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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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 their employ...

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 - Photo by Paul Alexander

Lisa Bodell

Global Innovation Expert | Award-Winning Author

Lisa Bodell is a global leader on culture and behaviour change. As the founder and CEO of the skill-building firm FutureThink, Bodell has transformed hundreds of thousands of employees from Fortune 500 companies by showing them how to eliminate the complexity ...

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

Mark Brand

Social Entrepreneur | Restaurateur

Mark Brand is one of North America’s foremost social entrepreneurs. With 11 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 disjointed com...

Mark Brand

Leonard Brody

Business and Technology Visionary

Recently named one of the top 30 up and coming management thinkers in the world, Leonard Brody is known as “a leader of the new world order”. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author, and a two-time Emmy-nominated media v...

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...

Erin Bury

Technology and Marketing Expert | Start-Up Fanatic

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

Erin Bury

Susan Cain

Bestselling Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain believes society 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-smashing TED talk, Cain explores ways to tap-in to the quieter c...

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 face every d...

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% of employees say their leaders don’t engage enough, and 65% of employees would forgo a pay raise to see their leaders fired. Leaders...

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 world of inter...

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!

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, Bruce shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding en...

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" 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 a unique p...

Liane Davey

Peter Docker

Leadership Expert | Start With Why Facilitator and Igniter

Peter Docker is passionate about enabling people to be extraordinary. An igniter and implementation specialist who works on Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” team, Docker teaches leaders and organizations how to harness the power of WHY to do ex...

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 innovator and ...

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 and What M...

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

Connection | Community | Leadership

In this digital age of distraction and disconnection, many companies are finding it increasingly challenging to engage and retain both top-tier talent and customers. This is where Shane Feldman thrives. Recognized by the White House, the Prime Minister of Cana...

Shane Feldman

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 wonder he was n...

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, and named a...

Porter Gale

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...

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 customers, and e...

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 on managing...

Adrian Gostick

Swish Goswami

Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Swish Goswami has built a multi-hyphenate career. Just 22 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 a three-time TEDx...

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-edge and forw...

Vijay Govindarajan

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 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 — from i...

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 health, an...

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, Hougaard&...

Rasmus Hougaard

Michael Hyatt

Leadership | Change and Innovation Visionary

By age 25, Michael Hyatt became a self-made millionaire by building two highly successful tech firms that he sold for $500 million dollars. Today, Hyatt ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, and is a mentor and investor in several startups. Whether spe...

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 best innova...

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

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 strategis...

Shawn Kanungo

Amber Kanwar

Prominent Financial and Business Journalist

Amber Kanwar is an expert when it comes to financial markets and disruptive technologies. As the former host of BNN’s The Open, their flagship morning show, Business Day AM, and co-host of The Disruptors, Kanwar has interviewed everyone from CEOs of majo...

Amber Kanwar

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 past decade ...

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...

Michael Kerr

Kai Kight

Violinist | Composer | Innovator | Entrepreneur

Kai Kight has inspired thousands to reach their creative potential. An innovative violinist, composer, and speaker, Kai uses music to fuel his mission to spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception. He performs mesmerizing, o...

Kai Kight

Justin Kingsley

Award-winning Storyteller and Creative Strategist | Bestselling Author

What does Justin Kingsley do? A better question: What doesn’t he do? A New York Times bestselling author, Justin is a storyteller, strategist, creative director, photographer, and a former press secretary under Prime Minister Paul Martin. Named one of Canada...

Justin Kingsley

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, Kaihan is known for his ability to turn difficult concepts into easy-to-und...

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

Claude Legrand

Practical Innovation Expert

Can organizations learn to become not just innovative, but sustainably innovative? Claude Legrand, one of North America’s top authorities on practical innovation, provides a clear road-map to embracing an on-going culture of innovation at every organizationa...

Claude Legrand

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 travel, technology, and transportation, on the design and resiliency of cities, and on how to create mo...

Greg Lindsay

Josh Linkner

Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Creativity Expert

Josh Linkner personifies innovation, entrepreneurship, and breakthrough disruption. Beginning his career as a jazz guitarist, Josh has now been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of more than $200 million. Through his i...

Josh Linkner

Doug Lipp

The Magic of Disney

Candid, passionate, relevant — Doug Lipp is on a mission to help organizations strengthen their corporate culture, boost business performance, and, unapologetically, have fun while doing it! Lipp is the former head of training at the legendary Disney Univers...