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Trending Speakers in 2019

Spotlight On: What’s Trending in 2019

Last year, everyone wanted to talk disruption and mental health — so, what will 2019 bring? We’ve got the answers! Based on our 2019 bookings, here are the topics and speakers already trending up this year.

Current Events featuring Preet Banerjee, Janice Gross Stein, and Geoff Colvin

The end of 2018 saw the US stock market plummet, the US government shut down, and increasing strain on international trade relations. What does this mean for Canada? In uncertain times, we turn to the experts who can make sense of today’s biggest headlines and how they affect you.

Preet Banerjee | Behavioural Finance Expert
As a behavioural finance expert Preet Banerjee takes the complexity out of today’s current economic landscape to show how it may impact your day to day finances and investments, always inspiring his audiences to become financially empowered.

Janice Gross Stein | Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, Professor Janice Gross Stein not only connects the dots between current global events but also provides a look at where things are headed. Both realistic and hopeful, she leaves her audiences with a better understanding of current global issues, and a clear, compelling vision of the future.

Geoff Colvin | Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine
Millions of eyes and ears count on and respect Geoff Colvin’s insights into the key issues driving change today. Drawing on his years of insider access to top government figures and high profile executives, he provides an unparalleled perspective on the business climate of today… and tomorrow.

Purposeful leadership with Afdhel Aziz, Jacqueline Carter, Dr. John Izzo, and Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

A great leader in today’s workplace is more than someone who just steers the ship — they must also lead with purpose and inspire their team to do the same. Our experts help navigate this new reality and share strategies to inspire greatness both in leaders and their organizations.

Afdhel Aziz | Social Entrepreneur | Expert on Brand Purpose & Marketing
After a 20-year career as a visionary marketer, Afdhel Aziz is now the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer at Conspiracy of Love, a think tank and idea incubator that helps Fortune 500 companies such as Adidas, Facebook, Bacardi, and Mars use culture and technology as a force for good.

Jacqueline Carter | Leadership and Mindfulness Expert
Jacqueline Carter
draws on her extensive research and assessment of more than 35,000 c-level executives from her bestselling book The Mind of the Leader, to show how leading with three core values of mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion can strengthen a team and improve an organization’s bottom line.

Dr. John Izzo | Bestselling Author | Business Visionary
Dr. John Izzo
‘s pioneering research into employee engagement has helped thousands of leaders worldwide shift their mindset to maximize their potential. He is known for his hard hitting practical content, his inspirational storytelling, and the lasting impact he has on organizations.

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry | Leadership and Performance Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author
Leadership and performance expert Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry shows audiences how to leverage the science of emotional intelligence to build a culture of exceptional leadership while also better managing pressure and disruption.

Health and wellness featuring Dr. Lisa Belanger, Dr. Greg Wells, and Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

An organization’s greatest asset is its people. In 2019, health and wellness will continue to be a priority, with mindfulness, resiliency, and stress management remaining key factors for a happy and productive workforce.

Dr. Lisa Bélanger | Behavioural Change Expert | Researcher
Award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger shows leaders and teams how insights from behavioural science research can be applied in the workplace to optimize the performance, productivity, and innovation of leaders and teams.

Dr. Greg Wells | Health and Performance Expert | Physiologist | Bestselling Author
Dr. Greg Wells draws parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at their highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances.

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe | Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness
Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe
is a multi-award-winning psychology Instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. She provides practical strategies grounded in global research to help foster resiliency within ourselves and others.

Diversity and inclusion featuring Maydianne Andrade, Risha Grant, and Hadiya Roderique

Following a year defined by movements such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NoBanNoWall, the status quo will continue to be challenged in 2019. Our top diversity and inclusion experts show how diversity is a strength, and provide strategies to breakdown barriers and foster more positive and fair workplaces.

Maydianne Andrade | Expert on Creating Equitable Workplaces
The Vice-Dean of Faculty Affairs & Equity at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Professor Maydianne Andrade shows the strength diversity brings to an organization. She speaks to the harm that unconscious biases has, and provides techniques and solutions to resolve and mitigate those negative effects to create more positive and equitable workplaces.

Risha Grant | Diversity Done Differently
Risha Grant
is diversity personified. The founder and CEO of an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, Risha’s mission is to show how diversity communication strategies, tactics, and training can create an inclusive culture and, as a result, increase your bottom line.

Hadiya Roderique | Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer
Hadiya Roderique
delivered a wake-up call to corporate Canada in her Globe and Mail feature essay, “Black on Bay Street.” In her thought-provoking talks, she discusses barriers and challenges to diversity and inclusion, and counters those common arguments to show the power behind a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Innovation and disruption with Andrew Au, Leonard Brody, Shawn Kanungo, and Michele Romanow

In our fast-paced world, it’s change or be changed. Living at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology, our expert speakers know how to spark innovation. They help their audiences not only embrace disruptive forces, but use them to excel.

Andrew Au | Digital Transformation, AI and Modern Leadership Expert
When companies like Microsoft, FedEx, and 3M want to accelerate their digital transformation journey, they call Andrew AuHe brings substance and style to navigating disruption and future-proofing organizations, powered by big data and transformative ideas.

Leonard Brody | Business and Technology Visionary
Leonard Brody
is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author, and a two-time Emmy-nominated media visionary. He helps organizations address the rapid pace of change, innovation, and disruption facing us all, and what to do about it.

Shawn Kanungo | Strategy in a World of Disruption
Shawn Kanungo
has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years of working at Deloitte. Now, as an innovation strategist, he shows organizations how to disrupt before they are disrupted.

Michele Romanow | “Dragon”, CBC’s Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder & President, Clearbanc
Tech Titan Michele Romanow has driven new digital solutions to many of the world’s leading brands, and has advised Fortune 100s and governments on innovation, AI, blockchain, and the new economy. Having started five companies before her 33rd birthday, she brings her incredible entrepreneurial savvyness to every stage.

Marketing and branding featuring Bobby Jones, Ron Tite, Denise Lee Yohn, and Max Valiquette

In 2019, brands who are authentic and embrace creativity will be rewarded. Our leading marketing and branding authorities hail from the trenches of advertising, brand management, and content creation to help organizations stand out in today’s crowded marketplace.

Bobby Jones | Marketing for Social Change
Bobby Jones
is an expert on engaging people for social change, specializing in teen and millennial audiences. As the co-author of Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give Damn, he provides a bold manifesto and how-to guide to help marketers grow their business and brand while giving them a renewed sense of purpose as powerful forces for good.

Ron Tite | Marketing, Branding, and Creativity Expert
Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, Ron Tite has been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands, helping them to innovate to stay relevant in the new economy.

Denise Lee Yohn | Brand-Building Expert | Author of What Great Brands Do
With more than 25 years of experience, Denise Lee Yohn is a leading authority on building and positioning exceptional brands. She challenges her audiences to think differently about brand building, inspiring her audiences with provocative insights, powerful case studies, and practical tools.

Max Valiquette | Innovation, Transformation and Marketing Expert
For more than 20 years, Max Valiquette has been T the forefront of what’s now, what’s new, and what’s next. Named by Marketing Magazine, as one of Canada’s “most influential marketers,” Max’s customized presentations provides insights and actionable recommendations tailored for your audience.