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In The Spotlight: 3 New Speakers, 3 New Books, 6 Speakers on Mental Health and 1 Man Who Fought for Justice

In The Spotlight: 3 New Speakers, 3 New Books, 6 Speakers on Mental Health and 1 Man Who Fought for Justice


An invigorating new voice in business television, BNN’s Catherine Murray puts a spotlight on the stocks and stories that dominate the world of finance, interpreting the day’s news with her acute understanding of the inner-workings of the global economy. As co-host of Market Sense, anchor of The Business News, and Former VP at Deutsche Bank, her customized talks gives audiences concrete takeaways to improve their bottom line, anticipate what’s next, and stay ahead of the competition.

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, and create a self-sustaining culture that can withstand even the most volatile conditions. His approach redefines unpredictability as opportunity, diversity as profit, and execution as strategy.

Ron Kaufman helps companies build a culture of uplifting service that delivers real business results.Making transformation his mission, Kaufman is one of the world’s most sought-after thought leaders and experts on achieving superior service. With several multi-national clients including Singapore Airlines, Xerox, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Wipro, he delivers powerful insights and global best practices, enabling organizations to gain a sustainable advantage through service.



In Waking The Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, engineer, and philosopher, Tom Rand explains why climate disruption might just be our very own pot of hot water. He looks to our motivations, institutional lethargy, and deeply buried assumptions about market economics to explain our stasis in the face of one of the most fundamental problems of our time.

Ezra Levant’s new book, Groundswell: The Case for Fracking, provides what he calls a desperately needed perspective on a subject of growing global importance. OPEC, environmentalists, and communities throughout North America are fighting hard to stop fracking. Levant debunks their motivations and arguments, countering that fracking’s benefits outweigh its costs, even environmentally.

Alice Cooper calls him “a veteran.”  Gene Simmons says, “Steve Jones knows a thing or two. Listen and take notes.” Steve Jones is a music industry insider who takes readers on a trip through rock history to reveal often-overlooked lessons on personal branding. Start You Up is a musical journey into personal development and career growth.



CMHA’s Mental Health Week is an annual national event, taking place this month to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect, and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health. We work with a variety of speakers in the mental health field, either having their own powerful stories of courage, strength, and resilience to share, or those able to provide the tools necessary to overcome the obstacles associated with mental health issues. These include long-time mental health advocate and bestselling author Margaret Trudeau, six-time Olympic medalist and Sochi Olympic Games analyst Clara Hughes, Olympic hero and author Silken Laumann, Media Innovator in Residence at Ryerson University Seamus O’Regan, award-winning Harvard-trained physician and author of The Dolphin Way Dr. Shimi Kang, and former Attorney General and bestselling author of 28 Seconds, Michael Bryant.



On April 20th, the world lost an amazing man. Many knew Rubin “Hurricane” Carter as the former professional boxer who was wrongfully convicted for triple murder, narrowly escaping the electric chair. He was immortalized by Bob Dylan in song, and later in the movie Hurricane (starring Denzel Washington). For us, Rubin Carter was so much more than just a name in a headline. We worked with Rubin for almost 20 years, basically since we started Speakers’ Spotlight. He taught us about strength, persistence, and courage, and showed us what it means to fight for what you believe in. Read more.