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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Peter Aceto

Acclaimed Business Leader | Bestselling Author

Peter Aceto is a passionate leader. His goal is to transform three areas of thinking – leadership, innovation and diversity – that help business not only survive, but thrive. Peter was a founding member of the ING DIRECT/Tangerine’s senior lea...

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Ian Altman

Bestselling Sales Author | Inc. and Forbes Columnist | Strategic B2B Advisor

Business leaders call on bestselling sales author and internationally respected business expert Ian Altman to provide guidance and innovative insight on business strategy and sales. Through his energetic, humourous, and interactive talks, Altman enga...

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Chitra Anand

Expert on Intrapreneurship, Innovation and Marketing

Chitra Anand is at the forefront of an important new movement in the workplace: intrapreneurship. Intrapreneurs are the people within your organization who possess an entrepreneurial spirit — driving innovation, creative thinking, and new ideas...

Chitra Anand

Andrew Au

Digital Transformation, AI and Modern Leadership Expert

When companies like Microsoft, FedEx, and 3M want to accelerate their digital transformation journey, they call Andrew Au. Digital technology has set a new equilibrium for organizations — from how they engage their customers to how they motivate th...

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 ...

David Ben - Photo by Paul Alexander

Lisa Bodell

Global Innovation Expert | Award-winning Author

Lisa Bodell provides a simple approach to the complex topic of innovation. The award-winning founder and CEO of futurethink, an organization which provides  innovation solutions to clients worldwide, she is a globally recognized innovation leader a...

Roberta Bondar

Astronaut | Physician | Scientist | Photographer

Roberta Bondar was the first Canadian woman and neurologist to fly in space. An astronaut, physician, and photographer, she expanded the horizons of millions when she joined the space shuttle Discovery for its 1992 mission, where she conducted over 4...

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 informa...

Nick Bontis

Jim Bottomley

Future Success Strategies

From Fortune 500s to non-profits, Jim Bottomley has advised organizations across sectors as they set about charting a path for the future. Providing insight into how social, economic, and demographic trends are shaping the years ahead, Bottomley’s ...

Future Trends Speakers

Mark Brand

Social Entrepreneur | Restaurateur

Mark Brand is one of North America’s foremost social entrepreneurs. With eleven businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step. Determined to breathe new life into our struggling and...

Mark Brand

Leonard Brody

Business and Technology Visionary

Leonard Brody has been called “a controversial leader of the new world order”. He is an award- winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author and a two-time Emmy nominated media visionary. In his compelling, customized talks — for...

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...

Erin Bury

Technology and Marketing Expert | Start-Up Fanatic

Named one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”, Erin Bury is a marketer, former technology journalist, and startup enthusiast. A monthly columnist for the Financial Post and a tech commentator on CTV News, Erin shares the ins-and-outs ...

Erin Bury

Susan Cain

Bestselling Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain believes society overvalues the gregariousness of extroverts and dramatically undervalues the talents of introverts. In her bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and in her record-smashi...

Susan Cain

Bill Carr

Communication Expert | Award-Winning Humourist

For over thirty 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 offers his audiences a fresh perspective on what they fa...

Bill Carr

Jacqueline Carter

Leadership & Mindfulness Expert

The world is facing a global leadership crisis. 77% of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88% percent of employees say their leaders don’t engage enough, and 35% percent of employees would forgo a pay raise to see th...

Jacqueline Carter

Ben Casnocha

Entrepreneur | Co-Author of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur and author from Silicon Valley. BusinessWeek named him”one of America’s top young entrepreneurs,” while PoliticsOnline called him one of the “25 most influential people in the worl...

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 Nob...

Daveed and Nobu of Choir! Choir! Choir!

Matthew Corrin

Founder and CEO, Freshii

Matthew Corrin is changing the way the world eats, and building a billion dollar brand while he’s at it. The founder and CEO of Freshii, Matthew started the franchise when he was just 23 years old, and hadn’t yet worked a day in the restaurant bu...

Matthew Corrin

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 TV’s Dragons’ Den, shares his informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s dema...

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&#...

Johnny "Cupcakes" Earle

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 ...

Liane Davey

Peter Docker

Leadership and Start With Why Culture Expert

Peter Docker gets up every day to inspire people to be extraordinary in what they do. An Igniter and Implementation Specialist who works on Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” team, Peter helps organizations  harness the power of &#...

Leadership & Management Speakers

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 inno...

Ilona Dougherty

Chester Elton

Bestselling Leadership Author

Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principle ...

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 ...

Ryan Estis

Harley Finkelstein

Chief Operating Officer, Shopify | “Dragon” on Next Gen Den

Harley Finkelstein started from the ground up. To put himself through law school, he sold t-shirts using Shopify—an e-commerce platform that was relatively unknown at the time. That decision in 2005 ultimately led him to become Shopify’s Chief Op...

Harley Finkelstein

Richard Florida

Renowned Economist | Bestselling Author

Richard Florida is one of the world’s most sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness, and growth. Combining in-depth analysis, a fascinating personal story, and a touch of self-deprecating humor, it’s no wonde...

Richard Florida

Porter Gale

Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America | Marketing and Networking Expert | Award-Winning Author

Porter Gale has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, business, and tech. She was awarded the Changing The Game Award, by The Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), was on AdAge’s Digital Hotlist, iMedia’s Top 25-Digital Marketers list, a...

Porter Gale

Emmanuel Gobillot

Internationally Renowned Leadership Expert

There must be a better way. That’s the motto Emmanuel Gobillot has adopted toward everything he does. As one of the world’s most popular speakers, consultants, and thought-leaders, Gobillot believes there is a better way to lead, relate to custom...

Emmanuel Gobillot

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 bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions o...

Adrian Gostick

Manu “Swish” Goswami

Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Manu (Swish) Goswami has built a multi-hyphenate career. Just 21 years old, he is already a serial entrepreneur; a LinkedIn Youth Editor; a past Fortune 500 consultant for Google and American Express; a venture capitalist; a UN Youth Ambassador; and ...

Manu "Swish" Goswami

Vijay Govindarajan

Strategic Innovation | Globalization | Transformation

We live in an era of constant change, driven by the dynamic forces of technology, globalization, the changing demographics, and shifting customer preferences. What can we do to anticipate and respond to these changes to stay ahead? In his cutting-edg...

Vijay Govindarajan

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)

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 ver...

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 over 6.3 million people worldwide. The founder and CEO of charity: water, one of the most well-known philanthropic organisations in the world, shares how his approach to running a non-profit ...

Scott Harrison

Lawrence Hill

Bestselling Author, The Book of Negroes

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, mental ...

Lawrence Hill

Rasmus Hougaard

Leadership & Mindfulness Expert

Rasmus Hougaard is recognized by the Thinkers50 as one of the most important emerging business thinkers in the world. The Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, a global leadership training, organizational development, and research firm,...

Rasmus Hougaard

David K. Hurst

Expert on Strategy, Leadership and Change

David Hurst helps organizations learn from the past, understand the present, and create the future. In his vibrant presentations, Hurst shares his highly innovative ideas about leadership, change management, and the dynamics of organizations that pro...

Michael Hyatt

Leadership | Change and Innovation Visionary

Michael Hyatt became a self-made millionaire by building two highly successful tech firms that he sold for $500 million dollars. Today, Michael ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, and was a celebrated “Dragon” on CBC’s online sensatio...

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. Every industry and business is dealing with disruption in different ways. They’re trying to figure out how to b...

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, a...

Frans Johansson

Daymond John

Founder of FUBU | Shark on Shark Tank

From humble beginnings to a self-made multimillionaire and a starring role on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, Daymond John sets standards of excellence in fashion, branding, marketing, consulting, entertainment, and beyond. An industry leader, bestselli...

Daymond John

Dewitt Jones

Award Winning Photojournalist | Film Director | Creativity Expert

Where do we find the vision to take our lives to the next level? Perhaps there is no one better to answer this question than acclaimed photojournalist and film director Dewitt Jones. Jones, who had two films nominated for Academy Awards before he was...

Shawn Kanungo

Strategy in a World of Disruption

Shawn Kanungo is a strategist who operates at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology. He has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years of working at Deloitte — as an innovation...

Shawn Kanungo

Peter Katz

JUNO-Nominated Musician and Storyteller

Peter Katz has evolved from a nervous first-timer at an open mic night into to a JUNO Award, Canadian Screen Award, and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated singer-songwriter with five albums under his belt. He has toured the world for the pa...

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 al...

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 h...

Sarah Kay

Darrell Keezer

Digital Marketing Expert

Darrell Keezer is a disruptive digital marketing evangelist. He makes digital marketing great by creating engaging websites that convert visitors into customers. Proving that digital marketing can help businesses increase revenue and gain relevancy i...

Darrell Keezer

Michael Kerr

“The Workplace Energizer”

Why choose between humour and content when you can have both? Mike Kerr is one of North America’s leading authorities on fostering innovative and inspiring workplace cultures. His presentations—known for introducing practical ideas that audiences...

Michael Kerr