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Showcase 2019 Round-Up: Global Events, Wellness, Beer, and More!

We spent an engaging, informative, and inspiring morning with more than 400 of our clients at our annual event, Showcase 2019. One of our best yet, this year’s line-up featured six outstanding speakers — talking geopolitics, innovation, mental health, entrepreneurship, and more! — and was hosted by ET Canada’s Sangita Patel.

See what we learned at this year’s event by watching the videos below.

Janice Gross Stein | Founding Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T

Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, few people have a better understanding of global issues than Professor Janice Gross Stein. She is the Belzberg professor of conflict management in the department of political science and the founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

At this year’s Showcase, Professor Stein shared insight into the global events and players to watch in 2019, with China being the key influencer. As their strained relationship with the US continues to escalate, Canada is finding itself stuck in the middle.

Max Valiquette | Innovation, Transformation, and Marketing Expert

Named by Marketing magazine as one of Canada’s “most influential marketers”, Max Valiquette has worked with some of the world’s biggest companies to transform their organizations, businesses, and brands. Previously the founder of Youthography, the ground-breaking millennial marketing company, Max is currently the head of planning for Publicis Toronto, the lead office of Canada’s biggest ad agency.

Max unpacked innovation for us, sharing case studies of some of the biggest successes (Netflix) and failures (Blockbuster) while outlining the three rules to innovation: 1) Innovation is iteration; 2) Innovation is people; 3) Innovation is what you do today for a great tomorrow.

Mark Henick | Mental Health Advocate & Strategist | Top 50 TEDx Speaker

Having been a patient, a professional, a policy influencer, and a public figure in the mental health system, Mark Henick bring a diverse and unique perspective to every audience. With more than five million views, his TEDx talk, “Why We Choose Suicide,” is among the most watched in the world.

You could hear a pin drop while Mark shared his story of struggling with his mental health as a teenager, reminding us all of the power of personal connection.

Dr. Greg Wells | Health & Performance Expert | Physiologist

Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high-performance expert who draws parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help people perform at their highest levels, no matter the consequences.

He walked us through four simple yet effective steps to increasing general wellness and productivity — sleep soundly, eat smart, move more, and think clearly — and provided tips to improve and excel at each of them.

Graham Sherman | Co-Owner, Tool Shed Brewing Company

Graham Sherman is a self-professed “high level geek” who used his love of technology to master the craft of brewing artisan beer. Together with his business partner, Graham launched Tool Shed Brewery four years ago and now his beer is sold in more than 1,000 locations across Canada.

Graham brought his high energy to the stage as he recounted his bumpy entrepreneurial journey. What started out as an illegal business — oops! — has helped create what is now a budding, collaborative, and competitive Alberta craft beer industry.

Mark Tewksbury | Leader | Champion | Olympic Icon

Mark Tewksbury first came to prominence as an Olympic swimming gold medalist, but it’s his remarkable life post-Olympics that has truly defined him. The Toronto Star said, “Only the greatest fight for what they believe in, taking on people and institutions and closed minds because the battle is important. Few have done that more often, more successfully, and more importantly than Tewksbury.”

One of the country’s most sought-after speakers, Mark recounted his personal stories of leadership against the odds — from being one of the world’s first gay Olympians to publicly holding the International Olympic Committee to its own ideals — showing us that leadership and integrity matter.

Interested in learning more about our Showcase 2019 speakers and host? Email us at info@speakers.ca.

Kids Help Phone

Every year at our Showcase event, we partner with a charity organization that inspires us with their work at home and across the world. In 2019, we’re proud to partner with Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only 24/7 national support service offering professional counselling, information and referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in any moment of crisis or need.

Since 1989, they’ve provided kids, teens, and young adults with a critical lifeline of hope and support through their free, anonymous service, and are recognized as a Canadian and world leader.

This year, we matched the donations of our clients and are proud to have raised more than $6700 in support of Kids Help Phone! Together with our clients, we are helping this renowned organization to continue supporting more than 8 million youth in need across Canada.

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