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Spotlight On: New Speakers & Books, Stopping the Stigma & Best Blogs

Spotlight On: New Speakers & Books, Stopping the Stigma & Best Blogs

Who's New?

Iconic Canadian Rick Hansen is committed to encouraging everyone—at all levels of organizations—to become Difference Makers—people who are leaders by example, and those whose passion and courage ignite talent and action in others. Best known as the “Man in Motion”, for undertaking an epic two-year circumnavigation around the world in his wheelchair, Hansen is also the CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization committed to creating a world without barriers for people with disabilities.

Liane Davey creates powerful changes in top teams. A Ph.D. holder in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and the bestselling author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done, Davey’s expertise radically transforms teams into high-performing power players. Read her recent HBR column.

What does it take to build a brand like DAVIDsTEA? The café-retail giant’s co-founder David Segal takes audiences through his entrepreneurial journey of building one of Canada’s most recognized brands, delving into the importance of customer experience, growth at scale, managing the digital and retail waters, and more.


Let's Talk about Mental Health

On January 27, Six-Time Olympic Medalist Clara Hughes will again come forward to encourage Canadians to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Sharing her personal story of her struggle with depression, Clara shows others how we can overcome challenges to become the champions we’re meant to be. With Mental Health Week around the corner, from May 2-8, other mental health speakers that will be on the radar of Canadians include Clint Malarchuk, Margaret Trudeau, and Silken Laumann. See more Mental Health Speakers.


Best Blogs of 2015

From new “Dragons” who are changing the entrepreneurial landscape, to a moustached-astronaut who continues to inspire us to marvel at the universe, we’re not surprised that our five most-viewed blogs of 2015 span the spectrum of disruption, technology, leadership, finance, marketing and more (shown in alphabetical order):

Discussing The Trudeau Brand
An exchange between Journalist Bruce Sellery and Branding & Creativity Expert Ron Tite

Dragons Who Disrupt 
With clips featuring Harley FinkelsteinMichael Hyatt, Michele Rowmanow, and Nicole Verkindt

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?
Featuring opinions from celebrated author and  health science expert Timothy Caulfield

Stop Being a Digital Immigrant
Featuring Digital Marketing Expert Mitch Joel

Ten Questions for the Astronaut-Turned-Star
Interviewing Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield


Add to Your Bookshelf

How do elite athletes and business leaders climb to the top? Acclaimed performance coach Dr. Jason Selk (with Tom Bartow and Matthew Rudy) explains what it takes to reach the pinnacle of success in his new book, Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life.

How do you build a company that matters? Business Trends Expert Peter Sheahan (with Julie Williamson) shows how to identify the place where you can create the most value—your edge of disruption—where your existing profits, reach, and reputation enable you to create the markets of the future in MATTER: Move Beyond the Competition, Create More Value and Become the Obvious Choice.


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