Speakers / Types: Women of Influence

It may be that the glass ceiling has yet to shatter, but our women of influence have dealt it a staggering number of cracks. From political figures and business leaders to sports stars and entertainers, these women have blazed paths for others to follow.

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Leila Janah

Social Entrepreneur | Founder of Sama and LXMI

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 ...

Leila Janah

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 ...

Jennifer Jones

Dr. Shimi Kang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur

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...

Dr. Shimi Kang

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...

Sarah Kay

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...

Katty Kay

Tasha Kheiriddin

Political Commentator

There are few people in a better position to talk politics and current affairs than Tasha Kheiriddin. Fluently bilingual, she is the host of the daily radio program The Tasha Kheiriddin Show, a political analyst on The Morning Show, and does the same...

Tasha Kheiriddin

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...

Polly LaBarre

Amanda Lang

Anchor, Bloomberg TV Canada | Bestselling Author, The Beauty of Discomfort

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...

Amanda Lang

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...

Loretta LaRoche

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 who has made her work reaching her own potential and helping others reach theirs. Inspiring, funny,...

Silken Laumann

Brodie Lawson

Host of CFL.ca Digital Content, The Snap Wrap & Brodie OT

What is it like to always have a front row seat at the CFL? From interviewing the league’s top players and coaches to sharing behind the scenes moments with fans, Brodie Lawson holds the job that many dream of. The host of Canadian Football League...

Brodie Lawson

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...

Catriona Le May Doan

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...

Jenn Lim

Amanda Lindhout

Kidnap Survivor | Bestselling Author | Journalist

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout traveled to Somalia — a country often called “the most dangerous place on earth”. Early on in her visit, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda now shares her mes...

Amanda Lindhout

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....

Ann-Marie MacDonald

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...

Rosie MacLennan

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...

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 believes the future of technology is the future of humanity. A real-time “fu...

Amy Jo Martin

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-...

Dr. Danielle Martin

Marnie McBean, O.C.

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist | Specialist in Athlete Prep and Mentoring to Olympic Teams

Marnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance. As a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee, McBean prepared athletes emotion...

Marnie McBean