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Rob Nickerson

Transformational Collaboration

Your team members will work for the company, but will they create for the company?  Do they help the company solve problems by building on each other’s knowledge, experience and creativity? Or are they just good at their jobs? Widely recognize...

Rob Nickerson

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada

One of the most original and influential voices in the humanitarian arena, Dr. Samantha Nutt, a medical doctor and a founder of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child, is a speaker who is constantly in demand. For over 15 years, she has be...

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Frank O’Dea

Innovative Entrepreneur | Humanitarian

Frank O’Dea’s story of triumph over adversity in business and in his personal life inspires audiences around the world. Against all odds, O’Dea went from being a homeless panhandler to a successful entrepreneur and a founder of The Second Cup c...

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Kevin O’Leary

“Shark” on ABC's Shark Tank | Journalist and Television Personality | Chairman of O'Leary Funds

He’s opinionated and ruthless, and he hungers for big deals. Yet he made millions helping children learn how to read. Nothing if not a polarizing force, Kevin O’Leary pulls no punches when it comes to the good, the bad, and the ugly as it pertain...

Terry O’Reilly

Host of CBC Radio's Under the Influence

Terry O’Reilly is the familiar voice behind the hit CBC radio shows O’Reilly on Advertising, The Age of Persuasion, and his current program, Under the Influence, where he explores the business, the craft, and the promise of promotion. In his intr...

Anna Olson

Culinary Master | Host of Bake with Anna Olson

Celebrity chef Anna Olson is most recognized as the host of Food Network Canada’s Bake with Anna Olson, which followed on the heels of her successful other programs, Sugar and Fresh with Anna Olson. She has earned a loyal following in over 19...

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Kary Osmond

Celebrity Chef

Kary Osmond became a household name in Canada as the host of the wildly popular CBC cooking program, Best Recipes Ever. Known for her down to earth style in the kitchen, Kary creates and makes recipes that are as simple as they are delicious. With a ...

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Steven Page

Iconic Muscian

Steven Page is a natural in front of a crowd. Having shot to international fame as the co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, Page now boasts an impressive solo career, where he continues to showcase his creative genius. A witty, endearing, and searingl...

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Kevin Page

Former Parliamentary Budget Officer | Author of UnAccountable: Truth and Lies on Parliament Hill

In 2008, Kevin Page was appointed by the federal Conservatives to be the country’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer. The move fulfilled a Tory campaign promise to deliver greater government transparency and accountability. But Page was later ...

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Billy Parish

Renowned Social Entrepreneur and Youth Organizer

Billy Parish is the founder and president of Mosaic, an online platform which connects investors to high quality solar projects. Their mission is to open up clean energy investing and fundamentally change the way energy is financed. Believing that p...

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Neil Pasricha

Happiness Expert | Bestselling Author of The Book of Awesome

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness”* who dazzles audiences with ideas and frameworks that skyrocket happine...

Neil Pasricha Happiness Speaker

Sangita Patel

Correspondent, Entertainment Tonight Canada

Named one of Hello Canada magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” Sangita Patel is a featured face on television’s hit program, Entertainment Tonight Canada. A show correspondent, Sangita delights audiences coast to coast with her celebrity in...

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Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli

Breakdancing Sensation | Motivational Speaker

“No excuses, no limits.” That’s the philosophy behind everything that Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli lives by every day. Born with arthrogryposis, a rare muscle disorder that limits motion in the joints, Luca has never let his condition slow him ...

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Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Leadership and Performance Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author

An internationally renowned thought leader on the subject of leadership, performance, and managing under pressure, Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry is a performance coach to Olympic athletes and Fortune 100 companies alike. Melding state-of-the-art research with ...

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Chantal Petitclerc

Paralympic Champion | World Record Holder

Obstacles do not get in the way of Chantal Petitclerc. The epitome of determination, perseverance, and discipline, Chantal is the most successful wheelchair racer of all time, boasting multiple medals from all three of the world’s top athletic comp...

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Bruce Philp

Brand Strategist

Bruce Philp believes that branded marketing is capitalism’s best hope for redemption. Through his foundation-shaking talks, Philp shows audiences how to find profitable common ground between corporations and customers. A passionate advocate for...

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Janet Podleski

Bestselling Author | Award-Winning Entrepreneur | TV Host Eat, Shrink & Be Merry

How did two sisters with no formal culinary training, no publishing track record, no food industry experience and—most importantly—no money, end up writing and publishing one of Canada’s bestselling cookbooks of all time? Janet Podleski’s cap...

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Dan Pontefract

Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office | Bestselling Author of Flat Army and The Purpose Effect

Your people are your most valuable asset, and if you want them to excel―and your profits to soar―you need to abandon your traditional management style and adopt a collaborative, open leadership approach—one that engages and empowers your staff....

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Ian Portsmouth

Publisher, Canadian Business & PROFIT Magazines

Chronicling the experiences of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and fastest-growing companies is what Ian Portsmouth, Publisher of PROFIT and Canadian Business magazines, does every day. In his high-calibre, informative presentations he uses real-li...

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Dr. David Posen

Stress Mastery | Bestselling Author

Stress is a fact of life – but it doesn’t have to be a way of life. Bestselling author, speaker and physician, Dr. David Posen, is one of North America’s leading experts on stress mastery, work-life balance, health, and wellness. His dy...

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Marie-Philip Poulin

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Hockey Hero

Marie-Philip Poulin is quite possibly greatest clutch performer in hockey history. At the gold medal match at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Poulin scored the game-tying goal with just 55 seconds remaining in regulation time, and then the game-winner in ov...

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Cheryl Pounder

Gold Medal Champion

It’s always about the journey. That’s the message women’s hockey champion Cheryl Pounder seeks to instill in every audience she speaks to. Believing that learning from our successes, as well as our failures, is the key to staying on the pat...

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David Prentice

Leading Sales and Marketing Expert

For nearly 30 years, David Prentice has worked to train front-line and executive staff in how to serve customers better—and increase sales. A dynamic and witty speaker, he helps clients understand a range of business issues, such as customer servic...

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Valerie Pringle

Award-Winning Television Broadcaster

Valerie Pringle was one of Canada’s most accomplished and popular television hosts. Selected as one of the “Fifty Famous Faces of Fifty Years of Canadian Television,” by the Banff Television Foundation, her astute questions and charming...

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Dina Pugliese

Co-Host of Breakfast Television

Every weekday, hundreds of thousands of Canadians wake up to Dina Pugliese, the co-host of Breakfast Television, on Toronto’s number-one morning show. Loved by viewers for her charismatic personality, Dina has a unique ability to bring sparkle to e...

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Howard Putnam

Former CEO of Southwest Airlines

Workplace cultures that place “people” as their top priority have the greatest long-term impact and success, says Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines. Having led the airline through many turbulent times, Putnam piloted the company to ...

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Jim Ralph

Hockey & Humour

Jim Ralph is best known for his comical impersonations of famous Canadian sportscasters, including Foster Hewitt, Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Bob Cole, Brian Williams and―of course―Don Cherry. A former professional hockey player, today Jim covers...

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Tom Rand

Environmental Sustainability Expert | Venture Capitalist

Tom Rand’s ambition is to help bring clean technology to life. A global thought leader with a recognized record of extraordinary achievement in the promotion of a low carbon economy, Rand is a green entrepreneur, investor, advisor, and author. He c...

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Michelle Ray

Inspiring People and Organizations to Succeed and Take the Lead

According to a recent Gallop survey, only thirteen percent of employees are actively engaged and satisfied in their chosen vocation. High levels of disenchantment and frustration impact productivity and performance, as many seek a greater connection ...

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Lisa Ray

Host of Top Chef Canada | Award-winning Actress | Cancer Survivor

Lisa Ray is, in her own words, a “cancer graduate.” The host of Top Chef Canada and an internationally acclaimed actress, Lisa publicly shared her diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma with the world in 2009. Since then, she has overcome the disease and ...

Peter Ricchiuti

Wall Street Investment Visionary | Entertaining Finance Speaker

“If the majority of people were right, the majority of people would be rich!” So says Wall Street investment visionary Peter Ricchiuti, who teaches audiences why “follow the herd” mentality rarely delivers long-term success when it comes to t...

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Jeremy Rifkin

President of the Foundation on Economic Trends

A futurist of extraordinary vision, Jeremy Rifkin doesn’t just illuminate the complexities of global trends, he helps to mold them. An advisor to heads of state and government officials around the world, Rifkin speaks frequently to government, ...

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James Robbins

Leadership and Motivational Strategist

What is the number one reason why managers fail to increase productivity and get the best out of their staff? It’s because they neglect to keep their leadership priorities in front of them. In today’s work environment, it is easy to become task-f...

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Richard Robbins

Integrity-Powered Leadership and Sales Coach

The secret to becoming a truly effective leader and influencer of others lies in mastering control over one person first and foremost: yourself. Integrity powered leadership and sales coach Richard Robbins believes that successful leaders are those w...

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Sara Roberts

Future Proofing Your Organization

Sara Roberts is a leading authority and hands-on expert on innovation, purpose, and culture. In her insightful, provocative talks, she advises on how to actively leverage culture and purpose to build organizational agility, customer connection, emplo...

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David Rocco

Celebrity Chef | Hit Television Host | Bestselling Author

Celebrity chef David Rocco brings his passion for food and healthy cooking to millions of kitchens every day through his worldwide hit television programs David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway, and his newest program, David Rocco...

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Joannie Rochette

Six-time Canadian Figure Skating Champion | Olympic Medalist

At the 2010 Winter Olympics figure skater Joannie Rochette inspired a nation when she won the bronze medal, just days after tragically losing her mother. Following her performance, she was named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies, and ...

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Michele Romanow

"Dragon", CBC Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder, Snap By Groupon

Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The newest (and youngest ever) entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce pla...

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Darrin Rose

Comedian | Actor | Host

Darrin Rose is a comedic force to be reckoned with. A four-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee—including Best Male Stand-Up in 2011—and an acclaimed cast member of Mr. D on CBC, Darrin never ceases to delight audiences with his polished performanc...

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Carol Roth

Panel Moderator | Business Media Personality

An authoritative voice in business and news media and an on-air contributor for CNBC, Carol Roth is a highly sought after panel moderator and emcee who always ensures that “business is never boring”, making her a time and time again favourite wit...

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Jeff Rubin

Economist | Energy Expert | Bestselling Author

What do sub-prime mortgages, Atlantic-salmon dinners, SUVs, and globalization have in common? They all depend on cheap oil. Jeff Rubin, one of the world’s most prominent experts on the future of “black gold,” explains why the end of cheap suppl...

Elia Saikaly

Social Entrepreneur | Award-Winning Filmmaker | Global Adventurer

Elia Saikaly is an award-winning adventure filmmaker whose global adventures inspire others to find their most meaningful life and spark positive change. With over 16 high-altitude expeditions under his belt, Elia has proven time and time again that ...

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Jeff Salz

Anthropologist | Explorer | Media Personality

Acclaimed anthropologist, explorer, and media personality Jeff Salz inspires organizations to create a culture of vitality to become the best they’ve ever been. Drawing on more than 35 years of studying diverse cultures around the world, Jeff guide...

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Tim Sanders

Leadership and Social Media Expert

Leadership and Social Media Expert Tim Sanders was the chief solutions officer and leadership coach at Yahoo, and is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller Love Is The Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends...

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Dave Sanderson

Inspirational Survivor of the Miracle on the Hudson

On January 15, 2009, returning home from a routine business trip, Dave Sanderson survived “The Miracle on the Hudson.” When a bird strike hit US Airways Flight 1549, there was no choice for the crew but to ditch the plane into the Hudson ...

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Sébastien Sasseville

Inspirational Endurance Athlete

Sébastien Sasseville inspires organizations to create empowered cultures of excellence. An endurance athlete, Sasseville’s extraordinary accomplishments—which include summiting Mount Everest, completing the mythical Sahara race, and running acro...

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John Ralston Saul

Award-Winning Essayist and Novelist

Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine, John Ralston Saul is a leading thinker and visionary—known for his astute commentaries on wide-ranging topics, such as civilization, citizenship, human rights, globalization, economics, warfare, and societ...

Danièle Sauvageau

Former Canadian Olympic Hockey Coach

Danièle Sauvageau has done undercover narcotics work for the Montreal Urban Police, busted a squad car full of drug dealers, and even ordered a forced entry and rescue of a double agent whose life was in jeopardy. Hardly the resume you’d expect fo...

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Alyson Schafer

Acclaimed Parenting Expert

Alyson Schafer empowers families by sharing her principles, rules, and tools for raising happy and healthy kids. An internationally acclaimed parenting expert, therapist, and bestselling author, audiences can count on Alyson to transform their lives....

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