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Spotlight On: June 2019

Spotlight On: New Speakers, National Indigenous History Month, The Reality Bubble, and more!

Who's New?

An award-winning musician, Serena Ryder’s raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances, have made her a favourite amongst fans, peers, and critics alike. She is also a well-known mental health advocate who was the face of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign for several years.

After a biking accident, Robin Esrock quit his job to set-off on a one-year, solo, backpacking adventure to 24 countries, pioneering a new era of travel journalism. Now, the renowned global adventurer shares lessons from the road on breaking boundaries, risk management, good storytelling, and more.

Chris Koch doesn’t let limitations or obstacles stand in his way. Born without arms and legs, neither he nor his family treated his disability like a tragedy, and instead used it to fuel his dreams. Through his inspirational story, Koch motivates audiences to continually challenge themselves and build the life they dream of.

Summer Reading: The Reality Bubble by Ziya Tong

From one of the world’s most engaging science journalists, The Reality Bubble is a ground-breaking and wonder-filled exploration of the hidden things that shape our lives in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways.

Ziya Tong, former award-winning host of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, takes readers on a journey through ten of humanity’s biggest blindspots, and shows how science, and the curiosity that drives it, can help civilization flourish by opening our eyes to the world around us.

Honouring National Indigenous History Month

This June marks the 10th anniversary of National Indigenous History Month, a month dedicated to honouring the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We’re celebrating some of our incredible speakers whose powerful keynotes help spread Indigenous stories and history across Canada and the world.

Award-winning journalist Tanya Talaga was the first Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, where she explored the legacy of colonization and shared her hope for a more inclusive future.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier is a Canadian Inuit activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her advocacy work on the impact of global climate change on human rights, especially in the Arctic.

Mike Downie is the award-winning documentary filmmaker behind Secret Path the story of Chanie Wenjack, an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his residential school.

Inside Our Boardroom: Resiliency Expert Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

A new speaker on our roster in 2019, we welcomed Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe to our office. An expert on resiliency and workplace wellness, she outlined the five core components of resiliency — having a sense of belonging, perspective, acceptance, hopefulness, and humour. Watch the video to learn more.

In the Spotlight: Shane Feldman’s 60-Minute Keynote in 60 Seconds

Many companies today struggle to engage and retain both top-tier talent and customers. This is where Shane Feldman thrives. With experience working with leading global companies, such as Google, Microsoft, and The Walt Disney Company, he helps audiences leverage community to their competitive advantage.