Welcome to our first planning guide for 2024 where we explore key themes our clients plan for throughout the year and some of the exceptional keynote speakers we recommend.
Up first is January! Many of our clients host kick-off events at the beginning of the year and are looking for the perfect motivational speaker to ready their teams for the year ahead. Our collection of performance, leadership, sales, and teamwork experts do just the trick.
Secondly, mental health and wellness continues to top our list of most requested topics in January. Home to Bell Let’s Talk Day, our mental health speakers and wellness experts help individuals and organizations better support themselves and others at home and work, and cultivate resiliency, combat burnout, and build mentally healthy environment.
Meet our experts below and contact us today to book your January events.
Our sales, leadership, and performance experts know just how to fire-up your team for the new year!
Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan
Excellence: The Winners’ Traits
Having coached and trained some of the world’s top athletes, Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan has witnessed and cultivated the habits, behaviours, and environments needed for inspiring excellence, overcoming obstacles, and reaching peak performance.
She distills the universal traits shared by those at the top of their game and shows audiences how to replicate them within their careers, teams, and organizations.
Dr. Ivan Joseph
Success, Self-Confidence, and Performance
An award-winning coach and sports psychologist, Dr. Ivan Joseph has seen firsthand how success begins and ends with self-confidence. He shows audiences how to cultivate this within themselves and others to achieve goals they never thought possible.
His energizing and motivating presentations leave audiences with a renewed sense of self-confidence and belief in themselves, ready to overcome challenges and accelerate their performance!
Human-Centered Growth: Selling Value in the New Economy
A former Fortune 500 CRO, Ryan Estis helps sales teams thrive through ever-evolving customer expectations and behaviours. He explores how a value-based, deeply customized approach to sales helps ensure sustainable long-term growth amidst times of change.
Audiences leave acutely aware of how to humanize the sales process to build high trust/high value relationships that create partnerships for life.
Dr. Greg Wells
Powerhouse: Healthy High Performance in a World of Uncertainty and Burnout
Renowned health and high-performance expert Dr. Greg Wells prescribes audiences with a scientific but accessible path to healthy high performance.
Drawing from his latest book, Powerhouse: Protect Your Energy, Optimize Your Health, and Supercharge Your Performance, Greg outlines his four-step innovative framework that helps audiences learn how to elevate their energy, shift from tension to flow, and build performance capacity even in the face of challenge, uncertainty, and rapid change.
Relationships First: How to Use Authentic Connection to Grow Sales
Riaz’s captivating talk goes beyond sales tactics to explore his lifetime of work creating authentic connections, and shakes key principles to turn sales into an art and discipline of crafting real relationships and experiences — not just transactions.
Colonel Chris Hadfield
Preparing for the Unexpected: Performing Through Complexity and Change
Colonel Chris Hadfield is a heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot. He is also a uniquely experienced leader who has led high-performing teams through some of the most extreme circumstances, from the International Space Station to the Aquarius underwater laboratory.
His awe-inspiring and informative presentations outline best practices and tactics on leading high-performing teams through complexity and change, while also sharing the marvels and wonders of space travel.
Crack the Code: 3D Communication Strategies for Powerful Results
Pamela Barnum spent more than a decade in drug enforcement doing deep undercover work where her success was dependent on establishing trust with some of the most dangerous people imaginable. Then, as a federal prosecuting attorney, she perfected her proficiency as a trust and communications strategist in the courtroom.
Now, as a keynote speaker, Pamela shares real-world techniques and strategies to negotiate, influence, and build trust through intentional communication and nonverbal cues.
Leadership Passport: Attracting, Empowering, and Retaining a High-Performing Team
In his high-energy, motivating, and actionable talks, he shows audiences how to build work environments that enable individuals and teams to perform at their highest levels.
People leave feeling inspired to innovate, think creatively, and collaborate.
Bees and Eagles: Building and Leading High-Performing Teams
As an endurance athlete, Sébastien Sasseville has conquered some of the world’s toughest challenges, while holding diverse sales roles in several Fortune 500 companies. He draws on both experiences to show audiences how to unleash the power of teams for incredible results.
Sébastien immerses audiences in his extraordinary athletic accomplishments to inspire them to take action, set bigger goals, change their mindset, and believe they can succeed.
Mental Health and Wellness
Sharing their personal journeys and professional expertise, these mental health and wellness speakers’ inspiring and informative presentations change lives at home, work, and within the community.
Understanding Mental Health: The Good, the Bad, and the Funny
Striving to help end the stigma around mental health issues, beloved comedian Jessica Holmes openly shares her struggle with depression, weaving comedy, characters, and music together to bring understanding and hope to a serious subject.
Jessica’s story, which has a deeply happy ending, leaves audiences with a better understanding of mental illness and more empathy and understanding for those suffering with it.
Fire Up Your Mental Health!
Many people assume mental health is only a topic of interest for those struggling with mental illness. But your energy levels, mood, and ability to think clearly and pursue goals are all a reflection of your mental health.
Open Heart, Open Mind
After more than a decade in competitive sports, Olympian Clara Hughes realized that her physical extremes were masking a severe depression. She retired from sport determined to repair herself, and has since emerged as one of our most committed mental health advocates.
Clara’s revelatory and inspiring journey through physical and mental pain to a life where love and understanding can thrive, never fails to touch the hearts of every audience that hears it.
Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa
Currently a resident doctor in psychiatry, Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa dives deep into the mechanics of wellness and what it looks like on an organizational level. She answers the question of what it means to be well amongst a diverse group of people.
Chika brings audiences on a journey through the neurobiological factors of wellness, including the neuroscience behind burnout, to provide effective strategies for supporting mental health and wellness, on a personal and organizational level.
The Mentally Health Workplace
Mark Henick’s moving and informative talks are informed by his diverse and unique perspective as someone who has been a patient, professional, policy influencer, and public figure in the mental health system.
He draws upon years of personal and professional experience to help audiences better understand what works (and doesn’t) in supporting employee mental health and how to actually implement effective workplace mental health strategies.
Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe
Hope Forward: How to Unlock Being Well in Challenging Times
Drawing from her bestselling book, Stress Wisely, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe outlines her eight-dimensional framework for cultivating authentic wellness.
Sustainable, practical, time-efficient, and realistic, Robyne shares research-informed, tactical strategies to help audiences build a stress and recovery system fueled by self-stewardship and high performance — the key to living a full, healthy, and whole life, even in inherently tough circumstances.