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Spotlight On: Showcase 2017

Spotlight On: Showcase 2017

More than 400 top meeting and event organizers turned out for our 21st Annual Showcase, held February 28th in Toronto. The event was emceed by the always charming, engaging, and hilarious host of The Goods, Jessi Cruickshank, and taking to the stage this year were acclaimed business visionary Dr. John Izzo; crisis management strategist Melissa Agnes; bestselling author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?, Timothy Caulfield; productivity and performance expert Chris Bailey; the co-founder of the hugely popular brand, DAVIDs Tea, David Segal; and Canadian icon and mental health advocate, Margaret Trudeau.

Check out video from the event below, and learn about Pathways to Education, the charitable organization our Showcase helped to support this year.

Jessi Cruickshank

Called “the funniest woman on TV today, period”, by The Province, Jessi Cruickshank is the host of CBC TV’s Canada’s Smartest Person, and the co-host of the network’s new daytime talk show, The Goods, where her self-deprecating humour, irreverent interview style, and eclectic flair for fashion has quickly made her a fan favouriteJessi kept our Showcase audience laughing and engaged from the moment she walked  on stage, sharing hilarious stories like the time she interviewed Jennifer Lopez, to teaching our guests how to take a proper selfie.


Dr. John Izzo

Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up. For over 20 years, he has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee-engagement strategies and brand transformations. A pioneer in employee engagement, Dr. Izzo explained how connecting employees and customers with purpose can revolutionize your organization and deliver a competitive advantage like none other.


Melissa Agnes

Melissa Agnes helps organizations see crisis before it hits, and helps to manage it when it does. She provides the tools and strategies to create a proactive, crisis-ready corporate culture, ready to respond to whatever may arise. Melissa took the audience through examples of real-life organizational crisis and provided actionable takeaways that help people and organizations become ready for any storm that may come their way.


Timothy Caulfield

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Dr. Timothy Caulfield says yes. A Professor of Health Law and Science Policy at the University of Alberta, Dr. Caulfield works to debunk the popular myths often perpetuated by celebrity culture surrounding nutrition and fitness using scientific evidence. His talk kept our audience laughing, while providing them with the facts they need to steer clear of bad advice and embrace lifestyle tips to optimize their wellbeing at work and at home.


Chris Bailey

Called “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” by TED Talks, a “productivity mastermind” by Fast Company, Chris Bailey shares productivity research conducted over the past ten years to explain what works and what doesn’t when it comes to accomplishing more. Chris delved into his year-long personal productivity experiment and explained what works best when it comes to getting the most out of every hour, every day.


David Segal

Best known for bringing radical innovation to a 5,000 year product, David Segal is one-half of the genius behind DAVIDsTEA, the company he co-founded in 2008. A celebrated entrepreneur and retail thought-leader, David explained the pitfalls that can hold a company back, and how our audience members could ensure theirs didn’t get stuck in “business purgatory”.


Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. Sharing her life’s ups and downs with the audience — including her passionate and turbulent marriage to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the loss of her son, Michael — Margaret explained how the grip of bi-polar disorder has affected her life, and what others can do to help end the stigma around mental health challenges.


Pathways to Education

For over two decades, Speakers’ Spotlight Showcases have made an impact on those in need. Once again, our audience came together to help Pathways to Education, a national, charitable organization working to make Canada a “Graduation Nation.”

Partnering with dedicated organizations in low-income communities, Pathways helps youth to graduate from high school and achieve their full potential. Founded in 2001, their award-winning combination of financial, social, and individual support continues to successfully break the cycle of poverty through the power of education.


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