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Spotlight On: Back To Business: New Speakers, Industry Recap, Stock Your Shelves, & Tweet To Win!

Spotlight On: Back To Business: New Speakers, Industry Recap, Stock Your Shelves, & Tweet To Win!


Dr. Danielle Martin

Dr. Danielle Martin sees the cracks and challenges in our health care system every day. A family doctor and national media commentator on the health issues that hit closest to home for Canadians, Dr. Martin speaks with passion on our national health-care system, defending and defining the ways we can make it even more worthy of our immense national pride.

Jay Baer

The world’s most retweeted person among digital marketers is none other than Jay Baer. A renowned business strategist and the New York Times bestselling author of Hug Your Haters, Jay shows audiences how to use technology as an unfair marketing and customer service advantage, helping them gain more customers and keep those they’ve already earned.

Jamil Jivani

Jamil Jivani tackles some of the biggest challenges in the world as a lawyer, community organizer, and teacher. A visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, Jamil focuses on issues that impact youth, immigrants, and low-income families. He is also the founder of the Citizen Empowerment Project, a public education organization leading initiatives related to policing, racial profiling, democratic participation, voter turnout and economic development.

Graham Sherman

A self-professed “high level geek” who’s used his love of technology to help him master the craft of brewing artisan beer,  Graham Sherman launched the Tool Shed Brewery four years ago with his partner, and has never looked back. Speaking on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, Graham’s passion comes through in every talk.

Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey dedicated a whole year of his life to exploring his weird passion: productivity. Called “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” by TED Talks, Chris shares his research conducted over the past ten years, and the research of experts such as Charles Duhigg and David Allen, to explain what works and what doesn’t when it comes to accomplishing more.

Adam Nanjee

Adam Nanjee is building Canada to be the next global fintech leader. As head of the nation’s largest financial technology innovations vertical at MaRS Discovery District, Adam oversees a national network of several hundred startups, global financial institutions, and a global network of innovation hubs. Speaking on the future of financial technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, he brings his considerable expertise to all his talks, infusing them with the forward-looking approach he’s known for.



While September marks back to business for most, meetings and event organizers get a jump on the season with two high level industry event and we were delighted to be a big part of both!

Industry Events Update

At IncentiveWorks, Canada’s Meetings & Events Show, Distraction Expert Curt Steinhorst shared communication insights and strategies to help audience members rise above the noise of modern life, while Neil Pasricha, the bestselling author of The Happiness Equation, explained how to create personal happiness, and how a happy workforce drives engagement and high-performance results.

The Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) Summer Symposium immediately followed. Tech-titan and CBC “Dragon”, Michele Romanow peeled back the layers of entrepreneurial success to reveal that it’s rarely a straight line. The audience had a ton of questions, and hung on to every word of her thoughtful replies. The closing speaker, award-winning adventurer Bruce Kirkby, drew on his incredible travel experiences to encourage people to get out of their comfort zones, take calculated risks, and achieve breakthrough performance. Staying completely true to form, Bruce arrived at the FICP conference by paddle-board(!!), traveling solo all the way from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto, proving he not only “talks the talk” but…”paddles the paddle.” 😉


Books for Fall

Barbarian Lost by Alexandre Trudeau

Ever since he was a boy, documentary filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau has been fascinated by China. Barbarian Lost is an insightful account of the dynamic changes going on right now in China, as well as a look back into the deeper history of this highly codified society.

Counting Descent by Clint Smith

Acclaimed TED speaker Clint Smith’s debut poetry collection, Counting Descent, moves fluidly across personal and political histories, all the while reflecting on the social construction of our lived experiences and all that we seek to unlearn as we move forward.

Together is Better by Simon Sinek

In Together is Better, Simon Sinek, the bestselling author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last, blends the wisdom he has gathered from around the world with a heartwarming, richly illustrated original fable.

Everyone's An Artist by Ron Tite

With a rapidly changing digital economy, new and emerging technologies, increased clutter, and a drastically altered media landscape, successful companies are those that are original, creative, and innovative. Ron Tite‘s shows how–and why–the most successful executives and entrepreneurs think like artists in his new book Everyone’s An Artist.

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

Inspired by astronaut Chris Hadfield’s real-life childhood, and brought to life by evocative illustrations, Chris’s first children’s book The Darkest Dark encourages young readers to dream the impossible.


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