older siblings’ trampoline lessons aching for her chance to shine. And shine she did. Now the current two-time Olympic champion and reigning Pan American Games champion in the individual tram...

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Elizabeth Manley

Olympic Figure Skater and World Silver Medalist

Boasting more than 30 years in both amateur and professional figure skating, Elizabeth Manley was the first Canadian female to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition. She has participated in two Olympic Games (where she won...

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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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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-...

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