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Spotlight On: March 2015

Spotlight On: The Showcase Recap, 6 New Speakers, 2 Upcoming Books & 1 New Video

2015 Showcase Recap

Speakers’ Spotlight’s 19th Annual Showcase was held earlier this month in Toronto, and featured six of our outstanding speakers and one fantastic emcee! This year, the event supported Jacob’s Ladder: The Canadian Foundation for the Control of Neurodegenerative Disease. Take a peek at video clips that capture some of the entertainment, insight, and inspiration that our speakers brought to the stage, and read on for more about the event:

Showcase Speakers

Emcee Naomi Snieckus, a star of television’s Mr. D, and one-half of the amazing comedy duo The National Theatre of the World, kept the show moving with the poise and energy she’s known for. “Dragon” David Chilton entertained with his behind-the-scenes insights from Dragons’ Den, and award-winning physician Dr. Shimi Kang explained why adaptation is so important. Tangerine CEO Peter Aceto shared why “weology” is at the core of his workplace culture, and experience-centered solutions specialist Dennis Moseley-Williams was as hilarious as he was informative. Performance coach to Olympians and leaders alike, Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry dove into ideas from his new book, Performing Under Pressure, and former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk closed the show to a rousing standing ovation, after sharing his heart-wrenching life story in his quest to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

6 New Speakers

Linden MacIntyre, Janice Gross Stein and Joseph Michelli

Bringing provocative points and impeccable analysis to every stage he graces, Linden MacIntyre draws on his twenty-plus years of investigative journalism experience with the fifth estate whenever he discusses topics ranging from mass media and democracy to justice and public policy.

Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, few people have a better understanding of global issues than Professor Janice Gross Stein. Her dynamic presentations provide a unique perspective into what’s really happening around the world—from China to Russia to the Middle East and Europe—and what it means to her audiences.

Boasting globally celebrated clients like Starbucks, Zappos, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Joseph Michelli is a renowned organizational consultant and customer service expert who delivers his message on the importance of extraordinary workplace culture and customer gratification with the expertise of someone who “lives” the leadership and client experience.

David McWilliams, Carol Roth and Sébastien Sasseville

David McWilliams is not just one of Ireland’s leading economic commentators—he’s also ranked the nation’s most influential Twitter user! With his unique knack of making economics both understandable and fun whenever he takes to the stage, McWilliams speaks on trends in growth, currencies, and financial markets.

An authoritative voice in business and news media, and an on-air contributor for CNBC, Carol Roth leverages her experience as a “recovering” investment banker, investor, and entrepreneur when examining the headlines surrounding the economy, politics, and current events.

Sébastien Sasseville inspires organizations to create empowered cultures of excellence by drawing on lessons he’s learned from his extraordinary accomplishments—like summiting Mount Everest and running across Canada—all while living with Type 1 Diabetes.

2 New Books

Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything
Juno award-winning musician David Usher is a creative tour de force. As the front man of the acclaimed rock band Moist, David has sold more than 1.4 million albums and performed at sold-out venues around the world. Based on his wildly popular speaking engagements, his just released-book,Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything, is an essential guide to help people to nurture imagination in a tangible and productive way.

The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet
In her new book, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier tells her story of resilience, commitment, and survival from her vantage point as an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, became one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world.

1 New Video

Clint Smith’s TED Talk, a presentation of his spoken word poem, The Danger of Silence, has been viewed more than two million times and was named one of the Top 20 TED Talks of 2014. Using stories of justice, community, and education, he shows us how we can all find the courage to create change, overcome challenges, and unite ourselves through the power of the collective voice.