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The Passing Zone

Keynote Jugglers

The Passing Zone is one of the most successful and sought-after corporate acts working today. This is their story. Owen Morse and Jon Wee met in 1986 at a juggling convention and instantly knew they were destined to be a team. But they decided to gra...

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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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Peter Thum

Founder, Ethos Water | Founder and CEO, Liberty United and Fonderie 47 | Recognized Social Entrepreneur

Peter Thum is CEO and founder of Liberty United, which recycles illegal guns from American cities into jewellery that funds programs to reduce gun violence. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Fonderie 47, a venture that transforms AK47s from Africa...

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Dan Thurmon

Peak Performance Coach

Success in life is not determined by circumstances, but by actions. Peak Performance Coach Dan Thurmon’s mission is to help empower people and organizations to achieve success. An action-oriented speaker, Dan incorporates his incredible talents—f...

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Brian Thwaits

Brain Trainer

Brian Thwaits is a learning whiz who first demonstrated his flair for performance as an award-winning educator. He’s now an engaging and entertaining ‘brain trainer’ who shows people how to enhance their thinking, communication, innovation, and...

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Ron Tite

Branding and Creativity Expert

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director f...

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Ziya Tong

Daily Planet Co-host

Gemini-nominated Ziya Tong showcases her thirst for curiosity everyday as the co-host of Daily Planet, Canada’s daily science show. Bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for science and the environment to the stage, Ziya addres...

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Alexandre Trudeau

Documentary Filmmaker | Journalist

Documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, Alexandre Trudeau shares his bold views on the political, social, and economic forces of our times. Having gained widespread recognition for his edgy and insightful humanism and for his brave iconoclasm...

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Margaret Trudeau

Celebrated Canadian | Mental Health Advocate

Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to livin...

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Chris Turner

Expert on Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Liveable Cities and Democratic Renewal

Chris Turner is one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on sustainability and the global green economy, who draws on recent breakthroughs in state-of-the-art renewable energy and urban design to paint a vivid portrait of a new, sustainable wor...

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Dr. Natasha Turner

Leading Naturopathic Doctor | Bestselling Author

Dr. Natasha Turner inspires other to make positive lifestyle choices so they can enjoy healthier lives. A sought-after speaker for corporations, the public and the education of other medical professionals, Dr. Turner is a leading naturopathic doctor ...

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David Usher

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Creativity Expert

David Usher is a creative tour de force. As the front man of the internationally acclaimed rock band Moist, and as a solo artist, David has sold more than 1.4 million albums, won countless awards—including five Junos—and performed at sold-out ven...

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Steve Uzzell

Renowned Photographer | Creative Problem-Solver

Steve Uzzell inspires audiences to make any venture an adventure. A renowned advertising and corporate photographer, Uzzell uses his work as a jumping off point to talk about possibility and creativity. Believing that opening the door to the imaginat...

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Jennifer Valentyne

Host, The Bachelorette Canada After Show | Former "Live Eye" Host on BT

The warm and smiling face of Breakfast Television Toronto’s “Live Eye” segment for 23 years, Jennifer Valentyne is now the host of The Bachelorette Canada’s first live After Show on the W Network. With her infectious enthusiasm lighti...

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Max Valiquette

Innovation and Trends Expert

Max Valiquette helps companies, organizations, and brands find solutions to their problems by better understanding their employees, customers, and communities. Named one of Canada’s “Most Influential Marketers” by Marketing magazine, he has wor...

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Adam van Koeverden

World and Olympic Champion Kayaker | Sports Analyst, CBC TV

Champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden first captured the world’s attention at the 2004 Olympic Games, where he was a double medalist with gold and bronze victories. Since then, he has continued to dominate the sport, taking silver at both the 2008 an...

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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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Michael Vickers

Sales and Marketing Motivator

Michael Vickers inspires enduring success—ultimately, redefining what is possible for today’s sales professionals, leaders, and managers. His sessions are educational and entertaining, filled with useful and hilarious stories. While teaching comp...

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Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk

Seven-Time Canadian Long Drive Golf Champion | Change and Peak Performance Specialist

How can you stay at the top of your game and perform at the highest level, year after year? Seven-time Canadian Long Drive Champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, went from being a high-handicap recreational golfer to a professional player who hits ...

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Erik Wahl

The Art of Vision

As the landscape for business continues to change, leaders need to stay creative to stay ahead of the game to keep customers interested. Internationally recognized artist Erik Wahl shows how organizations can tap into creativity to achieve superior p...

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Carolyn Waldo

Olympic Double Gold Medalist | CTV Sports Broadcaster

Carolyn Waldo knows all about resilience and determination. At the age of 23, she won two Olympic gold medals in synchronized swimming―quite a feat for someone who grew up with a serious phobia of water. A year later, Waldo dove into sports broadca...

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Dr. Wendy Walsh

Relationship Expert

Dr. Wendy Walsh is North America’s thought leader on relationships, breaking down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors on CNN every week. Speaking on topics ranging from building stronger relat...

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Mike Walsh

Futurist and Authority on Digital Trends in Emerging Markets

What does it take to lead a 21st century company? Can we re-imagine the way we do business? Mike Walsh prepares business leaders for what’s next. A leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior, and fast growth m...

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Joshua Walters

Bipolar Comedian | Mental Health Educator and Activist

Joshua Walters is a bipolar comedian whose work explores language, creativity, beat-boxing and madness. His eclectic combination of performance styles, meshed with his message of mental health awareness and advocacy, gives him a unique niche on stage...

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Bill Walton

Basketball Legend | Broadcaster | Humanitarian

Bill Walton has a passion—for his work, for family and friends, for music, for life, and for greatness! Bill brings his out-sized passion to the stage and inspires audiences with tales from an improbable life in sport and beyond. He speaks about th...

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Frank Warren

Creator, The PostSecret Project

As the creator of the PostSecret Project, Frank Warren is one of the most trusted people in the world. An online phenonmena where people share their private hopes, desires, and fears, the PostSecret website allows people to confess the secrets they ...

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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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Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Environmental, Cultural and Human Rights Advocate

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. ...

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Andrew Weaver

Internationally Acclaimed Climate Scientist

Andrew Weaver is one of the world’s foremost climate scientists and a leading expert on global warming. Through his work, Weaver has re-energized a new generation of discussions on climate change and sustainability, setting off what David Suzuk...

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Dr. Greg Wells

CTV Sport Science Analyst and Human Physiologist

In high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who draws the parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business lea...

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Paul Wells

National Affairs Columnist, Toronto Star

Nobody knows Ottawa better than Paul Wells, the former political editor of Maclean’s magazine and the current national affairs columnist at the Toronto Star. In more than two decades on the Hill, he has covered seven federal elections, three pr...

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Spencer West

Double Amputee | Motivational Speaker for Social Change

After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, Spencer West tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against those with disabilities. As a global speaker, he has captivated hundreds of thousands, talking...

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Eric Whitacre

Grammy-Winning Composer | Conductor | Creator of The Virtual Choir

Eric Whitacre is the most popular choral composer in the world today. The creator of the “Virtual Choir,” a digital project that combines thousands of videos into a single stunning choral performance, the choir transcends geography, class, and ba...

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Micah White

The Future of Protest | Social Change | Social Movements

Is protest broken? Micah White, the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, former AdBusters editor, and the author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, thinks so. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history, yet thes...

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Simon Whitfield

Olympic Triathlon Champion | Canadian Olympic Flag Bearer

Simon Whitfield’s easy smile and exuberance has endeared him to Canadians across the country. After winning a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, Simon used his relentless drive to deliver another memorable performance and win a silv...

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Hayley Wickenheiser

Canadian Women’s Hockey Team | Flag Bearer, 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world. As a decorated Olympian, she has led her team to four gold and one silver medal as well as being named the tournaments’ most valuable player in both 2002 and 200...

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Brian Williams, O.C.

Host, CTV’s Olympic Prime Time

With more than 25 years of broadcast experience, Brian Williams is considered the “dean of Canadian sports commentators.” He has covered virtually every national and international professional-sports event, as well as major amateur tournaments. A...

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Trevor Wilson

Human Equity Strategist

Equality is not about ignoring differences and treating people the same. Instead, it is about acknowledging differences and turning them into a competitive advantage. Trevor Wilson, well-known author, global diversity and human equity strategist, off...

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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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Ken Wong

Marketing and Strategic Planning Expert

Ken Wong is not your typical academic. With work that has earned him the cover of Canadian Business and Strategy magazine and a place in the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends, he is known for his energetic, entertaining and content-rich presentation...

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Bob Woodward

Legendary Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist | Author | Associate Editor, The Washington Post

Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Bob Woodward into the CIA. A journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein broke the deeply disturbing news of the Watergate scandal...

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Andy Worshek

Turn the Ship Around! | Expert on Intent-Based Leadership

Andy Worshek imagines a workplace where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work—a place where everyone is a leader. Andy served...

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Richard Worzel

Leading Futurist

The innovative organization is nimble, informed, and ready to change directions–and that’s what organizations need to be or become now, because not only is the pace of change accelerating, but the rate of acceleration is increasing. Business ...

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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...

Dr. Kit Yarrow

Award-Winning Consumer Psychologist

Dr. Kit Yarrow is the envy of her friends―after all, it’s her job to go shopping. An award-winning consumer research psychologist and a professor of both psychology and marketing, she has taught consumer behaviour to audiences around the worl...

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Denise Lee Yohn

Brand-Building Expert | Author of What Great Brands Do

Now more than ever, business leaders are looking for fresh ideas, new understanding, and actionable insights to jumpstart their business. Denise Lee Yohn inspires, informs, and instructs them with a completely different way of thinking about their bu...

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Nora Young

Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in social media, big  data, wearable tech and more, while showing them how to bette...

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Ray Zahab

Ultra-Marathon Runner and Adventurer | Host of The Project and The Edge

A former “pack a day smoker,” Ray Zahab ran across the Sahara Desert in 111 days; he ran the three coastal trails of Canada, covering 400 kilometres; he and two others broke the world speed record for an unsupported expedition by a team to the So...

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Benjamin Zander

Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic

Benjamin Zander offers a startling new perspective on leadership. Using stories and music, the world famous conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra awakens possibility in others, demonstrating that tapping into innate creativity can help peopl...

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