Speakers / Topics: Leadership

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The Hon. Catherine McKenna

Former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

As the former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, The Honourable Catherine McKenna spearheaded groundbreaking environmental initiatives across Canada. She was a lead negotiator of the Paris Agreement, successfully defended landmark legislation to e...

Cassandra Worthy

Founder and CEO, Change Enthusiasm Global

With contagious energy, Cassandra Worthy is a disruptive thought leader on change who helps companies build organizational resilience and adaptability. Too often change adoption is disrupted from the emotional landscape in which it occurs — this is where Wor...

Cassandra Worthy

Jamie Clarke

Extreme Adventurer | Entrepreneur | Performance Coach

Business is an adventure, and mountain-climber Jamie Clarke shows audiences how to strategize and succeed in their ventures. An acclaimed adventurer and entrepreneur, Clarke draws parallels between the dynamic environments found in business and nature to share...

Jamie Clarke

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

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

Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa

Physician | Changemaker | Transformative Leadership | Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion

One of Time magazine’s “2021 Next Generational Leaders”, Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a medical trailblazer spearheading change in healthcare and beyond. She is an accomplished physician, spoken word poet, and advocate for racialized and marginalized popula...

Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa

Pam August

Former Director, Culture Activation at WestJet

Visionary, purpose-driven leaders recognize that there is untapped potential in their organizations. When this potential is left unrealized, it can lead to misalignment between an organization’s brand promise (external experience) and culture (internal e...

Pam August

Silken Laumann

Olympic Hero | Mental Health & Child Advocate

A world champion single sculls rower and a four-time Olympic medallist, Silken Laumann knows what it takes to be the best in the world. She also knows what it means to overcome adversity. While at the peak of her game, a boat crashed into her leg, almost endin...

Silken Laumann

Joanna Griffiths

Founder and CEO, Knix

Since launching Knix in 2013, Founder and CEO Joanna Griffiths has built it into one of the fastest growing intimate apparel brands worldwide. Through its mission to empower women and its focus on product innovation, Knix has become the sixth fastest growing c...

Joanna Griffiths

Kendal Netmaker

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Author, and Indigenous Speaker

An award-winning entrepreneur and author, Kendal Netmaker is a master storyteller who uses his natural gift to help people shift their mindset and find the success they seek. He speaks professionally to thousands of people worldwide on resilience, leadership, ...

Kendal Netmaker

Perry Bellegarde

Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Chief Perry Bellegarde has dedicated his life to championing the rights and well-being of First Nations. For 35 years, he has held various First Nations leadership roles, including two terms served as the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). ...

Perry Bellegarde

Peter Mansbridge

Former Chief Correspondent for CBC News and Anchor of The National

For more than five decades, Canadians have trusted Peter Mansbridge to guide them through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped our nation. He is one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures, having spent 30 years as CB...

Peter Mansbridge

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

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

Jamelle Lindo

Emotional Intelligence & Resiliency Expert

Jamelle Lindo has worked with thousands of professionals to help them level up through the practical application of emotional intelligence and mindfulness strategies. As an emotional intelligence leadership coach, trainer, and speaker with over 11 years of div...

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

America’s First Black Female Combat Pilot | Author | Business Consultant

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour is a gutsy trailblazer, whose resume is an impressive collection of firsts—including being the first Black woman combat pilot in the US Armed Forces. Prior to that she worked as a police officer, served two tours of duty ...

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer | Bestselling Author

When the challenges are steep, and the competition fierce, Robyn Benincasa provides individuals and organizations the tools they need to inspire themselves and one another to their greatest heights and to cross their most challenging finish lines. As a two-tim...

Robyn Benincasa

Masai Ujiri

President and Vice-Chairman, Toronto Raptors | Founder, Giants of Africa

As president and vice-chairman of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri has led the team through its most successful period in franchise history, including an NBA Championship. In June 2019, the Raptors won their first NBA title with a six-game victory over Golden ...

Masai Ujiri

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

Dan Heath

Innovative Business Thought Leader | New York Times Bestselling Author

Dan Heath helps audiences prevent problems before they happen, understand how to create extraordinary moments, and make better choices in life and work. Along with his brother Chip he is the co-author of four long-running bestsellers: Made to Stick, Switch, De...

Dan Heath

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

Riaz Meghji

Human Connection Expert | Author of Every Conversation Counts

Riaz Meghji is a human connection keynote speaker and author of the book Every Conversation Counts: The Five Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationships. He is also an accomplished broadcaster with 17 years of television experience, inter...

Riaz Meghji

Jennifer Moss

Workplace Expert | Author of The Burnout Epidemic

Jennifer Moss is an award-winning journalist, author, and international public speaker specializing in workplace wellness and performance. Her book, Unlocking Happiness at Work, received the distinguished UK Business Book of the Year Award, and her most recent...

Jennifer Moss

Ben Nemtin

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author | Co-Founder of The Buried Life Movement

As the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and star of MTV’s high rated The Buried Life, Ben Nemtin uses keynote presentations to help empower and motivate groups to make a difference and live courageously. Nemt...

Ben Nemtin

Lekan Olawoye

Founder and CEO, Black Professionals in Tech Network

Lekan Olawoye is the founder and CEO of Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) — the largest Black tech and business community in North America — and is a passionate advocate for organizational change and lasting progress. He was named one of Canada’...

Tina Varughese

Cross-Cultural Communication and Diversity Expert

An Indo-Canadian daughter of first generation East Indian parents, Varughese says her cultural background allows her to find “the best of both worlds” and shed light, knowledge, and, most importantly, universal humour into the changing workplace. H...

Tina Varughese

Jack Armstrong

Award Winning Broadcaster | Toronto Raptors Game Analyst | TSN’s Basketball Insider

Best known as the colourful and entertaining voice of the 2019 NBA Championship winning team, the Toronto Raptors, Jack Armstrong has spent more than two decades covering basketball for TSN and NBA TV. Prior to this, he spent a decade as the head basketball co...

Jack Armstrong

Eric Termuende

Future of Work and Leadership Expert

A globally recognized thought leader, bestselling author, and speaker, Eric Termuende brings a fresh perspective to workplace culture and the future of work. His actionable and entertaining keynotes combine research, storytelling, and case studies to help lead...

Ambassador Bruce Heyman

Former US Ambassador to Canada | Author, The Art of Diplomacy

Bruce Heyman served as the US Ambassador to Canada under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2017. His leadership emphasized the importance of the Canada-US relationship and pushed for more collaboration and cross-border investments. Today, he continues to ...

Bruce Heyman

Jennifer Barroll

Corporate Leadership and Communications Consultant

Jennifer Barroll is a passionate communicator. With a background as an actor, media personality, and stand-up comedian, she uses her quick wit and energetic personality to deliver practical leadership training and communication tools. Having worked with some o...

Jennifer Barroll

Drew Dudley

Internationally Acclaimed Leadership Speaker | Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Called one of the most inspirational TED speakers in the world, Drew Dudley is on a mission to redefine leadership. With more than five million views, his TED talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” proved that leadership is not a characteristic o...

Drew Dudley

Brian Burke

NHL Leader | Community Activist | Philanthropist

Hockey legend Brian Burke is a dynamic figure in both the worlds of business and sport. He is the president of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and formerly held leadership positions in the organizations of the Calgary Flames, the Toronto Maple L...

Brian Burke

Shane Feldman

Connection | Community | Leadership

Shane Feldman believes community is the answer to every question and the solution to every problem. Recognized by The White House, The Prime Minister of Canada, and The United Nations for his achievements in community leadership, he helps leading brands optimi...

Shane Feldman

Anthony McLean

Mental Health | Inclusivity | Education

With a background in theatre, Anthony McLean delivers lively presentations on mental health, diversity and inclusion, and education. He has delivered hundreds of inspiring talks across the world, rocking the stage at conferences, colleges, and corporate events...

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Leadership and Diversity Expert | Social Advocate

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is an engineer, author, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate. Her powerful TED talk, “What Does My Headscarf Mean to You” has more than 2.5 million views and was selected as one of TED’s top 10 ideas. An internationally ren...

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Scott Burrows

Expert on Vision, Mindset, and Pure Grit

Scott Burrows has lived the hero’s journey. Growing up as an all-star athlete, Burrows played college football at FSU and was a top-ranked kickboxing champion whose last fight was broadcast by ESPN. During the height of his athletic career though, Burrows su...

Scott Burrows

Lane Merrifield

Former “Dragon”, CBC’s Dragons’ Den | Tech Entrepreneur

A former “dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Lane Merrifield is one of Canada’s leading tech entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Club Penguin, which was the largest children’s online social network. At age 28, he sold it to Disney for $350 million, whe...

Lane Merrifield

Mandy Gilbert

Entrepreneur, CEO, and Investor

A bestselling author, entrepreneur, CEO, and tech investor, Mandy Gilbert has been recognized as a United Nations Global Accelerator and ranked as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on Canadian Business’ Profit 500 list and Chatelaine’s W100 list. ...

Mandy Gilbert

Gregor Jeffrey

Communication Thought Leader

So many of us struggle with communication in our work or in our personal lives. Gregor Jeffrey’s own challenges with communication led him to a remarkable discovery — that the key to connecting with others and achieving influence can be found in scienc...

Gregor Jeffrey

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

Jamie Mason Cohen

Leadership & Performance Expert

Referred to by some as the “personality x-ray machine”, Jamie Mason Cohen is a certified grapho-therapist and leadership strategist whose TEDx talk on how to spot a leader through their handwriting has been viewed more than two million times. His unique an...

Jamie Mason Cohen

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

Sarah McVanel

International Recognition, Culture, and Retention expert

Sarah McVanel is passionate about guiding people to discover their own greatness and recognize the greatness in others. Her curated, customized talks explore why recognizing greatness is a fundamental key to improving morale, increasing top talent retention, a...

Dr. Lisa Bélanger

Behavioural Change Expert | Researcher

An organization’s greatest asset is its people. Award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger shows leaders and teams how insights from psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural science can be applied in the workplace to optimize performance, productivity, and innova...

Dr. Lisa Belanger

Allison Massari

Inspirational TED Speaker | Burn Survivor | Visual Artist

Hailed by audiences worldwide as “life-changing”, “riveting”, “extraordinary”, “bold”, and “deeply moving”, Allison Massari’s message of courage, kindness, and resilience resonates with participants long after an event has finished. Liste...

Allison Massari

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!

Martin Luther King III

Global Human Rights Activist

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador of his parents’ legacy of non-violent social change. Motivating audiences with his message of hope and responsibility for...

Martin Luther King III

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

Jennifer Keesmaat

CEO, The Keesmaat Group | Partner, Markee Developments

Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. A renowned urban planner, she was named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of ...

Jennifer Keesmaat

The Hon. Rona Ambrose

Former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons

The Honourable Rona Ambrose is a dynamic national leader, a champion for the rights of women and girls, the former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons, and the former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Rona knows politics....

Rona Ambrose