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In the News: Talking Federal Budget, Canada’s Economic Future, and Cannabis Tourism

In the News: Talking Federal Budget, Canada’s Economic Future, and Cannabis Tourism

We have an impressive roster of speakers who are often asked to contribute articles or commentary in their fields of expertise. Here’s a round-up of some select media coverage in March 2019 where our speakers have been featured:

Andrew Au | Digital Transformation, AI and Modern Leadership Expert

Andrew Au joined Global News to walk through what tech- and AI-related buzzwords really mean and how this new technology will impact jobs in the future.

Andrew also wrote an article for Forbes on “The Marriage You Can’t Afford to Break: Sales And Marketing”.

Roberta Bondar | Astronaut | Physician | Scientist | Photographer

Saskatoon StarPhoenix covered Roberta Bondar’s talk at the University of Saskatchewan, where she spoke as part of their Women in Science lecture series.

Timothy Caulfield | Professor of Health Law and Science Policy | Author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

Canadian Lawyer wrote a great profile of Professor Timothy Caulfield, speaking to him about his work debunking pseudo-science and his Netflix show A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.

Timothy has also been in the news speaking out against anti-vaxxers:

  • “Three senior members of the council that regulates Ontario chiropractors have made anti-vaccination statements” via National Post
  • “Calgary infectious disease doctor says referrals to specialty clinic increasing” via CBC News
  • “Stronger action urged against homeopathic products touted as alternatives to vaccines” via CBC News

David Coletto | Marketing Research Leader | Expert on Millennials

A keynote for Ontario’s Southwestern Tourism Conference, David Coletto spoke on the impact legalized cannabis will have on the tourism industry. CBC News covered the event. Read their report.

From David: “Canada has a unique opportunity to invite the world to see how cannabis is made. It’s very different than how many people think it’s made. When you go to Dublin, you go to the Guinness Brewery. Why not go to a cannabis company when you come to this region?”

David also spoke with CityNews’ News 1130 on the recent Abacus Data poll of Canadians asking them which party they intend to vote for in the upcoming federal election, post SNC-Lavalin.

Andrew Coyne | Nationally Syndicated Political Journalist

Andrew Coyne is known for providing insightful and provocative commentary on political and economic issues to Canadians across the country. This month, he wrote an opinion piece on the recently released federal budget, calling it a “testament to the pleasures of endless growth.” Read it via the Calgary Herald.

Jessi Cruickshank | Television Personality

HELLO! Canada got an exclusive interview with Jessi Cruickshank about her digital series New Mom, Who Dis?, which premiered on Facebook Watch this month. From the article:

“After I had my twins I thought I would never work in entertainment again,” Jessi tells HELLO! Canada in an exclusive interview about the show. “I could barely shower, let alone make a TV show. One day, I was rushing out the door to meet with a big production company in LA about creating a new comedy series  — my babies were screaming, I was pumping breast milk while trying to draw on my eyebrows and I thought — ‘This is funny.’ So I pitched them a comedy series about my new life as a mom.”

Gerry Dee | Award-Winning Comedian | Star of CBC TV’s Mr. D

Gerry Dee is touring his stand-up comedy show across Canada. Prior to his stop in Saskatoon, he spoke with Saskatoon StarPhoenix about Canadian music and TV, hockey, and more.

Arlene Dickenson | “Dragon” on Dragons’ Den | CEO of Venture Communications

Arlene Dickenson wrote a column for the Globe and Mail on why “you shouldn’t need to be a man to get venture capital funding in Canada”.

Ron James | Critically Acclaimed Comedian

Ron James has been selling out theatres for more than 20 years and is now back on tour traveling across Canada. He talks about his new comedy show via Regina Leader-Post and Barrie Today.

From Regina Leader-Post:

“It’s two hours of laughs,” James says. “There’s so much to talk about and so much to go on about. I’m covering everything – this rapidly changing planet and how we’re all trying to find balance on it amidst the entire political sh*t show in Ottawa.”

Sarah Kay | Spoken-Word Poet

The New Yorker profiled Sarah Kay and her spoken-word partner Phil Kaye at one of their recent, sold-out shows. The duo spend most of the year on tour, teaching poetry workshops, and performing.

Craig Kielburger Activist | Co-Founder of the WE Organization, WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise, WE Day

CNN interviewed Craig Kielburger as part of The CNN Freedom Project and in celebration of #MyFreedomDay. They spoke about how Craig first learned about forced child labor when he was 12, and how he began his own charity through his determination to make a difference.

Dan Pontefract | Leadership and Work Culture Expert

Dan Pontefract reviewed Liane Davey’s new book The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track for Forbes.

Alyson Schafer | Acclaimed Parenting Expert

Alyson Schafer spoke to Global News on how to teach financial literacy to your children.

Ziya Tong | Author of The Reality Bubble and Award-Winning Broadcaster

Ziya Tong recently participated in Canada Reads 2019, CBC’s annual “battle of the books”, and won for her defense of By Chance Alone by Max Eisen. She was joined by four other celebrity judges who each championed one book they think all of Canada should read. Prior to the debate, which took place March 25-28, Ziya spoke with CBC on why she sees books as manuals to expand minds and boost critical thinking skills.

Alexandre Trudeau | Documentary Filmmaker | Journalist

Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau launched his new show film “Wiisgaapte” (Bitter Smoke), which focuses on the preservation of Indigenous language, at Trent University. Learn more via The Peterborough Examiner.

Nicole Verkindt | Tech Entrepreneur | Founder, OMX

Nicole Verkindt co-wrote an article for the Globe and Mail on how business leaders can raise their game to improve Canada’s economic future.

Hayley Wickenheiser | Canadian Women’s Hockey Team | Olympic Gold Medalist

Special to the Toronto Star as part of their “Women In Sport” project, Hayley Wickenheiser writes how she longs for the day we’ll stop including gender as a qualifier in sport.


Melissa Agnes | Crisis Management Strategist and Neen James | Sales, Leadership, and Productivity Expert

Melissa Agnes hosted Neen James on her podcast “Invincible Brand”. Neen shared techniques to help people be mindful and intentional about where they dedicate their attention in a way that helps prioritize the things that matter most to their business, team, stakeholders, and career.

Mark Bowden | Expert in Body Language, Human Behavior, and Communication

Mark Bowden was featured in “The Business Leadership Podcast” to delve into the importance of body language and non-verbal communication.