Speakers / Topics: Social Change | Humanitarian Issues

Diversity, access to clean water, the refugee crisis and war are just some of the critical issues our social change and humanitarian speakers address. Speaking from experience on the front lines of battle or the front lines of education and health care, our speakers use their voice to make a difference.

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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

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

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

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

The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark

Former Canadian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister

Canada’s 16th Prime Minister―The Right Honourable Joe Clark―is one of the most widely respected Canadians in history. A leader in fighting apartheid and promoting human rights, and the architect of significant Canadian initiatives in the Mi...

The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark

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

Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials and Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations, and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, and anyone who hopes for a bright future, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for. Ilona Dougherty is an award winning social inno...

Ilona Dougherty

Mike Downie

Co-Creator, Secret Path | Documentary Filmmaker

Mike Downie is co-founder of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, which aims to inspire Canadians to walk a path of reconciliation and help bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. A celebrated storyteller, Mike takes his audience o...

Mike Downie

Sarah Ferguson

The Duchess of York

Internationally recognized for her inspiring story, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is an acclaimed author, humanitarian, broadcaster, and spokesperson who has spent much of her life in the glare of the public spotlight. Speaking candidly about ...

Sarah Ferguson by Brian Aris

Michael J. Fox

Parkinson's Activist | Celebrated Actor

Michael J. Fox has one of the best-known faces in Hollywood. In addition to being recognized as a star in dozens of blockbuster films and highly rated television series, Fox is also recognized world-wide as the face of Parkinson’s disease, a condit...

Michael J. Fox

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 vulnerab...

Bob Geldof

Yossi Ghinsberg

Adventurer | Amazon Survivor | Inspiration for the Movie Jungle

Yossi Ghinsberg knows survival like almost no one else. When he was just 21 years old, he made headlines around the world for having survived in the Amazon rainforest for three weeks, alone. Today, Yossi draws on the lessons he learned from his ordea...

Manu “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; and ...

Manu "Swish" Goswami

Rick Hansen

Man In Motion | Champion for Accessibility and Inclusion

Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C., is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to awakening the world to the potential of people with disabilities. He is best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic 26-month, 40,000 km journey around the w...

Rick Hansen

Scott Harrison

Founder and CEO of charity: water | World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

Scott Harrison has helped to bring clean drinking water to over 6.3 million people worldwide. The founder and CEO of charity: water, one of the most well-known philanthropic organisations in the world, shares how his approach to running a non-profit ...

Scott Harrison

Simon Jackson

Movement Builder | Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Simon Jackson, who shot to fame as the founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition when he was just 13 years old — is a storyteller, connector and movement builder committed to improving our public discourse and shaping a better balance between...

Simon Jackson

Jamil Jivani

Award-Winning Activist | Lawyer

Jamil Jivani tackles some of the biggest challenges in the world as a lawyer, community organizer, and teacher. With research and teaching appointments at Yale Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School, Jamil focuses on issues that impact youth, immigra...

Jamil Jivani

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

Craig Kielburger

Activist | Co-Founder of We Charity (Formerly Free The Children and Me to We)

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 We Charity (Formerly Free The Children and Me to We)

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Ralston Saul

Award-Winning Essayist and Novelist

Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine, John Ralston Saul is a leading thinker and visionary—known for his astute commentaries on wide-ranging topics, such as civilization, citizenship, human rights, globalization, economics, warfare, and societ...

Jade Simmons

Transformative Leadership Expert | Motivational Pianist

How do you get to be named Classical Music’s “No.1 Maverick?” By repeatedly defying expectations, delivering riveting performances, and combining passion and innovation at every turn. Called a “musical force of nature”, Jade Simmons...

Jade Simmons

Clint Smith

Award-Winning Teacher | Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet

Clint Smith believes we all share a story, the human story. It’s in the telling, he believes, that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, have...

Clint Smith

Tanya Talaga

Award-winning Journalist | Author of Seven Fallen Feathers

An award-winning journalist and author, and the First Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed storyteller. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers, a national bestseller that introduced us to seven Indigenous high school...

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Co-Founders of Living on One | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers. On-stage, they demystify some of the world&...

Mark Tewksbury

Olympic Gold Medalist | Chef de Mission, 2012 Summer Olympic Game | Humanitarian

Mark Tewksbury is a true icon—recognized for his achievements in sport, public speaking, and humanitarianism. A sought after personality, Mark has spent decades sharing his life experience with audiences around the world. He is a charismatic storyt...

Mark Tewksbury

Alexandre Trudeau

Documentary Filmmaker | Journalist

Documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, Alexandre Trudeau shares his bold views on the political, social, and economic forces of our times. Having gained widespread recognition for his edgy and insightful humanism and for his brave iconoclasm...

Alexandre Trudeau

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Environmental, Cultural and Human Rights Advocate

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. ...

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Spencer West

Double Amputee | Motivational Speaker for Social Change

After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, Spencer West tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against those with disabilities. As a global speaker, he has captivated hundreds of thousands, talking...

Spencer West

Micah White

The Future of Protest | Social Change | Social Movements

Is protest broken? Micah White, the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, former AdBusters editor, and the author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, thinks so. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history, yet thes...

Micah White

Ray Zahab

Inspirational Ultra-Marathon Runner and Adventurer

Ray Zahab wants people to know they are extraordinary. A former sedentary “pack a day smoker”, Ray turned his life around in 1999 when he decided to get in shape and enter the world of ultra-marathons. Since then, he’s gone on to inspire millio...