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Spotlight On: Key Event Themes in April, May, and June

Spotlight On: Key Event Themes in April, May, and June

Mental Health Week, Pride Month, National Indigenous People’s Day — we’ve got your planning guide to key event themes coming up in April, May, and June.

April: Environment and Sustainability

Climate change and sustainability are some of the most important issues facing individuals and businesses today. With Earth Day taking place on April 22, discover how our expert speakers leave audiences equipped with tangible solutions to build a sustainable economy and future for all.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

With a focus on solutions, Sheila Watt-Cloutier highlights the realities the Inuit face in a melting Arctic to show how today’s most pressing issues are interconnected and what that means for our future.

Bob McDonald

Renowned science journalist Bob McDonald draws on his bestselling book, The Future is Now, to provide a roadmap to a greener future, exploring how new technologies can counter climate change.

Catherine McKenna

Specializing in ESGs, the Honourable Catherine McKenna shows audiences how we can work together to reach net-zero and ensure a sustainable planet for future generations.

Meet more of our environment and climate change experts in our April Planning Guide.

May: Mental Health and Asian Heritage

May is Asian Heritage Month and home to CMHA Mental Health Week (May 6-10). As you begin planning your May events, we’ve created two guides highlighting some of our most requested speakers within these themes.

CMHA Mental Health Week

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.

Clint Malarchuk

Clint Malarchuk, the famed former NHL goaltender, shares his extraordinary and heart wrenching life story in his relentless effort to help end the stigma of mental illness.

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe shares accessible and practical strategies to help audiences foster resiliency and wellness within themselves and others.

Meet more of our mental health speakers in our Mental Health Week Planning Guide.

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

Julie Kim

Julie Kim shares stories from her journey to becoming one of Canada’s top stand-up comedians and the first internationally touring Asian female comedian in the country.

Naheed Nenshi

Naheed Nenshi went from being a poor first-generation kid to being named a World Mayor. He shares his extraordinary story to show how we can help future generations achieve success.

Pooja Handa

The co-host of CHFI’s The Pooja and Gurdeep Show, Pooja Handa shares her journey to success and how she navigated a heavily scrutinized industry as a woman of colour and of South Asian descent.

Discover more in our Asian Heritage Month Planning Guide.

June: Celebrating Pride and Indigenous History

June is synonymous with Pride Month and is also National Indigenous History Month with National Indigenous People’s Day taking place on June 21. Meet some of our most requested speakers in the month of June and ahead of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in September.

Celebrate Pride Month

Michael Bach

Michael Bach draws from his bestselling book Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion at Work to provide an engaging look at allyship and how be an active ally.


Olympian Quinn explores their soccer career as a transgender athlete and the power of allyship and inclusive spaces in helping members of the LGBTQ2+ community achieve success.

Shane Feldman

As a member of the LGBTQ2+ community, Shane Feldman understands firsthand the importance of building inclusive spaces. He shows audiences how to cultivate community-centred workplaces.

Discover more in our Pride Month Planning Guide.

Celebrate National Indigenous History Month

Perry Bellegarde

How do we turn our shared aspiration for reconciliation into meaningful action? Chief Perry Bellegarde provides audiences with a roadmap to answering this vital question.

The driving force behind the Indigenous Health Alliance, one of the most ambitious health initiatives in Canadian history, Dr. Alika Lafontaine shares lessons learned from driving transformational change.

Susan Aglukark

Award-winning Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada.

Discover more in our National Indigenous History Month Planning Guide.

Contact us to learn more about our incredible roster of keynote speakers and to book your upcoming event today!

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