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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Peter Katz

JUNO-Nominated Musician and Storyteller

Peter Katz has evolved from a nervous first-timer at an open mic night into to a JUNO Award, Canadian Screen Award, and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated singer-songwriter with five albums under his belt. He has toured the world for the pa...

Sarah Kay

Spoken-Word Poet

Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her famous TED talk–a talk that inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online–she tells the story of h...

Sarah Kay

Brian Keating

Celebrated Wildlife Expert and Anthropology Professor

Are you overwhelmed with everyday demands at work and at home? Is the pace of life leaving you breathless? Wondering what you can do to de-stress and re-charge? If so, Brian Keating’s magical presentations allow you to forget your problems and be w...

Doug Keeley

The Mark of a Leader

Doug Keeley is one of North America’s leading communicators and a self-professed “leadership junkie.” After spending more than two decades charting new courses in the marketing and communications industry, Keeley founded The Mark of a Leader to...

Doug Keeley

Sheldon Kennedy

Former NHL Player | Author of Why I Didn't Say Anything

Sheldon Kennedy skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career, but he is likely best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey League coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered while a teenager under his care....

Sheldon Kennedy

Michael Kerr

“The Workplace Energizer”

Why choose between humour and relevant, practical content when you can have both? Michael Kerr is one of North America’s leading authorities on fostering innovative and inspiring workplace cultures. His presentations — known for their practical a...

Michael Kerr

Craig Kielburger

Activist | Co-Founder of the WE Organization, WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise, WE Day

Craig Kielburger is a New York Times bestselling author, syndicated columnist read by millions, and social entrepreneur who co-founded the WE movement with the mission to make “doing good, doable”. Over the past two decades, Craig, along with his...

Craig Kielburger

Marc Kielburger

Activist | Co-Founder of the WE Organization, WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise, WE Day

Marc Kielburger is a New York Times bestselling author and social entrepreneur who co-founded the WE movement with the mission to make “doing good, doable”. Over the past two decades, Marc, along with his co-founder and brother Craig Kielburger, ...

Marc Kielburger

Martin Luther King III

Civil Rights Activist & Global Humanitarian

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III has seized the torch lit by his parents by continuing their quest for equality and justice for all. Motivating audiences with his message of ...

Martin Luther King III

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...

Justin Kingsley

Bruce Kirkby

Acclaimed Explorer | Writer | Photographer

Bruce Kirkby lives life on the edge. An acclaimed explorer, travel writer, and television host (with a degree in engineering physics), he uses his incredible adventures across the globe to provide real-world, practical lessons on risk management and ...

Bruce Kirkby

Stuart Knight

Expert Communicator | Award-Winning Entrepreneur

Stuart Knight helps the world’s biggest companies reach new levels of success. An award-winning entrepreneur, communications expert, and critically acclaimed author, Stuart’s clients are the “who’s who” of business — from Nike and Tel...

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Dr. Janet Lapp

Thrive During Fast Change | Leading at the Edge

Dr. Janet Lapp delivers a powerful message: change is not a force to be feared but an opportunity to be seized. With humour and finesse, she confronts her audiences with the truth of what they need to do–and how they need to think–to move...

Dr. Janet Lapp

Martin Latulippe

The Potential Awakener

Martin Latulippe is a social entrepreneur, award-winning philanthropist and bestselling leadership author who inspires and empowers people to achieve more through building a world-class mindset and stronger relationships to move from potential to per...

Martin LaTulippe

Silken Laumann

Olympic Hero | Mental Health Advocate

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a bestselling author, and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete. As an elite athlete, writer, and life coach, Silken has made her work reaching her own potential a...

Silken Laumann

Alvin Law

Motivational Speaker and Bestselling Author

For Alvin Law, having no arms as a child was little more than an obstacle. His family taught him that he could be whatever he wanted to be, and that anything was possible with hard work and a proper attitude. Today, Alvin is one of Canada’s most so...

Alvin Law

Brodie Lawson

Host of The CFL | CFL Game Time | The Grind

What is it like to always have a front row seat at the CFL? From interviewing the league’s top players and coaches, to sharing behind-the-scenes moments with fans, Brodie Lawson holds the job that many only dream of. The host of the Canadian Footba...

Brodie Lawson

Catriona Le May Doan, O.C.

Olympic Champion Speed Skater | Olympic Broadcaster

Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice, and the first Canadian to defend a gold medal at any Olympic games. Having held the world record in the 500 metre speed skating event for ten years, Catriona is a world champion athlete and an inspir...

Catriona Le May Doan

Patrick Leroux

Motivational Speaker | Bestselling Author | Entrepreneur

Successful entrepreneur, Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame, bestselling author, and bilingual speaker Patrick Leroux believes that any person or organization has an extraordinary potential for success and is RESPONSIBLE for his destiny. He also believ...

Patrick Leroux

Trevor Linden

Former NHL All-Star | President of Hockey Operations, Vancouver Canucks

Former NHL All-Star and Olympian Trevor Linden is one of the most celebrated hockey players of all time. Widely respected in both the business and philanthropic worlds, Trevor’s speeches stress the importance of diplomatic leadership, and illus...

Trevor Linden

Amanda Lindhout

New York Times Bestselling Author | Expert on Resilience, Survival, and Optimal Mindset

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout travelled to Somalia — a country often called “the most dangerous place on earth”. Abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road, Amanda was held hostage for 460 days, and survived on her strategy, fortitude, and...

Amanda Lindhout

Mike Lipkin

World-Renowned Motivator and Communicator

Mike Lipkin brings out the best in leaders and employees around the world. The founder and president of Environics/Lipkin, a global research and motivation company, and the author of numerous bestselling books, he combines Environics’ trademark...

Mike Lipkin

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 ...

Dr. Brian Little

Award-Winning Psychology Professor

Described as “a cross between Robin Williams and Einstein,” Dr. Brian Little employs equal doses of humour and intelligence to explain how our personal communication styles influence our experiences with colleagues and clients. A personality psy...

Dr. Brian Little

Warren Macdonald

Shifting Your Perception On Change

Warren Macdonald has climbed over obstacles most people cannot imagine. Having lost both of his legs from a freak accident while he was backpacking off the coast of Australia, Macdonald not only decided that his injuries wouldn’t slow him down―he...

Dr. Joe MacInnis

Renowned Explorer | Leadership and Teamwork Expert

Some people are born leaders. The rest of us find ourselves in positions where leadership is required. Self-described as an “accidental leader,” Dr. Joe MacInnis has led or participated in more than fifty of the world’s most importa...

Joe MacInnis

Rosie MacLennan

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Trampoline

As a child, Rosie MacLennan often tagged along to her older siblings’ trampoline lessons aching for her chance to shine. And shine she did. Now the current two-time Olympic champion and reigning Pan American Games champion in the individual tram...

Rosie MacLennan

Clint Malarchuk

Former NHL Goaltender | Mental Health Advocate

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating, and as stress-ridden as that of an NHL hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career ne...

Clint Malarchuk

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

Elizabeth Manley

Olympic Figure Skater and World Silver Medalist

Boasting more than 30 years in both amateur and professional figure skating, Elizabeth Manley was the first Canadian female to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition. She has participated in two Olympic Games (where she won...

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 finis...

Allison Massari

Marnie McBean, O.C.

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist | Specialist in Athlete Prep and Mentoring to Olympic Teams

Marnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance. As a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee, McBean prepared athletes emotion...

Marnie McBean

Séan McCann

Mental Health Advocate | Acclaimed Solo Musician | Founding Member of Great Big Sea

Séan McCann uses his music to help people find light in the darkness. Best known as a founding member of the massively successful Canadian band Great Big Sea, Séan’s twenty years with the ensemble came to a halt in 2013, when he realised that he ...

Séan McCann

Lanny McDonald

NHL Legend | Chairman of the Board, Hockey Hall of Fame

Lanny McDonald–best known for his outstanding sixteen year hockey career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, and the Calgary Flames–is not only an exceptional athlete, but is also a  community leader, philanthropist, and succ...

Anthony McLean

Leadership | Mental Health | Inclusivity

With a background in theatre, Anthony McLean delivers lively presentations on mental health, diversity, bullying, and parenting. He has delivered hundreds of inspiring talks across Canada, the U.S. and Australia, and, as a respected voice in his fiel...

Anthony McLean

Sarah McVanel

Recognition Expert

Sarah McVanel is passionate about guiding people to discover their own greatness, and recognize the greatness in others. In her curated, customized talks, she offers the evidence that backs up how recognizing greatness is a fundamental key to improvi...

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 the...

David Mead

W Mitchell

World Renowned Inspirational Speaker

W Mitchell is truly unstoppable. Having overcome two life-threatening and life-changing accidents just four years apart―the first a fiery motorcycle accident that left him disfigured and missing almost ten fingers, and the second a tragic airplane ...

W Mitchell

Jon Montgomery

Olympic Champion | Host, The Amazing Race Canada

Jon Montgomery captured the hearts of Canadians–and the attention of everyone–during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. After years of hard work, training and perseverance, Montgomery won a gold medal in the skeleton, securing his place in ...

Tracy Moore

Host, Cityline

Tracy Moore is the enigmatic host of Cityline, Canada’s most influential lifestyle program for women. From Monday to Friday, Tracy is seen on screens across the country trying do-it-yourself projects, learning new recipes, and sizing up the latest ...

Tracy Moore

Dennis Moseley-Williams

Experience Economy Specialist

What inspires companies, and what makes them inspiring? Dennis Moseley-Williams shows organizations how to create transformative experiences for clients, customers and employees. Captivating audiences with his passion, humour and vivid examples of st...

Heather Moyse

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist | Advocate For Human Achievement

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-sport athlete Heather Moyse is an ambassador, a role model, and above all, a champion. Representing Canada’s national teams in bobsleigh, rugby, and cycling, some have suggested that Heather is Canada’s be...

Heather Moyse

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA

A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid, and foreign policy, Dr. Samantha Nutt, a medical doctor and founder of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child, is one of the most recognized voices in the humanitarian arena. ...

Samantha Nutt

Frank O’Dea

Innovative Entrepreneur | Humanitarian

Frank O’Dea’s story of triumph over adversity in business and in his personal life inspires audiences around the world. Against all odds, O’Dea went from being a homeless panhandler to a successful entrepreneur and a founder of The Second Cup c...

Frank O'Dea

Steven Page

Iconic Musician

Steven Page is a natural in front of a crowd. Having shot to international fame as the co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, Page now boasts an impressive solo career, where he continues to showcase his creative genius. A witty, endearing, and searingl...

Steven Page - Photo by David Leyes

Neil Pasricha

Happiness Expert | Bestselling Author of The Book of Awesome

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the strat...

Neil Pasricha

Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli

Breakdancing Sensation | Motivational Speaker

“No excuses, no limits.” That’s the philosophy behind everything that Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli lives by every day. Born with arthrogryposis, a rare muscle disorder that limits motion in the joints, Luca has never let his condition slow him ...

Luca "Lazylegz Patuelli

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Leadership and Performance Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author

Organizations face big challenges: whether it is an accelerated rate of change, the threat of disruption, ambitious targets, or aggressive competition. For over twenty years, JP Pawliw-Fry’s curiosity and passion for helping people manage their emo...

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Chantal Petitclerc

Paralympic Champion | World Record Holder

Obstacles do not get in the way of Chantal Petitclerc. The epitome of determination, perseverance, and discipline, Chantal is the most successful wheelchair racer of all time, boasting multiple medals from all three of the world’s top athletic comp...

Chantal Petitclerc

Janet Podleski

Bestselling Author | Award-Winning Entrepreneur | TV Host Eat, Shrink & Be Merry

How did two sisters with no formal culinary training, no publishing track record, no food industry experience and—most importantly—no money, end up writing and publishing one of Canada’s bestselling cookbooks of all time? Janet Podleski’s cap...

Janet Podleski