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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Althia Raj

Award-Winning Journalist

Althia Raj is a multiple-award winning journalist, ranked as one of the top 100 most influential people in Canadian politics by The Hill Times since 2015. She is currently a national columnist with the Toronto Star; the host/producer of the podcast, It’s Pol...

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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...

Catherine McKenna

Sandy Hudson

Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter Canada | Political Activist | Podcaster

The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement in Canada and Black Lives Matter – Toronto, Sandy Hudson is an activist, public intellectual, and an award-winning writer. She has a unique ability to distill complex ideas into manageable concepts and a tale...

Sandy Hudson

Quinn

Olympic Champion | Transgender Trailblazer and Advocate

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Quinn made headlines as not only the first openly transgender athlete to compete, but also the first to win an Olympic medal of any kind when the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team won their historic gold medal. As a keynot...

Quinn

The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould

Former Member of Parliament | Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada | Bestselling Author

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, PC, OBC, KC, was raised to be a leader. The daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader, she always knew that she would seek leadership roles and responsibilities. As a lawyer, an advocate, and a leader among Canad...

Jody Wilson-Raybould

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

Michael Bach

Founder, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion | Bestselling Author

If diversity is our strength, inclusion is our superpower. Michael Bach is nationally and international recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. As the founder of the Canadian Ce...

Michael Bach

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

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

Shane Feldman

Future of Work | Build Better Relationships | Create Engaged Communities

Shane Feldman believes community is the answer to every question and the solution to every problem. Having researched community leadership in 30 countries, Feldman has uncovered universal strategies for building engaged communities. Today, he helps leading org...

Shane Feldman

Samra Zafar

Human Rights Activist | Social Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author

After escaping a decade of abuse living as a child bride in Canada, Samra Zafar has became a beacon of hope for many people facing exclusion, abuse, and gender-based violence. Now an award-winning internationally renowned speaker, bestselling author, and educa...

Samra Zafar

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

Afdhel Aziz

Expert on Purpose, Conscious Capitalism, and Social Entrepreneurship | Bestselling Author

Afdhel Aziz is one of the most inspiring leaders in the global movement of business as a force for good. After a 20-year career as a visionary marketer at Procter & Gamble, Nokia, Heineken, and Absolut Vodka, Aziz quit corporate life to tackle one of the b...

Bobby Jones

Marketing for Social Change

Bobby Jones is one of the most influential voices in the worldwide movement of conscious capitalism. As the founding partner of the purpose consultancy, Conspiracy of Love, Jones seeks to connect and serve a global community of purpose-driven organizations and...

Bobby Jones

Tanya Talaga

Award-winning Journalist | Author of Seven Fallen Feathers

Tanya Talaga is an award-winning Anishinaabe journalist and author. An acclaimed storyteller, she is the author of the national bestselling book, Seven Fallen Feathers, which introduced us to seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thund...

Swish Goswami

CEO, Surf | Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Swish Goswami built a multi-hyphenate career by the age of 25. He has started six high-impact ventures across four industries and is currently the CEO and co-founder of Surf, a tech company revolutionizing how brands engage with consumers online. His company h...

Manu "Swish" Goswami

Jade Simmons

Transformative Leadership Expert | Motivational Pianist

Jade Simmons is a creator of transformational experiences designed to activate audiences into becoming the biggest, boldest version of themselves possible. The world-class concert artist has been called a “musical force of nature” with an “un...

Jade Simmons

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

Mike Downie

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker | Co-Founder, Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

Mike Downie is a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker and the co-founder of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. A celebrated and inspirational storyteller, Downie takes his audiences on a ride that explores how our stories define us, remind us of o...

Scott Harrison

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

Scott Harrison has helped to bring clean drinking water to millions of people around the world. The founder and CEO of charity: water, one of the most well-known philanthropic organizations in the world, shares how his approach to running a non-profit — from...

Scott Harrison

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, Jivani focuses on issues that impact youth, immigrants, and ...

Jamil Jivani

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 her person...

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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 world in hi...

Rick Hansen

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Co-Founders of Optimist | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

From living in a Syrian refugee camp to surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala and spending 10 years documenting the journey of an undocumented boy living in New York City, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers. ...

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 more than a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She sp...

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Spencer West

Double Amputee | Motivational Speaker for Social Change

The life of visionary and activist Spencer West has been marked by both obstacles and triumphs. After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, he entered a world that might have easily defeated him. Instead, he tackled challenge after challeng...

Spencer West

Nilofer Merchant

Former Tech Executive | Bestselling Author

Nilofer Merchant is a renowned business strategist and innovator on a mission to reinvent work so that it actually works. A bestselling author, TED mainstage speaker, and recipient of the “Future Thinker” Award from Thinkers 50, Merchant says few companies...

Nilofer Merchant

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. Since the...

Sheldon Kennedy

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 worldwide as the face of Parkinson’s disease, a condition he has ...

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 vulnerable people,...

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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, Cullis-Suzuki has continued to advocate for intergenerational...

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Jessi Cruickshank

Television Personality

Renowned for her humour, quick wit, and authenticity, Jessi Cruickshank has been the host of some of television’s most popular programs, including MTV Canada’s The Hills After Show, CBC’s The Goods, and Canada’s Smartest Person. As a seasoned presenter...

Jessi Cruickshank

Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Young People I Researcher, University of Waterloo I Award-Winning Social Innovator

Businesses, organizations, and governments looking to succeed in the innovation economy and attract and retain young talent, turn to Ilona Dougherty. Her engaging and insightful presentations draw on neuroscience and developmental psychology to distill the uni...

Ilona Dougherty

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. Clark reaches across divides — from chairing the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers campaign against apartheid, to winning unanimous agre...

The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark

Michel Chikwanine

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

Michel Chikwanine has overcome unimaginable pain and struggle. 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 lives of 5.8 ...

Michel Chikwanine

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 the world. ...

Sally Armstrong

Ray Zahab

Inspirational Ultra-Marathon Runner and Explorer

Ray Zahab wants people to know they are extraordinary. A former sedentary “pack a day smoker”, Zahab 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 millions of pe...

Ray Zahab

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 and fierc...

Alexandre Trudeau

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Physician | Global Affairs Expert | Founder, War Child Canada and War Child USA

For more than 20 years, Dr. Samantha Nutt has been on the frontlines of many of the world’s major crises. A medical doctor and founder and president of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child, she is one of the most intrepid and recognized voices i...

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Simon Jackson

Movement Builder | Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Simon Jackson is a storyteller and movement builder who has dedicated his life to finding a better balance between the needs of people and nature. At just 13 years old, Jackson founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, leading a network of six million people in...

Simon Jackson