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Jennifer Heil

Olympic Champion Freestyle Skier

Jennifer Heil’s vibrant spirit is evident in everything she does, whether speaking in front of a large crowd, or skiing moguls down a mountain. The winner of multiple Olympic medals and Canada’s Bobbie Rosenfeld Female Athlete of the Year (2011),...

Jill Heinerth

Explorer-in-Residence, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth has seen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic ...

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Paul Henderson

The Goal of the Century

Paul Henderson became a Canadian sports legend on September 28, 1972. With 34 seconds remaining in Canada’s game against the Soviet Union, Henderson scored the winning goal and lifted Canada to victory in the “Series of the Century.” Today, Hen...

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Doc Hendley

Founder and President of Wine To Water

Bartenders aren’t automatically the people most think of as “CNN Heroes,” but that is exactly what Doc Hendley, the founder of Wine To Water, became after he followed his dream to save thousands of lives around the world by providing those in n...

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John Herdman

Head Coach of the Canadian Women's Soccer Team | Analyst, CBC Sports: World Cup

As Head Coach of the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team, John Herdman took a group once called a “struggling squad” to one that has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians. Under his leadership, the team won bronze medals at both the 2012 and 2016...

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Alfred Hermida

Media Scholar | Journalism Educator | Online News Pioneer

Alfred Hermida combines academic rigour with a journalist’s sensibility on how to tell a compelling story. An award-winning digital media pioneer at the forefront of research into social media and new forms of storytelling, he is sought after for h...

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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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Bill Herz

Corporate Magician and Comedian

At an age when most kids were reading comic books, Bill Herz was learning to shuffle a deck of cards with one hand. Today, he is regarded as one of the most entertaining corporate magicians in the world. Whether performing during a meeting, entertain...

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Cheryl Hickey

Host of Entertainment Tonight Canada

As host of television’s pre-eminent entertainment news program, Entertainment Tonight Canada, Cheryl Hickey greets over half a million loyal viewers each night as she relays in-depth profiles, breaking news coverage, and behind-the-scenes exclusiv...

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Lawrence Hill

Bestselling Author, The Book of Negroes

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner and bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill speaks as well as he writes. With engrossing, poignant talks on diverse topics such as channeling creative energy, censorship, racial identity, mental ...

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General Rick Hillier

Former Chief of the Defence Staff for Canadian Forces

Leadership requirements on the front lines of business are not so different than those on the front lines of combat, says General (Retired) Rick Hillier. Each position requires a strong and sound vision to lead a united and skilled team. Drawing from...

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Larry Hochman

European Business Speaker of the Year

Larry Hochman spent ten years as a director of British Airways and Air Miles, and is now one of the most popular speakers in the world. Hochman uses his vast experience to help companies develop a competitive advantage by focusing attention on the ne...

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Glen Hodgson

Senior Fellow & Former Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada

As the Senior Fellow for the Conference Board of Canada, Glen Hodgson brings nearly 35 years of experience in areas such as macro-economics, international trade and finance, and fiscal and tax policy. Supporting the Conference Board’s mandate to ad...

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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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Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon

Award-Winning Author | Public Intellectual

Bestselling author of The Ingenuity Gap, Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon shows audiences how to adapt and prosper in a world of ever-increasing complexity, speed, and surprise. Called “one of the best-informed and most brilliant writers on global affairs to...

Carl Honoré

Author of In Praise of Slow and Under Pressure

Carl Honoré is an award-winning journalist, TED speaker, and is the international bestselling author of In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed. Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “an in-demand spokesm...

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Rich Horwath

Strategic Thinking and Strategy Expert

The inability to set good strategy can sink a company, a leader, or even and individual’s career. Rich Horwath, CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, explains the most important elements of strategic thinking, breaks them down into simple and at...

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Kelly Hrudey

Hockey Night in Canada Analyst

In the world of professional hockey, what plays out behind closed doors is just as important as what plays out on the ice itself. Former professional goaltender, Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and NHL on Sportnest analyst Kelly Hrudey takes a...

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Jackie Huba

Expert on Customer Loyalty and Word of Mouth Marketing

Jackie Huba’s work has been called “the word-of-mouth-gospel” by Forbes magazine. An expert on creating and sustaining customer loyalty, Huba is the bestselling author of Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics, and is the ...

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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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Dennis Hull

Humour and Hockey

Dennis Hull will readily admit to not being anything other than Bobby Hull’s brother, as long as you add that he’s the younger brother. A fourteen-year veteran of the National Hockey League―known for his powerful shot and his six select...

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Tim Hurson

Creative Problem Solving and Productive Thinking

With an energetic blend of insight, humour, and practicality, Tim Hurson teaches audiences around the world the why and how of developing and applying creative intelligence. Whether you’re a manager or an artist, whether you work alone or in a grou...

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David K. Hurst

Expert on Strategy, Leadership and Change

David Hurst helps organizations learn from the past, understand the present, and create the future. In his vibrant presentations, Hurst shares his highly innovative ideas about leadership, change management, and the dynamics of organizations that pro...

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Paul Huschilt

Storyteller Extraordinaire

Imagine ending your conference with a hilarious comic summary about all that was said and done—from your early-morning registration to your late-night social events! Paul Huschilt does just that with his trademark “Ultimate Ending” routine, whi...

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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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Leonardo Inghilleri

Service and Hospitality Industry Expert | Author of Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit

Leonardo Inghilleri helps organizations create a culture of client service excellence. Sharing the concepts and practices that create bottom-line results and set companies apart from the competition, Inghilleri draws on his vast experience as the for...

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David Irvine

The Leader's Navigator

Are you committed to attracting and retaining the best talent to reach your organization’s fullest potential? If the answer is yes, then David Irvine―a mentor whose work has contributed to the building of hundreds of vital and engaged organizatio...

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Dr. John Izzo

Bestselling Author | Business Visionary

Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up. For over 20 years, Dr. Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee-engagement strategies and brand transformations. He has been a pioneer in employ...

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Simon Jackson

Movement Builder | Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Simon Jackson, who shot to fame as the founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition when he was just 13 years old — is a storyteller, connector and movement builder committed to improving our public discourse and shaping a better balance between...

Sabrina Jalees

Comedic Star

Sabrina Jalees’s comedy has taken the world by storm. Opening for the likes of Russell Peters and a headliner comic in her own right, Sabrina never fails to draw laughter with her shoot-from-the-hip style. As a keynote speaker, Sabrina tells her pe...

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Ron James

Award-Winning Comedian and Satirist

Hailed by critics from coast to coast, Ron James is Canada’s number-one comedian, consistently packing  theatres across the country. The star of his own former CBC TV program, The Ron James Show, he cuts a wide swath through contemporary culture w...

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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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Mark Jeffries

Strategic Communications | Soft Skills Expert

In highly competitive situations, you need to stand out, get noticed, and be remembered. Strategic communications and “soft skills” expert Mark Jeffries teaches audiences how to make smart moves that bring success. A trusted advisor to global blu...

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Jason Jennings

Authority on Business Leadership | Bestselling Author

Jason Jennings has spent twenty years founding and leading successful businesses, teaching them how to achieve their full economic potential. A bestselling author, with titles that include It’s Not The Big That Eat the Small: It’s The Fas...

Dr. Peter Jensen

Authority on Coaching Leadership and Personal High Performance

With the world of Olympic level sport as a laboratory, Peter Jensen has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader of high performers. Combining fundamental leadership concepts with new ideas and ongoing insights from ...

Jamil Jivani

Founder of Citizen Empowerment Project | Visiting Scholar and Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Jamil Jivani tackles some of the biggest challenges in the world as a lawyer, community organizer, and teacher. A visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, Jamil focuses on issues that impact youth, immigrants, and low-income families. He is als...

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Mitch Joel

Business Transformation and Digital Marketing Expert

When Google wants to explain innovation and marketing to the top brands in the world, they bring Mitch Joel to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Marketing Magazine dubbed him the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” and called him,...

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Frans Johansson

Innovation Thought Leader | Bestselling Author

Does your strategy reflect the new normal? We live in unpredictable times where the rules are changing and the formulas for success are disintegrating. Bestselling author and thought leader Frans Johansson shows organizations how to innovate, grow, a...

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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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Greg Johnson

The Tornado Hunter

What kind of person looks for danger, and then dives headfirst into it? Greg Johnson, star of Tornado Hunters, is known for bravely facing nature’s most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather. One of North America’s top professional stor...

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Daryn Jones

Comedian | TV Personality

If you’re looking for safe, predictable, middle-of-the-road comedy, Daryn Jones is not your guy. If you prefer intelligent and edgy humour, replete with a satirical view on current events and politics, then there’s no one better. A prolific comed...

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Dewitt Jones

Award Winning Photojournalist | Film Director | Creativity Expert

Where do we find the vision to take our lives to the next level? Perhaps there is no one better to answer this question than acclaimed photojournalist and film director Dewitt Jones. Jones, who had two films nominated for Academy Awards before he was...

Marshall Jones

Custom Spoken Word Poetry Expert

Marshall Jones is a celebrated spoken word artist whose work is exploding around the world. His unique gift runs deep into the human experience, exploring universal themes that run the gamut from identity and culture to connection and technology. M...

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Steve Jones

Music Biz Insider | Author of Start You Up and Brand Like A Rock Star

Steve Jones will change the way you look at business, marketing, customer service, branding, and personal growth. As a 30-year music industry veteran, one of the world’s leading radio programmers, and author of two highly acclaimed marketing books,...

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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. Ivan Joseph

Award Winning Performance Coach | Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert

Dr. Ivan Joseph leads individuals, teams, and organizations to success. An award-winning coach and educator, Dr. Joseph is a sought after speaker on developing personal and organizational leadership. Dynamic and inspiring, he speaks about self-confid...

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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...

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