Speakers / Topics: Innovation | Creativity | Disruption

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Creativity: where ideas are spawned. Innovation: where ideas are put into action. Disruption: when ideas change the world as we know it. Our speakers explain how to get creative juices flowing, how to innovate to stay ahead, and prepare you for the disruptive forces at work in your industry and beyond.

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Elatia Abate

Futurist | Entrepreneur | Future of Work Pioneer

While we live in an age of tremendous change, we’re also in an era of unbelievable opportunity. The future is ours to create. Are you ready? Named a leading female futurist by Forbes, Elatia Abate helps organizations thrive in the face of disruption, pre...

Elatia Abate

Andrew Au

Global Thought Leader on Digital Transformation and Culture Change

When companies like Microsoft, FedEx, and 3M want to accelerate innovation, they call Andrew Au. Today, the dynamics of industries are changing. No enterprise is too big to fail, no start up is too small to disrupt. Agility has become the new currency of busin...

Andrew Au

David Ben

Creativity Expert | Master Magician

David Ben inspires people to strike the word “impossible” from their vocabulary. A master problem-solver, David uses his training as a former tax lawyer, a graduate of the London School of Economics, and a world-class magician to make perplexing problems i...

David Ben

Jonah Berger

Expert on Innovation, Disruption and Change | Bestselling Author

How can we increase the pace of innovation? Become more effective at changing minds and influencing? Why do only some products, ideas, and behaviours catch on? Dr. Jonah Berger has spent more than 15 years researching and answering these questions to explain w...

Jonah Berger

Roberta Bondar

Astronaut | Physician | Scientist | Photographer

The first Canadian woman and neurologist to fly in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contributions to space medicine research, fine art photography, and environment education. She expanded the horizons of millions when she joi...

Science & Technology Speakers

Dr. Nick Bontis

Leading Strategy and Management Expert

The “knowledge era” is here. Do you know how to survive? An internationally recognized intellectual-capital expert, Dr. Nick Bontis helps individuals and organizations navigate the new world of digital technology, industry disruption, and information bomba...

Nick Bontis

Sinead Bovell

Futurist | AI and Future of Work Expert

On a mission to bridge the gap between young entrepreneurs and the digital future, Sinead Bovell strives to create conversations that will lead towards a progressive, informed, and thriving new era. She is a futurist and the founder of WAYE, an organization th...

Sinead Bovell

Leonard Brody

Business and Technology Visionary

Leonard Brody has been called “a leader of the new world order” and was recently named one of top 30 management thinkers in the world. Brody is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author, and a two-time Emmy-nominated med...

Leonard Brody

Jesse Brown

Digital Media Expert | Disruptive Journalist | Futurist

What does the future hold for Canada? Are our institutions and economy at odds with rapid technological and cultural change? Are we keeping up? From business to government to media, disruption is here. Technology and media expert Jesse Brown explains the chall...

David Burkus

Bestselling Author | Helping Leaders and Teams Do Their Best Work Ever

One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David Burkus’ forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are changing how companies approach innovation, collaboration, and productivity. He is a skilled researcher and inspiring communicator who has worked w...

David Burkus

Erin Bury

Co-Founder and CEO, Willful | Tech Expert | Startup Fanatic

Named one of Bay Street Bull’s “2021 Women of the Year”, Erin Bury is one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs as the co-founder and CEO at Willful. She is also a startup advisor and former marketer and technology journalist. Drawing on her experience,...

Erin Bury

Steve Cadigan

Future of Work | Talent Strategist | Company Culture Expert

Today’s digital world requires a new strategy for building great teams. For 30 years, Steve Cadigan has been at the forefront of global talent strategy and company culture. He is best known for scaling LinkedIn from a team of 400 to 4000 in just 3.5 year...

Steve Cadigan

Susan Cain

Bestselling Author of Quiet and Bittersweet

In her bestselling book, Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an untapped power hidden in plain sight. With Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, she once ...

Susan Cain

Bill Carr

Communication Expert | Award-Winning Humourist

For over twenty-five years, Bill Carr has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and helps people see their world with a fresh perspective. An awa...

Bill Carr

Jacqueline Carter

Leadership and Mindfulness Expert

In times of hardship, crisis, and uncertainty, it’s imperative for leaders to demonstrate compassion. But leaders are also tasked with making hard decisions. How can leaders do the hard things while bringing out the best in others? By employing the right bal...

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Ben Casnocha

Entrepreneur | Co-Author of The Alliance and The Startup of You

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, investor, and author from Silicon Valley. Named “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs,” by Businessweek and “one of the top trendsetters in the human resources industry” by HR Magazine, C...

Ben Casnocha

Choir! Choir! Choir!

International Singing Phenomenon

Choir! Choir! Choir! has sung with Tegan and Sara at the Junos, performed at a David Bowie tribute in New York, and have even taken to the Radio City Music Hall stage with Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. A collective led by creative directors Nobu Adilman ...

Daveed and Nobu of Choir! Choir! Choir!

Alan Cross

Professional Music Geek

With over 40 years in the broadcasting and music business, Alan Cross has interviewed some of the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, and musicologis...

Alan Cross

Bruce Croxon

Former "Dragon" | Host, The Disruptors | Partner, Round13 Capital

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Croxon shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding entr...

Bruce Croxon

Johnny Cupcakes

CEO, Johnny Cupcakes | Award Winning Entrepreneur & Brand Hysteria Expert

If you dream of inspiring cult-like brand loyalty—the kind that involves mile-long queues and even permanent tattoos— then Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle is for you. The founder of the world-renowned tee-shirt brand Johnny Cupcakes, Johnny’s kno...

Johnny Cupcakes

Liane Davey

Expert on Building Effective Teams, Improving Communication, and Increasing Leadership Effectiveness

Known as the “teamwork doctor,” Liane Davey knows how to create high performing teams. Having worked with organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, from across the globe helping teams from the frontlines to the boardroom, she has developed a unique p...

Liane Davey

Erica Dhawan

Leading Expert on Digital Teamwork, Collaboration, and Innovation | Bestselling Author

Erica Dhawan says we all have the power to drive innovation, but first we need to get past the roadblocks we create for ourselves: endless meetings, cross-team dysfunction, resource-wasting duplication, and a lack of real, meaningful inclusion. Drawing on her ...

Erica Dhawan

Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials and Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations, and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, and anyone who hopes for a bright future, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for. Ilona Dougherty is an award winning social innovator and ...

Ilona Dougherty

Chester Elton

Bestselling Leadership Author

Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring, and always-entertaining speeches, the #1 bestselling leadership author provides real solutions to leaders look...

Chester Elton

Ryan Estis

Business Performance Expert

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. Known for his innovative...

Ryan Estis

Shane Feldman

Future of Work | Build Better Relationships | Create Engaged Communities

Shane Feldman believes community is the answer to every question and the solution to every problem. Having researched community leadership in 30 countries, Feldman has uncovered universal strategies for building engaged communities. Today, he helps leading org...

Shane Feldman

Richard Florida

Renowned Economist | Bestselling Author

Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists and a sought-after speaker. Named one of Esquire’s “Best and Brightest,” alongside luminaries such as Bill Clinton and Bill Gates, Florida has fascinated audiences all over the world with his insi...

Richard Florida

Vinh Giang

Entrepreneur | Master Communicator | Magician

For more than 15 years, Vinh Giang has dedicated himself to mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide do the same through the power of magic. In his inspiring talks, Giang seamlessly integrates storyt...

Seth Godin

Author, Entrepreneur and Most of All, A Teacher

Seth Godin is an internationally recognized speaker, popular blogger, and global thought leader in innovative business ideas and marketing strategy. Named one of the Top 21 Speakers For the 21st Century by Successful Meetings magazine, Godin draws on his bests...

Seth Godin

Adrian Gostick

Bestselling Leadership Author | Organizational Culture Expert

How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 New York Times bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real soluti...

Adrian Gostick

Swish Goswami

CEO, Surf | Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Swish Goswami has built a multi-hyphenate career at the age of 25. He is currently the CEO of Surf, a tech company providing brands a better way to engage and understand consumers while compensating consumers for their data. His company works with some of the ...

Manu "Swish" Goswami

Suneel Gupta

Entrepreneur | Harvard University Visiting Scholar | Author of Backable

As the founding CEO of RISE, a breakthrough wellness company, Suneel Gupta has helped thousands of people build better habits for life and work. Now as a bestselling author and Harvard Medical School visiting scholar, Gupta has taken his mission one step furth...

Suneel Gupta

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield is a worldwide sensation whose video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — seen by over 75 million people — was called “possibly the most poignant version of th...

Chris Hadfield

Scott Harrison

Founder and CEO of charity: water | World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

Scott Harrison has helped to bring clean drinking water to millions of people around the world. The founder and CEO of charity: water, one of the most well-known philanthropic organizations in the world, shares how his approach to running a non-profit — from...

Scott Harrison

Lawrence Hill

Bestselling Author, The Book of Negroes

The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winner and bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill speaks as well as he writes. With engrossing, poignant talks on diverse topics such as channeling creative energy, censorship, racial identity, Black history ...

Lawrence Hill

Michael Hyatt

Leadership | Change and Innovation Visionary

In our rapidly shifting business landscape, serial entrepreneur and technology visionary Michael Hyatt equips leaders with the tools and strategies needed to face change head-on and prosper. Hyatt is one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, having built and sold t...

Michael Hyatt

Mitch Joel

Business Transformation and Digital Marketing Expert

When brands like Google, Starbucks, Shopify, and GE want to use technology to better connect with their consumers, they call Mitch Joel. Called “one of North America’s leading visionaries” by Strategy magazine, Joel fills in the gaps to help ...

Mitch Joel

Frans Johansson

Innovation Thought Leader | Bestselling Author

Does your strategy reflect the new normal? We live in unpredictable times where the rules are changing and the formulas for success are disintegrating. Bestselling author and thought leader Frans Johansson shows organizations how to innovate, grow, and create ...

Frans Johansson

Shawn Kanungo

Strategy in a World of Disruption

As a globally recognized innovation and disruption strategist, Shawn Kanungo works at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology. He spent 12 years at Deloitte working closely with leaders to help them better plan for the opportunities associated...

Shawn Kanungo

Peter Katz

JUNO-Nominated Musician and Storyteller

Peter Katz is a Juno Award and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter who has spent the past 15 years touring internationally. He has been described by many of his fans and clients as “a thunderbolt for the soul”. A gifted storyteller, Katz ...

Avinash Kaushik

Web Analytics Master

Avinash Kaushik is the “Digital Marketing Evangelist” for Google. His passions lie at the intersection of marketing, analytics and artificial intelligence, and he has developed innovative frameworks like “See-Think-Do-Care”, which allow senior...

Sarah Kay

Spoken-Word Poet

Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her famous TED talk–a talk that inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online–she tells the story of her metamor...

Sarah Kay

Michael Kerr

“The Workplace Energizer”

Why choose between humour and relevant, practical content when you can have both? Michael Kerr is one of North America’s leading authorities on fostering innovative and inspiring workplace cultures. His presentations — known for their practical and inspiri...

Mike Kerr, The Workplace Energizer

Hamza Khan

Future of Work Expert | Author of Leadership, Reinvented

Hamza Khan is a multi-award-winning marketer, bestselling author, and global keynote speaker whose TEDx talk “Stop Managing, Start Leading” has been viewed over a million times. He shares actionable insights on resilience, productivity, and leaders...

Hamza Khan

Kaihan Krippendorff

Strategy and Innovation Expert

Kaihan Krippendorff is one of the most in-demand business speakers in the world. A bestselling author, internationally recognized thought-leader, and a sought-after strategic advisor, Krippendorff is known for his ability to turn difficult concepts into easy-...

Kaihan Krippendorff

Polly LaBarre

Co-Author, Mavericks at Work | Founding Member, Fast Company Magazine

For nearly 20 years, Polly LaBarre has worked to embolden and equip leaders to ramp up originality, invention, and game-changing disruption. Co-author of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win and founding team member of Fast Company ma...

Polly LaBarre

Marc Lafleur

CEO and Co-founder, truLOCAL | Angel Investor

Building three businesses from the ground up has given Marc Lafleur a deep understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive business landscape. As the co-founder and CEO of truLOCAL, he’s built it into a team of 60+ people, expanded across ...

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Greg Lindsay

Expert on Cities, Mobility, Travel, Trade, and the Future of Work

Greg Lindsay is literally a man on the street, reporting from the intersection of global trends and local wisdom. Widely cited as an expert on the future of cities, the future of work, technology, and mobility by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wa...

Greg Lindsay

Josh Linkner

Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Creativity Expert

Josh Linkner is a creative troublemaker. He passionately believes that all human beings have incredible creative capacity, and he’s on a mission to unlock inventive thinking and creative problem solving to help leaders, individuals, and communities soar....

Josh Linkner

Amber Mac

Innovation Speaker | Co-Host, The Feed on SiriusXM | President, AmberMac Media, Inc.

Considered by many to be the go-to expert on anything to do with technology, Amber Mac helps companies and audiences stay ahead of the curve. She is an industry veteran, renowned as a journalist, moderator, entrepreneur, consultant, and bestselling author. Wha...

Amber Mac