Showcase 2016 Recap: Six Incredible Speakers and Two Fabulous Emcees
300+ top meeting and event organizers braved a winter storm and were rewarded by six amazing speakers (and two fabulous hosts) at our 20th Annual Showcase, held March 2nd in Toronto. Taking to the stage were nationally-renowned political journalist Andrew Coyne; Michele Romanow of Dragons’ Den fame; acclaimed performance coach Dr. Jason Selk; group dynamics expert Liane Davey; Next Gen Den “Dragon” Michael Hyatt; and two-time Olympian Heather Moyse. The morning was skillfully emceed by celebrated comedians James Cunningham and Jessica Holmes, who kept the morning moving and the audience charmed throughout. Check out video excerpts of our favourite moments and learn more about this year’s charity below:
Andrew Coyne delivers insightful, provocative commentary on political and economic issues to audiences across the country. The former national editor of Maclean’s, and currently a nationally syndicated columnist with Postmedia, Andrew recapped the 2015 Canadian federal election, noting that it wasn’t so much a race of parties as it was of leaders and leadership, and delved into the current political battle waging south of our border.
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 platforms Buytopia.ca and Snap By Groupon, which have saved millions of users hundreds of millions of dollars. Michele examined the shift in how people want to work and how tapping into their entrepreneurial spirit can unleash unprecedented power within your organization or team.
While the Director of Mental Training for the St Louis Cardinals, Dr. Jason Selk helped end a 20-year drought when the team won the World Series in 2006, and then took their second World Championship with a six-year span. Considered to be one of the world’s premier performance coaches, Dr. Selk shared the tools and stories of high performance that work not only for pro-ball players, but for everyone.
Liane Davey creates powerful changes in top teams. The bestselling author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done, Liane’s mission is to radically transform the way people communicate, connect, and contribute, so they can achieve amazing things together. On the Showcase stage, Liane dismantled the idea that effective teamwork necessarily involves “playing nice”, and instead encouraged constructive conflict.
Michael Hyatt became a self-made millionaire when he was just 25 years old by building two highly successful tech firms valued in the hundreds of millions. Today, he ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, is a celebrated “Dragon” on CBC’s new online sensation Next Gen Den, and is a weekly Business Commentator on CBC News Network. Michael drew on his life story to explain how he came to understand the fundamentals of success, and showed the audience the importance of understanding future trends and technology in order to embrace change and stay ahead.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-sport athlete Heather Moyse is an ambassador, a role model, and above all, a champion. Representing Canada’s national teams in bobsleigh, rugby, and cycling, some have suggested that Heather is Canada’s best all-round female athlete, ever. On-stage, Heather brought to life her personal motto, “believe in the possibilities” as she inspired the audience to go after their dreams, no matter what the obstacles in their way.
James Cunningham has proven, time and again, that he’s among the most skilled corporate emcees and comedians in the world, and did so yet again at our Showcase 2016. Spanning material from his own “Canadian celebrity” status to his hilarious millennial material, James had the audience rolling in the aisles as usual.
Jessica Holmes, a favourite on CBC TV’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. At Showcase 2016, Jessica demonstrated her knack for skewering celebrities like Nicki Minaj, Liza Minnelli, and Celine Dion.
This year, all proceeds went to the Regent Park School of Music, a non-profit Toronto-community music school whose goal is to provide cost-free or subsidized music education to as many youth as possible. Learn more about the RPSM and our other charitable causes here.
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