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When it comes to music, literature, film, spoken-word, and culture, Speakers' Spotlight represents many of the world’s most brilliant, talented, and influential minds.

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Susan Aglukark, O.C., LL.B

Award-Winning Inuk Singer/Songwriter

Award-winning Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists, who blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. Agluk...

Susan Aglukark

Trey Anthony

Award-Winning Canadian Playwright

Trey Anthony was the first Canadian black woman to have her own program on a prime-time Canadian network. Based on her ground-breaking play of the same name, ‘da Kink in My Hair was a television hit and put her on the map as a mentor and role m...

Trey Anthony

Jann Arden

Renowned Musician | Bestselling Author

Jann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles from her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and affecti...

Jann Arden

Cameron Bailey

Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival

Few people understand the importance of the arts and cultural sector better than Cameron Bailey. The artistic director of one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals, Bailey brings a comprehensive wealth of experience to his positi...

Cameron Bailey

Jeanne Beker

Iconic Fashion Journalist

Jeanne Beker is one of the most influential and fabulous women in the fashion industry—in Canada and around the world. A long-time celebrity, Jeanne speaks on how she rose to the top of arts and culture media as the iconic host of TV’s Fashion Te...

Jeanne Beker Iconic Fashion Speaker

Joseph Boyden

Internationally Renowned Novelist

Joseph Boyden is a national and international literary superstar. Shooting to fame with his first novel, the multi-award winning Three Day Road, Boyden has repeated his triumphs in his subsequent novels, Through Black Spruce and The Orenda. Exploring...

Joseph Boyden

Measha Brueggergosman

Celebrated Soprano

Soprano Measha Brueggergosman is one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities in the world. With more than 3.2 billion people witnessing her mesmerizing performance in the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paral...

Joel Cohen

Emmy Winning Writer and Co-Producer, The Simpsons

What does it take to stay creative and innovative for 28 straight years? What lessons can be drawn from the process and group dynamics of a hit TV show? How do you fix a leaky water heater? Joel Cohen can answer two of those questions. As the Emmy ...

Joel Cohen

Jessi Cruickshank

The Goods and Canada’s Smartest Person

Called “the funniest woman on TV today, period”, by The Province, Jessi Cruickshank is the host of CBC TV’s Canada’s Smartest Person, and the co-host of the network’s new daytime talk show, The Goods, where her self-deprecating humour, ir...

Jessi Cruickshank