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Gerry Dee

Award-Winning Comedian | Star of CBC TV's Mr. D

Canadian comedian Gerry Dee is one of the funniest men to hit the comedy scene—ever. Gerry is the creator, writer, and star of the smash hit CBC TV comedy series Mr. D, and was featured in The Score’s regular segment “Gerry Dee: Sports Reporte...

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John DeHart

Co-Founder and CEO, Nurse Next Door

John DeHart’s purpose in life is to create systemic change by building companies and building culture. The co-founder and CEO of Nurse Next Door Home Care, John has helped shape the company into one of Canada’s most successful health care brands,...

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Jacques Demers

Former NHL Coach | Hockey Commentator | Literacy Advocate

Throughout his storied career, Jacques Demers built a name as one of the most successful coaches in the National Hockey League. After hundreds of on-ice victories across Canada and the United States, Demers went on to a thriving career as a televisio...

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Alexandre Despatie

Olympic Medalist | Three-Time World Champion

Alexandre Despatie is a Canadian diving sensation. A two-time Olympic medalist and the only diver to have been world champion in three World Championship categories, he is also the holder of 42 Canadian national titles. But his illustrious career was...

Arlene Dickinson

CEO of Venture Communications, District Ventures, and 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...

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Debra DiGiovanni

Award-Winning Stand-Up Comedian

Debra DiGiovanni is a three-time winner of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Comic. Known for her sharp but playful stand-up routines, Debra’s comedy has something everyone can relate to. A favourite wherever she appears, Debra leaves audie...

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Peter Docker

Leadership and Start With Why Culture Expert

Peter Docker gets up every day to inspire people to be extraordinary in what they do. An Igniter and Implementation Specialist who works on Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” team, Peter helps organizations  harness the power of ...

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Steve Dotto

Technology Expert

Technological advances have a profound effect on our work and personal lives, and understanding these changes is critical for everyone. With engrossing talks—highlighting everything from what gadgets and platforms you should embrace or ignore to co...

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Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials & Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, parents worried about the success of their adult children and anyone who hopes for a bright future for young people, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what ...

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Mike Dover

Technology and Marketing Thought Leader

Do you want to have meaningful conversations with your customers but don’t know how to do it? Mike Dover, a leading authority on social media, popular culture, and the economic and social impact of technology, as well as the co-author of Wikibrands...

Mike Downie

Co-Creator, Secret Path | Documentary Filmmaker

When Mike Downie first heard the story of Chanie Wenjack—an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his residential school—it was like an arrow shot through his heart. Haunted, he shared the story with his brother, celebrated musician Gord D...

Don Drummond

Former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group

If you’re looking for unparalleled insight into the Canadian economy and its future prospects, look no further than Don Drummond, the retired senior vice president and chief economist of TD Financial Group, and current Stauffer-Dunning Fellow and ...

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Martin Dubé

Impressionist Entertainer

Talent.  Nostalgia. Tenacity.  These are only some of Martin Dubé’s professional qualities that propel his explosive persona on stage. Dubé’s crossover entertainment style and his ability to perform in both English and French, makes him a ver...

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Josh Dueck

Paralympic Gold Medalist and Flag Bearer

Some spirits are simply unbreakable. In 2004, a harrowing freestyle skiing accident left Josh Dueck paralyzed from the waist down. While his spinal cord may have been damaged, his determination to continue in the sport he loved was not. Just five yea...

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Dr. Linda Duxbury

Human Resources | Work–Life Balance

With Canadian corporations losing over $4 billion a year to absenteeism, the satisfaction and well-being of employees cannot be overlooked. Dr. Linda Duxbury is Canada’s most accomplished researcher, writer, and speaker on work–life balance. She...

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Linda Edgecombe

Bestselling Author | Motivator

Linda Edgecombe is an expert at shifting perspective. A highly sought after speaker who energizes every room as she encourages people to loosen up, lighten the load, and laugh. Encouraging others to understand that they can change their lives at work...

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Derek Edwards

Award-Winning Comedian

Derek Edwards’ award-winning humour has made him one of the hottest properties in Canada. Identifying himself with the ordinary working guy, his comedic gift is making the ordinary extraordinary. A regular at the Just for Laughs Festival, where he ...

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Ron Ellis

Former Toronto Maple Leaf | Mental Health Advocate

Celebrated hockey legend Ron Ellis is dedicated to increasing awareness of mental health issues. After retiring from his 15-year career as a Toronto Maple Leaf, Ellis―one of the most respected individuals to ever wear the “blue and white”―str...

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Chester Elton

Bestselling Leadership Author

Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principle ...

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Ryan Estis

Business Performance Expert

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. Known for his ...

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