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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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 in every realm to help make their organizations more resilient, innovative, inspiring, and accountable. A rigorous thinker, energetic storyteller, and tireless explorer of th...

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 org...

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...

Greg Lindsay

Josh Linkner

Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Creativity Expert

To Josh Linkner, creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of all human progress, and as such, he’s spent his career harnessing the spirit of creative disruption. The five-time successful tech entrepreneur and CEO delivers a clear call to action ...

Josh Linkner

Doug Lipp

The Magic of Disney

What is the magic of Disney? Join Doug Lipp as he takes you on an insightful and entertaining behind-the-scenes tour to show you the secret of Disney’s success and how it and other organizations have overcome immense challenges. An internationally ...

Brennan Loh

Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Shopify

Brennan Loh leads the teams responsible for building and managing the key strategic partnerships for Shopify, Canada’s #1 e-commerce retailing solution.  In his eye-opening presentations, Brennan discusses the inside story about Shopify’s grow...

Brennan Loh

Ann-Marie MacDonald

Internationally Renowned Novelist | Playwright and Actress | Television Host

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a novelist, playwright, actor, and broadcaster, whose formal training was as an actor. As such, she is an unusual hybrid among literary figures in that she is as at home on stage engaging a live audience, as she is at her desk....

Ann-Marie MacDonald

Tod Maffin

Digital Technology and Marketing Guru

Even at seven o’clock in the morning, Tod Maffin’s upbeat and enlightening presentations on digital technology and marketing bring audiences to their feet. Recognized as a thought leader in online business innovation and strategy, he sheds light ...

Raine Maida

Acclaimed Musician | Creativity and Technology Expert

Raine Maida is the founding member and lead singer of the multi-platinum rock band, Our Lady Peace, and considered one of the best songwriters in music today. An artist who combines his love of music, creativity, and technology, Maida speaks with pas...

Raine Maida

Mike Mandel

Expert in Communication, Motivation and Influence

Self-described as “a reasonably normal guy with a really weird job,” Mike Mandel is a uniquely qualified expert in the art and science of influential communication. Simultaneously fascinating and hilarious, he provides audiences with powerful too...

Mike Mandel

David Mead

Expert Start With Why Facilitator

David Mead believes that every one of us deserves to wake up inspired to go to work, feel safe while we’re there, and come home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work we do. He works with leaders to help them create an environment where pe...

David Mead

Nilofer Merchant

Former Tech Executive | Bestselling Author

Nilofer Merchant is a master at turning seemingly “wild” ideas into new realities, and showing the rest of us how we can, too. A bestselling author on innovation and collaboration, a TED mainstage speaker, and the recipient of the “Future Think...

Nilofer Merchant

Joseph Michelli

Customer Experience Expert | Bestselling Author

Joseph Michelli helps organizations catapult to pre-eminence by creating engaged employees and exemplary customer service experiences. Boasting globally celebrated clients like Starbucks, Zappos, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Michelli is a reno...

Joseph Michelli

Jeremy Miller

Brand Builder | Bestselling Author of Sticky Branding

Sticky brands exist in almost every industry. They’re the brands that customers trust and turn to first. So, if your brand isn’t sticky, why not?  Branding expert Jeremy Miller shows organizations of all sizes what it takes to attract consumers ...

Jeremy Miller

Debbie Millman

Author, Brand Consultant and Host of Design Matters

What makes a brand stand out? Is there some “magic” that makes us ogle over the latest product from Apple or crave a Starbucks? Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is a brand strat...

Debbie Millman

Adam Nanjee

Technology and Innovation Futurist | Scaling Global Businesses | Promoting Global Diversity

Adam Nanjee is building Canada to be the next global technology leader. As the former Head of North America’s largest innovations hub at MaRS Discovery District and currently as Senior Vice President for Zafin, one of North America’s top financia...

Shashank Nigam

Branding and Customer Engagement Strategist

Shashank Nigam has jet fuel running through his veins. A marketing and branding thought leader, Shashank is an aviation consultant who has helped to reshape over 75 airlines’ approach to their customers and staff every day. But his message is not l...

Shashank Nigam

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 intr...

Dr. Jordan Peterson

Award Winning Psychology Professor | Clinical Psychologist

Called “one of the most important thinkers to emerge on the world stage for many years,” by The Spectator, Dr. Jordan Peterson has been a dishwasher, gas jockey, bartender, short-order cook, beekeeper, oil derrick bit re-tipper, plywood mill labo...

Jordan Peterson

Dan Pontefract

Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office | Bestselling Author of Flat Army and The Purpose Effect

Your people are your most valuable asset, and if you want them to excel―and your profits to soar―you need to abandon your traditional management style and adopt a collaborative, open leadership approach—one that engages and empowers your staff....

Dan Pontefract

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. Over 12 million views later, the 5 Second Rule has become a bestselling book and a life-changing movement that challenges th...

Mel Robbins

Michele Romanow

"Dragon", CBC's Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder, Clearbanc

Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of Buytopia.ca, Snap By Groupon, and R...

Michele Romanow

Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Business Futurist

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist specializing in technology trends such as big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, social media, and disruptive innovation. He was an early, popular media commentator on financial services, real ...

Patrick Schwerdtfeger

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, ceremon...

Second City Works

David Segal

Co-Founder, DAVIDsTEA | 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 entrepr...

Peter Sheahan

International Expert on Leveraging Business Trends and New Market Opportunities

Peter Sheahan inspires innovative business thinking and creates lasting behavioral change. A highly successful entrepreneur, he is the founder and CEO of Karrikins Group, a multi-million dollar consulting practice which attracts such clients as App...

Peter Sheahan Leveraging Business

Stephen Shedletzky

Chief of Staff, Simon Sinek’s Start With Why

We have a crisis of leadership. The vast majority of people all over the world do not love the work they do. Stephen Shedletzky, the chief of staff of Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” team, helps leaders create environments where the...

Stephen Shedletzky

Graham Sherman

Co-Owner, Tool Shed Brewing Company

Graham Sherman is a self-professed “high level geek” who has used his love of technology to help him master the craft of brewing artisan beer. Together with his partner, Graham launched the Tool Shed Brewery four years ago, and has never looked b...

Graham Sherman

Simon Sinek

Renowned Leadership Expert | Author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last

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 ...

Simon Sinek Renowned Leadership

Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Futurist | Innovation Strategist

Is your organisation being digitally disrupted? Is your analogue business model ready for the digital future? Do your leaders and teams suffer from change fatigue? Anders Sorman-Nilsson helps organizations convert disruptive questions like these into...

Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Steven Spear

Operational Excellence and Innovation Expert

The success of many organizations—from manufacturers to health care providers—increasingly hinges on their ability to manage highly complex processes. Steven Spear, the award-winning academic and consultant, literally wrote the book on how organi...

Duncan Stewart

Tech, Media and Telecom Trends Expert

Everybody needs to know what’s going to happen next. That’s true across all industries, but the areas of technology, media, and telecom seem to be changing faster than ever before. Duncan Stewart helps you get a head of the trends. A globally rec...

Nicole Stott

Astronaut | Aquanaut | Artist, First Astronaut to Paint in Space

Nicole Stott has dedicated her life to sharing the beauty of space — and earth — with others. A NASA veteran, her experience includes two spaceflights and 104 days spent living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the Inter...

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 175,000 people follow his dail...

Scott Stratten

Bill Taylor

Entrepreneur | Co-Founder, Fast Company | Bestselling Author

Bill Taylor has encouraged a generation of executives and company-builders to think differently about change, leadership, and the new world of work. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Bill co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential ...

Bill Taylor

The Carrot Guys

Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton’s shared message on employee engagement will change the way you do business. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed, bestselling business books The 24-Carrot Manager, and A Carrot a Day, they are consultants to ...

The Passing Zone

Keynote Jugglers

The Passing Zone is one of the most successful and sought-after corporate acts working today. This is their story. Owen Morse and Jon Wee met in 1986 at a juggling convention and instantly knew they were destined to be a team. But they decided to gra...

Dan Thurmon

Peak Performance Coach

Success in life is not determined by circumstances, but by actions. Peak Performance Coach Dan Thurmon’s mission is to help empower people and organizations to achieve success. An action-oriented speaker, Dan incorporates his incredible talents—f...

Dan Thurmon

Brian Thwaits

Brain Trainer

Brian Thwaits is a learning whiz who first demonstrated his flair for performance as an award-winning educator. He’s now an engaging and entertaining ‘brain trainer’ who shows people how to enhance their thinking, communication, innovation, and...

Brian Thwaits

Ron Tite

Marketing, Branding and Creativity Expert

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

Ron Tite

Warren Tomlin

Former Global Chief Innovation Officer for IBM | Innovation, Marketing, Strategy and Technology Expert

It’s revolution, not evolution. An industry recognized innovation, marketing, strategy and technology leader, Warren Tomlin is the former Global Chief Innovation Officer for IBM, where he led the development of IBM Mobile and Emerging Tech. Named o...

Warren Tomlin

David Usher

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Creativity Expert

When innovative companies like 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Deloitte, Ubisoft and SAP want to re-inspire creativity in their employees and executives they bring in David Usher. A creative tour de force, David is the front man of the internationally acclaimed ...

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 biggest companies ...

Nicole Verkindt

Founder, OMX | “Dragon”, Next Gen Den | Panellist, CBC News, The Exchange

Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs. The founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and the newest Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, she believes in the role of entrepreneurs to grow the economy and help solve globa...

Nicole Verkindt

Erik Wahl

The Art of Vision

Internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and #1 bestselling author, Erik Wahl’s message is that disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. His presentation insp...

Erik Wahl

Mike Walsh

Futurist and Authority on Digital Trends in Emerging Markets

What does it take to lead a 21st century company? Can we re-imagine the way we do business? Mike Walsh prepares business leaders for what’s next. A leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior, and fast growth m...

Mike Walsh

Eric Whitacre

Grammy-Winning Composer | Conductor | Creator of The Virtual Choir

Eric Whitacre is the most popular choral composer in the world today. The creator of the “Virtual Choir,” a digital project that combines thousands of videos into a single stunning choral performance, the choir transcends geography, class, and ba...

Eric Whitacre

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 br...

Ken Wong

Marketing and Strategic Planning Expert

Ken Wong is not your typical academic. With work that has earned him the cover of Canadian Business and Strategy magazine and a place in the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends, he is known for his energetic, entertaining and content-rich presentation...

Steve Wozniak

Co-founder, Apple Computer | Chief Scientist, Fusion-io

Before laptops fit into briefcases, before iPads fit into purses, and before iPhones fit into back pockets, computers were as big as vending machines, and certainly not portable. In 1977, Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple (with Steve Jobs) chang...

Steve Wozniak