Speakers / Topics: Marketing | Branding

What does it take to build a world-class brand? Our leading authorities hail from the trenches of advertising, entrepreneurship, and content creating to ensure your branding and marketing efforts stand out from the rest.

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Robin Esrock

Renowned Travel Writer and TV Host

Robin Esrock’s success as a global adventurer, travel writer, bestselling author, and international TV personality is no accident — although it did start with one. After a bike accident left him with a modest insurance settlement, Esrock quit his job to se...

Robin Esrock

Debbie Travis

International Television Icon | Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author

Known for her fantastic dry British wit, Debbie Travis is the centre of a small business empire that has made her a beloved household name and television icon around the world. Her popular TV shows have aired in more than 80 countries, her weekly syndicated ne...

Debbie Travis

Jana Webb

Entrepreneur | Founder and Creator, JOGA

A lifelong athlete, Jana Webb is on a mission to share her inimitable perspective of fitness and health with the world. She is the founder and CEO of Joga, a unique blend of yoga and sport that has revolutionized how people, including elite athletes, strengthe...

Jana Webb

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

Afdhel Aziz

Expert on Purpose & Organizational Culture | Bestselling Author

Afdhel Aziz is one of the world’s leading experts in organizational purpose, marketing innovation, and social entrepreneurship. After a 20-year career as a global marketer at Procter & Gamble, Nokia, Heineken, and Absolut Vodka, Aziz is now the Found...

Afdhel Aziz

Bobby Jones

Marketing for Social Change

Bobby Jones is an expert on engaging people for social change. He is the co-author of the bestselling book Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give Damn, a bold manifesto and how-to guide helping marketers to address environmental, civic, and economic issues...

Bobby Jones

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; an...

Manu "Swish" Goswami

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

Risha Grant

Diversity Done Differently

Risha Grant is diversity personified. From her race, gender, and lifestyle choices, to being a small business owner and tackling economic issues, every area of Risha’s life intersects diversity. The founder and CEO of an award-winning diversity consulting an...

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

Joey Coleman

Customer Experience Expert

When organizations like Whirlpool, NASA, Deloitte, the World Bank, and Zappos need to boost their customers’ experience, they call on Joey Coleman for assistance. For over a decade, Joey has helped organizations retain their best customers and turn them ...

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/investor. A monthly columnist for the Financial Post and a tech commentator on CTV News, Bury shares the ins-an...

Erin Bury

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 one of Mark...

Warren Tomlin

Melissa Agnes

Crisis Management Strategist

If crisis were to strike your company tomorrow, would you be ready? Melissa Agnes helps organizations prevent and manage their issues before they become catastrophic, with the aim of never having them become catastrophic at all. Her powerful, customized presen...

Melissa Agnes

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

Graham Sherman

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 in 2013, and has never looked back. Speaking on ...

Graham Sherman

Jay Baer

Marketing and Customer Service Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author

Jay Baer is a Hall of Fame Speaker, renowned business strategist, a New York Times best-selling author of five books, and the Founder of five multi-million-dollar companies. Jay’s programs help organizations everywhere rethink their approach to marketing and...

Jay Baer

David Coletto

Marketing Research Leader | Expert on Millennials

David Coletto delivers strategic advice and research design expertise to many of Canada’s foremost corporations, advocacy groups, and political leaders. A leader in online research methodologies, public affairs research, corporate and organizational reputati...

David Coletto

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 entrepreneurial j...

Michele Romanow

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

Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the co-founder of Clearbanc, which will invest $1 billion in startups in 2019...

Michele Romanow

Evan Hadfield

Digital Media Strategist

As head of Toronto digital creative agency launch*pad, Evan Hadfield has built a name for himself from the ground up. The mastermind behind Colonel Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” YouTube sensation, as well as dozens of other videos by the fa...

Evan Hadfield

Dave Carroll

Singer-Songwriter | Author of United Breaks Guitars

Musician Dave Carroll’s United Airlines flight had just landed when a fellow passenger looked out the aircraft’s window at the baggage handlers and exclaimed, “My god they’re throwing guitars out there!” When nine months of calls and ...

Dave Carroll

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

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

Denise Lee Yohn

Brand-Building Expert | Author of What Great Brands Do

Now more than ever, business leaders are looking for fresh ideas, new understanding, and actionable insights to jumpstart their business. Denise Lee Yohn inspires, informs, and instructs them with a completely different way of thinking about their business. Bl...

Jackie Huba

Expert on Customer Loyalty and Word of Mouth Marketing

Jackie Huba’s work has been called “the word-of-mouth-gospel” by Forbes magazine. An expert on creating and sustaining customer loyalty, Huba is the bestselling author of Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics, and is the co-author ...

Jackie Huba

Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk

Eight-Time National Long Drive Golf Champion | Change and Peak Performance Specialist

How can you stay at the top of your game and perform at the highest level, year after year? Eight-time National Long Drive Champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, went from being a high-handicap recreational golfer to a professional player who hits farther th...

Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk

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

Steve Jones

Music Biz Insider | Author of Start You Up and Brand Like A Rock Star

Steve Jones will change the way you look at business, marketing, customer service, branding, and personal growth. As a 30-year music industry insider, one of the world’s leading radio programmers, and author of two highly acclaimed marketing books, Steve has...

Steve Jones

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

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...

David Mead

Expert Start With Why Facilitator

David Mead believes that everyone deserves to wake up inspired to go to work, feel safe while we’re there, and go home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work they do. For almost 10 years, David has worked with leaders worldwide to help them shift th...

David Mead

Grant McCracken

Leading Cultural Anthropologist

Grant McCracken looks at the places where culture and commerce, anthropology and economics meet. Through his highly-customized presentations, he provides audiences with a comprehensive―but incisive―review of contemporary culture, and strategies for managin...

Grant McCracken

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...

Sally Hogshead

Brand Innovation Consultant | Bestselling Author

Why are you captivated by some people but not by others? Why do you recall some brands yet forget the rest? The answer is “fascination,” and ― as Sally Hogshead explains ― it’s the most powerful way to influence decision making. Drawing upon her bran...

Sally Hogshead

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

Sir Bob Geldof

Influential Global Visionary | Pop Icon

Rock musician, songwriter, and political activist, Sir Bob Geldof is the rare combination of musical talent and successful businessman. He created the Live Aid concerts, built a media empire, called urgent attention to the world’s most vulnerable people,...

Bob Geldof

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

Barbara Corcoran

Real Estate Entrepreneur | Branding Expert | Shark Tank “Shark”

Barbara Corcoran’s got straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. But it was her 21st job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country–she borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a wait...

Barbara Corcoran

Donald Cooper

Business Management, Marketing, and Customer Service Expert

Drawing from his unique experience as both a world-class manufacturer and award-winning retailer, Donald Cooper delivers the “straight goods” on how to sell more, manage smarter, grow your bottom line…and have a life. With wisdom, humour, and...

Donald Cooper

Zahra Al-Harazi

Entrepreneur and Transformative Leadership Expert

The road to real leadership is rarely a straight one. Among Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, few have faced more obstacles than Zahra Al-Harazi. With a no-holds-barred attitude, Zahra helps people and organizations realize their potential for success....

Zahra Al-Harazi

Ken Wong

Marketing and Strategic Planning Expert

With work that has earned him the cover of Canadian Business and Strategy magazine and a place in the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends, Ken Wong is well-known for his energetic, entertaining, and content-rich presentations. As the Distinguished Professor of ...

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 in the wor...

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 change ma...

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 for some of...

Ron Tite

Barb Stegemann

CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues | Social Entrepreneur

Barb Stegemann first launched her perfume company, The 7 Virtues, in her garage, armed with only a dream to help war-ridden nations rebuild. Just eight years later, it is now an award-winning social enterprise — supporting suppliers in countries such as Afgh...

Barb Stegemann

Heath Slawner

Expert on Trust-Based Leadership, Influence and Performance

How can leaders bring teams together to achieve extraordinary results? What do all great organizations have in common, whether they realize it or not? How do we consistently and effectively get people to listen, follow, buy-in, and take the next step? Heath Sl...

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 to help bu...

Simon Sinek Renowned Leadership

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 on trends ...

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