Speakers / Topics: Motivation | Inspiration

Do you or your staff need someone to encourage you to work better and achieve your goals? Our motivation and inspiration speakers share their experiences overcoming some of life’s most difficult obstacles, and how you can, too.

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Michael Abrashoff

Former Navy Commander | Bestselling Author

Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern-day stories of organizational transformation. Mike took command of the worst-performing navy ship and crew in the Pacific Fleet, plagued with low morale, high turnover, and abysmal ...

Canadian Motivational Speaker

Shawn Achor

Harvard Researcher | Bestselling Author of The Happiness Advantage

Is there a connection between happiness and success? Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on the topic. His acclaimed TED Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, has been seen by over sixteen million people around the world, and his two books, ...

Shawn Achor

Jeff Adams

Paralympian and World Champion

For Jeff Adams, a wheelchair is a vehicle for success. This five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion in wheelchair sports is living proof that focus, determination, and spirit are the keys to achieving “gold medal” dreams. Combining his ...

Afterburner Inc.

Flawless Execution Experts

Who better than a team of elite military professionals to help companies create a high-performance, results-focused culture? Afterburner Incorporated’s team of fighter pilots teach top organizations how to perform flawlessly in today’s rapidl...

Afterburner

Susan Aglukark, O.C., LL.B

Award-Winning Inuk Singer/Songwriter

Award-winning Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists, who blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. Agluk...

Susan Aglukark

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 fo...

Zahra Al-Harazi

Ian Altman

Bestselling Sales Author | Inc. and Forbes Columnist | Strategic B2B Advisor

Business leaders call on bestselling sales author and internationally respected business expert Ian Altman to provide guidance and innovative insight on business strategy and sales. Through his energetic, humourous, and interactive talks, Altman enga...

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan

Performance Consultant to the NHL, NBA and Olympians

Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan lives by her philosophy of embracing challenges and pushing boundaries to achieve your highest potential. She was the first female Performance Consultant for the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, the Columbus Blue Jac...

Kimberley Amirault-Ryan

Colin Angus

Adventurer | Author | Filmmaker

Colin Angus was the first person to circle the world exclusively by human power. A leading adventurer, filmmaker, bestselling author, and named by Outside magazine as one of the “World’s Top 25 Bold Visionaries,” Colin shares his strategies...

Julie Angus

Explorer | Scientist | Bestselling Author

Julie Angus was the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland. She has also cycled across continents, rowed thousands of kilometers of coastlines and rivers, and organized an expedition that sailed the ancient Phoenician ...

Rasmus Ankersen

The High Performance Anthropologist

Rasmus Ankersen has trained with the planet’s best athletes to translate their secrets of high performance into usable strategies for leaders and businesses. Known for his bestselling book The Goldmine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performa...

Rasmus Ankersen

Trey Anthony

Award-Winning Canadian Playwright | Diversity Expert

Trey Anthony was the first Canadian black woman to have her own program on a prime-time Canadian network. Based on her ground-breaking play of the same name, ‘da Kink in My Hair was a television hit and put her on the map as a mentor and role m...

Trey Anthony

Jann Arden

Renowned Musician | Bestselling Author

Jann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles from her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and affecti...

Jann Arden

Sally Armstrong

Human Rights Activist | Journalist | Author

Sally Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Congo and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her the Amnesty International Media Award four times over, as well as acclaim all over t...

Sally Armstrong

Jordan Axani

Mental Wellness and Leadership Expert | Focus of World's Most Viral Human-Interest Story

Jordan Axani has a long track-record of bold acts that move and inspire people. Whether becoming one of the youngest people to bike across Canada, or being at the centre of the most viral human-interest story in the internet’s history (the tale of ...

Jordan Axani

Lorraine Behnan

Change Management and Communications Expert

Lorraine Behnan believes that times of change should be looked at as an opportunity to excel. An expert in career evolution, Behnan gives leaders and employees the confidence and communication strategies to achieve their workplace and professional go...

Lorraine Behnan

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 ...

David Ben - Photo by Paul Alexander

Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer | Bestselling Author

Robyn Benincasa accepts full blame for inspiring ordinary people to do extraordinary things -like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, or start their own businesses. A world champion adventure r...

Robyn Benincasa

Cheryl Bernard

Canadian Olympic Curler

At the age of 23, Cheryl Bernard started an insurance brokerage and propelled the agency to six million dollars in sales in just eleven years. At the age of 43, she helped Canada win a silver medal in curling at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Pass...

Cheryl Bernard

Dr. Susan Biali Haas

Wellness Expert | Life Coach

Dr. Susan Biali Haas’ life passion is to give people the knowledge, tools, and hope to help them create a healthy lifestyle, find happiness, and enjoy a more meaningful life. Formerly clinically depressed and burned out, Dr. Biali Haas turned her l...

Dr. Susan Biali

Alexandre Bilodeau

Two Time Gold Olympic Medalist, Freestyle Skiing

Alexandre Bilodeau wrote a page in Canadian history by becoming the first Olympian to win a gold medal on Canadian soil, and repeated his gold medal performance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. A model of perseverance and a source of inspir...

Alexandre Bilodeau

Eric Boles

Teamwork and Leadership Authority

What better way to learn the principles of leading change, team dynamics, fearless leadership, and peak performance than as a player with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers? Eric Boles draws on his experiences with the National Football League t...

Eric Boles

Roberta Bondar

Astronaut | Physician | Scientist | Photographer

Roberta Bondar was the first Canadian woman and neurologist to fly in space. An astronaut, physician, and photographer, she expanded the horizons of millions when she joined the space shuttle Discovery for its 1992 mission, where she conducted over 4...

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 informa...

Nick Bontis

Mark Bowden

Expert in Body Language, Human Behavior, and Communication

Voted the #1 Body Language Professional in the world, Mark Bowden is passionate about giving people the most influential and persuasive communication techniques to stand out, win trust, and build credibility every time they speak. Inspiring, energeti...

Mark Bowden

Orlando Bowen

Game Changer and Motivational Speaker

When it comes to building teams, creating momentum, and employing winning strategies, Orlando Bowen is the real deal. For the past nine years, Orlando has used storytelling, fitness activities, and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership,...

Mark Brand

Social Entrepreneur | Restaurateur

Mark Brand is one of North America’s foremost social entrepreneurs. With eleven 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...

Mark Brand

Kevin Breel

Mental Health Activist | TED Sensation

Kevin Breel’s TEDx Talk, “Confessions of a Depressed Comic”, has garnered more than four million views, making it one of the most watched TED talks ever on mental health. In the years since he delivered it, Kevin’s been called one of th...

Kevin Breel

Michael Burns

President and CEO, Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation | Former CEO, Invictus Games

Under Michael Burns’ leadership, the Toronto Invictus Games were completely sold out, and viewed by more than 40 million people around the world. But, more than anything, the Games continued to enhance the global understanding of the ongoing challe...

Michael Burns

Cassie Campbell-Pascall

Former Captain of the Canadian Women's Hockey Team

Cassie Campbell-Pascall laced up her first pair of skates when she was five years old. Today, she is a heroine of Canadian sport. A passionate and dynamic speaker, Campbell-Pascall draws on her accomplishments as the captain of the gold-medal winnin...

Cassie Campbell

Candace Carnahan

Workplace Safety Advocate | Culture Change Agent | Inspirational Speaker

Lauded as one of the “Faces of the Future” by Maclean’s magazine, Candace Carnahan uses her unique life lessons to inspire us to dismantle the roadblocks that hinder efficiency, while celebrating the attitudes and behaviors that promote success...

Candace Carnahan

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 fa...

Bill Carr

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 ...

Dave Carroll

Bob Chapman

Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies

Spend just five minutes with Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, and you’ll discover two things: His optimism is infectious and his passion for providing a fulfilling work environment for his employees is palpable. These two...

Bob Chapman

Michel Chikwanine

Former Child Soldier | Inspirational Speaker on the Ability to Create Change

Michel Chikwanine has overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel grew up amid the terror of the Great War of Africa. Much of his childhood was ravaged by the death and decay of a war that claimed the li...

Michel Chikwanine

David Chilton

Former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den | Bestselling Author of The Wealthy Barber

Whether it’s helping millions of Canadians achieve personal financial success or investing in low-fat cookbooks, David Chilton has always had a knack for recognizing great ventures, a skill he leveraged as a “dragon” on CBC television’s #1 hi...

David Chilton Finance Speaker

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 Nob...

Daveed and Nobu of Choir! Choir! Choir!

Scott Christopher

Co-Author of The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up

Scott Christopher travels the world entertaining and motivating thousands of people through his laugh-a-minute lectures, sharing how levity, humor, and becoming more of a “people person” can help you excel in business and at home. Practis...

Scott Christopher

Jamie Mason Cohen

Leadership & Performance Expert

Referred to by some as the “personality x-ray machine”, Jamie Mason Cohen is a certified handwriting analyst whose TEDx talk on how to spot a leader through their handwriting has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. His unique and unusual abi...

Jamie Mason Cohen

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 ...

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, h...

Donald Cooper

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...

Barbara Corcoran

Cheryl Cran

Leadership and Change Expert

Cheryl Cran helps leaders and their teams to build future workplaces, today. Recognized as the #1 Future of Work influencer by Onalytica, Cheryl’s research into the future of work, technology, innovation, and generational impact driven by her “pe...

Cheryl Cran

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Environmental Activist

At just 12 years old, Severn Cullis-Suzuki gained international attention when she delivered her famous speech at the Rio Earth Summit, pleading for the delegates to preserve the planet. Since then, Severn has gone on to speak to audiences around the...

Science & Technology Speakers

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&#...

Johnny "Cupcakes" Earle

Kate Davis

Humour in the Workplace | Work–Life Balance

Kate Davis has the unique ability to find humour in any situation and offer creative solutions to defuse frustrations in both the workplace and at home. A five-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards who has opened for the likes of Bill Clinto...

Kate Davis

Wade Davis

Anthropologist | Explorer

Wade Davis’s presentations―illustrated by his exquisite photographs―are a wild and moving celebration of the wonder of humanity and the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed through the myriad of cultures he has encountered. An explorer-i...