About Us

Why

We come to work every day inspired to change the world by helping our clients put the right speaker in front of the right audience at the right time.
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Why

Speakers’ Spotlight was started on the belief that a speech can change the world. Today, not only do we still believe this, we believe it is the only reason to give a speech.

Whether it’s at work, at home, or in the community, a great speaker can provide the impetus for action and be the catalyst for change.

How

We hold ourselves accountable to these core values and beliefs, which guide everything we do.
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How

We are a company made up of passionate and compassionate people.
We value relationships more than transactions.
We respect intelligence, not arrogance.
We do everything with the long term—not the short term—in mind.
We take what we do seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

The ability to connect talent with organizations is both an art and a science. It is part knowledge, part intuition. It requires more than just information­—it requires experience, perspective, and wisdom.

Each year, Speakers’ Spotlight is approached by over 1,000 speakers seeking representation. Less than one percent of these end up on our roster. Needless to say, we’re very selective. We have to be—we’re the guardians of our clients’ good taste.

When organizing a conference, meeting, or special event, it is critical that the speakers you put in front of your audience exemplify the values of your organization, are relevant and timely, are in line with your objectives, and—of course—fit within your budget.

Today, anyone can go to the internet and find hundreds, if not thousands, of speakers on any given topic. The questions are, how do you know if they are any good? And perhaps more importantly, how do you know if they are right for your event?

By listening intelligently to your needs and objectives, and matching those with our collective knowledge and experience, we can recommend the perfect solutions to help you achieve your event and organizational goals.

What

We've earned our reputation for providing outstanding service and solutions through our ability to connect talent with organizations in four primary ways.
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What

1. Speakers
We represent a talented roster of many of the world’s most extraordinary speakers, leading thinkers, and inspiring individuals. Their experience is as broad as it is deep, and they are all leaders in their respective fields, which include business, politics, sports, media, academia, science, technology, culture, and entertainment. We also represent outstanding moderators, entertainers, and emcees who can bring your event to life or tie it all together.

2. Celebrity
We connect entertainment, sports, media personalities, and various experts with corporations, charities and brands worldwide. By serving as your talent procurement partner, we leverage our experience and expertise to help you find the perfect fit. We negotiate to secure you the best terms possible and provide counsel and insight on how to most effectively utilize celebrities to achieve your objectives. We assist our clients by providing talent for a wide variety of initiatives including sponsorships, endorsements, public relations campaigns, product launches, personal appearances, television programs and more.

3. Learning & Development
We work closely with a select group of leading practitioners and acknowledged subject-matter experts from a variety of fields and disciplines. They deliver practical workshops, in-depth training programs, facilitation, consulting services, and many other types of customized solutions designed to help our clients achieve their organizational goals and develop their employees.

4. Digital
Speakers’ Spotlight Digital provides leading-edge, innovative, practical, and original digital content created by highly acclaimed leaders from a variety of fields. Our clients now have the opportunity to achieve their organizational and personal skill-building goals through a variety of creative initiatives, including fully-customized projects; interactive e-learning courses, complete with testing and measurable results; and engaging videos that sustain the message from some of our most popular keynote offerings.

Our Story

In 1995, Martin and Farah Perelmuter took an entrepreneurial leap of faith. They started Speakers’ Spotlight with a strong belief that the needs of conference organizers, meeting planners, and speakers could be served in new and better ways, and that a speech can be the catalyst for positive change. They also believed that if they built the business on a foundation of trust, then the strength of relationships with clients and speakers would ultimately determine the company’s success.

Farah and Martin began Speakers’ Spotlight in a little room in their apartment where they shared a phone. Their challenges were many — they had no clients, no experience, no staff, and no money. But these entrepreneurs had a strong vision and a lot of ambition.

Today, Speakers’ Spotlight has grown into one of the world’s largest and most respected speakers’ agencies, with offices in Toronto and Calgary, and the best staff in the industry, and they have raised the bar of professionalism, service, and integrity to a new level.

To date, Speakers’ Spotlight has arranged more than 25,000 speaking engagements in over 30 countries worldwide, and has been fortunate to receive many awards and accolades along the way.