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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Nilofer Merchant

Former Tech Executive | Bestselling Author

Nilofer Merchant is a renowned business strategist and innovator on a mission to reinvent work so that it actually works. A bestselling author, TED mainstage speaker, and recipient of the “Future Thinker” Award from Thinkers 50, Merchant says few companies...

Nilofer Merchant

Lane Merrifield

“Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den | Tech Entrepreneur

The newest “dragon” to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Lane Merrifield is one of Canada’s leading tech entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Club Penguin, the largest children’s online social network. At age 28, he sold it to Disney for $350 millio...

Lane Merrifield

Dr. Janet Morrison

Leadership and Transformational Change Expert

Currently the President and Vice Chancellor of a large, multi-disciplinary post-secondary institution renowned globally for an ethos of trailblazing, Dr. Janet Morrison is an educator, thought leader, and change agent. She draws on her 35 years of experience l...

Dr. Janet Morrison

Terry O’Reilly

Host of CBC Radio's Under the Influence

Terry O’Reilly is the familiar voice behind the hit CBC radio shows O’Reilly on Advertising, The Age of Persuasion, and his current program, Under the Influence, where he explores the business, the craft, and the promise of promotion. In his intriguing tal...

Mel Robbins

Expert on Defeating Doubt | Award-Winning CNN Commentator | Bestselling Author

In her globally acclaimed TEDx talk, Mel Robbins wowed the world with the science-backed secret to change: The 5 Second Rule. More than 17 million views later, the 5 Second Rule has become a bestselling book and a life-changing movement that challenges thinkin...

Mel Robbins

Michele Romanow

"Dragon", CBC's Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder and President, Clearco

Tech titan Michele Romanow is a serial entrepreneur who started six companies before her 35th birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the Co-founder and President of Clearco. Clearco has invested more than $2B into 4,600 compani...

Michele Romanow

Second City Works

Entertainment | Improv

After hundreds of thousands of years of research, the results are in: people like to laugh. Part of world famous comedy institution The Second City, Second City Works brings award-winning, boring-proof, improv-based social learning to events, ceremonies, funct...

Second City Works

David Segal

Founder of DAVIDsTEA and Mad Radish | Retail Visionary and Branding Expert

David Segal is an entrepreneur and retail thought-leader. He is best known for bringing radical innovation to a 5,000 year old product category with the launch of DAVIDsTEA, the company he co-founded in 2008. Segal takes audiences through the entrepreneurial j...

Peter Sheahan

International Expert on Leveraging Business Trends and New Market Opportunities

Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. A highly successful entrepreneur, he is the founder and CEO of Karrikins Group, a multi-million-dollar consulting practice that attracts clients such as Apple, ...

Stephen Shedletzky

Head of Brand Experience and Igniter, Simon Sinek’s Start With Why

Stephen Shedletzky engages people in meaningful ways so that we connect with depth and live in a more fulfilled world. The head of brand experience and an igniter for Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” team, Shedletzky has a knack for sharing the right word...

Stephen Shedletzky

Graham Sherman

Owner, Tool Shed Brewing Company

Graham Sherman is a self-professed “high level geek” who used his love of technology to disrupt an entire industry. In 2013, Sherman took homebrewing “too far” when he launched the Tool Shed Brewing Company. What was originally a hobby in his backyard ...

Graham Sherman

Simon Sinek

Renowned Leadership Expert | Author of Start With Why and The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people, with a bold goal to help bu...

Takara Small

Award Winning Technology Journalist & Podcaster

The multi-talented Takara Small helps audiences understand the technology reshaping our world. From AI and advanced robotics, to data and digital health, she offers a glimpse into the future balanced with what organizations can do today to drive growth. Her wo...

Anders Sörman-Nilsson

Futurist | Innovation Strategist

Anders Sörman-Nilsson is a futurist and the founder of the think tank and trend analysis firm Thinque, which provides data-based research, foresight and thought leadership assets for global brands across four continents. The company’s vision is to disse...

Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Nike's Former Leadership Development and Talent Strategy Head | Resilience Expert

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal is a leading global authority on resilience, well-being, and mental health. Previously the head of executive leadership development and talent strategy at Nike, she is now the founder and chief resilience officer of the Resilience Lead...

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Nicole Stott

Astronaut | Aquanaut | Artist

Nicole Stott has explored from the heights of outer space to the depths of our oceans. She has dedicated her life to sharing her spaceflight experience and the beauty of Earth with others. She believes that sharing the orbital and inner space perspectives has...

Nicole Stott

Scott Stratten

Expert in Un-Marketing

For generations, marketing has been hypocritical. We’ve been taught to market to others in ways we hate being marketed to—why do we still keep trying the same stale marketing moves? Scott Stratten—who has over 185,000 people follow his daily rantings...

Scott Stratten

The Passing Zone

Keynote Jugglers

The Passing Zone is one of the most successful and sought-after corporate acts working today who can keynote, provide entertainment, and/or host and emcee an event. Most importantly, they promise to provide you with an unexpected, unique, and fresh performance...

The Passing Zone

Dan Thurmon

Peak Performance Coach

Success in life is not determined by circumstances, but by actions. Peak Performance Coach Dan Thurmon’s mission can be summarized by the title of his book, Off Balance On Purpose. He believes that instead of seeking “perfect balance”, we should learn to...

Dan Thurmon

Ron Tite

Purpose-Driven Leadership and Marketing Expert

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s an award-winning advertising writer and creative director who has worked with some ...

Ron Tite

David Usher

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Creativity & AI Expert

When innovative companies like Google, 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Rogers, and SAP want to re-inspire creativity in their employees and executives they bring in David Usher. He doesn’t just talk creativity and artificial intelligence (AI) — he lives it. Drawing from...

Max Valiquette

Innovation, Transformation, and Marketing Expert

For over twenty years, Max Valiquette has been at the forefront of what’s now, what’s new, and what’s next. Anointed by Marketing Magazine as one of Canada’s “most influential Marketers,” Max has worked with some of the bigg...

Nicole Verkindt

Tech Entrepreneur | Founder, OMX

Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs and innovation. Named “Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by StartUp Canada in 2017, Verkindt has a knack for finding industry gaps and building innovative plat...

Nicole Verkindt

Erik Wahl

The Art of Vision

Internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and bestselling author, Erik Wahl’s keynote experience creates a dynamic, multi-dimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message is that disruption is the new normal a...

Erik Wahl

Mike Walsh

Futurist and Authority on Digital Trends in Emerging Markets

As the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century, Mike Walsh prepares business leaders for what’s next. A leading authority on digital transformation and disruptive innovation, Walsh expertly distils his insights into ...

Mike Walsh

Dave Wilkin

Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com | Social Entrepreneur | Mentoring Expert

Dave Wilkin turns all kinds of organizations into engagement engines. A celebrated social entrepreneur, he’s the founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service. With deep experience working with prominent brands, orga...

Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder, Apple Computer Inc.

Before laptops fit into briefcases, tablets were as thin as magazines, and cellphones fit into pockets, computers were as big as vending machines and certainly not portable. In 1977, Steve Wozniak changed that by unveiling the world’s first personal computer...

Steve Wozniak

Nora Young

Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine — and plan for — the ever-changing, high-tech landscape. As the host and creator of Spark, CBC’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture, and the author of The V...

Nora Young